Explore the principles and practices for making better images outdoors in natural light.

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Explore the principles and practices for making better images outdoors in natural light. From landscapes to closeups to wildlife, learn to use a digital SLR camera and assorted lenses to consistently create satisfying photographs for a variety of subjects, light and weather conditions.

Through the combination of classroom sessions, field trips and image critiques, expect to improve your understanding of the technical and artistic aspects of outdoor and nature photography.

Life along the Maine Coast is tied to daily interactions with nature. So our field sessions will combine natural and human-made subjects – all photographed in natural light. Expect to rise before sunrise several days, so we can get to our morning locations before the light does.

Workshop objectives include:

  •       Learn the techniques for photographing landscapes, closeups and wildlife subjects.
  •       Understand proper exposure and how to rely on histograms to get good exposures.
  •       Expand your ability to control depth of field and motion consistently.
  •       Anticipate the different perspectives of wide-angle and telephoto lenses and know when to use them.
  •       Explore the elements of a composition and how they help us make creative photographs.
  •       Examine the specialized equipment designed for successful field work.
  •       Improve your workflow procedure in Adobe Lightroom.
  •       Discover a simple way to catalog and retrieve your images.
  •       And discuss how to keep your energy and explorations going close to home or on a once-in-a-lifetime photo trip.

Consider this a beginner to intermediate level course. All the important elements of good photographic practices will be reviewed. Students are requested to have a basic understanding of using cameras in Manual and Aperture-Priority exposure modes; and a beginner’s familiarity with Adobe Lightroom.

Suggested equipment includes: a laptop computer for processing images with Adobe Lightroom, a digital SLR camera, several lenses, and a tripod (one may be borrowed from the school).

All image credit © Cliff Zenor



Past student work (left to right): Norma Levett, Barbara Buss, Nyoli Connor, Jane Mackay

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Instructor: Cliff Zenor

Cliff Zenor has been a nature photographer, tour leader and workshop teacher for more than 20 years. He has photographed, toured and taught in parks and preserves across the continental US and in other wild places like Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Pantanal Brazilian wetlands, Alaska and Canada. His photographs have appeared in magazines, newspapers, advertisements, picture books, textbooks, children’s books and greeting cards. Cliff has led tours and taught workshops for highly-regarded providers. He has presented programs for the Professional Photographers of America and the North American Nature Photography Association. And he has appeared in segments of Public Television shows about exploring and photographing nature.