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NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom platform.
Tuesday from 4:00-6:30 pm EDT for five weeks, October 6-November 3. (Several optional “check ins” will be scheduled throughout the course.)

Flowers, plants and objects found in nature have long fascinated still life photographers and are especially good subjects for photographing at home in a small or portable studio. Whether you shoot at the kitchen table for a few hours at a time or have a spare room for a more permanent set up, we’ll explore ways to work in small spaces with limited equipment and materials at hand. Learn how to see and alter natural light, work with affordable continuous studio lights (optional), choose an appropriate lens, and work with backdrops, flat lays and location settings. We’ll also explore the creative use of found and domestic objects as backdrops and props, as well as basic arranging strategies. A suggested list of materials and resources will be sent in advance and students are encouraged to gather found objects in nature (seed pods, nuts, leaves, shells, etc.) to photograph. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, container plants and household objects made from natural materials such as wood, clay and stone are also good subjects. A tripod, macro capabilities (lens or filters) and a polarizing filter are recommended.

Students should already be comfortable with their cameras, image-processing software and sharing images for weekly reviews.

All Image Credit © Lee Anne White

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Instructor: Lee Anne White

Lee Anne White is a photographer and writer whose work is rooted in the landscape. Her photographs have been exhibited in both juried and solo shows, as well as published in books and magazines. She has handled commercial assignments for landscape architects, documented historic landscapes for the Library of Congress, and is the former editor-in-chief of Fine Gardening magazine. She is the author or editor and principle photographer of nearly 20 books on landscape architecture and garden design and has handled assignments for Garden Design, Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardening, Landscape Architecture, Country Living, Sunset and other magazines. She earned a master’s degree in creative studies at the State University of New York/Buffalo State.