Explore the principles and practices for making better images outdoors in natural light. From landscapes to closeups to wildlife, using a DSLR learn to consistently create satisfying photographs for a variety of light, subjects and weather conditions.

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

Life in Maine, along the coast or the trails is tied to daily interactions with nature. In our field sessions, we will explore the combination of natural and man-made subjects – while paying close attention to the amazing natural light and how it falls throughout the day. Expect to rise before sunrise most days, so we can get to our morning locations before the light does.

Workshop objectives include:

  • -Learn important techniques used when photographing landscapes, closeups and wildlife subjects.
  • -Understand proper exposure and histograms.
  • -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.
  • -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.

Consider this an Intermediate Level course, although important elements of good photographic practices will be reviewed. Students are requested to have an understanding of using cameras in Manual and Aperture-Priority exposure modes; and a basic 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).

You may visit Cliff's website at: http://www.cliffzenor.com/


Cliff Zenor

Cliff Zenor is a veteran nature photographer, tour leader and workshop teacher. For more than 20 years, he has photographed, toured and taught in parks and preserves across the country and in wild places like Kenya, the Galapagos Islands, the Brazilian wetlands and Alaska. His photographs have appeared in Outdoor Photographer, Horticulture, Fine Gardening magazines, newspapers, textbooks and books including Indoor Gardening for which he was principal photographer

Course Dates

Jul 9 to Jul 15



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