Adult Programs

Basic Nature Photography (in person)

Move beyond shooting in automatic and learn to use your digital SLR camera to capture beautiful nature images.

Content Detail

Move beyond shooting in automatic and learn to use your digital SLR camera to capture beautiful nature images. This five-session course includes three live, online sessions and two in-person field sessions on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum. 

Participate in live, interactive sessions with your instructor and fellow students from the comfort of your home, where you’ll 

  • Learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want. 
  • Learn basic composition and editing techniques. 
  • Learn how to read and adjust to different types of light conditions.
  • Get personalized feedback through supportive critique sessions.

You’ll also practice new skills and concepts with the support of your instructor during two field sessions. This is your chance to 

  • experiment with your camera settings in an inspiring natural setting. 
  • get on-the-spot direction and feedback from a professional photographer. 

COVID-19 Precautions:

Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines.

  • Please bring your fully charged camera and camera manual to the first class. 
  • In-person sessions will be held entirely outdoors; dress for extended time in cool weather. 
  • Limit 15

Erica Benson, nature photographer

Erica Benson has been a professional photographer since 2000 and a photography instructor since 2007. She is passionate about her field and looks forward to sharing her experience with her students.

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