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Adult Opportunities

Basic Nature Photography (in person)

Learn how to use your digital SLR camera to capture beautiful nature images.

Content Detail

Move beyond shooting in automatic and learn techniques for taking nature images with a digital SLR camera. This four-session course includes both classroom and field sessions on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum.

Participate in interactive sessions with your instructor and fellow students where you will

  • 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, and
  • 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, and
  • get on-the-spot direction and feedback from a professional photographer.

This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.

Instructor: Cora Jacobs, nature photographer

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.

Age: 16 and older


Cora Jacobs, nature photographer

Cora Jacobs is both a nature and a street photographer. She has been teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2012. She is also the nonfiction editor for Allium, A Journal of Poetry & Prose and teaches magazine editing and production at Columbia College Chicago.

What to Know

  • Please bring your fully charged camera and camera manual to the first class.
  • Sessions will take place indoors and outdoors; dress for extended time in cool weather.


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