Adult Programs

Basic Nature Photography (online and 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. 

Over the course of the class, 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.
  • 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. 

Participants should have a camera with manual functions, such as a DSLR. This class is not intended for smartphone cameras. 

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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. 
  • Online sessions will take place using Zoom. A link will be provided to registrants by email. Click on the link to join the program at the scheduled date and time. 
  • The Zoom sessions will be recorded.
  • Please add education@mortonarb.org to your address book. You will receive an email from this address with the link to join class.
  • Automatically generated captions will be available.
  • In-person sessions will be held entirely outdoors; dress for extended time in cool weather. 
  • Limited to 15 participants.

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 both magazine editing and production at Columbia College Chicago.

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