Adult Opportunities

Basic Nature Photography

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

Content Detail

This four-session photography course includes a mix of classroom time and field time on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum.

Over the course of the class, students will

  • learn how to adjust a camera’s manual settings to get the shot you envision.
  • 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.

Students will also practice new skills and concepts with the support of the instructor during two field sessions. Participants have the chance to experiment with camera settings in an inspiring natural setting and get on-the-spot direction and feedback from a professional photographer.

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

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Cora Jacobs, photographer

Age: 16 and older

Course number: P000


Cora Jacobs, photographer

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

What to Know

This program meets indoors and outdoors.

Check the forecast and dress for the weather. Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and plan to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain.

Please bring the following with you: Your fully-charged digital DSLR camera and manual, a notebook and pen, water, and a snack.

This program is intended for beginners.

Program Schedule

This program includes the following four meeting dates and times.

Monday, July 15, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, July 22, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, July 29, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, August 5, 2024, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center, West Side


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