Adult Opportunities

Better Nature Photography through Color

Use color with intention to improve your nature photography.

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Composing nature photographs in a color world requires using a combination of forms and colors. This masters level photography class will examine various approaches to color in nature photography and put them into practice. The photographer can incorporate color themes by using complementary, analogous, triadic, or homologous color schemes. The photographer can also use color as a dominant force in a composition—the reason for taking the photograph—or as a more subtle accent that finishes a photograph. The class will also examine how the commercial world uses color to promote products.

This class is appropriate for photographers who are comfortable using the manual controls of their DSLR cameras. Please see the What to Know section for more information.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructors: Will Clay, photographer; Ken Thompson, photographer

Age: 16 and older

Course number: P485


Will Clay, photographer

Formerly a professor of botany, Willard Clay has been a full-time photographer since 1982. Specializing in large format photography, he has been the primary photographer for nine coffee table books and has been published in myriad calendars, magazines, books, and advertisements. Teaching credits include teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2005 as well as at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1985 and classes and seminars at many venues in the country.

Ken Thompson, photographer

Ken Thompson became serious about photography after retiring from a job managing a chemicals business. He is most interested in “the world within,” that part of the world that we often ignore or walk right on by: water drops, insects, dragonflies, butterflies, and small plants. Thompson is best known for close-ups of water in its many forms, especially dew drops and ice formations. He has been teaching photography at The Morton Arboretum since 2006 and taught for several years at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute in Tennessee.

What to Know

This is an intermediate/advanced class. Participants should be comfortable using the manual controls on their cameras and have foundational knowledge of photographic composition.

Saturday sessions will take place outdoors. Prepare to walk more than a mile on uneven terrain. Dress for the weather.

Bring your fully charged DSLR camera, tripod, and any lenses with you to the Saturday field sessions.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following five times.

Thursday, May 30, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 6, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 8, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 13, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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