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Adult Opportunities

Nature Photography: Color as a Compositional Tool II

Improve your nature photography by approaching color like a graphic designer.

Content Detail

This masters-level class will emphasize how to coordinate color with structural elements in a composition, building on the use of color theory and color schemes as a compositional tool covered in part I (May 2022). Over the course of three classroom sessions, we will consider how various color schemes enhance other compositional elements to stir a response in viewers. The vibrant autumn colors of The Morton Arboretum will serve as our palette during two field sessions. 

This class is a continuation of the May 2022 session, but participation in the May class is not a prerequisite. All photographers who have a foundational understanding of the manual DSLR controls on their camera are welcome. 

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum. 

Instructors: Will Clay and David Schooley, nature photographers 

Age: Ages 16 and older


Will Clay and David Schooley, nature photographers

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 a myriad of calendars, magazines, books, and advertisements. Teaching credits include teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2005, The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1985, and classes and seminars at many venues throughout the country.

What to Know

This class is for intermediate to advanced photographers. An understanding of the manual controls of your DSLR camera is required.

Held indoors and outdoors.

Bring a notebook and your fully charged DSLR camera.

Program Schedule

Five days:

Three Wednesdays, October 19, 26, and November 2, 2022, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Two Saturdays, October 22 and 29, 2022, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.



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