Adult Programs

Nature Photography: Color as a Compositional Tool (in person)

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

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Improve your nature photography by approaching color like a graphic designer. In this masters level class, we will study color theory and color schemes as a compositional tool in our photography. We will consider how to apply complementary color schemes, analogous color schemes, monochromatic schemes, triads, and more to create intentional compositions that stir a response in viewers.

COVID-19 Precautions: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s safety guidelines



Held indoors and outdoors. The May 14 field session will take place at Cantigny; admission to Cantigny is $5 per vehicle and is not included in the program fee. Limit 16


This is an intermediate/advanced course; a foundational understanding of the manual DSLR settings is required. 

Will Clay and David Schooley, nature photographers

Former 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 advertising agencies. His portfolio consists of large-format film and high-resolution digital files ready for publication. Teaching credits include teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2005 as well as The Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont since 1985 and classes and seminars at many venues in the country.


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