Adult Opportunities

Nature Photography: Mastering Minimalism

Elicit emotion through the power of minimalism in your photography.

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Minimalism is a cornerstone of countless art forms, including photography. In this five-session nature photography class at The Morton Arboretum, participants will train their eyes to distill what they see down to basic elements, resulting in nature photographs that express grace and powerful silence.

Minimalist photography relies on careful composition and selection of subject matter to deliver images with austere simplicity and mystery. Images are often monochromatic in tone, use few elements, and make use of patterns and textures.

Through a mix of classroom sessions and experimentation in the field, students will learn and practice

  • skillful composition techniques to create images with visual tension or a sense of harmony, Zen, or emptiness,
    the vital role of negative space,
  • eliminating unnecessary elements in your image to complete your visual presentation, and
  • tapping into innate creativity by producing powerful nature images in both color and black-and- white.

The class will examine the work of minimalist photographers including Michael Kenna, Thierry Salmon, and Hengki Koentjoro as a visual compass and inspiration. This workshop is appropriate for any photographer who is comfortable with the manual controls of a DSLR camera and with post-production software such as Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom. Please see What to Know for additional information on required equipment and experience.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Dan Pollack, photographer

Age: 16 and older

Course number: P354


Dan Pollack, photographer

Dan Pollack has been a photographer since 1983. In 1985, he began a successful commercial photography studio and was featured in advertising campaigns for several Fortune 100 companies. His stock photography has been chosen for advertising campaigns worldwide. In 1998, he narrowed his focus to the subject matter he loves most, landscapes and wildlife. Since then, he has been an instructor for courses in black-and-white darkroom techniques, large format camera techniques, digital capture, and post-production image processing. Learn more at his website.

What to Know

This program meets indoors on Wednesdays and outdoors on Saturdays. Check the forecast and dress for the weather on Saturdays.

Please bring the following with you: DSLR camera, tripod, and any lenses you have.

Program Schedule

This program meets the following five times.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 18, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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