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Adult Opportunities

Nature Photography Workshop: Autumn in Macro

Get close to nature through the lens of your camera.

Content Detail

(This course has been canceled).

With the bold variety of color during the fall season, autumn is the time to get in close and photograph leaves. In this workshop, we will capture the structure, color, and design of a variety of leaves, both as a portrait and in abstract. We’ll search the grounds of The Morton Arboretum for different species and produce a photographic portfolio on the art of leaves. 

Using your DSLR camera, you will learn and develop techniques to create exciting and beautiful macro images of leaves with the trees at The Morton Arboretum as your muse. Begin in the classroom, learning foundational principles of macro photography and studying examples. Then head out onto the grounds to apply your learning under the guidance of your instructor. Simple tools will also be provided to stir the imagination into the art of seeing a leaf in macro. Then return to the classroom to review images and fine-tune your understanding.

This program meets on-site at the Arboretum.   

Instructor: Cora Jacobs, professional photographer 

Age: 16 and older


Cora Jacobs, professional photographer

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

What to Know

While any level of photographer will benefit from this class, an understanding of your camera’s manual settings will be very helpful.

Held indoors and outdoors. Dress for the weather.

Bring your fully charged DSLR camera, camera manual, and a notebook and pen. (This class does not cover smartphone or point-and-shoot cameras).

Lunch is on your own. Bring a sack lunch or enjoy lunch at The Ginkgo Restaurant and Café.

Program Schedule

Saturday, November 12, 2022

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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