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Adult Opportunities

Nature Photography Workshop: Artful Images through Camera Play (online and in person)

Take novel approaches to nature photography with creative camera techniques

Content Detail

Use nontraditional techniques to produce creative—and sometimes surprising—results with your camera in this nature photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum. Nature photography takes many forms, from landscapes to macro and everything in between. Put a spin on these approaches by experimenting with novel techniques and unusual tools such as:  

  • intentional camera movement,  
  • zoom effect,   
  • selective focus,   
  • panning, and  
  • forced perspective.  

In this workshop, participants will learn new ways to play with their DSLR cameras and digital images through classroom lectures and field time with the instructor. You will create a photograph that will have your friends asking, “Wow! How did you do that?” In the final, online session, get personalized feedback on your images, learn from your classmates, and see nature in a new way.  

This program meets online and in person at the Arboretum.  

Instructor: Maria Rebelo  

Health and Safety: Program participants must abide by the Arboretum’s health and safety guidelines. Guidelines are subject to change, so please check back frequently.   

Age: 16 and older  


Maria Rebelo, photographer  

Maria Rebelo has been teaching photography at The Morton Arboretum since 2017. She is a macro and event photographer, currently working on a project with Pousadas de Portugal. Rebelo has been the photographer for the blog “Salt of Portugal” since 2011. She also teaches bookbinding, a skill she became interested in as a way to make artistic books for her own photographic images. 

What to Know

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

The June 8 session will meet on Zoom. A link will be provided upon registration.

Bring a notebook and pen, and your fully charged camera (DSLR).

Program Schedule 

This program includes all of the following meeting times:

Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, 2023, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, June 8, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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