Adult Opportunities

Photography Workshop: Outdoor Portraiture

Learn how to take portraits of your friends and loved ones in their favorite outdoor locations.

Content Detail

In this nature photography workshop at The Morton Arboretum, using a mix of classroom learning and hands-on experience, students will

  • learn about lighting, lenses, poses, and candid techniques
  • have an opportunity to practice with fellow class participants as models in authentic outdoor settings
  • share images with classmates for a constructive feedback session.

The first session will focus on techniques. The following week will be spent outdoors, practicing the skills under the guidance of the instructor, and then reviewing images to share feedback and ask questions.

Bring a camera, a 70- to 80-mm lens (or higher), a flash (if available) and a willingness to be photographed while enjoying the creative process of outdoor portraits.

This program meets in person at the Arboretum.

Instructor: Erica Benson, photographer

Age: 16 and older

Course number: P016

Erica Benson, photographer

Erica Benson has been a professional photographer since 2000 and a photography instructor since 2007. She is passionate about her field and looks forward to sharing her experience with her students.

What to Know

Bring a tripod if you have one.

Bring your camera with a 70- to 80-mm lens or higher.

Bring a flash if you have one.

Dress for the outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk off trail on grass.

Program Schedule

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Thornhill Education Center


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