Course Content
A pre-lesson to help prepare you for Lesson 1.
Lesson 1: Getting Started
Collect the photography gear that you'll need for the course
Lesson 2: The Workings of a Camera (Technical Lesson 1)
In this lesson, we'll discuss how a camera works - including digital cameras!
Lesson 3: Background vs. Foreground (Composition 1)
In this lesson, we will look at the three basic elements of every photograph - the foreground, the background, and the subject.
Lesson 4: Light (Technical Lesson 2)
Everything in a photograph is based on light. In this lesson, we will study light and how to use it to your advantage while taking pictures.
Lesson 5: Tell a Story (Composition 2)
In this lesson, we will discuss how to compose pictures in such a way as to draw viewers into the photo via the story it tells.
Lesson 6: The Direction of Light (Technical Lesson 3)
In this lesson, we will look at how the direction of light affects our photographs - and why this is important.
Wilderness Photography 101
About Lesson
Medicine Bow Airport, Wyoming
In this photo, I tried to create a sense of place with the wildflowers and puffy white clouds over the prairies. Medicine Bow Airport, Wyoming

One way to create a story is to reveal a sense of place in your photograph.  Put yourself in the shoes of the people or animals who live(d) there.  How did they see this space?  What would have been important to them?  What did they leave behind? 


You can also look around you.  What should you put in or leave out of your photograph to give a sense of the space and/or time that you’re trying to convey?