You don’t need a fancy camera for this course. In fact, I took the above picture with a mid-priced bridge camera – not exactly a DSLR. But if you have a fancy camera, you’ll enjoy this course even more! No matter if you have a DSLR and multiple lenses or a cell phone you barely know how to use, you’ll be learning to take photos to its fullest extent and how to get the very best photos of landscapes and the natural world. We will be covering traditional photography topics like exposure and aperture (don’t worry if you don’t know what those are; we’ll get to that later), but much of this course will be devoted to the composition of landscape and other outdoor photography. We’ll talk about how to “see” a perfect photo opportunity, what to have in the frame (and what to leave out), and how to capture the “feel” of a place.
I’m very excited to share with you some of the photography techniques I’ve learned over the last 20+ years of photographing the wilderness areas of the United States. Each lesson contains a written lecture, photographic examples, a short quiz, and a photography assignment. Most of the assignments should be completed outside, though you don’t have to visit a wilderness area – a local park will work for most, if not all, of the assignments. Buckle your seatbelt or get ready to fly, because we’re about to take off! (Disclosure: This course contains affiliate links. By clicking on the link and then purchasing a product, you will support me at no extra cost to you. You are not obligated or even encouraged to buy any of the specific products mentioned in this course.)