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
  1. Choose a subject.  I recommend a subject that doesn’t move, such as a building, tree, or picnic table, but you should also be able to get far enough away from it to get the entire subject in the frame.  You should also be able to move freely around your subject.
  2. Using whatever camera settings you want (you don’t have to shoot on manual mode unless you want to), take the following pictures of your chosen subject:
  • A picture with a lot of foreground
  • A picture with a lot of background
  • A picture that has very little background or foreground
  • A picture with some foreground, some background, and your subject – whatever looks good to you.

Chances are that you will need to move yourself and your camera around.  That’s good!  It’s part of the point of the exercise to see what happens when you move around to different views of your subject.

  1. Repeat the exercise on at least one more subject.