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 that is easy for you to photograph outside – likely something in your yard or garden.
  2. Take 3 photographs, preferably on a sunny day: 1 in the early morning, 1 about noon, and 1 in the late evening before dark (note: if you can’t take photographs of the same subject (for example, you’re at work during the day), you can take photos of different subjects or wait until your day off).  If the day clouds over, wait until the next sunny day to take photos – it’s important that your photos are in the sunshine.  The photographs don’t have to be professional quality, but do try to take them from a similar angle, in the sunshine, and make them compositionally pleasing.
  3. Compare your photographs and look specifically at the strength of the shadows in the image:  How does the time of day affect the shadows?  Do you like the softer effects of the photographs taken in the morning/evening or the more stark, harsher effect of the noonday sun?