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. Go outside to a familiar or unfamiliar place with your camera.
  2. Sit and feel.  Is it cold, warm, noisy, calm, energetic, peaceful, serene, magical, expectant, something else?  Close your eyes.  Without visual cues, how do you feel?
  3. Identify a story that tells what you feel.  Maybe you want to convey the expectancy or the loud noises or the calm or the excitement.
  4. Identify a focal point/subject – just one!  It can be tempting to try and capture the entire scene, but that rarely makes for the most powerful photograph (says someone who has tried taking pictures of the entire scene on far too many occasions).
  5. Using your focal point, try different point of view, textures, colors, lighting, etc. to tell your story.
  6. Think about how few words can you use to describe your surroundings. Can you capture those words in a photograph?  If not, think deeper about how you can imply those words with visual elements.