Nature photography can be a fun, relaxing, and exciting hobby! In this course, you’ll learn about the many aspects of outdoor photography as well as how to master your digital camera’s controls and features. With the knowledge you gain in this course, you’ll be taking exceptional nature photos in no time.
We’ll explore composition and lighting issues, and you’ll find out how to take beautiful photos of landscapes, flowers, trees, and water. Along the way, we’ll delve into your camera’s shutter speed and aperture controls so that you’ll be able to capture the photos you really want. You will discover how to use your computer to process your photos and digitally correct the most common problems. You’ll see how your photos can become works of art rather than just snapshots of nature. By the end of this course, you’ll have become the nature photographer you always wanted to be!
In this first lesson, we’ll explore what makes nature photography an exciting and joyful hobby. You’ll do fun exercises that help you focus on the details in the world around you. Then, explore how to work with different kinds of sunlight, use fill flash, and photograph the sun. We’ll talk about using the rule of thirds to compose attractive photos, and we’ll also take a look at three cool natural forms that make great patterns to photograph.
In this lesson, you’ll figure out how to manage aperture settings and depth of field to get the most from your landscapes, and you’ll realize the benefits of focal points and vantage points. You’ll also receive some tips to help you spice up landscapes that are flat or lack obvious details. Then, learn the basics of photographing flowers, and then we’ll move on to explore advanced techniques the pros use. You’ll also gain an appreciation for the ways trees can communicate feeling and practice photographing them in a way that evokes the specific feeling of a season or place.
You’ll learn how to use your camera to compose photographs of large bodies of water (like oceans and lakes), and you’ll receive fun tips for taking effective shots of streams and rivers. You’ll also get better acquainted with your shutter-speed settings and practice controlling them to blur or freeze action to create interesting effects. Then, investigate the ways telephoto equipment can enhance your experience of nature photography.
In this lesson, we’ll explore how to get the best photographs of large animals, whether domesticated or in the wild. You’ll photograph single animals, groups, and animals in zoos and other captive areas. You’ll also learn how to get pets to cooperate for a photo shoot! Then, we’ll delve into strategies for photographing small animals in the wild, including reptiles and other sneaky creatures. You’ll learn tricks for photographing small animals at zoos, including animals in terrariums and aquariums.
In this lesson, you’ll learn about the challenges of photographing birds and the techniques for overcoming those challenges. Then, we’ll delve into macro photography, which you’ll use to document some of the smallest creatures in our natural world.
Find out how to make quick fixes using photo editing software and creatively enhance photos. Finally, we’ll wrap things up with a fun exploration of the creative possibilities of abstract nature photos.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.