Introduction to Outdoor Photography - Composition & Technique Class

Description: Cameras don't take pictures, people do. But cameras are not always easy to understand. Join REI Outdoor School's photography instructors out in the field as we teach techniques enabling you to turn everyday snapshots into beautiful compositions. You'll learn to see beyond your primary subject so that everything in the frame improves the image. We'll analyze numerous photographs as we discuss composition techniques, including eliminating distractions, utilizing human subjects, and using leading lines and the Rule of Thirds to create more dynamic images. Begin to shoot with an eye that draws the viewer's attention into a vibrant and stimulating photograph. Photographers of all levels using film or digital cameras are encouraged to attend. Bring your camera along with its owner's manual.

Skills you'll learn:

Learn to frame photos to achieve beautiful effects and to go beyond simple snap-shots. Eliminate distractions, utilize human subjects, apply the techniques of Rule of Thirds and leading lines to create vibrant, exciting images. Learn about great outdoor locations for photos in your region. Learn basic hiking techniques

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Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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Introduction to Outdoor Photography - Composition & Technique Class Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Water Bottle
  • Owners Manual
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Personal Camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Lunch & Snacks


  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Camera Lenses, Filters, Flashes & Camera Bag
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Camp Chair - Bring a chair that can fit in your pack or is easy to carry.

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit