Introduction to Outdoor Photography - Level 1: Composition & Technique

2:30 PM  –  6:30 PM

Cowles Bog - Indiana Dunes National Park

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  • Fitness level  1: Relaxed
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Group size: 12

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.

  • 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.

Cowles Bog - Indiana Dunes National Park

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More directions and information

On Mineral Springs Rd, 0.7 miles north of US-12, there is a stop sign next to a guardhouse. Turn right, onto the gravel road, just before the stop sign. The gravel road will take you to the parking area for the Cowles Bog Trailhead. If you have any questions, please contact us: Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm at 312-929-3047; or Friday-Sunday on our after-hours phone at 312-834-3734; or by email at Chicago-os@rei.com - all of these are monitored mailboxes.