Introduction to Outdoor Photography at Ojai Meadows


$79 for REI Members

$99 for non-members

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  • Fitness level 1 Relaxed
  • Skill level 1 Beginner
  • Group size 8 people

Cameras don't take pictures, people do. But cameras are not always easy to understand. Join REI Outdoor School's photography instructors at Ojai Valley Land Conservancy's Ojai Meadows Preserve as we teach techniques enabling you to turn everyday snapshots into beautiful compositions. We have the pristine Ojai Valley, Ventura River Preserve and the majestic Topatopa Mountain Range as your backdrop for incredible photos with the best daylight setting. 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 about the Ojai Meadows Preserve and its unique and abundant flora and fauna

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