Photographing the Natural World with Robert Rattner

Nature photography includes capturing sweeping landscapes, wildlife in action, and close-ups of insects and flowers.  This workshop will explore some of the challenges nature photographers face and techniques professionals use to document the natural world.  In this hands-on workshop, participants will attend classroom sessions and put what they learned into practice during daily field trips.

Topics will include action, landscape, wildlife, close-up/macro, and wet environment photography. There will be discussion about and demonstration of some of the specialized equipment and techniques used to create compelling images of nature and wildlife, including simple and inexpensive gear you buy or make.

Hands on classes and field trips will cover:

  • composition, perspective, and becoming aware of light
  • photographing around water and water environments
  • close-up and macro photography
  • art and abstraction in nature images


This workshop is for beginner to intermediate level photographers.  Participants should have a camera with adjustable settings.  They should be familiar with their camera settings and controls and should have knowledge of fundamental controls such as f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO, and the various exposure modes (program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual).

The following equipment is recommended but is not essential for the workshop:

  • a tripod
  • one of the following for close-up photography:
    • a macro lens
    • extension tubes appropriate for your camera
    • screw-in close-up lenses appropriate for your lens (Often sold in sets sometimes called “close-up filters”)
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