WKSHP 100: Outdoor Photography Workshop | Ohio Sea Grant

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WKSHP 100: Outdoor Photography Workshop

Field photography sessions using the natural and cultural subjects unique to the Lake Erie Islands


This course is for record only and was offered in 2017. For a current listing please visit our course offerings page.

Dates: October 6 - October 8, 2017
Meets: NFS
Room & Meals: $ 200.00

Please note for this year, this course has been cancelled!

Taken as Workshop $ 250.00


At least 18 years of age, high school graduate, and be familiar with the operation of a digital camera.


Field photography sessions using the natural and cultural subjects unique to the Lake Erie Islands are interspersed with classroom discussions and photo critiques of each student’s work. Emphasis on digital techniques. Must be familiar with the operation of a digital camera. Student supplies own camera.

Spend a fun and exciting weekend on Gibraltar island while learning to take your outdoor photography to the next level. You’ll receive both one-on-one “real time” instruction in the field, as well as intensive classroom exploration sessions. In the exploration sessions, you will learn the steps that make the difference between ordinary snapshots and extraordinary photos. Minutes later you will be outside practicing those steps with the help of the workshop instructors. You will receive individual, practical, coaching. Best of all, you will go home knowing how to create eye-catching images!

What is covered

We will cover a wide range of topics designed to be useful both to advanced amateurs, as well as newcomers to outdoor photography. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Seeing Like Your Camera Sees – And Not Like Your Eyes
  • Metering – The First Big Step Toward Great Images
  • The Magic of Depth of Field – The Doorway to Dramatic Images
  • It’s All About Time – Creating Images That Your Eyes Can’t See
  • From Grand to Intimate – Landscapes Great and Small
  • From Bees to Birds to Bears – Wildlife Photography in Ohio and Beyond
  • Creating Beautiful Flower Images
  • Outdoor Photography as Fine Art – Don’t just Capture . . . Envision!
  • Simplifying Tricky Situations – It’s Only Hard Until You Know How

What to bring

  • Digital camera*(see the important note below) and the camera manual. You will be using your camera during the workshop.
  • Tripod.
  • Small flashlight or headlamp for our night shoots.
  • Extra batteries and your battery charger
  • The recommended textbook for the workshop is Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies. You can order it here at and learn more about it here.
  • It would also be helpful (but not required) if you bring a laptop to display and work on your images

IMPORTANT CAMERA NOTE: To get the most out of this workshop you will need a camera that allows you to manually control apertures, shutter speeds, and ISO settings. You will need a lens that allows you to turn off autofocus. Any recent model DLSR (digital single lens reflex) or ILC (interchangeable lens compact), will be fine. If you have a full featured point and shoot camera that has the four basic PASM modes (Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual) and makes them easy to use, you will do just fine.