Through the Lens: A Naturalists Eye


This course is designed for experienced photographers and aspiring individuals who are looking to enhance their knowledge of capturing nature through the lens of a camera. We will be combine the skills used by native peoples and camera-computer technology to create stunning photos. Techniques used in nature such as camouflage, timing and lighting will be used to capture wildlife, sunsets, still objects and everything else nature has to offer. During the class a myriad of lectures will teach students how to get their SLR cameras off the automatic settings, while making pictures look more professional.

Lectures will include: how to create better composition, the relationship between shutter speed and aperture, creative lighting and off-camera flash, HDR pictures, panoramic shots, macro photography and numerous other creative techniques to getting better pictures. Lectures and workshops will be followed by time in the classroom examining and digitally post-processing everyone’s favorite photo– while teaching photo-enhancing techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Unique to this course will be the way we get into nature by undertaking awareness exercises designed to open students sensitivity to the subtleties of the natural world.

Dates: TBA
Time: 12:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
Age: 16 and up
Cost: $225.00
Location:  Meet at Sun Foundation Pavilion

Required: SLR Digital camera (two cameras are available for loan, please call ahead) lunch and water bottle. We will be spending time outdoors so please dress accordingly.

Instructor: Tom McElroy
Tom has spent the greater part of his adult life studying indigenous/hunter-gatherer cultures and teaching these skills to a myriad of students throughout the country. During his early 20’s he was an instructor at the world-renowned Tracker School, from there he went on to obtain a double major from Rutgers University in Anthropology and Geography. Currently, he is pursuing a Masters degree in Policy and Human Rights of Indigenous cultures while also traveling to remote areas and learning from isolated tribal groups. Tom is an avid surfer, climber, potter, photographer, wilderness survivalist and tracker.