Nature Photography: Intro to Composition

A branch set against a snowy white background“Composition is the strongest way of seeing.”  - Edward Weston

Develop your skills as a nature photographer through thoughtful compositions. Learn tools of composition and how to use your camera to make an image that captures a moment, feeling or experience in nature.

Through classroom instruction, in-field photography, and critique sessions, you will learn and apply a number of composition tools including:

  • Four corners
  • Thirds
  • “FMB” (foreground, middle ground and background)
  • Leading lines


Composition is a key component of powerful photographs. Understanding the principles of composition will allow you to create images that reflect what you see--and what you want others to see-- in nature.

Instructor: Ken Thompson, nature photographer
Notes: Held indoors and outdoors. Limit 15
Prerequisite: Basic Nature Photography (P000) or a solid understanding of shooting in manual mode

Course number

P110

Schedule and Location

Four days: Three Thursdays, September 20 through October 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Fees and Admission

Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$138.00 member
$162.00 nonmember

Registration Information

ONLINE: REGISTER NOW
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 (or to be waitlisted, M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
IN PERSON: Stop by Visitor Center during open hours.

Weather Cancellation Hotline
Classes run rain or shine unless there is a threat of server weather. If severe weather is forecast please call 630-719-7979 for updates on weather related cancellations.