Example photo by instructor Terry Nathan
Nature Photography in Lassen Volcanic National Park
In this two-day photography workshop, we will use Lassen Volcanic National Park's stunning landscape and diversity of ecosystems to improve our skills making photographs. By combining in-class and hands-on photography experiences in the park, we will learn about compositional principles that will enable us to make more compelling photographs of wildflowers, geologic features, and grand mountain views. The workshop will consist of a two-hour in class presentation on the principles of lighting and composition, a five-hour hands-on field excursion, two optional sessions, and a post photo-shoot critique session. Session includes:
- The camera, a tool for the heart and mind.
- Basic aperture, depth of field, etc.
- Learning to see like an artist: documentation and interpretation.
- Basic principles of composition: visual weight, proportion, perspective, etc.
- Seeing the light: quality and direction of light, color.
- From concept to portfolio: telling a story.
Experience Level: Beginner to Experienced
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $150 per person; $135 for Lassen Association Members
Instructor: Terry Nathan
Dates: July 25-26 or September 12-13
Day 1 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lecture on lighting and composition. July session at the Loomis Museum; September session at the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center.
Day 2 - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
July session field excursion: Hike around Manzanita Lake
7:00 a.m. Welcome in front of Loomis Museum; session topics (see above)
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Optional session (Q&A, practice)
3:00 p.m. Break
5:00 p.m. Photo critiques of images in the Loomis Museum auditorium
7:00 p.m. Optional sunset photography
September session field excursion: Bumpass Hell to Kings Creek Picnic Area
7:00 a.m. Welcome at Bumpass Hell Trailhead
7:15 a.m. Shuttle vehicles to Kings Creek Picnic Area. Return to Bumpass Hell. Begin hike (4 miles).
12:00 p.m. Lunch on the trail
3:00 p.m. Return to Bumpass Hell / Break
5:00 p.m. Photo critiques of images captured in the KYVC Auditorium
What to Bring
All types of cameras are welcome. Bring plenty of water, backpack, lunch, extra food, sunscreen, insect repellent, hat, sunglasses, rain gear for you and gear. Wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, layers of light and loose clothing. Small folding chair is optional.
Lecture will be at 6000 feet elevation. Field excursion begins at 8200 feet and descends to 7300 feet; steep sections exist along the trail. Weather extremes and rapidly changing conditions may exist; exercise caution with exposure to the elements. Unfavorable or dangerous weather conditions may cancel the course. Light rain will not cancel. The course itinerary is tentative and may change due to weather conditions, participants' experience levels, and accessibility to resources, etc.