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Painting & Photography

Northwoods Nature Through the Lens

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Course Overview

The beauty of the Northwoods inspires countless photographers in all seasons. And now that everyone carries a smartphone, taking a quick snapshot is easier than ever. For those who would like to move beyond iPhone photography and learn to use a DSLR or mirrorless camera to capture the beauty they discover, this course offers an introduction to nature photography. We’ll cover gear, changing light conditions, composition, editing, and organizing. We’ll spend a full day in the field enjoying the beauty of spring and capturing whatever catches our eye—wildflowers, insects, birds, waterfalls, fungus, birds in flight, and maybe even a few mammals. On the final day of class, we’ll practice with tools like Adobe Lightroom and Topaz, and share our favorite photos. This course is open to students ages 12+ if accompanied by an adult.

Students should be comfortable hiking 3-4 miles during the course of the day over uneven terrain and come prepared for varied weather conditions.

Required Tools

  • A camera body and lens that you own
  • Extra batteries and memory cards  
  • Rain gear,
  • Long sleeves
  • Long pants
  • Hat
  • Bug net
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • Waterproof boots at least 8” tall (comfortable hiking in them)

Optional Tools

  • Please feel free to bring any additional photography gear that you own and want to practice with and/or need help with. This may include additional lenses, a tripod, filters, etc.


Fri, Jun 3rd, 2022  –  Sun, Jun 5th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: Day 1: 4-6pm; Day 2: 9am-5pm; Day 3: 9-11am
Tuition: $200.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, David Brickner
David Brickner
Apple Valley, MN USA

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Northwoods Nature Through the Lens