Dr. Thomas G. Barnes, award-winning author and nature photographer and University of Kentucky Extension Wildlife Specialist and professor in the Department of Forestry, will lead a nature photography workshop on Oct. 12 through 14 at Pine Mountain Settlement School. The workshop is part of the School's fall arts weekend.
The workshop, designed for all skill levels, will include an introductory session on nature photography, three field sessions, a session on equipment basics for nature photography, and critiques of participants' photographs. If time allows, Tom will discuss post-processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop software.
The Friday evening introductory session will focus on the creative side of nature photography. Topics to be covered include composition, lighting, visual design principles, and the use of color. Students will have the opportunity to share five of their photographs with the class.
On Saturday morning, the class will be in the field to photograph the sunrise over the mountains, spring wildflowers and water features. After the morning field session, participants will return to campus for a presentation on equipment basics for nature photography, the technical aspects of digital cameras, and the features to look for in a camera system.
In the afternoon, students will return to the field for another photography session. In the evening, students can download their images to share with the class. There will be an opportunity for students to offer constructive critique of each other's images.
On Sunday morning, students will return to the outdoors for a final photography session. Participants should bring their own digital cameras and related equipment, and a stick drive with five of their photographs.