Photo Class: Nature Photography

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Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise Point, at Sunrise, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

Bryce Canyon National Park, Sunrise Point

About This Photo Class

Note: This photo class has been changed from a single 3-hour class to two 2-hour classes.

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Goal: Show people how to take better, more memorable photos.

Audience: Beginning to advanced photo enthusiasts.

Focus: Nature photography.

Bonus: The ideas in this class apply to all types of photography.

Class 1: Learn the basics of effective photography. This class shows how your settings influence your photos – what to set and when to set it. Learn how to use space, light, and time to take better photos. Gain tips, tricks, and techniques that will help you advance your photography skills. [ This class is about Mechanics.  ]

Class 2: Gain professional strategies that produce memorable photos. Learn advanced composition concepts, told through stories that show how a photo was designed and then taken. Next, see step-by-step processing sequences that show how to enhance good photos or rescue poor photos. Discover how mastery will make your photography more enjoyable, rewarding, and satisfying. Learn how to score higher (or even win) in photo contests. [ This class is about possibilities. ]


Slide from Photo Class by Steve Kaye, (c) Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

This is the main outline for the photo class

Content: Tips, tricks, techniques, workflow, strategy, concepts, and over 450 photos (give or take a few). The pace is both fast and friendly.  Everything is proven, practical, and doable. Although the focus is on digital photography, the fundamentals apply to any camera.

Time: The class now consists of two 2-hour sessions, with a 10-minute break after one hour.

Other times are possible. Call to discuss how this can fit into your event’s program


1) Write a list of what you want to learn

2) Send me that list (use the Contact Page on this web site)

3) Bring pen and paper

4) Come with an open mind ready to play with possibilities.


“It’s not easy to hold my attention for three hours. Just ask my Mom, she’ll tell you. But you did it.” (Class attendee, Age 12)

“It took me four years to learn what you just covered in 20 minutes.” (Professional photographer)

“I came expecting to learn one or two new techniques and am leaving with much more, benefiting from many years of experience of a skilled artist.” (Class attendee)

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Praying Mantis, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

Praying Mantis

Photo Class Outline

Fundamental Concepts and Techniques
– What do pros do?
– How people see and why this matters.
– What camera settings do.
– How the camera settings affect a photo.
– How depth of field affects a photo.
– How to take sharper photos.
– Safety for photographers.

Phacelia, Death Valley, CA, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

Phacelia, Death Valley, CA

How to Use Space
– The Rule of Thirds.
– The Golden Mean.
– The Golden Triangle.
– Dynamic Symmetry.
– Why what goes where.
– Managing backgrounds.
– Creating backgrounds.
– Managing foregrounds.
– 2 mistakes that ruin a photo.
– The most important part of a wildlife photo.
– How to take photos of flowers on windy days.
– Tips and tricks for taking photos of moving wildlife.
– Simple changes that improve a photo.
– Managing details.
– How to approach wildlife.
– How to photograph movement.
– How to create a sense of scale.
– How to emphasize the subject.
– How to add drama to a subject.
– How to remember where you were.

Allen's Hummingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Allen’s Hummingbird, Slide from Photo Class

How to Use Light
– How light helps and hinders.
– How to overcome challenging light situations.
– When manual exposure matters.
– When breaking the rules matters.
– Recommended lighting for birds.
– Recommended lighting for flowers.
– Recommended lighting for landscapes

Black-chinned Hummingbird, Female, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

Black-chinned Hummingbird, Female

How to Use Time
– What times of the day result in the best photos.
– What times of the year result in the best photos.
– What unpopular situations result in beautiful photos.
– How else to use time.
– New: Sequences that show what I saw, what I selected, and how I took the photo.

Long-billed Curlew, Flying with a Sand Crab, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in Extraordinary Photo Class

Long-billed Curlew, Flying with a Sand Crab

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