The Next Step: Macro and Telephoto Photography in Your Backyard

with Kristi Odom

Course Description

Alumni of Birds, Bugs, and Plants: Macro and Telephoto Photography in Your Backyard are invited to continue your exploration of photographic techniques for turning backyard photography into fine art. When science merges with photography, all sorts of possibilities open up, and Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom is uniquely qualified to share techniques that allow you to bring more voice, expression, and emotion—not to mention narrative—into your images.

A big part of visual storytelling is setting a scene, and Kristi offers tips and tricks for creating unique landscapes, from daytime long exposures to image stacking. As we experiment with workflow and post-processing techniques, you learn how to get creative with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop and use those programs to enhance the narrative element of your work.

The world is always moving. How do you incorporate that movement into a still image? We look at ways to make movement part of our narrative, including capturing and editing time-lapse videos. Whether you are photographing a subject that’s moving, a plant in the midst of growing, or the changing sky over a landscape, time-lapse is an unrivaled tool for sharing the temporal beauty of nature.

Spend five two-hour sessions taking your technical and interpretive skills to the next level and come away with images that offer viewers a rich and rewarding understanding of nature. We also enjoy a final class show to bring our time together to closure.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.


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Creative Vision, Nature & Landscape
Kristi Odom

Kristi Odom is an internationally acclaimed photographer, Nikon Ambassador associate fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and motivational speaker. Her work focuses on connecting people emotionally to animals and the natural world; it has been published in print and online by National Geographic, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Outside Magazine, Nikon, and Microsoft. Kristi teaches photographers to improve their work through advanced camera skills and creating an emotional connection with their subjects. She has received more than 60 accolades from organizations around the world, including two from Nature’s Best Photography, which exhibited her images at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.

Instagram: @kristiodom

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