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Basic Nature Photography

Schedule and location


Four Thursdays, June 4 through 25, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Erica Benson
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$138.00 member
$162.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)

BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 or to be waitlisted (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) 

Course description

Become a nature photographer. Move beyond shooting in automatic; learn how to adjust your camera’s manual settings to get the shot you want. Learn basic composition and editing techniques. Apply your new skills on the grounds of The Arboretum, where there’s no shortage of natural beauty to capture. The course includes classroom instruction, in-field shooting, and a critique session.

Course number



Erica Benson, photography Instructor or Cora Jacobs, nature photographer

Erica Benson has been a professional photographer since 2000 and a photography instructor since 2007. She is passionate about her field and looks forward to sharing her experience with her students. 

Cora Jacobs is both a nature and street photographer.  She has been teaching at The Morton Arboretum since 2012.  She is a member of the Morton Arboretum Photographic Society.  She also teaches magazine production at Columbia College Chicago.

Course details

  • Notes: Please bring your camera  and camera manual to the first class. Limit 15

Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies

Basic Nature Photography