Introduction to Outdoor Photography
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Introduction to Outdoor Photography: July 23, 2017

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Introduction to Outdoor Photography

Sunday July 23, 2017

Rick Sheremeta, M.E., P.E.

This program will be a comprehensive introductory course for beginners in photography set in the beautiful and grandiose Glacier National Park. In this course, you will learn the basics of “How to make a photograph” versus just taking a snapshot.  You will learn techniques that will serve as the basis upon which you will grow your overall photographic skills and develop your own creative vision.  You will be introduced to exposure with natural lighting, composition, control of motion, use of perspective and depth-of-field, plus other valuable skills all intended to help sharpen your photographic capabilities.

Meeting time: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 9:00 am

Meeting place: Glacier Institute Field Camp Meeting Hall (see campus map)

Itinerary:  We’ll begin with a one-hour slide show and discussion to introduce you to the basics of photography.  After the introduction, we’ll spend about an hour in the field along the shoreline of Lake McDonald exploring detailed exposure and composition techniques.  We’ll then head up the Going-To-The-Sun Road for some photographic pit-stops, identifying and practicing specific techniques along the way. Back in the classroom, we’ll spend the remainder of time reviewing what we learned, and conducting a review/critique of images shot.  The class will end by about  4:00 PM.

Food:  Students are responsible for their own meals.  Please bring a sack lunch and ample snacks.

Required Equipment (all seasons): Warm Layers

Course Equipment:

  • Please bring basic photo gear – camera body, lens(es), tripod, memory card(s), extra batteries, polarizing filter and holder (if you have them), and gear bag.   Bring your laptop and memory card reader for download of images for wrap-up review.

Prerequisites: Please be familiar with the functions and menus on your camera.  Due to time constraints, it is not possible for the instructor to devote limited time trying to figure out for you how your camera works.  Please know where your controls are, and if necessary, have your camera manual on-hand. 


  • How to turn camera on and off;
  • How to set camera MODES – Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc.;
  • How to change ISO;
  • How to change Exposure Compensation in Aperture/Shutter Priority Modes;
  • How to activate Histogram on Image Preview Screen – PLEASE HAVE IT TURNED ON

Physical Requirements: Short Easy hikes.

Transportation: We will be traveling by Glacier Institute vehicle.

Recommended Reading:

Mountain Light. Galen Rowell.

The Art of Photographing Nature.  Martha Hill and Art Wolfe.

The Nature Photographer’s Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques.  John Shaw

Exploring Glacier National Park: A Natural History Guide.   David Rockwell, Falcon Publishing, 2002