Creative Approach to Digital Photography

Date and Time:
Date(s) - Friday, April 25th, 2014 - Sunday, April 27th, 2014
6:30 AM - 1:30 PM

scalitoroseThis course is taught by Irene Sacilotto

Fri. 4/25/15 : 6:30-8:30 pm (Lecture/Prep)

Sat.4/26 : 7am-2pm (Field Practice)
Sun. 4/27: 6am-1:30pm (Critique)

Pre-registration is required.


This course is for those wishing to advance their photographic skills—becoming more creative selecting subjects, choosing equipment and camera settings, and manipulating the final image. The object is to create interesting images well composed with strong design. You will examine the creative process of building a photograph, increasing visual impact and establishing your own photographic style. This includes being able to determine when you can break the traditional rules of composition to heighten the impact of the photo. We will explore the process of selecting a subject, identifying its attraction, adding supporting visual elements, establishing spatial relationships, and minimizing distractions. PowerPoint slides, class discussions, and critiques will be used to help you analyze and edit your photos; improve technique; and establish your own vision as a photographer. Discussions will include subject selection, lenses options, lighting, and depth of field, plus the effective use of patterns, lines, color and other essential graphic elements. Photo assignments will encourage creativity and reinforce concepts discussed in class.
Includes field practice at the Botanical Gardens in the Tropical Display House with tropical plants. Patterned leaves, textured bark, bromeliads, and other exotic plants will provide participants with a wide range of subjects to photograph and compare at the following critique sessions. Weather permitting, the class will explore photo opportunities outside –winter berries, seed pods, evergreen leaves, frost patterns, frozen water, etc.

Digital or film single lens reflects (SLR) camera with exchangeable lenses and manual settings so you can independently alter the f-stop and/or shutter speed. Also bring your camera manual, fresh batteries, and a memory card. For the field session bring a sturdy tripod.
Assumes students have a basic knowledge of photographic terms and principles such as depth of field, exposure, and f-stop.


scalito birdAbout the instructor: Since 1979, Irene Hinke-Sacilotto has shared her photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 200 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad.   Sponsors have included zoos, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation.  For more than 19 years, she has taught photography classes at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions and has written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Outdoor Photographer and Birding.  Her images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, National Geographic, Audubon, and Sierra Club.  Her book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure,” is sold in bookstores nationwide.

Norfolk Botanical Garden