fbpx Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image | The Morton Arboretum

Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image

Schedule and Location


Five days: Three Thursdays, May 30, June 6, and June 13, 2019, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and Two Saturdays, June 1 and 8, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Thornhill Education Center

Fees and Registration

$178.00 member
$209.00 nonmember
(Fees include admission to the Arboretum)
BY PHONE: 630-719-2468 ( Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Course Description

Study the masters of minimalist photography and learn to create your own evocative nature compositions. In this masters-level class, photographers will return to simplicity, using compositional tools to provide the viewer with a unique visual experience.  Learn how to see nature with a minimalist eye and capture stripped-down images that provoke an emotional response or convey a concept. Sometimes the most beautiful images are the ones that look the simplest to create.

Course number



Cora Jacobs, nature photographer

Cora Jacobs is a photographer who has been teaching at the Morton Arboretum since 2014.  Her images have been exhibited both locally and nationally.  Her work has been published in South Loop Review (no. 16, 2015) and her book In the Quiet Morning: Reflections on Water Lilies was published in 2013.  

Course Details

  • Notes: This class will be held indoors and outdoors. Limit 16
  • Supplies: Bring your DSLR fully charged, your camera’s manual, a tripod, and your favorite lenses.
  • Prerequisite: Basic mastery of your camera’s manual functions and a foundational understanding of composition and exposure required.

Arboretum class weather, cancellation and refund policies

Nature Photography: Mastering the Minimalist Image