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Visiting Photographer Series: Mastering the Creative Photograph with Ian Plant

Schedule and Location

Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Arbor Room

Fees and Registration

$83.00 member
$95.00 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

Spend an exciting day with professional photographer Ian Plant! During this comprehensive classroom seminar, Ian will share the techniques and stories behind some of his favorite photos from around the world. He'll cover a range of topics, discuss artistic design principles, present field and digital darkroom techniques, and provide hands-on technical demonstrations. Throughout the day, Ian will present a variety of topics, including the following:

The Creative Photograph

In this inspiring opening presentation, Ian will share some of his favorite techniques for creating artistic photographs that challenge perceptions. You’ll learn about composition, the use of light, telling a story with your photos, and capturing the magic of the moment.

Extreme Perspective Photography

In this session, Ian will lead an in-depth discussion about using wide-angles lenses to create extreme, mind-bending compositions. He’ll also discuss achieving a “deep focus” effect using focus stacking, including demonstration of both field and digital darkroom techniques.

The Creative Use of Flash for Outdoor Photography

One of Ian’s favorite creative techniques is to use flash for nature and travel photography. This session will tackle the best techniques for using flash outdoors, including a live demonstration of field flash techniques, and optimal settings for taking flash photographs.

Creative Composition Techniques

Ian will discuss important artistic design principles that can help you take your photos to the next level. He’ll also share digital darkroom secrets for making subtle enhancements to your compositions.  


Want individual coaching from Ian? Don't miss the small-group morning outing on May 12!

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Ian Plant

Whether hanging over the rim of an active volcano, braving the elements to photograph critically-endangered species, or trekking deep into the wilderness to places most people will never see, world-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera. Known for his inspiring images and single-minded dedication to creating the perfect photo, Ian has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world in his mission to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. Ian is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, Managing Editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, a Tamron Image Master, and the author of numerous books and instructional videos. You can see more of his work at https://www.ianplant.com

Course Details

Notes: Class will take place indoors. Coffee service provided. Bring a sack lunch. Limit 100

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Visiting Photographer Series: Mastering the Creative Photograph with Ian Plant