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Nature and Landscape photography
Instructor: Sean Arbabi                                                  Duration: 4 Weeks            Cost: US$169

As a 20-year pro who has captured images in the outdoors since his teens, Sean offers a great course on how to create wonderful nature and landscape images. Besides having a wealth of photographic knowledge and experience, Sean has a passion for turning what he sees in front of him into a powerful photograph that connects with others. He recently wrote his second book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography, due out in the fall of 2011, and this course closely matches the information, research, images and examples he provides in this new publication.

Each lesson is packed with information, following a step-by-step approach to the art of nature photography. Sean also adds his unique perspective on the subject with a touch of real world scenarios as well as a philosophical angle to tap into his thought process as well as your unique view of the natural world. There is so much more to producing great nature and landscape imagery than to picking up your camera and getting out there. So many are frustrated by their results, and Sean's goal for this course is to change that. How many times have you had an amazing scene in front of you yet didn't have an idea on how to best document it? Or wondered why your outdoor images lacked impact when compared to others? In over 12 years of teaching photography in the field and online, Sean has always had the knack to help students rise to another level with their work.

From how to research and organize to the gear you want to carry, Sean's first lesson taps into a critical first step in the process - safety and preparation. Then, in Weeks 2 and 3, he jumps into the most important topics of composition, lighting, and exposure- all critical toward finding the scenes you want to capture and creating the best image file in camera. Then Sean addresses others aspects including flash, filters, and post-capture editing. When it comes to nature and landscape photography, this course will show you how to plan, what to look for, and how to capture it, adding quality to your outdoor photography!

This class covers following topics:

  1. Planning and Prepping
  2. Equipment and Gear to carry
  3. Composition
  4. How lens length affects your scene
  5. Components of Exposure
  6. How to Expose landscapes
  7. Searching for the best light
  8. Utilizing light
  9. Creating mood
  10. What Filters to use
  11. Adding Flash in the field
  12. Photographing Wildlife
  13. Getting creative
  14. Post-capture file preparation

Course Requirement:
A digital or film camera with full manual exposure mode. Tripod is optional but preferred

Instructor: Sean Arbabi

Sean ArbabiSean Arbabi is a commercial photographer specializing in adventure, conceptual, lifestyle, nature, and travel; for ad, corporate, and editorial clients. In 1991, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Commercial photography from Brooks Institute of Photography, and brings a background of on-location, studio, outdoor, and lighting skills and experience to every job. During his twenty-year career he has captured over a million images, his jobs taking him to locations in Asia, Canada, Mexico, South America, the UK, and around the US. Sean's assignments and images have been published in advertisements, books, magazines, websites, and other various uses around the world in over 300 publications and 150 companies worldwide including American Express, Backpacker, California Division of Tourism, Endless Vacation, Fuji Film USA, GEO Germany, Inside Sport-Australia, JC Penny, Microsoft, National Geographic, The New York Times, Nikon, North Face, Outside, Random House, Sunset, Via, and Timex. Arbabi's first book, The BetterPhoto Guide to Exposure, published in 2009 with Random House, very successful, and his second book, The Complete Guide to Nature Photography hits bookstores in 2011. Over the years, Sean has backpacked over mountain ranges, helicoptered above jungles, ridden horseback across plains, rafted down rivers, biked along forest trails, sailed on oceans, and hung over cliffs, all to capture images he and his clients were in search of. Photography is his passion. A native Californian, Sean resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two cutie-patutie daughters. To review more about Sean's photography, visit his site:

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