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Focus on Photography Certificate Program

The Focus on Photography certificate program enables photographers of all levels to experience the wonders of the natural world, develop and sharpen their powers of observation, and to master their technical skills. This program is your unique opportunity to discover and enhance your creativity, learn from outstanding photography professionals, and enjoy the Garden as your studio.

Who should participate? This program is designed to engage photographers of all skill levels. Whether you are just beginning your photographic journey or interested in developing your artistic voice, there is a place for you! Just take your first course and you are on your way! No prior experience is needed.

Program Design

The Focus on Photography program has two tracks of concentration, the Fine Art track and the Nature & Wildlife track. Before entering either track, all students must take two introductory courses, Beginning Digital Photography and either Lightroom 1, Photoshop 1, or Aperture 1.

The Fine Art track allows the student to explore their own artistic voice through photography. Chicago Botanic Garden becomes a studio full of color, texture, and light as you explore how to create art with the natural world. This track develops each student's portfolio and learning how to use a camera as an artistic tool.

The Nature & Wildlife track allows the student to observe and capture images of the natural world. Through classroom study and field work, students will learn to use the camera as a tool for documenting flora, fauna, and other environmental subjects, while gaining an appreciation of nature.

Current Courses

Online registration is unavailable 24 hours prior to the class start date. You may still register by calling (847) 835-8261.

Class Title Start Date
Photographing Wonderland Express Sun., Dec. 4 - 7:00 am
Photography Tools & Techniques: Selecting and Using the Proper Lens Sat., Dec. 10 - 9:00 am
Macro Photography in the Greenhouse Thu., Jan. 5 - 9:00 am
Beginning Digital Photography Sat., Jan. 7 - 9:00 am
Perspectives in Photography Mon., Jan. 9 - 9:30 am
Photoshop 1 Mon., Jan. 9 - 1:00 pm
Lightroom 1 Tue., Jan. 10 - 9:30 am
Advanced Abstracts in Winter Tue., Jan. 10 - 1:00 pm
Social Media Digital Tools Wed., Jan. 11 - 9:00 am
Composition in Landscape Photography Wed., Jan. 18 - 9:00 am
Photography Tips & Techniques: Flash Photography Sat., Feb. 11 - 9:00 am
Photographing Winter Sunsets Sun., Feb. 12 - 3:00 pm
Intermediate Digital Photography Sat., Feb. 18 - 9:00 am
Winter Photography in Black & White Sun., Feb. 19 - 9:00 am
Photographing Orchids Thu., Feb. 23 - 8:00 am
Photoshop 2 Mon., Feb. 27 - 1:00 pm
Fine Art Photography Portfolio Workshop B Wed., Mar. 15 - 9:30 am
Black and White Photography: A Study of Shadows and Texture Thu., Mar. 16 - 9:00 am
Photographing Signs of Spring Wed., Apr. 5 - 9:00 am
Lightroom Projects Wed., Apr. 5 - 1:00 pm
Photoshop: Special Projects Mon., May. 1 - 1:00 pm