Local Nature: Intermediate Backyard Photography

Let photography bring you closer to nature and inspire others! Turn-of-the-century photographs of western landscapes led to conservation action across the United States, while recent images of endangered bees and of polar bears living on dwindling resources inspire people to address environmental challenges. Following spring's popular beginner program, this class will go into more detail on how to engage with the variety of photography opportunities right in your backyard using your cellphone or digital camera. Come develop an eye for close-up and creative shots, turning even ordinary natural items into photos to enjoy. Rick will show you photography techniques to help you capture the changing light and seasons in your neighborhood, then there will be 20 minutes for you to take outdoor photos, followed by sharing photos and answering questions. Watch recorded event here: Local Nature: Intermediate Backyard Photography September 28, 2020


Rick and Jeree' Waller, Founders, HeartWork Accessible Nature Photography

Rick and Jeree' have 30 years of professional photography and teaching experience. Jeree’ is also one of the founders of FREED Center for Independent Living, and One Source Empowering Caregivers in Grass Valley, CA. Their background includes working with people of all ages and disabilities who want to get out into nature to enjoy wildlife photography. The Wallers currently travel throughout much of the United States and Canada offering Accessible Photography Outings for Veterans, cancer survivors, the hearing-impaired, small family groups, and others. https://heartworkphotography.org/


Some photography experience is required, whether that be with a camera or smartphone. This event has no age limit, but is recommended for teens and adults at and advanced-beginner to intermediate level.

Please have your camera ready. During the event, we will take time to go out into our own "local nature" areas such as your back or front yard, just down the street, or on your porch to take nature photographs, so please have a location in mind.

Please create a Google account, as we will upload the photos we capture during the event to a Google Drive folder to share.

Zoom meeting details will be sent to you upon registration. If you have not used Zoom before, please allow time to download and install the application before the event. Please log-in a few minutes early, as it may take more than one attempt if servers are busy.

How to Sign Up

Register at the link below. Each participant should register separately. Registration is free.

About the Center

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry empowers university students to work with community members on the environmental challenges of the North Bay. Our mission is to create an engaged and environmentally ready society, one where all people have the skills to find solutions to the challenges facing our earth. SSU Preserves are open to everyone engaged in education or research. Reservations are required.

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Kerry Wininger
Date & Time Registration Link
Monday, September, 28, 2020, 10:00am to 11:30am