Registration will open on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
 
All photography classes are offered for digital cameras. Outdoor classes will take place rain or shine.

These classes are for students 18 years of age and older.
NOTE: A sturdy and strong tripod is required for the outdoor classes.
Registered students will be emailed a supply list 5 - 7 days prior to class.
Refunds (less a 20% service fee) will be made for cancellations received seven days prior to classes and workshops.
No refunds will be given for missed classes. Classes are not interchangeable. Classes may be canceled if minimum enrollment is not reached.


  1. Step 1 Selection
  2. Step 2 Registration
Saturday January 19
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Students will experience the sunrise as they photograph Fairchild's spectacular garden landscapes, flora, and fauna. This course will offer the opportunity to photograph the Garden's lush greenery, dramatically lit by the rising sun. Participants will receive instruction and demonstrations on photographing outdoors in the early morning natural light. Mr. Causo will help you select your subject and create attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show how to control and meter light effectively. Focus will be on visual expression and technical understanding of photography techniques that capture our landscapes. Time spent in the field will be geared toward the aesthetic challenge of moving from documentation to interpretation in your photographs. Instruction will be tailored to your individual level, whether beginner or advanced.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Wednesday January 30
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Learn to capture the best of what's in bloom at the Garden. This class will review the best camera settings to create different interpretative flower images in the Garden. It will teach shallow focus and hyper focal techniques to create botanical art of the flora at Fairchild. Different lighting techniques to produce dramatic images will be used and there will be a review of the work of famous flower photographers, while exploring their different techniques. Time in the field will be used to learn how to manage the subject, use the correct approach and effectively compose the image. For this class students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended. A 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable. If you do not own a macro lens, you will need a good close-up lens (one that allows you to fill your frame with subjects four inches in length). Telephoto zooms such as a 70-300mm or 70-200mm work very well in the Garden. Telephoto lenses such as 300mm also are recommended.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Tuesday February 05
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday ending Tuesday February 12
Now that you have purchased a full-featured DSLR camera, how do you take advantage of its many features? This class will cover which lenses are best suited to your particular needs and how to take full advantage of their use. Basic flash and lighting techniques, different focal length lenses, basic camera functions and the unique features of your particular camera will be explained. (Please bring your camera and manual.) Resolution, exposure modes and auto focus will be covered, as well as custom functions and when to use them. The class is offered to users of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica.
Category
Quantity
Price
$65.00
 
$85.00
 
Saturday February 16
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Photograph the beauties in Wings of the Tropics, Fairchild's butterfly conservatory. Pedro Lastra will introduce you to the world of tropical butterflies and will teach you how to use your equipment to capture these beauties of the Garden. During this session you will cover the technical skills that must be learned in order to master butterfly macro photography as well as review basic concepts of effective composition. This class will not cover basic camera operations. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended; a 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Tuesday February 19
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Here is your chance to photograph Fairchild's vistas during that magic hour of sunset as the evening sky is highlighted. A very sturdy tripod and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable functions are strongly recommended. This class is limited to 12 participants, age 18 and up. This class is not for beginners, therefore there will be no basic camera instruction given. It will involve a great deal of walking, so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. You should bring along insect repellant, a flashlight and water. Takes place rain or shine.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Wednesday March 06
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Learn to take your photography to the next level and create more artistic images. This class will delve into the components necessary to compose a good photograph and create moods and special effects. The use of lines and lighting in creative ways will teach the student how to create depth effectively, using repetition and texture, as well as other visual elements of art. Time will be spent taking photographs in the Garden to practice these skills and a group critique will reinforce the understanding of these new concepts.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday March 09
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Orchid and photography enthusiasts will enjoy this unique opportunity to preview and photograph Fairchild's International Orchid Festival early in the morning, before the crowds arrive. This class will offer the opportunity to photograph these exquisite beauties at their best. Participants will receive instruction on how to photograph the orchids using artificial light to produce natural looking photographs. Mr. Causo will instruct you in choosing and creating attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show you how to control and meter light effectively. Advanced point-and-shoot cameras with pop-up flashes and macro capability as well as SLR's with macro lenses and external flashes are highly recommended. Small point-and-shoot cameras are not recommended for this class due to their very limited controls.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Saturday March 16
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Saturday ending Saturday March 23
Now that you have purchased a full-featured DSLR camera, how do you take advantage of its many features? This class will cover which lenses are best suited to your particular needs and how to take full advantage of their use. Basic flash and lighting techniques, different focal length lenses, basic camera functions and the unique features of your particular camera will be explained. (Please bring your camera and manual.) Resolution, exposure modes and auto focus will be covered, as well as custom functions and when to use them. The class is offered to users of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica.
Category
Quantity
Price
$65.00
 
$85.00
 
Saturday March 30
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Students will experience the sunrise as they photograph Fairchild's spectacular garden landscapes, flora, and fauna. This course will offer the opportunity to photograph the Garden's lush greenery, dramatically lit by the rising sun. Participants will receive instruction and demonstrations on photographing outdoors in the early morning natural light. Mr. Causo will help you select your subject and create attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show how to control and meter light effectively. Focus will be on visual expression and technical understanding of photography techniques that capture our landscapes. Time spent in the field will be geared toward the aesthetic challenge of moving from documentation to interpretation in your photographs. Instruction will be tailored to your individual level, whether beginner or advanced.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Wednesday April 03
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Classes scheduled every week on Wednesday ending Wednesday April 10
Would you like to learn the more advanced camera features of your DSLR? This class will cover the following advanced functionalities of your DSLR: when to use RAW format vs jpg; how to manage your white balance options; how to manage the auto focus options; using external flashes and light modifiers effectively; how to use your camera's TTL meter to control multiple dedicated external flashes and balance ambient and artificial lights to create professional results. Information on how to use your histogram to maximize your image quality and managing your lens aperture and focal length to accomplish different aesthetic effects will be covered. This class is for owners of the following cameras; Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica. Please bring your camera and manual with you to class. The recommended textbook for this class is the "National Geographic Field Guide to Photography: Secrets to making great pictures" by Caputo and Burian.
Category
Quantity
Price
$55.00
 
$75.00
 
Saturday April 06
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Photograph the beauties in Wings of the Tropics, Fairchild's butterfly conservatory. Pedro Lastra will introduce you to the world of tropical butterflies and will teach you how to use your equipment to capture these beauties of the Garden. During this session you will cover the technical skills that must be learned in order to master butterfly macro photography as well as review basic concepts of effective composition. This class will not cover basic camera operations. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended; a 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Sunday April 28
8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Learn to capture the best of what's in bloom at the Garden. This class will review the best camera settings to create different interpretative flower images in the Garden. It will teach shallow focus and hyper focal techniques to create botanical art of the flora at Fairchild. Different lighting techniques to produce dramatic images will be used and there will be a review of the work of famous flower photographers, while exploring their different techniques. Time in the field will be used to learn how to manage the subject, use the correct approach and effectively compose the image. For this class students should be familiar with their camera's basic exposure and focus controls. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended. A 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable. If you do not own a macro lens, you will need a good close-up lens (one that allows you to fill your frame with subjects four inches in length). Telephoto zooms such as a 70-300mm or 70-200mm work very well in the Garden. Telephoto lenses such as 300mm also are recommended.
Category
Quantity
Price
$35.00
 
$55.00
 
Make an additional donation $  
Event registration summary
Sunrise-Early Morning Photography at Fairchild - Section A with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography - Section A with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera - Section A with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$65.00
Non-Member
0
$85.00
Butterfly and Hummingbird Early Morning - Section A with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Photographing The Sunset and Magical Hour at Fairchild with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Through the Eye of the Artist with Andrea Clement:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Orchid Photography: Capturing the Beauties of Fairchild's Int'l Orchid Festival with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
How to Use and Master Your DSLR Camera - Section B with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$65.00
Non-Member
0
$85.00
Sunrise-Early Morning Photography - Section B with Carlos Causo:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Advanced DSLR Techniques: Getting More Out of Your DSLR Camera with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$55.00
Non-Member
0
$75.00
Butterfly and Hummingbird Early Morning - Section B:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Artistic Flower Macro Photography - Section B with Pedro Lastra:
Member
0
$35.00
Non-Member
0
$55.00
Donation:
$0.00
Total:
$
Directory