2017, April 8: Springtime at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

Enjoy a morning wandering through Meadowlark's extensive gardens before they're open to the public.

The gardens are coming to life with flower beds packed with tulips in a multitude of colors, along with other spring flowers. Photographing first thing in the morning we'll be able to capture garden scenes bathed in soft warm light, along with lakes, a fountain and a gazebo.

At Meadowlark you can always find fresh photographic material, from landscape details to flower close-ups. The plant life offers opportunities for fine detail photographs as well as dreamy artistic compositions. We will explore ways to combine shape, texture and color into creative compositions.

Throughout the class Corey will work with participants individually to answer questions, clarify concepts and suggest ways to infuse creativity into their images. He will also share photo tips and demonstrate shooting techniques.

Learn about…
 - Emphasizing details to show off textures and patterns
 - Using depth of field for creative effect
 - Modifying light with diffusers and reflectors
 - Isolating elements of a landscape
 - Composition techniques for maximum impact
 - Using perspective to make dynamic photographs

Recommended Equipment
 - DSLR or mirrorless camera
 - Lens(es) covering the range 18-200mm
 - Circular Polarizing filter if you have one
 - Tripod
 - Close-up equipment: macro lens, extension tubes or screw-on close-up lenses. A telephoto lens is adequate if you don't have this equipment.
 - Optional: diffuser and reflector.

Class Limit: 8

What People Are Saying...

"Corey Hilz never disappoints! I have taken several classes and workshops with Corey and I always come away with more photographic knowledge and insight than before. Not only does he have great vision, he is also technically savvy, making him a guru in the field and in the classroom. Corey is patient with all of his students regardless of level, and he makes his explanations easily understandable. I can’t recommend Corey enough if you are contemplating a workshop or class with him."

"Corey makes one feel confident. Yes, Corey truly is a gifted teacher, and he is able to clearly explain complex concepts to a complete novice."

"I've done enough photo workshops to know that some instructors are good in the field while others are good in the classroom. Corey is outstanding in both! In the field he has an uncanny ability to show up just when you need his help. His comments are always constructive and nonjudgmental. He lends his equipment freely (he got me hooked on Lensbaby) and encourages you to try new techniques. In the classroom, his teaching is methodical and logical. He shows you how to make the most of the digital darkroom with the software that you have (and then he shows you again using the software you wish you had). Corey is a natural teacher."

Instructor: Corey Hilz

Corey Hilz is a professional photographer specializing in nature and travel photography. He finds the diversity in nature and cultures around the world offer boundless opportunities for new images. Corey approaches his subjects with an artistic eye, looking for a fresh perspective. He goes beyond the documentary image to show a unique perspective using color, shape and line. He strives to share the beauty of a destination you’ve never seen and provide a new perspective on a familiar subject. While Corey has collected diverse images from extensive travel, he also find some of the most interesting subjects close to home.

Corey is a published author and his work is seen in magazines, books, calendars and catalogs. His photographs are also seen in exhibits and his prints are found in private collections. Corey has written six books, including two books on digital workflow and the first book dedicated to Lensbaby. 

Corey has a passion for sharing his knowledge and his instruction enables photographers to improve their photographs technically and artistically. He leads workshops to locations in the United States and abroad. More about Corey can be found on his website, www.coreyhilz.com

Corey teaches the following classes for Capital Photography Center.

  • Lightroom In A Day
  • Printing with Lightroom
  • Editing With The Wacom Tablet
  • Photoshop For Photographers
  • External Flash Made Easy
  • Creative Compositions
  • And Many Of The In-The-Field Shooting Classes