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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

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Adult courses

Picture Perfect: Photographing the Natural World

Week 2: July 15-21, 2012

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If you've ever been awestruck by the sight of a spectacular natural vista—or an eagle in flight or an elk bugling on a crisp autumn morning—and wanted to capture the image in a photograph, this is the course for you. You'll explore the fascinating world of nature photography with Tim Gallagher, editor-in-chief of Living Bird magazine at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, award-winning wildlife photographer, and the author of several books, including Wild Bird Photography, The Grail Bird, and Falcon Fever. Tim will discuss the aesthetics of nature photography—elements of composition, evocative use of natural light, ways to tell a story with an image—and also offer practical tips on how to get the most from each photo opportunity, whether it be a crimson-tinged sunset, an eastern forest in full autumnal splendor, or a courting snowy egret. In addition to enjoying Tim's talks and the images he shares, you'll have a chance to put your new skills to use taking pictures in the Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary and other natural areas in Ithaca.


Registration is closed for this class. Please contact CAU if you have questions.

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For those staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) covers course tuition, lodging, sixteen meals, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, welcome and farewell parties, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees. Wednesday supper is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees. Weekly program rates vary with the accommodation you select:

Program fee including on-campus housing and meals

  • Court/Kay Hall: double occupancy $1,805, single supplement $100
  • Room w/private bathroom: double occupancy $1,867, single supplement $150

Program fee for commuters and for those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites*: $1,085 (includes CAU evening events and the banquet but no other meals)

*If you stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, you will pay the hotel directly for your accommodations. Please call them at 607.266.0000 and request the CAU block.

NOTE: The Hilton is full for Week 4. Please see the Housing page for details about reserving a room at the Courtyard Marriott.

Commuter meal plan option: $350. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week.