PRTL 1150 Nature Photography


Lane Peters

Core Course Information

Nature Photography University of Utah, St. George UT
Nature Photography University of Utah, Capitol Reef, UT
Nature Photography University of Utah, Capitol Reef, UT
Nature Photography University of Utah, Kodachrome Basin, UT
Nature Photography University of Utah, Capitol Reef, UT
Nature Photography University of Utah, Bryce Canyon, UT

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Meeting times and location:

Marriott Library 1120

  • August 29, 2017  6-9pm
  • September 12, 20176-9pm
  • September 19, 20176-9pm

Snow Canyon, St. George, UT

  • Sept 8 - 10, 2017 Friday 5pm - Sunday 10 am

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Meeting times and location:

Marriott Library 1120

October 5, 2017 6-9pm

October 26, 2017 6-9pm

November 2, 2017 6-9pm

Capitol Reef, UT

October 20 - 22, 2017Friday 5pm - Sunday 10 am



Meet other photography minded students and learn the basics of landscape photography while exploring some of the many National and State Parks the Western States have to offer. Locations change each semester and will be announced at the beginning of each semester. Overnight (car) camping and hiking will be a part of this class. Students will need a camera with full manual exposure capabilities to be able to participate and complete course assignments (film or digital). In addition to field work, this course also covers basic digital workflow during two lab workshops in the Marriott Library after the weekend trip. 


  • Manual Exposure Basics

  • Composition Techniques

  • Ethics and Leave no Trace Principles

  • Lighting for Outdoor Portraits

  • Astrophotography

  • Light Painting

  • Types of and Quality of Light

  • Lens and Body Choices

  • Basic Digital Workflow and Manipulation

At the end of class, students should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Discuss and demonstrate Leave No Trace Principles

  • Show adequate understanding of the exposure triangle in varied lighting conditions

  • Correctly expose a digital sensor or film to obtain images of the night-sky

  • Demonstrate proper panoramic stitching methods

  • Utilized organization skills in digital post-production

  • Develop a Raw file and manipulate images digitally utilizing software

  • Demonstrate knowledge of lighting types when shooting IE: Backlighting, front lighting, side lighting

  • Discuss shot framing composure and methods and ideologies


We have limited time in the lab and outdoor setting. Students need to come on time and prepared with all necessary camping and camera gear (tripods, extra batteries, film, or enough sd cards) so that we can stay on schedule. Please take the opportunity to ask questions from instructors and work with fellow students to work on techniques throughout the class. I expect students to play an active part in all activities throughout the weekend and lab evenings.


Grading is on a credit/no credit basis.  

All course components (listed below) must be completed in a satisfactory manner. 2 credit hours count toward graduation, but this course does not yield a letter grade.  Per University policy, all students must attend 80% of class period and 100% of the field trip.  Alternatively, the course may be taken as non-credit. To receive credit a student must receive ≥ 70% cumulative score when completing the following 3 components.

Assignment = 34%:

3 separate images due last day of class. During the course students will be exposed to a variety of photographic techniques. From these techniques, three images that best demonstrate the photographic techniques learned during the course need to be turned in the last day of class. Students will present to the class the images they chose and explain techniques used. Students are expected to be active participants in the critique of their own and other’s images.

Participation = 33%:  

This will be measured on a student’s demonstrated desire to learn and develop an outdoor ethic and practicing LNT, active participation in course activities and discussions, cooperation with instructors and other students, keeping safety in mind, and follow through in bringing the required equipment. Students are required to attend 100% of this class to earn credit.

Exam = 33%:  

Score a minimum of 70% correct on written final exam. Questions may come from readings, tutorials, discussions, or anything covered during the trip. Exam will be passed out on the last day of class prior to assignments being turned in.


Although your instructors have made efforts to make this description accurate, errors may be present. Additionally, certain events may require changes to the syllabus; students will be notified of such changes.  


Please direct any questions to Lane Peters at:

Lane Peters, Instructor for photography at the University of Utah