Learn to Take Better Photos!

You may already know how to use your camera and/or smartphone camera, but just how good are they?
Anita Elder Anita Elder
April 14, 2016

I found out about The Mountaineers Basic Photography Course from a photographer and instructor from Vashon Island. I had never heard of The Mountaineers prior to taking his composition class. I had a good eye for what makes a photo interesting, but didn’t really know anything about the settings on my camera. I just shot in automatic and hoped for the best.

After finding out about the Basic Photography Course, I signed up for the class. I was really pleased with the classroom lectures and the instructors walking us through things like the F-stop, exposure, lighting, and more. Who knew there was so much to learn?

I was even more pleased when I found out that the course included actual hands-on field trips with lots of volunteers to help me practice the new skills I learned! I was so inspired by the other volunteers, I joined the ranks and became a trip leader.

Since taking the Basic Photography Course, I have won a few photography contests and was even published by National Geographic as one of their daily dozen shots. I highly recommend the course for anyone who wants to take their photography to a whole new level!

Take the Class


If you ever wanted to take better photos with your digital camera, or even your smartphone camera, you should take the hands-on course through the Photography Committee!

In the basic photography class, you will learn how to take better pictures by learning about composition, lighting, and more!

This one-day course is part lecture and part practice and held at the clubhouse in Seattle.

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Anita Elder
Anita Elder says:
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 12:40 PM

I just wanted to add that I really love the Mountaineers. Besides being actively involved with the Photography Committee, I have also take classes with the Naturalists Committee so I that I can identify the plants and animals I'm photographing. The two committees really go hand-in-hand!

I know a lot of the Mountaineer members hike in very snowy areas, so this class is also great to learn how to take good photos in the snow (without them looking washed out or too bright).

Anita Elder
Anita Elder says:
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 1:06 PM

There are still spots available for the photographyear class. Sign up now before you forget.