Informal Classes: Nature Photography


Informal Classes offers a wide variety of exciting classes to meet the high demand for continued learning and life enrichment in the Austin community—and it continues to jump in popularity. In its first year under the guidance of CIE, enrollments have gone from 3,400 people in 2010 to 4,500 last year, a 32% increase. Over the past two years, Informal Classes has offered over 700 classes and enrolled more than 7,500 students.

In the coming weeks, this blog will feature in-depth looks at some of our most popular Informal Classes, including a look at the Texas Two Step, Life Drawing and Horseback Riding.

In our first video above, meet Brian Loflin, instructor of “Nature Photography” and tag along on a field trip to take photos in the great outdoors. This course offers valuable insights and information about the procedures and equipment needed to take excellent photos of living plants and flowers, animals and landscapes. This class is designed to be equally valuable to both film and digital photographers.

“Today, because of digital we’re seeing photography explode faster than ever, ever before,” says Loflin. “But more importantly, it’s still photography. We still have subject, we have framing, we have focus and those basic things [to teach and learn].”

There is still time to sign up for Nature Photography. Classes begin October 31 and run through December 5. More information is found online.

Also, Informal Classes was recently featured in the Austin American Statesman.


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