Photographing native plants program at Burpee

From press release

Throughout all the beautiful displays of hundreds of wildflowers, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and songbirds, we think to ourselves, “I wish I could capture this sight so I may enjoy the beauty of this moment again.”

You can learn how to do it! Tim Lewis, who has extensive experience in the field of photography, will present a program at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17, at Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford. He will show you how to get stunning photographs of native plants with a digital camera.

A hobbyist “for longer than I care to say,” Tim Lewis worked first for Camera Craft for several years before moving on to Barber-Colman as an industrial photographer. He has taught basic photography through the YMCA and the Winnebago County 4-H, acting as a 4-H photo judge for 20 years. Lewis is a past president of the local Rockford Shutter and Lens Club, past president of The Wild Ones-Native Plants, Natural Landscapes, and is currently a national director of Wild Ones.

Lewis will cover the basics of getting good photographs of your natives. Some of the topics he will cover include: shutter speed, aperture control, composition basics and lighting. Bring your camera for a brief hands-on demonstration as time allows following the program.

This program is free and open to the public.

From the June 16-22, 2010 issue