Chicago Botanic Garden Outing

National Nature Photography Day

Friday, June 15th, 2018 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
Glencoe, IL

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 @ 7:30 to 9:30pm

$95 (4 min. / 14 max. – non-refundable)

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

Looking for a chance to get out to shoot flowers and much more with professional coaches?!!

Get help with compositions, camera settings, or whatever you need!

Join us for wonderful photo ops among the beautiful gardens.

Following the outing, an online feedback session to discuss participants’ images.

Our outing is at the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022, 847-835-5440. Lou and Todd Nettelhorst are providing individualized coaching as you explore your own photographic styles. The two, as always, will scout a few days beforehand to determine the optimal locations within the Garden to give us a great variety of subjects for our photo adventure. Participants are sent final instructions the week before.

The following Wednesday evening, July 11th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Lou and Todd will host an online critique/feedback session, discussing sample images from each participant. Instructions for uploading your images and signing on are provided following the Outing.

All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, outings, classes and lessons include Lou’s learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on the practice results. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. We’re discovering and exploring your artist within!!


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished, artistic photographer who shares his extensive knowledge on revealing nature’s beauty through workshops, seminars, classrooms, publications, and exhibitions. A photo editor summed up Lou’s photographs as follows, “Intensity, powerful color, bouncing form, and dramatic, emotional play characterize Lou’s creative photographic style. As a viewer, you’ll want to crawl into Lou’s scenes and become one with the flora and fauna!”

Todd Nettelhorst is also an accomplished, artistic photographer, as well. His charismatic energy and unique photographic perspective is very contagious. He has a passion for the visual arts and helping others bring out the best in their creative abilities.


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation.


A digital SLR camera with a battery of lenses that may capture wide-angle to telephoto and macro subjects and a sturdy tripod are recommended. If you don’t have a macro lens, using extension tubes with a telephoto lens is a wonderful substitute. A polarizing filter is a good idea to cut glare off the leaves and enrich the color. A Hoodman loupe allows you to see your LCD screen without glare. Other accessories suggested are: blower and lens cloth, extra batteries and plenty of flash or memory cards, diffusion disk and reflector, remote control, flashlight, sun screen, knee pads and a ground cloth. You may carry your equipment in a cart, backpack, or vest.  BTW: newer camera phones can take excellent photos, especially documenting signage with the plants.  AND: Don’t forget your camera manual!  A few Hoodman loupes, reflectors and diffusion disks, plus extension tubes for Canon and Nikon will be available for participants to use.


Summer weather can be quite variable. Be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly. Physical Requirements: Easy – we‘re walking on paved trails with few, if any steps.


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the outing. To arrange carpooling for those who aren’t CBG members, we will meet at the Container Store’s parking lot on Skokie Hwy. in Northbrook. We recommend that you bring water, some snacks, even a sandwich for lunch.


Outing: Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe IL.

Online Critique/Feedback Session: Wednesday, July 11th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm (recorded)


$95 (non-refundable, unless a replacement participant is provided, in which case, a $15 administrative fee is charged) The fee includes coaching during the outing and a two-hour feedback session. Maximum/minimum: 14/4 participants

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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ~ Ansel Adams

  • What the Participants are saying...
    Critiques: When I'm least inspired, it helps to see the work of others; your gentle manner and impressive expertise give me encouragement and ideas -- and HOPE!!
  • What the Participants are saying...
    Critiques: I like seeing the work of other participants and thinking about what I might do with the same image or in a similar situation.

Chicago Botanic Garden Outing Details & Contact

Chicago Botanic Garden
OUTING: Friday, June 15th, 2018 @ 9:00am to 2:00pm
Glencoe, IL

ONLINE FEEDBACK SESSION: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 @ 7:30 to 9:30pm

OUTING FEE: $95 (4 min. / 14 max. – non-refundable)

LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

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    Chicago Botanic Gardens

    Limited Availability: Reserve your spot today!

    Reserve Now!