Photography Walk


"Using Black and White Photography to Emphasize Line and Texture"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography

  • Friday, March 13, 2020 – 10:30 am12:30 pm

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Trees and flowers will soon be bursting with leaves and blooms. Before they do, nature offers us a different and fascinating view of these plants, one defined by structure, texture, and line. This is a beauty often overlooked, and black and white photography is the ideal medium to capture and emphasize these features. Surprisingly, the camera you already own can, with a simple setting change, be used capture the world in black and white. In this session, Mary Louise will explain how to set your camera to capture images in black and white, as well as share how to identify the best subjects for black and white photography. Participants will practice digital black and white photography at various locations in the garden.

black and white photograph of a feather

What to bring

Suitable for all types of cameras from DSLR and mirrorless, to point and shoot and smartphone. A variety of lenses can be used from wide angle to telephoto, even macro.

Mary Louise Ravese

About Mary Louise Ravese

Mary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university, and corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She is the owner and principle photographer for Bella Vista Photography, and has a resident artist studio at 311 Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in multiple states. She is an experienced photography instructor who has trained hundreds of amateur photographers. She enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel, and creative photography, and can help with both the technical and aesthetic aspects of picture making. Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the United States and abroad. For more information visit her Web site at

$20.00 for members, $30.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Online registration opens soon. Until then, please call (919) 513-7005 to register. Registration is limited to 12 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks prior to the program's start date. No refunds will be made after this time. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this program.