Photography Walk

"Controlling Image Sharpness"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography

  • Thursday, September 30, 2021 – 1:30 pm3:30 pm

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Our eyes naturally go to areas of sharpness in a photograph so we can use a mix of sharpness and blur in a photograph to direct the viewer's eye and tell the story of an image. Mary Louise will explain how we can adjust camera settings to control where there is sharpness (AKA depth of field) in an image. Then we'll practice shallow and deep depth of field techniques by photographing the trees, plants, and flowers in the Arboretum.

hyacinth flowers with different sharpness

What to Bring

Ideally suited for DSLR and mirror-less cameras. A lens with telephoto zoom capabilities over 70 mm focal length would be a plus. Some techniques may not be achievable with point-n-shoot cameras and smart phone cameras that do not have portrait mode.

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. Please register online using our registration e-store. 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.