Photography Walk

"Photography Practice Session on using Aperture Priority Mode"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography

  • Friday, March 17, 2023 – 10:30 am12:30 pm

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Aperture Priority shooting mode is commonly used by beginner to intermediate flower and garden photographers for the majority of their photography endeavors. Understanding how to use this mode in principle is one thing, but using it in practice can be a struggle for many.

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In this session, Mary Louise offers participants guided hands-on step-by-step practice using this important camera mode. Photographing in the Arboretum's garden, we will practice achieving shallow and deep depth-of-field in Aperture Priority mode. We will also cover adapting other settings like white balance and exposure compensation as part of the overall photograph making process.

Items to bring and Prerequisite

This class is suitable for DSLR and mirror-less cameras that support aperture priority shooting mode. A variety of lenses can be used from wide angle to telephoto, but for a more pronounced shallow depth-of-field look, a lens capable of a focal length over 80mm is ideal.

As a prerequisite, participants should have some basic understanding of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and how to set them on their camera.

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

$30.00 members, $40.00 nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 12 participants and is considered complete when payment is received. Registration will close at the end of day on Thursday, March 16, 2023.
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.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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