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Outdoor Photo School Online Course

Improve your photos, learn new techniques, and master the art of outdoor photography.

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Photo by Adam Barker Photography.
Photo by Adam Barker Photography.

Stop being envious of other people’s great backpacking photography and create your own. Outdoor Photo School brings pro photographer Adam Barker into your home in an 8-week, self-paced online course that will take your photography skills to the next level. Whether you strive to hang prints on the wall from your next backpacking trip or you just want to take better family photos, this course is for you. Stop letting your mediocre pictures die on your computer. Enroll now!

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Want to capture the best moments in your life as vividly as you remember them? Then learn from pro photographer Adam Barker in BACKPACKER’s 8-week Outdoor Photo School. This is a landscape photography course, hiking photography course, action photography course, and portrait photography course all wrapped into one. It’s aimed at every aspiring photographer who’s passionate about the outdoors. Don’t miss this chance to take your photo skills to the next level.

Photo by Adam Barker Photography.
Photo by Adam Barker Photography.

What You’ll Learn:

Pro photographer Adam Barker starts with the foundation of a great photo, from shutter speed and aperture to leading lines and subject placement. Next he goes in-depth on lighting, landscape photography, action photography, post-processing, and more. At the end of the course, you’ll walk away with a photo portfolio you can be proud of.

Week 1 | Camera and Photo Basics

  • Review basic camera functions
  • Discuss how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together
  • Using a histogram
  • Assignment

Week 2 | Photo Gear

  • Different camera bodies
  • When and why to use different lenses
  • Tripods and monopods
  • Editing software
  • Post processing
  • Assignment

Week 3 | Understanding Light

  • Formula for a complete image
  • How different light (sidelight, backlight, front light, etc.) affects an image
  • How to handle difficult lighting situations
  • Silhouettes
  • Assignment

Week 4 | Conquering Composition

  • Defining composition
  • Composition using wide and long lenses
  • Balance
  • Subject placement
  • Shooting from different angles
  • Assignment

Week 5 | Landscapes

  • Scouting locations and using sun-predicting apps
  • Three-dimensional composition
  • Leading lines
  • Filters
  • Assignment

Week 6 | Shooting Action

  • Communicating with the subject
  • Proper focusing (pre-focus, focus tracking, back-button focus, and more)
  • Panning vs. burst mode
  • Using yourself as the subject
  • Assignment

Week 7 | Portraits

  • Recognizing the moment
  • Composition
  • Lens choices
  • Assignment

Week 8 | Telling Your Story

  • How to shoot the whole story
  • Don’t forget the details
  • Shooting for and getting published on social media
  • Assignment

How the Course Works:

We know you have a busy schedule, so we’ve designed this course to be taken at your own pace. You’ll learn through a variety of interactive formats, including video instruction, professional photo examples, and weekly homework assignments. While we’ve designed the course to be 8 weeks long, each lesson builds upon the last. We expect the lessons to take about an hour each, and you can go through the course as fast (or slow) as you want. Plus, once you purchase the course, the lessons are yours forever.

Outdoor Photo School Online Course
Adam Barker sets up a shot. Photo by Ryan Dionne.

Meet Adam Barker

Raised amongst Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, internationally acclaimed photographer Adam Barker is known for bold landscape and active lifestyle imagery. His love affair with exceptional imagery has translated into stirring editorial work for BACKPACKER, Men’s Journal, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Flyfish Journal, USA Today, Mountain Magazine, and many more publications. He has drawn praise for his teaching style at workshops both domestic and abroad.

Barker has also produced imagery for an array of commercial clients, including Panasonic, Columbia Sportswear, Traeger Grills, Yeti Coolers, Volkswagen of America, Deer Valley Resort, and many more. Barker lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and three sons.


Do I need to have an expensive camera?

No. While the course is structured around using a DSLR camera, any digital camera with manual mode should suffice for most lessons and many of the tips are applicable even to a simple point-and-shoot camera.

What do you expect the time commitment to be for each week?

We’ve broken down the online photography course into weekly sections. How long it takes to complete each lesson is, in large part, up to you. Shooting in the field is a large part of the course, and the best way to learn and improve. We expect each lesson will take an average of an hour to get through each week, but we also give weekly assignments. The assignments are meant to help you connect the skills learned in the course with your camera.

Will I get access to or feedback from the instructor?

While the weekly assignments won’t be collected or graded, students will have access to a private Facebook group where you can critique each other’s work, receive tips, and periodically get insight from the instructor. We’ll also host a couple live chat sessions throughout the year, so people can get personalized advice from Adam.

I’ve never taken a photo course before, but I love taking pictures. Is this course for me?

Yes, without a doubt. We suggest that people have a digital SLR to gain the most knowledge, but as long as you have a digital camera with manual mode, you’ll learn a tremendous amount.

Does this course focus on night photography?

No. Outdoor Photo School focuses on other aspects of shooting. We feel it’s important to master these skills first.

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