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PE 1607: Backcountry Photography

Backcountry Photography

Enjoy being outdoors in the Fingerlakes in this introduction to backcountry photography course. Students will camp out and enjoy the beauty of this region while learning to use your camera, whether it is a cell phone or digital SLR. Everyone can take great pictures! The Finger Lakes region is full of numerous opportunities for the avid nature photographer to refine their skills. This course will teach you some of the basics, including the rule of thirds, and how to utilize your exposure time to maximize your photographs.


Course Fee

Students: $365
Community: $455
CU Faculty/Staff: $400

Fee Notes

All group camping equipment and food


First class is mandatory.
Students must attend all classes to receive PE credit.


No previous experience. Must have your own camera.

Drop Deadline



Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


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Day Date Time
Saturday 3/5/22 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 3/12/22 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 3/19/22 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday 3/23/22 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sat-Sun 3/26-3/27 10:00am to 11:00am