If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, WELCOME!

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What's Inside:

Photography Skills & Techniques

OPS is a growing resource of clear and concise photography how-to articles, guides, checklists, and more – all focused on helping you create better images and reconnect with nature.

Outdoor Skills & Safety

We provide practical and helpful information about the essential skills you need to do photography in the outdoors safely, respectfully, and with confidence.

Tools of the Trade

We can get pretty excited about all of the new gadgets that are out there for photography and outdoor adventuring.  It’s not all about the gear, though.  Check out our RESOURCES page to learn about recommended books, podcasts, apps, and yes – lotsa gear, too.

Connect With People & Nature

As part of the OPS community, you join like-minded photographers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to spend more time in nature with their cameras.  We commit to put nature first as we master our skills and encourage each other as we learn together.  Check out our MANIFESTO to learn more.

About Outdoor Photography School

To be a successful outdoor photographer, your skills need to go beyond how to use a camera and compose an image. You also need to be proficient in navigating trails, water bodies, wildlife, and unexpected weather, to enjoy the outdoors safely and respectfully.

These outdoor skills are often overlooked when learning landscape or nature photography.  We want to change that.  At OPS, we provide practical information on BOTH topics so that you never have to feel unsure of your abilities to trek out into the woods or up a mountain pass with your camera.

Importantly, at OPS we commit to PUT NATURE FIRST.  We respect our subjects (rivers, mountains, deserts, wildlife, etc.) and take proper care to ensure that the natural elements we photograph remain available for future generations.  We encourage you to make this commitment too!  Check out the OPS MANIFESTO to learn more.

So, are you ready to embrace your inner outdoorsman or outdoorswoman?  Do you want to improve your landscape, nature, wildlife, or night sky images?  Do you like our philosophy of putting nature first?  If so, please join us!