ART Provides

Explorer Photography for Beginners


Beginner Outdoor Photography with Shirley Smith

June 30th, 10am-1pm

Nothing beats being in the great outdoors! Taking your own photographs to capture the moment is an awesome way to preserve that special moment forever. Learn some basic tips to improve your photography immediately. Start by learning about composition and design plus, chasing the light. Everything discussed will apply to any digital camera (even your phone) because the best camera is the one you have with you.

We will move to the outdoors to practice your new learnings. Finally, gather with classmates once again to casually review how to improve photos and discuss other basic photo processing tips to finish that spectacular shot. Participants are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras (including their phone cameras).

What to bring to class

  • Digital camera or phone with camera
  • Download the Snapseed app (its FREE) prior to class
  • Inspiration and willingness to learn


Shirley Smith

“I want to capture the feelings, colors, and textures the world provides to us to see and experience.
I do this through photography—Come see my world!”

Shirley Smith utilizes her eyes, various digital cameras and post processing techniques along with her sense of wonder to capture the beauty and inspiration of Mother Nature and beyond! Her expertise in digital photography allows Shirley to share these moments and feelings with you, the viewer. Please enjoy her photographic art images that record the world around us by remembering and sharing memories from your own life. Perhaps, you will see a favorite in a different light!

Shirley was born and raised in Central Wisconsin. After graduating college from UW- Eau Claire she moved to southern Michigan to work in the pharmaceutical industry. While there, Shirley met her husband, Bruce, and was introduced to the study and hobby of photography by him in 2012. The move to Southern Utah from Michigan in late 2013 opened up a whole new world of places to go, to see, and to record! Her goal is to be able to capture them all with her camera!

Shirley is an award winning, internationally know photographer currently shooting with various Nikon DSLR/mirrorless cameras and lens. Her photographic work is on display at Art Provides where she is a Partner Artist. Other venues where you can frequently find her work include the Zions Bank Staircase Gallery and The Red Cliff Gallery in St George, UT. Through the years, she has exhibited at the Mesquite Fine Art Gallery (NV), A Smith Gallery (TX), Arrowhead Gallery (UT), the Rochester (NY) Contemporary Art Center, Dixie State University (UT), St George Art Museum (UT), Gallery 873 and various venues in Michigan.

Her latest solo exhibition (Summer 2021) was at the Springdale, UT Community Center. In the summer of 2020, Shirley was featured at the St George Art Museum, “Alternative Vision” that showcased her infrared, macro and abstract photography. Other solo exhibitions of Shirley’s work titled, “Mother Nature Through My Eyes” was presented in 2019 at the Springdale, UT community center and at Dixie State in the Grand Foyer of the Eccles Center in the summer of 2017. In December 2020, she received 3rd place in the Kolari Vision International Photo Contest for her visible light photo essay, “The Aftermath of the Magnum Fire”. She is the President of the Color Country Camera Club (St George, UT).

Shirley can be contacted via email at or via her website and Facebook:

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