J-Term Photography Course to Explore Costa Rica

OBU students, as well as alumni and the community, are invited to enroll in a January Term photography course which will explore the Central American nation of Costa Rica coast to coast. The course, “Landscape and Nature Photography in Costa Rica,” is slated for Jan. 9-17, 2011, and will be worth three credit hours.

“We’ll travel to a remote village accessible only by boat, visit the cloud forest, kayak on a lake at the base of a volcano and travel from the shore to the mountains on this exciting eight-day trip,” said Dr. David Byland, the course instructor. “Throughout the trip you will be learning how to capture the best landscape and nature photographs possible under a variety of weather and lighting conditions. Volcanoes, wildlife, waterfalls and adventure! What better way to spend your J-Term?”

The course has limited enrollment capacity, so students with intention of enrolling in the course must contact Byland no later than Wednesday, Oct. 5. A $95 non-refundable enrollment fee is due by Oct. 8.

“Landscape and Nature Photography in Costa Rica” is open to freshmen students and can satisfy a communications requirement or be used as an elective.

Prior to the trip, the class will meet at least four times during the fall semester for instruction in techniques of landscape and nature photography. The meetings will be mandatory. Each student must have a digital camera for the trip and for the class meetings. The pre-trip meetings will also cover weather, clothing, money, packing and other necessities.

Byland has been teaching since 1983 and joined the OBU faculty in 1991, where he serves as serves as associate professor of communication arts. He served as president of the Broadcast Education Association for 2006-07 and was the 2000-01 president of the Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association. He currently serves as the founding editor of the OBEA’s Journal of Media Education. He teaches classes in electronic media production as well as courses in the communication arts core.

For more information about the course, contact Byland at (405) 878-2064 or e-mail david.byland@okbu.edu.