Photography
Classes & Workshops

Immerse yourself in 1300 acres of rich subject matter, dramatic color, open spaces and abundant wildlife to capture stunning nature photographs. With the Arboretum as your inspiration and your laboratory, you will learn tips and techniques from renowned photographers. Your close-to-home photographic excursion awaits.


 

iPhone Photography

(750-05-20-18)
Sunday, May 20
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: Beginner
The best camera is the one we have with us! Join us for an exploration of advanced iPhone photography. In our first hour you will discover iPhone apps that give you complete control of your plant, insect, and landscape photography. Frank will demonstrate techniques he uses to reduce motion blur, keep specimens and scenes well lit, color-balanced, in-focus and discuss add-ons that can take your photos to the next level. In our second hour, step outside to practice your newly learned techniques. Because processing your photographs is nearly as important as taking them, the last hour of class will focus on the powerful editing capability of the free Snapseed app as well as the potential built into the best camera apps. This class will have you photographing, cropping, sharpening, color correcting, and more with confidence -all on your iPhone!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, SE, 6, 6Plus, 6S, 6SPlus, 7, 7Plus, or 8 with advanced camera app (Camera+ is one I recommend)
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Photo editing app such as Snapseed (free at App Store)
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$54 member/$69 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission 
register


Photo: John Pennoyer 

Photographing Minnesota Native Orchids

(750-06-02-18)
Saturday, June 2
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net
David Remucal, curator of endangered plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Level: Experienced Beginner to Advanced
Join this exciting course combining photography with Minnesota native orchids! In the classroom, David Remucal will offer orchid field notes and share his tips for getting up close without endangering these delicate plants, while John shares macro-photography essentials and several flower photography techniques. Afterward, David and John will lead you to the most stunning native orchids in bloom at the arboretum where you will be able to confidently practice your new macro photography skills while discussing details of their fascinating and delicate ecology.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual, macro or short zoom (24-70mm) lens, tripod
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Close-up filter; extension tubes
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

5 spots left
$160 member/$175 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission
register


Photo: John Pennoyer

Up Close and Personal: Summer Macro Photography

(750-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
The Arboretum is full of breathtaking, vivid colors and images, and with your camera's macro lens you can add even more exciting dimensions and compositions to your photographs. Classroom time will be spent learning the essentials about macro-photography - and many more of John's nature photography up-close techniques. Join your classmates on a photographic journey across the Arboretum grounds to apply your new skills to the inspiring subject matter found during the lush summer season. You will never look at the curve of a leaf or fully blossomed flower the same way, and neither will the viewer of your photos! There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual, macro or close-up lens, tripod
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Close-up filter; extension tubes
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

1 spot left
$109 member/$129 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register

Art of Photography 4-class Series

Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full 4-class series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 

Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence

(750-06-16-18)
Saturday, June 16
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
This workshop brings beginners and experienced photographers together for an introduction to the fundamentals of artistic composition. In this class you will learn how to create dynamic and beautiful photographs with the principles of line, movement, rhythm, balance, harmony, unity, scale, and positive and negative space. Compositional tools such as point of view and the "rule of thirds" will be demonstrated. Our final class hour will be spent on the Arboretum grounds where you will be able to put these new principles into practice with guidance from your instructor.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: A digital camera with telephoto zoom lens
Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$89 member/$104 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register

Bundle and Save! 
Art of Photography 4-class bundle
 
$280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT.
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 
Photo Mark MacLennan

Techniques for the Landscape Photographer

(750-06-23-18)
Saturday, June 23
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Intermediate (prerequisite Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer or experience with manual settings of a DSLR camera)
This class is designed for the intermediate photographer interested in mastering landscape photography. During the classroom portion of class, John will reveal techniques for creating three-dimensional images, achieving milky smooth water flow photographs of streams and waterfalls, photographing panoramic landscapes, and offers tips for High Dynamic Range (HDR) images. Two hours of classroom instruction will be followed by 2.5 hours of hands-on shooting time amidst the variety of dramatic landscapes found at the Arboretum. Bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe for our lunch break.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod, and wide-angle prime or wide-angle zoom lens
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place 

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$109 member/$129 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register


Photo: Sue Isaacson 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session: 

(750-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

(750-09-29-18)
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: All levels 
Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. The University of Minnesota Raptor Center will bring an assortment of live birds for your photographing pleasure, and will teach about each one. Popular photography instructor and professional artist,You will learn how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field. This special shoot is for all levels - the instructor will work personally with each participant. This class is designed for adult learners and we suggest a minimum age of 16. There will be a break for lunch, so please bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe. A portion of the course fee benefits the Raptor Center. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera 
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, 90mm or higher focal length lens, tripod/monopod (optional), sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground 
Limit 20

Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register



Art of Photography 4-class Series

Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full 4-class series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 

Art of Photography: The Secret Knowledge of Color

(750-07-21-18)
Saturday, July 21
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
What makes some photographs pop and others fall flat? Why do some images soothe and others excite? What is the "golden hour" and why does it work? The answer is COLOR! Our class begins with the basics of color in the digital age and then looks at the color wheel, warm and cool colors, and the difference between tints and shades. Monochromatic, analogous and complementary color schemes will presented with vibrant examples. Afterward, join your classmates in the Arboretum gardens to create inspired color photographs during the final hour of class. You will see color in a whole new light and your photography (or any art and design) will never be the same!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera
Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

2 spots left
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
register


Bundle and Save! 
Art of Photography 4-class bundle
 
$280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 

Shooting the Light: Dusk to Dawn Photography Intensive

(750-08-03-18)
Friday, August 3
4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
AND
Saturday, August 4
5:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Intermediate
Quality of light is one of the most important factors a photographer must learn to recognize because light dictates when and where to take a dynamic photograph. Morning and evening are the best time to start "seeing the light"! Our Friday classroom time will focus on the importance of light to your photography. The remainder of Friday evening will be spent in the company of fellow photographers, capturing images on Arboretum grounds amidst the breathtaking light of sunset. Rise bright and early on Saturday morning for exclusive early access to the Arboretum, where you will photograph the Arboretum by sunrise. This class is for intermediate-level photographers who are comfortable with the operation of their DSLR or mirrorless camera.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, wide angle prime or zoom, tripod, camera operating manual, small flashlight, various other lenses optional
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place 

2 spots left
$160 member/$175 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


Photo: Frank Meuschke

Art of Photography 4-class Series

Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full 4-class series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 

Art of Photography: Modern and Abstract Landscapes

(750-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
Your design sensibility is modern and you love landscape. In this class, artist Frank Meuschke will inspire your photography with a variety of modern landscape images. Compositional elements for dramatic, abstract landscape photographs using both macro and telephoto lenses will be demonstrated as well as ICM, otherwise known as Intentional Camera Movement. Focusing on the artistic side of photography, we will discuss how to select spaces, places, things, textures, contrasts, and even basic shapes that lend themselves to abstract nature photography. We will also consider black and white as well as creative color options available to the digital photographer.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera with a zoom lens
PREFERRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or Mirrorless Camera (full frame, APS-C or M4/3) and a 70mm or more telephoto lens
Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

NOTE: This class will take place during the Arboretum Art Crawl. Direct access will be available to the Bee Center via 82nd street (see directions linked above). If you choose to enter the Arboretum through the main Gatehouse entrance, you will want to allow extra time to enter the Arboretum as traffic may be slow to pass the Gatehouse area and slow on 3-mile drive. Be sure to shop the unique artist vendor booths after class!

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register

Bundle and Save! 
Art of Photography 4-class bundle
 
$280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 Bridge over water in a Japanese Garden, image credit David Cobb
David Cobb

Through the Lens: Capturing the Art of the Japanese Garden

750-08-22-18
Wednesday, August 22
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - presentation
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Japanese Garden exploration (optional)

David Cobb, professional nature, travel and garden photographer, author of multiple Japanese garden books

Art within art: Japanese gardens are an exquisite form of art that have been developed through the centuries, and lend themselves well to another form of art- photography! Join photographer David Cobb for an hour presentation as he discusses the art and design of Japanese gardens throughout North America through a virtual tour of his beautiful images. He'll also share the elements of style and finer points of photographing Japanese gardens. You'll learn how to really see the Japanese garden- from a unified whole down to the smallest details- and how to best capture their unique beauty through the seasons. OPTIONAL: After the talk and time for questions, join David, garden guides, and other Japanese garden aficionados at 7p.m. to explore and photograph the Arboretum's own Japanese Garden with new eyes.
Limit 150, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees and More!

(750-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net 

Level: Beginner to Intermediate (prerequisite: Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer, Up Close and Personal: Summer Macro Photography or experience with manual operation of a digital SLR)
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects -without frightening them away! Focus, composition, shutter speed, lens selection, steady camera holding, and how to capture insects perched or in flight. One hour of classroom instruction will be followed by 2 hours in the field to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual, a 200mm or longer telephoto lens.
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place 

$109 member/$129 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
register

 

Basic Digital Photography for the Nature Photographer


750-09-15-18
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: Beginner
What is it about photographs of nature that take your breath away? How do you fully tap the potential of your digital SLR or mirrorless camera, making it your strongest creative ally instead of a hindrance to getting the right shot? Explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography. Gather in the classroom for an overview of digital cameras, review best photographic practices and learn the essential operations of your digital camera. Afterward, you will put your new knowledge into practice, shooting outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum. There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, owner's manual, tripod and at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range

Limit 12, Fireplace Room

$134 member/$149 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Exclusive Access Photography Field Trip: Cedar Creek Ecology Science Reserve


750-09-22-18
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 23, 2018
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred

If you love landscape, ecology and photography you do not want to miss this unique experience! Cedar Creek Ecology Science Reserve is the world-famous site (just one hour north of the Twin Cities) dedicated to ecological science at the juncture of North America's three major biomes: nine square miles of (1) Prairie, (2) Eastern Deciduous Forest and (3) Boreal forest. Although Cedar Creek is closed to the public, you will have the rare and exclusive opportunity to join Artist-in-Residence Frank Meuschke for a landscape photography experience of a lifetime! Meet other ecology and photography enthusiasts as you enjoy learning more about our local ecosystems, and delve into the its many photographic subjects on guided hikes through the reserve. Learning will be organic and on the fly while on foot to various destinations and while photographing; Please note that this Field Trip is focused on the opportunity to photograph in this exclusive setting - there may be limited/brief instruction tips, but formal classroom instruction on technique will not be provided.
Full agenda available on the website.
Facilities are modest dormitory style and used by visiting researchers; bathrooms are shared dormitory style. A kitchenette is available in each lodge and is equipped with coffee pot, microwave, stove, fridge basic kitchenware. Fee includes exclusive access to Reserve locations, presentations on photography and ecology, breakfast and lunch each day.

Required equipment:DSLR or Mirror-less camera, macro lens, wide angle lens, telephoto zoom lens, tripod or monopod

Itinerary
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Arrival and welcome Get settled into rooms
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Welcome, orientation and agenda
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Presentation (+ possible trail camera presentation with all the animals of CC)
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Box Lunches
12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Photography Workshop for First Excursion
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location: Oak Savanna, Prairie and Bison Excursion
Telephoto: Birds and Bison
Wide Angle: Autumn Landscape
Macro: Unusual Plants
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner on your own at nearby restaurant (list provided) or using kitchenette
8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Artist-in-Residence Landscape Presentation

Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast AND Prairie Sunrise Photography (weather permitting) Location: Picnic tables are right beside the prairie path, facing east. Only steps from Lindeman Hall

7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Second Location: Fish Lake Trail and Wetlands
Telephoto: Sandhill Cranes and possibly Red-Headed Woodpecker
Wide Angle: Early morning sun and autumn waterscape
Macro: Pollinators, fall flowers, and aquatic plants
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Box Lunches
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Third Location: The Bog or Cedar Bog Lake or other location
Macro: Rare and Carnivorous Plants
Wide Angle: Landscape

Limit 15, Other - location specified in description

$259 per person, double occupancy room (Option to select roommate at checkout; if you do not have a companion but wish for double-occupancy, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned)
$299 per person, single occupancy

Accommodations include:
2 single beds per room
Linens (pillow and case, blanket, comforter, 2 sheets)
Towels (hand, face & bath towels)
Toilet paper
Kitchen equipment (fridge, freezer, toaster, coffee machine, stove, oven, utensils, pots, pans, mugs)
Electricity
Wifi (eduroam, I'll have to check on UM Guest)

Bring from home:
Your own pillow or towels if you're most comfortable with your own
Soap
Coffee
Paper towels
Bug spray with DEET
Water bottle
hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes
outdoor clothing (long pants, quality socks, fleece layer(s), seasonal jacket)
Rain gear
Hat
Sunscreen
sunglasses
Food if you plan on cooking (easiest to dine out in the local area!)
Snacks

Note that campfires are not permitted at this research location

SEE ALSO "Required Equipment" list regarding photo equipment, above
register


 

iPhone Photography


750-10-13-18-01
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 a.m. - noon

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: Beginner
The best camera is the one we have with us! Join us for an exploration of advanced iPhone photography. In our first hour you will discover iPhone apps that give you complete control of your plant, insect, and landscape photography. Frank will demonstrate techniques he uses to reduce motion blur, keep specimens and scenes well lit, color-balanced, in-focus and discuss add-ons that can take your photos to the next level. In our second hour, step outside to practice your newly learned techniques. Because processing your photographs is nearly as important as taking them, the last hour of class will focus on the powerful editing capability of the free Snapseed app as well as the potential built into the best camera apps. This class will have you photographing, cropping, sharpening, color correcting, and more with confidence -all on your iPhone!

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, SE, 6, 6Plus, 6S, 6SPlus, 7, 7Plus, or 8 with advanced camera app (Camera+ is one I recommend)

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Photo editing app such as Snapseed (free at App Store)

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$54 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Through the Lens: Prairie Golden Hour


750-10-13-18
Saturday, October 13, 2018
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
The golden hour is that magical moment just before sunset when the soft, warm light provides the Arboretum with a special glow- have you ever tried to capture that light through photography? Join Frank to learn techniques and tips for capturing this beautiful time of day, and spend time with other photography aficionados in our beautiful autumn prairie as you hone your skills. Begin the class with a discussion of what the golden hour is, how it affects your images, how to determine when the golden hour will arrive, location scouting tips, navigating lens choices, and camera techniques for capturing your subjects in that brief but glorious golden hour. Then caravan to the prairie where you will put your knowledge to the test under Frank's guidance. You'll leave with greater knowledge of golden hour photography, beautiful images, and a new appreciation for the Arboretum Prairie!
Required equipment: DSLR or Mirror-less camera, wide angle to mid-range zoom (24-80mm), macro lens and wide angle lens, preferably with apertures 2.8 or lower for blurred backgrounds.
Optional Equipment: Tripod, Fixed telephoto (lengths from 60mm to 200mm), fixed wide (lengths from 12mm to 24mm), fisheye lens, extension tube for macro

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes


750-10-20-18
Saturday, October 20, 2018
4 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Master the popular new field of nightscape photography! Learn how to capture and post-process images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds in this brand-new workshop with night photography expert, Dr. Mike Shaw. You'll begin with an indoor session on setting up your gear and planning your night's activities. You'll then head outdoors to explore the delicate pinks, blues, magentas and purples of twilight; followed by the opportunity to photograph beautiful night sky vistas juxtaposed with the stunning scenery of the Arboretum. A box dinner is included (see options below).

EQUIPMENT: Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability. Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm will have the most use. A sturdy tripod is essential along with a cable or wireless remote shutter release. A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is also important to protect your night vision. Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries. Bring from Home:
Proper clothing, hat & gloves, hand warmers and footwear are recommended.
NOTE: Since the 3 Mile Drive will be closed, you will be doing some walking along the drive.
RAIN PLAN:
Class will be held rain or {star} shine. In case of cloudy/rainy conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge on astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises!

BOX DINNER: (select choice at checkout)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration):
Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 
Photo Frank Meuschke

Art of Photography 4-class Series

Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full 4-class series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 

Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White

(750-10-27-18)
Saturday, October 27
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator 

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
In this class you will discover how to create poetic photographs of Minnesota's autumn light in black & white. Using examples from masters like Ansel Adams, Frank will reveal the dramatic contrast of light and shadow, the soft silver tones, and sensual textures that make black and white unique in the world of photography. He will discuss what to look for in the landscape, propose subjects, and identify the quality of light that will help you artfully compose photographs in black and white. In the final section of our class, join your classmates on a journey into the autumn light that rakes across the Arboretum grounds to create your own stunning black and white photographs! Rain or snow date is November 3.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera, owner's manual, warm clothes for shooting outside.
Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab 

2 spots left
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 
register

Bundle and Save! 
Art of Photography 4-class bundle
 
$280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 

Lightroom 101


Select a Session:
750-11-18-18
Sunday, November 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

OR
750-03-02-19
Saturday, March 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Skill Level: Beginner
Adobe Lightroom is an incredible tool for organizing, editing and distributing digital photos! In this class you will learn techniques for library organization and the easiest ways to sort imported photos. Using the Develop Module, you will be shown how to make edits to your photos including lens and camera profile corrections, white balance, exposure, tonality, and color corrections. You will learn how to better compose your images with the tool bar crop and level functions. Afterward, you will see how easy it is to make sharpening and noise reduction adjustments in preparation for exporting your photos. The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. Participants should have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. It is important to have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic as Adobe Lightroom CC does not have all of the features as CC Classic. Adobe does offer a 7 day trial period if you do have a subscription, but please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.
Required Equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC CLASSIC installed prior to class meeting.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Sunday, November 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

Saturday, March 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Lightroom 201


Select a Session:
750-11-18-18-01
Sunday, November 18, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

OR
750-03-02-19-01
Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Skill Level - Intermediate
This class is a follow-on to the Adobe 101 class. Participants should be familiar with importing, tagging, and rating photos, use of the panels in the develop module, and exporting images. In this class you will learn the following:
•How to make use of collections
•How to make use of the photo merge function to create HDR images and Panoramas
•How to correct distortion issues using the transform panel.
•Use of the graduated filter tool including the use of Luminance Masks
•Use of the brush tool including the ability to use it as an airbrush03
•Use of the radial filter tool to apply vignettes and to direct the viewer
•How to build a slideshow.

The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. Participants should have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. It is important to have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic as Adobe Lightroom CC does not have all of the features as CC Classic. Adobe does offer a 7 day trial period if you do have a subscription, but please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class. Required Equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC CLASSIC installed prior to class meeting.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Sunday, November 18, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register

Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

Winter Nights, Holiday Lights Photography


750-12-08-18
Saturday, December 8, 2018
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Have a fun evening creating dynamic images featuring the colorful holiday lights and winter landscapes of the Landscape Arboretum! Join night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw in this exciting new outdoor workshop where you'll master the art of long exposure photography and light painting. The ethereal colors of twilight and dark night provide the perfect backdrop for learning how to manage and capture the beautiful lights of the season. You'll take home a host of new techniques you'll be eager to share with your family and friends. You might even be so pleased with the images you capture that you'll want to have them made into a seasonal greeting card! A box dinner is included.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability. Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 70 mm will find the most use. A sturdy tripod is essential along with a cable or wireless remote shutter release. A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is also important to protect your night vision; and bring your camera's operating manual.
NOTE: We will be photographing outdoors, so bring proper clothing, hat & gloves, hand warmers and footwear.

Box Dinner (select choice at checkout)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference at registration):
Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$125 member/$145 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders


750-01-05-19
Saturday, January 5, 2019
10 a.m. - noon

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Skill Level: All levels
Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of Don's favorite seasons for shooting pictures... Frozen Hiker Photography! It does take a little know how, though: From what to wear to troubleshooting with your equipment in very cold weather, Don will share his valuable experience in these topics, as well as discuss how to make best use of winter light, techniques for getting the correct exposure for winter landscapes, and how to capture falling snow. Don will discuss how to compensate for the snow in your camera's manual and various automatic modes...even how to do it on an iPhone! You will gain knowledge ready to be applied as soon as a blanket of snow arrives! Your camera is optional: you may want to bring it to refer to during the lecture, but no hands-on time with the instructor is included.
NOTE: see "IN THE FIELD" PRACTICUM - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders below for {optional} corresponding field portion of this class.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum - - Winter Sunrise


750-01-12-19
Saturday, January 12, 2019
7 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
Pre-requisite: Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders on 1/5/19
These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. Each practicum session will be limited to 12 participants to ensure one on one time with the instructor. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunrise.
Required Equipment: Warm clothing, Snow pants, Hand warmers, DSLR or mirrorless camera, Extra batteries, Tripod
Optional equipment: Split neutral density filter Polarizer

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$49 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum - Photography via Snowshoe


750-01-12-19-01
Saturday, January 12, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
Pre-requisite: Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders on 1/5/19
These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. Each practicum session will be limited to 12 participants to ensure one-on-one time with the instructor. This session will focus on photography via snowshoe.
Required Equipment: Layered winter clothing (you can get pretty warm snowshoeing), Waterproof rain pants or light snow pants, Hand warmers, DSLR or mirrorless camera, Extra batteries, Tripod, Snowshoes (available to rent at Arb if you do not have your own),
Optional equipment: Split neutral density filter Polarizer

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$49 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register



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