Photography
Classes & Workshops

Immerse yourself in 1,300 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.


 

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

This session is SOLD OUT. Add your name to the waitlist and/or register for the March session, below
Sunday, November 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

$69 member/$89 non-memberincludes 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

1 spot left
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


photo Syda Productions/Shutterstock 

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: Some Experience Preferred; participants should have familiarity with your camera's manual settings
 
Have a fun evening creating dynamic images featuring the colorful holiday lights display 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 arts of

  • long exposure photography
  • 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 in the fee.
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 with red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision
  • 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

register


Winter Photography, photo credit spongePo/Shutterstock
photo: spongePo/Shutterstock 

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! Don will cover:
  • What to wear 
  • Troubleshooting with your equipment in very cold weather
  • how to make best use of winter light
  • Techniques for getting the correct exposure for winter landscapes 
  • How to capture falling snow
  • 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

register


 
photo: Don Tredinnick

"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

register



photo: Mark MacLennan 

"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 (may be 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

register



photo: Frank Meuschke 

Exclusive Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

750-01-19-19
Saturday, January 19, 2019
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
Plants have evolved in extraordinary ways to be succeed in biomes across the world... and the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Conservatory at the University of Minnesota has seven separate biomes with thousands of diverse species to prove it. Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hone your macro photography skills with some rare and unusual plants! Begin the class at the Arboretum, where Frank will discuss technical considerations for successful macro flower and plant photography. Topics include

  • Focus point
  • Depth of field
  • Composition
  • Equipment choices
  • Lighting
After an hour lunch break, head to the St. Paul campus' CBS Conservatory via convenient Arboretum transportation. Conservatory curator Lisa Aston Philander will offer the group a private tour of the collection containing over 1200 species of plants from around the world. After the tour, return to your favorite biomes and plants to capture one of a kind macro photographs with one on one guidance from Frank. You'll return to the Arboretum with beautiful images of rare plants, a greater appreciation for the fascinating plant kingdom, and macro photography skills to use in the future!

Required equipment:
  • DSLR or Mirror-less camera
  • A macro lens
  • Tripod
  • Shutter release 
Optional Equipment:
  • Macro wide-angle lens
  • Extension tube
  • Light ring 
Fee includes instruction, transportation to and from the CBS Conservatory. Bring a lunch or purchase at the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$120 member/$140 non-member, includes Arboretum admission & transportation
register


photo: Mike Shaw 

Full Moon Photography at the Arboretum

750-01-19-19-01
Saturday, January 19, 2019
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

AND
Sunday, January 20, 2019
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Some Experience Preferred; participants should have familiarity with your camera's manual settings
 
Come howl at the moon! Here's your chance to learn the secrets of photographing the full moon and other night sky treasures over the winter scenery of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Normally closed to the public, you'll have exclusive access to the Arboretum grounds after dark in this special workshop led by night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw. You'll have two evenings to refine your moon photography techniques along with an afternoon of learning night photography and astronomy. A box dinner is included each night.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (35 - 200 mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential 
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight with red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision
  • Bring your camera operating manual
  • Spare batteries
NOTE: Since the 3 Mile Drive will be closed, you will be doing some walking along the drive. Proper clothing, hat & gloves, hand warmers and footwear are recommended.
WEATHER PLAN:
Class will be held in any safe weather condition, rain, snow or {moon} shine. In case of cloudy 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 for each night at checkout)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference for each night 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

5 spots left
$175 member/$190 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and box dinner both nights
register


 
photo: Don Tredinnick

Winter Macro Photography

750-01-26-19
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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
Winter is a magical time for all types of photography, especially up close and personal- macro photography! Join Don and other winter photographers as you explore the intricate details of winter, from snow-capped pinecones and ornamental grasses to frosted berries and sunlit icicles. Don will
  • Define macro photography
  • Discuss the tools needed
  • Compositional tips
  • How to manage the depth of field
  • How to use snow to enhance your images
  • Focus stacking
  • How to capture images of snowflakes when conditions are just right
After the lecture, head outside to put your new-found knowledge to use with hands-on instruction from Don. To wrap things up, head back inside for a review of the class' images. You'll leave with beautiful images, some great tips and tricks for winter macro photography, and an excitement to get back out into the cold! For this class you will be spending time outdoors in winter, so please dress in appropriate clothing. Macro photography often requires getting low to the ground. With this in mind, a pair of waterproof snow pants are recommended.
Required Equipment:
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register



photo: Don Olson, APS 

Winter Bird Photography

750-02-02-19
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

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
Combine two popular hobbies to increase your enjoyment of the winter- birding and photography! Winter adds an extra element to bird photography by providing clean backgrounds, and awesome contrast. Don will walk you through
  • Basic techniques for photographing birds
  • Bird behavior in the winter
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build an easy backyard studio
  • The best equipment for photographing birds
Then you will head out with you fellow students to put your new knowledge to the test. With a little knowledge of bird behavior, and the techniques presented in this class, you will soon be capturing photos of winter birds that you will be proud to hang on your walls and share with friends.
Required Equipment:
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather

Suggested Equipment:

  • Monopods or Tripods optional
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Exclusive Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

750-02-16-19
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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
Join others to enhance your skills and expand your botanical portfolio! This workshop allows students an exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wonders of beautiful tropical orchids! In-class time will cover 
  • DSLR techniques to create stunning macro images of the tropical orchids and other flowers
  • tips on focus
  • lighting with and without flashes
  • background
  • composition. 
The Conservatory will then close to the public for one hour, allowing exclusive access for class participants who will enjoy private, hands-on shooting time to explore through a macro lens. Participants will gain confidence in their macro skills and will have the unique opportunity to photograph the orchids during class without photo permit restriction nor the feeling of being crowded by public visitors, as Don provides guidance. 
Required Equipment:
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • tripod
  • corded or wireless shutter release
Suggested Equipment:
  • Kneeling pad -Since some of the flowers will be close to the ground, a pad to kneel on is helpful.
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom
$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

The Art of Photography: Cohort Critique and Coffee

750-03-09-19
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
Join fellow photographers for a review of your work! We begin with an approachable introduction to the four elements of critique (review):
  1. description
  2. analysis
  3. interpretation
  4. discernment
After a group discussion about these methods and a practice review of the instructor's own work, we will put your new skills to work in a friendly group discussion of the photographs you brought to class over coffee, tea and pastries. Required Equipment:
  • a thumb drive with photos for us to review
  • No camera needed. You will have the opportunity to send your photographs for critique ahead of class to the instructor. 
Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 


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