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.


iPhone Photography

Select a session
Sunday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (750-09-22-19)
OR
Sunday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (750-10-20-19)
Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator 

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone)
  • The best camera is the one we have with us! Join us for an exploration of iPhone photography as you focus on:
  • The capabilities of your iPhone
  • Tech behind the iPhone's camera
  • Adjusting native camera app settings
  • Navigating the advanced controls of the Camera+2 app
  • Techniques for close-up shots of plants
  • How to keep plants and scenes properly exposed and in focus
  • How to blur water movement HDR Panorama modes
  • Class will conclude with time outside together practicing your newly learned skills.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • iPhone 6S/SE and up. (sorry, no iphones older than the 6S/SE)
  • Camera+2 app ($2.99) from App Store

Optional Add-On: iPhone Photography Post-Process Editing

1:15pm - 3:15pm on the same day
$20 additional fee

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone) 
Prerequisite: iPhone Photography 
Learn how to edit your iPhone photographs like a pro -right on your phone with the powerful and free Snapseed app! In this class we will learn how to:
  • Navigate the Snapseed app and its controls
  • Color correct images
  • Tone down highlights
  • Bring the life out of shadows
  • Straighten
  • Correct architectural perspective
  • Correct local contrast
  • Sharpen
  • Export photos and more!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • iPhone 6S/SE and up. (sorry, no iphones older than the 6S)
  • Snapseed app (free) from App Store
TO REGISTER
Register for the iPhone Photography class (use the green button below) and check the box for this optional add-on ($20 additional fee).
Limit 16,  Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between sessions.

register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, or register for the October session, below
Sunday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
$69 member/$89 non-member, 
includes Arboretum admission
+$20 additional fee for Editing Add-on

register

Sunday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
+$20 additional fee for Editing Add-on


Farm Field Photography at Harvest Time

750-09-29-19
Sunday, September 29
2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Katie Knapp, Agricultural Photographer

Level: All levels
Interested in Field-to-Fork? Then how about Field-to-Photo! Come and learn from a professional agricultural photographer at our new Red Barn Farm:
  • Get an overview of modern agriculture
  • Learn how to best capture harvest time with your camera
  • Farm photography etiquette
  • Lighting considerations
  • Understanding exposure triangle
  • Camera settings
  • Composition
  • Storytelling through the lens and subjectivity
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Prime or Zoom lens
  • Tripod

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

register
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Photographing Fall Color

750-10-05-19-01
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

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

Late September through late October is an amazing time to capture the colors of fall. Explore these concepts:
  • Planning your fall photography outing
  • Capturing the changing leaves
  • Camera settings?
  • Composition
  • Coping with the elements
  • Post processing
  • Landscape photography fundamentals
  • Composition?
  • The hyperfocal point
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Prime or Zoom lens
  • Tripod

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Garden Lab

register

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$109 member/$129 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Autumn Photography in Black & White

750-10-19-19
Saturday, October 19
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: All levels, Beginner to Advanced
Create poetic photographs of Minnesota's autumn light in black & white!
Learn how to
  • Appreciate the qualities that distinguish black and white photographs
  • Identify the right light for black and white
  • Find subjects that work best in black and white
  • Explore the contrast inherent to light and shadow
  • Discover the range of silvery tones in low contrast subjects
  • Discover the incredible textures of autumn plants
  • Compose photographs for black and white
In the final part of our class, join your classmates on a journey through the Arboretum grounds to create your own stunning black and white photographs!
Required Equipment
  • Any digital camera with an LCD screen
  • Owner's manual for your camera
  • Good walking shoes and warm clothes for shooting outside
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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

 

Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

750-10-19-19-01
Saturday, October 19, 2019
4 p.m.-10 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Master the popular new field of nightscape photography! Start indoors and learn how to
  • Set up your gear
  • Plan your night's activities
  • Capture images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds
  • Post-process your images for the best effect
  • Move outdoors for the night session to
  • Photograph beautiful night sky vistas
  • Capture the stunning scenery and dark skies of the Arboretum
Finish indoors for photo review and recap!
Required Equipment
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision.
  • Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries.
  • Proper clothing, warm hat & gloves
  • Hand warmers strongly recommended (just in case!)
  • Good footwear is recommended
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
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) None (- $8 off registration)

Limit 12,  Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$135 member/$155 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


photo: Sue Isaacson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

750-10-05-19
Saturday, October 5
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Carlyn Iverson, internationally acclaimed botanical artist and 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, Carlyn Iverson, will provide techniques to help you capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures. 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
register
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Lightroom 101

Select a session
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (750-11-02-19)
OR
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (750-03-07-20)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner
Adobe Lightroom is an incredible tool for organizing, editing and distributing digital photos. In this class you will learn the following:
  • Techniques for library organization
  • An easy-to-follow workflow for sorting and weeding out photos after import
  • Using the panels in the Develop Module to make general edits to your photos
  • Lens and camera profile corrections
  • White Balance Exposure and Tonality Color Adjustment
  • Sharpening Noise Reduction
  • Using the Toolbar to crop and level your photos
  • How to export your photos
Sample images will be provided to support the labs.
Required Equipment
Lightroom CC Classic installed on your laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe offers a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.

Limit 12,  Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
Saturday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

register
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Lightroom 201

Select a session
Saturday, November 2, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-11-02-19-01)
Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-03-07-20-01)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

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:
  • Managing photo metadata
  • How to make use of collections and Smart 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 airbrush
The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe does offer a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
Saturday, November 2, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

register
Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Lightroom 301

Select a session
Sunday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-11-03-19)
Sunday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-03-08-20)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Intermediate to advanced
This class is a follow-on to the Adobe 201 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:
  • Use of the radial filter tool to apply vignettes and to direct the viewer
  • Use of external editing plug-ins such as Luminar, Photoshop, and On1
  • Creating and Using Presets
  • Photo stacking
  • Split Toning images
  • Preparing Photos for Printing
  • 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.
Required Equipment
Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe does offer a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
Sunday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

register
Sunday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Light Painting at the Arboretum During Twilight

750-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

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

Explore the incredible world of light painting and light drawing amid twilight at the Arboretum! Start indoors and learn

  • Inexpensive light painting tools you can easily make
  • How to illuminate sculptures and landscapes for photography
  • The best camera settings to use
Move outdoors for the twilight session amidst the Harrison Sculpture Garden and other Arboretum locations
  • Learn by doing as you try different ways to "paint" and "draw" with light!
Required Equipment
  • Bring your own flashlight, electric candle or other light source
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • A cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision
  • Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries
  • Proper clothing for the weather, warm hat & gloves
  • Hand warmers strongly recommended
  • Good footwear is recommended
RAIN PLAN: Class will be held rain or shine. In case of cloudy/rainy conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic and light painting skills and knowledge, so that you will be prepared when a clear night opportunity arises.
Box Dinner
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) None (- $8 off registration)

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register $135 member/$155 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Make Puzzles from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-11-09-19
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level 
No experience necessary 
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below) 

Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. 
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete three 120-piece puzzles with matching gift bags
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products. 
Bring from Home
3-5 of your favorite images sized to 8" x 11.5" on a USB flash drive or your computer. 

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot (or a new session) opens!
$45 member/$65 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

Comprehensive Photography Critique

750-11-16-19
Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level
All levels, Beginner to Advanced

Join fellow photographers for a college-level review of your work -- critique is one of the only methods photographers have for improvement beyond practice.
  • Discuss the four elements of critique: description, analysis, interpretation, discernment
  • Experience a practice review of the instructor's photograph
  • Put your new skills to work in a group discussion of submitted photographs
  • Each participant will be able to upload one photograph for review before class
Required Equipment
No camera needed. You will have the opportunity to upload one (1) photograph for critique ahead of class.
Bring from Home
Bag lunch, snacks, beverages as desired for the day. This is a long class that takes place over the lunch hour. Lunch is not included (There is no food or beverage available for purchase at the Bee Center).

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

register

$89 member/$109 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Arboretum Winter Lights Display: Photographers' Special Access Evening

750-12-05-19
Thursday, December 5, 2019
4 p.m.-9 p.m. (Arrive and depart as desired between these times)

Avoid pesky crowds that are always in the way of your dazzling shot! The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display will be opened this evening (normally closed on Thursdays) for a special-access opportunity just for photographers! Bring-your-own equipment, explore the displays at your own pace, and photograph at your leisure as you:
  • Have ample "photographers-only" time and space to get beautiful pictures of our winter light show, as well as the beautifully lit plants and displays inside
  • Interact with Arboretum photography instructors as well as the Arboretum Photographers' Society to get tips and tricks for just the right shot
  • Meet other photographers and photography enthusiasts
  • Delicious treats and drinks will be available for purchase
  • Submit your favorite image from the evening to win a prize!
  • NOTE This unstructured program will be open between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.. You can arrive and depart as desired within these times.
Limit 300, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall

register

$20 member/$35 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Make Coasters from Photographs: Dye Sublimination

125-12-07-19
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Dan Fenner, former Operations Manager for Mpls Photo Center, founder of Print Arts Midwest, a non-profit dedicated to helping those interested in the printed arts thrive

Level
No experience necessary 
Supplies
All supplies included, bring your own images (see details below)
Transform your favorite photographs into stunning puzzles using dye sublimination! This process transfers photographs onto a wide variety of surfaces. In this class you will turn those favorite photographs into 4 coasters to personalize any home décor or give as gifts. 
  • Understand what dye sublimation is - how and why it works
  • Follow the instructor's guidance step-by-step
  • Use specialized software and printers to transform your photographs
  • Complete 4 coasters in class
TIP: Bring several photos for a variety of coaster images!
If you'd like to continue the process at home, you'll also receive helpful resources for purchasing the equipment, software, printers, and tips on making the best products.
Bring from Home
4-7 different images sized to 4"x 4" on a USB flash drive or your computer

Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register

$29 member/$49 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all supplies

 

 Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

750-01-04-20
Saturday, January 4, 2020
10 a.m.-noon

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

Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of Don's favorite seasons for shooting pictures! It does take a little know-how, though. In this lecture you will learn:
  • What to wear
  • How to protect and troubleshoot 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 beautiful images of 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!

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. See "In the Field Winter Light Practicum" options below for {optional} corresponding field portion of this class.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

register

$20 member/$35 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum: Winter Sunrise

750-01-11-20
Saturday, January 11, 2020
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

Prerequisite Lecture
Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders Saturday, January 4 (see above)

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunrise.

Required Equipment

  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

register

$49 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

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

750-01-11-20-01
Saturday, January 11, 2020
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

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

Prerequisite
Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders Saturday, January 4 (see above)

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunset.

Required Equipment
  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)
Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

register

$49 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

750-01-18-20
Saturday, January 25, 2020 DATE CANCELED
Saturday, January 18, 2020 NEW DATE!
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Intermediate

This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it! Practice together in class with natural subjects such as ice melting or flowers taking up dyed water. Learn
  • How our vision system interprets time-lapses
  • Equipment needed and how to set it up for time-lapse videos
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips
  • Practice making your first time-lapse video right in class!
Note: we'll cover techniques for creating time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing, flowers blooming, etc, to try at home

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • A programmable intervalometer for your camera model (strongly recommended). Alternatively, bring a cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Operating manuals for camera, intervalometer
  • Spare batteries

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

register

$189 member/$209 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

750-01-25-20
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level
All levels, Beginner to Advanced

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hone your macro photography skills with some rare and unusual plants! Begin at the Arboretum for classroom tips for successful macro flower and plant photography. Grab lunch at the Arboretum Cafe (or bring your own) before convenient Arboretum transportation brings you to the BRAND NEW CBS Conservatory in Saint Paul.

Explore macro concepts in the Arboretum classroom

  • Focus points
  • Depth of field
  • Composition
  • Equipment choices
  • Lighting

At the St Paul Conservatory

  • Get a private tour with Conservatory curator Lisa Aston Philander
  • Spend time in your favorite biomes honing your macro photography skills

You will return to the Arboretum with beautiful images of rare plants!

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens
  • Monopod or tripod
  • Timer or cabled or wireless shutter release
  • Wide angle lens (optional)
  • Extension tubes, light ring (optional)

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register

$189 member/$209 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Winter Macro Photography

750-01-25-20-03
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Level
Beginner

Explore the wonders of macro photography in a winter setting!
  • Explore Macro photography tips and techniques
  • Compositional tips
  • Managing depth of field
  • Using snow to enhance our macro images
  • Focus stacking
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Dress in appropriate clothing for winter- macro photography often requires getting low to the ground! A pair of waterproof snow pants are recommended
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release

Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register

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

 

Winter Bird Photography

Select a session
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon (750-02-01-20)
Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (750-02-01-20-01)

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

Level
Intermediate: familiarity with the settings and functions of your camera, and an understanding of exposure and light

Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this class, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, on the feeder, and in flight. You will learn:
  • Basic techniques for photographing birds in winter
  • Equipment needs for photographing birds
  • Insights into winter bird behavior
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build a backyard bird photography studio
Class will also spend time outside at the Arboretum's feeders to practice these techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (optional)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register

Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

register

Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Full Moon Photography at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

750-02-08-20
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. AND Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Beginner to Intermediate

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. Exclusive night access to the Arboretum with night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw.
  • Two evenings to refine your moon photography techniques
  • Two afternoon sessions learning night photography and astronomy
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (50 - 200 mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
  • Proper clothing, winter hat & winter gloves, hand warmers and footwear

NOTES
You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive.
WEATHER PLAN
Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain, snow or shine. In case of inclement 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
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

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$175 member/$190 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Family Fun: Create & Photograph Frozen Ice Bubbles

750-02-08-20-01
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8-10 a.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Family/Beginner
Register as a Family Team
Age 10+ together with an adult
1 adult per 1 child or 2 children
(Additional adults or more than 2 children should register separately)

Ice bubbles have the greatest chance of success during a brisk winter morning, so set your alarms--we've arranged special "early access" to the Arboretum for this class! Join us for a special morning of coffee, cocoa and doughnuts during this fun, family-friendly indoor/outdoor class to learn how to create and photograph frozen ice bubbles! Family teams of 1 adult with 1 or 2 kids register together to learn and practice this cool skill!
  • Learn the secret ingredients needed for successful ice bubbles
  • Indoors: practice your soap bubble blowing technique
  • Outside: continue blowing soap bubbles and watch them freeze before your eyes
  • Capture photos and videos of your frozen ice bubbles
  • Fingers crossed for temperatures below 5° F! (See weather plan below)
Bring from Home
  • Camera, smart phone, or device with camera for each participant
  • Proper clothing, winter hat & gloves, good footwear
  • Hand warmers strongly recommended
  • A ceramic coffee mug makes an excellent ice bubble base - bring your own, if you wish!
  • (optional) Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • (optional) Lenses with focal lengths between 50 - 100 mm
  • (optional) A sturdy tripod
Weather Plan
Class will be held except in dangerous weather conditions. In case of warm, windy or other inclement weather conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop your frozen ice bubble skills so that you will be prepared when the weather conditions are more suitable.

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

register
1 Adult + 1 Kid
$46 member/$61 non-member

1 Adult + 2 Kids
$59 member/$74 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all bubble-making supplies

 

Flower Show Special Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

750-02-27-20
Thursday, February 27, 2020
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

An exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wonders of beautiful tropical orchids during the Arboretum's popular Flower Show!
Classroom time for DSLR macro techniques including
  • Focus
  • Lighting with and without flashes
  • Background
  • Composition
Conservatory Shooting Time (One hour)
  • Instructor will be on-site to answer questions and provide guidance
  • Gain confidence in your macro skills
  • Photograph the orchids during class without the hassle of photo permits nor the feeling of being crowded by public visitors
  • Enhance your skills and expand your botanical portfolio
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release
  • Kneeling pad (optional)
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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

 

New Depths of Field: Focus Stacking for Nature Photos

750-02-29-20
Saturday, February 29, 2020
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Intermediate

Break the barriers of your camera in this indoor class! Learn how focus-stacking will allow you to create images with focused objects from the very front of your camera all the way to infinity
  • Understand the goals and principles of focus stacking
  • Learn & practice the techniques needed to get the images you need for focus stacking
  • Combine two or more of your images in Photoshop CC to create your "impossible" image
EQUIPMENT:
  • Laptop with Photoshop CC installed and the ability to load your camera images for editing
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 35 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is strongly recommended
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

 Lecture: Photographing Night Skies

750-03-21-20
Saturday, March 21, 2020
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

All Levels
Curious about night photography but not sure where to begin? Spend an afternoon with us to learn everything you need to get started! Session Topics:
  • Introduction to Nightscapes at the Arb - Who, What, When, Where and How
  • Nightscape Astronomy 101
  • Nightscape Photography 101
  • Hunting the Aurora Borealis
  • How to Photograph the Milky Way
  • How to Photograph the Full Moon Rise/Set
  • Create stunning Star Trail Images
  • Intelligent Nightscape Planning with your Smart Device
Note that this is lecture-only. No Equipment Required Time will not be spent practicing or using your camera.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

register

$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
 

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