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.



photo: Sue Isaacson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session
750-07-20-19
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
OR
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
750-07-20-19
Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register
750-10-05-19
Saturday, October 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Art of Photography: Modern and Abstract Landscapes

750-07-27-19-01
Saturday, July 27
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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 history of modernism and abstraction in landscape photography. Compositional elements for dramatic, abstract landscape photographs using both macro and telephoto lenses will be demonstrated. 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
  • Black & 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)
  • 70mm or more telephoto lens 
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

Saturday, August 10  750-08-10-19
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 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. Begin with an indoor session on setting up your gear and planning your night's activities. 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. This class can be in preparation for the Milky Way season this summer. A box dinner is included (see options below). 
Required 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 with a red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision.
  • Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries. 
  • 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 of 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): 
  1. Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH) 
  2. Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH) 
  3. Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)
  4. 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 and box dinner

iPhone Photography

Saturday, August 17 750-08-17-19
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone) 
The best camera is the one we have with us, and we always have our phones close-by! 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 to take close-up shots
  • 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 practicing your newly learned skills. 
Required Equipment
  • iPhone 6S/SE and up. (sorry, no iphones older than the 6S) 
  • 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 use Google's Snapseed editing app to process your iPhone photographs right on your phone! With practice photos emailed to you ahead of time, you will learn how to post process with ease. In this class we will learn how to 
  • Navigate the Snapseed app and its controls
  • Go over techniques to sharpen, straighten, color correct images, correct local contrast, correct architectural perspective, and more! 
Required Equipment
  • iPhone 6S/SE and up. (sorry, no iphones older than the 6S) 
  • Snapseed app (free) from App Store
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 2 spots left
$54 member/$69 non-memberwithout Add-on
$74 member/$89 non-member, with Editing Add-On
includes Arboretum admission

 

Through the Lens: Prairie Golden Hour

750-08-24-19
Saturday, August 24
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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 late summer prairie as you hone your skills. Class will cover
  • what the golden hour is
  • how it affects your images
  • how to determine when the golden hour will arrive
  • location scouting tips
  • lens choices
  • 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! Note that dinner is not included.
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
register
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Night Sky Photography Practicum

750-08-24-19-01
Saturday, August 24
8 p.m.-11 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Intermediate

Join Mike for a follow up to his "Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes" class! This additional session will have minimal instruction--it is intended as outdoor practice time and exclusive access to the Arboretum's night skies. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph beautiful night sky vistas juxtaposed with the stunning scenery of the Arboretum.
REQUIRED 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 with a red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision.
  • Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries.
  • Proper clothing, mosquito repellent and footwear are recommended
Rain Plan
Session 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 of astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises!

Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register

$30 member/$45 non-member for participants of a 2019 "Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes" class, 
$60 member/$75 non-member general admission

includes Arboretum admission

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More!

750-09-07-19
Saturday, September 7
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects -without frightening them away! Learn tips and techniques for
  • Focus
  • Composition
  • shutter speed
  • lens selection
  • steady camera holding
  • how to capture insects perched or in flight. 
Classroom instruction will be followed by time 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
  • Owner's manual
  • 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
register
$109 member/$129 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

sunrise or sunset at the Arboretum, photo Don Treddinik

Shooting the Light: Dusk to Dawn 2-Day Photography Intensive

750-09-13-19
Friday, September 13, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
AND
Saturday, September 14, 6 a.m. - 8 a.m.

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

Level: Intermediate, participants should be comfortable with the operation of their DSLR or mirrorless camera
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!" Participants in this class are allowed "special access" to the Arboretum grounds before sunrise and after sunset, at times that the Arboretum is closed to the public.
Friday Evening (sunset)
  • Learn the importance of light to your photography
  • Capture images on Arboretum grounds amidst the breathtaking light of sunset
Saturday morning (sunrise)
  • Photograph the Arboretum by sunrise
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Wide angle prime or zoom
  • Tripod
  • Camera operating manual
  • Small flashlight
  • Various other lenses optional 
Friday Night 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):
  1. Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
  2. Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
  3. Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)
  4. None (- $8 off registration)
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register $160 member/$175 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and box dinner 

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 Sunday, September 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
$69 member/$89 non-member, without Add-on
$89 member/$109 non-member, with Editing Add-On
includes Arboretum admission
register Sunday, October 20, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member, without Add-on
$89 member/$109 non-member, with Editing Add-On
includes Arboretum admission

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

$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 $135 member/$155 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

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

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

 

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

 

 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

 

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 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

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

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

750-01-25-20-02
Saturday, January 25, 2020
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

$64 member/$89 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 to Advanced

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

register
$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
$46 member/$61 non-member,for 1 Adult + 1 Kid
$59 member/$74 non-member,for 1 Adult + 2 Kids
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

register

$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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