Photography
Classes & Workshops

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




Exclusive Access: Orchids - Macro Photography (750-02-03-18)
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Saturday, Feb 3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MORNING)
Saturday, Feb 3, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (AFTERNOON)

Don Tredinnick, landscape and wildlife photographer, workshop leader, and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography www.frozenhiker.com

LEVEL: All levels
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 be spent learning DSLR techniques to create stunning macro images of the orchids, including tips on focus, lighting with and without flashes, background, and 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 restrictions nor the feeling of being crowded by public visitors.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR and owner's manual, monopod or tripod, any or all of the following: Macro lens, Macro effect lens, or set of close-up filters specific for your camera's lens size
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Through-The-Lens (TTL) flash or built-in camera fill flash 
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

register JUST ADDED! NEW SESSION,
Saturday, Feb 3, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (MORNING)
$99 member/$119 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
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Saturday, Feb 3, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. (AFTERNOON)
$99 member/$119 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

101

Lightroom 101 - Photo Editing & Organizing (750-03-31-18)
Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. - noon
Don Tredinnick, landscape and wildlife photographer, workshop leader, and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography www.frozenhiker.com

Level: Beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program's features and tools and teach you how to bring your imagery to a higher quality level. You'll learn how to make exposure adjustments, improve contrast and color saturation, and bring clarity and focus to an image. You will remove unwanted spots and red eye and discuss histograms and how to adjust them. You will become comfortable making numerous other improvements and leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription/software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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

201 

Lightroom 201 - Intermediate Photo Editing & Organizing (750-03-31-18-02)
Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Don Tredinnick, landscape and wildlife photographer, workshop leader, and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography www.frozenhiker.com

Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
Delve further into the tools and functionality of Adobe Lightroom. Participants will gain deeper control of their photography with additional ways to manipulate and enhance their images. Hands-on class time will be spent working on specific edit changes to learn more precise, intermediate-level skills that were not covered in the introductory Lightroom 101 class. Some of the tips, tricks, tools, techniques and best practices taught will include isolating color fields, making adjustments using channels, developing metadata, gaining additional hands-on time and practice with making selections and adjustments to masking, learning creative techniques with filters, working collaboratively with Lightroom and Photoshop programs, and making slideshows for export. This class will provide greater artistic freedom to those who want to expand their photography beyond what can be captured with a lens. Skills learned will advance prowess in editing and control settings, providing the photographer with a greater depth of knowledge and confidence.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app. Suggested equipment: Any version of Adobe Photoshop subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html), for those who are interested in multi-program editing.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

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


 

Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer (750-04-28-18)
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
What is it about photographs of nature that take your breath away? How do you fully tap the potential of your digital single lens reflex camera, making it your strongest creative ally instead of a hindrance to getting the right shot? Explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography. Gather in the classroom to review best practices and learn the essential operations of your digital camera. Afterward, you will put your new knowledge into practice, shooting outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum. There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or mirrorless camera, Owner's Manual, Tripod and at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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

 


 
Photo: John Pennoyer
Birding Photography (750-05-05-18)
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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

Level: Intermediate (prerequisite Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer or experience with manual settings of a DSLR camera)

Take your birding to the next level... whether you're a new or seasoned birder, you will want to join John Pennoyer for this new class on photographing spring migrating birds, waterfowl, raptors, and game birds. Learn how to set-up backyard bird feeders, bird blinds, and your camera for the fast action photography necessary for capturing birds in flight! Half of the class will work from the bird blind while the other half will scout the grounds. Afterward the two groups will switch. Enjoy the discovery of spring birds and skillfully photograph them at the Arboretum and at home after class!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: A DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod, and 300+mm lens will be necessary for this class.
Limit 10, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

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


Photo: Sue Isaacson 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
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Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-05-19-18)
Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-07-14-18)
Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-29-18)


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

Registration for these sessions coming soon!
To be the FIRST TO KNOW when registration is open and available, email Jill at leen0014@umn.edu with the subject "Raptor Alert"
register Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register Saturday, September 29, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

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

Instructor Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer

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

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


Photo: John Pennoyer 
Photographing Minnesota Native Orchids (750-06-02-18)
Saturday, June 2, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

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

register 

$160 member/$175 non-member, includes Arboretum admission



Photo: John Pennoyer

Up Close and Personal: Summer Macro Photography (750-06-09-18)
Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

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

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



Art of Photography Series
(4 classes -3 summer/1 fall (Autumn Light in Black & White)
Instructor: Nationally recognized visual artist Frank Meuschke; view his work at www.FrankMeuschke.com
Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 
Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence (750-06-16-18)
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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

register  $89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and Save! Art of Photography 4-class bundle $280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  

 
Photo Mark MacLennan

Techniques for the Landscape Photographer (750-06-23-18)
Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

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

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



Art of Photography Series
(4 classes -3 summer/1 fall (Autumn Light in Black & White)
Instructor: Nationally recognized visual artist Frank Meuschke; view his work at www.FrankMeuschke.com
Join our new series designed to inspire you with the art and design acumen required to skillfully create the most stunning photographs. Much of this knowledge can be applied across creative endeavors, whether you work with photography, drawing, painting, floral or landscape design. Choose one class, or bundle all 4 and save! By bundling the full series of Art of Photography, you will also gain access to a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!
Art of Photography: The Secret Knowledge of Color (750-07-21-18)
Saturday, July 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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


register  $89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Bundle and Save! Art of Photography 4-class bundle $280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!  

 

Shooting the Light: Dusk to Dawn Photography Intensive (750-08-03-18)
Friday, August 3, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. AND Saturday, August 4, 5:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

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

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


Photo: Frank Meuschke

Art of Photography Series
(4 classes -3 summer/1 fall (Autumn Light in Black & White)

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


Art of Photography: Modern and Abstract Landscapes (750-08-18-18)
Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

register  $89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
  Bundle and Save! Art of Photography 4-class bundle $280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series!   

 

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees and More! (750-09-08-18)
Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

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

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

 
Photo OlgAlt/Shutterstock
Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White (750-10-27-18)
Saturday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer 

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

register  $89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
  Bundle and Save! Art of Photography 4-class bundle $280 member/$330 non-member, also includes a free, private image upload website administered by the instructor for classmates to share and discuss images throughout and after the series! 


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