Special Access: Photography Workshops

 


 

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

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

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

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

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


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