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: Frank Meuschke 

Exclusive Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

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

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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

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

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

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist--we will contact you if a spot opens!
$120 member/$140 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission & transportation
register


photo: Mike Shaw 

Full Moon Photography at the Arboretum

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

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

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

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

BOX DINNER (select choice for each night at checkout)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference for each night at registration):
  • Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH)
  • Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH)
  • Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

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

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist--we will contact you if a spot opens!
$175 member/$190 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and box dinner both nights
waitlist


 
photo: Don Tredinnick

Winter Macro Photography

750-01-26-19
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

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

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$99 member/$119 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

register



photo: Don Olson, APS 

Winter Bird Photography

750-02-02-19
Saturday, February 2, 2019
SELECT A SESSION
9 a.m. - noon
OR
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. JUST ADDED DUE TO DEMAND!
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

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

Suggested Equipment:

  • Monopods or Tripods optional
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
Sold out, add your name to the waitlist, or register for the 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. session, below
9 a.m. - noon
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
register
1 spot left
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 

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

 

Exclusive Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

750-02-16-19
Saturday, February 16, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

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

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

Lightroom 101

750-03-02-19
Saturday, March 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

Skill Level: Beginner 
Adobe Lightroom is an incredible tool for organizing, editing and distributing digital photos! In this class you will learn techniques for library organization and the easiest ways to sort imported photos. Using the Develop Module, you will be shown how to make edits to your photos including lens and camera profile corrections, white balance, exposure, tonality, and color corrections. You will learn how to better compose your images with the tool bar crop and level functions. Afterward, you will see how easy it is to make sharpening and noise reduction adjustments in preparation for exporting your photos. The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. Participants should have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. It is important to have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic as Adobe Lightroom CC does not have all of the features as CC Classic. Adobe does offer a 7 day trial period if you do have a subscription, but please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.
Required Equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC CLASSIC installed prior to class meeting.

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

$69 member/$89 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
register

Lightroom 201

750-03-02-19-01
Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Skill Level - Intermediate 
This class is a follow-on to the Adobe 101 class. Participants should be familiar with importing, tagging, and rating photos, use of the panels in the develop module, and exporting images. In this class you will learn the following: 
• How to make use of collections 
• How to make use of the photo merge function to create HDR images and Panoramas
• How to correct distortion issues using the transform panel. 
• Use of the graduated filter tool including the use of Luminance Masks
• Use of the brush tool including the ability to use it as an airbrush03
• Use of the radial filter tool to apply vignettes and to direct the viewer
• How to build a slideshow.

The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. Participants should have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. It is important to have Adobe Lightroom CC Classic as Adobe Lightroom CC does not have all of the features as CC Classic. Adobe does offer a 7 day trial period if you do have a subscription, but please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class. Required Equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom CC CLASSIC installed prior to class meeting.

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

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

 

The Art of Photography: Cohort Critique and Coffee

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

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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

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

Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

SELECT A SESSION

Saturday, April 20  750-04-20-19
5 p.m. - 11 p.m.

OR
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. 20-
  • 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

Saturday, April 20
5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
$135 member/$155 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and box dinner
register
Saturday, August 10
5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
$135 member/$155 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and box dinner
register

iPhone Photography

SELECT A SESSION

Saturday, April 27
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
750-04-27-19
OR
Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
750-08-17-19

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
Limit 16, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Optional Add-On: iPhone Photography Post-Process Editing

Saturday, April 27
1:15pm - 3:15pm
$20 additional fee
OR
Saturday, August 17
1:15pm - 3:15pm 
$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
Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between sessions.

Limit 16, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Saturday, April 27
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$54 member/$69 non-member, without Add-On,
 includes Arboretum admission
$74 member/$89 non-member, with Editing Add-On, 1:15pm - 3:15pm, includes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, August 17
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$54 member/$69 non-member, without Add-on,
 includes Arboretum admission
$74 member/$89 non-member, with Editing Add-On, 1:15pm - 3:15pmincludes Arboretum admission
register 

 

Photographing People in Nature

750-05-04-19
Saturday, May 4
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner
Summer offers so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors, and we often want to capture these moments. But taking photos of people in nature can be a challenge: from harsh shadows and distracting elements to blown out backgrounds and dappled light, taking a great image can be difficult! Learn how to overcome these challenges by discussing
  • How to work with natural light and exposure techniques
  • Tips for choosing the right background
  • Arranging people in the shot
  • Post processing
Then move outside to beautiful spring Arboretum scenery, and practice what you've learned in small groups. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • At least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
  • A packed lunch or snacks (optional)
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$109 member/$125 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Digital Photography for Beginners

750-05-11-19
Saturday, May 11
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: Beginner
What is it about photographs that take your breath away? How do you fully tap the potential of your digital SLR or Mirrorless camera, making it your creative ally instead of a hindrance to getting the shot? Explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography. Gather in the classroom to learn the essential operations of your digital camera and review best photographic practices. Topics covered include
  • Sensors and pixels
  • JPEG and RAW files
  • Aperture and shutter speed
  • Metering
  • Histograms 
  • and so much more!
Afterward, you will put your new knowledge into practice, shooting outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum. Please have lunch before class.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • Tripod
  • At least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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

 

Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

750-05-25-19
Saturday, May 25
9 a.m. - noon

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

Level: Beginner
May brings warm temperatures, greening grass, and a flood of spring flowers! Come to the Arboretum and hone your flower photography skills on late spring beauties such as alliums, bleeding heart, lilies, irises, and more! Start in the classroom with
  • An overview of the five types of flower photography
  • Tips and tricks for handling the challenges of capturing a great floral image
  • Basic and advanced equipment to consider
  • A handy shooting checklist
Then move outside as a group to practice newly learned techniques as you stroll through the Arboretum's gorgeous gardens, capturing exquisite images along the way. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • At least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$109 member/$125 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register 

 

Summer Milky Way at the Arboretum: Exclusive Camera Access

750-06-01-19
Saturday, June 1
6 p.m. - midnight

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Capture the nighttime glory of the summer Milky Way arching over the Arboretum grounds! Scheduled during the first of the three best weekends of the year, you'll learn
  • How and where to view and photograph the galactic core region of our home galaxy.
  • The best camera settings and lenses for Milky Way photography
  • Tips on composition
  • Milky Way astronomy
  • Ways to post-process your images to make them pop! 
Required Equipment
  • Wide-angle lenses with focal lengths of 24 mm or less
  • Sturdy tripod
  • Cable/wireless shutter release. 
  • Bring from Home: your camera operating manual and spare batteries. 
  • Dress for the weather and for walking. 
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

$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and box dinner
register

 

Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence

750-06-01-19-01
Saturday, June 1
12:30 p.m. - 5 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
  • Positive and negative space 
  • Compositional tools such as point of view and the "rule of thirds"
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 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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

 

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

750-06-15-19
Saturday, June 15
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner
John Muir once said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Whether traveling to our National Parks, local state and county parks, or just visiting some of America's wide-open spaces, we often try to capture these amazing views only to be disappointed that the resulting photo doesn't quite capture the scene as we remember it. Join Don and other photography enthusiasts as you learn how to take landscape images that show depth, tell a story, and bring you back to the moment in time when you clicked the shutter. In the classroom, Don will discuss
  • The important role of light in landscape photography
  • Composition guidelines
  • Techniques for focusing
  • Tricks for creative effects
  • Tips for post-processing
Then head outside to try your hand at capturing landscape shots around the Arboretum. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • At least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$109 member/$125 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Nature Photography 101

750-07-13-19
Saturday, July 13
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner
Do you enjoy spending time hiking, camping, biking or just being in nature? Nature photography is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the great outdoors if you know how to get started! Join Don as he talks about his experiences as a professional nature photographer, and what equipment you need to get started. He will discuss
  • The differences in approach for wildlife, plant, and landscape photography
  • Necessary techniques, tips and tricks to excel in each area
Then venture outside as a group as Don demonstrates techniques and you test your newly learned skills. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills! Whether you are looking to capture photos to share on social media, hang on your walls, or share with friends, you'll leave class with the confidence and knowledge to explore nature photography further.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • At least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
  • A packed lunch (optional)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$109 member/$125 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

750-07-27-19
Saturday, July 27
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, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

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, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


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