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.


 
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 

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$109 member/$129 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register


Photo: Sue Isaacson 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session: 

(750-07-14-18)
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

(750-09-29-18)
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific 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,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

2 spots left
Saturday, July 14
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register
Saturday, September 29
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
register



Art of Photography 4-class Series

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 4-class 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, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

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

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission
register


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!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 

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 

1 spot left!
$160 member/$175 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies 
register


Photo: Frank Meuschke

Art of Photography 4-class Series

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 4-class 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, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

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

NOTE: This class will take place during the Arboretum Art Crawl. Direct access will be available to the Bee Center via 82nd street (see directions linked above). If you choose to enter the Arboretum through the main Gatehouse entrance, you will want to allow extra time to enter the Arboretum as traffic may be slow to pass the Gatehouse area and slow on 3-mile drive. Be sure to shop the unique artist vendor booths after class!

Sold out, add your name to the waitlist
$89 member/$104 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
register

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!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 Bridge over water in a Japanese Garden, image credit David Cobb
David Cobb

Through the Lens: Capturing the Art of the Japanese Garden

750-08-22-18
Wednesday, August 22
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. - presentation
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Japanese Garden exploration (optional)

David Cobb, professional nature, travel and garden photographer, author of multiple Japanese garden books

Art within art: Japanese gardens are an exquisite form of art that have been developed through the centuries, and lend themselves well to another form of art- photography! Join photographer David Cobb for an hour presentation as he discusses the art and design of Japanese gardens throughout North America through a virtual tour of his beautiful images. He'll also share the elements of style and finer points of photographing Japanese gardens. You'll learn how to really see the Japanese garden- from a unified whole down to the smallest details- and how to best capture their unique beauty through the seasons. OPTIONAL: After the talk and time for questions, join David, garden guides, and other Japanese garden aficionados at 7p.m. to explore and photograph the Arboretum's own Japanese Garden with new eyes.
Limit 150, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$25 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

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 

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

 

Basic Digital Photography for the Nature Photographer

750-09-15-18
Saturday, September 15, 2018
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: Beginner
What is it about photographs of nature that take your breath away? How do you fully tap the potential of your digital SLR or mirrorless 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 for an overview of digital cameras, review best photographic 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, Fireplace Room

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


 

Exclusive Access 2-Day Photography Field Trip: Cedar Creek Ecology Science Reserve

750-09-22-18
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
THROUGH
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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

If you love landscape, ecology and photography you do not want to miss this unique experience! Cedar Creek Ecology Science Reserve is the world-famous site (just one hour north of the Twin Cities) dedicated to ecological science at the juncture of North America's three major biomes: nine square miles of
(1) Prairie
(2) Eastern Deciduous Forest and
(3) Boreal forest.
Although Cedar Creek is closed to the public, you will have the rare and exclusive opportunity to join Artist-in-Residence Frank Meuschke for a landscape photography experience of a lifetime! Meet other ecology and photography enthusiasts as you enjoy learning more about our local ecosystems, and delve into its many photographic subjects on guided hikes through the reserve. Learning will be organic and on the fly while on foot to various destinations and while photographing; Please note that this Field Trip is focused on the opportunity to photograph in this exclusive setting - there may be limited/brief instruction tips, but lengthy formal classroom instruction on technique will not be provided.

Facilities
Facilities are modest dormitory style and used by visiting researchers; there is a cozy shared living area; bathrooms are shared dormitory style. A kitchenette is available in each lodge and is equipped with coffee pot, microwave, stove, fridge basic kitchenware. Note that campfires are not permitted at this research location

Itinerary
Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Arrival and welcome Get settled into rooms
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Welcome, orientation and agenda
11:00 a.m. - 11:45 p.m. Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve Presentation (+ possible trail camera presentation with all the animals of CC)
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Box Lunches
12:30 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Photography Workshop for First Excursion
1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
First Location: Oak Savanna, Prairie and Birds Excursion
  • Telephoto: Birds 
  • Wide Angle: Autumn Landscape 
  • Macro: Unusual Plants 
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Dinner on your own at nearby restaurant (list provided) or using kitchenette
8:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Artist-in-Residence Landscape Presentation

Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast AND Prairie Sunrise Photography (weather permitting) Location: Picnic tables are right beside the prairie path, facing east. Only steps from Lindeman Hall
7:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Second Location: Fish Lake Trail and Wetlands
  • Telephoto: Sandhill Cranes and possibly Red-Headed Woodpecker 
  • Wide Angle: Early morning sun and autumn waterscape 
  • Macro: Pollinators, fall flowers, and aquatic plants 
12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Box Lunches
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Third Location: The Bog or Cedar Bog Lake or other location
  • Macro: Rare and Carnivorous Plants 
  • Wide Angle: Landscape

Required equipment:

  • DSLR or Mirror-less camera
  • macro lens
  • wide angle lens
  • telephoto zoom lens
  • tripod or monopod
Accommodations include:

  • 2 single beds per room
  • Linens (pillow and case, blanket, comforter, 2 sheets)
  • Towels (hand, face & bath towels)
  • Toilet paper
  • Kitchen equipment (fridge, freezer, toaster, coffee machine, stove, oven, utensils, pots, pans, mugs)
  • Electricity
  • Wifi (eduroam, I'll have to check on UM Guest) 
Bring from home:
  • SEE ALSO "Required Equipment" list regarding photo equipment, above
  • Your own pillow or towels if you're most comfortable with your own
  • Soap
  • Coffee
  • Paper towels
  • Bug spray with DEET
  • Water bottle
  • hiking boots or sturdy closed-toe shoes
  • outdoor clothing (long pants, quality socks, fleece layer(s), seasonal jacket)
  • Rain gear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • Food if you plan on cooking (easiest to dine out in the local area!)
  • Snacks

$259 per person, double occupancy room (Option to select roommate at checkout; if you do not have a companion but wish for double-occupancy, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned)
$299 per person, single occupancy 

Fee includes exclusive access to Reserve locations, presentations on photography and ecology, lunch each day and breakfast on Sunday.
Limit 15, Other - location specified in description

register


 

iPhone Photography

750-10-13-18-01
Saturday, October 13, 2018
9 a.m. - noon

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level: Beginner
The best camera is the one we have with us! Join us for an exploration of advanced iPhone photography. The focus of this workshop will be on photographing plants and the autumn landscape, HDR effects, and how to navigate the advanced controls of the Camera+ and Snapseed Photo Editing apps. Frank will demonstrate techniques he uses to take close-up shots, keep plants and scenes properly exposed and in-focus, sharpen and color correct images, how to use the composition grid, and accessories to take your photos to the next level.
Class flow:
1 hour - Learn about the capabilities of the iPhone camera and how to use the advanced "Camera+" app
1 hour - step outside to practice your newly learned skills
1 hour - Our last hour will focus on the powerful photo processing capability of the free "Snapseed"

This class will have you photographing, cropping, sharpening, color correcting, and more with confidence -all on your iPhone!

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
  • iPhone 6S/SE and up. (sorry, no iphones older than the 6S.)
  • "Camera+" app ($2.99) from App Store
  • "Snapseed" app (free) from App Store

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

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


 

Through the Lens: Prairie Golden Hour

750-10-13-18
Saturday, October 13, 2018
3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Skill Level: All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
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 autumn prairie as you hone your skills. Begin the class with a discussion of what the golden hour is, how it affects your images, how to determine when the golden hour will arrive, location scouting tips, navigating lens choices, and 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!
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


 

Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

750-10-20-18
Saturday, October 20, 2018
4 p.m. - 10 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 in this brand-new workshop with night photography expert, Dr. Mike Shaw. You'll begin with an indoor session on setting up your gear and planning your night's activities. You'll 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. A box dinner is included (see options below).

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 is also important to protect your night vision. Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries. Bring from Home:
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 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 at checkout)
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)

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

$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 
Photo Frank Meuschke

Art of Photography 4-class Series

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 4-class 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: Autumn Light in Black & White

(750-10-27-18)
Saturday, October 27
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator 

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 

1 spot left
$89 member/$104 non-member
includes Arboretum admission 
register

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!  
Sat Jun 16 Art of Photography: Composing with Confidence
Sat Jul 21 Art of Photography: Secret Knowledge of Color
Sat Aug 18 Art of Photography: Modern & Abstract Landscapes
Sat Oct 27 Art of Photography: Autumn Light in Black & White
Bundles are SOLD OUT
Add your name to the bundle waitlist or register for remaining individual sessions.


 

Lightroom 101

Select a Session:
750-11-18-18
Sunday, November 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

OR
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

Sunday, November 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, March 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-memberincludes Arboretum admission
register

 

Lightroom 201

Select a Session:
750-11-18-18-01
Sunday, November 18, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, November 18, 2018
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission
register
Saturday, March 2, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register

 

Winter Nights, Holiday Lights Photography

750-12-08-18
Saturday, December 8, 2018
3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate
Have a fun evening creating dynamic images featuring the colorful holiday lights and winter landscapes of the Landscape Arboretum! Join night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw in this exciting new outdoor workshop where you'll master the art of long exposure photography and light painting. The ethereal colors of twilight and dark night provide the perfect backdrop for learning how to manage and capture the beautiful lights of the season. You'll take home a host of new techniques you'll be eager to share with your family and friends. You might even be so pleased with the images you capture that you'll want to have them made into a seasonal greeting card! A box dinner is included.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability. Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 70 mm will find 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 is also important to protect your night vision; and bring your camera's operating manual.
NOTE: We will be photographing outdoors, so bring proper clothing, hat & gloves, hand warmers and footwear.

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):
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 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$125 member/$145 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

750-01-05-19
Saturday, January 5, 2019
10 a.m. - noon

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

Skill Level: All levels
Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of Don's favorite seasons for shooting pictures... Frozen Hiker Photography! It does take a little know how, though: From what to wear to troubleshooting with your equipment in very cold weather, Don will share his valuable experience in these topics, as well as discuss how to make best use of winter light, techniques for getting the correct exposure for winter landscapes, and how to capture falling snow. Don will discuss how to compensate for the snow in your camera's manual and various automatic modes...even how to do it on an iPhone! You will gain knowledge ready to be applied as soon as a blanket of snow arrives! 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.
NOTE: see "IN THE FIELD" PRACTICUM - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders below for {optional} corresponding field portion of this class.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum - - Winter Sunrise

750-01-12-19
Saturday, January 12, 2019
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
Pre-requisite: Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders on 1/5/19
These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. Each practicum session will be limited to 12 participants to ensure one on one time with the instructor. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunrise.
Required Equipment: Warm clothing, Snow pants, Hand warmers, DSLR or mirrorless camera, Extra batteries, Tripod
Optional equipment: Split neutral density filter Polarizer

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$49 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

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

750-01-12-19-01
Saturday, January 12, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 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
Pre-requisite: Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders on 1/5/19
These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. Each practicum session will be limited to 12 participants to ensure one-on-one time with the instructor. This session will focus on photography via snowshoe.
Required Equipment: Layered winter clothing (you can get pretty warm snowshoeing), Waterproof rain pants or light snow pants, Hand warmers, DSLR or mirrorless camera, Extra batteries, Tripod, Snowshoes (available to rent at Arb if you do not have your own),
Optional equipment: Split neutral density filter Polarizer

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

$49 member/$62 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

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) 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 and 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, and 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

$120 member/$140 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
register


 

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: 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. 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 along with a cable or wireless remote shutter release. A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is also important to protect your night vision. Bring your camera operating manual and 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

$175 member/$190 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
register


 

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, and discuss the tools needed, compositional tips, how to manage the depth of field, how to use snow to enhance your images, and focus stacking. He will also to discuss 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, and a corded or wireless shutter release

Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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


 

Winter Bird Photography

750-02-02-19
Saturday, February 2, 2019
9 a.m. - noon

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, and 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), and clothing appropriate for the winter weather.
Suggested Equipment: Monopods or Tripods optional.

Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
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 be spent learning DSLR techniques to create stunning macro images of the tropical orchids and other flowers, 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 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, and a 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 - Azalea Classroom

$99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and all supplies
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 inspired by or created in the Art of Photography series led by instructor Frank Meuschke. We begin with an approachable introduction to the four elements of critique (review): description, analysis, interpretation, and 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: No camera needed. You will have the opportunity to send your photographs for critique ahead of class to the instructor. Otherwise, please bring a thumb drive with photos for us to review.

Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

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


 


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