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.
Participation in a photography workshop includes an invitation to participate in the Student Fine Art and Photography Exhibit and Sale in early December 2013 in the MacMillan Auditorium. Unique to the Arboretum, this holiday-season sale will feature greeting cards, prints, framed and unframed originals, and other art and gift items by 2013 Arboretum workshop participants. Media represented include watercolor, oil, pastel, drawing and photography.
Saturday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Register
$95 member/$110 non-member, Intermediate-Advanced, Hands-On / Demo, Limit 20, Learning Center
We're putting out some special treats to attract some of the Arboretum's most breathtaking models...our birds. Join acclaimed photographer John Pennoyer as he delights you with his stories of capturing those subjects that too easily take flight just when you think you have the shot! He'll detail techniques and tricks that have proven to work for him. Bring along your zoom lens in the 200mm length or longer (although this is not necessary, but it will make it easier to photograph our skittish subjects). Along with the birds we hope to attract to our feeders, we're likely to have a number of goslings and their parents to capture in photos.
Photo Symposium Full Details
Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Register
$80 member/$95 non-member, All Levels, Limit 250, Oswald Visitor Center
Optional master classes, 2:30-4:30 p.m., $25 for 30 minute sessions, Limit 12 per session
This year's annual Photography Symposium features acclaimed award winning phographer Chris Linder (www.chrislinder.com) He will bring to you the magic and wonders of our world as he has captured it with his Nikon camera - whether from the deck of a ship or a penguin colony. Linder is acclaimed in his ability to bring clear and moving information to the public about science, to inspire the next generation of researchers, and to communicate the need to protect wild places. Trained as an oceanographer, Linder has documented 32 scientific expeditions and his photographs have been featured extensively from the Field Museum to the Smithsonian, and in numerous publications, including his own book "Science on Ice" (University of Chicago Press, 2011). His work has been recognized by the BBC, Nature's Best, and International Conservation Photography. Join with other photographers and nature lovers. Lunch and all-day Arboretum admission included.
Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
$115 member/$130 non-member, All Levels, Hands-On / Demo, Limit 12, Learning Center
What is it about some photographs of nature that seem to 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 sometimes frustrating hindrance to getting the right shot? You'll explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography with acclaimed and popular Arboretum instructor John Pennoyer . You will gather first to review best practices and learn the essential operations of your digital camera in the classroom. Then you will immediately put your knowledge into practice during your shoot out in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum collections.
Saturday, June 29, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
$95 member/$110 non-member, Beginner-Intermediate, Hands-On / Demo, Limit 20, Snyder Building
A rose, is a rose, is a...or is it? The focus and concentration on the frame in photography allows you to enter the wonders and dimensions of flowers in ways unlike any other art form. Bring your camera, close-up/macro lens (highly recommended but not essential to gain a lot from this class), and a tripod, and come prepared to make your photos of flowers truly bloom. Join acclaimed photographer and popular Arboretum instructor John Pennoyer and use highpoints of the flower collections at the Arboretum as your inspiration to capture new layers of excitement in your photography techniques.
Friday, August 9, 3:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday, August 10, 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.,
$155 member/$177 non-member, Friday boxed dinner and Saturday breakfast and boxed lunch included. Note: Students should bring all of their camera equipment including tripod and the cameras operating manual. It is also a good idea to bring a small flash light. Includes dinner, breakfast, and lunch. Intermediate, Hands-On, Limit 12, Learning Center
Beyond the fundamentals, you can improve your photography by comprehending the role of natural light. Accomplished photographer John Pennoyer will help you "see the light" to improve your digital images. Discuss temperature of light, difficult lighting situations, Graduated Neutral Density filters, diffusing and reflecting light, backlighting and side lighting techniques. Learn the best type of light for various subjects and what is the best white balance to use in various situations. Friday afternoon, shoot on the grounds for sunset, twilight and perhaps some night photos. Saturday starts at dawn with special access to the Arboretum to capture sunrise images. Wrap-up with a class slide show including images shot during the weekend.
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or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu