PHOTOGRAPHY

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.


 Autumn

Autumn Photography Up Close and Personal - Macro Workshop (750-09-13-14)
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environmental scenes and wildlife

Autumn is full of glorious images, and with your macro-lens you can add even more exciting dimension and compositions to your photographs. Bring your macro-equipment and be ready to enter autumn in way never before experiences. With acclaimed photographer and Arboretum instructor John Pennoyer as our guide, you will learn the essentials and more about macro-photography. Then take what you've learned immediately into the field and apply your skills to the inspiring subject matter to be found at the Arboretum in autumn. You will never look at the curve of a red maple leaf or last autumn flower the same way, and neither will the viewer of your photos!

Skill level: All photography levels will find value from this course. Limit 12, Snyder Building

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

 Raptor

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-20-14)
OR
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-21-15)

Carlyn Iverson, professional illustrator and photographer for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Come learn how to control your camera for high-speed shutter action and focusing as you engage with live birds of prey from the Raptor Center of Minnesota. This special shoot is for all levels as the instructor will work personally with each participant. Recommend 90 mm and higher focal length lenses for this up-close and personal shooting experience with owls, hawks and other birds of prey brought to the Arboretum from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center especially for this class. Limit 20, Learning Center

Register Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-20-14)
SOLD OUT. Register for the February session, below. $109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
Register Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-21-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Basic

Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer (750-10-11-14)
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environmental scenes and wildlife

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. Limit 12, Visitor Center

Register  $129 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 October

October Sunrise: Capturing the Glow (750-10-25-14)
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environmental scenes and wildlife

Gather before the birds awaken at the Arboretum with renowned nature photographer John Pennoyer to learn how to best capture the golden and moving light of dawn during autumn. You'll be the only ones (of the human variety) on the grounds and will spend valuable time in the field capturing the rising sun. Time will be spent reviewing your images and learning how to make them even better through post-production cropping and re-visioning. For intermediate photographers who have already taken a class with John and are familiar with the basic operation of their DSLR camera. Limit 12, Learning Center

Register $129 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Photography Technique

Photography Technique Digital Intensive: Capturing Textures and Patterns in Nature (750-10-04-14)
Saturdays, October 4, 11, and 18, 2014 (three-part class) 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional scientific illustrator and photographer for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Nature is filled with amazing textures, patterns and rhythms. In this three-part intensive, you will expand your botanical understanding of why these patterns occur and revel in finding them throughout the change of seasons in the breathtaking Arboretum collections. In the first session, you will learn how to best capture the detailed "brush strokes" made within nature using your digital camera. You'll spend your time learning more about what your camera and lenses can do and then going out to shoot. In the second session, invest a little more time in these skills and then start to delve into editing your shots. In the final session, focus on photo editing, cataloging, and output for printing of your images. You will need your DSLR camera and lenses you use, a laptop for the second and third sessions, and computer software downloaded onto your laptop (Lightroom or Photoshop, but Lightroom will be emphasized).

You'll leave the final session confident in your increased skills to see images in nature that will yield breathtaking final results suitable for printing, framing, and even gift-giving. Required materials: personal laptop (PC or Mac) and digital camera to each session. 3 sessions. Limit 20, Learning Center

Register $199 members/$239 non-members, includes Arboretum admission 

 Learning Lightroom

Learning Lightroom to Improve Your Photography
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (750-11-01-14)
OR
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-11-01-14-02)
OR
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (750-01-17-15)
OR
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-01-17-15-02)

Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Back by popular demand! One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program, its features and tools, and teach you how to bring your imagery to a higher quality level. You'll learn how to make exposure adjustments, improve contrast and color saturation, and bring clarity and focus to an image. You will be able to remove unwanted spots and red eye, and become comfortable making numerous other improvements. We will learn about histograms and how to adjust them in this class. You'll leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be.

Bring your DSLR camera and your laptop to class. Limit 12, Visitor Center

Register Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (750-11-01-14)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Register Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-11-01-14-02)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Register Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (750-01-17-15)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Register Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-01-17-15-02)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 December

December Full Moon and Arboretum Illuminations: Photography Special Access (750-12-06-14)
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2 - 6 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environment scenes and wildlife

We've consulted out astronomy calendar and we know that the full moon is at its fullest at 5:11 p.m. on this date. Not to miss a chance to photograph the moon and night sky, this special photography session includes not only the wonders of full moon light on the grounds of the Arboretum, but we'll also make certain that the Visitors Center is illuminated from within, offering another opportunity for breathtaking winter-magic photos. Acclaimed photographer and lauded instructor John Pennoyer (www.impressionsofnature.net) will review aspects of winter photography: how to dress to protect yourself and your gear from the elements, winter light, correct exposure for winter landscapes, and shooting in very cold weather. You will spend plenty of time capturing full moon rising and exterior shots of festively lit windows as only possible at the Arboretum. Limit 12, Visitor Center

Register $129 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 Winter

Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders
Choose one date:
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-01-10-15)
OR
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-07-15)

John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environmental scenes and wildlife

Winter is one of accomplished photographer John Pennoyer's favorite seasons for shooting pictures. Photographers of all skill levels will discuss all aspects of winter photography: how to dress to protect yourself and your gear from the elements, winter light, correct exposure for winter landscapes, and shooting in very cold weather. You will spend plenty of time capturing winter landscape on the grounds of the Arboretum in the breathtaking light of late afternoon. Limit 12, Visitor Center

Photography classes sponsored by Tamron and National Camera Exchange

Register

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-01-10-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Register Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-07-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also download the Spring/Summer 2014 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Art Exhibit and Sale: All 2014 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014. Details and registration.

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