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.


 raptor

Photo credit: John Pennoyer

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access (750-­02-­25­-17)
Saturday, February 25, 10 a.m. ­- 3 p.m. 

Level: All levels

This session has been cancelled.
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$114 member/$134 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 lightroom 101

Lightroom 101 -­ Photo Editing & Organizing (750­-03-­04-­17)
Saturday, March 4, 9 a.m. -­ noon 
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
One of the best applications available for post­-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program's 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 remove unwanted spots and red eye and discuss histograms and how to adjust them. You will become comfortable making numerous other improvements and leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be. A camera is NOT needed for this class. A camera is NOT needed for this class.

Required equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription/software (free 30­-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app.

Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register 2 spots left
$69 member/$89 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission 

lightroom 201

Photo credit: See-ming Lee/Flikr

Lightroom 201 -­ Intermediate Photo Editing & Organizing (750-­03-­04-­17-­02)
Saturday, March 4, 1 p.m. -­ 4 p.m. 
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
Delve further into the tools and functionality of Adobe Lightroom. Participants will gain deeper control of their photography with additional ways to manipulate and enhance their images. Hands­-on class time will be spent working on specific edit changes to learn more precise, intermediate-­level skills that were not covered in the introductory Lightroom 101 class. Some of the tips, tricks, tools, techniques and best practices taught will include isolating color fields, making adjustments using channels, developing metadata , gaining additional hands­-on time and practice with making selections and adjustments to masking, learning creative techniques with filters, working collaboratively with Lightroom and Photoshop programs, and making slideshows for export. This class will provide greater artistic freedom to those who want to expand their photography beyond what can be captured with a lens. Skills learned will advance prowess in editing and control settings, providing the photographer with a greater depth of knowledge and confidence. A camera is NOT needed for this class.

Required equipment: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-­day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app.

Suggested equipment: Any version of Adobe Photoshop subscription or software (free 30-­day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html), for those who are interested in multi-program editing.

Limit 14, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register 3 spots left
$69 member/$89 non-­member,
includes Arboretum admission

 basic digital

Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-04-22-17)
OR
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-08-26-17)

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
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? Explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography. Gather in the classroom to review best practices and learn the key essential operations of your digital camera. Then you will immediately put your knowledge into practice during your shoot outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum collections. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, Owner's Manual, Tripod and at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register  Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-04-22-17)
$134 member/$147 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
 
 register Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-08-26-17)
$134 member/$147 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 wildlife

Wildlife Photography (750-04-29-17)
Saturday, April 29, 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 using the manual settings of a DSLR camera)
Learn how to set up your camera for fast focusing, continuous high-speed shooting and other settings to capture that elusive wildlife image. Acclaimed instructor John Pennoyer will talk about some of his "secret spots" where he captures some of his wildlife images. Class will cover not only mammals, but also how to set up backyard perches for bird photography and shooting birds "on the wing." John will set some feeders and perches on the Arboretum grounds so you can practice your new skills right away. As participants learn in this class, Mother Nature is unpredictable, so if birds don't come to the feeders, be prepared and dressed to set out on foot to scout them out in the nearby wilderness areas of the Arboretum. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera and owner's manual
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: lens in the 300mm range or longer, tripod
Limit 12, Visitor Center

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

 raptor
photo: Carlyn Iverson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (750-05-13-17), Learning Center
OR
Saturday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (750-07-22-17), Visitor Center

Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator; with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

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. Members of 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 helpful instruction on tips and techniques to help you capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures. In class, participants will learn how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet away (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. Presentation content is designed for adult learners; suggested minimum age is 16. A portion of this class' fees go to benefit the Raptor Center. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.

NOTE: the May 13 session takes place on the same day as the popular annual Arboretum Plant Sale! Allow extra time get through the Arboretum gatehouse, as there will likely be a line to enter the Arboretum. Take advantage of the great plant sale finds during breaks or after class!

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: 90mm and higher focal length lens(es), tripod/monopod (optional), sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
Limit 20
register Saturday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (750-05-13-17), Learning Center
$114 member/$134 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission and support for the Raptor Center
register

Saturday, July 22, 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (750-07-22-17), Visitor Center
$114 member/$134 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and support for the Raptor Center


 macro
photo: John Pennoyer

Summer Macro-Photography Workshop: Up Close and Personal (750-05-20-17)
Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
The Arboretum is full of vivid and breathtaking colors and images, and with your camera's macro lens, you can add even more exciting dimensions and compositions to your photographs. Classroom time will be spent learning the essentials about macro-photography - and many more of John's nature photography up-close tips. Then join your classmates on a photographic journey across the Arboretum grounds to apply your skills to the inspiring subject matter found during the lush summer season. You will never look at the curve of a leaf or fully blossomed flower the same way, and neither will the viewer of your photos! 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 camera and owner's manual, macro or close-up lens
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Close-up filter; extension tubes
Limit 12, Learning Center

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

 landscapes

photo: Mark MacLennan

Landscapes of Woodlands, Waterfalls Wildflowers & Prairies (750-06-03-17)
Saturday, June 3, 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 using the manual settings of a DSLR camera)
This class is designed for the intermediate photographer interested in mastering landscape photography. During the classroom session, acclaimed nature photography educator John Pennoyer will reveal skills like creating a three-dimensional landscape image, how to photograph waterfalls by "stopping the water" to achieve a milky smooth water flow, and how to create dramatic flowerscapes. 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 lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, tripod, macro/close-up lens, wide angle lens
Limit 12, Snyder Building

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



 light

Shooting the Light: Dusk to Dawn Photography Intensive (750-08-04-17)
Friday, August 4, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. AND Saturday, August 5, 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
One of the most important factors a photographer must learn to recognize is the "quality of light." Light should dictate to a photographer how, when and where to take that dynamic picture. Classroom time on Friday will focus on the importance of light in 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-admittance access to the Arboretum, where you will photograph the Arboretum by sunrise. For intermediate photographers who are comfortable with the basic operation of their DSLR camera.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, tripod, camera operating manual, small flashlight
Limit 12, Learning Center

register $160 members/$175 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, boxed dinner and breakfast refreshments
 

 photoshop

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop© for Creative Photography (750-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner
Are you an enthusiastic photographer, but not sure where to start when it comes to editing your images? Join Carlyn for an approachable, in-depth introduction to Adobe Photoshop©- one of the best programs to enhance and edit your pictures. Along with other beginners, you will begin with a walk-through of the software and an introduction to its tools. You will have an opportunity for some creative fun with images, while Carlyn provides one-on-one interaction that will leave you with confidence to further explore the program on your own.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: laptop with Adobe Photoshop© (PS4, PS5, or PS6) installed or connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud service (free wifi is available in the Bee Center).
NOTE: This class is for Photoshop only, and will not be using Photoshop Elements.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 butterflies

Photographing Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators (750-09-09-17)
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn the techniques for getting stunning shots of beneficial insects, without frightening them away. Skills taught in class will include focus, composition, shutter speed, lens selection, steady hand-holding, and how to capture insects while perched as well as in flight. One hour of classroom instruction will be followed by 2 hours of in-the-field time to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Participants will appreciate their increased confidence in finding and photographing the beauty of nature's busy little helpers. Note that insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably for the outdoor portion of class, to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera and owner's manual, telephoto lens in the 200mm-400mm range
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12, Learning Center

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

 insect
photo: Bill Johnson

Capturing the Unseen: Elusive Insect Photography (750-09-19-17)
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bill Johnson, National Director for Region V, Garden Writers' Association and Charter Member of the North American Nature Photographers' Association

Level: All levels
Here is a chance to follow along with an expert nature photographer and learn his methods for capturing images of the tiniest of subjects! Bill will start with an introduction to insect photography tips and techniques, and then you and fellow photographers will learn firsthand how to hunt down your subjects. There's no guarantee of what you will find-that is one of the joys of nature photography-but with Bill's entomological expertise you'll be sure to grow in appreciation of whatever species you meet. After time in the field, you will return to the classroom for a review of some of the class' images. Bill will offer constructive advice sure to get you off on the right foot during future insect photography shoots. Note that insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably for the outdoor portion of class, to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
Required Equipment: DSLR or higher end Point-and-Shoot Camera
Suggested Equipment: cord to share images with the class, macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 15, Bee Center

register $74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 adobe intro

Adobe Lightroom 101 - Photo Editing & Organizing (750-09-30-17)
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - noon
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner to Intermediate Lightroom Users
One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program's 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 remove unwanted spots and red eye and discuss histograms and how to adjust them. You will become comfortable making numerous other improvements and leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be. Bring your DSLR camera and your laptop to class.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app
Limit 24, Bee Center

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

 Adobe intermediate
Photo credit: See-ming Lee/Flikr

Adobe Lightroom 201 - Intermediate Photo Editing & Organizing (750-09-30-17-02)
Saturday, September 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
This new class will delve further into the tools and functionality of Adobe Lightroom. Participants will gain deeper control of their photography with additional ways to manipulate and enhance their images. Hands-on class time will be spent working on specific edit changes to learn more precise, intermediate-level than those covered in the introductory Lightroom 101 class. Some of the tips, tricks, tools, techniques and best practices taught will include isolating color fields, making adjustments using channels, developing metadata, gaining additional hands-on practice time making selections and adjustments to masking, learning creative techniques with filters, working symbiotically between Lightroom and Photoshop programs, and making slide shows for export. This class will provide greater artistic freedom to those who want to expand their photography beyond what can be captured with a lens. Skills learned will advance prowess in editing and control settings, providing the photographer with a greater depth of knowledge and confidence.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Any version of Adobe Photoshop subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html), for those who are interested in multi-program editing.
Limit 24, Bee Center

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

 


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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.

 

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