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Special Access Photographer's Evening: Arboretum Winter Lights Display

On a regular evening, up to 4,000 visitors are allowed admission to view the Arboretum's Winter Lights display. Past years' Special Access Photographer's Nights have limited admission to 300 photographers. This year for 2021, we are limiting even further to create the most comfortable, private and spacious photographer's experience: Only 100 Photographers per session will have exclusive access to the Lights Display, with no other guests on the grounds!


This program includes BOTH:
Photo Tips Webinar (Nov 29)
AND
In-Person Special Photographer's Night Access to the Winter Lights Display (Dec 1 or 8)

Online Webinar: Photo Tips for the Winter Lights Display

Monday, November 29, 7:00-8:00 p.m., recording also available to view on-demand

Maximize your Winter Lights photography experience in an hour-long, webinar presentation and Q&A with Photography Instructor Dr. Mike Shaw. The webinar will be recorded, you may participate live or watch the recording on-demand before coming to the Arboretum's Winter Lights display, through December 8:

  • Learn what cameras, lenses and gear are recommended for lights-at-night photography
  • Review special Winter Lights photography techniques and tips
  • Discover pro-tips for keeping you and your camera warm on a cold night
  • Explore some of the best locations at the Arboretum to capture that special shot
  • See photographs from past Winter Light seasons for ideas and inspiration
Additional Details:
  • Participation in the online Photography Tips webinar requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet.

How it works - webinar:

  • Register 1 person with 1 email at a time (you will be asked which email you want the invitation link sent to at checkout). If you would like to register multiple people, please register them each separately with separate emails.
  • Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join the webinar in their initial purchase confirmation by email. The Arboretum will also send a reminder email with the link 2 days prior to the start date. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join!
  • A link to view a recording of the webinar will also be sent via email within 1 day after the live webinar. Watch and review the recording as often as desired through December 8!
  • Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu
 

In-Person Special Access Photographer's Nights

Select a session:
Wednesday, December 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display, normally closed on Wednesday evenings, will be opened only for photographers!

  • Photographers only!
  • Our normal "no-tripods" rule is suspended for these two nights only!
  • We've reduced the number of participants to *ONLY 100 PHOTOGRAPHERS* per session, to clear crowded vistas!
  • This premier experience provides ample time for long exposures!
  • Bring your equipment and photograph at your leisure.
  • Shoot among other photographers and photography enthusiasts.
  • Use the Instagram hashtag #mnarbwinterlightsphotonights2021 to post a favorite image of yours from the evening for a chance to win exposure on the Arb's social media platform!
Additional Details:
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • The Special Access evenings will be structured to allow comfortable spacing between photographers by limiting the number of participants within two, 2-hour periods between 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. In order to ease pressure at popular vistas, please arrive and depart within your scheduled session. We appreciate your cooperation!
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Weather: This event will run with snow or cold temperatures
  • Note that the focus of these evening is on the photographic opportunities, the Gift Store and Cafe may not be open. There will be a limited cash bar with drinks and light snacks available.
Suggested Equipment:
  • DSLR, Mirrorless camera, or High quality Bridge Camera
  • Tripod
  • Various Lenses (Optional)
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground and snow
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision (Optional)
  • Warm clothing and gloves for winter weather
  • Hand Warmers (Optional)
  • Personal snack/beverage (Optional)

Register below for your Winter Lights Photographer's Access Date/Time at the Arboretum. All registrations also include the Photo Tips webinar on November 29.
Limit 100 per time slot, Begin at the Visitor Center

Wednesday, December 1, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum Winter Lights Display photographer's special access admission and "Arboretum Winter Lights Photography Tips" webinar
   
Wednesday, December 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum Winter Lights Display photographer's special access admission and "Arboretum Winter Lights Photography Tips" webinar
   
Wednesday, December 8, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum Winter Lights Display photographer's special access admission and "Arboretum Winter Lights Photography Tips" webinar
   
Wednesday, December 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
$25 member/$40 non-member, includes Arboretum Winter Lights Display photographer's special access admission and "Arboretum Winter Lights Photography Tips" webinar

Questions?
Arboretum Education Office
Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.*
arbedu@umn.edu
612-301-1210*
*We are temporarily working from home, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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