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Photography
Classes & Workshops

Immerse yourself in 1,300 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.


This In-Person Workshop is scheduled to run in safe, physically-distanced learning format!

Watercolor Painting from Photographs: Workshop with Jim Turner

Saturday, October 31, 2020
10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Jim Turner, Award Winning watermedia painter and experienced instructor

Level Some experience with the watercolor medium
Supplies Bring-Your-Own supplies See supply list 

Photographs offer us unlimited references for painting. This class will help you improve your design and compositional skills and give you the opportunity to experiment with a variety of techniques. Learn to create worthwhile photographs and then translate those images into works of art. Subject matter (landscape, floral, wildlife, and/or people) is completely up to you; bring multiple photographs to work with. You will: 
  • Learn to take better photographic images to use in painting
  • Understand which photos make effective references for painting
  • Discover how to combine multiple photos into one image
  • Grasp the critically important element of design surrounding the photo image
  • Watch demonstrations using the latest in technology and camera screens
  • Leave with a completed painting and new skills to support your continued enjoyment of the watercolor process.

Please review these safety protocols for attending this in-person program.

Bring snacks/bag lunch, refrigeration available.

Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab


 $74 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission, bring your own supplies

This class has moved online!
Photographer silhouette against a full moon, photo SantiPhotoSS/Shutterstock 

Live Webinar: Full Moon Photography

Sunday, November 29, 2020
1-3 p.m.

Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level Beginner to Intermediate 

Come howl at the full moon! Join us for this webinar to learn Mike's secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's autumn scenery, or at an ideal location you choose near you. In this workshop you will: 

  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn the camera settings to get the right night sky exposures
  • Identify the proper lenses for successful moon compositions
  • Discover techniques to ensure detailed, sharp moon pictures
  • Enjoy one-to-one instruction via chat and live Q&A

Required Equipment
All that is needed to attend this live webinar is a computer or pad, an internet connection, and a Web browser such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc. Zoom is required and this webinar works best with Zoom software (free) installed on your device.

Suggested Equipment for Putting What You Learn Into Practice:

  • DSLR or MLIC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera)
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses in the 100 - 500+ mm range
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Spare batteries
  • Operating manual for your camera

Zoom
Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You must install Zoom on your computer to experience this webinar. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.

How it works
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 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.

Webinar Questions?
Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

$35 member/$40 non-member

 


 People exploring a light tunnel at night, photo Mike Shaw

Special Access Photographer's Evening: Arboretum Winter Lights Display

Select a session:
Thursday, December 3, 4:30- 6 p.m., 6- 7:30 p.m., 7:30- 9 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 4:30- 6 p.m., 6- 7:30 p.m., 7:30- 9 p.m.


The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display, normally closed on Thursday evenings, will be opened only for photographers. This experience includes a live webinar to prepare you to make the most of your onsite photography experience!


At the Special Access Photographer's Evening:
The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display, normally closed on Thursday evenings, will be opened only for photographers.

  • Our normal "no-tripods" rule is suspended for these two nights only!
  • We've also greatly reduced the number of participants to clear crowded vistas!
  • This premier experience provides ample time for long exposures!
  • Bring your equipment, explore the displays at your own pace, and photograph at your leisure.
  • Shoot among other photographers and photography enthusiasts
  • Instagram hashtag #mnarbwinterlightsphotonights a favorite image of yours from the evening for a chance to win exposure on the Arb's social media platform!

NOTE: This evening will be structured to allow comfortable spacing between photographers by limiting the number of participants within three, 1.5 hour periods between 4:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. In order to ensure proper social distancing and ease pressure at popular vistas, please arrive and depart within your scheduled session.


Required Equipment for the Arboretum Photo Shoot:

  • High quality Bridge, DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Tripod
  • Various Lenses (Optional)
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision (Optional)
  • Warm Clothing
  • Hand Warmers (Optional)
  • Personal snack/beverage (Optional)


COVID-19 Guidelines During Your Program

  • We encourage you to take your temperature and stay home if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, or persistent coughing. You will receive a full refund.
  • You must wear a mask at all times during this event, even when outside.
  • Please maintain a distance of at least six feet from others (except those you are with, such as family members)
  • If you do not observe these guidelines, staff may ask you to leave.
  • Bring your own water and snack; no food or drinking fountains will be available.

 

Before You Go, Participate or Watch:
Arboretum Winter Lights: Photography Tips and Best Locations Webinar

Tuesday, December 1, 7 - 8pm and Recorded for On-Demand Viewing

Dr. Mike Shaw, professional astrophotographer and author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes," will show you how to maximize your Winter Lights photography experience in a hour-long, virtual presentation and Q&A you can participate live or watch on-demand before coming to the Winter Lights Display.

In this webinar you will:

  • Learn what cameras, lenses and gear is 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
  • Ample time for Q&A after the presentation.
  • This webinar will be recorded for viewing anytime before your session.

Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Internet, Computer or Tablet, up-to-date Chrome, Firefox, or Safari Web browser, and downloaded Zoom software (free).

Zoom
Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service. You must install Zoom on your computer to experience this webinar. Click here for a tutorial on how to join a Zoom meeting and much more.

Watch LIVE and participate in the Q&A with the instructor, or view a recording of the webinar anytime before your Winter Lights session!

  • To watch a recording on-demand: a link to view a recording of the webinar will be sent via email within 1 day after the live webinar. Watch and review the recording as often as you wish before your Winter Lights photo shoot!

 

How registration works: Register 1 person with 1 email at a time (you will be asked which email you want the webinar link invitation sent to at checkout). If you would like to register multiple people in different locations, please register them each separately with separate emails. Registered attendees will receive the link needed to join 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.

Weather: Class will take place snow or shine, please dress for the weather.

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum Workshop host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

 

Limit 70 per session, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall


Thursday, December 3, 4:30-6p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Thursday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m..
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Thursday, December 3, 7:30-9 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Thursday, December 10, 4:30-6 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Thursday, December 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

Thursday, December 10, 7:30-9 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission 

 

 


Lecture - Winter Light Photography: Winter Wonders

Saturday, January 9, 2021
10 a.m.-noon

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

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

Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of Don's favorite seasons for shooting pictures! It does take a little know-how, though. In this lecture you will learn:
  • What to wear
  • How to protect and troubleshoot your equipment in very cold weather
  • How to make best use of winter light
  • Techniques for getting the correct exposure for winter landscapes
  • How to capture beautiful images of falling snow
  • How to compensate for the snow in your camera's manual and various automatic modes...even how to do it on an iPhone!
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. See "In the Field Winter Light Practicum" options below for {optional} corresponding field portions of this class.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium
$20 member/$35 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Practicum in the Field - Winter Light Photography: Winter Sunrise

Saturday, January 16, 2021
7-10 a.m.

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

Level All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
Prerequisite Lecture Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunrise. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)
Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Practicum in the Field - Winter Light Photography: Winter Sunset

Saturday, January 16, 2021
2:30-5:30 p.m.

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

Level All levels, some familiarity with the manual settings on your camera preferred
Prerequisite Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunset. REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)
Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Time-Lapse of Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2021
1-5 p.m.

Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level Intermediate
This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it! Practice together in class with natural subjects such as ice melting or clouds moving across the sky. Learn
  • How our vision system interprets time-lapses
  • Equipment needed and how to set it up for time-lapse videos
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips
  • Practice making your first time-lapse video right in class!
We'll cover techniques for creating long-term time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing, flowers blooming, etc, to try at home
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • A programmable intervalometer for your camera model (strongly recommended). Alternatively, bring a cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Operating manuals for camera, intervalometer
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$79 member/$94 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Special Access Photography: Full Moon at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

Thursday, January 28, 4-8 p.m. AND
Friday, January 29, 4-8 p.m.

Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level Beginner to 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. Exclusive night access to the Arboretum with night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw. 
  • Two afternoon sessions learning night photography and astronomy
  • Two evenings to practice and refine your moon photography techniques
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (50 - 200 mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
  • Proper clothing, winter hat & winter gloves, hand warmers and footwear
NOTES You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive. 
WEATHER PLAN Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain, snow or shine. In case of inclement 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. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$189 member/$204 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Winter Macro Photography

Saturday, January 30, 2021
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Level Beginner

Explore the wonders of macro photography in a winter setting! You will learn macro photography techniques within the classroom and, with guidance from your instructor, put them into practice in the wintry Arboretum landscape.
  • Compositional tips
  • Managing depth of field
  • Using snow to enhance our macro images
  • Focus stacking
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Dress in appropriate clothing for winter- macro photography often requires getting low to the ground! A pair of waterproof snow pants are recommended
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Focus Stacking - From Concept to Completion

Saturday, January 30, 2021
1:30-4:30 p.m.

Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: All levels

During this class we will use landscape and macro subjects to learn all of the steps necessary to create a final image from a set of focus stacked images.
Discussion about focus stacking:
  • What is focus stacking
  • When to use it
  • How to create a focus stack of images
Hands-on exercise to collect a stack of images:
  • Manual approach to focus stacking
  • Using your camera's built in capabilities to create a focus stack
Preparing our images for processing:
  • Using the batch editing capabilities of Lightroom to correct camera profile, white balance, contrast, and lens corrections
  • Determining the set of images to stack
Processing the set of images to create a final image:
  • Focus Stacking using Photoshop
  • Focus Stacking using Helicon Focus
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT:
  • Laptop computer with Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Helicon Focus installed. (Evaluation copies are available from Adobe and Helicon Soft)
  • Your camera manual (If you don't have one, you can download a copy from the manufacturers site for your camera)
  • A tripod (it is essential that your camera remains in the same place when stacking)
  • A wireless or wired remote for your camera.
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Winter Bird Photography

Saturday, February 13, 2021
9 a.m.-noon

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

Level Intermediate: familiarity with the manual functions of your camera and an understanding of exposure settings

Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this class, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, on the feeder, and in flight. You will learn:
  • Techniques for photographing birds in winter
  • Equipment needs for photographing birds
  • Insights into winter bird behavior
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build a backyard bird photography studio
Class will also spend time outside at the Arboretum's feeders to practice these techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (optional)
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Power Planning For Night Sky Photography

Sunday, March 28, 2021
1-4 p.m.

Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Intermediate

Have you ever tried to shoot the full moon next to your favorite landmark, but missed it? How about the Milky Way over a lake, but it was way off? After this workshop you will never miss another shot! Learn how to harness the power of a personal digital photography assistant (your cellphone!) to precisely plan:
  • Moonrises/moonsets
  • Milky Way images
  • Meteor showers
  • Time-lapses Moon / sun sequences
  • Star trails
  • Panoramas Solar and lunar eclipses
You will see how easy it is to plan your night photography expeditions months or years in advance to make your dream photographs possible!
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT Install the "Planit! Pro" app on your smartphone prior to the talk; and bring a compass, if you have one. Link: www.planitphoto.com You may bring your camera to confirm settings, although not required.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$102 member/$117 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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