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.


Photoshop Fundamentals Series (Online)

Mike Shaw, renowned astro-photographer, author and workshop leader
Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Interested in Photoshop but not sure where to begin? Here's your chance to finally dive in. This brand new, four-part Photoshop Fundamentals webinar series is designed to give you all the knowledge you need to confidently apply important Photoshop tools to your photography. Each webinar can be taken as a stand-alone class or take the full series for the most impact!

Required Equipment for each Live Webinar: 
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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. 

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Each session limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

COUPON
Save up to $20! 
Register for 2 different Photoshop Fundamentals series sessions and save $5 off each session. Use coupon code TAKE5 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
 

Photoshop: Understanding & Using Photoshop's Camera Raw Tool (Online)

Thursday, January 14, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Explore the full range of editing possibilities with Photoshop's Camera Raw processor. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it! In this webinar you will learn:

  • The difference between global and local adjustments
  • How to apply the most important global adjustments like color treatment, exposure adjustments, sharpening and more
  • How to apply the most important local adjustments: spot removal, adjustment brush, radial filter and the graduated filter
  • We will use example images taken at the Arboretum
Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • Two or more RAW file photographs to practice using the Camera Raw processor
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 
 
 

Photoshop: Color Management

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Mike Shaw, renowned astro-photographer, author and workshop leader

Color management is one of the most important aspects of photography. Poor lighting or the wrong color scheme can wreck an otherwise perfect image. This webinar will explore the basic concepts of Photoshop color management so you can reliably create perfect color images and make them POP! You will learn:

  • What color profiles are and how to use them
  • When and how to apply color mixing
  • When and how to apply split toning
  • How to apply the Selective Color tool for maximum effect
Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • One or more photographs to practice color management; preferably in RAW file format
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 
 
 

Photoshop: Portrait Magic (Online)

Thursday, January 21, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Learn how to "Photoshop" your indoor and outdoor portrait photography into treasured family heirlooms! In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Which portrait features require emphasis
  • How to correct lighting color imbalance
  • How to correct common portrait blemishes
  • How to apply adjustments to make your portraits sparkle!
Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • One or more portrait photographs to practice; preferably in RAW file format
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 

This class has moved online!

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

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop (Online)

Saturday, January 23, 2021
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Mike Shaw, renowned astro-photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate

Ever wonder how those amazing time lapse videos of clouds rolling through the sky or a flower opening is made? This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it!
You'll learn:

  • How our vision system interprets time-lapses
  • Equipment needed for time-lapse videos
  • How to set up a time lapse
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips
  • We'll cover techniques for creating time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing or flowers blooming for you to try at home.

Suggested Equipment for Putting What You Learn Into Practice

  • 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 is strongly recommended
  • Alternatively, a cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Spare batteries

Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform


Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member


This class has moved online!

Full Moon Photography at the Arb (Online)

Thursday, January 28, 2021
2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Mike Shaw, renowned astro-photographer, author and workshop leader

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 winter scenery or at any ideal location near you. In this workshop you will:
  • Refine your moon photography techniques
  • Connect night photography and astronomy
  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn 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
  • Live Q&A
Required Equipment To Put What You Learn Into Practice
  • 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
Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

This class has moved online!
 

Winter Macro Photography (Online)

Saturday, January 30, 2021
9:30 a.m.-11 a.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! Learn macro photography techniques and put them into practice in a wintry landscape near you.

  • Creative indoor macro photography and lighting
  • Photographing snowflakes
  • Macro water droplets
  • Compositional tips
  • Managing depth of field
  • Using snow to enhance our macro images

Suggested Equipment for Putting What You Learn Into Practice

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release
  • Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
  • Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$30 member/$35 non-member

This class has moved online!

Focus Stacking - From Concept to Completion (Online)

Saturday, January 30, 2021
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with the manual functions of your camera and beginner-level photo editing

During this webinar we will use landscape and macro subjects like flowers or insects to learn the steps needed to create a focus-stacked image with maximum depth of field. Don will address:
  • What is focus stacking?
  • When should you use it
  • How to create a set of focus stack images
  • Preparing this set of images for post processing
  • Focus Stacking using Photoshop
  • Focus Stacking using Helicon Focus
Suggested Equipment for Putting What You Learn Into Practice
  • Laptop computer with Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Helicon Focus installed. (Trial versions are available from Adobe and Helicon Soft)
  • A tripod (it is essential to stacking that your camera remains in the same place while shooting)
  • A wireless or wired remote for your camera.
  • Your camera manual (If you don't have one, you can download a copy from the manufacturers site for your camera)
Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$30 member/$35 non-member 

This class has changed to online, plus in-person!

Winter Bird Photography (Online)

Thursday, February 11, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Intermediate -some 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 webinar, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, at the feeder, and in flight. You will learn:
  • Equipment needed for photographing birds
  • Techniques for photographing birds in winter
  • Insights into winter bird behavior
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build a backyard bird photography studio
Consider registering for the Add-on location shoot outside at the Arboretum's bird feeders to practice these new techniques. See below for deatils and registration. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$30 member/$35 non-member 

OPTIONAL Add-on
Winter Bird Photography: On Location at the Arboretum

Saturday, February 13, 2021
Choose from:  9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., or 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

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

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with the manual functions of your camera and an understanding of exposure settings
Prerequisite Live Webinar: Winter Bird Photography

Put what you've learned in Winter Bird Photography Live Webinar into practice at this exclusive opportunity to photograph birds at the Arboretum! Your instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips throughout your practice time. Very small group size to ensure sightlines to our feeders and social distancing.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR, Mirrorless, or high quality "bridge" telephoto camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (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 (fleece balaclava are not considered effective protection).
  • 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.

Limit 4 per time slot, Meet outside Oswald Visitor Center

Sold out
9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, Feb 13, On-location
$49 member/$64 non-member,
 includes admission
 

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 13, On-location
$49 member/$64 non-member
,
 includes admission 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 13, On-location
$49 member/$64 non-member,
 includes admission 


Creative Smartphone Photography -Shooting & Composition (Online)

Saturday, February 20, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level: Beginner

Wish you could take better photos with your Android or iPhone smartphone? Are you confused about composition? In this beginner-level, live webinar, you'll learn how to make effective, meaningful, and beautiful photographs with any mobile phone! After this class your friends will be clicking "like" on all your photos!
You will learn:
  • Eric's mobile photography philosophy
  • The 10 rules of composition
  • Deciding what to shoot, and how to shoot it
  • The importance of a main subject
  • Smartphone settings for the best photos
  • Techniques and tips for making better photographs
In this class:
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor following his presentation.
  • No previous photography experience is required.
  • A small portion of the class is specifically geared to the iPhone, although nearly everything applies to Android phone photography.

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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform


Webinar
$40 member/$45 non-member
 


 

Creative Smartphone Photography -Light and Portraits (Online)

Saturday, March 6, 2021
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level: Beginner

Without light photography would be impossible, but most of us don't fully understand how light works or how we can use it to make great photos. Using his smartphone photography, Eric will break down lighting concepts and show you techniques for making great smartphone portraits of your friends and family at the Arboretum or anywhere. In this beginner-level class, you will learn:

  • How to recognize and use soft and hard lighting
  • The effects of color temperature on your images
  • Why direction of light matters to your photography
  • How to make the most of available light
  • What you can do to improve photos of your friends and family
  • Simple ways to modify available light and create a DIY light kit.
  • Which apps are best for modifying portraits
  • How to quickly and easily touch-up portraits right on your phone!

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

Suggested Equipment to Put What You Learn into Practice:
If you would like to follow along with the instructor, please download the app Snapseed (free to download at the App Store or Google Play Store) to your smartphone before class.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform


Webinar
$40 member/$45 non-member
 




Live 2-Session Webinar: iPhone Photo Editing Made Easy

Tuesday March 16, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Central Time
AND
Thursday March 18, 2021
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Central Time

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level: Beginner

Shooting photos is the beginning of great photography, but if you want your photos to look their best, you'll also have to edit them! In this beginner-level, two-part class you'll learn how to edit your smartphone photos using the amazingly capable (and totally free) app Snapseed -all on your iPhone!

In Session 1 you will learn:

  • Why we edit our photos
  • How to develop an editing strategy
  • How to adjust contrast, structure, and sharpening
  • How to adjust brightness, saturation, and white balance
  • How to add vignettes and remove blemishes
  • How to make adjustments to only a part of a photo
  • How to effectively crop photos

In Session 2 you will: 

  • Learn how to use the View Edits function
  • Learn how to fix perspective
  • Explore filters like Drama, Grunge, and Vintage
  • Explore the Portrait tool
  • Take a deeper dive into Snapseed's other tools

Note: There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor following each presentation.
Although Snapseed editing is available for Android phones, this class is designed around the iPhone. Some editing functionality may be different between iPhone and Android models.

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

Suggested Equipment to Put What You Learn into Practice:
If you would like to follow along with the instructor, please download the app Snapseed (free to download at the App Store or Google Play Store) to your smartphone before class.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform


Webinar
$40 member/$45 non-member
 



This class has moved online!
 

Power Planning For Night Sky Photography (Online)

Sunday, March 28, 2021 
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Mike Shaw, renowned astro-photographer, author and workshop leader

Level: Intermediate

Have you ever tried to shoot, but missed, a full moon next to your favorite landmark? How about photographing the Milky Way over a lake, but was way off? After this workshop you will never miss another shot! You will learn:

  • How to harness the power of a personal digital photography assistant (on your smartphone!)
  • How to plan night photography expeditions months or years in advance
  • How to plan for Moonrises/moonsets
  • How to plan for Milky Way images
  • How to plan for Meteor showers
  • How to prepare a night sky time-lapse
  • How to make a star trail image
  • How to make night sky panoramas

Required Equipment to Follow Along With the Instructor and Put What You've Learned Into Practice:

  • Android or Iphone mobile phone
  • Install the "Planit! Pro" app on your smartphone prior to the webinar.
  • Link: www.planitphoto.com

Required Equipment for the Live Webinar:
Computer or Tablet, Internet, 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.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Limit 25, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

 squirrel in a tree, photo Don Tredinnick

Nature Photography 101 (Online)

Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00-10:30 a.m. Central Time

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

Level: Beginner

The Upper Midwest is a fantastic place to photograph natural wonders like scenery, wildlife, plants, and flowers. Join photographer Don Tredinnick as he shares his experiences as a professional nature photographer. In this live webinar you will learn pro tips and techniques such as:

  • Understanding light
  • Composition
  • Planning and research for photography trips
  • Preparations for inclement weather
  • Must-have equipment
  • Nature photography ethics
  • Landscape, botanical, and wildlife photography

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive 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.

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Arboretum star trails image, photo Mike Shaw

Landscape Photography Nightscapes (Online)

Wednesday April 21, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Intermediate

Master the popular new field of nightscape photography! Join us for this webinar to learn how to:

  • Set up your night photography gear
  • Plan your night's activities
  • Set proper ISO, exposure, and aperture for nailing the shot
  • Focus at night
  • Capture images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds
  • Post-process edit your images for the best effect

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

Required Equipment: A computer or pad, an internet connection, and a Web browser such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc is needed to participate. 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:
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision.
  • Camera operating manual and spare batteries.
  • Proper clothing, warm hat & gloves
  • Hand warmers are strongly recommended (just in case!)
  • Good footwear is recommended

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

Spring tulips, photo Don Olson

Photographing Beautiful Spring Flowers (Online)

Thursday, May 20, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Beginner

Have you tried and tried to photograph the beauty of spring flowers, but they always seem to fall flat? In this webinar, Don will show you how to make the most of your equipment, available light, and the flowers we wait for every spring! We will cover:
  • The five types of flower photography
  • How to manage all-important depth of field for close-up flower shots
  • Tips and tricks for the challenges of making a great floral image
  • Composition advice to help your flower photography stand out
  • Basic and advanced equipment that can help you achieve results
  • The power of image stacking for depth of field you can't believe

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive 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.

Required Equipment to Put What You've Learned Into Practice

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • Macro lens or extension tubes
  • Telephoto lens (focal length greater than 120mm)
  • Tripod

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Photographing Beautiful Spring Flowers In-Person Optional Add-On

Saturday, May 22, 2021
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Prerequisite: Photographing Beautiful Spring Flowers Webinar (Thursday May 20)

May brings warm temperatures, greening grass, and a flood of spring flowers! You've taken our webinar on how to make great floral photos, so come to the Arboretum and hone your flower photography skills with late spring beauties such as tulips, bleeding heart, lilies, irises, and more! Small class size ensures one-on-one time with Don where you will:

  • Stroll the Arboretum's gorgeous gardens, capturing exquisite images along the way
  • Experiment with what you've learned on a variety of flowers
  • Practice macro and floral landscape shots
  • Gain confidence and new skills through practice
  • Photograph the Arboretum early to avoid crowds
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • Macro lens or extension tubes
  • Telephoto lens (focal length greater than 120mm)
  • Tripod
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.

Limit 8, Meet In front of the Oswald Visitor Center

In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Photographer silhouette against a full moon, photo SantiPhotoSS/Shutterstock

Full Moon Photography (Online)

Monday, May 24, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

Dr. 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 at any ideal location near you. In this workshop you will:
  • Refine your moon photography techniques
  • Connect night photography and astronomy
  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn 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

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

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

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

landscape image, photo Don Tredinnick

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos (Online)

Thursday, June 3, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Beginner

John Muir once said, "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks." Whether traveling to our National Parks, local, state or county parks, or visiting any of America's wide-open spaces, we try to capture these amazing views only to be disappointed that the resulting photo doesn't reveal the scene as we remember it. In this webinar, Don will discuss:

  • The importance of light to landscape photography
  • Guidelines for great composition
  • Creating a sense of depth in your landscape photos
  • Focusing techniques
  • The importance of hyperfocal distance
  • Creative effects to imply scale

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive 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.

Equipment to Put What You've Learned Into Practice

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • At least one lens, preferably in the 24mm-70mm range
  • Tripod optional

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos: In-Person Optional Add-On 

Saturday, June 5, 2021
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Prerequisite: Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos Webinar (Thursday June 3)

In this in-person, post-webinar session, we head outside together to practice capturing landscape shots of the beautiful, early summer, Arboretum grounds. With a small group, there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence, new skills, and make some great landscape photographs!

Required Equipment

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • At least one lens, preferably in the 24mm-70mm range
  • Tripod 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.
Limit 8, Bee Center Picnic Shelter, at the Farm at the Arb *The Main Arboretum gate will be LOCKED. Participants must enter through the Arboretum's FARM gate entrance off 82nd street. Click the link for google directions.
In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

 time lapse video of a flower opening, photo Pixabay
Click to view time lapse

Time-Lapse Video Photography (Online)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Intermediate

Ever wonder how those amazing time lapse videos of clouds rolling through the sky or a flower opening is made? This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it as you learn:
  • How our vision system interprets time-lapses
  • Equipment needed for time-lapse videos
  • How to set up a time lapse
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips
  • We'll cover techniques for creating time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing or flowers blooming for you to try at home.

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

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

  • 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 is strongly recommended
  • Alternatively, a cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Spare batteries

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

 APS photographer Todd Mulvihill in a garden, photo Don Olson

Creative Garden Photography (Online)

Thursday, July 8, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Experienced Beginner

Have you ever wondered how gardens in magazines always look so good? Photography, of course! In this webinar you will learn how to capture the most amazing photos of gardens. Your instructor, Don, will show you how to:

  • Manage the view with:
    • Selective Focus
    • Varying points of view
    • Managing fields of view
    • And creating panoramas
  • Lead the viewer with:
    • Lines
    • Patterns
    • Color
  • Incorporate engaging elements such as:
    • People
    • Objects
    • Insects

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive 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've Learned Into Practice
  • DSLR, Mirrorless Camera or Bridge Camera
  • Single of Multiple Lenses that offer both wide angle and telephoto.
  • Your camera must allow you to select a focus point (most do!)
  • Kneeling pad for low angle shots.
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • Tripod

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Creative Garden Photography: In-Person Optional Add-On

Saturday, July 10, 2021
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Prerequisite: Creative Garden Photography Webinar (Thursday July 8)

You've learned the best techniques for capturing beautiful garden shots, but now you need a beautiful garden! In this on-site session, you will put into practice what you've learned while photographing several of the Arboretum's amazing gardens. This opportunity takes advantage of morning's smaller crowds so you can get the best shots.

Required Equipment

  • DSLR, Mirrorless Camera or Bridge Camera
  • Single of Multiple Lenses that offer both wide angle and telephoto.
  • Your camera must allow you to select a focus point (most do!)
  • Kneeling pad for low angle shots
  • Rain gear in case of inclement weather
  • Tripod
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.

Limit 8, Meet at the Ordway Picnic Shelter

In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Dragonfly perched on a slower, photo Mark MacLennan

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More! (Online)

Thursday, September 9, 2021
6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time

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

Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate

Catch the buzz...on camera! Join us for this webinar to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of our beneficial insects, without frightening them away! You will learn:
  • Focus techniques
  • Compositions that work
  • Shutter speeds for nabbing the sharp shot
  • Lens selection for getting close without being close
  • Techniques for holding your camera steady
  • How to capture insects perched or in flight

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive Q&A.

Suggested Equipment for Putting What You Learn Into Practice

  • DSLR or MILC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera) and owner's manual
  • Telephoto lens, 200mm or longer
  • Macro lens in the 90mm-105mm range
  • Wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range

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.

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More! Optional In-Person Add-On

Saturday, September 11, 2021
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Prerequisite: Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More Webinar (Thursday, September 9)

You've learned so much in Don's webinar, but not enough pollinators on your block? Why not buzz over to the Arboretum to practice your photography on the many dynamic and inspiring insects with your instructor, Don? We will meet early to catch pollinators in the act and avoid crowds.

Required Equipment

  • DSLR or MILC (mirrorless interchangeable lens camera)
  • Owner's manual
  • Telephoto lens, 200mm or longer
  • Macro lens in the 90mm-105mm range
  • Wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
  • Dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground
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.
Limit 8, Meet at the Ordway Picnic Shelter
In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Computer using photoshop for a garden photo, Photo Oleksiy Mark/Shutterstock, with Photoshop logo

Photoshop Fundamentals Series (Online)

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

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Interested in Photoshop but not sure where to begin? Here's your chance to finally dive in. This brand new, four-part Photoshop Fundamentals webinar series is designed to give you all the knowledge you need to confidently apply important Photoshop tools to your photography. Each webinar can be taken as a stand-alone class or take the full series for the most impact!

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

Each session limit 25, Live Webinars on Zoom platform

COUPON
Save up to $20! 
Register for 2 different Photoshop Fundamentals series sessions and save $5 off each session. Use coupon code TAKE5 at checkout or call 612-301-1210. Classes must be purchased at the same time in the same order. Not valid on previous purchases or with other discounts. No cash value.
 

Photoshop Fundamentals: Image Blending (Online)

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Harness the incredible power of Photoshop to combine multiple images in creative ways. You‘ll learn how to apply image blending techniques to make images appear more realistic, free of defects and blemishes; or to make completely original graphic art -the sky's the limit!
You will learn:

  • How to work with layers in Photoshop
  • How to create a layer mask
  • How to use a layer mask and layers to combine two or more images
  • Ideas to apply image blending in your Arboretum photography projects

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • Two photographs you would like to use for practice

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 
 

Photoshop Fundamentals: Understanding & Using the Camera Raw Tool (Online)

Thursday, September 16, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Explore the full range of editing possibilities with Photoshop's Camera Raw processor. You'll wonder how you ever lived without it! In this webinar you will learn:

  • The difference between global and local adjustments
  • How to apply the most important global adjustments like color treatment, exposure adjustments, sharpening and more
  • How to apply the most important local adjustments: spot removal, adjustment brush, radial filter and the graduated filter
  • We will use example images taken at the Arboretum

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • Two or more RAW file photographs to practice using the Camera Raw processor
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 
 

Photoshop Fundamentals: Color Management (Online)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Color management is one of the most important aspects of photography. Poor lighting or the wrong color scheme can wreck an otherwise perfect image. This webinar will explore the basic concepts of Photoshop color management so you can reliably create perfect color images and make them POP! You will learn:

  • What color profiles are and how to use them
  • When and how to apply color mixing
  • When and how to apply split toning
  • How to apply the Selective Color tool for maximum effect

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • One or more photographs to practice color management; preferably in RAW file format
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member
 
 

Photoshop Fundamentals: Portrait Magic (Online)

Thursday, September 30, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time

Level: Intermediate -some familiarity with image processing software

Learn how to "Photoshop" your indoor and outdoor portrait photography into treasured family heirlooms! In this webinar, you will learn:

  • Which portrait features require emphasis
  • How to correct lighting color imbalance
  • How to correct common portrait blemishes
  • How to apply adjustments to make your portraits sparkle!

Includes time for interactive Q&A throughout the webinar.

Required Equipment to Practice Along With the Instructor:
  • Computer with Adobe Photoshop installed (Not Photoshop Elements)
  • One or more portrait photographs to practice; preferably in RAW file format
  • Most cameras can save as a RAW file. To see if Photoshop can process your camera's RAW file, click here.

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. Simply click the link at the webinar start time to join! Then the host, Frank, will accept you into the webinar. Send webinar-related questions to the Arboretum webinar host, Frank Meuschke, at meusc008@umn.edu

Webinar
$35 member/$40 non-member

family being photographed outdoors, photo vectorfusionart/shutterstock

Photographing People in Nature (Online)

Thursday, September 16, 2021
8:30-10:00 a.m. Central Time

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

Level: Beginner

Early autumn offers so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors. We often want to capture these moments, but taking photos of people in nature reveals harsh shadows, distracting elements, blown out backgrounds and dappled light. Join Don and fellow photography enthusiasts to learn how to overcome these challenges. This live webinar will cover:

  • Working with natural light
  • Mastering exposure techniques
  • Choosing the best background for portraits
  • Arranging people in group shots
  • Differences between posing men or women

This webinar includes 1 hour of instruction and 30 minutes for interactive 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 Mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • A prime telephoto lens, preferably in the 24mm-70mm range
  • A zoom lens, preferably in the 24mm-110mm range

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 30, Live Webinar on Zoom platform

Webinar
$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Photographing People in Nature: In-Person Optional Add-On

Saturday, September 18, 2021
10:00 a.m.-noon

Prerequisite: Photographing People in Nature Webinar (Thursday, September 16)

Join Don and fellow photography enthusiasts at the Arboretum to put into practice what you learned in his Photographing People in Nature webinar. Participants will photograph each other on the Arboretum grounds to hone your skills. You'll soon impress everyone with great portraits! Time at the Arboretum will be spent:

  • Experimenting with what you've learned in class
  • Photographing and modeling
  • Learning to be behind the camera and how to direct those in front of it!
  • Small group of 8 will ensure one-on-one time with Don
  • Gaining the confidence and new skills to make great shots of your loved ones
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
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.
Limit 8, Meet at the Ordway Picnic Shelter

In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

Sunrise over a landscape, photo Don Tredinnick

Special Access Photography: Shooting the Light- Dusk to Dawn

Friday, September 17, 2021, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
AND
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 6:00-8:00 a.m.

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

Level: Intermediate (those who are comfortable with the operation of their DSLR or mirrorless camera)

Morning and evening are the best time to capture light, and the Arboretum is the best place to start "seeing the light." This 2-day workshop unlocks the Arboretum gates for your exclusive outdoor field-practice time with Don - before and after public hours - you will be the only visitors on the grounds!
Friday
  • Learn and understand the importance of light to your photography
  • Be outdoors, capturing images on Arboretum grounds amidst the breathtaking light of sunset in Don's best locations
Saturday
  • Receive exclusive, pre-dawn outdoor access to the Arboretum where you will be the only people on the grounds to photograph the best views of the Arboretum at sunrise!

Required Equipment

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Owner's manual
  • Wide angle prime or zoom lens
  • Tripod
  • Small flashlight
  • Various other lenses (optional)
Bring from Home (optional)
  • Portable dinner, snacks, or drinks that can be easily consumed while learning on-the-go
  • Notebook and pencil for note taking on-the-go
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.
Weather: Class will take place rain or shine, please dress for the weather.

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

Limit 8, Bee Center Picnic Shelter, at the Farm at the Arb* *The Main Arboretum gate will be LOCKED. Participants must enter through the Arboretum's FARM gate entrance off 82nd street. Click the link for google directions.

Both days are In-Person at the Arboretum
$135 member/$165 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission

 
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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 during Covid-19, we may return phone messages from a home phone 

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Cancellation policy

Some in-person Programs are Postponed or Canceled
Find details at COVID-19 Arb Classes Updates

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The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button next to the class and complete the form. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional sessions may be added.

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