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.


Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

THE JAN 25 SESSION OF THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO SNOW.
Registered participants are being contacted and offered a refund, or may switch to the April 11 session.

Saturday, April 11, 2020  NEW DATE!
Saturday, January 18, 2020 DATE CHANGED
Saturday, January 25, 2020 DATE CHANGED
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Dr. 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 flowers taking up dyed water. 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!
Note: we'll cover techniques for creating 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

register
Online registration coming soon! Contact the Learning Center Office to register: ArbEdu@umn.edu or 612-301-1210.
$64 member/$89 non-member,
includes Arboretum Admission

 

Special Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

750-01-25-20
Saturday, January 25, 2020
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level
All levels, Beginner to Advanced

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to hone your macro photography skills with some rare and unusual plants! Begin at the Arboretum for classroom tips for successful macro flower and plant photography. Grab lunch at the Arboretum Cafe (or bring your own) before convenient Arboretum transportation brings you to the BRAND NEW CBS Conservatory in Saint Paul.

Explore macro concepts in the Arboretum classroom

  • Focus points
  • Depth of field
  • Composition
  • Equipment choices
  • Lighting

At the St Paul Conservatory

  • Get a private tour with Conservatory curator Lisa Aston Philander
  • Spend time in your favorite biomes honing your macro photography skills

You will return to the Arboretum with beautiful images of rare plants!

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens
  • Monopod or tripod
  • Timer or cabled or wireless shutter release
  • Wide angle lens (optional)
  • Extension tubes, light ring (optional)

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register
Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$189 member/$209 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Winter Macro Photography

750-01-25-20-03
Saturday, January 25, 2020
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!
  • Explore Macro photography tips and techniques
  • 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 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Winter Bird Photography

Select a session
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon (750-02-01-20)
Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (750-02-01-20-01)

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

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

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:
  • Basic 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, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

register
Saturday, February 1, 9 a.m.-noon
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

register
Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Full Moon Photography at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

750-02-08-20
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. AND Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
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 special access workshop to learn Mike’s secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s summer scenery. 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 during field practice
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.
BOX DINNER (served each night!)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference for each night at registration): Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH) Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH) Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register
$175 member/$190 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Family Fun: Create & Photograph Frozen Ice Bubbles

750-02-08-20-01
Saturday, February 8, 2020
8-10 a.m.

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

Level
Family/Beginner
Register as a Family Team
Age 10+ together with an adult
1 adult per 1 child or 2 children
(Additional adults or more than 2 children should register separately)

Ice bubbles have the greatest chance of success during a brisk winter morning, so set your alarms--we've arranged special "early access" to the Arboretum for this class! Join us for a special morning of coffee, cocoa and doughnuts during this fun, family-friendly indoor/outdoor class to learn how to create and photograph frozen ice bubbles! Family teams of 1 adult with 1 or 2 kids register together to learn and practice this cool skill!
  • Learn the secret ingredients needed for successful ice bubbles
  • Indoors: practice your soap bubble blowing technique
  • Outside: continue blowing soap bubbles and watch them freeze before your eyes
  • Capture photos and videos of your frozen ice bubbles
  • Fingers crossed for temperatures below 5° F! (See weather plan below)
Bring from Home
  • Camera, smart phone, or device with camera for each participant
  • Proper clothing, winter hat & gloves, good footwear
  • Hand warmers strongly recommended
  • A ceramic coffee mug makes an excellent ice bubble base - bring your own, if you wish!
  • (optional) Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • (optional) Lenses with focal lengths between 50 - 100 mm
  • (optional) A sturdy tripod
Weather Plan
Class will be held except in dangerous weather conditions. In case of warm, windy or other inclement weather conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop your frozen ice bubble skills so that you will be prepared when the weather conditions are more suitable.

Limit 20 Family Teams, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register
1 Adult + 1 Kid
$46 member/$61 non-member

1 Adult + 2 Kids
$59 member/$74 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and all bubble-making supplies

 

Flower Show Special Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

750-02-27-20
Thursday, February 27, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

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

An exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wonders of beautiful tropical orchids during the Arboretum's popular Flower Show!
Classroom time for DSLR macro techniques including
  • Focus
  • Lighting with and without flashes
  • Background
  • Composition
Conservatory Shooting Time (One hour)
  • Instructor will be on-site to answer questions and provide guidance
  • Gain confidence in your macro skills
  • Photograph the orchids during class without the hassle of photo permits nor the feeling of being crowded by public visitors
  • Enhance your skills and expand your botanical portfolio
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release
  • Kneeling pad (optional)
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
register
$99 member/$119 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

New Depth of Field: Focus Stacking for Nature Photos

750-02-29-20
Saturday, February 29, 2020
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

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

Level
Intermediate

Break the barriers of your camera in this indoor class! Learn how focus-stacking will allow you to create images with focused objects from the very front of your camera all the way to infinity
  • Understand the goals and principles of focus stacking
  • Learn & practice the techniques needed to get the images you need for focus stacking
  • Combine two or more of your images in Photoshop CC to create your "impossible" image
EQUIPMENT:
  • Laptop with Photoshop CC installed and the ability to load your camera images for editing
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 35 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is strongly recommended
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register
$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Lightroom 101

Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (750-03-07-20)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner 
Adobe Lightroom is an incredible tool for organizing, editing and distributing digital photos. In this class you will learn the following: 
  • Techniques for library organization
  • An easy-to-follow workflow for sorting and weeding out photos after import
  • Using the panels in the Develop Module to make general edits to your photos
  • Lens and camera profile corrections
  • White Balance Exposure and Tonality Color Adjustment
  • Sharpening Noise Reduction
  • Using the Toolbar to crop and level your photos
  • How to export your photos

Sample images will be provided to support the labs. 
Required Equipment
Lightroom CC Classic installed on your laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe offers a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class.

Limit 12,  Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

register Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Lightroom 201

Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-03-07-20-01)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Intermediate 
This class is a follow-on to the Adobe 101 class. Participants should be familiar with importing, tagging, and rating photos, use of the panels in the develop module, and exporting images. In this class you will learn: 
  • Managing photo metadata
  • How to make use of collections and Smart Collections
  • How to make use of the photo merge function to create HDR images and Panoramas
  • How to correct distortion issues using the transform panel
  • Use of the graduated filter tool including the use of Luminance Masks
  • Use of the brush tool including the ability to use it as an airbrush
The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 
Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe does offer a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register Saturday, March 7, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Lightroom 301

Select a session
Sunday, November 3, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-11-03-19)
Sunday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (750-03-08-20)
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Intermediate to advanced 
This class is a follow-on to the Adobe 201 class. Participants should be familiar with importing, tagging, and rating photos, use of the panels in the develop module, and exporting images. In this class you will learn: 
  • Use of the radial filter tool to apply vignettes and to direct the viewer
  • Use of external editing plug-ins such as Luminar, Photoshop, and On1
  • Creating and Using Presets
  • Photo stacking
  • Split Toning images
  • Preparing Photos for Printing
  • How to build a slideshow
The class consists of a combination of lecture and hands-on lab exercises. Sample images will be provided to support the labs. 
Required Equipment
Adobe Lightroom CC Classic installed on their laptop prior to the class. Do not install Adobe Lightroom CC (it does not have all of the features as CC Classic). Adobe does offer a free 7-day trial period: if you do not have a subscription please do not install it more than 5 days prior to class. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
register Sunday, March 8, 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$69 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission


 

 Lecture: Photographing Night Skies

750-03-21-20
Saturday, March 21, 2020
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

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

All Levels
Curious about night photography but not sure where to begin? Spend an afternoon with us to learn everything you need to get started! Session Topics:
  • Introduction to Nightscapes at the Arb - Who, What, When, Where and How
  • Nightscape Astronomy 101
  • Nightscape Photography 101
  • Hunting the Aurora Borealis
  • How to Photograph the Milky Way
  • How to Photograph the Full Moon Rise/Set
  • Create stunning Star Trail Images
  • Intelligent Nightscape Planning with your Smart Device
Note that this is lecture-only. No Equipment Required Time will not be spent practicing or using your camera.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium
register
$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

Digital Photography for Beginners: 5-Session Series

Sundays, March 29, April 5 & 19, May 3 & 17
1 p.m. -5 p.m.
Frank Meuschke, Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: Beginner
Have you just picked up a new Mirrorless camera or not touched your DSLR in years because it's too hard to figure out? If you are always using Auto, but want help exploring Manual, then this series is for you! Each session of five workshops is designed to walk a novice through a different essential camera function or photographic process to build your confidence via a combination of classroom instruction and instructor-led, hands-on practice and review of your shots.
  • March 29: An Introduction to your DSLR or Mirrorless Camera
    Learn how to identify your camera controls and adjust menu settings, learn about sensors, pixels, the crop factor, JPEGS, RAW files and different lenses
  • April 5: Exposure and ISO
    What is ISO? You will learn about the exposure triangle, shooting in low-light situations, light metering, histograms, blinkers, differences between EVF and optical viewfinders.
  • April 19: Shutter Speed
    When to use Shutter Priority? You will learn how to stop or blur action, what to do in dark situations, and when you need a tripod to get the shot.
  • May 3: Aperture
    Why is Aperture so confusing? We will explore bright and fast lenses, depth of field, bokeh, subject separation, and focus points.
  • May 17: Composition
    An introduction to balance, positive and negative space, the "rule of thirds," choosing a focal point, directing the viewer, and a final review of your photographs
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • Want advice on purchasing a camera/equipment before class begins? The instructor would be happy to give you his unbiased opinions and help you choose the equipment that will be best for your needs! Email Frank at meusc008@umn.edu
  • Tripod
  • Prime lens or zoom lens in the 17mm-40mm range
  • Any telephoto zoom lens within the 40mm-150, 200 or 300mm range
Limit 10, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$545 member/$620non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access Photography: Light Painting at the Arboretum During Twilight

Saturday, April 11
6-10 p.m.

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

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

Explore the incredible world of light painting and light drawing amid twilight at the Arboretum! Start indoors for detailed classroom instruction
  • Inexpensive light painting tools you can easily make
  • How to illuminate sculptures and landscapes for photography
  • The best camera settings to use
Move outdoors for "Special Access" to the Arboretum past public hours. You will be the only people on the grounds for a special twilight session amidst the Harrison Sculpture Garden and other Arboretum locations.
  • Learn by doing as you try different ways to "paint" and "draw" with light!
Required Equipment
  • Bring your own flashlight, electric candle or other light source
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • A cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision
  • Bring your camera operating manual and spare batteries Proper clothing for the weather, good footwear is recommended
RAIN PLAN: Class will be held rain or shine. In case of rainy conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic and light painting skills and knowledge, so that you will be prepared when the opportunity arises.

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning La
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Creative iPhone Photography: Composition

Select a session:
Saturday, April 25
9 a.m.-noon
OR
Saturday, August 15
9 a.m.-noon

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone)

Make amazing photos with nothing more than your iPhone! In this class we'll take a deep dive into composition, learning why it's the most important part of mobile photography. In addition to classroom learning, we'll spend time shooting together on the Arboretum grounds where you will deepen your understanding of how composition works. No previous photography experience is necessary, but you'll need an iPhone for shooting, editing, and sharing. You will learn:
  • The mobile photography philosophy
  • What to shoot and how to shoot it
  • The importance of composition in mobile photography
  • The 10 rules of composition
  • How to incorporate composition into your photography practice
  • Class will conclude with time outside to practice your newly learned skills
Required Equipment
  • iPhone Models: iPhone SE or later
Optional Post Process Editing Add-On
1-3 p.m., same day

Explore photo editing, and how it can transform a good photo into a great one. We'll discuss why and how you should edit your photos and take a deep dive into apps (please download before class) Snapseed (free); TouchRetouch ($1.99); and VSCO (free, with in-app purchases).
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
  • Effectively crop images
  • Correct architectural perspective
  • Selectively adjust parts of an image
  • Remove unwanted objects
  • Color grading to affect mood
  • Export photos and more!
  • Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between the main session and this add-on.
Limit 15, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.-noon
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, August 15, 9 a.m.-noon
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission

Special Access Photography: Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

Saturday, May 2
6-11 p.m.

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! Learn how to capture images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds in this popular workshop with night photography expert, Dr. Mike Shaw. You will have "Special Access" to the Arboretum past public hours, and will be the only people on the grounds!
  • Begin with an indoor session on setting up your gear and planning your night's activities
  • Head outdoors to explore the delicate pinks, blues, magentas and purples of twilight
  • Photograph night sky vistas juxtaposed with the stunning scenery of the Arboretum
Required Equipment
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability and owner's manual
  • Charged batteries; an extra battery or two are useful
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm will have the most use
  • Sturdy tripod
  • A headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight with a red cellophane covering is also important to protect your night vision
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is useful but not necessary
  • Bring from Home: Proper clothing and footwear are recommended
RAIN PLAN: Class will be held rain or {star} shine. In case of cloudy/rainy conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge of 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
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Photographing People in Nature

Saturday, May 2
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Summer offers so many opportunities to spend time with friends and family in the great outdoors, and we often want to capture these moments. But taking photos of people in nature can be a challenge: from harsh shadows and distracting elements to blown out backgrounds and dappled light, taking a great image can be difficult! Join Don and fellow photography enthusiasts to learn how to overcome these challenges.
Learn in the Classroom
  • Working with natural light and exposure techniques
  • Tips for choosing the right background
  • Arranging people in the shot
  • Differences in posing men and women
Group Practice in the Field
  • Experiment with what you've learned in small groups
  • Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one time with Don
  • Gain confidence and new skills
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Creative iPhone Photography: Light

Select a session
Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
OR
Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram

Level: Beginner (must know your iPhone)

Make amazing photos with nothing more than your iPhone! In this class we'll take a deep dive into light, learning about its qualities, and how you can modify light to make better photos. In addition to the classroom, we'll also spend some time shooting together, to deepen our understanding of how light works. No previous photography experience is necessary, but you'll need an iPhone for shooting, editing, and sharing.
  • Learn how to see light
  • Qualities of light
  • Direction of light
  • Controlling light
  • The importance of shadows
Class will conclude with group time on the Arboretum grounds to practice your newly learned skills
Required Equipment
iPhone Models: iPhone SE or later

Optional Post Process Editing Add-On
1-3 p.m., same day

Explore photo editing, and how it can transform a good photo into a great one. We'll discuss why and how you should edit your photos and take a deep dive into apps (please download before class) Snapseed (free); TouchRetouch ($1.99); and VSCO (free, with in-app purchases).
  • Adjust brightness, contrast, and saturation
  • Effectively crop images
  • Correct architectural perspective
  • Selectively adjust parts of an image
  • Remove unwanted objects
  • Color grading to affect mood
  • Export photos and more!
  • Note that lunch is not included; bring your lunch from home or purchase in the Arboretum Cafe during the break between the main session and this add-on.
Limit 15, Location varies based on date

Saturday, May 9, 9 a.m.-noon
Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, July 11, 9 a.m.-noon
Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
$109 member with Optional Add-On/$129 non-member with Optional Add-on,
 includes Arboretum admission



Passion & Vision: Lecture + Photo Walk with a Star Tribune Photojournalist

Wednesday May 13, 2020
Choose an option:
Lecture Only 5-6 p.m.
Lecture + Photo Walk 5-8 p.m.

Level
Beginner to Advanced

Brian Peterson, photojournalist and veteran Star Tribune photographer

Spend the evening with this acclaimed photographer to learn how to focus your passion and sharpen your photographic vision. Subjects that you are passionate about are essential to taking your photography to the next level of personal expression. The tools of photographic language to express that vision are the keys to photographic success.

Choose an option:
Lecture Only (5-6 p.m.)
Enjoy a stunning visual presentation of Brian's work and be inspired by how his personal vision has developed over the years, from working as a newspaper photojournalist to focusing on his true passion: nature and environmental photography. As part of this journey, you will learn

  • How to do visual research and plan a shoot
  • How to improve your awareness and capture the feeling of a place
  • How to use the equipment, the right tools and photographic language to translate your vision
Lecture + Photo walk (Lecture 5-6 p.m. + Walk 6-8 p.m.)
Enjoy a unique opportunity to walk with Brian to explore and photograph the hidden treasures and unique features of the Arboretum.
  • Casual Q&A with Brian as you walk
  • Brian will help you interpret your vision with your camera
Preferred Equipment for Walk
Interchangeable Lens DSLR or Mirrorless camera, but will accommodate all cameras, including phones.

Limit 100, MacMillan Auditorium B/D Lecture Only
Limit 12, MacMillan Auditorium B/D Lecture + Photo Walk


LECTURE ONLY
$15 member/$30 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


LECTURE + PHOTO WALK
$70 member/$85 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 

Special Access 3-Day Weekend: Spring into Photography Workshop

Friday, May 15, 6:30-11 p.m. AND
Saturday, May 16, 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m. AND
Sunday, May 17, 5:30 a.m.-noon

Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Get the full weekend photo workshop experience (over 28 hours of photography!) at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum! Join veteran photography instructors & workshop leaders Don Tredinnick and Dr. Mike Shaw for this first-of-its kind, special-access weekend workshop. Learn the techniques professionals use to make the most beautiful day and night photographs of the Arboretum! Each participant will receive classroom instruction in professional landscape photography and astrophotography techniques, photo editing, focus stacking, light painting, and location planning in addition to exclusive after-hours access to the Arboretum grounds. Small class size and two instructors ensure ample one-to-one photography coaching in the field.
Friday 6:30-11 p.m.
  • Sunset & Night Sky photography instruction Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset, Stars & Night Sky Location TBD
Saturday 5:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Meals included: Light Healthy Breakfast & Coffee, Evening Box Dinner
Lunch will be on your own, so plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe, or BYO lunch
Sunrise Red Barn Overlook (Hedge Parking Lot)
  • Dynamic Landscape Crabapples
  • Macro and Focus Stacking Tulips & Daffodils
  • Raw processing & editing Part 1 Bee Center Classroom
  • Photo Reviews Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset/Blue Hour Sculpture Garden
  • Astrophotography instruction Bee Center Classroom
  • Sunset & Blue Hour Sculpture Garden
  • Light Painting Sculpture Garden
  • Night Sky Location TBD
Sunday 5:30 a.m.-noon
Meals included: Light Healthy Breakfast & Coffee
  • Sunrise session Location TBD
  • Raw processing & editing Part 2 Bee Center Classroom
  • Location Planning Smartphone Apps Bee Center Classroom
  • Review of your images from the weekend, Q&A
Required Equipment
  • Camera: DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens and owner's manual
  • Lenses: prime or zoom wide angle, telephoto, and macro
  • Filters: Polarizer, Neutral Density, and Graduated Neutral Density
  • Sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight to protect your night vision
  • Spare batteries
  • Battery charger
  • Extra memory card
  • Laptop for editing photos
  • Laptop power supply
  • Card reader (optional)
  • Proper clothing for the weather
  • Good footwear
  • Water bottle
  • Kneeling pad for close to the ground macro photography (optional)
Rain Plan
Class will be held rain or shine. In case of rainy conditions, the instructors will engage you with hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge, so that you will be prepared when opportunity arises.

Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$640 member/$690 non-member, includes Arboretum admission each day and all listed meals

 

Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

Saturday, May 23
9 a.m.-noon

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

Level: Beginner

May brings warm temperatures, greening grass, and a flood of spring flowers! Come to the Arboretum and hone your flower photography skills on late spring beauties such as alliums, bleeding heart, lilies, irises, and more!
Learn in the Classroom
  • The five types of flower photography
  • Tips and tricks for handling the challenges of capturing a great floral image
  • Managing depth of field
  • Composition tips
  • Basic and advanced equipment to consider
  • Image stacking.
Group Practice in the Field
  • Stroll the Arboretum's gorgeous gardens, capturing exquisite images along the way
  • Experiment with what you've learned in small groups
  • Small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one time with Don
  • Gain confidence and new skills
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and Owner's manual
  • Tripod
  • Macro lens or extension tubes
  • Telephoto lens (focal length greater than 120mm)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom
$83 member/$103 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access

Select a session
Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
OR
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
OR
Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Carlyn Iverson, Professional photographer, Conservationist working in science education for the public, underwritten by the World Wildlife Fund

Level: All levels

Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. Each session features different birds and seasonal Arboretum scenery--take one session or choose several!
In the classroom
  • Learn photography techniques to help you capture stunning images
  • Understand how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field
In the Field
  • U of MN Raptor Center will bring an assortment of 3-5 live raptors
  • Practice your skills as Raptor Center staff shares fascinating traits about each bird
  • Receive one-on-one instruction from Carlyn as she moves through the group
This class is designed for adult learners and we suggest a minimum age of 16.
A portion of the course fee benefits the Raptor Center.
Required Equipment
  • Any digital camera
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
  • (optional) DSLR or mirrorless camera 90mm or higher focal length lens
  • (optional) Tripod/monopod
There will be a break for lunch: bring your own lunch or plan to purchase at the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Saturday, October 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access: Full Moon Photography at the Arboretum

Thursday, June 4
6-10 p.m.

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 special access workshop to learn Mike's secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's summer scenery. 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 during field practice
Required Equipment
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (100 - 500+ 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
NOTES You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive.
WEATHER PLAN Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain or shine. In case of inclement conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photography 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
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

Saturday, June 6
12:30-4:30 p.m.

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.
During the classroom session, Don will discuss:
  • the importance of light to landscape photography
  • guidelines for composition
  • creating a sense of depth
  • focusing techniques including hyperfocal distance
  • creative effects showing scale
After the classroom session, we head outside together to practice capturing landscape shots around the Arboretum. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don to ensure you gain confidence and new skills!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Supermoon Rising Over Red Barn in Minnesota from Dr. Mike Shaw on Vimeo.

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 11
1-6 p.m.

Dr. 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! 
Note: 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
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Nature Photography 101

Saturday, July 18
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner

Do you enjoy spending time hiking, camping, biking or just being in nature? Nature photography is a great way to increase your enjoyment of the great outdoors if you know how to get started! Join Don as he shares his experiences as a professional nature photographer and what equipment you need to get started. Don will discuss:
  • Different types of nature photography: wildlife, landscape and botanical
  • Planning and preparation
  • Nature photography ethics
After the classroom session, the group will venture outside together as Don demonstrates techniques and you test your newly learned skills. With a small class size there will be plenty of one on one time with Don. Whether you are looking to capture photos to share on social media, hang on your walls, or share with friends, you'll leave class with the confidence and knowledge to explore nature photography further.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
  • one telephoto zoom lens that extends to at least 200mm
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Teaching Classroom
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

New Depth of Field: Focus Stack for Nature Photos

Saturday, August 8
1-6 p.m.

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

Level: Intermediate

Break the barriers of your camera in this indoor class!
  • Learn how focus-stacking will allow you to create images with focused objects from the very front of your camera all the way to infinity
  • Understand the goals and principles of focus stacking
  • Learn & practice the techniques needed to get the images you need for focus stacking
  • Combine two or more of your images in Photoshop CC to create your "impossible" image
Required Equipment
  • Laptop with Photoshop CC installed and the ability to load your camera images for editing
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 35 mm will have the most use
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release is strongly recommended
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission   

Farm Field Photography at Harvest Time

Sunday, August 16
2-5 p.m
.
Katie Knapp, Agricultural Photographer

Level: All levels

Interested in Field-to-Fork? Then how about Field-to-Photo! Learn from a professional agricultural photographer at our farm fields at the Arboretum's new Red Barn Farm:
  • Learn the best ways to capture harvest time
  • Farm photography etiquette
  • Lighting considerations
  • Understanding exposure triangle
  • Camera settings
  • Composition
  • Storytelling and subjectivity through the lens
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Prime or Zoom lens
  • Tripod
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$83 member/$103 non-member, includes Arboretum admission  

 

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees and More!

Saturday, September 12
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn techniques for capturing stunning images of beneficial insects, without frightening them away! You will learn:
  • focus techniques
  • composition
  • shutter speed
  • lens selection
  • techniques for holding your camera steady
  • capturing insects perched or in flight
Classroom instruction will be followed by time to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter.
Note: Insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • a 200mm or longer telephoto lens
  • (optional) Macro lens in the 90mm-105mm range
  • (optional) wide-angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
 $109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 

Special Access: Shooting the Light- Dusk to Dawn Photography

Friday, September 18, 5-8 p.m. AND
Saturday, September 19, 6-8 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 and the Arboretum is the best place to start "seeing the light!"

Friday
  • Classroom learning will focus on the importance of light to your photography
  • Field learning will be spent capturing images on Arboretum grounds amidst the breathtaking light of sunset.
Saturday
  • Receive exclusive, pre-dawn access to the Arboretum...you will be the only people on the grounds to photograph the Arboretum at sunrise!
Required Equipment
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera and owner's manual
  • wide angle prime or zoom
  • Tripod
  • small flashlight
  • (optional) various other lenses
Limit 12,  Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 


Classes Catalog

View online
Adult Fall/Winter 2019/2020

Request a catalog in the mail
Catalog request form

Email Subscriptions
Subscribe here
Opt-in to your choice of Arboretum Education email alerts



Questions?

Arboretum Education Office Hours
          Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
          Sat - Sun, noon - 4 p.m.
Email Arboretum Education at
          arbedu@umn.edu
Call Arboretum Education at
          612-301-1210


Helpful Info

Cancellations & Exchanges
Cancellation policy

Member Perk!
Arboretum Members may invite non-members to attend a class with them at the discounted member rate! Simply register for all participants at the same time in the same order and select the "member" rate for each person at checkout.

Waitlist
The best chance of being enrolled in a sold out class is to add your name to the waitlist. Click the orange "waitlist" button and complete the form, or call 612-301-1210. There is no obligation to register if a spot opens. If the waitlist shows enough demand, additional class sessions may be added.


Program Quick Links

FREE & LOW COST
        PlantMaker Studio
        
StoryTime
        Q&A at the Yard & Garden Desk

YOUTH & FAMILIES
Family Programs
       PeaPods for Preschoolers ages 3-5 w/adult
       TogetherTime ages 5-12 w/adult
 
      Homeschool Days

Summer Youth Programs
       Groups/Summer Field Trips
       Ages 5-11 Weekly Children's Garden
       Ages 12-15 Counselor-in-Training
       Ages 5-14 Summer Day Camps
       Day Camp Calendar List
       Day Camp Alphabetical List

ADULTS
Gardening & Horticulture Classes
FEATUREDGet Growing: Garden Workshop Day
FEATUREDGarden-to-Plate Workshop Day
      
Gardening - General
     
Houseplants
      Edible Gardening
      Landscape & Design
     
Floral & Botanical Crafts
     Schoolyard Gardens Conference
Pollinators
       Pollinators - Misc
       Special Access Experiences
Fine Art & Crafts Classes

       
Painting & Drawing

       Mixed Media
       Floral & Botanical Crafts
       Jewelry & Wearable Art
       Fiber Arts
       Stone Balancing & Sculpture
       Open Art Studio
       Willow Furniture
Photography Classes
       Photography
       Special Access Experiences
Food & Wine Classes
       Dine with a Chef
       Cooking Classes
       Wine
       Edible Gardening
       Garden-to-Plate Workshop Day
Home, Health & Beauty

       Book Club & Literature
       Healthy Living
       Mindfulness
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature Appreciation
FEATUREDArboretum & Audubon: Bird Day
       Birds
       Trees
       Signature Guided Walks
       Shinrin-yoku
Nature-Based Therapeutics
       
Mindfulness
       Shinrin-yoku


Bios
       Instructors
       Arboretum Staff
       Education Department Statistics


Share your feedback

Your opinions are important! 
The Arboretum strives to create classes that are relevant, useful and provide value. Use this form to share anonymous feedback about educational programming with the Arboretum Education Team.