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.


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

Raptor photography images at the Aboretum, photos by Carlyn Iverson & Sue Isaacson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access (Online + In-Person Practicum)

Carlyn Iverson, Professional photographer, Conservationist working in science education for the public, underwritten by the Raptor Center

Select A Session:

Live Webinar: Wednesday, June 2, 6-8 p.m. PLUS
In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum: Saturday, June 5
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. OR 12:45-3 p.m.

Live Webinar: Wednesday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. PLUS
In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum: Saturday, July 31
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. OR 12:45-3 p.m.

Live Webinar: Wednesday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. PLUS
In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum Saturday, October 2
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. OR 12:45-3 p.m.

Level: All levels
Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience this unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in controlled, safe natural settings of the Arboretum.

At the Webinar:
  • Learn photography techniques to help you capture stunning images
  • Understand how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 8 to 20 feet (in class) as well as longer distances in the field
  • Have the opportunity to ask the instructor questions
At the In-Person Raptor Photoshoot:
  • U of MN Raptor Center will bring an assortment of 4 live raptors
  • Practice your skills as Raptor Center staff shares fascinating traits about each bird
  • Photography instructor Carlyn will be available for one to one, socially-distanced instruction
  • Small class size of max 6 photographers per time slot ensures a safe, physically distant format This new intimate class size also ensures enhanced quality time and shooting angles with raptors in different settings, as well as more instructor time

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 for the Live Webinar: A computer or pad, an internet connection, a Web browser such as Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Zoom. 

Required Equipment for the Arboretum Photo Shoot:
  • Any digital camera
  • (optional) DSLR or mirrorless camera with 90mm or longer focal length lens
  • (optional) Tripod/monopod
  • Sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
  • (optional) personal snack/beverage
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 workshop, even outside.
  • Please maintain a distance of six feet from others (except those you are with, such as family members)
  • Bring your own water and snack; no food or drinking fountains will be available.
  • If you do not observe these guidelines, staff may ask you to leave.

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, Laura, will accept you into the webinar.

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

Questions? Send class-related questions to the Arboretum Workshop host, Laura Vogel, at lbvogel@umn.edu

Limit 6 per time slot

Live Webinar: Wednesday, June 2, 6-8 p.m. PLUS 
10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, June 5: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Farm at the Arb - Picnic Shelter)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
12:45-3 p.m. Saturday, June 5: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Farm at the Arb - Picnic Shelter)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Live Webinar: Wednesday, July 28, 6-8 p.m. PLUS

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, July 31: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Picnic Shelter - A across from the Learning Center)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

12:45-3 p.m. Saturday, July 31: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Picnic Shelter - A across from the Learning Center)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Live Webinar: Wednesday, September 29, 6-8 p.m. PLUS

10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturday, October 2: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Picnic Shelter - A across from the Learning Center)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

12:45-3 p.m. Saturday, October 2: In-Person Raptor Photoshoot at the Arboretum (meet at Picnic Shelter - A across from the Learning Center)
$119 member/$139 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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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