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.


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, 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
Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

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 12 per time slot

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

This session is SOLD OUT. 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
waitlist

This session is SOLD OUT. 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

Dragonfly perched on a slower, photo Mark MacLennan

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

Thursday, September 9, 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, 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
Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 8, Meet at the Ordway Picnic Shelter
In-Person Practicum at the Arboretum
$54 member/$69 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Farm field photography, photo Katie Knapp

Farm Field Photography at Harvest Time

Sunday, September 12, 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Katie Knapp, Professional Agricultural Photographer. See Katie's recent article with photographs about the Arboretum's Red Barn Farm.

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

Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

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

In-Person at the Arboretum
$72 member/$87 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission

Photoshop Fundamentals Series (Online)

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!

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, 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 -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

$35 member/$40 non-member

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

Thursday, September 16, 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 -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

$35 member/$40 non-member

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

Photoshop Fundamentals: Color Management (Online)

Tuesday, September 28, 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 -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

$35 member/$40 non-member

Photoshop Fundamentals: Portrait Magic (Online)

Thursday, September 30, 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 -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

$35 member/$40 non-member

Kids playing in shadows at the Minneapolis sculpture garden, photo Eric Mueller

Telling Stories With Photographs: 2-session Workshop (Online)

(2) Wednesdays, September 15 & 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Central Time
Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level: Beginner
How do you tell a story with photos or document an event in your daily life? In this beginner-level class we'll explore how photo essays work, how to pick a subject, and the steps needed to effectively tell your story through images. You will learn what goes into making a successful series of photos by selecting and photographing a subject of your choice. After a two-week period between sessions to allow you to complete your essay, participants will present their work to the group.
In Session 1 you will learn:
  • What is a photo essay?
  • Photo essay genres
  • What are the components of a photo essay?
  • Steps for making a photo essay
  • Tips and tricks for success
  • Basic editing skills
In Session 2 we will:
  • Present and review each student's photo essay
  • Help each other improve through constructive feedback in a positive, friendly environment
Additional details:
  • There will be a presentation by the instructor, presentation by each student, and group discussion.
  • Students will work on their photo essays between classes and send their completed essays to the instructor before Session 2.
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • Required Equipment
  • Any camera, including mobile phone, compact, Mirrorless or DSLR
Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 12, Live online webinar via Zoom

$56 member/$61 non-member

family being photographed outdoors, photo vectorfusionart/shutterstock

Photographing People in Nature (Online)

Thursday, September 16, 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, 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
Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
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
Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
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

 composition photo by Eric Mueller

Shooting & Composition: Creative iPhone Photography

Saturday, September 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 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 iPhone? Are you confused about composition? In this beginner class you'll learn how to make effective, meaningful, and beautiful photographs with your iPhone! 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
  • iPhone settings for the best photos
  • Techniques and tips for making better photographs
Additional details:
  • There will be outdoor classroom learning and practicing together at the Arboretum.
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • No previous photography experience is required.
  • There will be a 1-hour lunch break at noon. Bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum cafe.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Want to take this class online? Check out the online-only option Jan 22, 2022!

Required Equipment: iPhone capable of running the latest IOS. At publishing, this requires an iPhone 6S or SE or higher.

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

$99 member/$114 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

Photographer taking photos of fall leaves outside in nature

Photographing Fall Color (Online)

Friday, October 1, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

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

Late September through late October is an amazing time to photograph the colors of fall, but capturing that beauty can be a challenge! In this webinar we will explore how to make the most of those fall days by exploring these concepts:

  • Planning your fall photography outing
  • Capturing the changing leaves
  • Camera settings
  • ?Composition
  • Coping with the elements
  • Post processing
  • Landscape photography fundamentals
  • The hyperfocal point

Consider registering for the Optional Add-on location shoot (see Practicum on October 3, below) on the Arboretum grounds to practice these new techniques. The instructor will guide you to the best spots, answer questions and offer tips throughout your practice time.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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.

Limit 40, Live online webinar via Zoom

$24 member/$32 non-member
 

Practicum for Fall Color Photography (Optional In-Person Add-On)

Sunday, October 3, 9:00 a.m.-noon
Prerequisite: Photographing Fall Color (Online), see October 1, above

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

Put what you've learned in our "Photographing Fall Color" webinar into practice at the Arboretum! Your instructor will guide you to the best spots, answer questions and offer tips throughout your practice time. Small group size will ensure plenty of opportunity to speak with the instructor and maintain social distancing guidelines.
Required equipment
  • DSLR, Mirrorless, or high quality "bridge" telephoto camera
  • Prime or Zoom lenses
  • Monopods or Tripod
  • Memory card, spare battery
Additional information
  • This portion of the class will require some walking.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and comfortable fall weather clothing.
  • Fall colors look amazing in the rain, so this class will take place rain or shine! Dress for the weather.
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Weather This practicum will meet whether rain, clouds, or shine!
Limit 12, Meet outside at the Ordway Shelter
Practicum Sunday, October 3. Prerequisite: Photographing Fall Color (Online) Oct 1
$72 member/$87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 hand editing photo on iphone, photos:EditingMadeEasy (phone), Eric Mueller (image)

iPhone Photo Editing Made Easy: 2-Session Workshop (Online)

Select a session
Tuesday, October 5 AND Thursday, October 7, 6:30-9:00 p.m. Central Time
Tuesday, January 18 AND Thursday, January 20, 6:30-9:00 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 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 correct perspective
  • Explore filters like Drama, Grunge, and Vintage
  • Explore the Portrait tool
  • Take a deeper dive into Snapseed's other tools
Additional details:
  • This class is part presentation, part demonstration, and part hands-on editing.
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • Add-on an optional Editing Feedback workshop with the instructor for $20/$25, see Thursday, October 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. below
Required Equipment:
  • iPhone with up-to-date IOS (minimum model iPhone 6S).
  • Please download the free app Snapseed to your iPhone before class.
  • Practice photos will be made available for download prior to the webinar.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 20, Live online webinar via Zoom

Tuesday, October 5 AND Thursday, October 7, 2021
6:30-9:00 p.m. Central Time
$65 member/$70 non-member
   
Tuesday, January 18 AND Thursday, January 20, 2022
6:30-9:00 p.m. Central Time
$65 member/$70 non-member

iPhone Editing Feedback Workshop with Eric Mueller (Optional Online Add-on)

Thursday, October 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Central Time
Prerequisite: iPhone Photo Editing Made Easy: 2-Session Workshop (Online), see October 5, above

One of the best ways to become a better photographer is to receive constructive feedback. Because this is difficult to do in a large class, we've created a small-group online workshop where students will share their edited photos with iPhone photographer Eric Mueller. He will talk about what's working and where the editing could be improved. Small class-size ensures that each photographer will get individual attention and be able to learn from their peers during each feedback session.
  • Feedback will be given in a friendly and constructive manner
  • Get a better understanding of where your strengths are, and where you can improve
  • Ask questions about editing specific photos that have been troublesome for you
  • Participants will send five photos of their choosing to Eric prior to class
Required Equipment to Put What You Learn into Practice:
  • iPhone with up-to-date IOS (minimum model iPhone 6S).
  • Please download the free editing app Snapseed from the App Store beforehand.
  • Participants will need to send their photos to the instructor in advance. Instructions on how to do this will be provided prior to class.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 6, Live online webinar via Zoom

$20 member/$25 non-member
Prerequisite: iPhone Photo Editing Made Easy: 2-Session Workshop (Online), see Oct 5 above


Portrait of man outside in fall holding a leaf, photo Eric Mueller

Shooting & Editing Portraits: Creative iPhone Photography

Saturday, October 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Eric Mueller, artist, photographer, and teacher with over 40,000 followers on Instagram instagram.com/ericmueller/

Level: Beginner
Regardless of what type of photography you practice, chances are you are also shooting pictures of people. Whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, a day at the Arboretum, or simply a gathering of friends, mobile photography allows us to document and remember shared moments of our lives. Wouldn't it be great if these memorable moments of the people we love were also great photographs? In this beginning-level workshop, Eric will show you techniques for making great smartphone portraits of your friends and family at the Arboretum or anywhere. You will learn:
  • How to make best use of available light
  • Simple ways to modify light and create a DIY light kit
  • Tips and tricks to put your subjects at ease
  • Ideas for posing your subjects
  • Editing tips to improve photos of your friends and family
  • Which apps are best for modifying portraits
  • How to quickly and easily touch-up portraits right on your phone!
Additional details:
  • There will be an instructor presentation and photography practice.
  • Students will be able to use different lighting tools indoors and outdoors (weather permitting).
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • No previous photography experience is required, however you will most benefit from this class if you have taken either "iPhone Editing Made Easy with Eric Mueller" or "Understanding Light with Eric Mueller"
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • There will be a 1-hour lunch break at noon. Bring your own lunch or plan to purchase from the Arboretum cafe.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Want to take this class online? Check out the online-only option March 5, 2022!

Required Equipment:

  • iPhone capable of running the latest IOS. At publishing, an iPhone 6S, SE or higher.
  • The free apps Snapseed and Facetune 2 (download at the App Store). Please download to your iPhone before class.

Limit 12, Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$99 member/$114 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 night photographer silhouette, photo Guitar Photographer/shutterstock

Essential Night Photography: 4-Session Series (Online)

Series includes ALL 4 sessions
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time
Thursday, October 21, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time
Tuesday, October 26, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Central Time
Thursday, October 28, 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, but comfortable using the "Manual" exposure mode on your camera; some familiarity with photo editing software is helpful

In this series of night photography essentials, Dr. Mike Shaw walks you through his astrophotography process. From planning to shooting to editing, everything you need to get started shooting the moon, stars, and galaxy will be discussed!
Tuesday, October 19: Night Photography Fundamentals I
  • How to take your first photograph at night
  • How to focus and compose at night
  • Recommended camera and exposure settings for night photography
  • Essential gear and how to set it up
  • Top night photography subjects and how to capture them
Thursday, October 21: Night Photography Fundamentals II
  • Night photography field techniques and planning
  • How to create your personal Night Shooting Plan
  • What phases of the moon are best for which night photography subjects
  • Recommended apps and programs to plan a successful night photography session
Tuesday, October 26: Capture the Milky Way
  • How to photograph the Milky Way
  • Recommended lenses for Milky Way images
  • Best time of year and time of night to capture the Milky Way
  • When and how to create a panorama of the Milky Way
Thursday, October 28: Editing Night Photography Images
  • How to color balance your night photography images
  • How to apply global adjustments to your night photography images
  • How to apply local adjustments to your night photography images
  • How to export/save your images for sharing via email, posting on social media or for printing

How it works Register for the series and get access to all 4 webinars- live and recorded! Each webinar will include a 2 hour live presentation with time for questions along the way. Webinars will be recorded and available to registered participants for a limited time, through November 4, 2021. Recordings will be available within two business days of each webinar. Participation in the online sessions requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom to experience the webinars.

Busy schedule, can't attend a session? No problem, you don't have to miss a session! Live sessions are always best and enable you to interact with the instructor and students, but recordings will also be shared to registered participants within two days after each session and will be available to watch on demand through November 4, 2021! Webinar recordings are the property of the instructor and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. **Downloading, saving, and/or sharing of webinars is not permitted.**

How to register: 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 20, Live online webinar via Zoom

$128 member/$148 non-member, includes all 4 live webinars, and on-demand access to the recorded webinars through November 4, 2021.


 iphone photographer at sunset taking photo of beautiful light, photo Eric Mueller

Understanding Light: Creative iPhone Photography (Online)

Select a session
Saturday, November 6, 9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time
Saturday, February 19, 9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time

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 iPhone photography, Eric will break down lighting concepts and show you techniques for making better photographs, whether you're at the arboretum or at home. 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
  • Simple ways to modify available light and create a DIY light kit.
Additional details:
  • The instructor will use his iPhone photographs and short videos to present concepts and demonstrate skills.
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • No previous photography experience is required.
  • Suggested Equipment: iPhone with updated IOS

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

Saturday, November 6, 2021
9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time
$45 member/$50 non-member
Saturday, February 19, 2022
9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time
$45 member/$50 non-member

 

Special Access Photographer's Evening: Arboretum Winter Lights Display

Online Webinar: Photo Tips for the Winter Lights Display

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

AND

In-Person Special Access Photographer's Nights

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

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

$25 member/$40 non-member, includes BOTH: Arboretum Winter Lights Display photographer's special access admission AND "Arboretum Winter Lights Photography Tips" webinar

Learn more & register at

Winter Lights Photo Night


Photoshop Fundamentals Series

Interested in Photoshop but not sure where to begin? Here's your chance to finally dive in. This four-part Photoshop Fundamentals webinar series is designed to give you 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!

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.
Adobe Photoshop on a computer blending layers, photo composite OleksiyMark and OlenaZaskochenko/shutterstock

Image Blending: Photoshop Fundamentals (Online)

Tuesday, January 4, 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: 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
  • Create a layer mask
  • Use a layer mask and layers to combine two or more images
  • Apply image blending in your Arboretum photography projects
  • 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

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$35 member/$40 non-member


 Adobe Photoshop on a computer using camera RAW feature, photo composite OleksiyMark/shutterstock

Camera Raw Tool: Photoshop Fundamentals (Online)

Thursday, January 6, 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 -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
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.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$35 member/$40 non-member


 Adobe Photoshop on a computer using color manipulation, photo composite OleksiyMark/shutterstock

Color Management: Photoshop Fundamentals (Online)

Tuesday, January 11, 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 -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
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.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$35 member/$40 non-member


 Adobe Photoshop on a computer making beautiful winter portrait, photo composite OleksiyMark and OlenaZaskochenko/shutterstock

Portrait Magic: Photoshop Fundamentals (Online)

Thursday, January 13, 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 -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!
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.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$35 member/$40 non-member


photographer in winter taking photos, photo StockSnap/Pixabay

Photographing Winter's Wonders (Online)

Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m.-noon Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

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

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

Consider registering for the Optional Add-on location shoot (see Practicums on January 15, below) outside on the Arboretum's grounds to practice these new techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 40, Live online webinar via Zoom

$32 member/$37 non-member

 

Practicum for Photographing Winter's Wonders (Optional In-Person Add-On)

Select a session:
Sunrise - Saturday, January 15, 7:00-10:00 a.m.
Sunset - Saturday, January 15, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Prerequisite: Photographing Winter's Wonders (Online), see January 8, above

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

Put what you've learned in our "Photographing Winter's Wonders" webinar into practice with the instructor and a small group of fellow students amidst the Arboretum's stunning winter scenery.
Required Equipment
  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)
  • Snowshoes optional
Additional Details
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Weather: This session will meet whether cloudy, sunny, or snowing!

Limit 12 per session

Sunrise - Saturday, January 15, 7:00-10:00 a.m.
Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Dahlberg Terrace (outdoor area by car turn-around)
$72 member/$87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
   
Sunset - Saturday, January 15, 2:30-5:30 p.m. 
Meet at Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall
$72 member/$87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 frozen ice bubble, photo Mike Shaw

Family Program: Create & Photograph Frozen Ice Bubbles at Sunrise!

Saturday, January 22, 7:00-9:00 a.m.
Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Family / beginner

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 this fun, family-friendly indoor/outdoor class to learn how to create and photograph frozen ice bubbles at the Landscape Arboretum! Family teams of 1-2 adults together with 1-3 kids learn and practice this cool skill!
  • Learn the secret ingredients needed for successful ice bubbles
  • Indoor session to practice your soap bubble blowing technique
  • If you wish, bring a coffee mug to use as your ice bubble base
  • Continue blowing soap bubbles outside to watch them freeze before your eyes
  • Try capturing photos and videos of your frozen ice bubbles to share
  • Fingers crossed for temperatures below 5° F!
Bring from Home:
  • Camera(s), smart phone(s), or device(s) with camera, you choose how many you want to bring for your family team!
  • 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
Additional details
  • Weather: 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.
  • Registered class participants will receive instructions a few days prior to class about special "early access" Arboretum Entry at the Farm entrance.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.

Limit 10 Family Teams, Tashjian Bee & Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

Family Teams $40 member/$55 non-member, includes 1-2 Adults + 1-3 Kids ages 5 and above, includes Arboretum admission and all bubble-making supplies

Photography composition class, photo Eric Mueller

Shooting & Composition: Creative iPhone Photography (Online)

Saturday, January 22, 9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time
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 iPhone? Are you confused about composition? In this beginner class you'll learn how to make effective, meaningful, and beautiful photographs with your iPhone! 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
  • iPhone settings for the best photos
  • Techniques and tips for making better photographs
Additional details:
  • There will be a presentation with example photographs made by the instructor
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • No previous photography experience is required.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$45 member/$50 non-member

macro photo of red berries in winter snow, photo Don Treddinick

Winter Macro Photography (Online)

Saturday, January 29, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner
Explore the wonders of macro photography in a winter setting! You will learn macro photography techniques within the classroom and, with guidance from your instructor, put them into practice in the wintry Arboretum landscape.
  • 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

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 40, Live online webinar via Zoom

$25 member/$30 non-member

 Focus stacked image of landscape, photo Mike Shaw

Focus Stacking, From Concept to Completion (Online)

Saturday, January 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner
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)

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 30, Live online webinar via Zoom

$25 member/$30 non-member

full moon rising over the red barn, photo Mike Shaw

Full Moon Photography at the Red Barn: 2-Session Workshop

Tuesday, February 15, 3:00-6:00 p.m. AND Wednesday, February 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Dr. Mike Shaw, acclaimed Astrophotographer, Author of "The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography" and "Creative Nightscapes"

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Join us for two full moon rises over the Farm at the Arb's Red Barn! In this workshop you will learn Mike's secrets for photographing any full moon rising anywhere. In this workshop you will:
  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Find out how the pros plan for the best 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
Additional Information
  • There may be some walking along 3-Mile Drive, dress appropriately
  • Weather: Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, snow or clear skies. 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 and photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises.
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab

$120 member/$135 non-member, includes Arboretum admission both days

 bright red cardinal in winter, photo Don Olson, APS

Winter Bird Photography (Online)

Thursday, February 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner to Intermediate - Familiarity with the manual functions of your camera and an understanding of exposure settings

Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this 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 Optional Add-on location shoot (see Practicum on February 19, below) outside at the Arboretum's bird feeders to practice these new techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 40, Live online webinar via Zoom

$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Winter Bird Photography (Optional In-Person Add-On)

Select a session
Saturday, February 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 19, noon-2:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Winter Bird Photography (Online), see February 17, abov

Put what you've learned in our "Winter Bird Photography" 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
Additional details
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Weather This session will meet whether cloudy, sunny, or snowing! If forecasted temperatures will drop to below zero for the class period, refunds will be issued and/or the event may be rescheduled for Feb 26, 2022.

Limit 8 per session, Meet at the back of the Arboretum Cafe by the fireplace, 2nd level Oswald Visitor Center

MORNING Saturday, February 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
$48 member/$63 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
AFTERNOON Saturday, February 19, noon-2:00 p.m.
$48 member/$63 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

portrait of a man outside in winter, photo Eric Mueller

Shooting & Editing Portraits: Creative iPhone Photography (Online)

Saturday, March 5, 9:00 a.m.-noon Central Time
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 iPhone 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!
Additional details:
  • There will be a presentation with example photographs made by the instructor, short videos and demonstrations.
  • There will be plenty of time for Q&A with the instructor.
  • No previous photography experience is required, however you will most benefit from this class if you have taken either or both of the classes "iPhone Editing Made Easy with Eric Mueller" or "Creative iPhone Photography: Understanding Light with Eric Mueller"

Suggested Equipment: 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 iPhone before class.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 25, Live online webinar via Zoom

$45 member/$50 non-member

 man taking photos outside in nature, photo from Storyblocks

Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography (Online)

Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Central Time
Don Tredinnick, professional nature photographer, instructor and owner of Frozen Hiker Photography

Level: Beginner
Today's cameras are packed with great features and the optics have never been better, but you're still shooting in auto mode. In this webinar for budding nature photographers, you will learn how to utilize the full potential of today's cameras so you can capture amazing nature photos. In this live webinar presentation, Don will cover:
  • The exposure triangle
  • The advantages of switching from program mode to aperture or shutter priority mode
  • When to use manual mode
  • How different focal lengths affect the photo
  • Focusing modes and focusing aids
  • Capturing sunbursts
  • How to shoot at higher ISO settings.

Consider registering for the Optional Add-on location shoot (see Practicum on March 12, below) outside on the Arboretum's grounds to practice these new techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

Zoom Participation in this online course requires that you use the free Zoom video conferencing service on a computer or tablet. You must install Zoom 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

Limit 40, Live online webinar via Zoom

$25 member/$30 non-member

Practicum for Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography (Optional In-Person Add-On)

Saturday, March 12, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Prerequisite: Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography (Online), see March 10, above

Put what you've learned in "Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography" webinar into practice as we stroll along the grounds of the Arboretum! Your instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips throughout your practice time. There will be a small group to ensure plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor.
Required equipment
  • DSLR, Mirrorless, or high quality "bridge" telephoto camera
  • Lens or lenses that allow for wide angle (less that 35mm), standard (35 - 70mm) and telephoto (greater than 100mm)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (optional)
Additional details
  • Registered participants will receive a bar-code ticket for entry to the Arboretum in your email purchase confirmation. Your ticket is valid for entry on the day of your class up to 30 minutes prior to your class start. Present your ticket to the gate attendant as you enter the Arboretum. You may stay at the Arboretum as long as you want during our operating hours.
  • Review these Covid-19 safety protocols for attending in-person classes at the Arboretum.
  • Weather This session will meet whether cloudy, sunny, or snowing!
Limit 12, Meet at the Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall
$72 member/$87 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

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