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.


 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

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$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

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

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

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

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

 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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