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.


 

 Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

750-01-04-20
Saturday, January 4, 2020
10 a.m.-noon

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

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 lecture 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!

Your camera is optional: you may want to bring it to refer to during the lecture, but no hands-on time with the instructor is included. See "In the Field Winter Light Practicum" options below for {optional} corresponding field portion of this class.

Limit 80, Snyder Building - Snyder Auditorium

register
$20 member/$35 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum: Winter Sunrise

750-01-11-20
Saturday, January 11, 2020
7 a.m.-10 a.m.

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

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

Prerequisite Lecture
Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders Saturday, January 4 (see above)

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunrise.

Required Equipment

  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)

Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room

register
$49 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

"In the Field" Winter Light Practicum - Winter Sunset via Snowshoe

750-01-11-20-01
Saturday, January 11, 2020
2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

Prerequisite
Lecture - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders Saturday, January 4 (see above)

These photo shoots will be exclusively available for those that register for the Lecture- Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders. This session will focus on capturing the winter sunset.

Required Equipment
  • Warm clothing (Snow pants, Hand warmers, etc)
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera
  • Extra batteries
  • Tripod
  • Split neutral density filter Polarizer (optional)
Limit 12, Snyder Building - Tea Room
register
$49 member/$62 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

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

Time-Lapse Video Photography Workshop

750-01-18-20
Saturday, January 25, 2020 DATE CANCELED
Saturday, January 18, 2020 NEW DATE!
1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Intermediate

This fun workshop will have you making time-lapse videos before you know it! Practice together in class with natural subjects such as ice melting or flowers taking up dyed water. Learn
  • How our vision system interprets time-lapses
  • Equipment needed and how to set it up for time-lapse videos
  • Ways of animating the images into finished time-lapse video clips
  • Practice making your first time-lapse video right in class!
Note: we'll cover techniques for creating time-lapse videos of seeds germinating, plants growing, flowers blooming, etc, to try at home

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 100 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • A programmable intervalometer for your camera model (strongly recommended). Alternatively, bring a cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Operating manuals for camera, intervalometer
  • Spare batteries

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

register
$64 member/$89 non-member
includes Arboretum admission and box dinner both nights

 

Special Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

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

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

Level
All levels, Beginner to Advanced

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

Explore macro concepts in the Arboretum classroom

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

At the St Paul Conservatory

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

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

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

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

Limit 14, Marion Andrus Learning Center - Tree Place

register
$189 member/$209 non-member
includes Arboretum admission

 

Winter Macro Photography

750-01-25-20-03
Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Level
Beginner

Explore the wonders of macro photography in a winter setting!
  • Explore Macro photography tips and techniques
  • Compositional tips
  • Managing depth of field
  • Using snow to enhance our macro images
  • Focus stacking
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Dress in appropriate clothing for winter- macro photography often requires getting low to the ground! A pair of waterproof snow pants are recommended
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Macro lens and/or extension tubes
  • Tripod
  • Corded or wireless shutter release

Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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

 

Winter Bird Photography

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

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

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

Create amazing photos of birds this winter! With the techniques presented in this class, you will be able to photograph birds on snow-covered branches, on the feeder, and in flight. You will learn:
  • Basic techniques for photographing birds in winter
  • Equipment needs for photographing birds
  • Insights into winter bird behavior
  • How to capture birds in flight
  • How to build a backyard bird photography studio
Class will also spend time outside at the Arboretum's feeders to practice these techniques. The instructor will be available to answer questions and offer tips during your practice time.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • Your longest lens (ideally 300mm or longer)
  • Clothing appropriate for the winter weather
  • Monopods or Tripods (optional)
Limit 12, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

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

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

 

Full Moon Photography at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

750-02-08-20
Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. AND Sunday, February 9, 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Beginner to Intermediate

Come howl at the full moon! Join us for this special access workshop to learn Mike’s secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s summer scenery. In this workshop you will:

  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn the camera settings to get the right night sky exposures
  • Identify the proper lenses for successful moon compositions
  • Discover techniques to ensure detailed, sharp moon pictures
  • Enjoy one to one instruction during field practice
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (50 - 200 mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
  • Proper clothing, winter hat & winter gloves, hand warmers and footwear

NOTES
You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive.
WEATHER PLAN
Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain, snow or shine. In case of inclement conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge on astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises.
BOX DINNER (served each night!)
Served with potato chips, Craveworthy Cookies® and beverage, you will have your choice of sandwiches (select your preference for each night at registration): Thai Beef Wrap (280 CAL EACH) Mozzarella, Red Pepper, Balsamic & kale ciabatta (470 CAL EACH) Turkey, feta, spinach & sundried tomato ciabatta (670 CAL EACH)

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

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

Family Fun: Create & Photograph Frozen Ice Bubbles

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

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

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

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

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

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

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

 

Flower Show Special Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

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

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

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

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

 

New Depths of Field: Focus Stacking for Nature Photos

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

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

Level
Intermediate

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

Lightroom 101

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

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

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

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

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

Lightroom 201

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

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

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

Lightroom 301

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

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

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

 Lecture: Photographing Night Skies

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

Mike Shaw, photographer, author and workshop leader

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

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

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