Special Access: Photography Workshops

 


 

Special Access Photography: Light Painting at the Arboretum During Twilight

Saturday, April 11
6-10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Special Access Photography: Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

Saturday, May 2
6-11 p.m.

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

Level: Intermediate

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

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$135 member/$155 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 

Special Access 3-Day Weekend: Spring into Photography Workshop

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

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


Level: Intermediate to Advanced

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

Rain Plan
Class will be held rain or shine. In case of rainy conditions, the instructors will engage you with hands-on activities to develop photographic skills and knowledge, so that you will be prepared when opportunity arises.

Accommodations
Need a place to stay? Receive a discounted rate at the Holiday Inn Express, located about 1 mile from the Arboretum! Reference this information to reserve (rooms are held under a different event name, but you may use this info/rate to book)

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

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

 

Special Access: Full Moon Photography at the Arboretum

Thursday, June 4
6-10 p.m.

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

Level: Beginner to Intermediate 

Come howl at the full moon! Join us for this special access workshop to learn Mike's secrets for photographing a full moon rising over the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's summer scenery. In this workshop you will:
  • Locate the best times and places to capture that big moon shot
  • Learn the camera settings to get the right night sky exposures
  • Identify the proper lenses for successful moon compositions
  • Discover techniques to ensure detailed, sharp moon pictures
  • Enjoy one to one instruction during field practice
Required Equipment
  • Moderate to long focal length lenses will be most useful for moonscapes (100 - 500+ mm)
  • Telephoto lenses for moon close-ups (200 mm and up)
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • Cable or wireless remote shutter release
  • Headlamp with a red bulb or small flashlight is important to protect your night vision
  • Operating manual for your camera
  • Spare batteries
NOTES You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive. 
WEATHER PLAN Class will be held in any safe weather conditions, rain or shine. In case of inclement conditions, the instructor will engage the class in hands-on activities to develop photography skills and knowledge on astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises.

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

 

Special Access: Shooting the Light- Dusk to Dawn Photography

Friday, September 18, 5-8 p.m. AND
Saturday, September 19, 6-8 a.m.

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

Level: Intermediate (those who are comfortable with the operation of their DSLR or mirrorless camera) Morning and evening are the best time and the Arboretum is the best place to start "seeing the light!" 

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

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