Special Access: Photography Workshops


Special Access Field Trip: Macro Photography in a Biome Conservatory

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

Frank Meuschke, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Staff/Photographer

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 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!


  • 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

photo Mike Shaw

Full Moon Photography at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

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

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
  • 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

You may be doing some walking along 3-Mile Drive.
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. 
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

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

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