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Special Access: Photography Workshops

 


 

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 

 

Special Access Photography: Landscape Arboretum Nightscapes

Saturday, October 10, 2020
4-10 p.m.

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! 
Start indoors and learn how to:
  • Set up your gear
  • Plan your night's activities
  • Capture images combining the starry night sky and beautiful foregrounds
  • Post-process your images for the best effect
Move outdoors for the night session to 
  • Photograph beautiful night sky vistas
  • Capture the stunning scenery and dark skies of the Arboretum
Finish indoors for photo review and recap! 
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT 
  • Camera with manual focus and manual exposure capability
  • Lenses with focal lengths between 14 - 50 mm
  • A sturdy tripod is essential
  • 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, warm hat & gloves
  • Hand warmers are strongly recommended (just in case!)
  • Good footwear is 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 on astronomy/field planning/photography, so that you will be prepared to leverage your knowledge and skills when a clear night opportunity arises. Bring your own dinner

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

$143 member/$163 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


Photographer silhouette against a full moon, photo SantiPhotoSS/Shutterstock

Special Access Photography: Full Moon at the Arboretum

Sunday, November 29, 2020
2-6 p.m.

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 autumnal 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
$102 member/$117 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

People exploring a light tunnel at night, photo Mike Shaw

Special Access Photographer's Evening: Arboretum Winter Lights Display

Select a session
Thursday, December 3, 4-9 p.m.
Thursday, December 10, 4-9 p.m.


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
Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Avoid pesky crowds that are always in the way of your dazzling shot! The Arboretum's mesmerizing Winter Lights display will be opened this evening (normally closed on Thursdays) for a special-access opportunity just for photographers! Bring-your-own equipment, explore the displays at your own pace, and photograph at your leisure as you:
  • Have ample "photographers-only" time and space to get beautiful pictures of our winter light show, as well as the beautifully lit plants and displays inside
  • Drop-in to an included "Winter Lights Photography Tips" mini workshop 4-4:30 p.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.
  • Interact with Arboretum photography instructors as well as the Arboretum Photographers' Society to get tips and tricks for just the right shot
  • Meet other photographers and photography enthusiasts
  • Treats and drinks will be available for purchase
  • Submit your favorite image from the evening to win a prize!
NOTE This casual unstructured evening will be open between 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.. You can arrive and depart as desired within these times.
Limit 300, Oswald Visitor Center - Great Hall
Thursday, December 3, 4-9 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission 
Thursday, December 10, 4-9 p.m.
$20 member/$35 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission 

Tropical orchids, photo Frank Meuschke

Special Access Photography Field Trip: Macro in a Biome Conservatory

Saturday, January 9, 2021
noon-4:30 p.m.

Frank Meuschke, professional artist and photographer, Arboretum Photography Program Coordinator

Level: Intermediate
Join us for an exclusive opportunity to photograph the hundreds of rare and unusual plants at the brand new college of Biological Sciences Biome Conservatory in St. Paul! This special access experience offers:
  • A private tour of Biome species with Conservatory Coordinator Angie Koebler
  • One-on-one instruction as needed
  • Spend time in your favorite biomes honing your macro photography skills
  • An opportunity to capture amazing images of up to 1200 species of plants
This is a special access photography experience for those who are familiar with macro; there will be no classroom instruction of macro techniques. Frank will visit with each student one-on-one while in the biome to discuss your individual questions, challenges, and critiques specific to your needs.
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 12, Meet at the CBS Biome Conservatory, St. Paul
$115 member/$120 non-member, includes admission to the CBS Biome in St. Paul; does not include Arboretum admission 

Special Access Photography: Full Moon at the Arb 2-Day Workshop

Thursday, January 28, 4-8 p.m. AND
Friday, January 29, 4-8 p.m.

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

Level Beginner to Intermediate 

Come howl at the moon! Here's your chance to learn the secrets of photographing the full moon and other night sky treasures over the winter scenery of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Exclusive night access to the Arboretum with night photography expert Dr. Mike Shaw. 
  • Two afternoon sessions learning night photography and astronomy
  • Two evenings to practice and refine your moon photography techniques
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. 

Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - McVay Learning Lab
$189 member/$204 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

Tropical orcid Special Access, photo Don Tredinnick

Special Access Photography: Flower Show Tropical Orchid Macro

Thursday, February 18, 2021
9:30 a.m.-12:30 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

Enhance your skills and expand your botanical portfolio! Enjoy 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 includes:
  • 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
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 - Teaching Classroom
$77 member/$92 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 
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