Photography
Classes & Workshops

Immerse yourself in 1300 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.


basic digital

Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-08-26-17)

John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
What is it about some photographs of nature that seem to take your breath away? How do you fully tap the potential of your digital single lens reflex camera, making it your strongest creative ally instead of a sometimes frustrating hindrance to getting the right shot? Explore the answers to these questions and more during this immersion into digital photography. Gather in the classroom to review best practices and learn the key essential operations of your digital camera. Then you will immediately put your knowledge into practice during your shoot outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum collections. Bring your own lunch or purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, Owner's Manual, Tripod and at least one lens in the 24mm-70mm range
Limit 12, Visitor Center

 register Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-08-26-17)
$134 member/$147 non-member,
 includes Arboretum admission

 photoshop

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop© for Creative Photography (750-08-26-17-02)
Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner
Are you an enthusiastic photographer, but not sure where to start when it comes to editing your images? Join Carlyn for an approachable, in-depth introduction to Adobe Photoshop©- one of the best programs to enhance and edit your pictures. Along with other beginners, you will begin with a walk-through of the software and an introduction to its tools. You will have an opportunity for some creative fun with images, while Carlyn provides one-on-one interaction that will leave you with confidence to further explore the program on your own.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: laptop with Adobe Photoshop© (PS4, PS5, or PS6) installed or connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud service (free wifi is available in the Bee Center).
NOTE: This class is for Photoshop only, and will not be using Photoshop Elements.
Limit 24, Bee Center

This session has been cancelled due to a death in the family. Register for the January 6 session, below! Thank you for your understanding. $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 butterflies

Photographing Butterflies, Bees and Other Pollinators (750-09-09-17)
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular Arboretum instructor; view his work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Catch the buzz...on camera! Join other photographers to learn the techniques for getting stunning shots of beneficial insects, without frightening them away. Skills taught in class will include focus, composition, shutter speed, lens selection, steady hand-holding, and how to capture insects while perched as well as in flight. One hour of classroom instruction will be followed by 2 hours of in-the-field time to practice your skills on the Arboretum grounds, which will be a-buzz with dynamic and inspiring subject matter. Participants will appreciate their increased confidence in finding and photographing the beauty of nature's busy little helpers. Note that insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably for the outdoor portion of class, to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera and owner's manual, telephoto lens in the 200mm-400mm range
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 12, Learning Center

register  Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist
$109 member/$129 non­-member,
includes Arboretum admission 

 insect
photo: Bill Johnson

Capturing the Unseen: Elusive Insect Photography (750-09-19-17)
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Bill Johnson, National Director for Region V, Garden Writers' Association and Charter Member of the North American Nature Photographers' Association

Level: All levels
Here is a chance to follow along with an expert nature photographer and learn his methods for capturing images of the tiniest of subjects! Bill will start with an introduction to insect photography tips and techniques, and then you and fellow photographers will learn firsthand how to hunt down your subjects. There's no guarantee of what you will find-that is one of the joys of nature photography-but with Bill's entomological expertise you'll be sure to grow in appreciation of whatever species you meet. After time in the field, you will return to the classroom for a review of some of the class' images. Bill will offer constructive advice sure to get you off on the right foot during future insect photography shoots. Note that insects are often found close to the ground, so you'll want to dress comfortably for the outdoor portion of class, to allow for squatting, kneeling, or even laying on the ground.
Required Equipment: DSLR or higher end Point-and-Shoot Camera
Suggested Equipment: cord to share images with the class, macro lens in the 100mm-400mm range, wide angle lens in 24mm to 50mm range
Limit 15, Bee Center

register 5 spots left
$74 member/$89 non-member,
includes Arboretum admission
 


photos Clay Bolt and Sam Droege

The Power of an Image: Two Photographic Perspectives of North American Wild Bees (200-09-16-17)
Saturday, September 16, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Sam Droege, Head of the Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program, U.S. Geological Survey

Clay Bolt, Natural History and Conservation Photographer, Writer and Co-Producer of "Ghost in the Making"

Join us for an exclusive conversation with two renowned photographers and be inspired by the unique perspective each takes on one subject: the wild bees of North America. Sam Droege maintains thousands of exquisite, high resolution, public domain macro images by digitally stacking many images of single bee specimens in his tiny insect studio for use in identifying and appreciating these species. Clay Bolt is a natural history and conservation photographer, with a current focus on North America's native bees, he uses creative photography set ups and approaches to capture portraits of live specimens in the field. Learn how each photographer was introduced to this subject, and what technical approaches they use to capture these beautiful insects. Enjoy learning the tricks of their trade alongside fellow photographers, and be inspired by a collection of their favorite images and the stories behind them.

NOTE: This session is discussion-only; there is no hands-on component.
Limit 70, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

$15 member/$30 non-member; includes Arboretum admission

 adobe intro

Adobe Lightroom 101 - Photo Editing & Organizing (750-09-30-17)
Saturday, September 30, 9 a.m. - noon
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner to Intermediate Lightroom Users
One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program's features and tools and teach you how to bring your imagery to a higher quality level. You'll learn how to make exposure adjustments, improve contrast and color saturation, and bring clarity and focus to an image. You will remove unwanted spots and red eye and discuss histograms and how to adjust them. You will become comfortable making numerous other improvements and leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be. Bring your DSLR camera and your laptop to class.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 Adobe intermediate
Photo credit: See-ming Lee/Flikr

Adobe Lightroom 201 - Intermediate Photo Editing & Organizing (750-09-30-17-02)
Saturday, September 30, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
This new class will delve further into the tools and functionality of Adobe Lightroom. Participants will gain deeper control of their photography with additional ways to manipulate and enhance their images. Hands-on class time will be spent working on specific edit changes to learn more precise, intermediate-level than those covered in the introductory Lightroom 101 class. Some of the tips, tricks, tools, techniques and best practices taught will include isolating color fields, making adjustments using channels, developing metadata, gaining additional hands-on practice time making selections and adjustments to masking, learning creative techniques with filters, working symbiotically between Lightroom and Photoshop programs, and making slide shows for export. This class will provide greater artistic freedom to those who want to expand their photography beyond what can be captured with a lens. Skills learned will advance prowess in editing and control settings, providing the photographer with a greater depth of knowledge and confidence.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Any version of Adobe Photoshop subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html), for those who are interested in multi-program editing.
Limit 24, Bee Center

register  $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 

autumn
photo John Pennoyer 

Autumn Photography: Landscapes and Macro (750-10-14-17)
Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor; view John's work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level:
 All levels
Fall at the Arboretum is always a very special time of the year, featuring the deciduous trees' wild riot of color and autumnal decor arranged by Arboretum staff throughout the property. Learn how to capture the colors of this glorious season through both landscape and macro photography. John will begin with by discussing composition, landscape techniques, using white balance to saturate fall colors, and of course macro tips and techniques. After classroom instruction, John will lead you around the grounds of the Arboretum to capture colorful images, whether of fallen leaves or waterfalls, or other autumn phenomena that happen along our photography path.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: any digital camera
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: sturdy tripod, lenses (widest angle to 200mm and macro), cable release, and polarizer filter
Limit 12, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

raptor
photo Carlyn Iverson 

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access (750-10-28-17)
Saturday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator; with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

Level: All levels
Owls, vultures, and eagles, oh my! Experience a unique opportunity to photograph mighty raptors in a controlled, safe and natural setting at the Arboretum. Members of the University of Minnesota Raptor Center will bring an assortment of live birds for your photographing pleasure, and will teach about each one. Popular photography instructor and professional artist, Carlyn Iverson, will provide helpful instruction on tips and techniques to help you capture stunning images of these magnificent creatures. In class, participants will learn how to control your camera for wow-worthy images from distances of 5-20 feet away (in class) as well as longer distances (in the field). This special shoot is for all levels - the instructor will work personally with each participant. Presentation content is designed for adult learners; suggested minimum age is 16. A portion of this class' fees go to benefit the Raptor Center. There will be a break for lunch, so bring your own food and drink or plan to purchase lunch at the Arboretum Cafe.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Any digital camera
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: 90mm and higher focal length lens(es), tripod/monopod (optional), sturdy shoes for walking and shooting over uneven ground
Limit 20, Marion Andrus Learning Center

register $114 member/$134 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and support for the Raptor Center
 

red barn
photo John Pennoyer 

Full Moon at the Red Barn (750-11-04-17)
Saturday, November 4, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor; view John's work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level:
Intermediate
The Red Barn is one of the most photographed structures at the Arboretum, but have you had the exclusive opportunity to capture it in the light of a full moon, after the Arboretum gates have closed to the public? Join John and other photography enthusiasts for a fun night session on photographing the full moon. You will begin with a light dinner (assortment of seasonal salads, cheese platter, bread and infused water) and guidance from John on techniques for night photography, composition tips for full moon photography, and how to use technology to determine moon and sun rise and set times relative to specific locations. Then take a short drive to the shrub collection and put your new knowledge to the test, photographing the Red Barn and full moon from an ideal vantage point. In case of clouds the class will still be held; John will switch gears and still cover the same content but also some other night photography fun such as: light painting, LED art, and remote flash.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or higher end point-and-shoot camera
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Lenses (24mm to 200mm for moon/night landscapes, 300mm or more to shoot only the moon), sturdy tripod, cable release, small flashlight or headlamp
Limit 12, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $114 member/$134 non-member, includes Arboretum admission and dinner
 

adobe 

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop© for Creative Photography (750-01-06-18)
Saturday, January 6, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner
Are you an enthusiastic photographer, but not sure where to start when it comes to editing your images? Join Carlyn for an approachable, in-depth introduction to Adobe Photoshop©- one of the best programs to enhance and edit your pictures. Along with other beginners, you will begin with a walk-through of the software and an introduction to its tools. You will have an opportunity for some creative fun with images, while Carlyn provides one-on-one interaction that will leave you with confidence to further explore the program on your own. NOTE: This class is for Photoshop only, and will not be using Photoshop Elements.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: laptop with Adobe Photoshop© (PS4, PS5, or PS6) installed or connected to the Adobe Creative Cloud service (free wifi is available in the Bee Center).
Limit 24, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $89 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

winter

LECTURE - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders (750-01-06-18-02)
Saturday, January 6, 10 a.m. - noon
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor; view John's work at www.impressionsofnature.net

Level: All levels
Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of John's favorite seasons for shooting pictures. It does take a little know how, though: From what to wear to troubleshooting with your equipment in very cold weather. John will share his valuable experience in these topics, as well as discuss how to make best use of winter light, and techniques for getting the correct exposure for winter landscapes. You will leave with a comprehensive handout and knowledge ready to be applied as soon as a blanket of snow arrives! 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.
NOTE: Dates coming for "IN THE FIELD" PRACTICUM - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders for {optional} field portion of this class
Limit 80, Snyder Auditorium

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

winter 

POP-UP "IN THE FIELD" PRACTICUM - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders (750-PUPWinter-18)

As Minnesotans know, Mother Nature can be unpredictable... so John Pennoyer will wait until "winter shooting weather conditions" seem favorable, then announce two Saturdays after LECTURE - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders to go out and shoot breathtaking winter scenes at the Arboretum together. These photo shoots will be exclusively shared with those that register for the LECTURE - Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders lecture. Each practicum session will be limited to 12 participants to ensure one-on-one time with the instructor.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR or higher end point-and-shoot camera; wide angle to 200mm lens
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: tripod/monopod, polarizing filter
Limit 12, location to be determined

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


photo Carlyn Iverson

Exclusive Access: Orchids - Macro Photography (750-02-03-18)
Saturday, Feb 3, 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

LEVEL: All levels
Join others to enhance your skills and expand your botanical portfolio! This workshop allows students an exclusive opportunity to get up-close and personal with the wonders of the 2018 Arboretum Orchid Display. In-class time will be spent learning DSLR techniques to create stunning macro images of the orchids, including tips on focus, lighting with and without flashes, background, and composition. The Conservatory will then close to the public for one hour, allowing exclusive access for class participants who will enjoy private, hands-on shooting time to explore the exhibit through a macro lens. Participants will gain confidence in their macro skills and will have the unique opportunity to photograph the orchids during class without photo permit restrictions nor the feeling of being crowded by public visitors.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR and owner's manual, monopod or tripod, any or all of the following: Macro lens, Macro effect lens, or set of close-up filters specific for your camera's lens size
SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT: Through-The-Lens (TTL) flash or built-in camera fill flash 
Limit 14, Oswald Visitor Center

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

101

Lightroom 101 - Photo Editing & Organizing (750-03-31-18)
Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m. - noon
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program's features and tools and teach you how to bring your imagery to a higher quality level. You'll learn how to make exposure adjustments, improve contrast and color saturation, and bring clarity and focus to an image. You will remove unwanted spots and red eye and discuss histograms and how to adjust them. You will become comfortable making numerous other improvements and leave confident in your ability to make your images the very best they can be.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: DSLR camera, laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription/software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

201 

Lightroom 201 - Intermediate Photo Editing & Organizing (750-03-31-18-02)
Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Advanced beginner to intermediate Lightroom users
Delve further into the tools and functionality of Adobe Lightroom. Participants will gain deeper control of their photography with additional ways to manipulate and enhance their images. Hands-on class time will be spent working on specific edit changes to learn more precise, intermediate-level skills that were not covered in the introductory Lightroom 101 class. Some of the tips, tricks, tools, techniques and best practices taught will include isolating color fields, making adjustments using channels, developing metadata, gaining additional hands-on time and practice with making selections and adjustments to masking, learning creative techniques with filters, working collaboratively with Lightroom and Photoshop programs, and making slideshows for export. This class will provide greater artistic freedom to those who want to expand their photography beyond what can be captured with a lens. Skills learned will advance prowess in editing and control settings, providing the photographer with a greater depth of knowledge and confidence.
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Laptop with Adobe Lightroom subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html) OR iPad with free Adobe Lightroom app. Suggested equipment: Any version of Adobe Photoshop subscription or software (free 30-day trial available at www.adobe.com/downloads.html), for those who are interested in multi-program editing.
Limit 20, Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center

register $69 member/$89 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


 


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