PHOTOGRAPHY

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.


 Raptor
Photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-07-18-15)
OR
Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-26-15)
Carlyn Iverson, professional illustrator and photographer for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: All Levels
Back by popular demand! This highly repeatable session will bring you up close and personal with amazing raptors, carefully presented in a lush Arboretum setting. Come learn how to control your camera for high-speed shutter action and focusing as you engage with live birds of prey from the Raptor Center of Minnesota. This special shoot is for all levels as the instructor will work personally with each participant. We recommend 90 mm and higher focal length lenses for this up-close and personal shooting experience with owls, hawks and other birds of prey brought to the Arboretum from the University of Minnesota Raptor Center especially for this class. Based on availability, each session will feature different birds; register for multiple dates to build your bird photography portfolio! 
Limit 20, Learning Center

register Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-07-18-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-09-26-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 macro
Photo Credit: John Pennoyer

Macro-Photography Workshop: Up Close and Personal
Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (750-07-18-15-02)
OR
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (750-09-12-15)
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
The Arboretum is full of vivid and breathtaking colors and images, and with your macro-lens you can add even more exciting dimensions and compositions to your photographs. Acclaimed photography instructor John Pennoyer will teach you the essentials about macro-photography - and more. Then take what you've learned immediately into the field and apply your skills to the inspiring subject matter to be found at the Arboretum during the lush warm season. You will never look at the curve of a leaf or fully blossomed flower the same way, and neither will the viewer of your photos!
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register 1 spot left Saturday, July 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (750-07-18-15-02)
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
 
register Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (750-09-12-15)
$89 member/$109 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.

 Prairies
Photo credit: John Pennoyer

Prairies and Prairie Photography (750-07-25-15)
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Explore a little of Minnesota's history through its prairie plants from yesterday through today as only you can through your camera lens! Learn from acclaimed photographer John Pennoyer how to avoid some of the parts of nature that a photographer in the field needs to avoid (such as poison ivy!) while also learning where to find and expect prairie treasures to photograph. Start out with classroom time and then head out to the Arboretum's Winton Prairie. You will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the prairie eco-system and take home breathtaking prairie landscapes. You should come with an understanding of the basic operation of your camera and bring all of your photo equipment including lenses from wide angle to medium zooms, possibly a macro lens, but also tripods and remote cable release.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register 2 spots left $99 member/$119 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 Shooting the Light
Photo credit: Roger Smallbeck

Shooting the Light: Dusk to Dawn Photography Intensive
Friday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. AND Saturday, August 8, 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (750-08-07-15)
OR
Friday, August 14, 3:30 - 9:30 p.m. AND Saturday, August 15, 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (750-08-14-15)
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

Level: Intermediate
One of the most important factors a photographer must learn to recognize is the "quality of light." Light should dictate to a photographer how, when and where to take that dynamic picture. On this Friday-Saturday class, you will first spend time in the classroom with acclaimed photography educator John Pennoyer discussing the importance of light in your photography. Then on Friday evening, you will spend some time photographing the sunset on the Arboretum grounds, and early on Saturday morning you will meet to photograph the Arboretum sunrise. By the end of the class, you will understand that it is always the "quality, "and not the "quantity," of light that makes a difference in your photography. You will also cover some post-processing using Lightroom with some examples taken from student-shot images. For intermediate photographers who are comfortable with the basic operation of their DSLR camera. Note: Students should bring all their own camera equipment, including tripod, camera operating manual - and a small flashlight. Breakfast provided on Saturday morning.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register Friday, August 7, 3:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
AND Saturday, August 8, 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(750-08-07-15)
$155 members/$175 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
 
register Friday, August 14, 3:30 - 9:30 p.m.
AND Saturday, August 15, 5:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
(750-08-14-15)
$155 members/$175 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.

 fall color

Photographing Fall Color (750­-10-­10-­15)
Saturday, October 10, 1 p.m. -­ 4 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Fall at the Arboretum is always a very special time of the year, featuring both Mother Nature's own beautiful pageantry and the decorations that Arboretum staff displays around the buildings and grounds. Join John to learn how to photograph the colors of this glorious season and enhance your images. Topics covered in class will include: composition, landscape techniques, and using white balance to saturate fall colors. After class instruction, John will lead you around the grounds of the Arboretum to capture colorful images, whether of scarecrows or pumpkins or other autumn phenomena that happen along our photography path. Note: Be sure to bring your tripod. Limit 12, Visitor Center

register $74 member/$89 non­member, includes Arboretum admission 


 intro lightroom

Introduction to Lightroom 
Saturday, October 17, 9:30 a.m. -­ 12:30 p.m.; Learning Center (750-­10-­17-­15)
OR
Saturday, October 17, 1:30 p.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.; Learning Center (750-­10-­17-­15-­02)
OR
Saturday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. ­- 12:30 p.m.; Visitor Center (750-­01-­16-­16)
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. Limit 12, Learning Center (Oct 17), Visitor Center (Jan 16)

register Saturday, October 17, 9:30 a.m. -­ 12:30 p.m.; Learning Center (750-­10-­17-­15)
$69 member/$84 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, October 17, 1:30 p.m. -­ 4:30 p.m.; Learning Center (750-­10-­17-­15-­02)
$69 member/$84 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, January 16, 9:30 a.m. ­- 12:30 p.m.; Visitor Center (750-­01-­16-­16)
$69 member/$84 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

 night sky

Photographing the Night Sky: Exclusive Camera Access (750-­11-­07-­15)
Saturday, November 7, 4 p.m. -­ 8 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor

Level: Intermediate (For students who have taken John's "Basic Digital Photography" class and/or are familiar with the operation of their DSLR.)
In this age of digital photography, we no longer have to put our cameras away when the sun goes down and the night sky's many wonders emerge. During this after-­hours class, John will show you how to set your camera to photograph stars, full moon, star trails, northern lights, and experiment with light painting. After class, you will follow John out onto the Arboretum grounds and apply many of the techniques just learned. In case of rain or overcast skies, class will use beautifully lit Arboretum buildings as subjects for additional light painting exercises. Note: Students should have a good, solid tripod and remote/cable release and know how to use the "Bulb" function on their camera. Bring a small flashlight! Limit 12, Learning Center

register $109 member/$129 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission and exclusive access to the grounds after sundown 

 raptor

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access 
Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. -­ 3 p.m. (750-­11-­14-­15)
OR
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. -­ 3 p.m. (750­-03-­05-­16)
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications; with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center

Level: All levels
Learn how to control your camera for high-­speed shutter action and focusing as you engage with owls, hawks and other live birds of prey brought to the Arboretum just for this class. This special shoot is for all levels - the instructor will work personally with each participant. 

Recommended: 90 mm and higher focal-­length lenses. Limit 20, Visitor Center

register Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. -­ 3 p.m. (750-­11-­14-­15)
$114 member/$134 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. -­ 3 p.m. (750­-03-­05-­16)
$114 member/$134 non­-member, includes Arboretum admission 

 winter light

Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750­-01-­09-­16)
OR
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-­02-­06­16)
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer and popular instructor

Level: All levels
Winter can yield surprisingly beautiful images - it's one of John's favorite seasons for shooting pictures. Photographers of all skill levels will discuss multiple aspects of winter photography: dressing to protect yourself and your gear from the elements, winter light, correct exposure for winter landscapes, and shooting in very cold weather. You will spend plenty of time shooting scenes outdoors at the Arboretum in the breathtaking light of a winter afternoon. Limit 12, Visitor Center

register Saturday, January 9, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750­-01-­09-­16)
$109 member/$129 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 
 
register Saturday, February 6, 2016, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-­02-­06­16)
$109 member/$129 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission 

 intermediate lightroom

Intermediate Lightroom
Saturday, January 16, 1:30 p.m. -­ 4:30 p.m. (750-­01-­16-­16­02)
OR
Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. - ­12:30 p.m. (750-­02-­27­16)
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Prerequisite: Intro to Lightroom, or some experience using Lightroom
If you want a refresher on Lightroom, or want to move to a higher skill level, this class is for you. After reviewing Lightroom's cataloguing and editing features, you will export files to Photoshop for special effects; explore use of type and other graphic features in Lightroom; prepare slideshows in Lightroom; and learn how to export to programs such as iMovie, After Effects, and other video editing programs. Learn how to add music and voice overlay to your slide shows. Limit 12, Visitor Center

register Saturday, January 16, 1:30 p.m. -­ 4:30 p.m. (750-­01-­16-­16­02)
$69 member/$84 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission
 
 
register Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. - ­12:30 p.m. (750-­02-­27­16)
$69 member/$84 non-­member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 


To Register for Class

To register online, click on the "Register" button listed with the class. Or call 612-301-1210 to register by phone. You can also view theSpring/Summer 2015 Classes Catalog  to see the full class offerings and use the registration form.

 

Questions?
Call 612-301-1210
or email: ArbEdu@umn.edu

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.

Art Exhibit and Sale: All 2014 Arboretum Fine Art and Photography class participants are invited to participate in the Arboretum Student Exhibit and Sale scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 & 7, 2014. Details and registration.

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