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.


 Winter

Winter Light: Photographing Winter Wonders

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-07-15)

John Pennoyer, acclaimed photographer specializing in native Minnesota wildflowers, birds, environmental scenes and wildlife

Winter is one of accomplished photographer John Pennoyer's favorite seasons for shooting pictures. Photographers of all skill levels will discuss all aspects of winter photography: how to dress 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 capturing winter landscape on the grounds of the Arboretum in the breathtaking light of late afternoon. Limit 12, Visitor Center

Photography classes sponsored by Tamron and National Camera Exchange

Register SOLD OUT! Click on button to add your name to wait list
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-07-15)

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

 Learning Lightroom

Learning Lightroom to Improve Your Photography
Saturday, January 31, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (750-01-31-15) sold out
OR
Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (750-04-11-15)
OR
Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
(750-06-13-15)
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Back by popular demand! One of the best applications available for post-camera editing of photographs is Adobe Lightroom. This class will introduce you to the program, its 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 be able to remove unwanted spots and red eye, and become comfortable making numerous other improvements. We will learn about histograms and how to adjust them in this class. You'll 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, Visitor Center

*Please note that the correct end time for this class is 12:30pm (not 1:30pm. as printed in the Classes catalog)

Sold Out. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. (750-01-31-15)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
(This is a make-up date for the 1/17 cancelled sessions)
  
register Saturday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (750-04-11-15)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Visitor Center
 
register Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (750-06-13-15)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission 
Snyder building

 Intermediate Lightroom

Intermediate Lightroom
Saturday, April 11, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-04-11-15-02)
OR
Saturday, June 13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-06-13-15-02)
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer and scientific illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: Experienced Beginner or Intermediate
For those of you wanting a refresher of Lightroom, or want to move to a higher level of photographic development, this class is for you. After reviewing all the wonderful features Lightroom has to offer for cataloging and photo editing, we will adventure further. We will explore exporting files to Photoshop for special effects, 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 and make them into a vacation video not soon to be forgotten.
Limit 12

register  Saturday, April 11, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-04-11-15-02)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Visitor Center

register Saturday, June 13, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. (750-06-13-15-02)
$65 member/$80 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
Snyder building



 Food Photography
photo credit: Jillian Bell

Food Photography: Techniques From the Garden to the Table (750-04-18-15)
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jillian Bell, professional photographer, national educator and technical specialist for Tamron

Level: Experienced Beginner to Intermediate
Delight in creating vibrant still-life photographs of your garden-fresh harvest or delectable kitchen creations that will make your viewer salivate! Explore how to best approach the many hues and textures of vegetables and fruits and how to work with them to create breathtaking photographs. Learn insider secrets of photographing food to bring even more vibrancy and creativity to images where food is the focus. Try out your new skills with pre-set arrangements and groupings so you will be confident in using your new skills beyond the classroom. Bring your own lenses, or borrow and experiment using an assortment of Tamron lenses that will be on-hand for your use. You'll be proud to use your images in a variety of ways, from party invitations to keepsake cookbooks. (Culinary displays proudly provided by the Arboretum Restaurant)
Limit 20, Visitor Center

register  $79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 Basic Digital

Basic Digital Photography for the Outdoor and Nature Photographer
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-04-25-15)
OR
Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-05-16-15)
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

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 with acclaimed Arboretum instructor John Pennoyer. You will first gather to review best practices and learn the essential operations of your digital camera in the classroom. Then you will immediately put your knowledge into practice during your shoot outside in the beauty and splendor of the Arboretum collections.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

 register Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-04-25-15)
$129 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.

register Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (750-05-16-15)
$129 member/$142 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.

 Wildlife
photo credit: John Pennoyer

Wildlife Photography (750-05-02-15)
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

Level: Intermediate
Learn how to set up your camera for fast focusing, continuous high-speed shooting and other settings to capture that elusive wildlife image. Acclaimed instructor John Pennoyer will talk about some of his "secret spots" where he captures some of his wildlife images. Class will cover not only mammals, but also how to set up backyard perches for bird photography and shooting birds "on the wing." John will set some feeders and perches on the Arboretum grounds so you can practice your new skills right away. John recommends a lens in the 300mm range or longer for wildlife photography. For intermediate photographers familiar with the operation of their DSLR camera.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

register  SOLD OUT! Click on button to add name to wait list. $109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission.
 

 GoPro
photo credit: Bryn Jones (Flikr)

GoPro Photography from Start to Finish: Nature in Action! (750-05-14-15)
Thursday, May 14 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. AND Thursday May 21, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, professional photographer

Level: All Levels
This 2-part course will introduce you to all of the fun features that the little GoPro camera has to offer. While very small, this video/still camera can take high-definition (HD) movies and high-end Tiff still shots. Learn to capture exciting events, sights, and action. Using a wide angle lens, this camera brings you right into the action, or portray the environment in a new and dynamic presentation. Explore how to use this camera indoors and out in Arboretum collections and settings, from the highest panoramic view to beneath still and moving water. Discuss the accessories and how to use them, and how to export files from the camera to your computer for future development and use. Bring your own GoPro or equivalent modern camcorder. Suggested for adults or mature teens. 2 sessions.
Limit 15, Visitor Center

register $99 member/$119 non-member, includes 2 evenings of instruction and Arboretum admission

 portraits nature
photo credit: Sa Boon (Flikr)

Taking Portraits in Nature
Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (750-05-21-15)
OR
Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (750-06-06-15)
Andre Costantini, professional portrait photographer and photography educator

Level: All Levels
Create photographic portraits of family and friends that will be more than worthy of its frame! Gain insights into how to use nature, natural light and natural settings to enhance your subject and not detract from him or her. Delve into the essentials of posing, focus, depth of field, lighting and composition to realize the vision you have in mind. Start in class with your seasoned portrait photographer and then head out into pre-selected settings in the Arboretum collections where you can practice your new techniques. After this class, you'll be able to create beautiful nature-enhanced portraits for graduations, weddings, and other special occasions. Bring your own lenses, or borrow and experiment using an assortment of Tamron lenses that will be on-hand for your use.
Limit 20, Visitor Center

register Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (750-05-21-15)
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

register Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. (750-06-06-15)
$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission

 Smart Phone

Your Smart Phone and Outdoor Photography (750-06-04-15)
Thursday, June 4, 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Carlyn Iverson, photographer and professional illustrator for more than 200 textbooks and publications

Level: All Levels
The popularity of the iPhone, and smart phones in general, as camera-ready devices for spontaneous photography has many people asking for more. With the Arboretum as your setting, you will learn how to create images of quality and explore the range of function offered by your smartphone camera. Discover add-on devices for your iPhone/Smartphone, discuss in-camera editing and post-camera editing, and experiment with applications you can use to enhance your phone-camera photography. Several add-on devices will be on hand to try in the field. Smart phone or iPhone required. And if you have a laptop computer, bring it with you to explore photo editing possibilities!
Limit 24, Visitor Center

register $79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 

 Raptor
photo credit: Carlyn Iverson

Raptor Photography: Exclusive Camera Access
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. SOLD OUT (750-02-21-15)
OR
Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(750-05-30-15)
OR
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 This session is sold Out. Select a different session, below Saturday, February 21, 2015, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-02-21-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
register Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (750-05-30-15)
$109 member/$129 non-member, includes Arboretum admission
 
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

 Woodlands

Woodlands, Waterfalls and Wildflowers (750-06-13-15)
Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
John Pennoyer, acclaimed nature photographer

Level: Intermediate
This new class is designed for the photographer interested in mastering landscape photography. During the classroom session, acclaimed photography educator John Pennoyer will reveal how to create a three-dimensional landscape image and how to photograph waterfalls by stopping the water to achieve a "milky smooth" water flow. You will also spend time in the field creating dramatic flowerscapes. For intermediate photographers who are familiar with the basic operation of their DSLR camera.
Limit 12, Visitor Center

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

travel Travel Photography: Photos with a Purpose (750-06-20-15)
Saturday , June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Jillian Bell, professional photographer, national educator and technical specialist for Tamron

Level: All Levels
It is the details that create the story. Join Jillian Bell, whose award-winning work has been seen in local galleries and published in magazines, for this new class packed with tips on how to capture better photographs on the road. Whether for the family, a day trip into town, or a photographic workshop vacation, we'll discuss how to work around the crowds, frame better photographs, and create a complete story worthy of any album. The hands on section will take us around the Arboretum to explore and shoot. Bring your own lenses, or borrow and experiment using an assortment of Tamron lenses that will be on-hand for your use.
Suggested equipment: DSLR camera, tripod, circular polarizer filter, ND filter, rain sleeve in case of bad weather.
Limit 20, Visitor Center

register $79 member/$99 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 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 $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.

 


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 download the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 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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