University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I will be returning to the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 
Join me for a fun set of classes
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Winter Light Photography Program

Lecture - January 4, 2020

Practicum - January 11, 2020

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Winter Macro Photography

January 25, 2020

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Winter Bird Photography

February 1, 2020

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Flower Show Special Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

February 27, 2020

Lightroom 101, 201 & 301

March 7 - 8, 2020

Photographing People in Nature

May 2, 2020

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Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

May 23, 2020

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

June 6, 2020

Nature Photography 101

July 18, 2020

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Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees, and More

September 12, 2020

Special Access: Shooting the Light

Dusk to Dawn Photography

September 18 & 19, 2020

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a Nature Photographer's Dream Setting!

I am really excited to be once again teaching at the arboretum.  The facilities and grounds make for the perfect classroom.  Please join me for one of these fun classes.  Each class will combine lecture and hands on activities.

To register for one of these classes visit https://www.arboretum.umn.edu/PhotoWorkshops.aspx

For more information on one of the workshops, click on the "Go To Arb Course Catalog" button in the description below.

 

Lecture - January 4, 2020 - 10:00AM - Noon

Practicum - January 11, 2020 - 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Practicum - January 11, 2020 - 2:30PM - 5:30PM

Winter Light Photography Program

(Course numbers - 750-01-04-20, 750-01-11-20, & 750-01-11-20-01)

 

Winter is my favorite time of year to be out with my camera.  The dry crisp air combined with snowy scenes makes for some amazing photos of wildlife, landscapes, and even urban scenes.  I can also access areas that other times of the year are inaccessible. 

On January 4th, I will be giving a lecture on winter photography.  On the 11th, those that have attended the lecture (either this year or last year), can attend a field shoot.

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 

January 25, 2020

9:30AM - 12:30PM

Winter Macro Photography

(Course number - 750-01-25-20-03)

 

Macro photography is fun anytime of the year.  Winter provides some new interesting subjects that we can't get any other time of the year.  This can be anything from frost on windows to snow covered seed heads.  In addition, colors really pop.  We also cannot for get snowflakes.

This class will provide both classroom lecture and hands on activities to help you capture some fantastic winter macro shots.

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

2 Sessions Offered

February 1, 2020 - 9:00AM - Noon

February 1, 2020 - 1:00PM - 4:00PM

Winter Bird Photography

(Course number - 750-02-01-20 or 750-02-01-20-1)

 

Not all birds go south for the winter.  With the bare trees, and scarcity of food, it is much easier to get nice views of birds.  In addition, their behavior is much more predictable.  

We will begin with a lecture, and then head over to the feeders to capture images of winter birds.  During the lecture, I will cover topics like where to find the birds, exposing for winter bird photography, capturing birds in flight, and how to build a backyard bird studio. 

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 
 

February 27, 2020

9:30AM - 12:30PM

Flower Show Special Access: Tropical Orchid Macro Photography

(Course number - 750-02-27-20)

 

Every year, the arboretum puts on an amazing display of orchids in the conservatory.  For this program, the display is closed to the public to give participants a chance to photograph the orchids.  Class size is kept small to make sure everyone has a chance to photograph their favorites.

 

We will start in the classroom with a lecture on orchid and macro photography.  After the lecture we will make our way over to the conservatory to photograph the orchids. 

 

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 

Lightroom 101 - March 7, 2020 - 8:30AM - 12:30PM

Lightroom 201 - March 7, 2020 - 1:30PM - 5:00AM

Lightroom 301 - March 8, 2020 - 1:30PM - 5:30PM

Lightroom 101, 201 & 301

(Course numbers - 750-03-07-20, 750-03-07-20-01, 750-03-08-20)

 

Adobe's Lightroom is an extremely powerful photo management and editing application.  This series of classes is designed for everyone from new users to those that have been working with Lightroom for years and want to learn a few of the more complex features of the product.

During this class a mixture of hands on labs and lecture will get participants familiar with organization, editing, simplifying workflow, exporting, accessing third party tools, and creating slideshows.

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 

May 2, 2020

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Photographing People in Nature

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

Minnesota offers so many great natural places to explore with friends and family.  Capturing these moments in time make for great memories.  

This class provides tips to help you get some great photos that give a sense of place, expose the people in the photo properly, and go beyond the selfie.  We will begin in the classroom, and then hit the grounds to practice what was taught during the class.

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 

May 23, 2020

9:00AM - Noon

Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

April showers bring May flowers.  Fortunately for us, the arboretum has gardens full of irises, tulips, daffodils, and of course native Minnesota wildflowers.  All of this adds up to a great place for flower photography.

We will begin in the classroom, where we will discuss composition, techniques, and tools needed to capture some fantastic flower photos.

For more information, visit the arboretum's "Photography Classes & Workshops" page by clicking the button below.

 

June 6, 2020

12:30PM - 4:30PM

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

Capturing great landscape photos can be a challenge.  Often times, the result is no where near what we had experienced.  The issue is that our cameras capture something different than what we experience.  This is due to things like representing a 3 dimensional image in 2 dimensions, compression of the scene, wide angle distortion, and a host of other characteristics.

During this class, we will discuss how to create a dynamic landscape image.  We will begin with compositional techniques, and finish with some more advanced topics such as focus stacking, story telling, panoramas, and HDR.

Information on this class has not yet been published.

 

July 18, 2020

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Nature Photography 101

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

The upper midwest is a fantastic place for getting out in nature.  Opportunities for capturing photos of the scenery, wildlife, plants, and flowers are everywhere.

Join us as we present tips and techniques related to nature photography.  We will discuss everything from understanding light, planning and research, and tips and techniques specific to the different types of nature photography.

Information on this class has not yet been published.

 

September 12, 2020

9:00AM - 1:00PM

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

Along with flowers comes pollinators.  Everything from bees to butterflies.  Getting photos of these amazing insects can be a challenge.  Of course, one of the favorites here in Minnesota is the monarch butterfly.  Fortunately, the arboretum is a great place to find them.

We will begin with a lecture that discusses the best place to find pollinators, what equipment to use, exposure settings, and techniques for capturing some great photos.

Information on this class has not yet been published.

 

Sunset - September 18, 2020 - 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Sunrise - September 19, 2020 - 6:00AM - 8:00AM

Special Access: Shooting the Light - Dusk to Dawn Photography

(Course number - To Be Assigned)

 

Here is a great opportunity to capture sunset and sunrise shots at the arboretum before it is open to the public.  

We will begin with a short lecture on using light to enhance our photos.  The majority of time will be spent on the grounds capturing the golden hour, sunset, sunrise, and the blue hour.

Information on this class has not yet been published.