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University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

In 2024, I will be offering 12 classes at the Arboretum.

The University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is an amazing location for photography.
At any time of year, there are all sorts of amazing subject matter just waiting to be photographed.

Click on the photos below for more information.
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Winter Light Photography Program

Lecture - January 4, 2024

Practicum - January 6, 2024

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Winter Macro Photography

January 27, 2024

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Focus Stacking - From Concept to Completion

January 27, 2024

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Winter Bird Photography

Lecture - February 8, 2024

Practicum - February 10, 2024

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Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography

Lecture - March 14, 2024

Practicum - March 16, 2024

Lightroom Library and Basic Editing

April 13, 2024

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Lightroom Collections, Transformations, Composites, Color Grading, & Preparing for Print

April 27, 2024

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Lightroom Localized Edits Using Masks

April 27, 2024

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Photographing Spring Bulbs in Bloom (Online) & Optional In-Person Practicum

Lecture - May 2, 2024

Practicum - May 4, 2024

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Pollinator Photography:

Butterflies, Bees & More

Lecture and Field Shoot

September 8, 2024

Shooting the Light

Dusk to Dawn Field Shoot

September 13 - 15, 2024

Photographing Fall Color

Lecture & Field Shoot

September 28, 2024

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

Winter Light Photography Program

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Webinar:

January 4, 2024 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Field Shoot:

January 6, 2024: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

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. 

This program is offered in two parts.  The first part is an on-line lecture where I discuss camera settings, composition, challenges, and how to protect both you and your equipment.  The second part is an optional field shoot.  There are two to choose from.  The first gives us the opportunity to capture a winter sunrise and take advantage of the morning light.  The second gives us the opportunity to capture the late afternoon light.

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Winter Macro Photography

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Lecture, Hands-on Lab & Field Shoot:

January 27, 2024: 9:00am - Noon

Macro Photography is fun anytime of the year.  With winter, comes some additional subject matter that we cannot get any other time of the year.  This can be everything from frost on windows, to snow covered seed heads.  When using snow as out backdrop, colors really pop making shooting macro outdoors really fun and interesting.

Of course, there are those days where perhaps we prefer to stay inside.  This class also provides a number of interesting approaches to shooting macro photos indoors. 

In both cases, the challenges are the same.  We will cover techniques for managing depth of field, focus, and composition.  

For more information or to register, click on the button below:

Focus Stacking from Concept to Completion

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Lecture, & Hands-on Lab:

January 27, 2024: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Focus stacking allows us to take advantage of longer focal lengths and wider apertures when capturing images and still provide the appropriate depth of field for the subject.  While this can be very helpful when used in conjunction with macro photography, it can also for other types of photography such as landscape photography.

This class with provide techniques for capturing a set of images that make up "the stack."  It will also cover the post processing steps required in order to combine the stack of images into a single image.  Two different software programs will be demonstrated during the class, Adobe Photoshop, and Helicon Focus.

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Winter Bird Photography

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Webinar:

February 8, 2024: 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Field Shoot:

February 10, 2024: 9:30am - 11:30am

Not all birds so south for the winter, and for some birds, going south means migrating to Minnesota.  Winter provides a time where locating and photographing birds becomes quite a bit easier.  This is due to the availability of open water, food sources, and protection from predators.  Another advantage to photographing birds in winter is one very cold days, birds fluff up their feathers in order to stay warm.

This class covers techniques for photographing birds in trees and around feeders, capturing birds in flight, anticipating action, camera settings, and tips for locating birds in the winter months.

For more information or to register, click on the button below:

Introduction to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography

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Webinar:

March 14, 2024: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Field Shoot:

March 16, 2024: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Today's cameras are incredibly complex devices.  This is true whether you are using one of the more advanced DSLR or Mirrorless cameras or even the camera that is part of you phone.  They are all basically computers that have the ability to also capture images.  The good news is that understanding the features of the camera along with how to effectively use those features will allow you to capture some amazing nature photos.

This class is designed for the beginner photographer.  We begin with the basics of exposure triangle, and discuss the settings that work for the different types of nature photography.  We also cover lens selection, focus modes, histograms, white balance, and depth of field.

For more information and to register, click the button below.

Lightroom Library and Basic Editing

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Class:

April 13, 2024: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Lightroom provides a powerful set of tools that allow photographers to organize, edit and share photos.  This class is designed to provide the essential set of skills to help you get started with Lightroom Classic.

Time will be spent working with the Library and Develop Modules.  This will include importing, tagging and rating of images, setting a develop profile, basic panel, tone curve, color mixer, sharpening, noise reduction, cropping adn healing.

This is a hands on class that contains a number of lab exercises that will help you understand the concepts taught during the class.  A set of sample images will be provided that support the lab exercises.

For more information and to register, click the button below.

Lightroom Collections, Transformation, Composites, Color Grading & Preparing Photos for Print

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Class:

April 20, 2024: 8:30am - 12:30pm

This class explores some of the intermediate and advanced features of Lightroom Classic.  During this class, you will learn how to more effectively manage, organize and search for images, create composite images using the HDR and panorama features, correct for lens distortion, copy and synchronize edits across images, create presets, manage color, and prepare photos for print.

This is a hands on class that contains a number of lab exercises that will help you understand the concepts taught during the class.  A set of sample images will be provided that support the lab exercises.

For more information and to register, click the button below.

Lightroom Localized Editing Using Masks

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Class:

April 27, 2024: 8:30am - 12:30pm

Over the past several years, Lightroom Classic has added a wide variety of tools to provide the ability to perform localized edits on photos.  This class will spend time working with the various masking tools as well as the new lens blur tool.

This class will cover the use of all the different mask types, refining masks and performing adjustments.  We will also cover the new lens blur capability that was introduced in late 2023.  

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Photographing Spring Bulbs in Bloom (Online) & Optional On-line Practicum

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Webinar:

May 2, 2024: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Field Shoot:

May 4, 2024: 8:00am - 10:00am

We have all heard that April Showers bring May Flowers.  Nowhere is this more true than at the arboretum.  The tulips, daffodils, and other spring flower displays provide an abundance of great subject matter.  Of course, these displays also provide their share of challenges.

This class consists of two parts. The first part is an online webinar wher we will cover the different styles of flower photography, managing depth of field, composition, camera settings, equipment, and dealing with the elements. 

The second part is an optional field shoot where you can put the techniques discussed during the webinar to use.

For more information and to register, click on the button below:

Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees & More

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Date/Time:

Lecture and Field Shoot:

September 8, 2024: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Minnesota has a wide variety of pollinators.  Some can be rather cautious and others can be quite aggressive.  In either case, they make fantastic photography subjects.  The goal is to be able to capture photos of them while they are busy collecting and distributing pollen.  

This class will begin with a lecture where we will discuss techniques associated with focus and composition, camera settings, equipment, and some tips for holding your camera steady.  After the lecture, we will spend time in the gardens of the arboretum photographing butterflies and bees.  

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Special Access: Shooting the Light - Dusk to Dawn

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Date/Time:

Special Access Times:

September 13, 2024: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

September 14, 2024: 6:00am - 8:00am

A two day, in the field shooting experience at the arboretum.  Normally, the grounds of the arboretum are off limits at both sunset and sunrise.  This event gives attendees access to the grounds as the sun is setting and then the next morning just before sunrise.

During the photo shoot, Don will be available to offer tips and make suggestions to help you get the best photos possible.  In the past this event has included everything from sunrises and sunsets to light painting.

For more information or to register, click on the button below:

Photographing Fall Color

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Date/Time:

Lecture and Field Shoot:

September 28, 2024: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Here in Minnesota, there are so many great locations for fall photography.  What is even better is that due to the size of the state, the fall season lasts a really long time.  In the northern part of the state, the leaves start turning in mid-September but in the southern part of the state, the peak is often in mid and sometimes late October.

During this class, you will learn how to capture the fall colors in all of their glory.  This includes the use of polarizers, understanding the affect of light on fall colors, composition, and subject isolation.  We will also discuss other fall subjects associated with harvest time and Halloween.   After the lecture, we will explore the grounds of the arboretum looking for fall subjects.

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Winter Light
Winter Macro
Focus Stacking
Winter Birds
Intro Camera
Spring Flowers
Pollinator
Dusk
FallColor
Lightroom 101
Lightroom 201
Lightroom 301
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