University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Join me for a fun set of classes at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 
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Winter Light Photography Program

Lecture - January 5, 2023

Practicum - January 7, 2023

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Winter Macro Photography

January 28, 2023

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Focus Stacking

January 28, 2023

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Winter Bird Photography

Lecture - February 9, 2023

Practicum - February 11, 2023

Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photography

Lecture - March 16, 2023

Practicum - March 18, 2023

Photographing Beautiful Spring Flowers

Lecture - Date To Be Announced

Practicum - Date To Be Announced

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Creative Garden Photography

Lecture & Field Shoot

Date To Be Announced

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Shooting the Light - Dusk to Dawn

Date To Be Announced (Dusk)

Date To Be Announced (Dawn)

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Pollinator Photography

Date To Be Announced

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Photographing Fall Color

Lecture & Field Shoot

October 1, 2022

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Lightroom 101, 201 & 301

November 5, 2022 (101 & 201)

November 12, 2022 (301)

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Photoshop for Lightroom Users

November 12, 2022

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.

 
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Photographing Beautiful Spring Flowers

 

May in Minnesota means that it is time for capturing photos of flowers.  Everything from wild ephemerals to cultivated flowers like tulips and daffodils are blooming this time of year.  

This class will cover a variety of techniques that will allow you to create some amazing flower photos.  Topics include lens selection, focusing techniques, lighting, composition, and depth of field.  The class consists of a lecture and an optional field shoot that reinforces the concepts covered during the class.

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

Lecture - May 19, 2022 - 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Field Shoot - May 21, 2022 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM

 
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Creative Garden Photography

 

Whether in your own backyard, or visiting one of the many great public gardens, opportunities abound for capturing some great photos.  The challenge is, how to create photos similar to what you see in the magazines.  

This class will provide you with the tools and techniques to create amazing garden photos.  Topics include adjusting perspective, understanding the role of light, finding patterns, lens selections, selective focus techniques, plus much more.  The class consists of a lecture and a field shoot that reinforces the concepts covered during the class.

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

Lecture & Field Shoot

July 29, 2022 - 9:00AM - 1:00PM

 
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Shooting the Light - Dusk to Dawn

Join us for a two session photo hike where you have access to the grounds during periods where the arboretum is typically closed to the public.  We begin on Friday evening capturing the golden hour and sunset.  We then return first thing on Saturday morning to capture blue hour, sunrise, and the golden hour.

During these sessions, you will be provided with tips and assistance to help you capture some amazing photos.  We will discuss composition, creating sunbursts, working in low light, and techniques for photographing sunrise and sunset without the use of filters or other special equipment.

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

Dusk Session - Sept 16, 2022 - 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dawn Session - Sept 17, 2022 - 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM

 

Pollinator Photography

 

Mid-September is a busy time for butterflies and bees.  The Monarch Butterfly is typically at their peak as they prepare for their annual migration.  The Arboretum has a number of flowers that attract Monarchs and other types of butterflies.  In addition, the bees are busy in the gardens as well.

Photographing pollinators can be quite the challenge.  During this class, we will cover techniques for photographing butterflies and bees.  This includes camera settings, anticipating action, focusing, lens selection, and much more.  The class consists of both a lecture and a field shoot to help reinforce and practice those techniques covered in the class.

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

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Lecture - March 10, 2022 - 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Field Shoot - March 12, 2022 - 10:00AM - 1:00PM

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Photographing Fall Color

 

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 color season lasts a long time.In the northern part of the state, the leaves begin turning in mid-September.  In the southern part of the state, there is still great color late into October.

During this class, you will learn how to capture fall colors in all their glory.  This includes the use of polarizers, the affect of light on fall colors, composition, subject isolation, and other types of fall photography.

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

 

Lecture - March 10, 2022 - 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Field Shoot - March 12, 2022 - 10:00AM - 1:00PM

 
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Lightroom 101, 201 & 301

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.

Lightroom 101 - Nov 5, 2022 - 8:00 AM - Noon

Lightroom 201 - Nov 5, 2022 - 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Lightroom 301 - Nov 12, 2022 - 8:00 AM - Noon

 
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November 12, 2022 - 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Photoshop for Lightroom Users

 

Adobe's Lightroom is an extremely powerful photo management and editing application.  Sometimes we need something that allows us to really fine tune our photos.  In these situations, we need to make use of other editing software light Photoshop.

This class covers topics that many advanced Lightroom users have come to rely upon for making final adjustments to their photos.  Topics to be discussed are how to access Photoshop from within Lightroom, non-destructive editing using layers, removal of unwanted elements using the content aware fill capabilities provided by Photoshop, and changing resolution. 

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

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Winter Light Photography Program

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.

 

Lecture - January 8, 2022 - 10:00AM - Noon

Practicum - January 15, 2022 - 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Practicum - January 15, 2022 - 2:30PM - 5:30PM

 
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Winter Macro Photography

 

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.

January 29, 2022

9:30AM - 11:00 AM

 
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Focus Stacking

 

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.

January 29, 2022 - 11:30AM - 1:00PM

 
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Winter Bird Photography

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.

Lecture - February 17, 2022 - 6:30 PM - 8:00PM

Practicum - February 19, 2022 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Practicum - February 19, 2022 - Noon - 2:00PM

 
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Intro to Camera Techniques for Nature Photographers

Today's DSLRs and Mirrorless cameras are incredibly complex devices.  The good news is that understanding the features of the camera and how to effectively use those features will allow you to capture amazing nature photos. 

This class is designed with the beginner photographer in mind.  We begin with the basics of the exposure triangle, and discuss the types of settings that work well for specific types of nature photography.  We also cover lens selection, focus modes, understanding the histogram, white balance modes, and working with depth of field.

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

Lecture - February 17, 2022 - 6:30 PM - 8:00PM

Practicum - February 19, 2022 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Practicum - February 19, 2022 - Noon - 2:00PM