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 9, 2021

Practicum - January 16, 2021

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Winter Bird Photography

Lecture - February 12, 2021

Practicum - February 13, 2021

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Winter Macro Photography

January 30, 2021

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Lightroom 101, 201 & 301

Not Being Offered Due to COVID

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Focus Stacking

January 30, 2021

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Nature Photography 101

April 17, 2021

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Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

Lecture - May 20, 2021

Practicum - May 22, 2021

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Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

Lecture - June 3, 2021

Practicum - June 5, 2021

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Creative Garden Photography

Lecture - July 8, 2021

Practicum - July 10, 2021

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Pollinator Photography: Butterflies, Bees, and More

Lecture - September 9, 2021

Practicum - September 11, 2021

Photographing People in Nature

Lecture - September 16, 2021

Practicum - September 18, 2021

Special Access: Shooting the Light

Dusk to Dawn Photography

September 17 & 18, 2021

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.

 

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 9, 2021 - 10:00AM - Noon

Practicum - January 16, 2021 - 7:00AM - 10:00AM

Practicum - January 16, 2021 - 2:30PM - 5:30PM

 

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 30, 2021

9:30AM - 11:00 AM

 

January 30, 2021 - 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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.

 

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 11, 2021 - 6:30 PM - 8:00PM

Practicum - February 13, 2021 - 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Practicum - February 13, 2021 - 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Practicum - February 13, 2021 - 1:00PM - 2:30PM

 

Not Offered Due to COVID

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.

 

Lecture - April 17, 2021 - 9:00AM - 10:30AM

Nature Photography 101

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.

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

 

Lecture - May 20, 2021 - 6:30PM - 8:00 PM

Practicum - May 22, 2021 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Through the Lens: Beautiful Spring Flowers

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.

 

Lecture - June 3, 2021 - 6:30PM - 8:00 PM

Practicum - June 5, 2021 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Taking Dynamic Landscape Photos

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.

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

 

Lecture - July 8, 2021 - 6:30PM - 8:00 PM

Practicum - July 10, 2021 - 8:00AM - 10:00AM

Creative Garden Photography

 

Have you ever wondered how gardens in magazines always look so good?  The key is understanding the relationship between the direction of light, camera angle, and lens characteristics.

During this class we will discuss different approaches to photographing gardens.  Many of the techniques discussed will be independent of the type of camera that you are using.  We will even talk about how to make the most of your phone's camera.  We will also discuss how to take a panorama photo.

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

 

Lecture - September 9, 2021 - 6:30PM - 8:00 PM

Practicum - September 11, 2021 - 9:30AM - 11:30AM

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.

 

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

 

Lecture - September 16, 2021 - 8:30AM - 10:00 AM

Practicum - September 18, 2021 - 10:00AM - 12:00PM

Photographing People in Nature

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.

 

Sunset - September 17, 2021 - 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Sunrise - September 18, 2021 - 6:00AM - 8:00AM

Special Access: Shooting the Light - Dusk to Dawn Photography

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.

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