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Photographing Roadside Attractions and Curiosities

Come and join us to learn how to paint with light!
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June 1st, 2024
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Hot Sams Foto Park
(22820 Pillsbury Ave,
Lakeville MN)

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Frozen Hiker Photography is collaborating with Hot Sams Foto Park in Lakeville MN to offer this unique photo experience.  Hot Sams has a large collection of antique buildings, cars, planes, movie props, and other "things."  It is really a photographer's paradise.

For as long as there have been roads, there have been roadside attractions.  Sometimes, these are signs welcoming travelers to towns, states, national parks, or any other destination.  Other times, these could be statues, unique buildings, or something of historical significance.  Some of these things may be well known like Cadillac Ranch or Paul Bunyan's Statue.  Others, like the Sod House pictured above, are things you just encounter on a road trip. Regardless of the type of attraction, we want to be able to capture it in a way that looks its best and helps to remind us of our travels.

Obviously, we want to be able to visit these things when they are not crowded, in the best light, and in perfect weather.  Unfortunately, most of this out of our control.  We need to make the most of the opportunity as it presents itself to us. 

Course Overview:

This class consists of a lecture followed by several hours of in the field shooting.  The shooting portion of the class is designed to allow you to practice the techniques taught in the class with the assistance of an instructor.  We have found this to be an excellent way to reinforce the concepts. 

This course covers the following topics:

  • Trip planning

    • Researching locations​

    • Safety measures

    • Accessibility

  • Working with light

    • Direction of light

    • Managing Shadows

    • Using Flash

    • Light Painting

  • Managing the scene

    • Subject placement

    • Adding people

    • Playing with perspective

    • Controlling the background

  • Post processing techniques


During the class we will show a number of examples as we explain these concepts.  This will help you understand how this might apply to photos that you want to take.  

The classroom portion will last about1hour.  Once the classroom portion is complete, we will venture out to practice.  During the time in the field, participants will be guided through a set of exercises designed to reinforce the concepts taught during the class.  We will start with a group shoot to make sure everyone is comfortable with the techniques taught in the class. We will then break up into small groups to allow you to capture your own unique images. During that time, Don will be available to answer questions and assist with set-up.  

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What to Bring:

For this class you will need to bring:

  • your camera,

  • tripod,

  • remote shutter release,

  • fully charged batteries,

  • your camera manual.

  • sun screen. 


Since we will be headed outside for part of the class, make sure you have clothing appropriate for the weather.



The instructor for this course is Don Tredinnick


Workshop size is limited to 8 participants, this allows for a maximum 8 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.

We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will receive a full refund.

You may cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop and receive a full refund minus a $10.00 processing fee. Cancellations after that time will not be refunded.

For any questions, feel free to email Don at

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