Photo Classes - impressionsofnature

Black Bear

MBB-8141-Three in a tree-This sow and her two cubs stayed in this tree for a very long time when she decided to get a little shut eye the cubs kept track of us photographers.

After 16 years of instructing photography workshops at Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary; I have decided that 2014 is going to be my last year. I will always be a strong supporter of the Black Bears and VSWS. But contact the VSWS web site for dates, cost and times of present and future photography workshops. Many thanks to all of my past participants in my VSWS workshops it has been a great ride and I have gained many life long friends.

Contact: Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary:

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

MNGN-11131H: Red Barn at The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I will again begin instructing several classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. All registration will be through the Arboretum, you contact them at click on the events/programs/adult classes and photography tabs. All classes will include classroom instruction as well as field shooting around the grounds of the Arboretum. Be sure to bring all of your photo equipment including tripod and owners manual.

Feel free to contact me regarding any course content or information regarding the class sessions.

1 ."Winter Light; Winter Photography"

Our winter session will be a little different this year, breaking it up into two parts. This session will be the classroom part. I will be discussing all the techniques on winter photography; from exposure, care of photo equipment in a cold snowy environment and of course keeping ourselves as comfortable as possible. The second part will be out in the field shooting with the location being determined at a later date.

Date: Saturday January 6, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - Noon

Location: Oswald Visitor Center. Note: Class is full

Winter Field Shoot: January 13, 2018: 10:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM:

2. "Basic Digital Photography for the outdoor/nature Photographer"
The first step in becoming a better photographer is to understand your camera's operation. In this class which is for the beginning digital photographer with a DSLR (interchangeable lenses), we will cover in detail the various settings on your DSLR. Also understanding white balance, when to change ISO, reading the camera's digital histogram and many other digital tips to help you take the first step on improving your photography.

Dates: Saturday, April 28, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00PM

 Location: Oswald Visitor Center

3. "Bird Photography"

In this class I will be discussing all aspects of photographing our feathered friends, from the use of blinds, setting up a backyard bird feeder, waterfowl migration, over-wintering waterfowl and almost anything related to bird photography. For the field shoot I will set-up various blinds and bird feeders, 1/2 of the  students will sit in blinds for about one hour the other half will explore the grounds for birds and than each side will switch. The students will also set-up there camera/lenses for fast "action" photography.

Date: Saturday May 5, 2018

Time: 9:00AM to 2:00 PM

Place: Learning Center

4. "Minnesota Native Orchids"

This will be new type of class with Dave Removal giving a presentation on Minnesota Native Orchids during the classroom time and than I will be leading the participants on the Arboretum grounds to photograph the many native species of orchids we have at the Arboretum.

Date: Saturday June 2, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Learning Center

5. "Macro/Close-up Photography"

One of the most interesting things macro/close-up photography, is the great amount of detail and color that can be observed when getting up close and personal to your subject. Join  me in this macro class to learn the techniques on getting those macro images.

Saturday: June 9, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Learning  Center

6. "Landscape Photography"

This is a new class that will be totally concentrating on taking landscape images. We will be covering some advanced techniques on HDR's (High Dynamic Range) focus stacking, smooth flowing waterfalls and many other techniques. 

Date: Saturday June 23, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Learning Center

7. "Shoot the Light"

Light is always the essence of photography; join me on this Friday night and early Saturday morning when I will be discussing how to take better pictures using the various type of light. We will than go outside to photograph sunset and get up very early on Saturday morning for sunrise.
Friday August 3, 2018 (4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Saturday August 4, 2018 (5;30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Learning Center

8. "Butterfly's and Bees and other pollinators"

We scheduled this time because this should be the beginning of the  Monarch migration back to Mexico. This is a peak time for Butterfly's and Bees to visit the many flowers of the Arboretum for their pollen. In this class we will be discussing macro photography and getting the insects in a landscape image. We will than spend time on the grounds searching out our pollinator friends.

Date: Saturday September 8, 2018

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Learning Center

Day in the Field

S002-Showy Lady's slipper grouping (Cypripedium reginae)
This is a one on one instruction session that will be organized according to your schedule and what areas of instruction you would like help on. It can be a field shoot and/or class room type instruction in any combination you would like. 
Contact me for specific information and we can discuss details regarding on tailoring a session based on your needs.

Time: 8 hours (can be in one day or a combination of days)
Cost: $250.00
Note: Possible other costs depending on location but this will be agreed upon in advance.

Other Classes

ACL-12065: Misty morning wingstretch

I also instruct some shorter classes on various photography techniques, and/or general information on photography etc. Many of these classes will be at photography clubs or local organizations. Many times there is no fee associated with the session, but check the web site for location, time and if there is any fee. Feel free to contact me for any information regarding the class sessions.

April 17, 2018: St. Paul Camera Club; "MN Birds and Bird Photography"

May 21, 2018: St. Croix Valley Camera Club: "Prairies and Prairie Photography"

June 21, 2018: Arboretum Photographic Society: "Light on the Landscape"

August 8, 2018: Sherburne NWR Camera Club: Butterfly's and Butterfly Photography"