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. "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, May 20 , 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

2. "Woodlands, Waterfalls and Wildflowers"

In this age of digital photography, we no longer have to put our camera away when the sun goes down and the night sky's many wonders begin to appear. This especially applies to the one of a kind light exhibit, created by Bruce Munro, that will be on display at the Arboretum this winter. During this after-hours class we learn how to set up your camera for night photography and photographing this exquisite, nature-inspired light sculptures. After class we will go around the Arboretum grounds and capture these unique night images!

Note: Dress appropriately for the conditions, bring a small flash light, sturdy tripod essential generally we will be using a wide angle lens for most of the night images. 

Dates: Saturday,  June 3, 2017 

Time: 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

3. "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 4, 2017 (4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Saturday August 5, 2017 (5;30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

4. "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, August 26, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

5. "Butterfly's and Bees"

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 9, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

6. "Fall Landscape and Macro Photography"

We should be hitting the peak of the fall colors in the Twin City area! In this class we not will only discuss taking fall landscapes but also macro photography on such things as colorful maple, birch leaves etc. About 2 hours in the classroom to discuss the various techniques and than the last two hours on the grounds of the Arboretum taking some beautiful fall colors. 

Date: Saturday October 14, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

7. "Shooting the Full Moon"

We are lucky the full moon comes on this Saturday night and it will be rising real close to the "Red Barn". The first 90 minutes or so will be spent in the class room discussing many general photography tips on shooting the "night sky" and of course the full moon. We will than go outside to the Red Barn area and with cameras ready, take images as the moon rises over the Red Barn.

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Oswald Visitor Center

8. "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. 

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.