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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:

Photography Classes

Throughout the year I will be instructing many photography classes in the Twin City area and also some classes outside the Twin City's  and  including Western Wisconsin! Many classes will requiring registering with a link that is provided!

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

1. Anoka-Henneping School District (click web site for more info and registration)

web site: (click adult activities/hobby's/photography)

a. Basic Digital Photography:This class is specifically designed for those shooting DSLR or Mirrorless Cameras (those with interchangeable lenses) or those with higher end Point and shoot cameras. This class is all about learning about your camera which is the first step on improving on your photography! Bring your camera, lenses and owners manual to all sessions.

Dates: Wednesday nights April 17th and 24th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

            Saturday morning May 4th 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM field shoot Elm Creep Park

Second Class just added:  Wednesdays May 15th, 22nd Field Shoot: Saturday June 1 

c. Woodlands, Waterfalls and Wildflowers: Spring is one of the best times to photograph all of these subjects. Woodland wildflowers will be at their peak, waterfalls flowing from spring rains and the forest canopy just starting to form. Learn the techniques on photographing the many waterfalls we have here in Minnesota. A full day field trip to some parks in SE MN is part of this class. 

Dates: Thursday May 16th 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom session  (A-H Learning Center)           

Saturday May 18th 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Field shoot southern MN

d. Fall Colors: Learn the techniques on shooting the beautiful colors of a Minnesota fall! Landscape techniques along with close-up images of the beautiful fall leaves. On Saturday we will go to some local parks and search. those colors to apply our photo techniques that was learned in class.

Dates: Tuesday October 8th 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Classroom session (A-H Learning Center)

             Saturday Field Shoot, Elm Creek Park and other areas 9:00 AM -11:00 AM

e. Adobe Lightroom 101: This classroom session in on the basic operation of Adobe Lightroom Classic, students will learn the Library module and Develop module for importing, cataloging, keywording, basic editing and exporting their images! Important that they have "Lightroom Classic" on their laptops. A free 7 day trial is available through "" for the photography plan! Do no download until 4-5 days before class!

Dates: Thursday November 7: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (bring own laptop with Classic installed)

2. Cambridge-Isanti Schoo District (click web site for registration and more info)

web site: (click on "courses")

a. Youth Basic Digital Photography: This class is designed for youth from 12 to 15 years of age! The class will include basic instruction  and fundamentals on the operation of a digital DSLR/Mirrorless cameras. We will include exposure controls, white balance, ISO settings and many other basic fundamentals. Be sure your battery's are fully charged we will be using the cameras in class.

Date: Tuesday's  June 18th and 25th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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.