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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

<font size="4">WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES</font>

<i><font size="3">Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary Photography Workshops</font></i>

My 2011 VSWS Photo Workshops are now "FULL" Two other workshops are being offered by othe instructors check the ABA web site ( for openings. 
Feel free to contact me for any other information!

<b><font size="4">Beginning Digital Photography</font></b>

 <i><font size="3">Tuesdays: February 22 to March 15 2011
 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

 IFP Minnesota Center for Media Arts
2446 University Avenue West Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55114

Phone: 651-644-1912

In this beginning digital photography course you will learn to take better digital photographs by learning the technology behind it. The class is geared to those photographers that use SLR digital cameras. Some of the digital topics to be taught are: white balance, digital histograms, file formats and many other digital topics to make you a better photographer. Through lecture, discussion and small shooting assignments this class will take the mystery out of digital photography. All participants should bring their cameras and operating manuals to all class sessions. 

Note: The enrollment for the class will be done through IFP, so call or visit their web site. Feel free to contact me for any other information.</i>

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. Winter Light; Winter Photography: Never any reason to put the camera away when the snow fly's. This is one of my favorite seasons to photography in. In the class we will be discussing exposure for a winter landscape, protecting your camera gear and yourself in a winter environment. 

Classroom session: Thursday January 23, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Field Shoot: Saturday January 25, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - Noon

b. Photographing the Moon (Full Moon):  The full moon has intrigued us for many years. In this class we will be discussing the moon cycle, photographing the various phases of the moon. The field shoot will be at Coon Rapids Regional Park in time for the full moon rise. 

Classroom session: Thursday night February 6, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Field Shoot: Saturday February 8, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

c. Photographing Birds: This is an all classroom session and I will be going through all aspects of photographing various bird species. Using blinds, backyard bird photographing, migrating waterfowl etc, Including setting up your camera for shooting birds in flight. 

Thursday March 12, 2020 @ 6;30 PM - 9:00 PM

d. Macro/Close-up Photography: One of my favorite classes to instruct, The students will learn techniques on macro photography with macro lenses and other options for getting that life size image of the dew on a butterfly's antenna. If you do not have a macro lens we also cover getting "close-up" images with your existing lens. We will be photographing in the classroom so be sure to bring your tripod.

Thursday April 9, 2020 @  6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

e. Basic Digital Photography: The first step on improving your photography is having a good understanding on the operation of your camera. That is what this class is designed for. You will learn all of the operations of your camera such as; ISO settings, White Balance, Manual exposure, Priority modes such as Aperture priority, compensation values, etc. There are two evenings of two hours of classroom and than a Saturday with a two hour field shoot to use camera function that was instructed during the classroom sessions. 

Thursdays May 7, and 14 2020 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Saturday field shoot May 16, 2020 @ 9:00 to 11:00 AM

f. Landscape Techniques: This is a brand new class and I will be emphasizing landscape photography! In the classroom; we will be discussing all of the elements needed for a great landscape image. Composition, light, leading lines, 2 dimensional vs 3 dimensional image,  and other topics. We also will be discussing some creative techniques for landscape image; focus stacking, image in motion, HDR, etc. Our field shoot to apply some of these techniques will be Sherburne NWR. 

Thursday June 4, 2020 @ 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Saturday Field Shoot June 6, 2020 @ 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Sherburne NWR)

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. They always welcome visitors to these sessions.

1. Minnesota Valley Photography Club: Thursday January 2, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Butterflies and Butterfly Photography: No question one of my favorite insects to photograph, I will be covering my techniques on getting your macro image of the beautiful butterfly, but also using a wide angle to show the butterfly in its environment.

2. Kaposia Camera Club: Wednesday February 12, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Shooting the Light: In photography it is always about the "light"! In this session I will be discussing the idea that it is always about the "quality and not the quantity" of light! How "light" should dictate; how, when, where I should take my image. 

Note: This camera club has no web site; feel free to e-mail me for any more information.

3. Sherburne NWR Photography Club: Wednesday March 11, 2020 @ 6:00 PM

Wildlife Photography: With all of the advances recently in the wildlife lenses; many folks have taken up wildlife/bird photography as their passion. I have been photographing wildlife for over 30 years. In this session I will be discussing wildlife photo techniques from using photography blinds, finding wildlife, and ethics in wildlife photography. Also included will be camera set-up, lenses, focusing etc.

4. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Photography Society: Thursday May 21, 2020 @ 6:30 PM

Macro/Close-up Photography: My techniques on getting that life size image of pollen covered bumble bee. Using your macro lens or other devices to achieve a image that even our eyes cannot see. Also includes using normal lenses in getting your best "Close-up" image. I will be covering some advance techniques such as, focus stacking, soft focusing etc.