Photography Shoots, Classes and Lectures
* Wildflowers February 18 with Lisa Langell
* Beginners Photo Walk March 12
* Learning Lightroom Basic Post-Processing Software Class March 12
Wildflower Photography with Lisa Langell
February 18, Saturday, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
$40 - plus online processing fee
> non-members also pay $12.50 park admission to enter the Arboretum
Staff and visitors usually report the season's first poppies, filaree, bladderpod, lupines and barberry in bloom by late February. Learn to photograph flowers February 18 with Lisa Langell; during an inspiring and fun Saturday afternoon class that's designed for the beginner-to-intermediate-level photographer, a session that begins with classroom-based instruction in the Arboretum lecture room and then proceeds outside to shoot around the gardens, with hands-on practice and coaching. Enrollment is $40; nonmembers pay an additional $12.50 for park entry to the Arboretum - and there's a small fee for online payment processing.
Generous winter rains should spur blooms of Sonoran Desert wildflowers in March and April – learn techniques so you'll be ready to frame individual flowers and compose great landscapes. Lisa Langell's upbeat and creativity-inspiring workshop covers topics from artistic compositions to using both color and black-and-white to create compelling images; she explains how to use the right aperture settings for the best backgrounds; how to shoote in natural light, and how to deal with too much -- or too little – light. and ‘what not to do’ when photographing wildflowers.
Beginners' Camera Settings And Photo Walk March 12, Sunday -- with Five or More Camera Coaches !
10:00 a.m. > Spaces Limited > RSVP by email or phone to MiMi, See Below
Or Sign up for MiMi's next outing in April
Valley artist MiMi Paris has photographed landscapes and people from Arizona to the Mediterranean, criss-crossing America, west to east and north to south exploring National Parks, urban landscapes and making amazing portraits. She started her New Year with volunteer work -- enlisting photographer friends Jack Haskell and Tim & Tami Wohlever to co-host of a new photography walkabout once-a-month.
Check out this sneak preview - a slideshow of MiMi's Arboretum photography
The venue is outdoors and informal, and the goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing the gardens. Her walking tour will include time for participants to learn basic camera functions ranging from aperture and exposure to white balance. In addition, participants will be able to get their specific questions answered in a supportive environment - a small group with a friendly camera coach whose goal is to put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners.
“Whether you have a simple 'point-N-shoot' camera or a powerful DSLR and just haven't made it past that automatic setting, we'll visit a few of my favorite places around the Arboretum looking for Winter color and landscapes and just chatting about cameras and photography. My goal is to help you get more comfortable with your camera and more confident in your images,” says MiMi. “If there is time, we can practice a few posed portrait compositions, too, and I'll share a ways that I have learned to get natural, but stylish, photos of your family and friends.”
There's no additional charge to attend; as with most Arboretum nature walks, MiMi's new photography walk is included with daily admission of $12.50; free to Arboretum annual members and also to Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Spaces are limited, though; MiMi asks that participants RSVP by email to <email@example.com> or call her at 480.319.2229 so her group can be contained to a manageable dozen participants. Anyone on her waiting list will be among the first invited to her walks March 12, and in April, May, June. See more of her work at
Learning Lightroom at the Arboretum
March 12 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM
$40 for BTA members; non-members also pay $12.50 Arboretum daily admission
Creating amazing images doesn’t stop when you click the shutter; learn how to import and adjust your images using Adobe Lightroom post-processing software to fulfill your creative vision. Alex Coleman's "Learning Lightroom" afternoon workshop begins with outdoors with a group photography shoot - then moves into the Lecture Room where you'll learn everything from importing to editing, a basic introduction designed to give enrollees a complete understanding of how to work in Lightroom.
This course is designed for beginning and intermediate level photographers, and includes an hour long photowalk and two hours of classroom education with 1-on-1 assistance throughout. Instructor, Alex Coleman, is an accomplished, published photographer, with years of experience in Lightroom. The workshop fee is $40, partially benefiting the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and requires admission to the BTA (free for BTA members, $12.50 otherwise). Please register through this link:
John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot
2017 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
$30 BTA members, $40 non-members
You may have photographed our suspension bridge, Clevenger House, Drover's Shed, the old Dodge Power Wagon - but here's a chance to see them under a totally different light, and at night - when familiar plants and scenery will be rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by Phoenix artist and luminary John Aho. Can't quite picture how surreal these scenes can be? Here's a preview:
The $30 fee for these special-access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ($40 for nonmembers); have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot; and its important to slowly spell out your email and give your current cell#or home phone to our clerks when you sign up -- so we can provide specific after hours meeting/parking instructions a few days ahead of the Saturday night shoot. If this class has filled when you call, make sure to leave your name, phone and email (again, please take a minute to spell it out so we have it right) so we can alert you to other shoots this summer and Fall as dates are added.
Still wondering if you'd enjoy one of these rare shoots? Preview our Nocturnal Painting With Light Photo Workshops on YouTube.
Camera Basics - Level 1: Learning Manual Settings the easy way (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture)
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Instructor: Lisa Langell www.langellphotography.com
Learn not just the how--but the "why" of Manual Settings on your DSLR or manual-ready compact or bridge camera. Through this fun, yet carefully designed course, you will begun to understandhow, why and when to use manual exposure settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, aperture priority, shutter priority, and more.
Sound daunting? Lisa employs a warm, friendly, supportive approach during an interactive, lecture and hands-on class that introduces you to the most basic three settings that help you control your camera to design and capture exceptional photographs. Be introduced to how these settings are used to allow light into your camera and also create artistic effects, including depth-of-field, ‘bokeh,’ motion-blur, stopping action and more.
This beginner-level class will include lecture, interactive activities, and hands-on practice in-the-field at BTA.
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Camera Basics - Level 2: Learning Manual Settings Intensive
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Instructor: Lisa Langell www.langellphotography.com
You've taken Lisa's "Camera Basics - Level 1" (or similar) and have a good understanding of the purpose and differences between how aperture, shutter speed and ISO let in light and also give you creative effects. You may not be perfect at shooting in full manual yet, but you've learned the basic functions, are reasonably comfortable with where to find them on your camera. If this is you, you are now ready to grow even further, learn even more, and begin truly applying manual settings in specific photographic scenarios! .
This class takes you to the next level. This class is taught predominately outdoors in a hands-on setting. You'll be putting your camera to the test with specific field assignments designed to help you master these skills in a semi-controlled environment, supportive assistance, and additional instruction--beyond what you experienced in Level 1.
You will advance your understanding of how to:
•Demonstrate a solid understanding of aperture to create shallow and deep depth of field in close-up and landscape settings.
•Demonstrate how to apply ISO settings so as to maximize image quality while enabling proper exposure --- Read a more complete description -
and signup online
Beautiful Hummingbird Photography with Lisa Langell & Kim Gray
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
$30 for Arboretum (BTA) Members / $40 for non-members (plus ticket processing fee)
During this 3-hour class from 8-11am, learn about using manual exposure settings to capture hummingbird images beautfully.
You'll need a camera with a lens that offers magnification/zoom, but we will show you how to capture images of them in both natural light and with special flash setups (provided).
This session is part-lecture and part-field work. You will be provided with instruction on how to improve your nature photography in general, plus specific focus will be provided on hummingbird photography. Read a much more complete description, and signup online
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"Behind-The-Scene" Photo Class and Shoot With Sue Tatterson
July Date TO BE ANNOUNCED
$30 for BTA members, $40 non-members
with credit card ready call 520.689.2723
Gold Canyon photography instructor Sue Tatterson strives to tell new stories with each subject captured in her lens. An Australian expat, she loves the giant eucalyptus trees and Drover's Wool Shed at Boyce Thompson Arboretum - and has photographed these familiar subjects in novel ways that evoke her original home in the land Down Under. Her early morning workshops here are timed to optimal natural light -- and will focus on 'behind the scene' photography, which she describes as: "getting to a deeper and more artistic truth of your subject, for example - not just capturing that beautiful façade of your favorite old weathered building - but inviting the viewer to think about the age and origin of the structure - who built it, who may have lived or raised a family there. It's said that every picture tells a story; my take is that truly memorable photos will spark a conversation."
Read more and Connect with Sue on Facebook
Enrollment includes Arboretum daily admission - spend the morning composing landscapes around the colorful gardens and grounds, or attend a meetup with photographers who gather here each month to explore LightRoom digital editing software -- they also meet June 18 in the Lecture, and at 9:00am. Read more about that below. Participants praise Sue's relaxed, low-key instructional style.
Kimberly described Sue as a “great teacher with knowledge and enthusiasm. Thoroughly enjoyed her class!” While Marge wrote: “She’s easy to work with, extremely helpful, fun and interesting,” and Richard said she’s “a natural teacher and a delight to spend time with in the field.”
Sue's website, http://www.spiritsoftheabandoned.com covers much of her work shooting abandoned buildings up and down the east coast, where she lived for twelve years before moving to AZ in 2013.She’s published a book Spirits of the Abandoned, Maryland and her work has been exhibited in galleries in MD, DE, PA and NJ. Connect with her on facebook via
Comments from students:
Boris wrote (about Rim) "Your eye for color amazes me. You see things the rest of us don't, and then through your work, you make them visible. During my training to become an educational psychologist, I learned that artists develop a keener sense of sight for form and color than the rest of us. Through work and practice over many years, they "wire" their brains in a way that makes it possible for them to perceive what the rest of us can't."
Kimberly wrote: (about Sue Tatterson)
Thoroughly enjoyed Sue's class. Great teacher with knowledge and enthusiasm. Looking forward to more classes with her.
Marge wrote (about Sue Tatterson)
Sue's class was another winner!! She's easy to work with, extremely helpful, and fun and interesting. She'll be a great addition to the BTA photographer instructors roster. Hope I can make it to her next class to gain a new perspective of creativity.
Richard wrote (about Sue )
Glad I was able to attend Sue's workshop and hope to participate in her future sessions. She's a natural teacher and a delight to spend time with in the field. I was surprised at how quickly the time passed.
........"We did join as annual members because of the class and future classes. We are excited to be connected to the Arboretum and we are looking forward to more classes with Sue. We really enjoyed Sue's class and learned a lot. We thought the class fee was a good price and it was good to require the pre-payment to remind us to show up."
........"We did enjoy the class/photo shoot Thursday. I have been actively shooting pictures and had my own darkroom for 50 years or so but still got some good tips at Sue's class. I signed up mostly for my wife who is more of a beginner and uses a fully automatic camera. She did quite well with her pictures. We joined the BTA both to support it and to enable us to come back again and again to see the blooms as they happen in the spring. It's a bargain!
Kirk wrote (about Michael Madsen & Patty Van Herpen)
"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed this class, it was extremely helpful to me. The instructors, specially Michael, were professional, knowledgable and were able to relate well to the group. Thanks so much."
Jeanne wrote (about Michael & Patty)
I loved the camera class given by Michael & Patty! Information was presented very well and the hands-on shoot that afternoon very helpful. An informative, and also fun class as well. BTA is one of my favorite places to go for learning."
Carlyn wrote (about Michael & Patty)
Just wanted to let you know that I thought this photography class was so informative and Mike and Patty were so patient and gracious. Sandy and her son and my husband and I joined the Arboretum last year after taking a class up there and are so glad we did. I will definitely be renewing my membership this year. I hope that Mike and Patty will be doing more classes in the future. You can be sure I will sign up for them. Sandy and I loved the lunch idea. It gave us a chance to get to know the teachers and other members in our class. The Arboretum is so beautiful; we've participated in the margarita night lst year and at the winter concert in December. My husband and I look forward to many years of enjoyment visiting and taking classes here. Again, thank you Mike and Patty, for all your help.
.........following Pete Rendek's August Night shoot, David wrote "the class was GREAT...Pete always does a nice job. His classes are always informative and I always get at least one very useful 'nugget' of information from each class I take from him. Please thank Pete and feel free to share my comments with Pete.
........also following Pete Rendek's August Night shoot, Kathy wrote "Pete Rendek's class last weekend is one of the best I have taken - anywhere. His presentation was very informative. Pete was organized, accommodating and very willing to share his knowledge and experience. He didn't make anyone feel that they were 'in over their heads' which was really nice for the beginners. I got a lot more that I expected from his class. I will be keeping watch on your website for upcoming events and classes. See you soon!
........ re: Pete Rendek's January Night Shoot "I wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed your Night Photography workshop last Saturday. I found it to be very information and enjoyable. It exceeded my expectations and I've recommended it to several friends. Thanks a bunch!" (Clif)
........re: Andrew Henry's November Zen-Of-Autumn-Color Shoot " Hi Andrew, I so enjoyed our fall color workshop. I am sending you two of my favorites photos from the day. (Karen)
........"We had an awesome time with Tom Boggan at the photography class today. He is so good at making sure that he takes time with everybody individually. My friends and I all had a great time and learned a few new tricks about our cameras (thanks Tom)! What a beautiful setting to learn in! And both of my friends became members today" (Jennifer Mathus, June 6, 2010 post on BTA's facebook page)
........"Tom knows photography. He is able to teach principles of this art form in a relaxed manner," ( Andrew Henry, Nov. 12 on BTA's facebook page)
........"I took two of Maggie Leef's classes last fall -- a beginning class and a class on photographing fall colors. Maggie is a special teacher, who makes her classes both informative and enjoyable. Her best tip: 'Read the camera manual!" The money I spent on an annual membership to BTA is the best money I've ever spent. The arboretum itself, with its beautiful setting and great staff, are exceptional. The events are interesting and well-done. I especially enjoy listening to music in such a beautiful setting. Great job, BTA!" (Stephanie, February 26, 2009)
........"I took Maggie's basic photography class on February 19th and finally understand what I had been troubled with for years! Maggie made the class fun and I now have a better understanding of what I can do to obtain better photos. Thank you Maggie! Also, some of us had an idea that we put to Maggie and she seemed willing to do a class. The class would be for beginners, but rather than classroom, it would be like a followup to the basic photography class only in the field. We could go out on the grounds of BTA and choose different things to photograph and Maggie could talk about the proper camera settings, etc. It would be applying what was learned in the classroom to actual field use. What do you think?" (Cindy; February 24, 2009)