Photography Shoots, Classes and Lectures
      * Digital Photography Post Processing June 17 , Saturday
        * Beginners Photo Walk June 24 - Saturday
             * Night Sky Shoot with Lisa Langell July 22 - Saturday
                  * Botanicals with Lisa Langell August 5 - Saturday

Beginners' Camera Settings and Photo Walk June 24
Saturday at 8:00 a.m.
> RSVP by email or phone to MiMi , see below

Valley artists MiMi, Mark, Jack, Kathy and David have photographed landscapes, events and people across the planet, and volunteer a day each month coaching Arboretum photographers. The venue is outdoors and informal, and the goal is to share a few basic camera lessons while photographing thegardens.
Sessions begins indoors with short presentations in the air-conditioned Lecture Room of the Smith Building.
After that, participants go outdoors to practice basic camera functions ranging from composition and exposure, to white balance and depth of field.
It’s a small group with friendly camera coaches whose goal is to put the fun in camera functions, and eliminate aspects of photography that can be intimidating to beginners. You are encouraged to ask specific questions about your camera — if the presenters don’t know the answer, chances are good one of the other participants does!
Connect with instructors and participants on Facebook
There's no additional charge to attend; as with most Arboretum nature walks, this continuing series of photography walks is included with daily admission of $12.50; free to Arboretum annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Spaces are limited, though. participants are asked to RSVP by email to MiMi Paris at mimiparisphotography@gmail.comto be added to her list for announcement of these walks in July and August.


Lightroom, PhotoShop & More July 15 - Saturday
9:00 a.m. in the lecture room

Photographers of all skill levels who enjoy digital image post processing are invited to meet July 15 (Saturday) at 9:00 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture room, beginners are definitely welcome to attend this popular recurring meetup, which expands this year to include programs and platforms beyond LightRoom.
Planning to attend? This brief survey helps organizers plan their agenda each month
The forum is free to Arboretum annual members; included with $12.50 daily admission for non-members.
Tim Wohlever coordinates the meeting this month; new participants are invited to email tim.wohlever@gmail.com
and let him know about your preferred post-processing software, equipment and skill level with digital editing. meetings are tailored to address a wide array of topics and skill levels.



A Midsummer Night's Dream - For Photographers
July 22, Saturday, from 9:00 p.m. til Midnight
$42.50

Lisa Langell hosts a special night of after-hours access to the park during a "dark skies" night that could be optimal for astro-photography. The Arboretum closes at 3:00 pm during July; the entry gate will re-open to prepaid and pre-registered photographers for this special nighttime shoot was purposefully scheduled to be under the NEW moon (not the full moon), making lighting conditions for night photography optimal. This session does not have an indoor classroom portion - participants will meet in the Arboretum parking lot, then walk to Ayer Lake for the second half of the shoot.
Please note that July weather can be stormy; predictions for cloud cover may postpone this shoot to a later date -- participants will get a confirmation email the day of the shoot.
Clear conditions bring opportunities for
• Light painting
• Slow shutter / night shots
• Milky Way rising
Enroll online and read more
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/midsummer-nights-dreamfor-photographers-tickets-35307918936

Photographing Botanicals Indoors: Creative Lighting & Creative Shots
Saturday August 5 ; from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
$47.50

In Arizona's Valley of the Sun, many photographers agree it's just TOO HOT to shoot outside during early Augustday! Lisa Langell is bringing the botany INDOORS for a fun, imaginative and creative shoot using tools you can find right around your house.
She'll demonstrate great ideas to set up creative lighting setups indoors without the need for expensive studio setups. This is a DIY type class that's easy and has seemingly endless possibilities.
Lisa worked as a high-end floral designer for 15 years --and she's merging her knowledge of flowers and photography together in this fun, inspirational class.
"We'll play with lighting setups and backdrops that give you effects that go from the ethereal to the dramatic! You'll be provided with a variety of flowers, botanicals, backgrounds, lighting tools, and more to create beautiful imagery...from the comfort of your air conditioned classroom!"
Enroll online and read more
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photographing-botanicals-indoors-creative-lighting-creative-shots-tickets-35311146590


Camera Class > How to Win a Photo Contest -- and Protect Your Rights
June 3, Saturday
$40 -- plus $12.50 daily admission for non-members
If you’ve entered a photography contest and wondered whether your image would win;  pondered just what elements make a compelling, award-winning image – or worried about your intellectual property after the contest – Lisa Langell has a June 3 session for you! Some contests really aren’t – and her session will coach participants how to recognize a ‘rights grab’ from a legitimate contest – and will include discussion of artistic approaches, lighting, composition – and the art of photography.  
“Photography contests are more popular than ever, yet some are littered with questionable ethics,” warns Lisa, “it is critical to educate yourself on the joys and pitfalls – to learn how to separate the good, the bad, and the ugly of photography contests by analyzing the fine print. Then, when you find a good one -- learn how to WIN!”
Popular with Arboretum enrollees for her infectious enthusiasm and artistic approach, Lisa’s new workshop explores:
•  12 key elements to a winning photograph
•  Tips for preparing your image properly to help make it ‘pop’
•  How to read the fine print & ensure you are not giving away your rights, unknowingly, when you submit your image.
Interactive activities will put you in the judges’ seat and help you see how they see; enrollees may also participate in a live (also supportive, and ‘non-harsh’) image critique. Read more and register online:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entering-photo-contests-12-winning-elements-protecting-your-rights-tickets-33833168919





Learning Lightroom at the Arboretum
Date TO BE ANNOUNCED
$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 inclu

 

des 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: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-lightroom-at-the-arboretum-tickets-32079453509


"Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

* Special After Hours Access
to an email alert when the next is scheduled, contact
btainfo@cals.arizona.edu
You may have photographed our Clevenger House at the herb garden or the Drover's Shed and nearby 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:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/planetwrite/sets/72157626828655137
please email btainfo@cals.arizona.edu to be added to out alert list for the next date.
Still wondering if you'd enjoy one of these rare shoots? Preview our Nocturnal Painting With Light Photo Workshops on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z18QvvwPAPg


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.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camera-basics-level-1-manual-settings-made-easy-tickets-27497171781
Or Check out
http://www.langellphotography.com/Events-1/


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

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/camera-basics-level-2-manual-settings-intensive-tickets-27497523834




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
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/techniques-for-photographing-hummingbirds-beautifully-tickets-27501000232
Or Check out
http://www.langellphotography.com/Events-1/


"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
https://www.facebook.com/SpiritsoftheAbandoned

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)

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