March 5 , 6, 20 and 27
February 27, Sunday, 10:00 a.m. -- Digital photos - Basic File Management with Andrew Henry
Are you happy with your digital photographs, but wish you were more comfortable downloading them from your camera to your computer -- or sizing them down for easier emailing, or knowing how to rename, store and archive them to preserve your precious photo files? Photography instructor Andrew Henry wants to help, and will teach an informal, basic digital file management in the Smith Building Lecture Room Sunday morning, Feb. 27, starting at 10am. Join us for a morning which will help clarify the clerical side of digital photography. Enrollment is $20 for BTA annual members, $27.50 for nonmembers. Call the Gift Shop during daytime business hours at 520-689-2723 to sign up and prepay. Editor's note: The Renaissance Festival is now open with the traffic that comes with it, so be sure to give yourself some extra travel time. Leave early, have breakfast in Superior, then join us for this workshop!
March 5, 2011, Night Landscapes Photography Class
Saturday from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Learn approaches to nocturnal landscape photography from award-winning photographer and Phoenix Camera Club field trip coordinator Pete Rendek on January 8, Saturday. $30 pre-registration for members -- or $37.50 to nonmembers -- includes an indoor presentation and discussion in the lecture room from 4:00-5:30, followed by a field session shooting evening and after-dark landscapes on the arboretum grounds from sunset at 5:30 until full darkness, ending around 8:00. Bring your camera and tripod and try your hand at something new -- photography after dark. Read about Pete Rendek and see more of his work at:
To register and prepay call 520-689-2723 during business hours from 8:00
See more -- images from Pete's March and November workshop are posted on Facebook
Focus On Flowers -- Beginners Photography Class
March 6, Sunday, from 9:00 am til 1:00 p.m.
Whether you have a simple digital point-N-shoot or a fancy DSLR, this class is designed to help beginners harness the horsepower in your camera and be familiar with its dials, settings and functions. Learn basic camera and composition principals -- with a special focus on tools and techniques for flower photography from award-winning photographer andPhoenix Camera Club field trip coordinator Pete Rendek. The class includes an indoor presentation and discussion in the lecture room starting at 9:00 on March 6, Sunday morning, followed by a field session starting aruond 11:00 a.m. giving students a chance to aim their cameras at blooming plants and cactus on the arboretum grounds until 1:00. Bring your camera and tripod and try something new just as garden color begins to peak. Read about Pete Rendek and see more of his work at:
http://www.imagesofaz.com The class is $30 pre-registration for members -- or $37.50 to nonmembers. Nonmembers can receive the member rate on this and future workshops by purchasing annual membership to the Arboretum when you register for the class; annual memberships start at $45. To register and prepay, call 520-689-2723 during business hours from 8:00
Kids Photography Class March 20, Sunday, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 per child (accompanying adult non-member admission is $7.50)
Instructors: Jennifer Jansen and Gale Racut
Kids between ages 7 to 15 can learn to be more confident photographers, too, and in two hours divided between classroom time and in-the-field shooting, mother and daughter instructor team Gale & Jen will teach a few simple camera functions, such as shutter speed, aperture and lighting -- with practical examples to help kids understand what's happenin inside their camera. Class will also include some practice shooting in the Arboretum. As a bonus, Junior Girl Scouts who enroll can earn their Camera Shots Badge after successful completion of the workshop. Participants need to bring a camera (preferably digital, but even a box camera is OK for this class. Charged Batteries 3. Media Card 4. Open Mind & Ready to Learn
March 20 -- Tom Boggan Photo "Walk-A-Bout" from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Gilbert professional photographer Tom Boggan invites students to improve your camera skills on a peaceful weekend afternoon shooting beautiful garden scenes alongside a pro -- with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and control on your own camera. Tom has a talent for portraits and a passion for nature photography at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where he volunteers his time helping our members and visitors improve their camera skills. Please note the afternoon time for this class, which begins at 1:00 p.m. in order to capitalize on afternoon sunlight and warmer tones of the setting sun backlighting the last of our Autumn foliage, and the plants and rock formations here at the Arboretum. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight participants. Pre-payment of $27.50 is required ($20 for BTA annual members). To enroll by phone have your credit card ready and call Arboretum staff at 520-689-2723.
Check out this gallery of images Tom and students posted from 2010 shoots. Join us for a chance to improve your basic photography skills, including composition, lighting and exposure -- and for one-on-one time with Tom helping students understand the different between aperture, exposure and light balance. There's also a Tom Boggan Gallery on Flickr
Zen Sunset Landscapes With Andrew Henry
Date: March 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $30 to BTA annual members, $37.50 nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723 to pre-pay
Ten participants in this special class will be allowed to stay after BTA closes at 5:00 p.m., shooting sunset scenes as the rich orange-to-umber light plays across the volcanic magma cliffs at the heart of the Arboretum until just after 7:00 p.m. One particpant in Andrew Henry's recent zen class reported back that it was the most sublime, peaceful two hours she'd had ever spent practicing her photography! Classes begin with a mindfulness exercise to focus students attention on the subject matter at hand; then Andrew will guide participants and offer tips on composition, lighting, and specific camera instructions. Andrew advises participants to being "water, sunscreen, a camera and charged batteries - and tripod, too, if you have one, for slow shutter speed exposures. Also needed for this workshop is a willingness to learn new techniques that take you beyond your lens to create wonderful photographs. Any and all camera types are welcome, including both digital and film. People may contact me directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the Zen Photography workshops I offer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum." Call 520-689-2723 to enroll.
See work by this artist at www.ahp2010.zenfolio.com
Check out student works from Andrew's prior three classes in November, January and February at http://www.flickr.com/groups/1570273@N24/
Photo Class comments from students:
........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
........"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)
........"I loved the photography class. I really got a lot out of the
class and think she is a whiz at teaching photography. Her explanations of
some of the phrasing (in the Nikon Manual) made it so that I could actually
understand the manual. I look forward to her classes in March -- I will call
pay for them tomorrow!! (Millie, February 23, 2009)
........"Bob Rice's workshop was very helpful and extremely practical.
I appreciate the opportunity to meet other photographers, most of whom are
way more experienced than I am. It sure is inspiring! Thank you for these
........"Just a quick note to let you know how much I appreciated and enjoyed the May 18 photography workshop. The information was clearly presented with examples and demonstrations. I am now more knowledgeable of Photoshop and more confident to use it."
........"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!