Photography Shoots, Classes and Lectures
       * Sue Tatterson Camera Basics July 5 - Sunday
* Its OK to Shoot On Auto - with Lisa Langell July 11 & 12
     * LightRoom users' Group July 19 - Sunday
* Paul Landau Macros

Sue Tatterson Camera Basics
July 5, Sunday -- from 8:00-11:00 AM
enrollment $20 - $30
Call 520.689.2723 with your credit card ready

This thorough class in camera basics coached by Gold Canyon artist Sue Tattersonis a bargain at $20 for BTA members, or $30 for nonmembers. Tatterson has spent nearly three decades behind the lens and is expert in the settings and dials of digital cameras, from simple point-and-shoot models to complex DSLRs. She's also a native of Australia (with that charming accent to match), and enjoys portrait session andlandscapes of the Arboretum's Eucalyptus grove and Australian plant collections. Tatterson begins with 30 minutes of indoor classroom time explaining camera functions, dials and settings. After that brief, basic camera orientation - her class moves outdoors to capture garden scenes around the Arboretum. She's Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College, teaching photography and design in CAC's growing Design Program.
She's among annual members at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where she recently enrolled as a volunteer to share her talents and passion for photography among her favorite spots are the eucalyptus grove and the Drover's Wool Shed
. "Remember that Christmas when you received a new camera as a gift? Just about anyone will agree that's one of the best gifts ever," said Tatterson, "but a camera can also be intimidating if you don't understand how they work." Her class takes the mystery out of aperture, shutter speed, ISO and white balance - and the outdoor shoot portion of the afternoon allows one-on-one time and a chance to see just how to use settings properly. Have a credit card ready and Call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours between 6:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to preregister and reserve your space. Tatterson's website, spiritsoftheabandoned.com
which 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 facebook.com/SpiritsoftheAbandoned

Beginners Camera Class: "YES -- Its OK To Use AUTO"
July 11 & 12 - Time and place will be emailed to confirmed enrollees
                  Register for the Saturday session at langellphotography.com; or else register for Sunday here
while there's no class fee for her workshop, arboretum daily admission if $10 must be paid if you're not among annual members. The specific time and place will be emailed to confirmed enrollees

Pro photographer Lisa Langell easily fills classes at $50-a-pop for basic photography; $75 and up for specific topics. So why would she offer a class for FREE to a fortunate 20 enrollees each day July 11 & 12 at Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park?
"The Arboretum is one of my favorite places in Arizona - and of the dozens of classes I teach, this is one of my favorites because it is truly for anyone with any camera; this is the class where you'll learn how to get the best results from your mobile phone or pocket-sized, point-n-shoot camera," said Langell. "Traditional 'Photography 101' workshops are designed for those who are committed to photography as a profession or serious hobby - from experience I know these classes often include challenging content and require expensive camera gear. My informal "Shoot on Auto" workshop is designed for the other 90% of the population - who already own a camera, and just want to learn to use it. It's tailored to anyone who simply wants to use the camera they already own to improve their photos of their family, vacations, pets, and special events using a few simple, easy-to-apply techniques. This class is fun, and it takes place in one of the most beautiful state parks in Arizona!"
Register at langellphotography.com; while there's no class fee for her workshop, arboretum daily admission if $10 must be paid if you're not among annual members. The specific time and place will be emailed to confirmed enrollees.
"There's a photographer in all of us," says Langell, adding that topics covered will include:
•Quick tips for posing your friends, family and pets
•The 1-second "power point" trick
•Using "Dutch Angles" to make your snaps even snappier!
•Other easy-to-use composition tips that will help make you look like a pro
•Tips for photographing your next vacation better than ever
•Eliminating those blurry, too-dark images
•A beautiful, surprise gift for each participant
      Wondering whether her workshop is right for you? Consider these comments from prior participants:
- "This workshop was so interactive, interesting, engaging, and informative. Lisa is an excellent instructor who listens and responds to the needs of her students. She meets them right where they are--whether novice or advanced--ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to improve his or her ability as a photographer."
- very well organized in her presentation."
- The subject matter was awesome. I loved everything about the class. My favorite thing was the photo examples of the types of light
- "The event was interactive, informative and interesting. Lisa's level of expertise is outstanding, and she is an engaging presenter and talented instructor. I loved everything about the class!"


Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group Meeting
July 19 , SUNDAY
10 AM in the Smith Building Lecture Room

You don't have to be expert in LightRoom5 photo editing software to participate with our once-a-month meetup of digital photography enthusiasts; truth is, you don’t even have to own this particular image editing program. Some photographers who attend simply enjoy the chance to network with fellow enthusiasts and observe imaging techniques and demonstrations. There's no additional fee and you don’t have to register; our LightRoom users' group is not a class; attendance is included with daily admission of $10 and free to BTA annual members and Arizona State Parks pass-holders. Meetings are coordinated by ’s meetupRimgaudas “Rim” Vidziunas alogn with Jack Haskell and Tim Wholever. If you're planning to attend, and would like instructions to upload a JPG of your own to the group's dropbox album for members to discuss during the workshop, email users' group coordinator: rimgaudasvidziunas@gmail.com
Check out participants’ galleries from prior months at
https://www.dropbox.com/home/BTAAdobePhotoshopLightroom5UsersGroup
. Meetings are different each month. One of the most popular photography software packages, Adobe Lightroom, is described by the company as: "Photo editing software built for photographers, by photographers. From first look to final image, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom makes everything about digital photography easier, faster and more amazing. Perfect your shots with powerful new adjustment tools, efficiently organize all your photos and share them almost anywhere."
The group is usually open to reviewing any other images; there is no right or wrong approach, and our focus is on positivity. At the meeting Rim, Jack and other participants lead the group in discussing LightRoom software and its applications. Bring a friend, your laptop -- and images to share. Bring your camera, too; you'll
want to stay after the workshop and photograph the gardens and trails.

Line, Shape, Form, Pattern & Texture Strengthening your Composition Skills with Sue Tatterson
June or July date to be announced
$30 for BTA annual members -- $40 for nonmembers. Call 520.689.2723

In the visual arts, line, shape, form, pattern and texture are the basic elements of design; learning to use them successfully in your photographic compositions will enhance your skillset and take your photographs to another level. Join Gold Canyon artist Sue Tatterson for a workshop exploring each of these design elements in depth. Tatterson will begin with 30 minutes of indoor classroom time explaining how artists use lines, shapes, forms, patterns and textures to strengthen their images and create a sense of unity that draws the viewer into their photographs. After the brief, introduction - her class moves outdoors to capture the elements around the Arboretum, giving each class member the opportunity to build a portfolio of images focusing on each design element and it’s power to enhance composition. Tatterson has spent nearly three decades behind the lens and is Professor of Digital Media at Central Arizona College, teaching photography and design in CAC's growing Design Program. She's among annual members at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, where she recently enrolled as a volunteer to share her talents and passion for photography. She's also a native of Australia (with that charming accent to match), and enjoys portrait sessions and landscapes of the Arboretum's Eucalyptus grove and Australian plant collections. Enrollment is $40 (or $30 for Arboretum annual members). Have a credit card ready and Call 520-689-2723 during daytime business hours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to preregister and reserve your space. Tatterson's website, http://www.spiritsoftheabandoned.com which 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



Summer Solstice ‘Macro’ Photography Class
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
* email btainfo@cals.arizona.edu to be added to the alert list for our next shoot date
with Paul Landau
$30 - $40, call 520.689.2723 with credit card ready

* special 4-6pm class with after-hours access
The human eye can only focus just-so-close; Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has mastered the art of capturing microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing compound eyes, antennae and patterns invisible to the human eye. He’ll share techniques during a late afternoon spent in search of tiny creatures and plants at Boyce Thompson Arboretum; photographing them on A DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED - along with 12 participants. Enrollment is $40, and proceeds benefit the Arboretum. To enroll, have a credit card ready and call BTA staff at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours from 6am-3pm.
“You’ll be amazed to find out what your camera can do,” predicts Landau. " Even the simplest ‘point-and-shoot’ digital cameras have close-up capabilities that reveal inner worlds of detail, iridescent green beetle wings, and the intensity of nature on a scale that’s overlooked until you learn where to look – and how to see. One of the great things about macro photography is that my quarry is tiny – and often fairly easy to photograph once you know where to look for them. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is my favorite place, no question, to photograph vivid insects and flower blossoms, along with other natural phenomenon.”
Landau’s photography was the subject of a solo exhibition at BTA; see more of the artist’s work and connect with this charismatic artist through Facebook links via http://ag.arizona.edu/bta

John Aho 'Painting With Light' High-Power LED Night Shoot
Night Shoot date to be announced
7 - 9 pm. $40 ( BTA members $30 )
. With Credit Card ready, call 520.689.2723 to enroll
You may have photographed our Drover's Shed, the old Dodge Power Wagon and gardens – but here’s a chance to see them under a totally different light, and at night – our familiar plants and scenery rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after dark by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by artist and Tempe 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
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 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 January or February shoots when the next date is added. Still wondering if you’d enjoy one of these exclusive access photo shoots?
Preview our Nocturnal Painting With Light Photo Workshops on YouTube

 

CAMERA BASICS - WITH MICHAEL MADSEN and PATTY VAN HERPEN
date to be announced
$30 BTA annual members, $40 non-members call 520-689-2723

enroll in a camera class taught by two professional photographers and held in the colorful gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. For another $10 you can even buy lunch and a chance to socialize over a special lunch that Chef Lucy Wing of Jade Grill will serve family-style during the lunch hour. Enrollment is $30 for BTA annual members, $40 non-members; have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. Lunch is optional, and costs a separate $10 cash or $11 credit card, and payable at Jade Grill.
"Teaching photography over the past few years Patty and I have noticed more women in our classes. Why? Maybe due to improvements in camera technology over the past decade as they've become smaller, portable and affordable. If you are interested in the art of photography, and the technical side of how a camera works - a class at the Arboretum presents a great opportunity to learn and also practice your craft at one of the most scenic, picturesque and camera-ready places we know: the colorful, peaceful gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum."
This special workshop includes the chance to learn from two different photographers: Michael Madsen , an expert with Nikon cameras and lenses and
Patty Van Herpen, who shoots with Canon gear . Classes with Michael and Patty coach beginning-to-intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the "auto" settings in favor of manually controlling their own aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance.
"We will switch our cameras to manual mode and learn to take chargeof our cameras, and explore the creative side of photography," says Madsen. "You'll be taught how to adjust your camera settings, and the photographic effects that occur based on these settings. Heading outdoors after lunch allows us to apply techniques we have learned in the classroom and experiment with camera settings together and one-on-one."
Two hours in the classroom from 1:00 pm to 3:00 will be followed by 90-minutes pm spent outside, shooting and practicing alongside Michael in Arboretum gardens.
Madsen has photographed Fall at the best spots in Arizona, from Oak Creek Canyon to the San Francisco peaks and majestic mountains from Escudilla to Graham, Lemon, and Galiuros wilderness, and Pinal Mountains near Globe -- and along the Mogollon Rim Read an interview with Michael about Fall, and his favorite spots around AZ for foliage photography. See more of the photographer's work


Smartphone, 'mirror-less' and Point-n-Shoot Pointers with Tom Boggan
date to be announced
$20 enrollment for Arboretum annual members - $30 for nonmembers
Call 520.689.2723

Beginner and novice photographers, this one’s for you – and it’s a bargain at $20 for BTA members ($30 nonmembers). As Scottsdale Pro photographer Tom Boggan describes it:
“the best camera is the one you have with you. Even if you'reshooting with your cellphone or apoint-n-shot, you can still make great photos. In this two-hours class I'll demonstrate ways to capture better photos using compact cameras, mirrorless cameras, point-n-shoot cameras, and especially your smartphone. We'll spend about 45 minutes in the classroom talking about gear, apps for shooting and editing on your smartphone, capturing light and methods of composing a shot -- then head into the garden to practice together. “ Connect with Tom Boggan on Facebook
Wish you were more confident with your camera? Tom generously volunteers a morning or afternoon each month here helping our visitors improve their camera skills, donating his time so enrollments benefit BTA. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight students; we challenge you to find a better opportunity – and value - than Tom Boggan's recurring workshop. Consider this email we received after one of Tom's classes; Cave Creek resident and BTA member Carol wrote: "Tom - thank you so much for the great photography class, you have a gift for taking something complex and bringing it down to a level that the average person can understand! I tried with books and magazines to make sense of the dizzying array of counter-intuitive settings on my camera such as ISO, F-stop etc. but things just continued to be confusing. With your concise handout and your class, I actually feel as though a light bulb has come on and I am beginning to understand these concepts for the first time! I now enjoy the challenge of creating a photo and taking photos feels more about my artistic efforts vs. the camera's magical workings. Thank you again for helping me move to a new level in my enjoyment of photography and (by extension) my real passion: natur."

Photographing Wildlife (Part 1, Beginners)
April 26, Sunday, From 9:00 AM til Noon
$40 (or $30 for BTA annual members)

Image that today you'll be photographing birds, bears and butterflies. Already imagining the wonderful images you hope to capture through your lens? If you're experienced this — only to return home with disappointing results - You're not alone, and there are secrets to wildlife photography that can make your images sing -- you just have to know proven techniques, and when to use them. These principals can apply to beginners and advanced photographers, too --
and pro photographer Lisa Langell will explore them during a Sunday morning workshop April 26 from 9am til noon at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Discouraged because you don’t believe you have have a powerful lens? This session can help take your photography from vision to fruition. Learn how to get closer, photograph wildlife with any lens, discover helpful techniques for shooting wildlife creatively, and more — all designed to help you create images that prompt “oohs, ahhhs and accolades" from viewers. The session is indoors and lecture-based; enrollment includes the day's admission at Boyce Thompson Arboretum where you can spend the afternoon practicing the helpful tricks and tips in the field after class. What to bring?
Bring your camera and manual (if you do not have a copy, download a copy online and bring it with you.); also bring a notepad, mobile device, or other tools to take notes. Lisa suggest you bring your own snacks and drinks, too.

Photographing Wildlife (Part 1, Beginners)
April 26, Sunday, From 9:00 AM til Noon
$40 (or $30 for BTA annual members)

Image that today you'll be photographing birds, bears and butterflies. Already imagining the wonderful images you hope to capture through your lens? If you're experienced this — only to return home with disappointing results - You're not alone, and there are secrets to wildlife photography that can make your images sing -- you just have to know proven techniques, and when to use them. These principals can apply to beginners and advanced photographers, too --
and pro photographer Lisa Langell will explore them during a Sunday morning workshop April 26 from 9am til noon at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
Discouraged because you don’t believe you have have a powerful lens? This session can help take your photography from vision to fruition. Learn how to get closer, photograph wildlife with any lens, discover helpful techniques for shooting wildlife creatively, and more — all designed to help you create images that prompt “oohs, ahhhs and accolades" from viewers. The session is indoors and lecture-based; enrollment includes the day's admission at Boyce Thompson Arboretum where you can spend the afternoon practicing the helpful tricks and tips in the field after class. What to bring?
Bring your camera and manual (if you do not have a copy, download a copy online and bring it with you.); also bring a notepad, mobile device, or other tools to take notes. Lisa suggest you bring your own snacks and drinks, too.

Photo Class comments from students:

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.

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.

........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)

........"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 and
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 opportunities."

........"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!

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