Photography Shoots, Classes and Lectures
* Camera Basics > 2 Levels with Lisa Langell
* LightRoom Users Group meets May 22
* LightRoom Basics Class June 4
Mother’s Day Weekend Camera Classes: Cell Phone Photography Saturday May 7
Plus Two Levels of Camera Basics Sunday, May 8
Looking for a truly thoughtful, unique gift for mother’s day? Enroll mom (or your wife, aunt, daughter or sister) in either of three camera classes that will be offered by popular instructor Lisa Langell. Abbreviated descriptions are below; enroll online and read more complete class itineraries at
* Saturday, May 7 Lisa hosts a workshop sure to appeal to Moms: Cellphone photography! Improve your portraits, sunsets and nature photography during this afternoon workshop. Expect fun, easy tips, tricks, and crucial techniques that will help you capture more beautiful images of both nature and portraits using your phone. Tips on post-processing your images in-camera to enhance them further will also be provided. The class is free -- but daily arboretum admission of $10 is required of nonmembers; spaces in this class are limited, though, and pre-registration required. Enroll online via this link
* Camera Basics I: a 3-hour class in manual exposure settings such as aperture, shutter speed & ISO. Lisa employs a warm, friendly, supportive approach during an indoor class that introduces you to the most basic three settings that help control exceptional photography. Learn these settings and artistic effects they can create such as depth-of-field, ‘bokeh,’ motion-blur, stopping action & more. Most time will be spent in the lecture room, but class will end with a short in-the-field exercise to strengthen and apply your skills – before the morning heats up too much. Enroll online via this link
* Beyond Camera Basics II: from 1-4pm. Building on the skills learned in level 1 (see above), this class covers proper use of ISO and manual settings (shutter speed, aperture and ISO combined). Learn to take complete control of your camera and photography from an artistic perspective. Class begins with lecture room indoor time and ends with in-the-garden exercises to strengthen and apply your skills. Enrollees should have completed Lisa’s ‘Camera Basics #1’ or a comparable class prior to this – or be confident as intermediate photographers who know the basics covered in her AM class listed above. Enroll online via this link
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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group Meeting: Flowers
May 22 Saturday
9:00 - 11: 00 AM in the Smith Building Lecture Room
Creative photos of flowers are the subject when photographers return May 22 for a meetup where Rim Vidziunas, Jack Haskell, Tim Wohlever and David Hannon lead discussions and demonstrate digital editing and photo software instruction and critiques during the once-a-month LightRoom users’ group meetup. There’s no fee to attend; meeting are free to Arboretum annual members; included with $10 daily admission for nonmembers. You don't have to be expert in LightRoom5 to participate, you're not even required to own or use this particular image editing program – you dont even have to be a digital photographer. Some attend simply to network with fellow enthusiasts and observe imaging techniques and demonstrations, with chances to discuss the art and technique of photography.
During the informal morning workshop images are shown enlarged onscreen, with an informal, free-wheeling discussion about photography, composition and digital editing. During the gatherings participants discuss the art of composing vivid pictures, digital post-processing and more.
Check out Participants Galleries on DroBox
If you're planning to attend, and would like instructions to upload your own image to the group's dropbox album,
email users' group coordinators Tim Wohlever
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Basics
June 4, Saturday From 9:00 - 11:00 AM
$20 for BTA members, $30 nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723 daytime business hours to enroll and prepay
You’ve got great camera gear and a great eye for interesting shot -- this class introduces a popular software tool which can take your photography to the next level. Lightroom delivers essentials so you can organize, perfect, and share your images—quickly, easily, and powerfully—wherever you are.
Basics in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Workshop will be taught by 'Rim' Vidziunas -- who launched and continues to coordinate the Arboretum's once-a-month meeting of a Lightroom Users Group. What to bring to class? Make certain that Lightroom is already installed on your pc or mac laptop before you enroll. Rim will show how to install your photos in Lightroom, and will also demonstrate basic post-processing resulting in a final image you'll be able to post online or print, frame and display at your home. Enrollment is $20 for BTA members, $30 for nonmembers. To register and pre-pay, have a credit card ready and call gift shop staff at 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours. Get even more out of LightRoom by attending the once-a-month meetings of the Lightroom Users Group to learn addition 'tips n tricks’, get personal answers to your questions and participate in discussions of the popular processing software; see the announcement above for more detail.
Basic Photography Class & Shoot With Sue Tatterson
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED - email firstname.lastname@example.org
to be on the alert list for April or May class
enrollment $20 for BTA members, $30 non-members
Spend couple hours learning camera basics from Gold Canyon artist Sue Tatterson; her beginners’ classes are a bargain at $30 for an afternoon's worth of instruction -- and participants have heaped praise on her 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 saidshe’s “a natural teacher and a delight to spend time with in the field.”
Enrollment includes Arboretum daily admission, so you can arrive early and spend the morning practicing around the gardens and grounds, get lunch in nearby town of Superior - and hone your skills that afternoon with coaching fromSue. Enroll with your credit card ready and a phone call to 520.689.2723 during daytime business hours 8:30am-4:30pm. 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. 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.
Find links to Tatterson’s "Spirits Of The Abandoned” and landscape photography websites and connect with her facebook page via the Arboretum website cals.arizona.edu/bta
And Connect with Sue on Facebook
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)