Photography Shoots, Classes and Lectures
      * LightRoom Users Group meets November 13, Sunday
      * Wildlife Photography With Bruce Taubert November 19, Saturday
      * Lisa Langell Workshop -- Date TO BE ANNOUNCED

Wildlife Photography Lecture & Slideshow with Author Bruce Taubert
NOVEMBER 19, Saturday

Four decades photographing Arizona wildlife has made Bruce Taubert rich with experience and anecdotes – from netting bats after dark, to staying calm while face-to-face with massive bull elk on the Mogollon Rim. Taubert earned a doctorate in wildlife management and retired a few years back as assistant director for wildlife management at the Arizona Game and Fish Department – and celebrates his latest accomplishment here Nov. 19 with an enthralling slideshow and lecture announcing release of his new book:
“Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildlife”
Available in our giftshop, the new book spotlights BTA among 50 spectacular locations to find a broad diversity of animals to photograph across Arizona. Packed with 220 color photographs and technical information, Taubert’s book adds instructional wildlife photography tips, ‘Making the Photo’ stories, a comprehensive checklist of photography basics and gear – and a calendar that predicts year-round wildlife photography opportunities around the Grand Canyon State.
November 19 he’ll share photographs and anecdotes during the 10:30 a.m. slideshow – and as a special bonus to book-buyers, following a lunch break, Taubert will guide a special photo walk-a-bout for those with a copy of his new book.
“We’ll spend some time in the gardens surrounded by the Arboretum’s famous Fall foliage and I’ll share tips and offer some coaching about photographing butterflies – because these colorful and dynamic insects offer many of the same lessons and challenges you’d encounter photographing javelina, bears or elk – but on a smaller scale -- and also closer-to-home,” said Taubert.
Taubert has taught Arizona Highways Photo Workshops and lectured aboutwildlife photography here at BTA; has been published in Arizona Highways, WildBird, Birders' World – among dozens of other magazines.
See more of Taubert’s photos at; read more about the author at

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Users Group Meeting
November 13, Sunday
10:00 a.m. in the Smith Building Lecture Room

All About Fall was the subject photographers explored during their most recent meetup; for details or to RSVP for November, email Users Group coordinator Tim Wohlever about this informal gathering of photographers, with discussions and demonstrations of digital editing and photo software instruction -- plus artistic critiques -- during the once-a-month LightRoom users’ group meetup. OR email co-cordinator
There’s no fee to attend any of these sessions; 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 DropBox
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 Jack Haskell jhaskellus@yahoo.comor Tim Wohlever

Camera Basics - Level 1: Learning Manual Settings the easy way (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture)
Level: Beginner to intermediate
Instructor: Lisa Langell

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
Instructor: Lisa Langell
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
$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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John Aho "Painting With Light" High-Power LED Night Shoot
$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.

"Behind-The-Scene" Photo Class and Shoot With Sue Tatterson
$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, 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) 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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