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  • Business and Legal Aspects of Photography

    If you're looking to turn your hobby into a business, hear from our instructors on what photographers face regarding copyright laws, model releases and other legal issues.
  • Macro Photography

    Macro photography is the technique of taking extreme close-ups. Learn which settings to use when you get up close and personal! Bring lunch and beverage.
  • Megafauna on the Northern Trail

    Some of the Minnesota Zoo’s largest animals can be found on the Northern Trail – like our moose, camels, bison, and wild horses! Photographing these magnificent animals in their open, natural surroundings is our goal for this class. Bundle up and join us! We will cover the equipment and techniques necessary to achieve spectacular photos, including selecting the proper lens and filters.This class will combine classroom time with time along the outdoor trail in the crisp fall weather. With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. Bring any lenses you have for your camera, and a tripod if you have one – longer focal length lenses and circular polarizers are always helpful. The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try – don’t worry if you don’t have something! A camera is the only necessary equipment. 
  • On Location: Lake Harriet

    In the late 1880s, Lake Harriet proved to be the anchor for the transformation of Minneapolis’ identity into the “City of Lakes.” The acquisition of Lake Harriet, largely by donation, also established a precedent that was followed in the acquisition of Lake of the Isles and Minnehaha Creek. Test out your landscape or macro skills on nature's best photo shoot: flowers and trees, bandshell and the beautiful water. Meet in the garden at the fountain closest to Lake Harriet, 4124 Roseway Road, Minneapolis.
  • On Location: Minnehaha Park

    A striking, wilderness waterfall in an urban setting. Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks. The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wildflowers.
  • On Location: Stone Arch Bridge

    The Stone Arch Bridge provides a breathtaking backdrop for spetacular photos. Built in 1883, it is the only bridge of its kind over the Mississippi River. It is made of native granite and limestone, and measures 2100 feet long by 28 feet wide. The bridge consists of 23 arches and spans the river below St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.
  • Photo Organization

    Learn how to store and retrieve your photos in seconds. Discover easy ways to repair old photos, using different photo services, DVDs and external storage.
  • Photography Level 1: Peter Wong

    Have you wondered how star trails and the Milky Way are captured in photographs? Why waterfalls look silky? This is the photography class for you! Learn about your Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera and the various lenses. Understand how to use settings beyond “auto” and shoot quality photography. Discover how to capture beautiful portraits, family gatherings, children’s sporting events and more. Create special images that tell a story. Bring a DSLR camera and lens(es). Cameras without the ability to change from “Auto” mode to M, A (Av) or S (Tv) will not benefit from this class. Take advantage of Saturday outdoor camera shooting experience as part of the class. 
  • Photography Problem-Solving on the Tropics Trail

    Escape winter and head to the Tropics for an afternoon! The Minnesota Zoo’s long and verdant Tropics Trail is rich with a diversity of different types of plants and animals - but with shifting light, glass, fences, and more, photographing animals on this trail also provides a unique set of challenges. Learn how to shoot through glass, vanish fences, and properly light our subject. Lens and filters selection will be covered, along with the use of tripods and other camera accessories, as we practice with the birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish!This class will combine classroom time with time along the fully indoor trail – leave February for a bit and enjoy the 75-degree temps! With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. Bring any lenses you have for your camera, and a tripod if you have one – longer focal length lenses and circular polarizers are always helpful. The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try – don’t worry if you don’t have something! A camera is the only necessary equipment. 
  • Through the Glass in Discovery Bay

    Discovery Bay is full of weird and wonderful marine animals, from our enormous Hawaiian monk seals to tiny shrimp and garden eels, but anyone who’s visited an aquarium knows the space makes photography a challenge. In this class, learn how to shoot marine life through the glass, even in dim lighting. We’ll cover the techniques necessary to photograph marine life and the water, and make your photos appear like you were right in the water with the animals. The use of filters and flash will also be covered in this class.This class will combine classroom time with time along the fully indoor aquarium space! With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. Bring any lenses you have for your camera, and a tripod if you have one – longer focal length lenses and circular polarizers are always helpful. The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try – don’t worry if you don’t have something! A camera is the only necessary equipment. 
  • Zoo Photography 101

    Are you just starting to enter the world of photography with a DSLR or SLR camera? Photography is both interesting and challenging, and this class is designed for beginners eager to dive in and learn more! The basic fundamentals of vanishing fences, shooting through glass, and stopping the action will all be covered. Selecting the correct lens and filter makes all the difference! Join us and learn the secrets of photographing the animals.This class will combine classroom time with time along the Minnesota Trail. Fall is a great time to be on the Minnesota Trail, a covered outdoor route that features both common and rare species from across our beautiful state. You can put your new tips and tricks to work as you photograph a diversity of species, including our beavers, wolves, bald eagle, or black bears! With plenty of opportunities to ask questions and practice your new ideas, and both a photography and a Zoo expert by your side, head home with new skills and knowledge. This class is designed for beginning photographers, especially those learning with an SLR or DSLR camera. (The instruction will not be as relevant for someone using a smartphone or point-and-shoot camera.) Bring your camera, and if you own additional gear (like a flash, lenses, or a tripod) you are welcome to bring those as well, although it is certainly not required! The photography instructor will also have some materials for people to borrow and try