Photography Classes

Spectacular seasonal displays make the Arboretum a popular destination for photographers. Learn how to improve your own skills with these captivating classes.

2014 Adult Education Classes are sponsored by HD Metal Prints

Local and national award-winning experts help take participant's skills to the next level. Both beginners and advanced photographers are welcome to take part in these informative and inspiring programs.

Registration for fall 2014 classes is now open. For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

HD Metal Prints Photo Exhibition and Sale

Beginning October 3, come see the garden through the eyes of our visitors. This juried exhibition of amateur and professional photographers showcases the garden through the seasons. The exhibition will be featured in the Gallery at Rosine Hall, October 4 - November 2, during Autumn at the Arboretum. All pieces are printed by HD Metal prints and available for purchase.

For more details, please contact the education department at education@dallasarboretum.org.


Best of Show – Professional

Dragon Perch by James Korges

Best of Show – Amateur

Dragonfly Resting on a Water Lily, Klaus Mayer

Best of Category – Close-up

Dewy Loropetalum, Josh Geller, Amateur

Best of Category – Life in the Garden

Joyful Run, Maureen Man, Amateur

Best of Category – Landscape

Brunhoff’s Garden, Marjorie Davidson, Amateur

A Weekend with Master Photographer Allen Rokach Click for More

The Creative Magic of Digital Photography

October 24 | 6-8 p.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

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In this evening lecture, Allen will share a number of simple innovative digital techniques to help you create exciting flower and garden images using anything from an iPhone to a digital camera or a point and shoot. The key to creating more interesting images is becoming a better photographer, and Allen can help you do just that. This lecture is included with workshop registration.

Workshop: Digital Perspectives on Fall Color at the Dallas Arboretum

October 25-26, 2014 | 7 a.m. -6:30 p.m.

$385 ($350 for Members)

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Allen will share his expertise and long experience creating exciting images of flowers and gardens at the height of fall color at the Arboretum. Through a combination of field photography, review sessions, and demonstrations of after-capture techniques, this intensive two-day workshop will guide you through the fascinating world of digital photography. The focus will be on expanding your photographic horizons by developing an artistic vision and becoming comfortable using your digital camera to achieve that vision. In review sessions, Allen will offer suggestions to help you make photos that truly express the dynamic and subtle beauty of the fall garden.

Business Techniques for the Flower, Garden & Nature Photographer

October 27 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

$145 ($130 for Members)

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In this one-day intensive workshop, Allen will show you how to turn you love of flower and garden photography into a viable career path. He will outline the techniques and strategies to help aspiring professional photographers start and build their business. Topics will include creating a portfolio, marketing your skills and your work, developing clients and getting assignments, pricing your work, working with photo editors and art directors and creating a web presence.

The Artists’ Garden- A Digital Perspective Click for More

Photographing in Nature

November 8 | 9-11 a.m.

$30 ($27 for Members)

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Artist Reception

November 8 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

General Garden Admission

$15 (Free for Members)

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Polaroid Transfers

November 8 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.

$60 ($54 for Members)

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Instructor: Irby Pace, Arboretum Artist in Residence

Join Irby, Arboretum Artist in Residence, for a unique opportunity to view the beloved gardens from a new perspective. Irby, will share his inspiration for his November photography exhibit in the Rosine Hall Gallery. Through lecture and field work, Irby will share site selection, basic camera information and techniques as well as when and where to shoot to create the best photographs. This class is aimed at beginning photographers. Following class, join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of Irby’s exhibit. After the reception, Irby will lead another program on Polaroid transfers. This alternative method of processing Polaroid photos offers a unique and artistic way to transform your photos in to works of art. 

Family Photos 101 Click for More

December 6 | 9 a.m.-Noon

$60 ($54 for Members)

Instructor: Candace Moss, Mom & Pop Photo School

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Do you want to learn how to take better pictures of your kids? In this fun & hands-on class, Candace will teach you how to take beautiful family photos while learning about camera settings, capturing the right light and more. No photography experience required! 

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