Photography Classes

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

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.

For more general information about adult classes, visit the Adult Programs main page. Please contact education@dallasarboretum.org with additional questions.

Registration for Fall programs is now open. We look forward to seeing you in the garden soon.

Big Bend Photography Workshop Click for More

October 22 - 27

Please plan to arrive on October 21 and depart on October 28.

Rates: $999 ($899 for Members)

Allen Rokach, Photographer

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Big Bend National Park encompasses the northernmost swath of the Chihuahuan Desert, a landscape of great environmental diversity and visual contrasts. This 6-day photography workshop will give participants many opportunities to hone their skills in landscape photography as we explore this subtly beautiful and ever-changing southwest Texas destination.

Outings at sunrise and late afternoon until sunset will enable us to capture each location in the most dramatic light; and we will focus on making the most of whatever light and weather conditions we find. We will work on portraying all aspects of the landscape, from grand desert, mountain and river vistas to the canyons, dunes, mesas and rock formations typical of Big Bend.

We will practice a variety of approaches to composition, such as capturing overviews, vignettes and details; integrating desert plants with the landscape; and looking for abstractions, shapes, lines and textures. Finally, in this remote natural environment, the dark night sky will give us a chance to try long exposures for star trails. And those with in interest in wildlife can try their hand at capturing some of the many birds, mammals and reptiles in the park. Of course given the opportunity we will make every effort to return to selected locations under more exciting light to improve our photos.

Review sessions will take place at least twice throughout the week. We will look at each participant’s photographic results, suggest ways to improve them, and learn some simple after-capture techniques that can enhance our images.

Questions: Contact education@dallasarboretum.org​

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DSLR Photography Basics

November 19

6-8 p.m.

$50 ($45 for Members)

Scott Williams, Visual Impressions, Inc.

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Whether you are interested in taking better family photos, vacation shots or just documenting the world around you, Scott will share what you need to know to begin mastering the operations of your SLR camera. Half of the class will be spent learning the functions of your camera. The remaining time will be spent with Scott in the garden applying your new knowledge. After class, stay and enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit. This class is aimed at beginning photographers.

Couples Holiday Photo Workshop Click for More

Couples Holiday Photo Workshop

December 10

6-8:30 p.m.

$80 ($72 for Members) per couple

Jana Perez & Angilee Wilkerson, Texas Photo

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Join us this holiday season for a special workshop that will take place during The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit. During class, you will both learn how to master camera settings and compose beautiful portraits of each other in the Arboretum. In addition, each couple will have a professional portrait taken by the instructors that is perfect for holiday cards. Photo will be available as a digital download. After class, stay and enjoy The 12 Days of Christmas at Night exhibit.

Dallas Arboretum
and Botanical Garden

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
Administrative Office Open Monday Through Friday, 8:30am - 5pm