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.
Registration for Fall Adult Education programs opens September 1. Call 2143.515.6539 for more info.
Nature Through the Lens: Amateur Photography Contest presented by Full Color
A juried exhibition of photography of the Arboretum
Join us this fall for the Dallas Arboretum's juried photography exhibition and sale presented by Full Color. All of the photos will capture the unique beauty of the garden in all four seasons. The exhibition will be featured in the Gallery at Rosine Hall, October 1 through October 30, during Autumn at the Arboretum. This area is located just inside the main entrance next to the gift store.
The exhibition is open to all photographers. Applicants may apply in one of three categories- Landscape, Close-up, or Art & Architecture. The photos must be of the Arboretum gardens or from a previous Arboretum workshop within the last 24 months*. The Arboretum is interested in seeing your unique perspective of the garden throughout the year and sharing what makes this space a treasure in Dallas. The gardens are open to photographers daily between 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
You may submit up to two photos with each application fee of $25. The fee includes one admission ticket to the garden and two photo submissions to the jury. All applications must be submitted by August 31, 2016.
Please direct questions to the Adult Programs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.515.6538.
Photo Stroll with Dallas Center for Photography
October 12, 6-8pm, $65 ($59 for Members)
Peter Poulides, Dallas Center for Photography
The Arboretum is a beautiful place to shoot photos any time of year, but where are the best spots? Join experts from DCP as they help you take a different look at the garden. Stroll the garden exploring great spots for photos. Conclude with a review and discussion of your time shooting in the garden.
The Best Shot with What You’ve Got
October 15, 9am-12pm, $72 ($65 for Members)
Roger Bell, retired Photography Director for Scottish Rite Paul Fuller, Full Color, Inc.
Today’s technology allows us to capture the amazing world around us with cameras, phones or tablets. Learn the fundamentals of digital photography and explore what you can do with the images once you capture them.
Focus on the Garden – Botanical Photography
November 5, 9am-5pm, $219 ($199 for Members)
Irwin Lightstone, Radiant Images
Whether you are shooting with a smart phone, small digital camera or large lensed DSLR, everyone takes plant pictures. During the day, you will work on camera control, basic lighting and composition techniques. You will also be introduced to focus stacking. The day will be a mix of classroom lecture, shooting in the gardens and photo review.
Birds and Landscapes of New Mexico: Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument
December 2 – 10,
$1,300 ($1,170 for Members)*
Allen Rokach, Allen Rokach Photography
This December, join former Senior Photography Editor for Southern Living, Allen Rokach, as he shows you how to capture the natural beauty of two incredible destinations. This unusual 9-day nature photography workshop takes participants to two distinctive locations in New Mexico to photograph two extraordinary aspects of nature. The trip will begin outside of Albuquerque at Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, which is the winter nesting ground for huge flocks of frisky Snow Geese and elegant Sandhill Cranes, plus other birds and wildlife. Outings at sunrise and late afternoon until sunset will enable us to capture each location in the most dramatic light.
You will learn how to create compelling compositions as well as how to use New Mexico’s luminescent light to create dramatic images of the cranes and snow geese in an enchanting environment. At White Sands National Monument, you will make innovative pictures of the pristine environment of gypsum dunes. You will practice a variety of approaches to composition, such as capturing overviews, vignettes and details; integrating desert plants with the dunes; and looking for abstractions, shapes, lines and textures.
*Hotel fee separate