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 Spring and Summer programs is now open.

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Shooting by Moonlight

February 21

5 - 7 p.m.

$55 ($50 for Members)

Tom Maddrey, Professional Photographer & Art Attorney

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Many have had the joy of photographing the Arboretum under the Texas sun, but few have experienced the thrill of photographing after the sky goes dark. Experience the beauty of the garden by the light of the moon. Join professional photographer and attorney Thomas Maddrey as he guides you through some of the various ways you can capture amazing images when the lights are off! Processes like “painting with light” and “shooting by moonlight” will be explored. The date has been specially chosen to coincide with a full moon!

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DSLR Photography Basics

February 27-SOLD OUT!

March 19

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

$65 ($59 for Members)

Scott Williams, Visual Impressions, Inc.

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Begin mastering the operations of your DSLR 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. This class, aimed at beginning photographers, fills quickly so register today! 

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Best Shot with What You Got!

March 12

8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

$55 ($50 for Members)

Roger Bell, Retired Photography Director for Scottish Rite

Paul Fuller, Full Color, Inc

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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. 

Photographing Texas Wildflowers with Master Photographer Allen Rokach Click for More

Photographing Texas Wildflowers with Master Photographer Allen Rokach

April 7-10

$650 ($585 for Members)*

Allen Rokach, Allen Rokach Photography

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Join us in the Brenham, Texas, countryside with former Senior Photography Editor for Southern Living, Allen Rokach, as he takes you on location April 7-10. During field sessions, you will receive in-depth instruction on making the best use of natural light and how to capture the spectacle of color as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers come into bloom. During review sessions, Allen will emphasize fundamental techniques to create great photos in your camera as well as simple retouching techniques. You will have the opportunity to photograph at spectacular private locations not open to the public. Equipment list available online. Space is limited. *Hotel fee separate

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Macro Photography Workshop

June 11

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

$250 ($225 for Members). 

Peter Poulides, Dallas Center for Photography

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This workshop will introduce the tools and techniques for taking intimate, bugs-eye photos of plants and flowers. Explore gear that will help you create images worthy of a placing on your wall. The day will be a mix of classroom lecture, shooting in the gardens and photo review.