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Enjoy a full range of educational classes and programs for learners of all ages!
Photography
Whether you are an aspiring photographer or an experienced professional, the Garden provides photography classes for all skill levels taught by qualified professionals. We offer introductory classes that guide beginner photographers to acquire the basic principles and techniques of photography. For the experienced professional, we provide classes that build upon their skills and how to master new techniques. Whatever level of your experience or camera you use, we have a class for you! Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions in the Garden's digital classroom, along the Garden's trails or to Arizona destinations.

Photographing Agaves
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / April 29 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The Garden has one of the most diverse collections of agaves in the world with more than 2,500 plants. Join Lisa Langell for personal instruction as you navigate the Garden's trails to capture the beauty of the agave and its leaves. This class will cover proper exposure techniques, equipment with special attention to lighting, framing and composition. Open to all digital camera owners including smartphones. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, Apr 29, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   CLOSED

Butterfly Photography
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Sunday / April 30 / 7 - 10 a.m.

Photographing butterflies is an art form filled with both opportunities and challenges. Participants will have exclusive access to the Garden's new butterfly pavilion with its collection of beautiful butterflies. Learn to control the depth of field, color and light, isolate a subject from the background, exposure and composition. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017 - Session : Sun, Apr 30, 2017 7:00AM - 10:00AM   WAIT LIST

The Art of Vegetable Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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This program has been CANCELED. Please contact AdultEduc@dbg.org for more information.

Sunday / April 30 / 1 - 4 p.m.


Vegetables and fruits are part of everyday life, and these natural gifts can be transformed into a work of art. They are full of color, texture and patterns. You will learn the ideal way to capture every detail through photography. Discover how light, angles and details are used to portray the essence of these culinary delights. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Tracy Battaglia. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, Apr 30, 2017 1:00PM - 4:00PM   CLOSED

Mastering the Tools: The Secret of Lighting
Regular Price: $63.00
Member Price: $50.00
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Wednesday / May 3 / 6 - 8 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

Lighting is the essential ingredient in all photography. Yet for all its importance, light is too often unknown, unstudied and abused. This class will cover the most important aspects of light and how it can be used to turn snapshots into stunning photos. Understanding Your Camera and Mastering Exposure are prerequisites for this class. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 3, 2017 6:00PM - 8:00PM   (3 AVAIL)

iPhone and iPad Photography: Editing
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Sunday / May 7 / 12 - 2 p.m.

Learn to use photo editing app Snapseed on your iPhone and iPad to enhance your snapshots into stunning images. Ashley Lowery will walk you through the amazing transformations you can make with the touch of your finger! Students should download the free app Snapseed onto devices before class. Instructed by Ashley Lowery. Limit 15.
Session Spring 2017: Sun, May 7, 2017 12:00PM - 2:00PM   (7 AVAIL)

Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / May 10 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Cool nights are the perfect time to turn our eyes to the twinkling lights of the night sky and distant stars. Learn how to use the right equipment, correct exposure and metering, and specific techniques to photograph the stars. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Wed, May 10, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   WAIT LIST

Shooting for the Stars: In the Field
Regular Price: $186.00
Member Price: $149.00
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Saturday / May 13 / 5:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a field excursion to photograph desert landscapes set against the majesty of the night sky. This trip expands upon Shooting for the Stars: An Introduction and provides additional guidance for more experienced photographers. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is best suited for DSLR camera owners that can operate in manual mode. Participants should bring DSLR camera, wide-angle lens, tripod and flashlight. This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Although the terrain is relatively even and can be traversed by most, participants should wear close-toed shoes. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 13, 2017 5:30PM - 11:00PM   WAIT LIST

Mastering the Tools: Composition
Regular Price: $75.00
Member Price: $60.00
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Saturday / May 20 / 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Mastering Series is recommended for DSLR camera owners only.

For many, no aspect of photography is more difficult than composition. Learn the rules for composing photographs and examine how they work in unison with exposure and subject selection to produce visually compelling images. Understanding Your Camera, Mastering Exposure and The Secret of Lighting are prerequisites for this class. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Sat, May 20, 2017 10:00AM - 1:00PM   (4 AVAIL)

Time-lapse Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Tuesday / July 25 / 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Discover the world of time-lapse photography. Learn the tips and techniques to capture time as they occur in intervals. Lisa Langell will also discuss the appropriate equipment often used to capture these images. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Jul 25, 2017 5:30PM - 8:30PM   (9 AVAIL)

Desert in Black and White
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / July 29 / 3 - 6 p.m.

Black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on an image. Without the distraction of color, composition becomes more important, and the contrast between light and dark, subject and angle creates photographs of magnitude. Learn to use your camera and your eye to take beautiful black and white photographs. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Joanne West and John Marino. Limit 15.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Jul 29, 2017 3:00PM - 6:00PM   OPEN

Patterns in Nature
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Saturday / August 19 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Did you know that you can actually control how your audience feels and experiences your photography through light, shade and creative composition? In this class, you will learn the quintessential compositional elements oriented toward wildlife and nature photography. Discussion will include rule of thirds, the Fibonacci sequence, leading lines, color harmony, tension, positive and negative space, journalistic photography styles, power points, post-processing concepts, and more. Open to all digital cameras that can shoot in manual mode. Participants should bring camera, manual and a variety of lenses. Instructed by Lisa Langell. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (6 AVAIL)

Introduction to Macro Photography
Regular Price: $56.00
Member Price: $45.00
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Sunday / August 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

In photography, the closer you focus on a given subject, the more you reveal. Join us as we explore an unfamiliar world by magnifying a subject. We will discuss the difference between close-up and macro photography, ways to get very close, equipment, focusing, lighting and steadying the camera. While this introductory class is open to all camera owners, it is best suited for those who are proficient in operating a DSLR camera. Some photography practice in the Garden is included. Click here for required equipment. Instructed by Robert McBride. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Sun, Aug 20, 2017 9:00AM - 12:00PM   (5 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: An Introduction
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Thursday / August 24 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on an in-class photographic journey of the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon, north of Sedona. He will cover general photographic techniques and the use of natural light to capture this scenic area. Open to all digital camera owners. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Thu, Aug 24, 2017 6:30PM - 8:30PM   (5 AVAIL)

Photographing Oak Creek Canyon: In the Field
Regular Price: $311.00
Member Price: $249.00
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Saturday / August 26 / 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Join Robert McBride on a journey that spans the lower end of the West Fork Trail of Oak Creek Canyon in the north through Red Rock State Park on the southern end of the valley. You will explore techniques on how to capture this unique environment from general photographic skills, to equipment, to composition and the use of natural light. While all digital camera owners are welcome, this class is most appropriate for DSLR cameras.This is an offsite program and transportation is included. Click here for required equipment. Limit 8.
Session Summer 2017: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 7:30AM - 5:30PM   (3 AVAIL)

Photoshop Studio
Regular Price: $69.00
Member Price: $55.00
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Tuesday / August 29 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Spend your summer evenings editing your favorite photographs using Photoshop Elements. Join Robert McBride as he briefly demonstrates how to edit photographs from start to finish. The majority of the class time will be conducted as an open studio where students can edit their images, "fine tune" their Photoshop Elements skills and receive one-on-one assistance using the Garden's digital classroom. Students need a basic working knowledge of computers and Photoshop Elements. Windows®-based, but Mac® users are welcome. Click here for required equipment. Limit 12.
Session Spring 2017: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   OPEN

Painting with Light
Regular Price: $50.00
Member Price: $40.00
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Wednesday / August 30 / 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Create unique photographic images through light painting. Join Ashley Lowery and learn to use light sources to paint images and words with long exposures and flashlights. Class time will be spent in the Garden, where participants will 'paint' the desert scene and plants with light. For digital SLR cameras with a tripod only. Students should bring a flashlight. This class is designed for beginner-level photographers and no prior experience is required. Limit 12.
Session Summer 2017: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 6:00PM - 8:30PM   (7 AVAIL)

CANCELLATION POLICY

Program registration may be canceled up to two weeks prior to the start date for a $20 processing fee. If you are unable to attend a class/workshop, you may transfer your registration to an alternate participant with your confirmation. Desert Botanical Garden reserves the right to cancel programs at its discretion. Programs will run as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless participants are contacted directly by Garden staff either by phone or email. Please contact registrar@dbg.org or call 480 481.8146 (Option 2) for cancellations and refunds.