Santa Cruz "Bokeh-Botanical" Gardens Photography Workshop
(This workshop is limited to 6 students)
Photos from the last workshop
"DeAnna gave us much more than what was expected. We received instruction in close-ups as well as macro photography. She artfully explained composition options for our subjects. It wasn't just about flowers. There were quail, rabbits, and other critters that filled the day with photo opportunities."
-- Tim R.
Join Aperture Academy as we explore the gardens at the University of California Santa Cruz Arboretum!
The UCSC Arboretum is home to the largest collection of South African and Australian plants outside of their countries, as well as plants from California, New Zealand, and Chile. This 3-hour workshop is an introduction to flower photography, with an emphasis on taking your photographic skills to the next level.
Although the image possibilities are seemingly endless at the Arboretum's 100-acre world-class gardens, our instructors will take you to their favorite places and show you some of the Arboretum's hidden gems and most unique blooms.
If you have a telephoto lens, bring it! The garden is also home to humming birds and we'll spend some time locating them and hopefully capturing some images of them!
Everyone will enjoy the fun approach of our photography instructors as they provide hands-on, personalized instruction. As with all our workshops, we will work with you on composition, give you tools and tips for determining the optimum exposure, and cover many other topics to get you comfortable with your camera. Our goal is to help you learn...and of course, have fun along the way!
Equipment To Bring
Click here for a map to the Gardens.
What's Included/Not Included
What's Included in Your Workshop:
What's not included
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service, and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously, and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them has the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable, and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and or spouses are welcome to attend but will be liable for their transportation. For more information, please contact the Aperture Academy staff.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!