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Wildflower Photography

Wild strawberry, wood anemone, bunchberry, hawkweed, blue flag iris and lupine are a few of the many flowers blooming in the northwoods during June. The boreal forest feels vibrant with green, and although you can’t capture smells in photos, the woods smell of pine sap. It’s the perfect time to spend a day in the woods capturing photos of flowers. During the workshop, professional photographer Bryan Hansel teaches techniques for taking your macro images from a simple picture of a flower to dreamy fine art while emphasizing the emotion of discovery. Participants should bring a digital camera, a macro lens, memory cards and extra batteries.

This workshop is an intensive one and a half day course. During the first evening, Bryan covers the basics of taking marco photos of flowers. The next day, the class photos the sunrise and then spends the day in the field capturing images of flowers. At mid-afternoon, the class returns to the North House to share images of the day. In addition to a camera and marco lens, participants should bring a laptop with the ability to download images from the camera and a way to transfer those images to Bryan’s laptop for a slideshow.


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Course Details

Length in days:
1 1/2

Day 1: 5-8 pm; Day 2: sunrise-5 pm

$145.00 per student (Regular rate)
$135.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed (free 30 day demo available)
  2. digital camera
  3. blank CDs
  4. extra batteries
  5. appropriate outdoor clothing
  6. bag lunch for second day
  7. bag dinner (if needed) for day 1
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Bryan Hansel Bryan Hansel

Bryan likes spending his mornings and evenings along the shore of Lake Superior making photographs of the sun creating new colors in the sky. He learned photography over 20 years ago in the black and white darkroom. Now, he makes his living taking photos. Not only is he a professional photographer, he writes freelance articles for magazines with credits including Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic, Backpacker and more. Bryan loves the north shore and shares his passion for the area teaching photography workshops and writing. Learn more about him at

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Wildflower Photography

Wildflower Photography