The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University features thousands of species of flora from around the world and the photo opportunities abound all year long, especially in the fall when the park’s foliage comes alive with color.

On this workshop we will visit the Maples collection and then the Birch collection, as well as other parts of the park. Optional sunrise shoot at nearby Jamaica Pond from 6 - 7 AM at the boathouse (sunrise is at 6:19 AM – be advised his is the first day back on Standard Time, meaning we fall back an hour on Saturday night). This is not an Arnold Arboretum sponsored event. $5 donation to the Friends of the Arnold Arboretum is included for all registrants.

What You'll Learn
  • Composition

  • Importance of Lighting and Timing

  • Exposure refresher

  • Exposure compensation

  • White balance

Recommended Equipment
Physical Difficulty

Standing and walking on grass, gravel paths, and pavement.

Meeting Details

We will meet at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130 at 8 AM.

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Erik is a freelance photographer who specializes in trees and natural landscapes.  He is the current Education Coordinator at the Hyde Park Art Association, and he is a past President of the Boston Camera Club.  He lives in Roslindale with his wife Julie and sons Carl and William.  Although Erik enjoys photographing natural environments all over New England, his favorite destination is Boston’s Arnold Arboretum.

Erik’s work has appeared in Yankee Magazine, AMC’s Outdoors, Northern Woodlands, The Boston Globe, The Boston Metro, The Cape Cod Times, E the Environmental Magazine, and other publications.  He has shown his fine art prints in galleries throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Erik also has lectured and taught classes at the Arboretum, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain, the Concord Art Association, the Hyde Park Art Association, and many different camera clubs throughout New England. You can visit him online at