CKSandberg Photography

fine-art photography and photo education

I’m Chris Sandberg.  I create evocative images of the natural world, with a focus on the woods and water of Minnesota, and the stark beauty of the American Southwest. You can view and acquire the very best of my work here, check up on the latest news, read my thoughts on the art and craft of photography, and register to join my photographic skills classes and workshops.  You can also arrange custom photo work for your home or business.

Special Classes at Sugarloaf

I'll be presenting two special classes in August at the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, near Schroeder, Minnesota.

Friday, August 12, 2016

On August 12 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, I'll lead "Taking and Making Great Outdoor Images" as part of Sugarloaf's new Friday series – Nature’s Raw Materials. On Fridays beginning in July, intructors at the Cove are exploring various aspects of working with natural materials to create a wide variety of products.

This four-hour working session will focus on getting closer to the elusive goal of making great outdoor photographic prints. The afternoon will be split into three parts:

     •     classroom time exploring the creative and technical aspects of shooting in the wild (with an emphasis on using manual settings to enhance the creative process),

     •     a block of time for individual shooting in the many settings around the Cove with my coaching, and

     •     a final segment where I will print a selected image that each participant took during the class and show the group the Photoshop techniques used in that process.

Each participant will go home with a 10 X 14 print of their chosen image of the day.

Requirements for the class are minimal: a digital camera with access to manual controls and removable storage (SD, mini-SD, or CF flash card), plus clothing and footwear appropriate for shooting in the woods and on the shoreline. This class does assume some familiarity with outdoor photography, but is by no means an "expert" course.

Tuition for this class is $25 for members of Sugarloaf Stewardship Association and $30 for non-members; Cost of materials is built into the tuition.

You can register for this class at or get more information about Sugarloaf by contacting Margie Menzies, 218-663-7679, email As with all of the Friday series, this class is limited to 15 participants, and pre-registration via the Sugarloaf website is important if you want to hold a spot. Walk-ins will be accepted as long as spaces remain up to the 15-participant limit.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

On August 13 from 10:00 a.m.—noon, I'll present a two-hour informal classroom workshop, "Field and Screen—Intro to Outdoor Photography." This class is designed to introduce photographers to the key skills they need for great outdoor shooting. The class will look at the two most important parts of the photographic process: finding outdoor scenes that that have the power to impact viewers, and and capturing those scenes in a way that reflects the photographer’s vision. Topics in the class will include:

     •     Avoiding the obvious picture 

     •     Times and places for interesting images 

     •     Going beyond your camera’s program settings 

     •     What equipment to take into the woods (and what not to take)  

          How much money to spend to get good photographs

The class will be appropriate for photographers of all skill levels including beginners, and will be held in the Cove’s main Center. Attendees will also have a chance to win one of my prints of the beautiful Cove!

Cost for this informal workshop is $2 per person; $5 per family, payable at the door.

Back from Arizona

June is mighty hot in Phoenix, but much nicer as you head north (and up) in Arizona. This trip ranged from one of the newest National Monuments (Ague Fria NM) to two of the oldest (Bandolier and Tonto NMs), to the eastern section of the Saguaro National Forest, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and to Lower Antelope Canyon.

The image at the top of this page is from Lower Antelope, which is one of my favorite spots in canyon country. The forms, the colors, the amzing weathering of rushing water—all unmatched for otherworldly beauty. Compared to Upper Antelope, Lower is tighter and a bit more claustrophobic, but has a special beauty of its own. It used to be very lightly visited, but those days are (sadly) over, and the crowds now are amazing. The guide with my group said they expect to put 1500+ visitors through the canyon every day in the Summer!

I've put some of my favorite images from this trip—Antelope and other sites—on the "Recent Work" page. Check them out, and let me know what you think: here's the email link.

Canyonlands Guide

I'm thrilled to announce that my image of a Mesa Arch Sunrise (click here to jump to the page) has been selected as the gatefold image for the Canyonlands Natural History Association's 2016 Island in the Sky Road Guide.  The CNHA is a non-profit that supports the parks and public lands of southeastern Utah. with the goal of enhancing visitors' appreciation of public lands. The Guide is an introduction to the amazing Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park, and routes the user through 18 stops with particular beauty in the Park.

In support of the CNHA's great work promoting and protecting the amazing landscapes of that area, I'm donating 15% of all my sales of the Mesa Arch Sunrise print during 2016 to CNHA. Your purchase of a print will not only beautify your home or office, it will help keep Canyonlands healthy and open to visitors in the future!

And, here's a look at my image in the Guide: