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 Class at Sugarloaf

I'll be presenting a special class in October at the Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, near Schroeder, Minnesota.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

On October 8, from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, I'll lead "Taking and Making Great Fall Photographs" as a special Fall colors class on the North Shore. All Summer, intructors at the Cove explored various aspects of working with natural items to create a wide variety of arts in the "Nature’s Raw Materials" classes, and this is the last program of that series for 2016.

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 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.

The Holiday Sale is Coming!

Save the dates! The 9th Annual Holiday Sale at the Vine Arts Center is coming on December 3 and 4, 2016. I always have a great time as VAC member seeing friends and showing off new gift ideas, and the range of artista and artizens at the Sales gets better every year. If you want to give truly unique and special gifts, this is the one place in the Twin Cities to be sure you can be that thoughtful giver.