2019 Schedule

Plan your Summit experience

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

1:00 – 4:00 pm

Registration open

TBA

Pre-shooting experience B&H Photography (additional fee)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:30 am – 7:00 pm

Registration open

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Super Session

optional add-on, additional fee required

To the Ends of the Earth with Todd Gustafson

What does it mean to be a storyteller and how do you deliver that story through photographic imagery?  Explore connections between humans and nature, learning the art of seeing with the intent to deliver a more impactful message to viewers. Using his documentary To the Ends of the Earth as a central thread, Todd will explore these areas and more, including a technical discussion of how to make an effective, informative and engaging film using Premier Pro.

To the Ends of the Earth started as a gallery, then became a limited edition three-book set, and finally evolved into an hour-long documentary for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS). Jane Goodall observed, “Through Todd’s lens we see a vanishing natural world…a world we have the power to protect. Collectively, these photographs explore different aspects of the animals’ behavior, a visual commentary on what it means to be born free into the last wild places.”

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Canon Professional Services

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Portfolio Reviews
optional add-on, additional fee

More information to come

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Super Sessions (choose one):

optional add-on, additional fee

Getting the Most out of the Raw Processor with Lewis Kemper

Whether you are new to Adobe Camera Raw/Lightroom or have been processing your raw images for years, Lewis will show you some techniques and tips for getting the most out of your files. Lewis will also cover the Basic tab for the bulk of your editing changes, the Detail tab for sharpening and noise reduction, Lens Corrections, HSL, and more.

Learn how to use the Graduated Filter, Adjustment Brush, and the Radial Filter to set your images apart from the crowd. Ansel Adams said, “The negative is the score, and print is the performance.” In today’s digital world, the raw file is the score, and your post-processing is the performance. Learn how to use the tools found in both Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom to turn your score into a performance that will dazzle your audiences! Learn how to use these tools to accentuate the stars in your pictures and to control the lighting of your images. Lewis will demonstrate his technique for “flipping the light” to make your subject the strongest visual element in your pictures. Take the ordinary and make it extraordinary with these tips and techniques.

The Workshop and Photo Tour Industry: Update and Future with Kathy Adams Clark

The photography workshop and tour business is on an upswing.  Clients with free time, cameras, and money are hungry for knowledge and new adventures.  Photographers with decades of experience, and those with only a bit of experience, are hanging out their shingles to attract clients.  Tour operators are changing their business model to attract clients and leaders.  Tourist destinations are opening their doors to attract visitors.

Join Kathy Adams Clark for this in-depth program exploring the past, present, and future of the photo workshop and tour industry.  This program is designed for those in the industry or interested in growing an existing business.  Survey data will be shared and topics will be opened for discussion.  Legal topics such as contracts, liability insurance, and client risk will be included.  We’ll explore demographics to see what’s in store for the future of this industry.

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Trade Show Open

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Exhibitor Demos

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

New Attendee Meet-and-Greet

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Welcome to the Summit

President’s Remarks & Welcome
Summit Chair Intro & Welcome
2019 Showcase Awards
NANPA Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

National Geographic Photo Ark with Joel Sartore 

The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to disappearing wildlife and their habitats. Led by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, over a decade ago. Since then he has visited 40 countries and has completed portraits of more than 8,000 of the estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark archive will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

The project engages students in the classroom through free educational materials and activities, and inspires the public through special exhibitions, books, TV specials, features in National Geographic magazine, and events around the world. An interactive digital experience allows people to engage with Photo Ark content on our website, explore animals in the collection, and share information about endangered species with their social networks.

8:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Keynote Speaker Q&A

Friday, February 22, 2019

7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration open

7:30 am – 8:15 am

Daily Announcements & Intro of Awards

NANPA Showcase Awards Presentation
NANPA Foundation Awards
Intro to the Foundation: John Nuhn
Janie Moore Greene Scholarship Grant
Phillip Hyde Grant
NANPA Outstanding Service 2019
NANPA Community Recognition 2019
NANPA Mission Award 2019
NANPA Vision Award 2019

8:15 am – 9:30 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

From the North Pole to the South Pole and In Between with Sue Flood

Join wildlife filmmaker and photographer Sue Flood on her adventures from A(ntarctica) to Z(ambia). Get behind-the-scenes details of her experiences in the field, particularly the polar regions, and how these experiences in extreme environments led to the publication of her books Cold Places and Emperor: The Perfect Penguin.

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Canon Professional Services

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Do Your Images Have a Future? with Wendy Shattil

You pour your heart and soul into creating images, but are you protecting their future, too? This breakout will help photographers determine which images should be preserved for historic, scientific or personal reasons; how to properly add searchable metadata and pertinent information to digital images, prints, slides and transparencies; how to best scan and archive slides and film; and how to archive images through long-lasting prints. What other info is important to preserve—videos, journals, anecdotes, experiences, relevant info about other people, events? We’ll also discuss issues and options for passing your images to family or appropriate institutions.

How will anyone know what’s important about your images if you don’t determine that yourself? Take this first step to perpetuate your valuable images and experiences.

Creative Macro Photography with Charles Needle

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level. This session covers more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide-angle macro. Charles also discusses specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Recommended experience level: intermediate and advanced.

The Conservation Committee: How NANPA Members Can Use Their Images for Conservation with Andrew Snyder

Learn the ins and outs of the NANPA Conservation Committee: what is our mission and what can we provide NANPA members? You don’t need to be a conservation photographer to contribute to conservation efforts. Find out how to get involved in citizen science projects and other initiatives.

11:30 am – 5:00 pm

Portfolio Reviews

additional fee

More info to come

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Exhibitor Demos

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Lightning Talks

Meet all of these photographers in quick succession: Marie Read, Enrique Aguirre, Carl Henry, Lynne Buchanan, Jerry Jacques, Shane McDermott, and Irene Sacilotto

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Copyright for Nature Photographers with Sean Fitzgerald

Copyright laws offer photographers a wide range of benefits, especially to those who register their images with the Copyright Office. Unfortunately very few photographers do so, often from confusion about how to do it and why. This breakout will demystify the process, explaining the benefits of registering and providing strategies for doing so in an efficient photographic workflow. We will also talk about the state of the law on copyright for photographers, new ways to find and prosecute infringers, risks of online social media, and, hopefully, how to use the new copyright small claims court NANPA is helping to establish. Extensive notes and “how to” guides will be provided.

Camera Trapping for High-Quality Wildlife Images with Roy Dunn

Camera trapping captures wildlife photographs remotely, and is probably the fastest growing genre of nature photography. An animal triggers a sensor, and its image is captured with no dynamic human intervention or presence. A myriad of techniques and plethora of gear can be applied, and like all photography, lighting is the key to creating high-quality, impactful images.

Perfect for both the seasoned camera trapper as well as the curious beginner, this breakout session will cover a brief history of camera trapping, and move from simple ways to photograph your backyard critters, day or night, to exotic setups employed to capture stunning imagery of the most elusive mammals. Discover gear and techniques that enable even beginners with tight budgets to achieve wonderful images. Learn which gear is right for specific applications: from kangaroo rats to hummingbirds, insects in flight to songbirds, and even the majestic mountain lions living around Los Angeles.

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Dinner on your own

7:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Announcements

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

The Human Element with James Balog

We humans are a force of nature. At the same time human activities alter the basic elements of life—earth, air, water, and fire—and those elements change human life in turn.

In this riveting and visually rich drama, blending art and science, we follow renowned environmental photographer James Balog as he explores wildfires, hurricanes, sea level rise, a struggling coal mining community, and our changing air supply. With rare compassion and heart, The Human Element highlights Americans who are on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.

8:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Keynote Speaker Q&A

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

James Balog film, The Human Element

Saturday, February 23, 2019

7:00 am – 5:30 pm

Registration open

7:30 am – 8:45 am

NANPA Business Meeting

President’s Remarks & Welcome, Daily Announcements
NANPA College Program Intro NANPA Awards (Part II)
Community Recognition Award
NANPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

8:45 am – 9:45 am

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Florian Schulz

8:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Keynote Speaker Q&A

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Canon Professional Services

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Trade Show Open to the Public

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one):

In the Mind of: John Shaw with John Shaw and Kathy Adams Clark

Meet John Shaw, recipient of NANPA’s 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in this informal interview facilitated by Kathy Adams Clark. Since the beginning of his career as a nature photographer in the 1970s, John’s work has been showcased in most of the major nature publications including National Geographic, Nature’s Best, and Outdoor Photographer. He’s a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens, a Microsoft Icon of Imaging, and part of Epson’s Stylus Pro fine art print makers group. Listen to John talk about some of his most popular images, his career, and where he’s going next.

This breakout will be held one time so coordinate your schedule.

Photography as a Spiritual Practice with Ron Rosenstock

You will learn the techniques of vision that will help you create meaningful images and to practice photography as a path to self-discovery. With the aid of a specially prepared slideshow and many references to the masters of photography (Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Minor White and Paul Caponigro), Ron will communicate the common thread of the creative process.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Lunch

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Exhibitor Demos

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Portfolio Reviews

additional fee

More info to come

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

NANPA Environmental Impact Award 2019: Clay Bolt

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Refreshment Break with Exhibitors

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions (choose one):

Ethics and the Nature Photographer with Jennifer Leigh Warner

Dive deep into controversial issues in nature photography ethics, thinking about the limits to what a photographer can and should do to create impactful images. Knowing that how we make our images and how we label them defines us as photographers, NANPA Ethics Committee Chair Jennifer Leigh Warner will discuss the importance of social responsibility and maintaining public trust in nature-related imagery.

Creative Macro Photography with Charles Needle

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader Charles Needle will guide you through all the steps necessary to take your macro photography to the next level. This session covers more advanced topics, such as selective-focus macro, “shooting through” with a telephoto lens, close-up lenses/diopters, artistic macro with Lensbaby and Kaleidoscopic lenses, Soft-Glow Montage macro, and wide-angle macro. Charles also discusses specific methods for shooting water droplets, reflections on iridescent glass, mylar, and everyday household objects. Recommended experience level: intermediate and advanced.

The Salton Sea Story: History & Hope with Sandy Zelasko

The Salton Sea, an invaluable habitat for an entire desert ecosystem, is at its breaking point. Located in the Imperial Valley of Southern California, extreme challenges and complex restoration lie ahead. With the latest water diversions, over 400 species of birds along the Pacific Flyway will immediately feel the pressure of the shrinking sea. Vulnerable species will remain at risk and airborne toxic dust is estimated to increase cases of respiratory illness in human populations throughout the Southwest.

However, the fading banks weren’t always in trouble. The sea is actually a shallow, accidental lake. The largest in California. It is 35 miles long, 15 miles wide and a mere 43 feet at its maximum depth. Formed in 1905, when the Colorado River breached a canal and flooded the Salton Sink, it became a mecca for the rich and famous. Those with development dreams envisioned the next Palm Springs and heavy hitters such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the Beach Boys would vacation at the promising metropolis.

Today, it is going to require hard work, science, technology, education and water along with environmental protections to rescue and sustain this fragile ecosystem.

5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Dinner on your own

7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Announcements and College Program

8:15 pm – 9:15 pm

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Inspiration, Support, Transition and Awe: The Keys to Success in Nature Photography with George Lepp

What are the essential elements of a successful career in nature photography? George Lepp’s answer to this enduring question explores the grand circle of any professional artist’s life well lived: receiving and sharing the gifts of inspiration, support, evolution (technical and creative, intellectual and ethical), and, above all, the continuing ability to recognize the extraordinary while appreciating the everyday wonders of the natural world.

In this program, George Lepp recalls the places, people, philosophies, products, and principles that have motivated and sustained his lifetime passion for nature photography. He shares the ways in which these important factors contributed to his successful fifty-year career, and how they can serve as inspiration and motivation for all nature photographers in today’s challenging and rapidly changing environments.

9:15 pm – 9:30 pm

Keynote Speaker Q&A

Sunday, February 24, 2019

8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Registration open

8:30 am – 11:30 am

SUPER SESSIONS (choose one)

optional add-on, additional fee required

Developing Your Personal Vision and Style: Landscape, Nature, and Travel Images That Tell a Story with Gary Crabbe

Find out how photographers develop their own personal vision and style, growing beyond clichés, postcards, and icon shots to take truly evocative images that communicate exactly what they see as special in the world. We’ll cover the full spectrum of what it takes to create images that truly communicate, from gear selection, pre-planning, on-location choices we make regarding subject, composition, natural lighting, as well as some post-processing and software considerations. In addition, the presentation will touch on both psychological and physiological factors that affect our creative choices.

Ansel Adams said, “There are two people in every photo: the photographer and the viewer.” Every photographer walks a path toward visual discovery and photographic growth, but it is how we learn to see and compose images that help to connect us with our subject and, in turn, connect the viewer with our images. It is the development of our personal vision and style that helps define our unique angle in this storytelling environment.

The Life of a Project: From Concept to Presentation with Mary Virginia Swanson

In this visually rich presentation, Mary Virginia Swanson outlines steps that every photographic project should take as it heads through production to publication/exhibition. What early research can facilitate access and secure the funding and equipment needed? How can you maximize time and funds? What do you need to know about target audience(s) to determine your final product: limited edition handcrafted prints? Lower cost printing/surfaces? Banners for public art display and ease in touring an exhibition? How do you choose an exhibition venue, prepare strategic proposals and suggest educational programming that fits each venue? Is a publication of the work desirable? What should it cost, and which publishers should you approach? Should you license your work? If so, how do you identify buyers and inform them of availability?

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch on your own

TBA

Post-even field trip B&H Night Photography (additional fee)