Breakout Sessions

Simply Monochrome, a “Black and White“ Journey
Norbert Rosing

This presentation is something different and full of surprises. Norbert will show his view of nature photography today with a look of “back to the roots.” Although he also shoots in color, Norbert has liked black and white photography for several decades. Initially he preferred the Agfa Scala 200, which he describes as a “wonderful grainy and atmospheric film.” In 2015 he fell in love with the Leica M Monochrom, a camera that can only produce b/w images. He describes the lenses as legendary. Using this camera he first went on a two-week journey to Cuba and photographed people, cars (of course) and trees. After that he went by ship to Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago to capture icebergs, glaciers, polar bears and scenery. By the time the journey was over, many of all the photographers on the ship had shifted their cameras to b/w mode. Also in 2015 Norbert went to remote places in Germany and photographed very moody scenes in the forests growing around huge rock formations. So far in 2016 he has traveled to Churchill in Canada to photograph trees, snowdrifts and the spooky aurora borealis. Norbert is fascinated by the very different look of b/w images, the very fine grades of grey and the “melt” when shooting open aperture. He will discuss b&w photography and equipment and illustrate his adventures with striking b&w images.

Reading Weather From a Meteorologist’s Point-of-View
Michael DeYoung

In this breakout session you will learn tips on how to better predict, find and capture dramatic and colorful light by learning more about how our atmosphere works. For over 25 years, landscape and adventure photographer Michael DeYoung has been using his meteorological skills from his former U.S. Air Force career. This experience has allowed him to better serve tourism and other commercial clients who depend on specific weather conditions for the imagery they want. Join Michael as he shares his vast weather knowledge and shows you how it connects to understanding, finding and exploiting the best light. Clouds and weather are nature’s “light modifiers” placed between the sun and our subject. Unlike studio photography we can’t control how natural light is modified. We can, however, learn to best match subject matter to given weather conditions and learn what weather is most favorable to specific landscape subjects. See how a wealth of information from National Weather Service websites can be helpful in planning shoots. Learn to identify cloud types and what conditions lead to the most colorful sunrises and sunsets. With practice you’ll soon increase your success rate of capturing dramatic landscape and outdoor images.

The New Plane- Cameras That Fly
David Meyers

Drones are a unique platform that have given us the ability to capture images that once we could only imagine, guess and hope to capture. Discussion will revolve around educating attendees on aerial photography, capabilities and limitations and how to get started in this new photographic plane that was once reserved only to a few. Explore this powerful, go-anywhere flying camera system with ProSky Studio’s Director of Business Development, David Meyers.

Conservation Photography: Creating Images to Save a Species
Katherine Feng

Katherine says that conservation photography of animals is more than taking beautiful photos of them. Effective images also need to show their habitat and behavior, educate people about what is threatening them, and show their relationship to the people who co-exist with them. Conservation photographers also want to highlight the efforts to protect animal habits as well as inspire people to take action. Katherine will share her experiences working as a conservation photographer in China.

Make the Most of your next photo workshop with LUMIX Luminary
Rob Knight

If you’re going to attend a nature photography workshop, you probably want to maximize the value for your time and your hard-earned money. This program is full of tips and ideas to help make the most of your time in the field. Rob Knight has been leading photography workshops for the last eight years, and working hard to ensure his clients have great workshop experiences. There are a few things that can make the difference between a good workshop and a great one. He will share what he has learned from his observations leading workshops and stories from some of his colleagues to help you have a good time, save you stress in the field, and make sure that you come back from your next nature workshop with amazing photos!

Just Below the Surface–Photographing Life in Rivers, Creeks and Vernal Pools
Steven David Johnson

Most underwater photography workshops focus on oceans and reefs, but remarkable biodiversity can also be found in creeks, rivers and seasonal ponds. We’ll look at equipment, techniques and aesthetics related to documenting the seasonal lifecycles of freshwater denizens such as salamanders, frogs, fish and even mammals.

Topics will include:

  • –  Learning to find freshwater life
  • –  Freshwater conservation issues
  • –  Choosing the right underwater camera for the occasion
  • –  Underwater lighting
  • –  Wide angle and macro equipment
  • –  What to wear
  • –  Specialty techniques: Underwater intervalometer anyone?


Creative Composition: The Influence of Design in Photography
Jennifer King

This program is a study in how the principles of design apply to photography. Design principles have long been used by artists and photographers for composition. How these fundamental principles are rooted in visual design, and why they work, can help us to recognize the impact they have on our images. Understanding where these basic principles of design can influence our photography will help us take steps to improve our creativity behind the camera.

Glaciers to Granite, Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration
Tom Blagden

Maine’s Acadia National Park is celebrating its 100th birthday. For much of his life Tom Blagden has devotedly photographed the park to capture its essence and natural beauty. This effort recently culminated in the Rizzoli coffee table book Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration. Tom’s presentation will discuss his personal experiences in Acadia and how he developed them into a major book. In addition, Tom offers a philosophical perspective on the value of establishing a sense of place and the importance of fostering a connection with wild landscapes. Acadia was created by a few for the benefit of many, but its future is fragile, and Tom’s photography has helped forge an ongoing commitment to preserve its integrity.

In Search of Lost Frogs and Other Stories: Photography as a Tool for Conservation
Robin Moore

How do we reignite interest in conservation to a public that I think has been disempowered by prophecies of inevitable doom and gloom? In a bid to tap into our thirst for adventure and discovery, in 2010 Robin Moore, PhD, spearheaded a campaign called The Search for Lost Frogs. This project sent more than thirty teams into twenty countries in search of frogs, salamanders and worm-like caecilians that were unseen for decades. This quest led to more than a dozen rediscoveries and a flurry of media attention. It had rapidly become, according to the website Mongabay, “One of conservation’s most exciting expeditions.” Stories of rediscovery transformed amphibians from symbols of extinction to symbols of hope in Israel, Haiti, and elsewhere, and inspired the book In Search for Lost Frogs. This book is a narrative of his journey wrapped around over 400 eye-popping images of frogs. Inspired by the book’s success, Robin spearheaded two more initiatives using photography and visual storytelling to engage people in conservation. He will show images from his series Metamorphosis, a unique visual campaign blending science and art to explore our connection with amphibians. He also will talk about Frame of Mind, a program to connect youth in Haiti with their environment through photography and visual storytelling. Together, these three approaches strive to engage and reconnect us with our natural world and some of its most imperiled inhabitants.

Techniques and Approaches for Bird Photography
George Lepp

For more than forty years, George Lepp has been applying continuing advances in technology and technique to photographing bird subjects all over the world—in the wild and in controlled conditions. In this program, he shares his most successful approaches to one of his favorite photographic pursuits, from blinds to long lenses, creative tactics, sophisticated tools, innovative techniques, and the power of advanced DSLRs, while emphasizing photographers’ responsibilities for ensuring the safety of avian subjects and their environments.

Organizing, Cataloguing, and Keywording: Preparing Your Images for the Future
Kathy Adams Clark

As photographers we spend a lot of time thinking about making our photos and processing those photos. Many of us overlook or pay little attention to organizing, cataloguing, and keywording to find those image five, ten, or fifteen years from now. This program will begin with an overview of Digital Asset Management then continue with workflow suggestions that include renaming files, adding descriptions, and adding keywords. Participants will learn how to build keyword lists and how to import and export those lists. We’ll discuss the concept of controlled vocabulary to maintain a uniform cataloguing system. Discussions will illustrate how keywords can help plan for future projects and make compiling those projects easier. We’ll look forward to see how work we do now can make finding photos easier and faster in the future. Software such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Media Pro, Extensis, ACDSee Pro, Cumulus, and others will be discussed and demonstrated. Cloud storage sites such as Photoshelter, Smugmug, and Zenfolio will also be discussed.

Alternative Landscapes
Jon Holloway

How we define the landscape is a personal interpretation. One defined by experience, observation, and the intent of the photographer to create a meaningful image. Utilizing pin hole cameras, 4×5 field camera bodies, plastic cameras, lighting, and not your ordinary gear opens a creative door that is unique and quite different from the mainstream digital world. As photographers, the camera is an extension of our vision. Personal projects are also essential to creating a unique vision. The evolution of personal projects including landscapes and interpretive portraiture will be explored. How one project leads to the next interpretation and becomes a building block to one’s personal vision. The natural world is one of beauty and perfection, the added imperfection of the lens and the camera creates a view outside of the minds eye. Utilizing these alternative means to represent the personal interpretation, the camera simply become an extension of the creative conscious.

Turbocharging Lightroom with Collections, Publishing Galleries, Plugins & More!

 Sean Fitzgerald

Most photographers have barely tapped into all that Lightroom can do to help them organize, develop, share, output, sell and even protect their mages easily and efficiently. Features like stars, labels, and metadata combined with Lightroom Collections help organize your images in powerful and unexpected ways. Lightroom presets and plugins can be used together to jumpstart and dramatically expand your image processing capabilities. Publishing Services can be used  to publish images effortlessly to social media and sites like your WordPress website, Flickr, Photoshelter, SmugMug, printers, and even to the US copyright office for one-click registration. Last but not least, Lightroom plugins can extend the features and usability of Lightroom in powerful ways, from adding advanced search and replace capabilities to adding, enhancing or stripping metadata. Learning to turbocharge your Lightroom will help you build a more efficient digital workflow. Presentation will include precise recommendations and even a few give-aways.