Super Sessions

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Summit 2017 includes 8 Super Sessions before and after the conference program: Mike Moats, Ellen Anon, Bill Lea, Kevin Adams, Joe & Mary Ann McDonald, George Lepp, Grover Sanschagrin and Mary Virginia Swanson.

Super Sessions are $75/each and can be registered with or without Summit registration.

Online registration is now closed. However, you can still register onsite.

Super Session Topics:

Macro Photography–Capturing the Tiny Landscapes
Mike Moats

(Super Session 7)

This program will cover these three subjects: 1) The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer- In this segment you will learn what are the best cameras, lenses, tripod/head, accessories, and camera functions for the macro photographer. 2) Getting That Macro Shot- Most macro photographers struggle with depth of field and understanding f/stops. Mike will cover different styles of macro and how to make the depth of field work for each style. 3) Creating a Great Macro Image- You will learn some of the elements of design that make a great image, and how to find “character” in subjects. He also will explore what people like and dislike about our images and what makes one image more successful than another.

Extreme Capture Techniques in Nature Photography
George Lepp

(Super Session 6)

The versatility and power of today’s DSLRs have literally revolutionized nature photography. But for George Lepp each new advance fuels creative vision and moves us closer to the limitless photographic environment he craves. In this program, George shares the capture techniques and technology he’s developing and using right now both in the wild and in the studio. His talk will explain how to achieve unlimited depth of field in ultra-high-magnification studies and panoramic landscapes. He will further explain these techniques:

  • How to convey action through time and space with action sequence panoramas
  • Capturing intimate wildlife studies with extreme telephoto camera/lens combinations
  • Mastering time-lapse and stop action
  • Maximizing the power of 4K Video for motion and single-frame extraction. This program is for photographers who are interested in exploring today’s nearly limitless possibilities for interpretation of nature subjects. You will learn not just techniques but be encouraged to go the distance to accomplish previously unattainable, highest-quality images with the latest DSLRs, lenses, accessories for field and studio, and processing software.


The Everglades Project – A Six-Year Journey
Bill Lea

(Super Session 3)

I spend much of my time photographing black bears and the Great Smoky Mountains. I am drawn to causes. Black bears are so misunderstood and the real truth behind bears needs to be known. And yes, the Great Smoky Mountains are at times “loved to death”– there are needs for the Smokies. That said however, the Florida Everglades is one of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. Most people who live in South Florida have never even been to Everglades National Park. It boasts of no majestic mountains, babbling brooks, or roaring waterfalls. Its beauty is in the detail of its amazing tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate flora and fauna. Most of all it needs saving! So my wife Klari and I decided to do our best to make a difference on behalf of the Florida Everglades by creating an affordable coffee-table book that featured the beauty, wonder, and dire need of this magnificent ecosystem. Our goal was to CONNECT people to the Everglades so they might take action on its behalf! This presentation will cover the various aspects (research, writing, book design, photographing, publishing, marketing, and more) of our six-year journey to produce The Everglades – Where Wonders Only Whisper.

Digital After Dark
Kevin Adams

(Super Session 4)

What is there to shoot at night? I’m often asked that question and it always astounds me. Asking what is there to shoot at night is like asking what is there to shoot during the day. The answer is everything! But even if you photographed at night before, I’ll show you how to shoot subjects in ways you never thought possible. I do need to warn you about something before you attend, though. After you learn about all the exciting things you can do with your camera at night, you won’t be getting much sleep from then on. You’ll start to live by my mantra, “It ain’t over till the sun comes up!”

Capturing Hidden Worlds with Flash and Camera Traps
Joe McDonald

(Super Session 1)

Using flash, both in TTL and Manual Mode, in conjunction with camera traps or triggers, opens up an entirely new world of nature photography. These techniques allow one to photograph high-speed action, nocturnal wildlife, and subjects impossible to photograph by the conventional method of the photographer tripping the camera manually. This super session will explain how both TTL and Manual flash work and the considerations one must make for high-speed flash photography. We’ll cover the relationship between ambient light and flash, the role power ratios play, and how to most effectively use your flash, even for normal shooting. Virtually every high-speed flash application can be made with the traditional hotshoe flash equipment that you probably already own.

We’ll then explain how flash applies to camera trap and high-speed flash applications. We’ll be covering infrared camera triggers, high-speed shutters, and how to set up effective camera traps to capture a variety of subjects, from flying insects and flying bats to stalking ocelots and striking rattlesnakes. The equipment used for these techniques are all readily available commercially, and most items are quite affordable.

More Than Just Another Shot
Ellen Anon

(Super Session 2)

Crafting images that tell stories not just what you see, but how you feel about it. In todays world snapshots are made (and ignored) by the hundreds of millions each day. Technology has progressed to the point that it’s even possible for cameras to take images without anyone there to operate them, and cameras are literally everywhere. If you want your images to stand out, they have to go beyond merely documenting what’s in front of you. They need to tell stories and communicate what you feel about what you’re seeing. Even landscape shots can tell a story. The choices you make from the lens you use, your composition, your exposure settings and your processing, all become key elements in crafting your images that communicate your experience to your viewers. In this super session I’ll demonstrate how those choices, both in camera as well as during post processing, can affect the stories your images tell and their dramatic appeal and impact. If time permits you’ll have a chance to practice some of what is covered as well.

Photography and Marketing
Grover Sanschagrin

(Super Session 5)

You’re a photographer, not a marketer, right? Wrong! You’re both! Although marketing takes careful consideration and a bit of work, it doesn’t have to be difficult or unenjoyable. In this session we will learn how to tap into the best marketing secret weapon you have — your unique self. Armed with this weapon, marketing gets much easier, cheaper, and more effective. We will talk about promotional tools and tactics available today for photographers and other content creators. We’ll also dig into new revenue opportunities that exist for photographers in this age of social media and constant connectivity. Grover Sanschagrin, co-founder of PhotoShelter, will showcase several different examples of successful real world photographer marketing campaigns that should leave you inspired and motivated to use your own secret weapon.

Market Awareness/Market Savvy: A Survey of New Markets for Photography
Mary Virginia Swanson

(Super Session 8)

As more photographers bring their imagery to market, the number of persons interested in acquiring exceptional imagery increases for diverse purposes, from purchasing limited edition fine art prints for the wall to securing permission to reproduce unique images for use as illustration. All photographers are wise to be open to all income streams. In this afternoon seminar, noted educator Mary Virginia Swanson will guide participants through the challenges and opportunities facing traditional and emerging markets for fine art photography.  Research methods will be explained, presentation tools and pricing models utilized in multiple markets shared along with a discussion of best practices when utilizing relevant social media platforms.