Breakout Sessions

Friday Session I                           10:00am – 11:30am


Eric Cheng – Aerial Nature: Using Unmanned Aircraft

Eric ChengHave you ever wanted to take a photo of a scene from a high vantage point but none either was available or you didn’t want to hire an aircraft or climb a nearby mountain? Remote-controlled multicopters provide photographers an exciting and powerful new tool to capture aerial perspectives that are otherwise too difficult or unavailable. Camera-enabled multicopters are small, inexpensive, unobtrusive, and safe when used correctly. Eric Cheng will showcase the latest in flying camera technology with a lecture, a video presentation, and a demonstration if possible. Only a basic knowledge of photography is required.


Jamie Konarski Davidson – Interpretive Nature Photography

Jamie Konarski Davidson

When photographing nature, photographers go through many phases to find their unique visual voice and creative style. The process begins when the fundamental technical aspects of photography become instinctual. Your visual voice shines when you connect more deeply with subjects. By using creative field and post-processing techniques, you can produce images that convey the essence of the subject as well as the photographer’s emotional response to the subject. Jamie Konarski Davidson will share her personal approach to nature photography and challenge you to move from the literal image and grow as an interpretive and expressive photographer. Only a basic knowledge of photography is required.


Ellen Anon – Optimizing for Impact

Ellen Anon

Using her exquisite artistic sense, Ellen will explain how to develop an “intuitive visual intensity.” Learning this skill will help to create a conceptual framework that then allows you to optimize an image. With this technique you can quickly know whether you need to add or reduce what she describes as “energy” both in the main subject as well as the background. Ellen also will cover the various types of adjustments that can add or reduce this energy in an image. These adjustments include those that can be made in most software programs as well as tweaks to specific software programs and plug-ins. This talk is appropriate for all skill levels.


Chris Linder & Morgan Heim – Getting Started in Multimedia

Chris LinderMorgan HeimMultimedia videos that blend still photographs with video clips, ambient sounds, interviews, and music are an effective and engaging way to share stories. Chris and Morgan will draw on years of experience shooting and producing multimedia video stories. They will focus on practical solutions for those photographers who want to add multimedia to their repertoire of skills. Specifically they will explain how to use tools and techniques to record audio and video, give tips on how to photograph a multimedia story as well as how to select and use music. They also will explain their basic editing philosophy. The presenters will use both finished videos and hands-on demonstrations. Only basic photography knowledge is required.

Friday Session II                             1:30pm – 3:00pm


Suzi Eszterhas – Navigating Your Passion Project

Suzie Eszterhas

Every professional wildlife photographer must choose projects that will pay the bills. But whether you are a professional or not, what Suzi calls passion projects keep your creativity and inspiration alive. Therefore sometimes you should just go for a project you’ve always dreamed of, whether it is lucrative or not. In this talk, Suzi will focus on how to navigate a passion project from start to finish, illustrating the process with her own stories and photos. She also will address some of the challenges and special security issues that women face in working in cultures that are oppressive to women. Finally, when your passion project is completed, how do you share it with the rest of the world? Target audience: Both pros and amateurs.


Kathy Adams Clark – Business Survival Tips: Looking Forward Based On The Past

Kathy Adams Clark

Lots of people are taking incredible nature photographs. Lots of people are printing business cards, building websites, and going into the photo business. Will they be making a living in ten years, though? What is required to survive as a viable, income-producing nature photographer in this industry? Kathy Adams Clark, a past NANPA president, wrote a business plan in 1992 to live her dream as a professional nature photographer. Her husband absolutely insisted that she bring in the same income she’d earned in corporate life. Kathy left her corporate job in 1995 and has survived as a professional nature photographer ever since. Learn what it takes to be a survivor. Target audience: Working professionals and those interested in becoming a professional.


Roman Kurycwczak – Photographing the Nighttime Landscape

Roman KurywczakHave you photographed scenes in daytime and wondered how best to shoot them at night? Or perhaps you want to take dramatic photos of the Milky Way, the moon phases, or star trails and aren’t sure how? Then this session is for you. With 30 years of experience, Roman will use his photo examples to walk you through the technical and artistic processes and possibilities of nighttime photography.


Ron Rosenstock – Pre-Visualizing the Final Image

Ron RosenstockRon will show about twenty-five different untouched images. He’ll then explain in detail the few steps required to improve each image. The goal is to teach people to think about how they would like the final image to look before the image is exposed. This has been called “pre-visualization.” With the digital tools available to us a photographer now can create that “pre-visualized” image in the camera. This efficient method saves the time required to correct your image with software. Target audience: Photographers interested in fine art photography highlighting the work of Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Minor White.

Friday Session III                            3:30pm – 5:00pm


Sean Fitzgerald – Hardcore Processing in Lightroom

Sean FitzgeraldLightroom is an incredibly powerful and efficient tool for processing your raw images. First, however, you must understand how each tool works, how to stack processing adjustments together, and follow a few simple but very useful guidelines. In his talk Sean will discuss how to develop a Lightroom processing workflow, how to use Lightroom to fix a full menu of common problems, and how to batch apply those fixes to many other images. When you learn the full power of Lightroom processing, you might never need Photoshop again.


Jamie Konarski Davidson – Interpretive Nature Photography

Jamie Konarski DavidsonWhen photographing nature, photographers go through many phases to find their unique visual voice and creative style. The process begins when the fundamental technical aspects of photography become instinctual. Your visual voice shines when you connect more deeply with subjects. By using creative field and post-processing techniques, you can produce images that convey the essence of the subject as well as the photographer’s emotional response to the subject. Jamie Konarski Davidson will share her personal approach to nature photography and challenge you to move from the literal image and grow as an interpretive and expressive photographer. Only a basic knowledge of photography is required.


Fred Perrin – How to Print and Publish Quality Photography Books

perrinMany nature photographers want to publish their work in photo books, but how does one find a publisher, learn about all the possible printing options and requirements, and navigate the general publishing process? Fred will present a “how-to” informational program. Learn the best quality methods and materials to print and publish photography books. He also will compare offset to digital printing, review book cover and text materials, cover decorating, binding styles, specialty items such as book presentation cases, and more. Samples will be provided to each participant.


Charles “Chip” Hedgcock – Documenting Diversity

Charles "Chip" HedgcockThe Madrean Archipelago harbors a rich natural heritage of native species and habitats. This 70,000 square‐mile region of mountain ranges straddles the borderlands of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Since 2009, Chip has been the lead photographer for the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment, a multi‐year, international effort to study this globally important region. Photographs from the expeditions into the Madrean Archipelago will be shown. Field techniques and animal handling also will be discussed.

Saturday Session IV                     10:30am – 12:00pm


Jennifer Wu – Nature’s Elusive Beauty

Jennifer WuThis inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for nature photography enthusiasts. Jennifer will teach you the essentials of photographic composition and share her techniques about how to get those great shots. Learn the five elements of composition and how to create visual impact with use of lenses as well as composition. Discover how to use depth in an image for visual interest. She shows how to focus on form and shape to make a striking image. Target audience: Nature and landscape photographers.


Krista Schlyer – Nature at the Borderlands

Krista SchlyerThe US-Mexico borderlands, including San Diego, are home to rich ecosystems and communities of wild creatures not found anywhere where else in North America. This region is a natural boundary, the meeting point of the tropical zone and the temperate zone. The region is also a national and cultural crossroads—inspiring a richness and tension like no other place on the continent. This talk will include stories and photos about this region from Krista’s eight-year project to document its wildlife, wild lands and human communities. She also will discuss how immigration policy and the physical border between the United States and Mexico can be a barrier for migrating wildlife, especially endangered species such as the pronghorn antelope and jaguar.


Suzi Eszterhas – Navigating Your Passion Project

Suzie EszterhasEvery professional wildlife photographer must choose projects that will pay the bills. But whether you are a professional or not, what Suzi calls passion projects keep your creativity and inspiration alive. Therefore sometimes you should just go for a project you’ve always dreamed of, whether it is lucrative or not. In this talk, Suzi will focus on how to navigate a passion project from start to finish, illustrating the process with her own stories and photos. She also will address some of the challenges and special security issues that women face in working in cultures that are oppressive to women. Finally, when your passion project is completed, how do you share it with the rest of the world? Target audience: Both pros and amateurs.


Chris Linder & Morgan Heim – Getting Started in Multimedia

Chris LinderMorgan HeimMultimedia videos that blend still photographs with video clips, ambient sounds, interviews, and music are an effective and engaging way to share stories. Chris and Morgan will draw on years of experience shooting and producing multimedia video stories. They will focus on practical solutions for those photographers who want to add multimedia to their repertoire of skills. Specifically they will explain how to use tools and techniques to record audio and video, give tips on how to photograph a multimedia story as well as how to select and use music. They also will explain their basic editing philosophy. The presenters will use both finished videos and hands-on demonstrations. Only basic photography knowledge is required.

Saturday Session V                        2:00pm – 3:30pm


Ellen Anon – Optimizing for Impact

Ellen Anon

Using her exquisite artistic sense, Ellen will explain how to develop an “intuitive visual intensity.” Learning this skill will help to create a conceptual framework that then allows you to optimize an image. With this technique you can quickly know whether you need to add or reduce what she describes as “energy” both in the main subject as well as the background. Ellen also will cover the various types of adjustments that can add or reduce this energy in an image. These adjustments include those that can be made in most software programs as well as tweaks to specific software programs and plug-ins. This talk is appropriate for all skill levels.


Sean Fitzgerald – Hardcore Processing in Lightroom

Sean FitzgeraldLightroom is an incredibly powerful and efficient tool for processing your raw images. First, however, you must understand how each tool works, how to stack processing adjustments together, and follow a few simple but very useful guidelines. In his talk Sean will discuss how to develop a Lightroom processing workflow, how to use Lightroom to fix a full menu of common problems, and how to batch apply those fixes to many other images. When you learn the full power of Lightroom processing, you might never need Photoshop again.

Charles “Chip” Hedgcock – Documenting Diversity

Charles "Chip" HedgcockThe Madrean Archipelago harbors a rich natural heritage of native species and habitats. This 70,000 square‐mile region of mountain ranges straddles the borderlands of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Since 2009, Chip has been the lead photographer for the Madrean Archipelago Biodiversity Assessment, a multi‐year, international effort to study this globally important region. Photographs from the expeditions into the Madrean Archipelago will be shown. Field techniques and animal handling also will be discussed.

Saturday Session VI                       4:00pm – 5:30pm


Richard Halperin – Copyright Protection Basic

Rich HalperinYou’ve expended a lot of money and work to create a photo archive of which you are proud. But how safe are your photographs from thieves when you post your images on a website or otherwise make them publicly available? The first vital step is copyright registration. The United States copyright law affords no protection for images that are not registered. Richard’s nuts and bolts session will discuss the present state of photo theft in the world as well as the mechanics of registration. This information will benefit all those attending. Target Audience: Pros and amateurs but especially those working on projects.


Krista Schlyer – Nature at the Borderlands

Krista SchlyerThe US-Mexico borderlands, including San Diego, are home to rich ecosystems and communities of wild creatures not found anywhere where else in North America. This region is a natural boundary, the meeting point of the tropical zone and the temperate zone. The region is also a national and cultural crossroads—inspiring a richness and tension like no other place on the continent. This talk will include stories and photos about this region from Krista’s eight-year project to document its wildlife, wild lands and human communities. She also will discuss how immigration policy and the physical border between the United States and Mexico can be a barrier for migrating wildlife, especially endangered species such as the pronghorn antelope and jaguar.


Jennifer Wu
– Nature’s Elusive Beauty

Jennifer WuThis inspiring and entertaining presentation is a must-see for nature photography enthusiasts. Jennifer will teach you the essentials of photographic composition and share her techniques about how to get those great shots. Learn the five elements of composition and how to create visual impact with use of lenses as well as composition. Discover how to use depth in an image for visual interest. She shows how to focus on form and shape to make a striking image. Target audience: Nature and landscape photographers.


Ron Rosenstock
– Pre-Visualizing the Final Image

Ron RosenstockRon will show about twenty-five different untouched images. He’ll then explain in detail the few steps required to improve each image. The goal is to teach people to think about how they would like the final image to look before the image is exposed. This has been called “pre-visualization.” With the digital tools available to us a photographer now can create that “pre-visualized” image in the camera. This efficient method saves the time required to correct your image with software. Target audience: Photographers interested in fine art photography highlighting the work of Alfred Steiglitz, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Minor White.