Advance Your Skills Boot Camp (Pre-Summit)

On Thursday, February 19, before the Summit, we have assembled a group of the top photography instructors in the country to help improve your photo skills. The program features a full day of instruction with sessions from Flip Nicklin, Roman Kurywczak, Clay Bolt, Kathy Adams Clark, Eric Cheng. This is a going to be a very popular program – and sure to sell out.

8:30am – 5:30pm (lunch included)

Flip Nicklin – In the Mind of
(8:30am – 9:30am)

Scott Mead – The Grand Landscape
(10:00am – 11:00am)

Roman Kurywczak – Sponsored by Sigma
Photographing Wildlife

(11:30am – 12:30pm)

Lunch (included in registration) – 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Clay Bolt – Macro Photography 101
(1:30pm – 2:30pm)

Kathy Adams Clark – Establishing Your Nature Photography Business
(3:00pm – 4:00pm)

Eric Cheng – From the Microscopic to the Massive: Photographing Underwater Wildlife

(4:30pm – 5:30pm)

Flip Nicklin – In the Mind of

Flip NicklinJoin us for an unscripted interview with Flip Nicklin.  Flip will discuss 10 of his favorite photos.  You’ll learn how he took the image but also what his thoughts were while taking the shot, how he prepared, and what almost got in the way.  This is a great chance to meet Flip Nicklin, learn about his career as a National Geographic photographer, and take a behind-the-scenes tour of how he works as a photographer.


Scott Mead – Capturing the Grand Landscape

scott_mead_portraitWhen you think of images that make you say, “Wow,” there’s a good chance they’re shots of grand landscapes. How do pro shooters get these indelible shots? Scott will unlock all the secrets and show you how it’s done: from conceptualization and planning through composition and capture, you’ll learn the tools and techniques to create your own grand landscapes.


Roman KurywczakSponsored by Sigma
Photographing Wildlife – from Portraits to Action

Roman Kurywczak

This exciting educational program will cover everything you will need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey will cover exotic locations such as Tanzania but also include many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places. Minimum gear requirements will be discussed for both the safety of the wildlife and the photographer. Camera settings will be covered including what mode to use as well as choosing the right ISO for wildlife portrait work as well as action photography. There will be plenty of images examples showing how those settings will provide impact to your images. The program concludes with an in depth segment on photographing birds in flight

Clay Bolt – Macro Photography 101

Clay Bolt portrait_markgodfrey2200hWith over 99% of life on Earth being smaller than your little finger the world is full of amazing creatures to photograph! The challenge is understanding how to photograph them when even getting close can be difficult at times. In this boot camp session, you’ll learn the basics of macro photography –the technique that is used to document the incredible, unseen world around us– from award-winning photographer Clay Bolt. Clay will teach you how to select the right lens and macro gear, how to approach subjects in the field, techniques for improving sharpness (including focusing tips and an overview on flash) as well as many other suggestions that will set you on the path to becoming a macro photographer.

Kathy Adams Clark
– Establishing Your Nature Photography Business

Kathy Adams ClarkMany people dream of making a living or establishing an income flow off their nature photography. That dream can come true by developing a tailored business plan. Join Kathy Adams Clark for this program. She’ll discuss setting up a business that fits your personality, life-style, and income goals. This program will cover different ways to make money in the nature photography world, how to find clients, how to keep those clients, how to decide on a business structure, record keeping, and business operations. A resource list will be offered for future study and research.

Eric Cheng – From the Microscopic to the Massive: Photographing Underwater Wildlife

Eric ChengEric Cheng has spent the last 15 years exploring the undersea realm, photographing a diverse range of marine animals from massive sperm whales to tiny shrimp so small that they are effectively invisible to the naked eye. Eric will take the audience through some of the best underwater hotspots around the world, showing pictures of the incredible things he has seen, the equipment is used to capture the pictures, and the stories behind the shots.