2023 Nature Photography Summit

Breakout Sessions

Choose from a variety of breakout sessions, each led by an accomplished photographer. Sessions are 90-minutes long and most are repeated so you won’t have to miss one if it conflicts with another you want to see. Sessions are listed alphabetically by presenter.

Audience listening to presentation. Breakout session at 2019 Summit. Photo credit: Frank Gallagher

Breakout session at 2019 Summit. Photo credit: Frank Gallagher

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Alyce Bender – Impressionistic Photography: An Introduction to In-Camera Techniques for Painterly Images

Friday, May 5, 2023  9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Friday, May 5, 2023  4 – 5:30 p.m.

In this session, we will explore the world of Impressionistic Photography and how to create painterly type images in-camera. Topics covered will include pre-visualizing scenes, selecting camera settings, in-field techniques, and a few tips on post processing these special images. This will give participants the basic tools to start experimenting on their own in the field to create unique images even in popular shooting locations or with common backyard subjects. (Photo credit: Connor Hibbs)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • General audience

Track

  • Creative
  • Technical

Headshot of Paul BrookePaul Brooke – Grants and Residencies for Wildlife Photographers: Finding, Applying and Landing Them

Thursday, May 4, 2023  4 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023  7:30 – 9 a.m.

Wildlife photographers are artists and Brooke has leveraged that idea to his benefit when applying for grants/residencies. During this session, participants will learn firsthand how to find and apply for grants and residencies. Brooke will teach you how to write a successful grant/residency application. After the session, each participant will receive an electronic list of grants and residencies, example submission materials, and information from the session. (Photo credit: Javiera Vargas)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative

Bob Coates – Using Technology and Gear to Create Stronger Images

Thursday, May 4, 2023  5:30 – 7 p.m.
Friday, May 5, 2023  4 – 5:30 p.m.

We have more creative tools than ever built into cameras. Apps to give us info before we get to a location. Weather information helps know where better image possibilities await. Camera gear is lighter, faster and sharper. Technology is helping make more Creative Images than ever before. We can remotely control cameras via wifi. Pull still frames from video, pick focus after the fact with focus stacking. Intelligent Auto determines subject matter and gives pre-programmed settings so you can concentrate on composition. Post-processing techniques for images after capture with Adobe Photoshop, NIK Filters, Luminar and Aurora 2019 HDR software.

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience

  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative
  • Technical

Izzy Edwards – The Elusive 19: America’s Owls

Thursday, May 4, 2023  5:30 – 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023  4 – 5:30pm

Join wildlife photographer Izzy Edwards for an introduction to America’s 19 unique owl species. Follow her photographic journey from Canada to Mexico as she shares her stories and experiences of getting to know the intimate lives of these elusive raptors. Edwards will receive NANPA’s 2023 Outstanding Young Nature Photographer Award.

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative
  • Environment/Conservation

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Bruce Farnsworth – Capture the Full Story: Make Your Nature Images Valuable to Science

Friday, May 5, 2023  7:30 – 9 a.m.
Friday, May 5, 2023  5:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Bruce Farnsworth’s editorial and documentary work benefits from his relationship with scientists who provide access to research locations and assist in species identification in exchange for photographs. Learn how to increase the scientific value of your photographs and enjoy important collaborations of your own! (Photo credit: Pablo Shiguango)

This session is vital for photographers working in regions of high biodiversity. Topics may include:

  • Understand your critter’s “niche.”
  • Photograph species AND habitat.
  • Know the “diagnostic features.”
  • Leverage off-camera strobe for info-gathering.
  • Don’t forget the “environmental data.”
  • Learn about iNaturalist

Enjoy a brief “Animal Behavior 101” for improved captioning. Always promote bio-cultural relationships.

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional

Track:

  • Environment/Conservation

Jerry Ginsberg – National Parks

Wednesday, May 3, 2023  4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Ginsberg has photographed all 63 U.S. National Parks with medium format cameras. In this session, he highlights the pressure on these irreplaceable natural treasures, pollution concerns, and how photographic images can be used to influence public opinion and gain support for protection. Ginsberg will also share what he’s learned about the National Park Service Artist in Residence Program.

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Environment/Conservation
  • Creative

Russell Graves – Using Photography to Champion Local Conservation Causes

Saturday, May 6, 2023  9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023  2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

While conservation projects in the ocean and Africa are sexy and exotic, many photographers don’t have the time or means to travel to such exotic places. This session will focus on how all conservation starts locally and discuss strategies on what you can do to make the world a better place by focusing your efforts locally on your own property and working with local organizations and conservation professionals. (Photo credit: Travis Massengill)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Environment/Conservation

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Roman Kurywczak – Photographing Birds from Portraits to Flight

Thursday, May 4, 2023  9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

A how-to presentation of capturing stunning, tack sharp, portraits and flight images of birds in flight. (Photo credit: Ben Venezio)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • General audience

Track:

  • Technical

Headshot of Jeff MaltzmanJeff Maltzman – Approaching the Intimate Landscape

Thursday, May 4, 2023  7:30 – 9 a.m.
Friday, May 5, 2023  7:30 – 9 a.m.

Landscape photographers often focus on grand, expansive scenes with amazing light and brilliant skies, and the resulting images can be quite spectacular. However, sometimes a more interesting story can be told by attending to the details in a smaller part of the scene. This session will review the concept of the intimate landscape, including the approach and creative process, use of design elements, and the idea of storytelling with imagery. (Photo credit: Bruce Leeser)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level

Track:

  • Creative

Colleen Miniuk standing by paddleboard by a lake.

Colleen Miniuk – Visualization: Picture the Possibilities … Before Snapping the Shutter

Thursday, May 4, 2023  4 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.

When a scene excites us, photographers often feel compelled to grab our camera out of our backpacks and shoot, shoot, shoot! Join Colleen Miniuk for an enlightening presentation on how visualizing your photograph before you begin photographing—whether at home or in the field—can help you record more effective and more meaningful images. She’ll share what visualization is (and isn’t), how it differs from pre- and post-visualization, how visualization ties into the creative process, and how to approach landscapes with mindfulness, gather inventories, and translate your ideas into pixels without a camera in your hands. (Photo credit: Colleen Miniuk)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions
  • Hands-on Workshop

Target Audience:

  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative

Headshot of Charles NeedleCharles Needle – Mindful Photography: Seeing in a Different Light

Thursday, May 4, 2023  7:30 – 9 a.m.
Saturday, May 6, 2023 4 – 5:30pm

Learn how to approach any subject with fresh eyes and learn to see on a much deeper level.  Drawing upon inspiring quotations and images from other photographers who have most profoundly influenced his work, as well as his own personal “Zen moments” in the field, award-winning fine art photographer and charter NANPA member, Charles Needle, will share ways in which you can engage your mind, eye and heart so they are all in perfect synchronization, making you a better photographer and more in tune with your subject. (Photo credit: Lou Mannarino)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative
  • Technical

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Ron Rosenstock – Seeing and Processing Black and White

Thursday, May 4, 2023  9:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Friday, May 5, 2023  5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Starting with showing examples of fine art photography from Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, and others, participants will learn the difference between a documentary and interpretive photography. I will explain in detail the three ingredients: attention, intension and awareness required to see beyond mere appearances. I will also demonstrate my post processing using of Silver Efex Pro. (Photo credit: Photo credit: Christine Peterson)

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Intermediate skill level

Track:

  • Creative
  • Technical

Headshot of Stephen VaughanStephen Vaughan – Hummingbird Photography How-to

Wednesday, May 3, 2023  4 – 5:30 p.m.

In this breakout class, I would discuss how, when and why to use various photography methods and techniques to photograph hummingbird, such as:

  • Multiple off-camera flashes to illuminate and freeze the birds’ wings
  • Fill flash techniques to balance the ambient and flash exposure
  • Ambient exposure techniques
  • How to capture dramatic hummingbird flight photographs
  • How to set up and utilize a backyard hummingbird studio
  • How to train hummingbirds to go where you need them to go
  • Equipment suggestions for hummingbird photography

I use PowerPoint with many hummingbird images to demonstrate the different techniques.

Session Format:

  • Lecture with Questions

Target Audience:

  • Beginning skill level
  • Intermediate skill level
  • Advanced skill level
  • Working professional
  • General audience

Track:

  • Creative
  • Technical

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