FULL EVENT SCHEDULE FOR 2021

August 13-14, 2021    Sedona, Arizona

Unleash Your Inner Artist!

Friday, August 13th

9:00AM to 10:30AM PDT (MST)  Keynote Address:  The Essence of the Image  with Deborah Sandidge 

It’s not what you see but what you feel that makes for better pictures.

Join Nikon Ambassador, author, and travel photographer Deborah Sandidge as she guides you through capturing experiences and creative imagery, giving you a sense of being there in the moment. My instinctive approach through my photography is to create an image that conveys what it feels like to be there—in other words, the experience. Sometimes we want to dig a little deeper than our initial reaction to capture an image, and to think about what we want to convey with the emotional essence of an image. With a first impression, we can get a shot for the record. But, if we stop and really think about our reactions, we’ll almost always see the other qualities, different options, and other elements to better illustrate the experience. Learn how I envision the subject, the message, and what steps I take almost subconsciously as the experiential photographer. My goal is to share with you a sense of what it feels like to be there in the moment.

10:30AM to 11:30AM PDT (MST)  Q&A and Break

11:30AM to 12:30PM PDT (MST)  Feature Presentation:  Talent is Over-Rated: Unlock Your Creative Potential  with Dan Ballard

One of the most challenging aspects of photography is learning to be creative and see creatively. It’s easy to believe that some people are born with the natural talent, while many of us assume that we just don’t have it. However! This is not a valid excuse to not aim for a high level of achievement. In this presentation, Dan will share his philosophy on creativity – stemmed from many years of teaching, as well insights from studying scientific research on the brain. You will hear ideas on shifting perspective, breaking away from mindsets that hold us back, and ultimately… methods for unlocking your photographic and creative potential.

12:30PM to 12:50PM PDT (MST)  Special Presentation:  A Discussion of Autofocus Mechanics  with Marc Morris (Tamron USA)

Learn the fundamentals of autofocus and what affects performance: what the camera brings to the table, what the lens also has to offer. We’ll talk about the pros and cons of both phase detect and contrast based autofocus systems, and where today’s hybrid-AF systems stand as mirrorless innovations start where DSLR left off… And we’ll discuss some ways to consider optimization for certain styles of photography.

12:50PM to 1:30PM PDT (MST)  Q&A and Break

1:30PM to 2:30PM PDT (MST)  Feature Presentation:  What Makes an Image Successful?   with Mike Moats

With 15 years as a full-time pro nature photographer specializing in macro photography, Mike has studied and analyzed what makes his images successful. The concepts and styles that Mike has developed can be applied to any type of photography and will help take your photography to the next level and create your own personal style. 

Saturday, August 14th

9:00AM to 10:00AM PDT (MST)  Feature Presentation:  Finding Your Signature Voice in Photography  with Karen Hutton

The power of embedding YOU into your photography.

Karen Hutton presents (and lives!) a philosophy of photography that weaves art, life, soul and the Power of Awe to create signature work. 

As artists, we have an opportunity to shift perceptions and uplift our audience with our work through unique ways of looking at the world. The challenge: with light and time as our media, we have mere moments to do it! How do you crack the code?  

Developing “signature” in your work is one way. It sets you apart as an artist; it identifies your images as  having a unique “voice”. When the essence of YOU is embedded into the very pixels of your images, they become unique, regardless of photographic genre. Signature work tells a powerful story, it conveys emotion, harnesses the creative force of your soul’s genius – and yes, it makes a highly specific statement! 

Through thought provoking imagery, Karen takes you on a personal journey.  Along the way, she reveals a system for transforming your world into consistently and creatively awe inspiring imagery. It’s an approach that leaves you feeling more grounded, focused and less distracted by your own mind chatter. More than just “inner game”… it’s a practical approach that brings your soul’s voice and creativity to bear in your imagery, informing each decision, resulting in consistently awe-inspired personal and professional work. 

10:00AM to 11:00AM PDT (MST)  Q&A and Break

11:00AM to 12:00PM PDT (MST)   Feature Presentation:  Enhancing Creativity, the Natural Way   with Brenda Tharp

Creativity is the use of the imagination, it’s about applying your inspiration and pre-visualization to the scene before you to create a more expressive photograph. Developing an awareness of your creative self requires practice, and attention to what you are naturally inspired by. Yet translating what we see into a final image that expresses what we want takes an understanding of the creative concepts.

In this exciting visual presentation, Brenda will share images and discuss how composition, light, visual depth, gesture, when combined with personal vision, can create images with more impact.

12:00PM to 12:20PM PDT (MST)  Special Presentation:  Summary of the State of the Post-COVID Photo Industry  with Marc Morris (Tamron USA)

Let’s have a chat about where the market lies from a manufacturing and retail position. How COVID has caused several paradigm shifts within camera and lens makers, accelerating the takeover of mirrorless cameras as well as changing the face of how manufacturers will engage with their base from the ground up, most likely for the foreseeable future.

12:20PM to 1:00PM PDT (MST)  Q&A and Break

1:00PM to 2:00PM PDT (MST)  Feature Presentation:  Dream – Believe  – Create   with John Barclay

John Barclay believes photographers bring their own journeys, their sense of the world, their experiences and their passions to each of their images: what is essentially their vision. Photography to John is simply another medium of artistic expression. Visual poetry if you will.

Why Dream – Believe – Create?  There was a time when John felt he could not create.  His self-talk was “I am not a creative person, I’m not smart enough, I can’t do this.”  After seeing images projected at the first workshop he took, he dreamed of becoming a good photographer. Primarily with the help of well-known accomplished photographers, he was able to chip away at the negative self-talk, and, believe that he could create worthwhile images.  Thus Dream – Believe – Create has become the centerpiece of what he teaches in his workshops. Everyone has dreams and can achieve their dreams. And when you truly believe, you will be freed to be able to create. 

John’s goal in this presentation is to inspire you to capture the essence of the subjects you are drawn to using the creative medium of photography. 

3 Day Post-Symposium Workshop:  Magic of the Monsoon Part I   with Adam Schallau – August 16th to August 18th, 2021

Photographing the South Rim of Grand Canyon 

The summer monsoon season can be one of the most exciting times to photograph the majesty of Grand Canyon. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, bringing cooling rain showers that can add a painterly sense of atmosphere to the canyon. The monsoon season is the time when the canyon truly comes alive. During this three-day field workshop, we will photograph from some of Adam’s favorite locations on the South Rim of the canyon. The compositional opportunities will be varied, and you will have the chance to work with wide-angle grand scenics and compressed landscapes using telephoto lenses. Adam will be sharing both his technical and creative approaches to photographing the landscape, including capturing the best exposure possible, maximizing depth-of-field, and working with filters. 

This workshop is limited to no more than 7 participants to allow everyone the opportunity to photograph the canyon without feeling crowded, and to ensure that you receive personal instruction from Adam. This workshop begins on Monday afternoon, August 16th, with a reception, orientation, and slide show presented by Adam. Following this, we will move to the rim of the canyon for the first field session. The workshop concludes on Wednesday morning with a final sunrise field session. 

Note: The techniques taught in Part I of this workshop lay the foundation for the more advanced methods that will be taught in Part II on the canyon’s North Rim. 

     

    3-Day Post-Symposium Workshop:  Magic of the Monsoon Part II   with Adam Schallau – August 18th to August 20th, 2021

    Photographing the North Rim of Grand Canyon 

    The summer monsoon season can be one of the most exciting times to photograph the majesty of Grand Canyon. Afternoon thunderstorms are common, bringing cooling rain showers that can add a painterly sense of atmosphere to the canyon. The monsoon season is the time when the canyon truly comes alive. During this three-day field workshop, we will photograph from some of Adam’s favorite locations on the North Rim of the canyon as we build upon the techniques and creative styles that were learned during Part I of this workshop on the South Rim. This includes more advanced techniques such as working with strong foreground elements in the compositions, focus stacking, and panoramic stitching. 

    This workshop is limited to no more than 7 participants to allow everyone the opportunity to photograph the canyon without feeling crowded, and to ensure that you receive personal instruction from Adam. The workshop begins on Wednesday afternoon, August 18th, with a meet and greet and orientation at the lodge on the North Rim, followed by the first field session. It concludes on Friday morning with a final sunrise field session. 

    Note: The techniques taught in Part I of this workshop lay the foundation for the more advanced methods covered in Part II.

       

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