Presentations

Presentations

Thursday 8/22, 2019 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Rick Sammon
Keynote Presentation
Creative Visualization for Photographers

In this informative and fun-filled presentation, Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon will begin by sharing his people, wildlife, landscape and travel pictures from around the globe – illustrating creative visualization for photographers.

For every image, Rick will share a photographic technique, digital darkroom tip, or a photo philosophy. He will cover composition, seeing the light, controlling the light, playing with the light, HDR, setting goals and getting/staying motivated.

This is not just a slideshow of pretty images. Rick is here to share what he has learned over his many years as a professional photographer. As Rick takes us on a visual journey through the exciting world of digital photography, he will share some of his favorite Lightroom and Photoshop enhancements. Rick’s talk is based on his best-selling book, “Creative Visualization for Photographers”.

 

Friday 8/23, 2019 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Bruce Hucko
Personalizing Place – Finding Meaning in a World of Clones

Landscape photography is obsessed with location.  Where was that made?  Book a trip.  For those interested in creating images that reflect not only the beauty of nature, but also the depths of oneself, there is a path “less traveled by” to follow…… and it may make “all the difference.”  Showing work from select masters and personal portfolios, Hucko will outline a general process and basic techniques for making personally meaningful imagery.

 

Friday 8/23, 2019 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Erin Babnik
The Seven Virtues of a Creative Landscape Photographer

Landscape photographers who are committed to visual artistry tend to have certain habits and values in common, qualities that enable them to produce personally rewarding landscape images on a regular basis. In this presentation, Erin Babnik summarizes these tendencies as seven “virtues” that any landscape photographer can nurture to facilitate the creative process. From curiosity to courage, these virtues address the entire range of concerns and practices that are important in creative development and in mastering the craft of landscape photography.

Saturday 8/24, 2019 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Guy Tal
The Art and Science of Expressive Photography

Not all photography is intended to serve as art, and not all photographers are versed in the science of visual expression. I believe that some foundational knowledge of both can be of great value to photographers. While art, including photographic art, continues to serve a variety of human needs by way of aesthetic experiences, in recent years the science of visual perception and communication has progressed in leaps and bounds. In this talk, Guy will review some of the classic, novel, and ambiguous aspects of both art and science and how they can be placed in the service of visual expression using the medium of photography.

 

Saturday 8/24, 2019 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Kurt Budliger
Go With the Flow, A Guide to Creating Dynamic Images of Moving Water

Since the dawn of time human beings have been drawn to and derived not only sustenance but also artistic inspiration from our water resources.  As a photographer and fly fisherman I’m constantly drawn to and connect with landscapes that feature flowing water.  The varied, shapes, patterns, textures and reflected colors provide a never-ending palette of inspiration and photographic discovery.  Whether photographing streams draped in autumn color, waterfalls flowing full with spring runoff or walking along the coast with crashing waves there are a number of technical and creative challenges to overcome in our pursuit to convey the dynamic beauty of these special environments.  During this presentation, we’ll explore a variety of topics and considerations that are critical to your success when shooting water.

We’ll explore:

  • Where and when to shoot streams and waterfalls
  • How weather and light effect the image making process
  • Strategies for composition using wide and medium telephoto lenses
  • The importance of exploration and scouting
  • How tides effect coastal locations
  • Safety and protecting your equipment in the wet zone
  • How shutter speed choices effect composition
  • Overcoming issues with dynamic range and wave action
  • Post processing techniques that are unique to flowing water images

 

Sunday 8/25, 2019 9:30 am to 10:30 am

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Making Meaningful Photographs: It’s All in Your Head

When we first start out with photography, we are led to believe buying more gear, following all the compositional “rules” precisely, and chasing the light will help us make better images. While all of those things play a part in creating images, oftentimes we forget the most important ingredient in making meaningful photographs: training our brains.

Hear Colleen’s thoughts on how to rely less on external factors and more on your internal skills and compass to provide the creative “juice.” She’ll discuss how we develop perceptions through sensory input, direct our limited attention, and create individual meaning about the scenes and subjects we experience. She’ll also provide ways we can possess a beginner’s mind (“shoshin”) and expand our imaginations through conceptual blending, metaphorical associations, and altered perspectives.

 

Break-out Sessions on Friday 8/23 1:00 – 3:00 (Included with Symposium)

Guy Tal
Self-Expression in B&W Landscape Photography

Working in B&W affords the creative photographer great freedom of expression. What to the casual observer may seem an ordinary scene in ordinary light may reveal extraordinary beauty and complexity to a B&W-aware mind.

A B&W image is much more than a color image stripped of its hues. In this session, Guy will provide an overview of techniques for identifying and visualizing B&W images in the field, and then processing them to accomplish the desired outcome using Photoshop.

Participants who wish to follow along are encouraged to bring laptops with Photoshop CC installed (Photoshop Elements is not a suitable substitute).

 

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Visualization-Driven Photography: Picture the Possibilities!

French scientist and inventor Louis Pasteur once said, “Luck favors the prepared.” While Pasteur may not have been directly referring to photography, shutterbugs heeding his advice can create evocative images that transcend trite compositions.

Join Colleen for an in-depth exploration of how visualization—the act of picturing our pictures before snapping the shutter—can help us strengthen our individual connections with our experiences in nature. She’ll share a practical approach for incorporating mental imagery from idea to print to help bring our meaningful visions to fruition.

Attendees will specifically learn tips, tools, and techniques for recording distinctive visual messages by:

  • Leveraging their existing knowledge and perceptions.
  • Dry shooting to build muscle memory.
  • Experiencing and engaging with their subjects on site.
  • Using visual language to interpret their emotional response to a scene or subject into a compelling

 

Kurt Budliger
Adobe Lightroom for Landscapes that Pop

In the seven short years since the first version of Adobe Lightroom launched it’s become the industry standard for image organization and raw processing; and for good reason.  Every version has included many new and powerful tools for bringing your digital images to life.  In fact, Lightroom has gotten so powerful in recent years that I find myself spending less and less time in Photoshop to achieve the same results. Join me as we explore the tools and techniques I use in my own raw processing workflow.  We’ll explore best practices for managing your archive as well as many advanced techniques for bringing your images to life.

Topics covered will include:

  • Best practice application and catalogue preferences
  • Setting up and using presets to save time and increase efficiency
  • Getting the best color while maintaining image integrity
  • Creative exposure and white balance to enhance/create mood
  • Best practices for clarity and fine detail enhancement
  • Processing high dynamic range images
  • Fine tuning color, contrast and clarity through selective adjustments and masks
  • Dodging and burning techniques to create depth and lead the eye
  • Combining multiple frames into HDR and Panoramic images

 

Break-out Sessions on Saturday 8/24 1:00 – 3:00 (Included with Symposium)

Bruce Hucko
The Language of Art – for Photographers

Like paintings and drawings, photographs are visual images that have their own language that seemingly few landscape photographers study.  To make stronger photographs, whether personal or commercial images, one must be articulate in the language of art.  Bruce Hucko will don his other hat as Art Coach!* and lead an exploration of the Elements and Principles of Art – as applied to photography.

*Hucko has taught art to children for 35+ years.  He was recognized by the Rockefeller Bros. Fund Awards for Excellence in Arts Education Program as one of 30 leading art educators in the nation in 1984, was the 2016 Utah Art Education Association Elementary Art Educator of the Year and is currently employed as a Beverley Taylor Arts Education Program visual art specialist at HMK Elementary in Moab, UT

 

Rick Sammon
Evolution of an Image

In this presentation Rick Sammon illustrates the creative photographic process from start to finish. He pulls back the curtain to prove that creating amazing photographs is a well-thought-out process that involves several stages: envisioning the end result, seeing the light, using creative composition, taking the picture and processing the image.

To illustrate his points, Rick will share some of his favorite wildlife, landscape and seascape images from his worldwide travels. He will also share his favorite photographs from his recent trip to Grand Teton National Park.

By including his outtakes in his presentation― and the reasons that he considers them outtakes― Rick suggests the steps that every photographer should take in order to improve their images.

Combining technical advice with tips on lighting, composition and using Lightroom and Photoshop, this presentation will motivate and encourage those looking to evolve as creative photographers and digital darkroom artists. This presentation is based on Rick’s best selling (and 36th) book, “Evolution of an Image”.

 

Erin Babnik
New Perspectives on Composition in Landscape Photography

This unique look at the art of composition considers the opportunities and challenges that are particular to landscape photography. Drawing on her background in art history, Erin Babnik will discuss how certain compositional principles can operate differently in the genre of landscape photography than they tend to do in others. Erin’s wide-ranging exploration of the topic touches on every stage of the creative process in explaining how compositional concerns can extend beyond aesthetic fundamentals to include evolving trends and personal strategies. This presentation will offer practical advice and theoretical considerations that photographers can bring to bear on their photographs both in the field and during the development process.

 

Daily Workshops 3:30 – 8:00

Bruce Hucko  Friday and Saturday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
The Edge of Reality – Making photographs with abstract tendencies

Join Bruce Hucko for an exploration of making color or BW images that mirror one’s self and your relationship to nature.  With abstract terms like love, hurt and passion guiding our lives, why is it we make literal images OF the landscape?  This field workshop will explore the personal process of making images that reflect our personal external and internal landscapes.  There will be informal group sessions, short field exercises, friendly discussions, and view-finder sharing as you explore the Minor White adage “One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are.”We’ll start with a 45-min classroom session.  Please bring a tripod, your favorite gear and questions.

 

Rick Sammon  Friday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
Explore Landscape Photography

Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has photographed landscapes in more than 100 countries, and in more than a dozen areas of the United States. His images have appeared in his 37 books and 17 on-line classes. In this workshop, Rick will share with you what he has learned about landscape photography in his worldwide travels – applying his techniques to the beautiful areas around Sedona. He will cover composition, which he says is the strongest way of seeing. Rick will cover exposure, including the exposure triangle, so you get the very best in-camera image. Wide-angle, HDR, filters and panorama photography will also be covered in this fun workshop for serious photographers. Bring your camera, lenses, tripod and ND/polarizing filters and let the fun – and learning – begin

 

Erin Babnik   Friday and Saturday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
The World is Your Oyster: Progressive In-Field Techniques

This workshop will introduce a variety of creative options for anyone who is willing to think beyond the single-exposure photograph. We will look at the in-field techniques that can allow you to take creative control while you are out with your camera, both in overcoming typical camera limitations and in emphasizing what most interests you about a location. These techniques will include the combination of different qualities of dynamism, different focus points, different amounts of lens distortion, different perspectives, and even different focal lengths in creating your own interpretations of the scenes that you encounter in nature. Although these techniques offer a wide range of possibilities for stylization, the emphasis in this workshop will be on creating photographs that look natural, representing both the real features of a landscape and your ideas about them. We will also discuss the basics of post-processing multiple-exposure photographs and the best resources for learning more about it.

 

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry   Friday and Saturday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
Going Beyond the Cliché

Are you tired of photographing iconic scenes or the same thing over and over again? Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your photography? Are you looking for new ideas for your photography? If so, join Colleen for a creative jolt during this insightful workshop.  To kick off the session, Colleen will provide an overview of the creative process, where new ideas come from, mindfulness, and visual language. Afterward, you will put these techniques to practice in the field as Colleen guides you through an interactive exercise aimed at stimulating the analytical and creative parts of your brain.

Participants will specifically learn how to:

• Observe a scene using mindfulness

• Develop a sensory inventory based on individual knowledge, passions, and insights

• Visualize and refine compositions based on human perceptions

• Critique their work to ensure their vision comes to fruition

 

Kurt Budliger   Friday and Saturday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
So I’m Here, Now What?

Many of us struggle with finding photographic subjects and making unique images, especially in new and “non iconic” locations.  This workshop will be geared toward the beginner to intermediate photographer that struggles with subject selection and then executing (technically and creatively) that vision in the field.

The first portion of the workshop will focus on exploration and articulation of a photographic vision; what to look for, how to find subjects and compositions, professional field techniques and a no nonsense, tried and true Photographic Order of Operations to ensure technical excellence and free your mind to focus on seeing creatively.  We will explore a variety of compositional strategies from wide angle to intimate, learn about filters and a simple yet effective technique for achieving depth of field and hyper focal focusing.  Participants will have lots of opportunity to explore and photograph with the guidance of an instructor.

During the second part of the workshop, we will focus on digging deeper into composition and work on refining the image.  We will also learn strategies and techniques for capturing high dynamic range scenes during a sunset shoot.

This workshop will take place entirely in the field.

 

Scott Stulberg   Saturday 3:30 to 8:00 – $80
The Super Wide View and the Art of Creating Panoramas

Capturing a wide perspective of the scene often means using a wide-angle lens. These lenses can include a vast amount of the scene in your frame compared to a normal focal length lens and can create a feeling that you cannot achieve any other way. Fisheye lenses can distort the image in good ways and bad ways depending on how you use the lens. They offer a unique perspective and sometimes they are just what the doctor ordered to give you a different super wide view of the scene. Wide can be amazing and this class will show what is possible from different lenses and why shooting wide or super wide might be what is needed. The one drawback of shooting wide is that everything in the scene appears smaller and at times, farther away than it really is.  Many times, the answer is creating a panorama photograph.  Shooting a multi shot panorama can give you results that are incredibly different from a typical wide angle photograph and often much more powerful. The wide angle feeling is gone and it is replaced with a more realistic rendition of what you wanted to capture.  Scott will show how to capture panoramas during the day and also after dark, including the Milky Way and the night sky.  Panoramas have stopping power in many ways and this class will show you how to master everything there is to know about this powerful part of photography.  Post processing will also be covered and you will learn how incredibly easy it is to stitch your images together to create your final masterpiece. If you like shooting wide and are not creating panoramas, this class will open up a whole new world for you, day or night!

A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom will be helpful for this class.

 

Special Workshops – Pre and Post Symposium

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Guy Tal, and Bruce Hucko – Creative Trails: A Trio of Photographic Instruction
Sunday afternoon August 18, 2019 to Wednesday afternoon August 21, 2019 – $1,100 (Purchase)

Join Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Guy Tal and Bruce Hucko for 3 energized days of image-making and creative discussion. Colleen, Guy and Bruce are photographers, educators and friends who delight in sharing their skills with others.  While each of them talks to the same subject they do so in their own unique ways. You will have the opportunity to work very closely with 3 skilled photographers as you explore the creative process of fine art landscape photography from conceptualizing photographs through presentation and critique. This workshop is for the serious photographer who really wants to push their image making to new creative and technical heights.  There will be indoor lectures, demos, work sessions, critiques, conversation and field trips to locations known for their great image potential and diversity. This means we’ll take you to some really cool places where we can really work!  This workshop begins on Sunday afternoon, with a reception, introductory discussion and a short field session.  It concludes on Wednesday afternoon.  Participants should bring their laptop (with Lightroom and/or Photoshop) and a small portfolio of images to share (print or projected). You should be very familiar with your own equipment and have a sturdy tripod as much field education occurs at your viewfinder. Participants will receive a detailed schedule, questionnaire and other materials upon registration

 

Guy Tal – Introduction to Photoshop and the Visualization-Driven Process
Thursday August 22, 2019 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm – $175  (Purchase)

Creative processing is about more than applying a generic recipe to the captured image or aiming for “acceptable” or “usable” results. The digital studio at your fingertips is every bit the fertile bed for creative expression as any field technique, and it allows complete control over how the raw data recorded by your camera can be transformed into the image in your “mind’s eye”—your visualized result. The tools provided within Adobe Photoshop allow you to craft your  image into a creation that is uniquely yours and representative of your own sensibilities, making you an active participant in shaping its appearance rather than a mere operator of camera controls.

Participants should bring a laptop computer loaded with the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC. If you do not own these programs, you may download a 30-day trial version from Adobe in advance of the workshop. Please verify that the software works BEFORE arriving in class.

Scott Stulberg – Afterglow: Shooting after Dark
Sunday August 25, 2019 – 3:00 pm to Midnight – $175  (Purchase)

From dusk till dawn, the darkness can reveal a world filled with mystery and wonder. Photographic possibilities become endless when imagination and knowledge collide after dark. Movement, color and light combine to give results that are often unseen with the naked eye.  Longer shutter speeds can produce imposing cobalt blue skies, surreal car trails and star trails, one of a kind silhouettes, gorgeous motion blurs, electrifying lightning and of course the awe inspiring Milky Way Galaxy.

This workshop will show the endless possibilities of capturing images after the sun goes down. From architecture, to travel, to slow shutter speeds after dark to the drama of lightning; many ways to capture stunning images after dark will be discussed. The class will also focus on capturing the night sky and the elusive & spectacular Milky Way. One of the best parts of being in Sedona is the extreme dark sky along with the gorgeous red rocks, which are a perfect mix to get breathtaking images of the Milky Way Galaxy and the night sky. In the class you will learn everything you need to know on scouting locations, knowing when and where the Milky Way will be, all of your camera settings and the best gear to use.

This class will include some of the best apps for your computer and your cell phone for understanding the Milky Way and night sky. It will also go over some good and useful post processing techniques to make your images look their best possible. There is a lot to know about shooting almost anything after the sun goes down and this class will go over much of what you need to know. Students are expected to be familiar with their camera gear and with basic photographic techniques.

Adam Schallau – Chasing the Light – Monsoon at the Grand Canyon
Monday afternoon August 26, 2019 – August 29 Thursday Morning – $1,250   (Purchase)

Join Adam Schallau for 3 days of chasing the light at Grand Canyon during the summer monsoon. Adam shares his techniques for capturing the summer monsoon, one of the most dramatic and inspirational seasons to photograph the majesty of Grand Canyon. Thunderstorms are frequent and provide for dramatic skies and an incredible sense of atmosphere within the canyon.

This workshop offers you the opportunity to work closely alongside Adam as he covers his creative process and shares how he interprets the light and color of the Grand Canyon landscape. We will be working from numerous viewpoints and photographing both early in the morning and late in the evenings from many of his favorite locations.

During the mid-day, you will have an opportunity to work on your photos with guidance from Adam covering image development in both Lightroom and Photoshop. There will be an emphasis on local adjustments in Lightroom, and using Luminosity Masking in Photoshop to blend exposures, making selective Color Balance adjustments, contrast adjustments, and recovering highlight & shadow detail.

This workshop begins on Monday afternoon, August 26th with a reception, slide show presented by Adam, introductory discussion, and a short field session.  It concludes on Thursday morning with a final sunrise field session.

About the Instructor

Adam has been photographing Grand Canyon for over 10 years and he was the park’s Artist-in-Residence in 2009. He has photographed extensively from the South Rim, North Rim, East Rim, and below the rim. His time photographing the canyon also includes numerous river trips rafting the length of the Colorado River through the canyon. Adam’s photo titled ‘Yaki Glow’ is a permanent piece within Grand Canyon National Park’s Museum Collection.