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The Symposium - August 8, 2015

On Saturday, five of the instructors will give presentations at the Foss Auditorium in the American Mountaineering Center. Each talk will focus on a different theme related to photography and will be accompanied by a slideshow of the photographer's work. A description of each of the presentations is provided below. There will be a 10 minute break between each of the talks. We will wrap up the day with a roundtable discussion, in which participants can ask any of the instructors questions. You can register for the festival and symposium here.

10:30 am - 11:15 am - Janine Fugere (www.asseenbyjanine.com)

Succeeding as a Photography Generalist: Who Says You Have to Specialize?

Photos by Andy Cook.        

Being asked to choose only one photography interest in which to specialize would feel like being told ďYou have to choose which of your arms and legs youíd like to keep; the others will all be cut off.Ē Itís an unconscionable choice to make! Yet, countless sources claim if you want to succeed as a photographer, you have to specialize. I donít agree, and Iím living proof that itís a false premise. Some of my most admired mentors are generalists, most notably Joe McNally, renowned National Geographic and Life magazine photographer. Iím carving my own path as a generalist, making money at everything from fine art landscapes, to portraits, events, art documentation, weddings, newborns, and selling cell phone pics I didnít think in a million years anyone would buy. I add to my success writing photography tutorials and providing photography instruction. Learn how you can succeed as a photography generalist!

11:25 am - 12:10 am - Gene Tewksbury (www.BigSunPhotography.com)

Travel Photography

Photo by Gene Tewksbury.     Photo by Gene Tewksbury.     Photo by Gene Tewksbury.

The basics of taking photos doesn't change just because you've dragged your camera overseas and pointed it at a new culture. This presentation tries to avoid "how to use your camera" topics in order to focus on the unique aspects of the travel genre.

Travel photography tends to be fast moving, often chaotic with minimal control over subjects and lighting. Even when shooting for your own enjoyment, travel photos tends to be more editorial in nature. As such you may find yourself needing different tools and methods than you work with at home.

A "story behind the photo" style presentation will integrate all topics into an interesting lecture with real world applications.

Topics Include: Finding unique imagery, dealing with cultural and authority issues, equipment options, problem solving, compositions that work and publishing your images.

- "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."' (Henry Miller).

12:10 pm - 1:35 pm - Break For Lunch

1:35 pm - 2:20 pm - Glenn Randall (www.glennrandall.com/)

Never Eat Breakfast before Midnight
Lessons Learned from 20 years of Landscape Photography


Noted photographer John Sexton once said, "The only difference between me and my students is that Iíve made more mistakes than they have." Glenn Randall has been a professional landscape photographer for over 20 years, so heís had plenty of time to learn from a long string of fumbles, failures, near-misses, and fiascos. In this light-hearted talk, Glenn will share some of the lessons heís learned and offer a few of Randallís Rules of Landscape Photography. Heíll explain why you should never eat breakfast before midnight, why great landscape photographers have the brain of an engineer and the heart of a hopeless romantic, and why the potential reward is always greatest when the odds against you are the longest. When Glennís talk is done, youíll either be inspired to shoot sunrise from the summit of the hardest Fourteener in Colorado or be ready to sell all your cameras on eBay.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm - Grant Collier (www.gcollier.com)

Advanced Night Photography

Night Photography Presentation     Photo by Grant Collier     Night Photography Instruction

Today, camera equipment is so advanced that you can often capture great images at night with a single exposure and limited post-processing work. However, to truly get the most out of your night photos, you'll still need to learn more advanced techniques, including:
  • Focus stacking images to increase depth of field.
  • Stitching photos to create huge images that can be printed at very large sizes.
  • Blending exposures to increase the dynamic range and capture detail in very dark areas.
  • Stacking images to create star trails and produce special effects.
Although this presentation focuses on advanced techniques, it should be accessible to photographers of all skill levels. Grant will not go into the technical details on how to create these images. Instead, the goal will be to give a broad introduction to these techniques and show you what is possible if you choose to passionately pursue night photography.

3:15 pm - 3:25 pm - Raffle

We will be raffling off several photography related items to participants of the festival.

3:35 pm - 4:20 pm - Russ Burden (www.russburdenphotography.com)

MACRO-licious: How to Make Better Macro and Close Up Photographs

    Photos by Russ Burden    

Close up photography allows a photographer to enter a world within a world. Ordinary subjects are depicted with a fresh perspective in a way not commonly seen. Whether itís an isolated portion of a large subject or an exploration into the mouth of a tulip, an array of new subject matter awaits the eager photographer. Pieces of a whole become entirely new items, details in small creatures are revealed that are too small to see with the naked eye, and patterns can be created in mundane or ordinarily overlooked subjects. Getting great macro shots is not easy. It requires specialized gear, a good eye, contending with skittish insects, time spent learning how to modify the light, and a slew of other challenging aspects. Russ will share with you many of his in the field tips and techniques he uses to create successful close ups. He will show example photos and talk about what he did to create them. Some will be Before and After images - in the Before photo youíll first see what not to do and in the After image, what you should do. Heíll discuss important photographic concepts such as lighting, composition, controlling the background, and how to use flash. Heíll share tips on how to get close, exhausting all possibilities, how to control depth of field, and many other aspects to improve your close up photography. Russ has a strong passion to share his enthusiasm and knowledge. His energy is contagious and he intends to spread it during his presentation.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion

    Photos by Grant Collier.    

At the end of the day, all of the presenters will hold a roundtable discussion, in which participants can ask any questions they want. This discussion may be a little shorter or longer than 30 minutes, depending on whether we are behind schedule or ahead of schedule.