Speaker Biographies:

Tim Grey, Keynote Speaker

Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking.

Tim has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, and has published over one hundred video training courses, has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer, among others.

For more than fifteen years he has been publishing the daily Ask Time Grey eNewsletter, answering questions from photographers. He also produces the related Ask Tim Grey Podcast along with publishing the monthly Pixology digital magazine and the GreyLearning video training library.

Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at major events around the country and around the world.

Bryan Peterson, Keynote Speaker

Bryan F Peterson enjoyed a successful commercial photography career for more than 35 years whose clients included American Express, Kodak, UPS, Phillips and Citibank.  In addition received awards from the Communication Arts Photography Annual eight times, Print Magazine four times and has also won the prestigious New York Art Directors Gold Award.  He was also a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Outdoor Photography magazine and has been teaching photography for over 20 years.

At present, his largest audience knows him as the photographer/writer of numerous best-selling photographing books, including the million copy best seller Understanding Exposure, published in eleven languages, as well as Learning To See Creatively, Understanding Color and Understanding Portrait Photography as well as a sought after teacher and lecturer by photography groups around the world.

In addition to his boundless enthusiasm and sense of humor that is apparent when he speaks, Bryan brings a unique teaching style to every slide/talk lecture with his numerous “good/bad, before/after examples” that will elelvate everyone’s vision to new and welcomed possibilities, guaranteeing an inspiring and lasting experience. Bryan also offers workshops around the world www.bryanfpetersonphotoworkshops.com and to view more of his work, you can check out his website here: www.bryanfpeterson.com

Marie Altenburg

When Marie Altenburg left classroom teaching, her teaching career did not end. Photography, which she has always enjoyed, has now become a major part of her life. Creating photographic art and teaching her techniques to others, is a great source of enjoyment to her as she travels across the country in person – and now virtually – sharing her love of photography with others. Although she is considered a master photographer, she explains that she finds that term humbling because she is always learning new techniques and expanding her photographic vision.

Marie’s photographs have received awards in salons and galleries throughout the country and have been sold in museum gift shops. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Popular Photography and the PSA Journal, the official magazine of the Photographic Society of America. She has volunteered her services in various venues, including a summer camp for children experiencing the devastation of cancer. She also volunteers as the book review editor for the Photographic Society of America.

Marie believes that the most important element of a photograph is not just capturing what you see but in the way you feel when you see it. Learn more at www.MarieAltenburg.com

Noah Buchanan, Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video

Noah Buchanan is an Outside Sales Developer for Hunt’s Photo and Video. He has been working with them since 2016. He loves building relationships with all of his customers and considers many of them close friends. Photography has been a passion of his for the past 10 years and he loves being able to talk about it with everyone! Noah’s main interests in photography revolve around the landscape and unusual scenes in nature. Prior to working for Hunt’s, Noah attended NESOP for 2 years studying photojournalism.

Mark Buckler

Mark Buckler has been actively documenting nature for over 30 years. Born on Cape Cod, MA it was in this area of natural beauty that his passion for photography was ignited and skills sharpened. In 2005 he moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he continues pursuing his passion for nature, wildlife, and landscape photography.

The only thing that approaches Mark’s enjoyment of photographing nature is sharing his experiences with others in the form of photographic workshops, tours and adventures that he leads to every corner of North America.  His workshops and photo adventures are highly sought-after for the level of attention that is given to learning various photographic skills.

Mark’s degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont coupled with his extensive experience as a wildlife field biologist provides him with a deep understanding of nature and animal behavior.  This knowledge enhances his ability to capture unique and interesting nature images as well as position workshop clients in the right spots to capture the most compelling images.  He is a renowned photographic instructor who has been invited to teach workshops and give presentations nationwide.  Additionally, fifteen years of experience as a high school biology teacher contributes to Mark’s ability to offer engaging, meaningful, and enjoyable instructional workshops and presentations.

Cameron Darnell, Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video

Cameron Darnell is a 19 year old wildlife photographer and birder specializing in bird photography. He lives outside of Washington, D.C., and will be attending Williams College in the fall of 2021. Cameron has been birding for as long as he can remember, and began photographing birds at the age of 12. He finds the creative aspect of bird photography thrilling and always strives for the most aesthetic image possible. In addition to his home state of Maryland, Cameron has photographed throughout the United States, including Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Florida, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado, and Alaska. Cameron has led birdwalks and conducted wildlife photography workshops for organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region, and was recently a guest on the Wildlife Photo Chat podcast. Cameron’s images have been honored by the National Audubon Society Photography Awards (Top 100), the Massachusetts Audubon Society Photography Contest (Winner, Youth Division), and the American Birding Association Young Birder of the Year Contest (Winner, Photography Module). In 2019, he was selected to attend The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Young Birders Event.

Melvin Guante, Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video

Since an early age, I was fascinated by The Arts. I looked at my uncle in amazement as he played with his enormously huge and shiny new camera. It had all the bells and whistles. It was then that I knew I wanted to be a photographer.

While in High School, my art teacher inspired my creativity and did not allow me to settle for the ordinary and encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, so I could be more innovative. I went on to drawing, painting and making clay sculptures that were exhibited in a year-end art display. She taught me patience and perseverance. In college I was exposed to African Art which led me to explore and immerse myself in everything it had to offer. This had a profound lifelong influence on my work.

I am a passionate photographic artist, with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. I currently an active member on the Board of The Professional Photographers of Massachusetts (PPAM), currently serving as President. I hold a Craftsman, and a certification degree, CR Photog, CPP, by PPA. I have the honor of serving as PPA Council member and one of the Liaison of the CPP program.

Lewis Kemper

Lewis Kemper is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States.  Books include, “Ancient Ancestors of the Southwest”, published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing;  “Capturing the Light” which won the People’s Choice Awards in Fine Art in the 2009 Photography.Book.Now competition; and  His “Photographing Yosemite Digital Field Guide” which was voted in the top 20 field guides. Lewis’ multimedia DVD, “My Stretch of the River: A Photographer’s Journal”, features a year’s worth of photography and journal entries on the American River in Sacramento, CA.

Lewis has taught photography for many organizations including Palm Beach Photographic Centre, Santa Fe Workshops, Light Photographic Workshops, Aspen Workshops, Florida’s Birding and Photofest, and Betterphoto.com. He currently is a Contributing Editor to Outdoor Photographer and a “Tamron Ambassador.” You can visit his website at www.lewiskemper.com

Ben Knoot, Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo & Video

Ben is a 24-year-old nature photographer originally from California. Before graduating in 2018, he studied Environmental Policy and Environmental Education at Western Washington University in Bellingham Washington State. Ben now leads educational and instructive photography, birding, and birding with a camera (BWC®) tours and workshops for Tropical Birding Tours. Ben’s goal while guiding is to provide a memorable, exciting, and successful experience so that other people can enjoy photographing earths beauty as much as he does. Ben has been published by several organizations including, Natures Best Photography, Audubon, Ranger Rick, NANPA, Wildlife Photo Magazine, and the BBC. His deep love and passion for nature has guided and will continue to guide the way he chooses to live his life, with a sense of wonder and curiosity of all things new and exciting.

Bobbi Lane

Bobbi Lane, a Fujifilm “X” Photographer, is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane’s multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 40 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Her corporate and editorial work includes corporate websites, annual reports and hundreds of environmental portraits for a wide variety of magazines. As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. She is widely known as the “Mistress of Light”, teaching portrait lighting techniques with both natural and artificial light. Combining her love of travel, photography and teaching, Bobbi also leads international photo travel workshops such as Venice Carnival, Tanzania, and Iceland. Her dynamic workshops are always both education and entertaining!

Her websites:

www.bobbilane.com

www.bobbiandleesphotoadventures.com

David Marx

David Marx specializes in teaching landscape, travel, and night photography. For the past two decades, David has taught workshops for the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Glacier Photo Guides, and at the Viewfinder Center for Photography.

David’s entertaining teaching style works well for photography students of all skill levels. David delights in helping others improve their landscape photography skills and he is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop.

You can find out more about David’s photography workshops and subscribe to his ever expanding Adobe Photoshop Lightroom video tutorial library at focusphotoschool.com, find out more about his field photography workshops at glacierphotoguides.com, or follow him on Instagram and YouTube.

Colleen Miniuk

Colleen Miniuk is a corporate-America-escapee turned full-time outdoor photographer, writer, publisher, instructor, and speaker from Chandler, Arizona. Her credits include National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways, AAA Via, National Parks Traveler, On Landscape, and a broad variety of other publications. She has served three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park after which she authored the award-winning guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How. She is also the author of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, & How (1st and 2nd editions) as well as the instructional eBook, Seeing the Light in Outdoor Photography (1st and 2nd editions). She writes an online photography advice column called “Dear Bubbles” and leads photography workshops, women’s photography retreats (called “Sheography™”), webinars, and online critique sessions for camera clubs, organizations, and private clients across the U.S.

Mike Moats

Mike Moats is an international award-winning, professional macro photographer from Sterling Heights, Michigan. Mike’s love of photography, which started out as a hobby in 2001, has since evolved into a full-time business. In addition to creating his own images, Mike added “Close-up/Macro Photography” workshops into the mix in 2006, and he now also makes speaking appearances at photo conferences nationwide, leads intensive Macro Boot Camps around the country, and now has an online Macro Photo Club to assist photographers with their macro goals.

Recruited as a member of the Fuji Pro Talent Team in 2006, Mike is also honored to be a Tamron “Image Master” and a Vanguard Pro. He has won numerous local, national, and international awards. Mike’s first book, Tiny Landscapes, was released in 2008, and his images and how-to articles have been published in various magazines, including Outdoor PhotographerNature’s Best PhotographyShutterbugPC PhotoNature PhotographerPhoto LifeWhisper in the Woods, and Michigan Fish and Game Finder; in photography collections such as the North American Nature Photography Association’s (NANPA’s) Expressions book and the Pure Michigan tourism companion; and in various corporate collateral, including on the Tamron USA blog and in Fujifilm newsletters.

Emil von Maltitz

Emil von Maltitz is a full-time commercial photographer based in Kloof, South Africa. Despite a hiatus completing a post-graduate degree in Anthropology, he has been involved in photography since before the turn of the century (which makes him sound older than he really is). He is a member of the invitational International Environmental Photographer’s Association and has several publications in salons like the the International Landscape Photographer of the Year and the Epson Panoramic Awards. Emil is a local brand ambassador for Nisi in South Africa and an international ambassador for Leofoto. He has been a direct contributor to Getty Images for the last decade.

Along with freelance, commercial and assignment photography, Emil spends time running a number of photographic workshops through the photographic workshop outfit, Nature’s Light, of which he is a director and partner. With a passion for landscape photography, he has a keen interest in compositional theory. This is a key element in the workshops that he runs internationally.