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Keynote Sessions

Communicate Your Passion

Keynote Address by Larry W. Richardson

As photographers, our pictures are the means by which we tell our stories- to ourselves, each other, and the world. Good stories stick with you, become memories not easily forgotten. Stories go far beyond facts and explanations; they trigger emotions, empathy, and truth. More than anything else, they connect us to each other. Let Larry Richardson bring stories to you through his images. His experiences will speak to your heart and soul.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Ballroom

Cost: Included with your Conference Ticket!

Q&A With Maxis Gamez – A Keynote Like No Other!

Keynote Address by Maxis Gamez

National Geographic published photographer Maxis Gamez will take you on a Keynote-like no other. Mr. Gamez will take us on a learning journey opening the opportunity to not only learn award-winning techniques but to also learn from others.

Got questions?? Microphones will be given to those interested in asking Pro Bird Photographer and teacher Maxis Gamez. Mr. Gamez wants your participation!

Keynote discussion topics include:

  • Finding Inspiration.
  •  Avoiding some of the biggest issues bird photographers face today
  • Why you should try to crop less
  •  And much more.

We hope you’ll attend this one-of-a-kind keynote and learn from the very best in the industry.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Ballroom

Cost: Included with your Conference Ticket!

In Field Workshop Adventures

Camera Mechanics at Fakahatchee Strand

Robert L. Chaplin

Robert will teach his approach to nature travel photography and share his thoughts on seeing and photographing this unique habitat. Too many people travel through the Everglades environment and never truly see it. For those that shoot in JPEG, learn how to get the most out of your camera. While traveling in the van, there will also be a discussion on the mechanics and creative use of aperture and shutter speed.

Nature First Principles:

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  • Use discretion if sharing locations.
  • Know and follow the rules and regulations.
  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

A note from Robert,

Let me share my passion for photographing nature with you and help inspire you to find your muse and define your style.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Camera
  • Camera manuel if you need help navigating the menu
  • Lenses: 16-35 mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm
  • Tripod is optional
  • Who am I kidding? Bring it all! We will be in a van afterall!

Notes:

  • The “What to Bring” items are only suggestions for those unsure of what to bring.
  • As for the camera and lens, bring what you are comfortable using or something new that you would like to learn and experiment with.
  • I will carry a camera with a 28 mm – 300 mm lens and a tripod.

Cost: $79

Capture Tack Sharp Macro Images – Without a Tripod! at Naples Botanical Gardens

Roman Kurywczak, Sponsored by Tamron

Come join professional nature photographer, Roman Kurywczak, as he shares with you all his technical tips and tricks needed to consistently capture tack sharp macro/closeup mages all in a single frame and handheld!

Roman will show you how to use your flash correctly to properly balance the exposure and achieve dramatic results no matter the lighting conditions. Participants should familiarize themselves on how to adjust the power of their external or pop-up flash (up or down), and where to change and set the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO.

Where to Meet: In the Vestibule of the Front Gate of the Naples Botanical Garden at 8:45 AM to go over settings (4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112)

What to Bring:

  • A camera with a fully charged battery with memory card and a flash but even a pop up will do.
  • Any traditional macro lens will work but Roman will show you how a 100-400mm lens (or similar) works extremely well for macro/closeup photography. He will even show you that an all-in-one travel lens like the 18-400mm lens handles closeup photography.  Not only is it very light and versatile, it has a 17.7 inch minimum focusing distance allowing you to leave other lenses at home when traveling! Tamron will be there to provide loaners for many mounts but you may want to stop by their table on Fridday afternoon so you can try it out in the Gardens on Saturday morning.

Cost: $79

Creating Unique Imagery an Adventure in Downtown Fort Myers

Art Becker

You’ll learn how to see light and composition and create unique images. Using various angles with each subject you photograph. That will emphasize overlooked details that make a difference in your photography. This class will be a visual challenge and guild you in your photographic journey.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Please bring a Dslr or a Mirrorless camera
  • two lenses – one telephoto 24 to 85 or close

Cost: $79

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Mike Matthews

Have you ever wanted to get some amazing wildlife photos in a place that is one of a kind? Then join me on this exciting workshop to one of my favorite places in Florida: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Here, with over 13,000 acres, we will explore while traversing along a 2.25-mile boardwalk that meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America just a few feet above the water. You will have the opportunity to see Barred Owls, Alligators, Painted Buntings and numerous wading birds. Not to mention, incredible landscape and Macro opportunities. If this sounds like fun to you, then come along with me as we explore this hidden jewel of a swamp in southwest Florida.

Where to Meet: At the Main Entrance of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120)

What to Bring:

  • Tripod
  • Telephoto lens
  • Optional macro lens or wide angle lens. 

Cost: $69

Koreshan State Park

Maxis Gamez

Majestic oaks, old Florida historic buildings, Florida pioneers habitat… Oh my! Join me on a back-in-time landscape photography workshop where you’ll learn how to photograph the beauty of this park!

Topic of Discussion:

  • How to create powerful compositions with your wide-angle lens
  • How to set up your camera for HDR
  • How not to miss opportunities you never thought were there
  • And much more!

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • Zoom Lens
  • Tripod
  • Memory Cards!

Cost: $79

Long Exposure Photography at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Todd Nettlehorst

Create more artistic wildlife imagery. Join professional nature photographer and Vanguard Pro Todd Nettelhorst as he teaches the proper settings and techniques using long exposure to capture more artistic images. We will use the available light and wildlife along with both subject and camera movements to capture artistic motion blur creating fine art imagery.

What you will learn:

  • Using shutter speed settings to blur
  • Utilizing camera and subject movement artistically
  • Compositional concepts and shooting tips
  • Understanding bird & wildlife behaviors to anticipate the shot

Where to Meet: At the Main Entrance of the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (375 Sanctuary Rd W, Naples, FL 34120)

What to bring:

  • Camera – DSLR or Mirrorless & Smartphone (with manuals)
  • Lenses
    • Wide angle (10mm / 16mm)
    • Standard / Prime (18mm – 85mm)
    • Telephoto (70-200mm / 100-400mm / 200-600mm)
  • Tripod & Ballhead
  • Neutral Density (required) & Polarizing Filters
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug Spray
  • Clothing appropriate for Weather Conditions
  • Notepad and Pencil (for taking notes)

Cost: $69

Naples Botanical Garden

Mike Matthews

Do you enjoy photographing Flowers and other interesting plant life? Then join me for this fun filled morning as we explore one of the premier botanical gardens in the country. You will have the opportunity to shoot macro photography of some of the many orchids that they have on display, as well as water lily ponds, a large variety of garden flowers, and other unique plant life. There can also be some great opportunities for capturing the local butterflies and other pollinating insects. This truly is a hidden gem of southwest Florida that I have been to many times. So, come join me as we immerse ourselves in a botanical wonderland! 

Where to Meet: In the Vestibule of the Front Gate of the Naples Botanical Garden (4820 Bayshore Dr, Naples, FL 34112)

What To Bring:

  • Tripod
  • Macro lens
  • Some form of telephoto lens
  • A flash and polarizing filter are optional, but bring them if you have it.

Cost: $79

Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens

Maxis Gamez

Planning a big trip? Stressed because you aren’t confident with your fill-flash and strong composition skills? Join me on this adventure!

We are spending a morning at the wonderful Naples Zoo were I will teach you everything you need to know to not only create strong compositions but also how you can use your flash to enhance your opportunities before making that BIG TRIP!

Topics of Discussion:

  • How to create strong compositions at the zoo
  • The beauty and benefits of using fill-flash
  • Equipment discussion
  • Why you should always use Manual Exposure

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Longest Lens
  • Tele-Converter
  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Memory Cards!

Cost: $79

Painting the Pier and Other Cool Stuff at Naples Pier

Larry Richardson and Jim Robellard

The Naples Pier is a prominent landmark in SW Florida.  As the sun wanes we will guide you in: 1) creating a Time-Lapse movie of the sun going down over the Pier and Gulf, 2) since the Naples pier was heavily damaged by Hurricane Ian, our light painting exercise will focus on creating abstract objects (orbs, silhouettes, and unlimited colorful designs) with light painting tools and the pier in the background, 3) photographing the stars and more.  A tripod and cable release are essential.    This is our opportunity to shed light on a Naples landmark we may never see again.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What To Bring:

  • A YouTube Video will be provided to guide you in processing your images.
  • Tripod (essential)
  • Cable Release (essential)

Cost: $79

Photographing Birds – From Portraits to Flight! at Lake Park

Roman Kurywczak, Sponsored by Tamron

Come join professional nature photographer, Roman Kurywczak, as he shares with you all his technical tips and tricks needed to take your bird photography to the next level without having to rely on a tripod.  Roman will show you how to achieve consistently tack sharp images of birds in flight even handheld! 

On this field workshop, Roman will instruct you on how to set your exposure in manual mode and just how easy it is to get the proper exposure every time.  Roman’s simple techniques will allow you to achieve consistent results of your very own. Participants should familiarize themselves on how to change and set the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO.

Where to Meet: Lakes Park (7330 Gladiolus Drive Fort Myers, FL 33908), when you arrive to the park turn left at the first main intersection, follow the road a short distance to the end and we will meet in the last parking lot near the playground.

What to Bring:

  • A camera with a fully charged battery and a few memory cards (birds in flight go through memory cards quickly)
  • A lens with a focal length in the 400-600mm range (could be a zoom)
  • Comfortable shoes that may get wet.
  • Throw in a large kitchen garbage bag to cover your gear just in case we get some unexpected rain.
  • Don’t have a long lens but still want to go?  Tamron will have a variety of lenses to loan out but check to make sure they have your specific mount.

Cost: $69

Photographing Birds – From Portraits to Flight! Rookery Bay Eco Cruise

Roman Kurywczak, Sponsored by Tamron

Come join professional nature photographer, Roman Kurywczak, as he shares with you all his technical tips and tricks needed to take your bird photography to the next level without having to rely on a tripod.  Roman will show you how to achieve consistently tack sharp images of birds in flight even handheld! 

On this boat outing, Roman will instruct you on how to set your exposure in manual mode and just how easy it is to get the proper exposure every time.  Roman’s simple techniques will allow you to achieve consistent results of your very own. Participants should familiarize themselves on how to change and set the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO.

Where to Meet: Good Fortune II (10 Shell Island Road Naples, FL 34113)

What to Bring:

  • A camera with a fully charged battery and a few memory cards (birds in flight go through memory cards quickly)
  • A lens with a focal length in the 400-600mm range (could be a zoom)
  • Comfortable shoes that may get wet.
  • Even though the boat has a canopy, throw in a large kitchen garbage bag to cover your gear just in case we get some unexpected stronger rain.
  • Don’t have a long lens but still want to go?  Tamron will have a variety of lenses to loan out but check to make sure they have your specific mount.

Cost: $99

Portraits: Easy Ways to Blend Flash with Ambient Light at Baker Park

Tennesse Rick Elliott

Join us for a hands on workshop where we’ll cover the basics of blending flash with ambient light. We’ll provide the flashes, triggers, and models so all you’ll need to bring is your camera. You’ll be able to shoot in four different locations in the park, plus we’ll cover shooting sunset portraits. 

Where to Meet: Baker Park (1433 2nd Ave S, Naples, FL 34102)

What to bring:

  • A camera with a hotshoe and a tripod, but leave your tripod in the car until the last part of the workshop.
  • We are hoping you know how to use your camera in manual mode.
  • A great sense of humor is indispensable as well.

Cost: $69

Rookery Bay Eco Cruise

Maxis Gamez

There is something special about photographing wildlife from a boat. Trust me when I tell you when the excitement starts and birds are flying in front of your lens all over the place, you’ll immediately understand what I’m talking about.

Topic of Discussion:

  • Birds in Flight
  • The only panning technique you’ll need
  • How to set your camera’s Auto-Focus settings
  • Manual Exposure
  • And much, much, more!

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Longest Lens You Feel Comfortable Hand-Holding
  • Leave the Tripod At HOME!

Cost: $99

Shooting Into the Sun at the Naples Pier

Larry Richardson and Jim Robellard

We will demonstrate and instruct: 1) Exposure Bracketing. 2) using Fill Flash (your speedlight, a Westcott flash and softbox), 3) using a reflector, and 4) creating a Sunset Panorama. You will learn to properly expose people and other subjects with the sun in the background.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • A YouTube Video will be provided to guide you in processing your images.
  • Tripod
  • Cable release

Cost: $79

Shy Wolf Sanctuary

A Private Tour of the Shy Wolf Sanctuary

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center rescues captive-bred exotic and un-releasable wild animals. They then provide a permanent home for those needing sanctuary, while adopting out animals screened as pet-quality. The animals they rescue have been abandoned, neglected, and abused. They have stories to share of survival, thriving, learning to trust again, and the healing power of unconditional love.  Shy Wolf Sanctuary will share their stories with you during a private visit. Shy Wolf Sanctuary provides a permanent home to over 60 exotic residents and sometimes as many as 70 animals. The wolves and other resident animals are housed on a 2.5 acre property in Naples (FL) where you will tour and have lots of photographic opportunities!

What to Bring:

  • Camera
  • Comfortable Shoes

Cost: $99

Six Mile Cypress Slough

Mike Matthews

Have you ever wanted to explore a Florida Swamp with easy access right in the middle of town? Then join me on this fun afternoon as we explore this 3,500 acre wetland of Six Mile Cypress Slough. This unique ecosystem is home to a variety of wading birds, alligators, river otters, reptiles, and other unique plant life. The short 1.2 mile boardwalk is just a few feet over the water and enables you to capture some amazing images. I have personally been to this location many times and it is one of my favorite places to photograph. So, come join me and let’s explore the amazing diversity of wildlife!

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Tripod
  • Some form of telephoto lens
  • A mid range/wide angle lens if you have one for landscapes

Cost: $79

Morning Photography Hike at Big Cypress National Preserve – Deep Lake

Robert L. Chaplin

Join Robert for this special photography walk through a hardwood hammock and cypress strand ending
at South Florida’s deepest sinkhole at 300’ wide by 95’ deep. Learn to see, experience, and photograph
this unique habitat anew. See the Everglades through Robert’s eyes.

Nature First Principles:

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  • Use discretion if sharing locations.
  • Know and follow the rules and regulations.
  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

A note from Robert,

Let me share my passion for photographing nature with you and help inspire you to find your muse and define your style.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring

This will be an approximate 1-mile round trip. The walk will be leisurely, with frequent stops to photograph subjects of opportunity. We will let the light guide us.

  • Only carry what you think you can haul on a hike
  • Water
  • Bug Spray, just in case
  • Camera (of course)
  • Camera manual if you need help navigating the menu
  • Lenses: 16-35mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm
  • Tripod (we can use the tripod as a walking stick also)
  • Tripods are option for this walk, but bring a walking stick if you don’t want to carry a tripod

Notes:

  • The “What to Bring” items are only suggestions for those unsure of what to bring.
  • As for the camera and lens, bring what you are comfortable using or something new that you would like to learn and experiment with.
  • I will carry a camera with a 35mm f/1.4 lens and a tripod.

Cost: $79

Ten Thousand Islands Sealife and Sunsets Cruise

Robert L. Chaplin

Learn Robert’s approach to photographing in a group from a vessel where he will share his settings and thought process. This two-hour tour will also find us on the shore of an island to finish the day with a sunset (who knows, maybe even a photograph of the elusive Green Flash). Robert also has a special creative challenge in mind for this trip. Join him, create, and take home a memory and souvenir.

PLEASE NOTE: This tour will be conducted on two boats that will be traveling together. Robert will split the time between the two boats. The entire group will be together during the time on the island.

Nature First Principles:

  • Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.
  • Educate yourself about the places you photograph.
  • Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.
  • Use discretion if sharing locations.
  • Know and follow the rules and regulations.
  • Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.
  • Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

A note from Robert,

Let me share my passion for photographing nature with you and help inspire you to find your muse and define your style.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

We will be together on a boat, so it would be good to minimize the gear.

  • Camera (of course).
  • Camera manual if you need help navigating the menu.
  • Lenses: 24-70 mm, 70-200mm
  • Tripod
  • Water
  • Sunscreen

Notes:

  • The “What to Bring” items are only a suggestion.
  • As for the camera and lens, bring what you are comfortable using or something new that you would like to learn and experiment with.
  • I will carry a small bag with a camera, a 28mm – 300mm lens, and a tripod.

Cost: $149

Ten Thousand Island Marsh Trail Adventure

Todd Nettlehorst

Professional nature photographer Todd Nettelhorst will immerse you in the mangrove maze of Ten Thousand Island NWR. Join them for a wild adventure as they guide and coach photography in a place you would normally only see by boat.

What you will learn:

  • Embracing the golden hour light to enhance your subject
  • Compositional concepts and shooting tips
  • Understanding bird & wildlife behaviors to anticipate the shot

Where to Meet: Ten Thousand Islands (21004 Tamiami Trail E, Naples, FL 34114)

What to bring:

  • Camera – DSLR or Mirrorless & Smartphone (with manuals)
  • Lenses
    • Wide angle (10mm / 16mm)
    • Standard / Prime (18mm – 85mm)
    • Telephoto (70-200mm / 100-400mm / 200-600mm)
  • Tripod & Ballhead
  • Neutral Density & Polarizing Filters
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug Spray
  • Clothing appropriate for Weather Conditions
  • Notepad and Pencil (for taking notes)

Cost: $69

Venice Rookery

Maxis Gamez

My playground! Venice Rookery is one of the locations I learned how to successfully photograph birds. From panning (handheld or on a tripod) to capturing matting behavior to how to use flash! Venice Rookery provides the perfect stage to learn and improve your bird photography skills!

Topics of Discussion:

  • Manual Exposure
  • How to avoid distractions
  • Fill-flash
  • Matting behavior
  • Birds in Flight
  • And much, much more!

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What to Bring:

  • Longest lens
  • Tele-Converter
  • Tripod
  • Flash
  • Memory Cards!

Cost: $79

Venice Rookery Wildlife Adventure

Todd Nettlehorst

Grab your telephoto lens and jump on this wild adventure to an oasis of natural beauty where birds roost, court, build nests, incubate eggs and raise chicks. In the spring, the rookery is home to many species including Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Cattle Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Green Herons, Tricolored Herons, Glossy Ibis, Anhingas, Alligators and much more. Learn how to use a variety of techniques and tips to help you anticipate behaviors and create stunning imagery.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union Atrium

What you will learn:

  • Using available light and angles to enhance your subject
  • Compositional concepts and shooting tips
  • Understanding bird & wildlife behaviors to anticipate the shot

What to bring (suggestions):

  • Camera – DSLR or Mirrorless & Smartphone (with manuals)
  • Lenses
    • Standard / Prime (18mm – 85mm)
    • Telephoto (70-200mm / 100-400mm / 200-600mm) (strongly recommended)
    • Spotting Scope with Phone Adapter
  • Neutral Density & Polarizing Filters
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug Spray
  • Clothing appropriate for Weather Conditions
  • Notepad and Pencil (for taking notes)

Cost: $79

On Campus Hands-On Workshops

Abstract Photography: Art of Seeing Creatively

Todd Nettlehorst

Tap into the creative side of photography…Todd leads the group through the campus and area nature trails to learn how to use proper techniques and simple tips to stir your imagination, practice the art of seeing differently and compose abstract images. Fun photography – come out and play around campus!

What you will learn:

  • Techniques and Tips to create well composed images
  • Noticing your surroundings and visualize creative imagery
  • Using the available light and angle of view to compliment subjects

Where to Meet: Cohen Center Student Union, See Conference Program for Room Number

What to bring (suggestions):

  • Camera – DSLR or Mirrorless & Smartphone with close up lens (with manuals)
  • Lenses
    • Wide angle (10mm / 16mm)
    • Standard / Prime (18mm – 85mm)
    • Telephoto (70-200mm / 100-400mm / 200-600mm)
  • Tripod & Ballhead
  • Neutral Density & Polarizing Filters
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug Spray
  • Clothing appropriate for Weather Conditions
  • Notepad and Pencil (for taking notes)

Cost: $69

Capture Tack Sharp Macro Images – Without a Tripod!

Roman Kurywczak, Sponsored by Tamron

Come join professional nature photographer, Roman Kurywczak, as he shares with you all his technical tips and tricks needed to consistently capture tack sharp macro/closeup mages all in a single frame and handheld!

Roman will show you how to use your flash correctly to properly balance the exposure and achieve dramatic results no matter the lighting conditions. Participants should familiarize themselves on how to adjust the power of their external or pop up flash (up or down), and where to change and set the f/stop, shutter speed, and ISO.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • A camera with a fully charged battery with memory card and a flash but even a pop up will do
  • Any traditional macro lens will work but Roman will show you how a 100-400mm lens (or similar) works extremely well for macro/closeup photography. He will even show you that an all-in-one travel lens like the 18-400mm lens handles closeup photography.  Not only is it very light and versatile, it has a 17.7 inch minimum focusing distance allowing you to leave other lenses at home when traveling!Tamron will be there to provide loaners for many mounts so you can try, before you buy.

Cost: $69

Capturing Architect’s Vision (Two Part Workshop – Make Sure you Register for Both Parts!)

Jeff Leimbach, Sponsored by Canon

This workshop starts in the classroom with practical lessons on photographing buildings in a way that captures an architect’s vision. We continue in the field for a first-hand look at the process and finish by an in depth look at editing a final image for delivery.

Where to Meet: Cohen Center, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and Pen

Cost: $69

Conservation Photography

Preston Ballard

The Conservation Photography workshop will consist of an in-classroom Presentation talking about the many different aspects of conservation photography and how you can capture a good Conservation Photograph, as well as an out of classroom hands on portion where aspects taught in the classroom will be applied in real-world settings.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Camera Equipment, if you have it (for the outside photo walk portion)
  • Notebook if you like taking notes.
  • Water (for outside photo walk, florida can get hot, even in March.)

Cost: $69

Fundamentals of Infrared Capture

Lee Varis, Sponsored by Fuji Film

Join Lee Varis on a journey into the unseen world of the infrared spectrum with IR converted cameras. Lee shows you how to get started with infrared capture using the various IR conversion filters. See how different camera conversions compare and how to make the most of your IR camera files in Lightroom and Photoshop. Lee explores color and B&W infrared captures, the ideal subject matter, and various approaches to interpret the dream-like color and tone of the infrared spectrum.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What To Bring:

  • Infrared Converted Camera for Photo Walk

Cost: $69

Lightroom Classic: Next-Level Adjustments & Masking

Ben Willmore


Join photographer, expert and author Ben Willmore as he reveals the secrets to harnessing the power of Lightroom’s updated masking capabilities. Ben will share his best tips, tricks and best practices for producing fantastic images. Regardless of whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, you’ll walk away energized and ready to tackle your next masking challenge.
• Transform sub-par originals into masterpieces worthy of framing
• Create complex masks that will make Lightroom much more powerful
• Gain control of the mask transition to produce smoother results.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Details Coming Soon!

Cost: $69

Lightroom Classic: Best Practices

Ben Willmore
Learn how to optimize every step of your workflow in Lightroom. From importing and organizing to adjusting and printing. You’ll be amazed at how much more streamlined and efficient you can become when you incorporate these ideas that Ben developed over 15 years of pushing Lightroom to its limit. Regardless of your user level, you will leave energized with exciting new ideas you an implement right away.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Details Coming Soon!

Cost: $69

Macro Workshop

Mike Matthews

Have you ever wanted to learn more about macro photography? Then join me for this “on site” workshop as we explore the amazing world of macro photography. 

Things you will learn: I will show you how to free yourself from using your tripod with the use of flash. I will also discuss the new in-camera focus stacking options that are available. 

There will be numerous still life subjects for you to photograph to get some unique images. I will also have some “live animals” that my macro workshops are known for, such as geckos, frogs and more. 

So, if this sounds like fun to you, then come join me for this unique macro experience.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Macro lens or closeup filter
  • Flash: either speed light, twin flash or ring flash
  • Tripod is optional unless you do not have a flash 

Cost: $69

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary (Still Life Photography)

Art Becker

What you’ll learn with Still Life Photography is to make photographs of ordinary objects unique. By experimenting with different arrangements, lighting, and compositions. We will bring breathe life into our subjects. And I’ll teach you how make imagery without distractions. Artistically driven and offer more opportunities to be creative with this genre of photography If want learn laugh this is the right class for you.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • You’ll need a tripod a 35DSLR or Mirrorless camera
  • A close focus lens or macro and your imagination.

Cost: $69

Off Camera Flash Workshop

Art Silverglate

Off camera workshop(OCF) Almost every photographer a strobe that they bought when they purchased their camera and most have never got around to using it. This workshop will show you a few a few simple guidelines how to use strobes to add to your arsenal. With just one strobe and a few inexpensive accessories (less than $200) what you can achieve with (OCF) . This workshop will have a number of setups that you can do at home achieve spectacular results, with items you may already have in your home. And images you can enter in clubs that people will ask how you did that. So join us some fun photography.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Camera
  • Tripod

Cost: $69

Photoshop: Retouching & Masking Techniques

Ben Willmore


Retouching and masking are two of the most common tasks performed in Photoshop. Learn to become dramatically more skilled and efficient by learning precisely how Photoshop’s retouching tools were designed to be used together and then master the hidden keyboard shortcuts that will allow you to resize, rotate and reposition what content using most retouching tools. Then we’ll shirt our focus to upgrading your selection and masking techniques so you can more effectively isolate objects within your images.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Details Coming Soon!

Cost: $69

Photoshop: Directing the Viewer’s Eye

Ben Willmore


Capturing a compelling composition is only part of producing a memorable image. Simple techniques can be used to manipulate the viewer into looking at the best parts of an image while ignoring areas that do not contribute to the image’s success. You’ll learn: How to use color and saturation to pull the viewer’s eye to any area of your image; The use of sharpening to cause the viewer to linger in one area while glossing over others; Retouching techniques that will prevent the viewer from being distracted by elements that don’t contribute to the impact of the image; Manipulating tonality to produce a more three-dimensional image; How the edge of the frame is actually more important than the main subject or center of the frame.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Details Coming Soon!

Cost: $69

Portraits Unplugged: Finding the Beauty in Natural Light with

Bobbi Lane, Sponsored by Fuji Film

Any time of day can work for flattering or effective environmental portraits provided you learn to “see” the light/shadow.  The “Big Three” – direction, quality and depth of light are the key to describing your subject and setting the mood. We work with window light, backlight, open shade and garage door lighting. Reflectors and diffusers provide a tremendous amount of control in manipulating the light. 

We will start with an instructional image presentation that covers the “rules” of Portraits Unplugged and various lighting situations for creative imaging. We will then go outside for demos with reflectors and diffusers and then photographed models on location. This presentation and shooting class will help create a higher level of quality for your subjects!

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • If you have a reflector, please bring it.
  • A medium telephoto lens is great for portraits. That would be 85mm to 135mm on a full frame camera, or 56mm to 90mm on a crop sensor.

Cost: $69

Portraits with Flash

Bobbi Lane, Sponsored by Fuji Film

The photographer’s challenge in creating a compelling portrait involves both creative and technical concepts combined in a way that evokes meaning and impact. Learning how to use your flash easily and effectively helps the photographer make images that are flattering and effective. Portable flash is a wonderful and sometimes intimidating tool and it will be explained step by step on how to choose the correct settings and modifiers. A variety of lighting techniques will be covered with the emphasis on understanding the three main aspects of light: direction, quality and depth. The basics are covered thoroughly: between manual and TTL, using the + and – to change your flash exposure, using flash ON camera with modifiers and flash OFF camera using radio remotes. Several light setups will be explained and demonstrated. After an educational presentation, the participants will photograph models in a studio setting.

Your fear of flash will disappear, and your portrait will have more meaning and impact.

Where to Meet: Cohen Student Union, See the Conference Program for the Room Number

What to Bring:

  • Portable flash and any modifiers you have
  • If you have a radio transmitter/receiver so that you can get the flash off the camera, please bring that as well
  • Please read your manual and know how to change the mode to TTL or Manual, and how to use the + and – buttons

Cost: $69