2018 Nature Visions Expo Presentations

Friday All Day Seminar: Why Landscape Photography

Thomas Heaton

Friday, November 2, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Why landscape photography? What is the draw to nature and the appeal of the great outdoors? Thomas Heaton will cover this and much more in the key presentation.  He’ll cover, in detail, how he is able to make a living from landscape photography. Also, you’ll hear him give practical advice on how to capture beautiful […]

Why Black and White?

Cole Thompson

Saturday, November 3, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

For Cole “color records the image, but black and white captures the feelings that lie beneath the surface.”

In Cole’s presentation he will make the case for black and white as the perfect medium for all subjects and genres.  Showing images from his various portfolios (The Ghosts of Auschwitz, Harbinger, The Lone Man, Melting Giants, The Faroe Islands, and others), he intersperses them with the lessons he’s learned about Vision, listening to himself, the role of equipment, the rules of photography, and others.

Following his lecture, Cole will give away three of his prints.

Nature Photography at Home Made Easy

Wayne Wolfersberger

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

The easiest place to develop your skills for great nature photography is on your home turf. This presentation will include helpful insights for cell phone users to those with a variety of digital cameras. Whether shooting indoors or outside, you will gain new ideas and helpful techniques to enhance your abilities to capture great nature […]

Finding and Following Your Vision

Cole Thompson

Sunday, November 4, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

What is Vision and how do you find and follow it?  In this presentation Cole will share the ten things that helped him find his Vision, which changed not only his photography, but also his life. What did he learn about Vision?  That it’s the difference between an average image and a great one, and […]

The Foundations of Great Images: Creativity

Brian Zwit

Sunday, November 4, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

A great photograph begins with the basics — proper exposure, thoughtful composition, and creativity.  These aspects of photography need to be instinctual to capture the fleeting moments that make for great images.

Realistic HDR

Tim Cooper

Saturday, November 3, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Landscape photography has a long history of post processing. From Ansel Adams to Elliot Porter, the master photographers have all made use of cutting edge technology to turn their good captures into great prints. Join The Realistic HDR Image author Tim Cooper as he fully explains how to shoot and process lifelike HDR imagery.

Creative Effects (both in-camera and in post processing)

Denise Ippolito

Saturday, November 3, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Intermediate, Advanced

This program is geared to help you create unique works of art with your photographs and is filled with fun and exciting ideas to nurture your artistic vision.  I’ll touch base on creative blurs captured in-camera, post-processing techniques that will enhance your original files, multiple exposures, image overlays, plug-ins, etc.  There will be a Photoshop demo during the final segment and time for questions and answers.

Visual Expression

Denise Ippolito

Sunday, November 4, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This one hour program is based loosely on my e-book, Visual Expressions.  This program will be filled with some of my favorite images that, in essence, reflect my overall body of work.  I’ll share my creative thought process for each capture as well as my techniques for post processing.

Stop Documenting — Start Creating Beautiful Wildlife Images

Lisa Langell

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Beginner

How can we think differently about nature and wildlife photography? How can we be innovative at a time when wildlife photography has virtually exploded to a point where nearly every subject seems over-photographed?

Artistic Photography: Using light, emotion, settings and creativity to photograph nature beautifully

Lisa Langell

Sunday, November 4, 2018
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

This fun, upbeat and inspiring session is designed to help the intermediate nature photographer photograph nature in a whole new light, literally!  You will learn helpful skills while using lenses, light, settings  and more in ways that will enable you to capture images that are more artistic, creative, emotionally evocative, and inspiring.

Self-doubt and Being Your Own Worst Critic

Thomas Heaton

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I will discuss moments in my career when I have had serious self doubt and show images, both good and bad, break them down and taking about what went wrong or right. I will discuss anxiety when venturing in to the unknown and how the outdoors helps with my stress and is good for general […]

Nightscapes: After the Magic Hour

Tim Cooper

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Merchant Hall
Audience: Intermediate

Join the growing group of landscape photographers who are staying out long after the sun goes down. The increase of high quality imagery at high ISOs has made it possible to create beautiful landscapes and stars-capes at night. Come join Night Photography author Tim Cooper as he lays out the basics of capturing images at night.

Hands-On Creative Macro Photography Workshop

Roman Kurywczak



Hylton Center - Workshop Room
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Please note that this workshop repeats throughout the weekend. Please see days/times below. Please purchase a ticket for the workshop time that best fits your schedule. Tired of carrying around your tripod for macro photography? Many flower shows and arboretums don’t allow the use of a tripod as well. Roman will guide you through the […]

How to Use Your Camera (or Smartphone) as a Paintbrush: Impressionistic Photography Techniques — Charles Needle

Charles Needle



Hylton Center - Workshop Room
Audience: Intermediate, Advanced

Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft impressionistic-looking photographs using nothing but your digital camera. Award-winning fine art photographer Charles Needle will describe the process of using long-exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform everyday scenes into unimaginable visual masterpieces.

Creative Macro Photography with Charles Needle

Creative Macro Photography

Charles Needle

Sunday, November 4, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Intermediate, Advanced

Learn how to create unusual and striking close-up images both in the field and in your own backyard and/or home studio. Award-winning fine art photographer and workshop leader, Charles Needle, will guide you through all the necessary steps to take your macro photography to the next level.

Macro Photography 101 – “Getting started in Macro Photography”

Steve Gettle

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00 am
Hylton Center - Workshop Room
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

In this talk Steve will speak about how to use basic equipment to make beautiful images of things in the realm of the small, from the size of a butterfly to as small as a tiny flower.

Macro Photography 201 – “Moving in Closer”

Steve Gettle

Sunday, November 4, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Intermediate, Advanced

A beautiful new world opens up when we move in beyond 1:1 (1:1 = a full frame shot of a nickel).

iPhone Magic: Creative Smartphone Photography with Charles Needle

Pixels in your Pocket – Creative Smartphone Photography

Charles Needle

Saturday, November 3, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
TBD
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

In this session, award-winning photographer Charles Needle will explain how smartphone photography can make you a better photographer and how you can craft creative, expressive images using nothing more than your phone.

Photographing Wildlife – from Portraits to Action

Roman Kurywczak

Sunday, November 4, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

This exciting educational program will cover everything you will need to know about photographing wildlife in the field. The photographic journey will cover exotic locations such as Tanzania but also include many tips for photographing wildlife closer to home in some unexpected places. 

Joe Subolefsky - Raptor Shoot

Hands-on Raptor Photo Shoot

Joe Subolefsky

Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4, 2018
6 Sessions Available - see Schedule
Hylton Center - Raptors Table
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

Joe Subolefsky will share numerous tips and techniques during the opening portion of this workshop. In the second half, participants will have an opportunity to photograph birds of prey with guidance provided by Joe.

Strategies for Capturing Decisive Moments in Nature

Joe LeFevre

Sunday, November 4, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

It is what we as nature photographers strive for: capturing those elusive moments when lighting, composition, and mood coalesce to produce an exceptional image. In this presentation I will discuss strategies for capturing these decisive moments. Topics include mapping and scouting a potential location, waiting for the quintessential moment, matching the light to an appropriate landscape, responding to special conditions, and using time-lapse and video to capture those
fleeting moments. I will present numerous examples of my work to illustrate these principles.

Power of Photoshop for the Outdoor Photographer

Tim Cooper

Sunday, November 4, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Intermediate

Adobe  Photoshop  is  powerful.    Really  powerful.  And,  it  has  never  been  easier  to  integrate  Photoshop  into  your  Lightroom  workflow. 

The Art of Visual Language – “Creating Images that Communicate”

Steve Gettle

Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

One of the greatest things about photography is its ability to communicate something to the viewer. Your images are very powerful tools having the ability to reach out and touch people, crossing all language and age barriers. Every color, line, and shape you chose to include in your final image has an emotional effect on the viewer. During this lecture Steve will talk about how all these different elements within your image communicate your chosen message to your audience.

Getting off Auto: Taking Control

Marie Joabar

Sunday, November 4, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

Learn how to take control of your camera and craft the photo you have in your mind’s eye. Marie explains the three factors that make an exposure: Aperture, Shutter and ISO and how you can use them to creatively tell a story.

Understanding Your Camera Settings

Marie Joabar

Saturday, November 3, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

Understanding how to take great photos with today’s digital cameras can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Learning some of your cameras most important features and how to use them will give you more confidence and make picture-taking fun and enjoyable. This class will help you over the learning curve and start you down the path to capturing better images.

The Art of Creative Composition

Denise Ippolito

Saturday, November 3, 2018
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

During this one-hour program, I will share many of my compositional thoughts as they apply to bird photography.  These ideas have served me well over the years and appeal to the artist inside of me.  I’ve never been fond of rules and adhering to my own guidelines has helped me win two Categories in the prestigious Windland Smith Rice Nature’s Best International Competition.

Creative Composition: It’s Not What You Photograph, It’s How You Photograph!

Jennifer King

Saturday, November 3, 2018
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner

A photo subject can be the same, yet captured in so many different ways.  What makes one photograph stand out above the others? It is simple:  a great composition.  Understanding how our vision responds to an image is the first step in achieving success.  From the basics of line, color, and form to the use of more advanced techniques, we will explore and discuss different artistic approaches used to create better photos and help you become a better photographer.  Creativity spreads … come and catch it!

The Foundations of Great Images: Composition

Brian Zwit

Sunday, November 4, 2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

A great photograph begins with the basics — proper exposure, thoughtful composition, and creativity. These aspects of photography need to be instinctual to capture the fleeting moments that make for great images.

Getting Started with Lightroom Classic

Marie Joabar

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner

Learn to use Lightroom step by step as Marie covers tips and techniques for both the Library and Develop Modules.

Photoshop CC — The Creative Composite

Julieanne Kost

Saturday, November 3, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 1
Audience: Advanced

Whether you’re combining multiple images in Photoshop to overcome obstacles that can’t be solved in capture or are creating surreal montages, the tools and techniques needed to create a successful composite are the same.  In this seminar, Adobe’s Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist, Julieanne Kost, will demonstrate flexible and efficient ways to organize, construct, and manage multiple images to reinforce the visual narrative. 

Take It, Then Make It with Julianne Kost

Lightroom CC — The All-New, Cloud-Based Photography Workflow

Julieanne Kost

Sunday, November 4, 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that the photographer’s workflow continues to evolve!  For those of you looking for a device-independent, cloud-based photography workflow, where you can easily store, edit, and share your images across multiple devices, this session is for you.  Adobe’s Principal Evangelist Julieanne Kost, will demonstrate the freedom of being able to access all of your original, high-resolution images across multiple devices — anywhere, anytime.  

Lightroom Classic — Harness the Power of the Develop Module

Julieanne Kost

Sunday, November 4, 2018
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Merchant Hall
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

Discover the power of Lightroom Classic’s Develop module as Principal Evangelist Julieanne Kost demonstrates techniques that will elevate your images to new heights. Discover how subtle shifts in color and tone can reinforce primary and secondary subject matter, special effects can be used to evoke emotion, and thinking beyond the single image opens new possibilities for creative expression.

Creative and Technical Advice for the Outdoor Photographer

Jeff Mauritzen

Saturday, November 3, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beacon Hall - Room 2
Audience: Beginner, Intermediate

Tales of curious Emperor penguins to potty-trained Komodo dragons, join National Geographic Photographer Jeff Mauritzen as he offers creative and technical advice from his travels and assignments around the world. This presentation will teach you to add depth and interest to your images, whether your in the Serengeti plains of Tanzania or in your own backyard. Topics will range from the macro photography in the rainforest to capturing big landscapes with long lenses. You’ll learn to compose from the background to the foreground and shoot under a variety of challenging lighting situations.