Program

2020 Nature Photography Celebration, Asheville, NC - April 19-21, 2020

Photographers capture a red salamander. Photo by Tom Haxby

Now available: Download the program schedule.

Schedule Highlights

All activities described below are included in your registration fee.

Items highlighted in yellow require transportation and must be selected during the initial registration process. You may be permitted to change your selections on site during Celebration if space is available.

Sunday, April 19

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Choose a breakout session.

Track: Birds | Photographing Birds for Optimal Results

Birds can be a challenge to photograph. Yet birds are everywhere from the backyards to foreign locations, so they are a ready subject for photographers. Join Kathy Adams Clark in this workshop to learn how to improve your bird photography skills. Camera features and options will be discussed along with composition, color harmony, and storytelling. Lenses, flash, and camera supports will also be discussed. Bring your camera and equipment to class for Q&A.

Speaker: Kathy Adams Clark

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Photographing Waterfalls and Mountain Vistas

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC, provides superb opportunities for photographing nearby mountain vistas, and the aptly named “Land of Waterfalls” is also within an hour’s drive. Mary Louise will explain how to get the best images of the nearby waterfalls and mountain vistas including photo shoot planning, gear, key tips and, of course, photo techniques.

Speaker: Mary Louise Ravese

Sunday (continued)
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Vendor Lawn Demos
Join our vendors for 45-minute demos on products or services

12:00 – 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Sunday (continued)
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Choose a breakout session.

Track: Birds | Photos of Birds: Processing Tips and Techniques

Are you frustrated with your bird photos? The basic steps to processing a photograph of a bird are pretty simple. We’ll cover basic processing in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw to get the best look possible. This workshop will illustrate batch processing, basic software edits, keywording, and more. This workshop is specific to bird photography and the images photographers might capture while out in the field. No need to bring laptops or computers to this workshop.

Speaker: Kathy Adams Clark

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Image Editing with Finesse Using Photoshop Layer Masks

Ansel Adams believed that making localized printing adjustments, like dodging and burning in the wet darkroom, were essential to realizing his creative vision for his images. In today’s digital darkroom we can achieve the same effects using software. Mary Louise will explain how to make localized adjustments using Photoshop layer masks. Layer masks are a powerful editing technique that can be used to 1) localize the effects of any type of Photoshop adjustment layer or effect from a 3rd party plug-in, 2) blend two separate images, and 3) colorize sections of a black and white image. Learn how this technique will help you to implement your creative vision for your images through the use of subtle, natural looking image adjustments.

Speaker: Mary Louise Ravese

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Going Wide: Fundamentals of Panoramic Photography

Learn how to create beautiful panoramic images with a DSLR camera.  Topics covered in this session will include equipment and software needed, how to visualize and design panoramic images in the field, composition tips and stitching techniques.  Richard will explain post-processing RAW images in Photoshop or Lightroom and illustrate creative ways to go wide with your photography.

Speaker: Richard Day

Big Sable Point Lighthouse on Lake Michigan, Mason County, Ludington, MI
© Richard Day

Sunday (continued)
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Welcome & Keynote Presentation
A Photographer’s Journey in North Carolina featuring Kevin Adams

7:30 – 8:30 pm
Reception

Monday, April 20

6:00 – 9:30 am
Transportation on your own. Choose a field trip.

Track: Flowers | North Carolina Arboretum

A 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Cultivated gardens and groomed trails, forested coves and meandering creeks. More info: https://www.ncarboretum.org/

Flowers field trip to the Arboretum led by Donna Eaton

Track: Conservation | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society and is engaged in several conservation projects, including shade-grown coffee and other bird-friendly gardening initiatives that support at-risk species. More info: https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Conservation field trip to the Sanctuary led by Andrew Snyder.

Track: Birds | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society. A boardwalk provides access to a wide variety of birds in different habitat types. Butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies are also plentiful. https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Birds field trip to the Sanctuary led by Kathy Adams Clark and Richard Day.

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Waterfall location TBA

Waterfall field trip led by Mary Louise Ravese.

© Kathy Adams Clark

Monday (continued)
10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open

Monday (continued)
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Choose a breakout session.

Track: Fine Art | History of Fine Art Photography

The history of fine art photography with an emphasis on photographers exploring the natural world as it relates to nature photography.

Speaker: Jon Holloway

Track: Flowers | The Creative Garden: Adventures in Flower Photography

Learn the techniques to capture beautiful natural light flower images. Donna will cover the use of good composition, creative depth-of-field, selective focus, using diffusers, capturing a feeling of movement, controlling backgrounds, in-camera techniques and much more. You will learn a variety of techniques to take your flower photography to a new level.

Speaker: Donna Eaton

Track: Conservation | Introduction to Conservation Storytelling

Learn the purpose of conservation photography, the importance to telling a story versus relying on single images, work on storyboarding and developing a shot-list, and see some conservation stories of note.

Speaker: Andrew Snyder

A small portion of the forest is cleared to make room for a village farm - Chenapau, Guyana
© Andrew Snyder

Monday (continued)
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Vendor Lawn Demos
Join our vendors for 45-minute demos on products or services.


2:30 – 4:00 pm
Choose a breakout session

Track: Fine Art | Personal Interpretation of the Landscape

How to use a variety of non-traditional interpretations of the landscape to define your work and create a unique “voice.”  The presentation would include the use of film cameras, large format cameras, and alternative means to create images that are unique.

Speaker: Jon Holloway

Track: Night Photography | Photographing from Sunset to Sunrise

Tips and techniques for photographing everything you can think of after the sun goes down, plus some things you never would have imagined. You’ll learn light painting, urban photography, shooting the night sky, single exposures, stacking, and much more. After seeing this program, you won’t want to sleep!

Speaker: Kevin Adams

© Jon Holloway

Monday (continued)
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Transportation on your own. Choose a field trip.

Track: Fine Art | Gallery Representation and Submission Opportunities

Meet at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery (2.5 miles from hotel) and learn about working with galleries, commissions, presentation, portfolio reviews, and representation. 

Speaker: Jon Holloway

Track: Flowers | North Carolina Arboretum

A 434-acre public garden, The North Carolina Arboretum is located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest just south of Asheville and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 393. Cultivated gardens and groomed trails, forested coves and meandering creeks. More info: https://www.ncarboretum.org/

Flowers field trip to the Arboretum led by Donna Eaton

Track: Conservation | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society and is engaged in several conservation projects, including shade-grown coffee and other bird-friendly gardening initiatives that support at-risk species. More info: https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Conservation field trip to the Sanctuary led by Andrew Snyder.

Track: Birds | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society. A boardwalk provides access to a wide variety of birds in different habitat types. Butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies are also plentiful. https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Birds field trip to the Sanctuary led by Kathy Adams Clark and Richard Day.

Monday (continued)
8:00 – 10:00 pm

Track: Night Photography | Night Photography in Downtown Asheville

Explore downtown Asheville through your camera lens, led by Kevin Adams.

Tuesday, April 21

4:30 – 7:30 am
Transportation on your own. Choose a field trip.

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Blue Ridge Parkway, Pounding Mill Overlook

Landscape/Scenics field trip to Pounding Mill Overlook led by Kathy Adams Clark.

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Blue Ridge Parkway, East Fork Overlook

Landscape/Scenics field trip to East Fork Overlook led by Mary Louise Ravese.

Tuesday (continued)
8:00 – 9:30 am
Transportation on your own. Choose a field trip.

Track: Flowers | Mountain Lens

This 20-acre retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains specifically caters to photographers and artists. Learn more at https://www.mountainlens.com/

Flowers field trip to Mountain Lens led by Donna Eaton. (This session is not the same as the “textures” field trip offered later this day.)

Track: Conservation | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society and is engaged in several conservation projects, including shade-grown coffee and other bird-friendly gardening initiatives that support at-risk species. More info: https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Conservation field trip to Sanctuary led by Andrew Snyder.

Track: Birds | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland is managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society. A boardwalk provides access to a wide variety of birds in different habitat types. Butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies are also plentiful. https://www.emasnc.org/beaver-lake-bird-sanctuary

Birds field trip to Sanctuary led by Kathy Adams Clark and Richard Day.

Track: Fine Art | Beaver Lake Bird Sanctuary

This 8-acre wetland managed by the local chapter of the Audubon Society provides a boardwalk with access to birds and other wildlife in a variety of habitat types.

Fine art personal interpretation field trip to Sanctuary led by Jon Holloway.

Tuesday (continued)
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Choose a breakout session.

Track: Flowers | Photographing Textures: Hands-on at Mountain Lens – Part 1 of 2 Transportation on your own

This 2-part private shooting session at Mountain Lens will guide photographers through the process of shooting for textures. Limited to 17 participants on first come, first served basis. Must sign up for Part 1 and Part 2.  This workshop is hands-on, so bring your camera gear and laptop. Note: unlike other options in this timeframe, this field session ends at 11:30 am.

This hands-on field session at Mountain Lens led by Donna Eaton.

Track: Night Photography | Night Photography Processing

Kevin will demonstrate the methods and thinking that guide his processing of night photos. This will not be a step-by-step Photoshop course, but rather a general discussion and demonstration about what is required to take all those ugly RAW files and turn them into beautiful photos.

Speaker: Kevin Adams

Track: Conservation | Conservation Stories

Already have a conservation story in mind? This presentation will cover the “next steps” of moving your idea forward into a story. We will discuss various ways to pursue funding for your project, different publishing platform options, how to produce your pitch, and how to get your foot in the door. 

Speaker: Andrew Snyder

Fern
© Donna Eaton

Tuesday (continued)
1:30 – 3:30 pm

Track: Flowers | Processing Textures: Hands-On at Mountain Lens Part 2 of 2 – Transportation on your own

Are you looking to take your photography to a new artistic level? Join Donna Eaton for Part 2 of the Textures session to learn more about creating evocative artistic images using textures and post processing software including Topaz, Nik, and others. Limited to 17 participants on first come, first served basis. Must sign up for Part 1 and Part 2.  This workshop is hands-on, so bring your camera gear and laptop.

This hands-on field session at Mountain Lens led by Donna Eaton.

Tuesday (continued)
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Choose a breakout session.

Track: Landscape/Scenics | Transform Color Images to Black and White with Maximum Impact

Images with a strong use of line, texture, and tonal range have the potential to be great black and white images. However, simply changing the treatment of color images to black and white isn’t sufficient to fully realize the potential impact of these images. Mary Louise will share her beyond-the-basics editing workflow for making the most impactful black and white images using the post-processing tools of Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro, and Photoshop.

Speaker: Mary Louise Ravese

Track: Fine Art | Critique of the Personal Interpretation Project

Present your images to the group and listen to the critiques.

Speaker: Jon Holloway

© Mary Louise Ravese

Tuesday (continued)
3:00 – 4:00 pm

Track: Conservation | Putting the Story Together

Work with your material to finalize a short program.  Seek help from Andrew and others in the group.   

Speaker: Andrew Snyder

Tuesday (continued)
6:00 – 9:30 pm

Closing Session featuring Show & Tell Photos by Attendees

Wednesday, April 22

Field Trips On Your Own

A list of locations near Asheville will be available on a bulletin board at the NANPA Registration Desk for attendees to reference. Plan on meeting in the morning to shoot together at various locations. People can volunteer to lead a group and vendors may be checking out gear. Biltmore Estate is offering a discounted admission ticket to our group—info will be available onsite.  

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