Getting the Most Out of a Regional Field Event

Participants at NANPA's Regional Field Event in Michigan's Upper Peninsula line up to photograph fall foliage. © Tom Haxby
Participants at a previous NANPA Regional Field Event in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. © Tom Haxby

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

One of the top-rated NANPA member benefits is the opportunity to participate in NANPA Regional Field Events. Each year, professional nature photographers, workshop leaders, and educators plan, organize, and lead field workshops in beautiful places at very modest costs. But what are Regional Field Events like? What should you expect? Why are they so popular? We asked several of the pros leading upcoming trips for their thoughts.

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COVID Sunset Project

Sunset photo of a mostly dry river bed with a small stream of water flowing through it and reflecting the colors in the sky. There are trees in the distance and colorful clouds overhead. Early spring snow leads to, yes,  flowing water in the desert! © David Lovitt
Early spring snow leads to, yes, flowing water in the desert! © David Lovitt

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

During the coronavirus pandemic, when travel was discouraged and most places closed, many photographers turned to personal projects to feed their creative needs. Some photographed backyard birds. Others paid a lot more attention to their own neighborhoods. For Arizona photographer and NANPA member David Lovitt, a friend’s suggestion led to a ten-month project making photos from the same spot at sunset.

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