2019 Conference Classes

Period InstructorClassDescription
1Bill RoyceAdobe Camera Raw - It's Not Just for Raw ImagesThis class, for Adobe Photoshop CC users, will introduce you to the image adjustment power of Adobe Camera Raw, to include the use of the many global and local adjustment tools available. This tool eliminates much dependence on drop-down menus and multiple confusing layers. I will cover how to use it for both raw and non-raw (jpeg, TIFF, etc.) images both as a filter and as a smart (re-editable) filter. This plug-in, included in your subscription to Photoshop CC, has much the same image editing power as Lightroom without the need to learn the Library function.
1Daniel GregoryAlternatives to Adobe's Creative Cloud Subscriptions Are you tired of your monthly fee to Adobe? Do you feel like you don't really use all of the Adobe software? Are you running old software because you have been afraid to upgrade because of the monthly fees? There are many alternatives to Adobe for editing and managing photographs. In this session, we will look at several alternatives software programs currently available that have no direct connection to the Adobe cloud subscription option. So come and learn about these various tools and how you move yourself up to a current version of software or maybe leave your subscription behind. If you're currently happy with Photoshop and Lightroom, you can still learn about other options for editing and organizing your software. Many of these third-party tools also work with the Adobe tools as plugins or scripts.
1 David JulianCrafting the Image in Adobe LightroomYou’ve invested a lot in your photography— from your camera gear to travels, computers, drives and software. Now it’s time to craft your best captures using some powerful tools in Lightroom. Using before and after comparisons, Dave shows how he crafts images to reveal the beauty, joy and graphic power he experienced in the moment of capture. If you want to gain some insights into taking your images further, check out this presentation. No pixels will be harmed in this session.
1Evan Parker, Moab Support SpecialistDIY Fine Art PrintingMany photographers look back with nostalgia to the process of printing film negatives in the wet darkroom. In this interesting and compelling lecture and demo, Evan Parker will reveal how to bring that love of process and technique into today’s digital darkroom. He will share how printing with archival inks on a variety of substrates can be creative extensions of your photographic work that can open doors to new ways of realizing projects. He’ll discuss creative aspects of printing workflow, and how these play into creating terrific prints. He will also simplify the printing process with things you can do in your studio to help color accuracy, accurate image reproduction, and more. We’ll tackle your printing questions, and leave you confident in the printing process.
1Tim BoyerBeginning Bird PhotographySimplifying bird photography into ten guidelines the include using the right light, how to get a sharp image, using the right point of view, how to get a soft background, what makes a good composition, how to manage the exposure, what specific field craft techniques do you need to practice, how to learn about birds, the 3 P’s of bird photography, and a short discussion on bird photography ethics. This presentation is less about camera specific settings and more about what makes a good bird photograph.
2Bill RayUsing Apps to Plan Your Landscape PhotographyWhen the sun, moon or milky way will be part of your composition you can plan the time and the camera location for the greatest impact. Stunning images where the sunrise peeks through a bridge tower or the milky way core angles above a haystack rock. There is an app for that (of course). Actually a number of them such as PhotoPills, Photographer's Ephemeris or Stellarium.
2Bill RoyceMaking Great Monochromes with Silver Efex Pro IISilver Efex Pro II (SEPII) is a plug-in that works from within both Lightroom and Photoshop CC and Elements, and possibly other editing software. This class will introduce you to the full range of tone control available to you to include global adjustments such as brightness, contrast, and structure. Selective (local) adjustments using control points, means to duplicate color filter effects, and effects duplicating numerous traditional black and white films, such as Kodak Tri-X, Ilford Delta 100 Pro, etc. will be demonstrated. Controlling the extreme ends of the luminance spectrum (darkest shadows and brightest whites) will receive special emphasis with reference to the built-in zone system overlay in the histogram.
2Daniel GregoryDigital Asset Management - Keeping Yourself OrganizedIt used to be getting back a couple of rolls of film seemed like a lot of photographs. Nowadays, photographers can easily have tens or hundreds of thousands of photographs. One of the biggest challenges photographers now face is getting and keeping all those photographs organized. With advances in technology like the cloud, big home storage, and programs like Lightroom don't necessarily make it easier. In many cases, they can make it more confusing.
The session focuses on getting and staying organized with your digital assets. We will be looking at storage options (local and cloud), basic workflow, archival storage, parametric image editors (that is the fancy way to say Lightroom, Capture 1, etc.), metadata, file naming, and some other secret topics. Getting organized isn't always fun, but I promise we will have fun along the way as you get a handle on being more organized and efficient. Who knows maybe you might even be able to find some hidden treasures once you're organized.
2Heidi WalkerFinding Your Personal ProjectPersonal photo projects let us explore techniques, subjects, and ideas on our own time and through our own framework ultimately helping us grow as photographers. In this seminar, we’ll explore personal projects and questions to ask yourself when you are looking for your own project. Do you have a project and want to share it with others? Well, we’ll also look at avenues to find the audience for your work.
2Tim BoyerIntermediate to Advanced Bird PhotographyWe will quickly review the fundamentals of bird photography so you can create beautiful images. Then we’ll cover specific information on best way to setup your camera for bird photography. Menu examples from Canon (DSLR) and Olympus (mirrorless) will be featured in the presentation. This presentation is about how to setup your camera and bird photography techniques..
3Bill RayUsing Topaz AI Plugins for Better ImagesArtificial Intelligence offers exciting new tools to bring out the best image quality. By replacing blind math rules for upsizing or sharpening, these apps can understand what the subject is. Instead of amplifying noise they can reduce it. Make a 12x18 print from a couple mpix crop of a distant critter or from a travel photo from an early low-res point and shoot. Images can actually get sharper instead of just enhancing edges.
3Carol SheppardMacro PhotographyMacro Photography is one of the most rewarding areas in photography. Carol Sheppard believes that great photography requires a combination of technique and artistic principles. In this one-hour class, she will review the correct use of settings and tools for great macro photography, along with techniques for troubleshooting to create competition-worthy Macro images.
3Daniel GregoryAutomating your Workflow: Making and Using Photoshop Actions Working in Photoshop can easily lead you down the time vortex. With so many options and things you need to do to edit an image, it doesn't take long before that quick 1-minute edit becomes an hour.
Learning to use Photoshop software's action and automation features are an easy way to save time and make a more consistent workflow. Actions are a recording of the steps you make in Photoshop when editing any image. Many of the things you do in Photoshop (new layers, sharpening, color correcting, frequency separation, etc.) involve doing the same thing each time. Actions capture all those steps so that with the click of a button, you automatically have those steps applied to any image. The beautiful part is that much of the repetitive and heavy lifting task can be eliminated given you more time away from the computer. Why should you have to click on menus and layers when Photoshop can do it faster and the exact same way each time. Instead of doing all of the steps yourself (like creating adjustment layers or adding masks), you allow Photoshop to do it for you. Then, when you sit down to edit your image, you're not wasting time creating all of those layers on every image. So join me in this session to learn how to create, run, save, and share actions. Even if you only make simple actions, I guarantee we can make your Photoshop time faster and more fun.
3Ray PfortnerDoing More Business with your PhotographyPhotography has been transformed in the last two decades thanks to the digital and the internet revolutions. But these are neither the first nor the last major transformations in our industry. Photography remains among the best selling of all art mediums. There is still plenty of room for each of us to do business - if we adapt and are strategic, especially as part-timers with limited time and funds. Explore 22 very doable steps you can take immediately to make a return on your investment of time and money, and to enjoy the great satisfaction of doing more business with your work. Bring your concerns and questions for a lively discussion.
3Robert StahlThe Art of Black and White PhotographyIn this class, Bob will lay the groundwork for compelling and creative work in monochrome. Emphasis will be on producing images that reveal the virtues of simplicity and minimalism. Robert will also discuss how the elements of design (line, shape, texture, perspective, & light) function in a well-crafted B/W photograph.