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Today was a pretty cool day.  I’m in Snowmass, CO where I just finished giving a lecture at the summer conference for the Wilderness Medical Society.  I was very honored when I was asked to speak, and felt a lot of responsibility for the quality of the presentation.

The topic of the lecture was “Communicating the Wilderness Through Photography” and went for about 2.5 hrs.

 

I started with the fundamentals like iso, f-stop and shutter speed, and then moved into lots of tricks that the docs and researchers could use in their day to day experience to make better images for use in abstracts, presentations, papers, etc…

We talked about technical challenges like electronics in the back country, power issues, environmental issues like wet, hot, dust, and cold, and photo topics like the use of  macro lenses, light tables, compression with long lenses, proper use of wide lenses, color theory, rules of thirds, natural light, strobes, etc, etc, etc…

The last 2o min of the lecture I think was the most profitable.  I showed a bunch of images created in the “wilderness context” and we spent the time dissecting the images trying to parse out the key points that made them interesting.  It was really cool.

explaining the inverse relationship between f-stop and shutter speed

If you’ve never heard of the society, the WMS is a pretty cool crowd and hosts some of the smartest leaders in wilderness medicine (a big passion of mine.)  It is certainly humbling to be at these conferences and listening to the crazy exploits of these nutty docs.  A very cool scene indeed.

describing the use of f stop and shutter speed

For my lecture, I had a really good turn out and feel that it went well.

The dirty little secret about teaching is that the teacher often walks away with more than the students.  Taking the time to sit down and prepare to teach really makes you re-examine what you know about a subject.  Forces you to look at things you had long discarded and approach the basics with a fresh perspective.  I truly enjoy teaching.

 

explaining that all light should be treated equally

Thanks so much to the WMS for having me.  I feel very grateful for the opportunity.

 

This years heart gallery photo

I have been trying to talk a lot about volunteering on this blog in order to stress its importance.  I think as artists, we have been given more than our fair share (both in good and in bad…)

Once or twice a year we try to shoot photos for the Mass Adoption Resource Exchange Heart Gallery Project in order to try and help place foster kids with parents.  Each photographer gets assigned one child.   Its a good outfit that does important work.

I urge you…. get out there and volunteer!

“To whom much is giving, much is expected.” (Luke 12:48)

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Finished up the volunteer job today for Open Doors Yoga Studio. I have been talking a lot about the importance of doing pro-bono work, and still feel just as strongly about it!

The images for Open Doors have been portraits to replace the old hodge podge teacher head shots.

The set up was very easy…  Profoto Pro 600B battery strobes with the Elinchrom 7′ Octabank on a gray seamless.  Since the Octabank gives such soft even light, there is no need for any other light.

Remember:  Keep it simple stupid!  Dont try to make your portraits more complicated than they have to be.  As you can see, you can get amazingly lit portraits with minimal gear.

Good luck!

Jim from Calumet Cambridge with his DC Shoot Off t-shirt

Jeff from Calumet Cambridge with his DC Shoot Off t-shirt

I don’t want this to be too big of a plug… But I did honestly want to thank my friends (Jeff, Steve and Jim)a over at Calumet Cambridge as well as Michael Costuros over at Livebooks for their support of the D.C. Shoot Off.

It is a big deal for these guys to support young photographers, especially in this rough economy.  I appreciate their commitment, and certainly will remain a loyal customer of both.

Thanks again guys!

lbhomepage1Last month I wrote a post about my experience working with Livebooks (my website company.)

Shortly there after, I got a nice eMail from Michael Costuros the founder and chairman of the company thanking me for the kind words.  (it was actually easy because the experience was a positive one…)  Anyway, after his eMail, I got to thinking…

This month, I will be volunteering at the DC Shoot Off along with some other professional colleagues to give a lecture.  I had just approached Calumet Cambridge in order for them to support the event, and I thought that Livebooks would also be a good sponsor.  I pitched the idea to Michael, and Livebooks agreed.

The good news is that Livebooks will be donating a gift certificate for $800 off any LB web package!

So a big thanks to both Michael, and Livebooks for their support to the photo community!

Greg and the Calumet Cambridge crew, (R-L) Jeff, Greg, Steve C, J-Man, Steve F

Greg and the Calumet Cambridge crew, (R-L) Jeff, Greg, Steve C, J-Man, Steve F

Next month I will be going down to participate as a mentor at the annual D.C. Shoot Off organized by my friend Brien Aho.   The Shoot Off is a mini workshop and photo competition open to all military photographers and civilians who work for the government.

On behalf of the Shoot Off, I approached Jeff (the general manager of Calumet Cambridge) and asked if he too would be willing to support the competition.

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Without hesitation, Jeff graciously offered to contribute some prizes to the competition.  So thanks Jeff and crew for getting behind our effort to give back to the photography community.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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