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If anyone is interested, we posted the lecture I gave at Rule this June.  It’s a bit on the  long side, but there are some good nuggets.  To view the film on Vimeo, click here:

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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.

 

In June I was asked to give a lecture at Rule Boston Camera on the transition from stills to film (cinema.)  This is a long lecture, but I think there are some good salient points.  If you are interested, here is the link.

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I guess I should have posted a bit earlier about this…  But, about three weeks ago I got an eMail from Lisa over at Rule Boston Camera asking me if I would be interested in giving a lecture at their Learning Lab speaking to the transition from stills to film.  It took about a nanosecond for me to reply… of course!

I am deeply honored to be asked, and am very much looking forward to the experience.  SO… If you are around tomorrow, I will be giving a lecture at 10am tomorrow over at Rule.  If you miss it, I will post a link to where you can catch the lecture on Vimeo.  Hope to see you tomorrow!

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Yesterday Richard and I spend the day at the Holiday Inn Brookline where I gave a lecture along with Sean Alanzo Harris and Craig Orsini to graduating students from NESOP (New England School Of Photography.)

The students are finishing up their final days at school, and are getting ready for their portfolio review.  Sean, Craig, and I gave presentations on our bodies of work.

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Sean, Myself, and Craig (far Right)

The event was organized by Selina Maitreya, who is a famous photographers portfolio consultant.  (she was actually the first in the United States, and has been in the biz for almost 30 years…)  She has a new book that is worth checking out called How to Succeed in Commercial Photography.

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Sushi lunch at JAE’s

We started a day at JAE‘s in Brookline for some sushi (which was delicious!)  I had never met Sean or Craig before, so I was excited to do so.  I have been following Craig’s career since I began my business, and it was really cool to get to lecture along side of him.  If you are not familiar with his work, you should really check it out.  He really has a cool sense of humor, and is a consummate professional. Read the rest of this entry »

DC Shoot Off Crew.  Photo by Johnny Bivera

DC Shoot Off Crew. Photo by Johnny Bivera

Well we made it to the Navy League Building without incident, and were immeadiatly greeted by lots of familiar faces, the first of which was Brien Aho, who was one of the event organizers.

Brien is an great military photographer, and has been spending a lot of time as of late mentoring young photographers.

Greg and photo ledgend Ken Hackman

Greg and military photo legend Ken Hackman

One of the photographers that I was excited to see was Todd Frantom.  Todd is an amazing combat photographer whose images really strike me.  We also got to catch up with our Coast Guard friends Tom Sperduto, Etta Smith, Annie Berlin, as well as lots of other old as well as new friends.

Mark and Mark from Nikon

Mark and Mark from Nikon

Just as at the DINFOS workshop, the Nikon crew was in attendance.  I got to hand it to Nikon for their participation.  Both Mark and Mark kept busy handing out rental gear for the competitors to experiment with.  Thanks Nikon!

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Rabbit loving the train station...

Rabbit loving the train station...

This month I was asked to be a guest lecturer down in Washington at the D.C. Shootoff, so last thurs night Rabbit and I headed on down.

We would normally fly down to D.C. from Boston, but because we had to shoot till late on Thursday, and we had to be back in Boston early Sat morning, the only transportation we could get was the red-eye Amtrak.

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I actually like taking Amtrak, but that’s to NYC.  (and that’s the hi speed train called the Acela.)  Unfortunately, the only train that was running that late at night was the Regional, which takes 10 hours.  I figured, what the hell… it was better than driving, so we grabbed some tickets.

Can you tell I rode a train all night long....?

Can you tell I rode a train all night long....?

So here was our travel plan:  Depart Boston at 10pm, train all night long, arrive at 07:00, subway to the Navy League Building, hang all day, give our presentation, subway back to the Amtrak station, 10pm departure back to Boston, 07:30 arrival, at our location on Sat at 09:00.  (yes, we are insane…)

Train food....

Train food....

The train proved to be quite pleasant.  We brought some beer and some sandwiches, and were able to have a relaxing time.  I was also able to get a ton of work done on the computer which was nice.  (I also was able to get some solid zzzz’s thanks to Ambien.)

Once in D.C., we grabbed the subway right to our location.  I will post tomorrow about the day, so stay tuned.

D.C. Metro Station...

D.C. Metro Station...

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!

Well here we are again on yet another airplane and as usual have an hour or two to kill….

Giving my lecture

Teaching at DINFOS

This summer has been a blur of constant travels, and it has been hard to keep everything straight. One of the things that I have been putting off mentioning here on this blog was the DINFOS photography workshop. (for what its worth… most of these photos were taken in “community” cameras floating around, so no photo credits…sorry)

Ken Hackman addressing students

Ken Hackman addressing students

Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of being able to catch up with (and even hire as assistants – Luke Pinneo will you please stand up) some of the students I had the chance to work with during that week in May, and have been rethinking several of the lessons taught, as well as lessons learned at the workshop. Read the rest of this entry »

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