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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wilderness Wildlife Week-Photography Sessions and More

I shared more in my previous post about Wilderness Wildlife Week and so many of the different things you can see and experience there.  My favorite part is the free photography sessions they offer!   Here is a list of the ones I had the opportunity to attend this year.
Nature Photography Workshop -This was my favorite one so far!  Danny Dempster showed pictures during his part. He shot photos for a couple books on Best Wing Destinations.
He spoke about theme shooting. He had the most incredibly cute pictures of these puppy hunting dogs. He showed the relationship of the dog and the hunter, the decoys, the guns, the birds, etc.
 Very fascinating. While I missed getting some puppy shots to share here. You can visit his website and see his Wing Shoot here.
Lightroom Photo Editing Software- I have been using Lightroom pretty exclusively for the last year. This was a great beginner course. I did pick up a few tips here-even though I had already been using LR. (I also got the opportunity to take a free class last year with the LeConte Photographic Society in Sevierville.) Bob McAnally offered a free class on Saturdays once a month, where I was able to learn a lot! 
Making Your Images Pop-by Larry Perry. There was a slide show on flowers and then an example on how to make a slide show.
Photography Hardware Calibration-I did sit in on this one for about 30 minutes, then it went a bit over my head.  You need to purchase a software to do this for your monitor. I am going to have to come back to this at a later time and perhaps hit some youtube videos on how to do this. He did mention this is for more nit picky people. Right now this is lower on my priority list.
The Mindset and Techniques Behind Creating Inspiring Outdoor Photographs. -This was my second favorite session to get to attend! I just love Danny Dempster's style and his pictures are so inspiring!  Here are a few of his photos he used during the slide show! I hate that I didn't think to snap any of the cute dogs so I could share them!

You can purchase this print here.

He also mentioned that 99% of the time he shoots in Aperature Priority mode.
 Something I want to start trying more.
Understanding the Essentials of Light-Doug Hubbard. I liked this class and it was informative, but I would have really liked a lot more pictures with examples of pictures. Pictures speak to me louder than slides with words.
Photography-Art, Documentation, Fun or Profit. This was done by Clay Thurston. I had never heard of him before, but I did happen upon his booth in the Exhibit area. INCREDIBLE! He has amazing pictures.  I also loved his passion. He mentioned that the photos he sells the most-really are more about interest than it just being a great shot. 2 horses kissing, and Owl, a funny squirrel that is cute, and an incredible close up of a dragonfly.
I plan to go back Friday to attend some more.
I joined the LeConte Photographic Society this past fall -so I will be working the booth on Friday from 10-12. Then I will be attending these workshops:
Where and When to Photgraph the Smokies -Spring and Summer.  By Roger Tentham. Roger is in our photo club. (LPS) I get the opportunity to see his work every month at the club and he also recently did a free program for our club called "How to ruin a picture." It was really good and informative. He is also doing Where and When to photograph the Smokies Fall and Winter-but I am not going to be able to attend that one. (Guess I will have to ask for his notes!)
The Do's and Don'ts of Bird Photography-Clay Thurston
Alive Photo 25+ Pros on Why They are Outdoor Photographers- Paul Hassell
These are just a few of the many photography sessions alone that they offered! Plus so much more. If you haven't ever been it's a great event to attend.