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2014 PSA Conference Featured Presenters

The following is information on the featured presenters.  


Tyler Stableford
Capturing the Dramatic Moment: The Convergence of Motion, Beauty and Light
Tuesday Evening

Tyler Stableford is fully sponsored at the 2014 PSA Conference by Canon and is a Canon Explorer of Light.

Aspen, Colorado photographer, Tyler Stableford, has earned a worldwide clientele for his commercial and editorial photography.  In 2005, Men's Journal named him one of the "World's Greatest Adventure Photographers" for his work exploring Iceland's glacier caves.  He has won seven “Pictures of the Year” awards from Communication Arts, PDN, Applied Arts, and Black & White magazines.  His stock imagery is represented by Getty Images.

Tyler's passion for photography extends far beyond commercial work.  He volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits, and is a member of the environmental-business organization, "1% For The Planet."

Tyler is a graduate of Dartmouth College and former editor of Rock & Ice magazine.  He lives in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado with his wife Megan and daughter, Annabelle.  He has received the Art Directors’ Club Silver Award for Cinematography, American Photos Image of the Year, and been on the cover of Communication Arts Photo Annual.  Men’s Journal named Tyler, “One of the seven world’s greatest adventure photographers.”

Tyler has presented for PSA in the past but assures us that what he presents will be all new and based around his adventure photography.

Cole Thompson
Why Black and White?
Wednesday Evening

Cole Thompson is sponsored at the 2014 PSA Conference by Hunt’s Photo Video.

In his presentation, Cole Thompson will attempt to convert a room full of die-hard color photographers to black and white!  Cole will recount the story of his journey to black and white, illustrate why he loves this medium and reveal his most important secrets and tips. He will also explain his photographic philosophies including Photographic Celibacy, Simple and Cole's Rule of Thirds.

 During the presentation he will share several of his portfolios including The Ghosts of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Ceiling Lamps, as well as his new work from Iceland and Death Valley.  The presentation will be followed with a Q&A session and a drawing for three of his prints.

At fourteen years of age, Cole Thompson knew that he was destined to be a fine art photographer.  While hiking in Rochester, New York he stumbled across the ruin of an old home that George Eastman had once owned, and with piqued interest, Cole read Eastman’s biography.  He was fascinated with photography and before he had completed the book, before he had taken a photograph, and before he had seen a print develop in the darkroom, he knew that he was going to be a photographer.  For the next ten years photography was Cole's complete existence.   If he wasn’t taking pictures or working in the darkroom, he was reading every available book on photography and looking at every image he could find. There was no room in Cole's life for anything other than photography!

Even at this early age he found himself drawn to a particular style of image, and one that would cause a physical reaction. These were dark and “contrasty” images created by Adams, Weston, Bullock and others. Cole knew that he was destined to create such images.

"I am often asked, ‘Why black and white?’ ” Cole mused.   “I think it’s because I grew up in a black-and-white world. Television, movies and the news were all in black and white. My heroes were in black and white.  My images are an extension of the world in which I grew up.  For me color records the image, but black and white captures the feelings that lie beneath the surface.”

Ayman Lotfy
How to Excel in the World of Photography by Your Own Style
Thursday Afternoon

Ayman Lotfy of Cairo, Egypt is an Egyptian fine-art photographer and an active member of PSA.  He has transformed his photography work into Fine Art Photography. To produce his masterpieces, Ayman has worked as a director to a scene, setting the mood with lighting, colors and music, yet leaving his characters to each write his or her own scenario with their feelings.

His photography is featured in public places such as the New African Union, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Pavilion – Expo Shanghai China, Alexandria, Egypt Library, and the New Cairo International Airport, Terminal 3.  He has given solo exhibits in Crete, Greece, Romania, Cairo, and Malta.  He has participated in exhibitions in Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal USA, Nepal and China.

Ayman Lotfy has succeeded in congregating a good collection of international as well as local awards.  The most recent awards were The Grand Photography Master Award, China; Contemporary International Photography Biennale 2008; The Golden Medal of Excellence in Experimental Photography, Austria 2010; Best Photography Award PhotoAsia Biennale 2010 and PinHole Award, China International Photography Biennale 2012.

Darrell Gulin
Nature and Travel Photography
Thursday Evening

Darrell Gulin is fully sponsored at the PSA 2014 Conference by Canon and is a Canon Explorer of Light.

Darrell Gulin has been photographing for over thirty years, marketing his work for the last twenty-eight years, and has been a full time Nature/Travel Photographer for the last twenty- two years. He markets his work through Stock Agencies, Editorial Markets, Photography Workshop/Tours, Seminars and Speaking Engagements. His work is represented by Getty Images, Corbis, Danita Delimont Agency, DRK Photo, and Super Stock Agency.                    

Darrell is a past President of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He has been their keynote speaker and has led many workshops and programs at their Annual Summits. His photographs have been published in: Outdoor Photographer Newsweek, National Geographic, Audubon, National Wildlife, Birder’s World, Sunset, Nature Conservancy, Popular Photography, Nature’s Best and many more publications.                                                                     
Darrell  has been showcased in almost every major nature calendar including: Audubon, Inner Reflection, Sierra Club, Kodak, Brown Trout, Cedo, Nature Conservancy, Greenpeace, World Wildlife Fund, and Day Dream. He is an accomplished speaker/teacher whose credits are too numerous to mention. Also, Darrell was featured on five Canon Photo Safari television programs where he taught actors/actresses to photograph in the field.                                               
He leads photography workshops with Jean Carter as well as Joe Van Os Photo Safaris. Darrell travels around the world capturing special moments photographically.

Tim Grey
Organizing Photos in Lightroom
Friday Morning


Tim Grey
Your Technical Questions Answered 
Friday Afternoon

Tim Grey is sponsored at the 2014 PSA conference by Hunt’s Photo Video.

Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, offering clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing and speaking. He has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, has also had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer.  He produces video training courses published through the GreyLearning website and elsewhere. In addition Tim publishes the free daily “Ask Tim Grey” email newsletter, as well as the monthly Pixology electronic magazine. Tim teaches through workshops, seminars, and appearances at events worldwide.   
If you are using Lightroom (or want to use Lightroom) to manage your digital photos, but feel that you still can’t find your photos, you won’t want to miss this informative and entertaining presentation by Lightroom expert, Tim Grey.  Tim will present his top tips for organizing your photos in Lightroom so you can find the photo you need when you need it. This will include tips on configuring Lightroom, importing images, sorting through your photos, adding keywords, and of course, finding your photos. At the end of the session you’ll have confidence in your ability to keep your photos organized using the powerful capabilities of Lightroom.                                                                                                                                                 

Tim is presenting on Lightroom on Friday morning, but he has also volunteered to host a question and answer session on Friday afternoon.  Many of us have asked questions or enjoyed reading the questions and answers in his daily emails.  Here is your opportunity to interact directly with Tim Grey.

Jill Sneesby                                                                         
Light on Earth                                                                
Southern African Audio-Visual Safari                                           
Friday Morning                                                                                 

Most of the images in this series of Audio-Visuals were shot over the past four years in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia and concentrate mainly on the magnificent natural history opportunities in these areas.  In her photography, Jill Sneesby is always on the lookout for something special and particularly like to use the nuances of light to capture those special moments in time - be it action, behavior, mood, portraits or landscapes.  The images are augmented by a specially devised sound track and the program is divided into a number of sequences, each with its own distinctive sounds and images.                                    

Jill worked with Barrie Wilkins (recently deceased) as the photographic team J&B Photographers.  They marketed their work through the stock agencies Getty Images, Animals Animals, Photo Access and Wildlife.  They ran Photoshop and Wildlife Photographic workshops from their home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa as well as on location and also ran a Photo Tour once a year to either Namibia, Botswana or South Africa.   Further information is available at                                                                                                                 

Jill is currently President of the Photographic Society of South Africa - the first woman to hold this position.  She is also the President of her local club, the Port Elizabeth Camera Club and Past President of the Cape Photographers, of which she was the inaugural President.                       

Barrie was Director of PSA, a Past President of both the Photographic Society of South Africa and the Port Elizabeth Camera Club.  He was also the Chairman of the Photographic Society of South Africa's Honours and Awards Division, a position he held for more than thirty years.  He was the longest standing member of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Society of South Africa. 
Barrie was honored by PSA, the RPS and FIAP and had the following honors:  Hon PSA, Hon MPSSA, Hon FRPS, FPSSA(Dux), FPSA, ESFIAP, AFIAP.  He twice won the PSA Medbury Award for Top Overseas Nature Slide Exhibitor.                                                                         

Jill has been honored by PSA and FIAP and she has the following honors:  Hon FPSSA, FPSSA(Dux), MPSSA, ESFIAP, and AFIAP

Don Doll, S. J.                                                                                    
A Call to Vision                                                                         
Friday Afternoon

Don Doll, S.J. is a Jesuit priest and well-known photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, [Hunters of the Bering Sea, June 1984, and The Athabascans along the Yukon, February, 1990] and a number of the Day in the Life of... books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam, and Christmas in America. He was introduced to both photography and to the Lakota people when he was assigned to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota as a young Jesuit. Two of his books on Native Americans are: Crying for a Vision [Morgan and Morgan, 1976, Dobbs Ferry, NY], and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation [1994, Crown Publishers, New York]. His Vision Quest CD-ROM was published in 1996, and the Vision Quest Exhibit has opened in twenty cities. In September, 2012, Magis Productions with Creighton University Press published A Call to Vision: A Jesuit’s Perspective on the World, a 224 page coffee-table book with 188 of his photographs from his fifty year career as a photographer.

In May of 1997, Fr. Doll was awarded the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for his many years of work with Native Americans. On January 31, 2006, Doll received Nebraska’s “Artist of the Year,” award given biannually at the Governor’s Awards luncheon sponsored by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Fr. Doll has been active in the National Press Photographers Association. He was a speaker on the 1976, and the 1981 NPPA’s Flying Short Course six-city tour. He has received special recognition in the Nikon “World Understanding through Photography” Award [1976], the Robin F. Garland Award, [1988], lst Place Magazine Feature in the “1988 Pictures of the Year”.  He was a Pictures of the Year judge in 1989. He also served as a faculty member for eight of the annual University of Missouri’s Professional Photojournalism workshops.

Since 1969 Doll has lived and worked at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska, where he is a professor of Journalism holding the Charles and Mary Heider Endowed Jesuit Chair.  A two-year project, “The Jesuits”, has taken him around the world. One of his stories from this project, “Finding Ernesto” aired in November 1999, on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel. In 2003 he completed a series of landscape and panorama photographs of the Lewis and Clark trail between St. Louis, Missouri, and the Pacific Ocean near Ft. Clatsop.

Since 2005, Doll has photographed for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Uganda, Southern Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, the Congo, Chad, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

His presentation, “A Call to Vision” will feature his photographs as a priest and photojournalist showing the lives of those who are typically not seen.  Using photojournalism as a medium, Father Doll has documented the lives of many people within many cultures while continuing the work of his Jesuit calling. His photographs encourage empathy and understanding into the people and places he has visited.                                                                  

His work can be seen on his website: