Conference


2018 PSA Annual Conference Speakers

The following speakers have been confirmed so far. Speakers are subject to change.


See "Salt Lake City: Featured Presenters" from the June, 2018 PSA Journal, for a more detailed description of the conference speakers: pdf
Also see "Meet the Presenters" for presentations by the Divisions and Conference Committee

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  • ROYCE BAIR

    For over two decades, Royce has had a wide variety of assignments as a magazine and illustrative advertising photographer. Although he’s enjoyed working with companies like IBM and General Motors, and to have national magazines use his images, he finds as much satisfaction helping other photographers achieve their vision through his writings, international lectures, and workshops.

    As a former photography gallery owner and curator, Royce has helped scores of photographers showcase and sell their fine art photography. From 1984 through 2007, his Stock Solution photo agency aided hundreds of photographers in editing, distributing and licensing their stock photos to publishers and corporations, worldwide. 

    Royce believes that photographers should strive to “reinvent” themselves every few years, and find new ways to see the world through their art. He has been one the first photographers, in recent years, to focus on a new style of night photography he calls “NightScapes”: Starry night skies with a unique landscape feature —many of which are light painted to enhance recognition. His unique astro-landscapes have caught the attention of National Geographic editors; they have received worldwide syndication through The Huffington Post; and have recently been used to decorate the MGM Grand, in Las Vegas. http://intothenightphoto.blogspot.com/

  • LISA LANGELL

    Lisa’s a multi-award winning photographer from Scottsdale, Arizona.  She is best known for her evocative images that create both a visual and emotional connection to the viewer.  Lisa works to create not just a photograph—but a moving experience with nature.

    Lisa’s images have been published in magazines, newspapers, and other works including Arizona Highways, ranger Rick, Phoenix Home & Garden, Images Arizona, Arizona Wildlife Views, and many more.  Her work has also earned honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), Professional Photographers Association (PPA), Arizona Highways and more.

    Lisa sits on the Board of Directors for NANPA.  She works hard to support both nature and the people who photograph it in all its forms.

    As a nature photographer, Lisa is also passionate about environmental cleanup and preservation.  She is the founder of Picture It Clean (http://www.pictureitclean.org), a non-profit organization that mobilizes nature photographers and their friends to assist in trash cleanup events nationally.  Lisa believes this helps photographers to both intimately connect with fellow nature photographers in their local habitats and also fosters a symbiotic relationship with both the lands we use for photography and the life that resides within them.

    In addition to photography, Lisa is deeply passionate about providing excellent photography instruction.  As a former educational psychologist, Lisa worked for years with children who had special needs.  By learning scientifically proven techniques that work best with special needs kids, she also discovered techniques and best practices for teaching youth and adults.  She loves to make learning fun, engaging, discovery-based, and interactive.  As a photography instructor, she thoroughly enjoys teaching classes and workshops locally, nationally and online.  Participants are drawn to her unique topics, locations and excursions, but they are especially pleased with her helpful instruction provided in a vibrant, sincere and supportive environment as each of them progresses in their own photo journeys in their own way and at their own pace.

    PSA thanks TAMRON most sincerely for making it possible for Lisa to be a Featured Speaker at this year’s Conference.  Lisa’s topic will be exciting and unique--Transforming your Nature Photography into Modern Art.  http://www.langellphotography.com/

  • RICK SAMMON

    Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job.  A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, who’s called by some “The Godfather of Photography”, is one of the most active photographers on the planet.  He divides his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances.  Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious.  He is a man on a mission—a mission to make make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others.  He is extraordinarily interested in educating and seeing his workshop participants grow and better understand their craft through the use of the camera and creative software tools to produce “images with impact”.

    Rick’s latest books are Creative Visualization for Photographers and Evolution of an ImageExploring Photographic Exposure, Rick’s 37th book, has also just been published.  Rick will speak to us about the evolution of an image and provide a wealth of information as to the ‘how’ and ‘why’ and ‘what’ he’s done to create photographic art—including his outtakes that didn’t make the grade!

    While Rick describes himself as “evolving”, he hesitates to categorize his work.  “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer, I do it all—and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.”

    With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments—and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”

    Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com or contact him at ricksammon@me.com.

    PSA thanks Canon USA for so generously sponsoring Rick as our Keynote Speaker for this year’s Conference.

  • TOM TILL

    Tom Till is one of America's best known and most published landscape photographers. He has been called one of the "Lords" of landscape photography by Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and one of America's top ten nature photographers by Nature's Best Magazine.  In 2006 he was honored as a fellow by the North American Nature Photography Association, one of the few landscape photographers and the only Utahan to ever receive this distinction.

    Till has earned numerous other awards over the years. His published career is extensive: 35 books as sole photographer, three U.S. postage stamps, and over 250,000 published images. Magazines which have featured Till's work include National Geographic Magazine, National Geographic Traveler and Adventurer, Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Outside, TV Guide and many others.

    He is a frequent contributor to Outdoor Photographer, Arizona Highways, and Backpacker Magazines. A lifelong fan of Life Magazine, Till has been honored with several large spreads in the publication.

    Several times, Till has achieved the nature photography "triple crown," publishing images in the three most prestigious nature photography calendars-- Sierra Club, Audubon, and Self-Realization-- in one year.  https://tomtill.com/

    Tom's presentation will be called Pursuing Scapes: From View Cameras to Drones.

    Tom is sponsored by Hunt's Photo and Video