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2017 PSA Conference Featured Speakers

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    • ADAM JONES - Wednesday, October 11
      • Sponsored by: Canon USA
      • Speaking: Wednesday, October 11
      • Topic: Through the Lens of Adam Jones

      Adam is an internationally recognized photographer who explores the world through his nature, travel, and wildlife images.  He is one of Canon USA’s elite group of acclaimed “Explorers of Light” photographers, and he is noted for his enthusiastic, down to earth approach and his ability to communicate effectively with all skill levels. 

      Adam is also a popular and respected workshop instructor and lecturer.  Adam teaches photography workshops around the world, helping students reach their full potential in the exciting world of digital photography. He has taught for Canon, Popular Photography & Imaging, Maine Photographic Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, Great American Photography Workshops, and Joe Van Os Photo Safaris.  His award-winning photography is widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, books, and in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer, and Honda.

      Adam’s program features landscape, wildlife, macro, and travel photography – in short, something to interest everyone.  He prefers to interact with the audience during his program, encouraging them to ask questions.  Topics discussed and illustrated during the program include depth of field, action sequences, macro techniques, basic flash, HDR, focus stacking, and much more, depending upon audience participation.

    • ROB KNIGHT - Thursday, October 12
      • Sponsored by: Panasonic, North America
      • Speaking: Thursday, October 12
      • Topic: Make the Most of your Next Photo Workshop

      Rob has been a professional artist for nearly thirty years, and he’s been a photographer for more than half of that time. He is a member of the Panasonic LUMIX Luminary team and a Manfrotto Ambassador.   

      Rob is also well-known as an educator -- he is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom; he was a finalist for the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s “Photoshop Guru” award for photography in 2008 and 2009; and his Lightroom training includes the Essentials for Lightroom app for iOS and countless classes and workshops. Rob has also published two books – Snapshots to Great Shots: LUMIX GX7 & GM1 and The Enthusiast’s Guide to the LUMIX LX100.

      Rob is best known for his destination photo workshops, his easy-going teaching style, and his informative critiques.  Rob enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, but he loves teaching and exploring with students on location.  His program will help “make the most of your next photo workshop.”  His presentation is full of tips and ideas to help make the most of your time in the field.  He has been leading photography workshops for the last eight years and working hard to ensure his clients have great workshop experiences. There are a few things that can make the difference between a good workshop and a great one. He will share what he has learned from his observations leading workshops and from stories by some of his colleagues.  His program will help you have a good time, save you stress in the field, and make sure that you come back from your next workshop with amazing photos.

    • JOE MCDONALD - Wednesday, October 11
      • Sponsored by: Tamron USA
      • Speaking: Wednesday, October 11
      • Topic: Remote Triggering Devices for Wildlife Photography

      Joe's been photographing wildlife and nature since 1966, starting with images of his pet turtles, lizards, and snakes he made as a high school freshmen. By high school he was selling photos to the National Wildlife Federation, and by his freshman year in college he was publishing in that magazine.

      Since then, Joe's been published in every natural history publication in the U.S., including Audubon, Bird Watcher's Digest, Birder's World, Defenders, Living Bird, Natural History, National and International Wildlife, Ranger Rick, Smithsonian, Wildlife Conservation, and more. He is represented by multiple stock photo agencies, both domestically and world-wide.

      He is the author of seven books, A Practical Guide to Photographing American Wildlife; The Wildlife Photographer's Field Manual; The Complete Guide to Wildlife Photography; Designing Wildlife Photographs; Photographing on Safari, The New Complete Guide to Wildlife Photographyand African Wildlife, A Portrait of the Animal World. His book, Designing Wildlife Photographs, was judged best book by the Outdoor Writers Association of America for 1994. In 1999 he produced Photographing on Safari, Joe and his wife Mary's first instructional video. With Rick Holt and Mary Ann McDonald, he is also the author of Digital Nature Photography - From Capture to Output.

    • JOE LeFEVRE - Friday, October 13
      • Speaking: Friday, October 13, 11am - noon, Salon 4 & 5
      • Topic: Strategies for Capturing Decisive Moments in Nature

      It is what we as nature photographers strive for: capturing those elusive moments when lighting, composition, and mood coalesce to produce an exceptional image. Veteran landscape photographer Joe LeFevre will discuss strategies for capturing these decisive moments. Topics include mapping and scouting a potential location, waiting for the quintessential moment, matching the light to an appropriate landscape, responding to special conditions, and using time-lapse and video to capture those fleeting moments. He will present numerous examples of his work to illustrate these principles. Please join Joe for an educational session that will help you elevate your landscape and nature imagery from the mundane to the extraordinary.

      Joe LeFevre is a professional landscape and nature photographer from upstate New York, with over 35 years of experience. His work has received international recognition. In 2015 and 2011 Joe captured one of four first place prizes in the "Share the View" photography contest sponsored by the Audubon Society of Greater Denver. In 2014 Joe won the “Most Inspirational Moment” category, professional division, in the Wilderness Forever photography contest sponsored by the Smithsonian, Nature’s Best Photography, and the Wilderness50 Coalition in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. His winning image was displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. as part of the exhibit where it won the People’s Choice Award.

      Joe’s work has appeared in Nature’s Best Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and Adirondack Life magazines and wall calendars, and numerous other publications. A popular teacher and convention speaker, Joe has captivated audiences at major photographic venues throughout the United States with his beautiful imagery and passion for teaching. He is a staff instructor at the Adirondack Photography Institute (www.adkpi.org), which offers photographic workshops and tours throughout the spectacular Adirondack region of upstate New York, and in other select locations. Joe and his wife, Linda, have three grown children and live in Oswego, NY. To see more of Joe’s work go to www.joelefevrephoto.com.
    • FRANK T. SMITH - Friday, October 13
      • Sponsored by: Olympus America, Inc.
      • Speaking: Friday, October 13
      • Topic: Creative Elements of Architecture: Out with the Rule Book

      Frank is a self-taught photographer whose love for the craft goes back to a very early age. Decades later, Frank’s passion for photography has yet to fade even as his skills continue to evolve.  A native Northeasterner, Frank often focuses his lens on regional and local scenery, including the historical sites in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  His work has been featured in print, in exhibits, and in philanthropic venues including Glow Artworks.

      As an avid traveler with an eye toward graphic elements, one of Frank’s favorite subjects is architecture.  In his program Creative Elements of Architecture: Out with the Rule Book, he provides a very unique perspective, through his lens, of buildings - both old and new, capturing the lines and details that are often not seen by the common passerby.  From the old Bethlehem Steel Plant to the Taj Mahal, Frank captures the interior and exteriors of iconic sites, including such diverse subjects as penitentiaries, urban decay projects, and commercial projects on assignment.  

      In architectural photography, there are basic rules and recommendations.  Frank’s focus on the graphic elements of architecture means that he breaks the standard rules and creates his own unique artistic approach.  In his program, Frank will discuss his unique approach in photographing architecture around the globe, and the audience will see architectural structures through his lens when the standard rules don’t apply.

    • NICK UT - Saturday, October 14
      Speaking: Saturday, October 14
      Topic: From Hell to Hollywood
      PSA's 2017 IUTP Recipient

      Nick Ut will tell the story of his award-winning image, how he got involved in war photography as a 16-year-old, and his life throughout 51 years with Associate Press.  Although his early years were spent covering conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and then the war zone in North and South Korea, he ended up in southern California covering wild fires, riots, earthquakes, the Rodney King troubles, the O.J Simpson case, Hollywood celebrities, the Olympics and the Pope.
      As a professional, he always tries to get the best picture, but he says our human nature is to help people in need. Although the ethical code for photojournalists requires them to remain uninvolved with whatever they are photographing, he explains how that is difficult for him. His iconic photo of nine-year-old Kim Phuc, running naked and screaming after her clothes had been burned off by napalm, went on to be named World Press Photo of the Year 1972, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1973, among the many top photojournalism awards it received.
      Yet after a few photos, he put his camera down, gave her water, carried her to his van, drove her to the hospital almost an hour away and convinced them to help her, all before hurrying back to the Associated Press Saigon bureau, another hour away, to process his eight rolls of film from the day. He printed one 5x7 and when the Photo Editor Horst Faas saw it, he recognized its significance to illustrate the horror of war.  It was transmitted immediately from Saigon to Tokyo and then to New York, and appeared in newspapers throughout the US, forever impacting the public's perception of that conflict and increasing the pressure to end it.  
      He has kept in contact with Kim Phuc, who made a lengthy recovery and now lives in the US.  She calls him Uncle Nick and together they have given presentations on the futility of war. His  brother, also a photographer, and many of his friends died in Vietnam in the line of duty, and he says, "Today, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Middle East, even Mexico are dangerous spots for journalists. but it is very important to document the human condition in dangerous situations for History."  

    • NANCY WOLFF - Friday, October 13
      • Speaking: Friday, October 13
      • Topic: Legal Issues for Photographers

      Nancy E. Wolff provides a unique legal service for multimedia companies of all sizes. Experienced in copyright, trademark and digital media law, Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and digital media clients. Services include preparing all the necessary contracts and licensing agreements involved in the distribution or licensing of products and services in a multi-platform environment; offering branding, trademark and copyright protection strategy; reviewing content for potential legal issues; developing, negotiating and reviewing contracts or counseling clients on legal issues or business questions as they occur. Her achievements have earned her recognition as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property.

      Operating almost as an in-house lawyer, Nancy advises her clients on the registration and protection of intellectual property in the area of copyright and trademark, advises when releases are necessary under various publicity laws, and how to promote the client’s products and services without running afoul of the many advertising and privacy rules that are developing. She advises on creative ways to structure deals, make acquisitions or sell properties; as well as offering support to resolve any kind of legal dispute. While she explores the potential to resolve disputes amicably, with the aim to reach a fair settlement as efficiently as possible, if the enforcement or protection of her clients’ rights requires legal intervention, she is a strong and dedicated advocate for her client.