Podcast: OPTIC Conference Photo Walk

In support of the 2021 OPTIC Outdoor, Photo/Video, Travel Imaging Conference, to be held online July 11-12, 2021, the B&H Photography Podcast team conducted our own photo walk, much like they do as part of the OPTIC Conference events.

For this episode we took our cameras and microphones to the beautiful Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, in West Hartford, Connecticut, and, with Allan as the group’s leader and Jason and I as participants, we completed several photo challenges and practiced our photography and storytelling techniques. Since this is a virtual and audio photo walk, we encourage our listeners to participate on your own time and in convenient locations, such as a local park or even your backyard. The episode is designed so that you can pause the recording after the challenge has been assigned and complete it on your own. You can also just listen as we work through our assigned shots with Allan fielding our questions.

The gear we use is our own, nothing fancy, and the various challenges can be completed with almost any camera-and-lens combination. For my part, I am using a full-frame Nikon DSLR with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and Jason is using a full-frame Sony Alpha mirrorless camera with a Sony wide-angle lens and the Sigma 100-400mm f/5-6.3 lens. Assigned shots incorporate wide-angle and telephoto perspectives and utilize basic photo techniques, controlling aperture and shutter speed for varied affects, and applying ideas on composition, shadow, detail, and narrative. There is even a macro photography bonus challenge at the end of the episode, so bring that lens, too, if you have it.

We look forward to “hanging out” with you in this virtual setting, as we do to soon returning to “IRL” photo walks with old and new friends. With that in mind, check out the OPTIC Conference events page with two days of online presentations, and register for the free conference hosted by B&H Photo and sponsored by Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma, Godox, and many others.

Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © Jason Tables
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © Allan Weitz
Photograph © Allan Weitz
Photograph © John Harris
Photograph © John Harris


Host: Allan Weitz
Senior Creative Producer: John Harris
Senior Producer: Jason Tables
Executive Producer: Shawn C Steiner

2 Comments

This was a refreshing episode. You picked a good setting/situation for this excursion: a pleasant but not extravagant park (not Yosemite, not the Cloisters) so that many listeners could find something comparable in their own town.
The structure of the episode requires that Allan give advice and tips, but the people receiving that advice are themselves B&H employees. Having gone on some photo walks, I can say that I've nodded my way through a few friendly explanations myself. And even if John and Jason already knew about macro tubes and backlighting, the point is that plenty of listeners enjoyed these concepts. I think you're onto something with this format, and I hope you try a few more excursions. Maybe the zoo, a 10k race, or autumn apple picking?

Thanks Artie, appreciate you listening to our podcast and for the comment.  This recording was the first time we had been together in over a year and we look forward to more remote episodes.  Thanks again  

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