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Posted 08/05/19
After spending years traveling and documenting cultures around the world, photographer Erika Skogg returned to her hometown in Wisconsin and began to appreciate the deep Scandinavian ties there and in the surrounding communities. With a desire to explore the community's connection to the past, she created a project documenting Scandinavian-American culture in the Upper Midwest United States. At OPTIC 2019, she shared stories from the experience, as well as some photos and tips for those wanting to start a documentary photography project. BIO: Erika Skogg is a National Geographic Explorer who is currently documenting Scandinavian-American culture in the Upper Midwest, United States. She credits her Green Bay, Wisconsin, upbringing for her resistance to freezing temperatures and propensity for exploration. As a travel photographer, Skogg strives to create images that ignite a genuine interest in the unknown, highlight commonalities of the human experience, and encourage fascination instead of fear. By capturing unique attributes of cultures and landscapes abroad, she hopes to inspire the viewer to get up and go!
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Posted 08/05/19
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, OPTIC 2019 promises to be the best OPTIC yet!  With our planet’s environment changing at a rapid pace, the discussion promises to be more poignant than ever. The four-day imaging event will explore the inspiration, techniques, and equipment essential to capturing the great outdoors—with an emphasis on conservation. Speakers include seasoned Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Photographers Eric Guth, Erika Skogg, Ralph Lee Hopkins, and Paul North, plus an assortment of impressive, contemporary photographers such as Lana MacNaughton and Carissa Pelleteri.
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Posted 08/05/19
Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, writer, experienced public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet, Wacom, SmugMug Films, Adobe, FUJIFILM, and Fstoppers, Locardi has visited more than 65 countries, flown nearly 2 million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, NGOs, and tourism agencies on nearly every continent since becoming a full-time photographer in 2009.
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Posted 08/05/19
At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Colby Brown presented tips on how to tell a story through your photographs. As a landscape, travel and wildlife photographer, Brown has traveled the world looking for unique stories to tell though his work. He says the difference between a snapshot and a photograph is that a photograph has something to say. Learn how to say something with your photos by watching Brown's presentation. BIO: Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator, author and Sony Artisan based in Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel, and humanitarian photography, his portfolio spans the four corners of the globe. Throughout his work, he combines a love of the natural world with a fascination with the world’s diverse cultures. Each of his photographs tells a story of life on this planet. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, which helps fight for child education, clean drinking water projects, species preservation, women’s rights, and much more.
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Posted 08/01/19
Photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins, at B&H’s Optic 2019, discusses the importance of patience when searching for the right shot. Capturing powerful photos is possible when the perfect combination of variables occurs: anticipating action; being in the right place at the right time; and practicing patience. For great images and an education on the importance of respecting nature, you should check out this video. Not only this one, but we offer many instructional videos, as well as product reviews, at BandH.com
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Posted 07/29/19
At B&H’s OPTIC 2019, photographer Stephen Wilkes discussed his evolution as a photographer, since he was a teenager. His career has been a series of personal projects that helped him shape his vision and learn that his photographs could inspire change and make a difference. His latest project, Day to Night, looks at a variety of landscapes over a 24-48-hour period, and the changes that take place during that time. For inspiration, motivation, and a few laughs, check out Wilkes’s presentation. BIO: Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognized for his fine art and commercial photography. Wilkes has won numerous awards and honors and continues to exhibit his work in galleries and museums. Wilkes’s newest body of work is titled Day to Night™. He photographs from a fixed camera angle, continuously, for up to 15 hours. A select group of images are then digitally blended into one photograph, capturing the changing of time in a single frame.  Wilkes shoots editorials for major publications, as well as advertising campaigns for many of the country's foremost agencies and corporations.
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Posted 07/17/19
At B&H’s Optic 2019, photographer Lisa Langell talks about how and why we photograph, and she stresses that the most important part of your journey as a photographer is knowing the answer to the question, “Why do I photograph?” Langell reminds us that photography is not only transformative for the person taking the photo; a powerful image can have deep emotional impact on others, too. This is a great talk from a photographer who approaches her craft from psychological and technical perspectives. Check it out and click here for more  instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 07/16/19
Whether you’re planning a street-photography trip in Tokyo, or a trek through the mountains in Patagonia, we discuss ways to plan your trip and how to visualize and prepare for the images you take on location. We also discuss how to anticipate action, position yourself for great photos (time of day, camera placement, etc.), and how to compose strong images by creating drama inside each frame. Katsuyoshi Tanaka’s extensive experience as an editorial photographer and travel workshop leader provides you with techniques you can use to create impactful photos just in time for your summer vacation.
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Posted 07/16/19
At B&H’s Optic 2019, photojournalist and New York attorney Richard P. Liebowitz discusses the ownership of intellectual property, and he emphasizes that, as a photographer you need to iron out details—in writing—of who owns the copyright to your work before you sign a contract. If you’re a photographer interested in the best ways to protect your photos, this is a video you need to watch. Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law related to copyrights at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. A 17-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA), he has produced award-winning photojournalism. Richard now helps his fellow NYPPA members and other artists around the world resolve intellectual-property infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.
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Posted 07/16/19
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, OPTIC 2019 promises to be the best OPTIC yet!  With our planet’s environment changing at a rapid pace, the discussion promises to be more poignant than ever. The four-day imaging event will explore the inspiration, techniques, and equipment essential to capturing the great outdoors—with an emphasis on conservation. At B&H’s Optic 2019, commercial photographer Lanakila “Lana” MacNaughton shares her incredible story of achieving sobriety and developing an intense passion for photography. Lana shoots almost entirely with film, which she says gives her a deeper emotional connection to the subject. Over the past seven years, she has focused on photographing female motorcyclists, documenting and sharing their inspiring stories. Check it out!
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