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Posted 07/09/19
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, OPTIC 2019 was the best OPTIC yet! With our planet's environment changing at a rapid rate, the discussion was more poignant than ever. The four-day imaging event explored the inspiration, techniques, and equipment essential to capturing the great outdoors-with an emphasis on conservation. Paul North is the founder of Meet the Ocean and host of its educational podcast. As a polar expedition diver and photographer with Lindblad Expeditions/ National Geographic, he tours the remote underwater landscapes of our planet. He produces online media and public outreach campaigns that encourage urgency to protect and better understand the precious nature of our planet’s saltwater ecosystems. Leading a team of creative marine educators, North employs storytelling as a tool to advance the methods of how science is communicated to the public.
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Posted 07/04/19
At B&H’s Optic 2019, photographer Ron Magill shares his incredible love for wildlife through his photos, and he stresses that the beauty of photography lies in its ability to tell powerful visual stories. Magill’s tales are engaging and emotional, and he challenges fellow photographers to explore the fascinating world of taking photos of animals in wild. Check it out! About Ron Magill Ron Magill has worked with wildlife for more than 30 years and has hands-on experience with a tremendous variety of animals, ranging from crocodiles to eagles to cheetahs. An internationally recognized zoological authority who has appeared on many local, national, and international programs including National Geographic Explorer, the Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS This Morning, Dateline, CNN, and the Discovery Networks, Magill is a frequent wildlife analyst for MSNBC. 
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Posted 11/02/15
In this video from the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, author and photographer Ian Plant talks about how to better compose images and the rules of composition. Ian teaches you how to see the world in ways you never before imagined, drawing lessons from his critically-acclaimed hit book "Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition." Visual Flow unlocks the composition secrets of the great masters, giving you the keys to create compelling and artistic photographs that will stand out from the crowd.
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Posted 09/07/15
In this video, produced during the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, photographer Susan Seubert talks about how food photography and travel photography go hand in hand. There are few things that all life on Earth has in common, but one of them is food. Often times, when traveling, the most memorable experiences can revolve around food—from farmers' markets to roadside stands to exquisite, five-star meals. Seubert has mastered the subtle nuances of photographing food while shooting more than 20 feature stories for National Geographic Traveler, from Canada to the Caribbean and Texas to Thailand. She covers the nuts and bolts of good food photography, including a few iPhone tips, as well as how to find ways to explore culture through eating.
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Posted 08/24/15
In this video from the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, photographer David Middleton discusses the fact that there is more to photography than camera-club competitions and filling your walls with prints. Middleton shares how photography can also be about helping someone else. Using images from Bhutan, Uganda, Kenya, Vermont, and New Mexico, he highlights the simple and profound effects your photography can have on improving other people's lives, whether it is in your own neighborhood or in a country far away.
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Posted 08/17/15
This video, from the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, will take your color to new frequencies. Learn new ways of thinking about color that will help you see and produce truly pleasing images. Photographer John Paul Caponigro, with his calming and inspirational tones, discusses the complicated elements of color science, as well as color psychology, color management and, of course, color adjustment in Photoshop. Topics include: three essential elements of color—luminosity, hue, and saturation; three types of color—ideal, ambient, and synthetic; and the infinite color variations that are possible for every image. Mastering neutrals, using atmospheric perspective to enhance depth in your images, turning day into night, and transferring color from one subject to another are a few of the ideas covered. This video will help you discover strategies for identifying and creating successful color palettes and help put the unprecedented power and precision of digital color to work for your images.
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Posted 08/14/15
Take a deep dive into making effective use of flash in your photography with National Geographic photographer Bob Krist, who's honed his techniques over decades of shooting for magazines and crafting best-selling photo books. You'll learn how to create natural-looking flash photos and blend flash with available light. He covers technique, including fill flash and how to use it, slow synch flash—which he calls the most important of flash techniques—bounce flash, and using found surfaces and reflectors. You'll discover how to take your flash to new dimensions with multiple flash, light modifier, and complementary filtration, and more.
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Posted 08/13/15
In this video, the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference photographer Tony Sweet talks about the creative aspects and benefits of making photographs with iPhone  camera s. Supplement your iPhone creativity with a series of images, creative app use, and short process videos. With the iPhone becoming the world's most popular camera, the increased resolution can deliver print- quality and even gallery- quality images, but falls short when telephoto shooting is required. Sweet also discusses the benefits and possibilities of pairing your DSLR with your iPhone to share DSLR images.
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Posted 08/12/15
In this video from the 2015 B&H Optic Imaging Conference, wildlife photographer Moose Peterson offers tips on how to best capture stills and video of smaller animals out in the wild. With simple biology combined with technology, you can bring back not only those memorable photographs, but also the stories that reach out and touch the heartstrings of your viewers. All it takes is a basic understanding of critters and photography to be successful. Light, f/stop, biology, and heart are all part of the recipe that Peterson shares.
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Posted 08/07/15
Gain fresh perspective on how an image can tell a meaningful cultural story from  National Geographic Traveler  Director of Photography Dan Westergren. In this video, from the 2015 OPTIC Imaging Conference, you will get tips on preparing for your next adventure before you leave home. Westergren also discusses researching your destination, choosing an overall concept that creates a theme for your journey and applying your skills to show a sense of place. Discover the variety and pacing of pictures that are essential to bringing your picture story to life with power and authenticity.
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