All seminars will be held in our Melrose store location
Friday October 19th
10-11am: Get to know the new Nikon Mirrorless Z System : Get to know the new Nikon Mirrorless Z System and what it can do for your photography (hint # 1: it will deliver the sharpest images you have ever created) (hint # 2: it uses 360 of your existing Nikkor lenses!)
11am-12pm: Landscape Photography with Prime Lenses: Everyone thinks of zoom lenses and the benefit of having all-in-one abilities–the ability to get close and get wide all at once. However, the best optics in the world can be found in prime lenses–fixed focal length, non-zoom lenses. Join Zeiss rep Rich Schleuning as he discusses landscape photography with a focus on the benefits of using a prime lens instead of a zoom.
12-1p: Capturing Great Landscape and Nature Photos with Damion Fearron from Tamron: Join Tamron photographer Damion Fearron as he takes you on a photographic & educational journey from the small world of macro photography to capturing amazing wildlife images and the magnificent landscape. Get helpful hints and learn proper techniques on how to best capture beautiful images of a variety of subject matter. Damion will cover topics such as correct camera settings, composition, and recognizing and using good light to improve your photography. Join us as we present this informative and fun seminar on capturing great nature images!
1-2pm: Travel Photography with Panasonic- Keeping it Nimble, Affordable and Fun!:
Who doesn’t love to travel! Traveling as light as possible is always the dream, but it’s easy to weigh yourself down with unnecessary camera gear. Let’s talk about the nimblest ways to capture amazing travel photos with the best equipment, all while keeping it light on your shoulder and your wallet! Presented by photographer Joseph Linaschke , sponsored by Panasonic
2-3pm: Getting better images in sports photography: Join Sigma Tech Rep Marc Farb for an informative Digital 101 on fast action photography. Learn about our line up of lenses and how to control shooting better images. Learn some of the techniques to getting better images for fast action sports and also some lens selection choices to making more impactful images. Take advantage of Marc¹s knowledge and select the right lens(s) for your shooting needs and also get the real story on how to get the best use out of a tele converter and what lenses they actually add benefit to.
3-4pm: The RØDE VideoMic line – Upgrade your DSLR audio: A complete introduction to the RØDE VideoMic line, features, and common applications. This class will be an overall run-through of affordable microphone options for your DSLR cameras.
4-5pm: Setting up Your Fuji Mirrorless:
Join Fuji tech rep John Haggerty as he discusses some of the many settings buried within the menu on the Fuji X Series cameras.
5-6pm: Lighting for Macro:
Macro photography allows you to create a whole new macro world out of ordinary household items. Join photographer Heather Prohaska and Hunt’s Educator Emily Hojnowski as they take you through some of the lighting products available to help you get great macro shots. This seminar is also recommended for product photographers! Sponsored by Savage Universal and Hunt’s Photo Education.
Saturday October 20th
9-11am: Changing Lives Through Rescue Photography
Learn how to take your passion for photography and use it to help adoptable animals in your community find forever homes. Rescue photographer Amanda Strozeski has tips for photographing and creating an emotional connection with rescue animals, getting started finding a shelter, and more.
Amanda is a professional animal rescue photographer, Featured Photographer for Savage Universal, and a member of HeARTs Speak, a non-profit for rescue related artists. She is the Manager of Social Media and Influencer Marketing at Olympus. Amanda also also a social influencer for a variety of well known brands and runs the popular pet Instagram account @itsmisterbarclay.
11am-12pm: Getting Started with Video, from Shooting to Editing:
Are you carrying a camera fully capable of shooting amazing video, but are afraid to push the RED BUTTON? Let’s talk the basics of video… how to shoot, edit and share! It’s easier than you think and a lot more fun than you may realize. Presented by photographer Joseph Linaschke , sponsored by Panasonic.
12-1pm: Tips on Bird Photography and other Things Far Away! Join Nikon for a seminar giving tips on bird photography and also lunar photography with the new Nikon Coolpix P1000, with an optical zoom range from 24mm to 3000mm. WOW!
1-2pm: Which Lens do I need for my Alpha?: A review on matching lens choice to subject and style. Sony Tech Rep Jon Helgason will review the Sony Lineup, from suitability for your needs to the technology inside and how it affects your photography.
2-3pm: Navigating the twists and turns of Aviation Photography: Join Sigmas Tech Rep Marc Farb for a simplified lesson on shooting airshows and general aviation. Marc will show and tell how to get great images of jets and prop planes of all genres. He will show how to get the proper exposure as well as composition. He will talk techniques and settings that will make sense and work for all brand cameras and all skill levels. He will also show and tell about lens suggestions for great image composition.
3-4pm: RØDE smartphone microphones – Upgrade the audio to your smartphone: Introducing the RØDE smartphone line of microphones. This class will run-through common applications and features of the affordable smartphone microphone options from RØDE.
4-5pm: Creative DIY Macro with Lensbaby: Come get an introduction to Lensbaby’s line of creative lenses. Then put your knowledge to the test with some simple macro set-ups using things you’ll find around your home and push your macro photography to the next creative level. Lensbaby lenses offer a variety of ways to get close and capture truly unique macro scenes with flowers and more. Lensbaby rep Lauren will provide the technical know-how and hands-on advice to enable you to confidently use your Lensbaby to shoot macro.
5-6pm: How to Succeed in Your Photography, with Don Toothaker: As visual artists we continually strive to be better. The technology world provides us with and abundance of creative, powerful tools, but the answers regarding how to improve your photography come from within. Find your creative voice and express yourself!
Sunday October 21st
10-11:30am: Real People Portraits, with Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis:
People are not always models. How can we photograph them to emphasize their natural beauty? Join the dynamic duo of Bobbi Lane & Lee Varis as they demonstrate lighting techniques and effective posing, helping make the most pleasing portraits of difficult subjects: thin or heavy, spectacled, young or old, folliclely challenged, red or wrinkled.
12-1pm: What to Shoot When there’s Nothing to Shoot:
There are plenty of classes to teach you how to shoot, but very few classes teach you what and why to shoot. What to Shoot When There’s Nothing to Shoot will look at concepts like Self Assignments and Shooting on Spec along with Places and Objects to shoot that you may never have thought of before. Presenter Jeff Leimbach is a Canon Product Educator and Tech Rep, and also a professional photographer specializing in architecture.
1-2pm: Capturing Great Landscape and Nature Photos with Damion Fearron from Tamron: Join Tamron photographer Damion Fearron as he takes you on a photographic & educational journey from the small world of macro photography to capturing amazing wildlife images and the magnificent landscape. Get helpful hints and learn proper techniques on how to best capture beautiful images of a variety of subject matter. Damion will cover topics such as correct camera settings, composition, and recognizing and using good light to improve your photography. Join us as we present this informative and fun seminar on capturing great nature images!
2-3pm: Nature & Bird Photography: Learn special camera settings, techniques and proper tools for successful Bird Nature Photography. Northeastern Olympus Technical Representative Brian Rycyk will cover how to capture the art of Bird Photography.
3-4pm: Otha’s A to Z Lighting Tips: There are tips and then there are more tips! In this seminar you get an alphabet soup full of them about lighting. Join Hunt’s Photo Education Instructor, Otha Sonnie as he offers tips on light sources; the use of light to enhance and improve your images; the lighting equipment, accessories and techniques for lighting; plus some shooting tips and ideas to help improve your skills.