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30th Anniversary Celebration

March 6th -11th, 2018

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Workshop and Symposium Schedule is here!

Events Lists

Conference Sсhedule

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Take the headache out of Lightroom and master the program in this course.

MD Welch / Workshop
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Take to the skies and learn how to create exceptional photos and videos with your drone. This new technology has redefined image and video creation opening up a whole new world of creative possibilities.This all-day class will be broken into two parts - a classroom session and a field session.  This course is great for the first-time pilot or experienced pro.

Rachid Dahnoun / Workshop
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

This class has it all, shooting techniques, post-production workflow tricks, and steps to make your prints look amazing.

MD Welch / Workshop
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tom will demonstrate various techniques using small flash lights and colored fiber optic wires for very creative results.  Participants will get a chance to create their own light painting and experiment with different light sources.

Tom Bol / Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Welcome desk open in West Hall. Registration and check-in available all day.

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 8:30 AM - 11:30 PM

Portfolios reviews are key to improving your work as a photographer.

Mark Citret / Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In this class Tom will demystify using speed lights, and show you useful techniques using flash no matter what type of photography you do.

Tom Bol / Workshop
Wednesday, March 8th & Thursday March 9th, 2018 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

This class will build on basic landscape photography techniques, teach you how to take that process into the field and successfully shoot at night. We will cover planning, shooting and post-processing techniques both in the classroom and out in the field.  Specific topics will include: very long single exposures, multiple exposure blending/compositing, light painting and dark frame subtraction.  In this two-day, two-night, multiple-session class you will gain the experience you need to explore the wonderful world of shooting at night.  Welcome to the darkness!

Rachid Dahnoun / Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Master the art of night-time photography in this photo-walk led by Craig Moore.

Craig Moore / Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Remove the confusion and frustration from digital printing in this 3-hour course.

MD Welch / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Welcome desk open in West Hall. Registration and check-in available all day.

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Portfolios reviews are key to improving your work as a photographer.

Mark Citret / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

The Walk About is just as it sounds – it’s a photographic journey alongside Stacy Pearsall. Students will go on-location where they will explore the environment around them and learn to see in new ways. Stacy will discuss pre-visualization, composition and approach. After, she’ll demonstrate and execute. Students will have the freedom to explore, visualize, compose and shoot on their own while Stacy floats around. This experience challenges students to conceptualize and be creative.

Stacy Pearsall / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 9:00 AM - 12:00 NOON

Get into the head of Fujifilm’s very own PPA Master of Photography Michael Bulbenko as he dissects some of his professional work and provides his know-how on getting it right in the camera. Learn how to evaluate the environment, solve problems on location and add just the right touch to turn ordinary pictures into quality photographs. Join us for this fun and inspiring seminar!

Michael Bulbenko / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Learn how to capture amazing landscapes, from capture to post processing, with Tom Bol

Tom Bol / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Macro photography is an amazing way to see and photograph the world we live in. Unlike most other types of photography, macro photos have a level of detail, and closeness to the subject that even the human eye cannot render.

MD Welch / Workshop
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 12:00 Noon - 5:00 PM

An exclusive opportunity to photograph the residents of Safe Haven Wildlife Sanctuary.  Receive hands-on assistance from Dennis Doyle and Kristen Kabrin while capturing lions, tigers, fox, lynx, bobcats and more.  Participants are encouraged to have a camera and lens with a telephoto focal range of up to 200-400 mm, or higher.

50% of workshop fee is donated back to Safe Haven in the name of the student--enjoy the time with these magnificent animals and give back!

Dennis Doyle & Kristen Kabrin / Workshop

This class explores the principles of image composition and design, from color to lighting, and explains how anyone can boost their photo-graphy to new levels. Regardless of how expensive a camera you own, there are proven techniques to getting images with more impact and visual appeal. What works, what doesn’t. Topics include subject analysis, optimizing the light, lens choices, color theory, visual psychology, and how to break the rules at the right time. Relevant for landscape, portrait, travel, nature and commercial shooters.

Michael Bulbenko / Workshop
Wednesday, March 7th & Thursday March 8th, 2018 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM

This class will build on basic landscape photography techniques, teach you how to take that process into the field and successfully shoot at night. We will cover planning, shooting and post-processing techniques both in the classroom and out in the field.  Specific topics will include: very long single exposures, multiple exposure blending/compositing, light painting and dark frame subtraction.  In this two-day, two-night, multiple-session class you will gain the experience you need to explore the wonderful world of shooting at night.  Welcome to the darkness!

Rachid Dahnoun / Workshop
Friday, March 9th & March 10th, 2018

Spend two-full days enjoying presentations from professional photographers (Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) as well as complimentary:
* Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM both days)
* Finger Foods, Wine & Entertainment (Friday night, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
* GIYBS Reception w/Dessert and Wine (Saturday night, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM)

Friday, March 9th, 2018

Spend one-full day enjoying presentations from professional photographers (Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM) as well as complimentary:
* Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
* Finger Foods, Wine & Entertainment (Friday night, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

Friday, March 9th, 2018 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome to Shooting the West

Brenda N. Heintz
Friday, March 9th, 2018 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Mayor Di An Putnam welcomes you to Shooting the West.

Mayor Di An Putnam / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM

Do you feel like your creativity is at a standstill? You have hit a creative wall and can’t get past it? In this presentation Tom will take us through his creative journey, and how he pushed through to new ideas and concepts in his photography. Tom will discuss 6 images that changed his career, and opened doors to new innovative techniques and original ideas. He will discuss what qualities make a compelling image, and how to get go beyond the ‘tourist’ shot. Learn how to make a photograph, not take a picture.

Tom Bol / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Hear from one of the best in the industry on how important preserving memories are and the best methods possible.

Gordon Allen / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Time to take a break.

Friday, March 9th, 2018 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Stacy Pearsall’s empowering presentation draws upon the hardships she faced as a photographer, and woman, in combat. She’s documented some of the most dangerous battles of our time, has been injured in combat and survived to tell her story. More importantly, she lives to tell others’ stories. Hers is an amazing visual journey of personal and photographic growth. Not only do the images relate the story of the soldiers she’s documented, but also her own tale of friendships she made and tragically lost. You’ll learn how her path to recovery paved the road to her new mission in life, the Veterans Portrait Project.

Satcy Pearsall / Keynote Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Join technical specialist Aaron Norberg for an introductory course in night sky photography. Learn how to choose the best lenses and camera settings to get started in astrophotography. We’ll cover the fundamentals of imaging the night sky as well as the natural landscape at night to help you achieve dramatic results. You’ll walk away knowing what gear and which settings to start with to make the most of your time under the stars.

Aaron Norberg / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Answering all the big questions: What, when, why, where and to whom you should submit your images. If you are serious about wanting to make some money with your photography in print media, I’ll give you some tips from 20+ years’ experience as an Art Director and Production Supervisor.

Kippy Spilker / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

"I scanned 82 of the best of these slides, and after hundreds of hours in Photoshop rejuvenating the color and cloning out the dust and blemishes, the images are now in their best shape since coming out of the camera 48 years ago. One might even argue that, given the 'fine-tuning' capabilities digital manipulation has made possible, they are now better than they ever were. Please join me on this amble along the crest of the High Sierra, nearly a half century after the fact." ~ Mark Citret

Mark Citret / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

28 years of documenting Great Basins buckaroos 1990-2018 mostly in northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon, northeast California, and parts of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. The buckaroos/Californios/vaqueros are a unique sub-culture of the bigger cowboy culture with their own traditions of horsemanship, stockmanship and gear. I have tried to especially document those who still follow the older traditions that aren’t seen much anymore that I remember from my youth growing up on a large cattle ranch in southeast Oregon.
 

Mary Williams Hyde / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Time to take a break.

Friday, March 9, 2018 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Winners will be announced and shown at Shooting the West, and will appear in the magazine. Contestants have earned cash, starred in RANGE books, the Real Buckaroo Calendar, and have been featured in award-winning RANGE Magazine.

C.J Hadley, Editor, RANGE Magazine / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Wildlife photography is Mark Hayward’s favorite photographic genre. Photographing nature and print making occupies the majority of Mark’s time. “How fortunate I am to live in such a beautiful land and share it with all kinds of wildlife.”

Mark Hayward / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Join long-time Fujifilm photographer Michael Bulbenko for a tour through the world of mirrorless cameras from one of the world's most respected imaging companies. With its heralded file processing based on over 80 years of film manufacturing, the Fujifilm compact and medium format camera systems have become staple tools in professional photography and movie-making. Michael will show the "who's" that have switched from other systems and the "why's" that make the difference.

Michael Bulbenko / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM

But not wanting to stay in the background and simply show a literal record of his discovery in  America and abroad, Angier has embarked into creating a new and evolving rendering of his interpretation of this ancient culture and faith, to showcase the beauty of its inner sanctum and timelessness. His presentation will present the tessera of his newest work, a metaphoric mosaic leading to his New Allegory, a new vision of his odyssey.

Larry Angier / Symposium Speaker
Friday, March 9th, 2018 5:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Brenda N. Heintz
Friday, March 9th, 2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Please join us for light finger foods and wine before the night's entertainment.
Entertainment also included in the price--DO NOT register for these if you have already registered for the Entire Symposium or the Friday Segment for this is included.

Symposium Talks
Friday, March 9th & March 10th, 2018

Spend two-full days enjoying presentations from professional photographers (Friday 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) as well as complimentary:
* Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM both days)
* Finger Foods, Wine & Entertainment (Friday night, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)
* GIYBS Reception w/Dessert and Wine (Saturday night, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM)

Saturday, March 10th, 2018

Spend one-full day enjoying presentations from professional photographers (Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM) as well as complimentary:
* Continental Breakfast (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
* GIYBS Reception w/Dessert and Wine (Saturday night, 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM)

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 8:00 AM - 7:45 PM

Give It Your Best Shot is both a juried show (with awards) and “just” a show, giving participants an opportunity to present their work to the public. You are invited to enter a maximum of two prints, which will be hung in our huge display space in the East Hall of the Convention Center. We’re talking about a lot of prints; every year we receive around two hundred entries. It makes for a beautiful and interesting show!
Print viewing in East Hall. - Prints accepted until 10:00 AM!

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Welcome to Shooting the West

Brenda N. Heintz
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Time to take a break.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Preparation and planning are paramount when shooting Milky Way landscape photography.  Knowledge of the expected conditions in the cosmos and in our own Earth’s atmosphere are required for a successful photo shoot. As meteorologist by day and landscape astrophotographer by night, Tony Fuentes will discuss the basics and seasonality of shooting the Milky Way in conjunction with minimizing risk in field from weather and other unexpected surprises.

Tony Fuentes / Symposium Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 11:15 AM - 12:00 NOON

Are you looking to grow your photography business but not sure where to start? Maybe you are just getting started and feel overwhelmed on how to market your photography on social media. This session will help you market both yourself and your work using Instagram. There are more than 500 million daily active accounts on Instagram, and more than 80 percent of accounts follow a business. Your target audience is on Instagram—you just need to know how to reach them, and what they want to see! At this session you’ll walk away feeling confident about using Instagram for your business.

Kaitlin Godbey / Symposium Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 12:00 NOON - 1:15 PM

From mountain peaks to river valleys technical specialist Aaron Norberg will take you through the fundamentals of photographing the natural landscape. Learn how to choose the best lenses and camera settings to capture the scene as you see it. From this lecture, you’ll walk away knowing what gear and which settings will best compliment your personal vision.

Aaron Norberg / Symposium Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

With 6,000 veterans photographed and growing, Pearsall’s personal project went from some-of-the-time to all-of-the-time. She’ll discuss how to identify your interests and turn them into personal projects, how to grow them into being profitable and perhaps even into a niche business.
 

Stacy Pearsall / Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Presentation will focus on Night Photography in the wilds of Nevada.  Topics will cover preparation and planning for Astrophotography and include Star Trails, The Milky Way and Painting with Light.  Settings and needed gear for success will also be touched on.

Neil Lockhart / Symposium Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Time to take a break.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

Longtime STW attendee and frequent presenter Menzies will retrace trails he blazed earlier behind the wheel of his vintage Volkswagen Kombi, taking note of how much things have changed over the course of half a century. “People die or move on, historic buildings fall down, entire towns go missing—none of which is my fault, because I take only pictures and leave nothing behind but tire tracks and film wrappers.”

Richard Menzies / Symposium Speaker
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Make sure to enter the Give It Your Best Shot photo contest! Awards are given for "People's Choice" (which is chosen by STW participants AND the public!), "Speaker's Choice" which is chosen by a Presenting Judge as well as the "Merit Award" which is also chosen by the same Presenting Judge. All of the entry fees for Give It Your Best Shot are given back to the winners in the form of cash! Winners also receive a certificate signed by the awarding judge as well as have a brief opportunity to say a few words about the chosen photo.

It is a great opportunity to showcase your work and see how it stacks up against other photographers but most of all, it is A LOT of fun!

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 4:45 PM - 5:00 PM

Closing Remarks--as we wind down yet another year of STW, we give thanks to all who attended, all who supported us throughout the year(s) and those who have given their time to volunteer either on planning the event, during the event or both.

Hope to see you again next year!

Brenda N. Heintz
Saturday, March 10th, 2018 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Fill out an evaluation--your feedback matters! (and it is the only way you will get a raffle ticket for prizes)

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Want to win a Canon printer and other amazing raffle prizes? Make sure not to miss our printer giveaway just before our Give It Your Best Shot reception! Must be registered for the Symposium and have filled out an event evaluation in exchange for a raffle ticket. Must be present to win.

Sponsored by Gordon's Photo Service and Shooting the West.

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 5:45 PM - 8:00 PM

Wine and dessert available. Group photo at 6:30 PM

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