The Life, Adventure – in this inspiring talk, Dave will present images from his travels/adventures from around the world, including not only far-flung destinations like Egypt, Nepal, Greenland, but also from adventures within Canada, including the High Arctic. Rather than just being a travel slideshow, Dave will discuss topics like “why do we explore?”, “the ethics of travel photography”, and how you can find adventure within your own local area.
The Light, Fantastic – In this talk focused on the art of portraiture, will discuss why you should not only understand all kinds of light, but embrace shifting conditions, as well – even light conditions that some might shy away from. But more than simply a talk on light, this talk aims to look deeper into what portraiture is and why it is so important.
Tones of Grace/Place – Dave is the founder and editor of both Tones ofGrace and Tones of Place, online communities of black and white portrait and landscape photography enthusiasts. In this talk, Dave will discuss the art and craft of B+W nature and portrait photography including discussions on composition, minimalism, tones, contrast, and learning from the masters.
Family Matters – A lot of serious photographers shudder at the mention of family portraiture. In this talk, Dave will explain why he went from being completely adverse to the concept of family photography to making it one of the cornerstones of what he captures.
David begins the day with an inspiring discussion of his photographs, and his journey as a photographer, before talking about the role of photographic vision and what it means to recognize, explore, and develop the way we see.
Light, Lines, and Moments
Vision is important, but it needs to be expressed: how well we do that depends not on how well we use the buttons and dials on the camera, but on how well we use our raw materials: light, lines, and moments. This discussion about composition and storytelling will free you from the so-called rules and encourage you to take a new look at the visual language.
Making the Image – Creativity and the Camera
Photographs are made, not taken, and this session is a candid talk about the creative process and the way we build a photograph.
Vision and Voice – The Digital Darkroom
There are three images that go into the final photograph – the one the photographer envisions, the one she makes with her camera, and the one that gets refined in the digital darkroom. How well we do the latter two determines how close that final image expresses the first. Join David as he walks us through his vision-driven workflow.