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August 10–14, 2022 | Tucson, AZ

2019 Photography Instructors

 

Curt Fargo

Curt Fargo has been photographing for over 40 years. Curt graduated from the Naval School of Photography, and served six years as a Naval photographer, photographing a wide variety of subjects throughout the world. He still enjoys shooting and teaching photography. Curt entered the service side of photography in 1980, when he graduated from National Camera Repair School. Since then he has been an educator, supplier, publisher, manufacturer, and author in the camera repair industry. In 2000 Curt became deeply involved in sensor cleaning, training camera repair technicians on safe and proper sensor cleaning techniques, and advocating for all photographers to be able to clean their own sensors. Curt is the co-author of www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com.

Steve Gettle

Over the course of his 30-year career, Steve Gettle has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs capturing nature’s beauty around us. Steve’s images communicate his love for the wildlife and the wild places of our world. Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including: Museum of Natural History London, The American Museum of Natural History in New York, as well as two solo shows at The National Center for Nature Photography. Steve’s work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications including: The National Geographic Society, Canadian Geographic, Audubon, Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, Birder’s World, Nature’s Best, Wild Bird, and Natural History. Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen as Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a multiple award winner honored in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as often recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest. Steve especially enjoys sharing his knowledge through both private and group location-based experiences focused on individual nature photography development in once-in-a-lifetime locations. In addition to his own photo tours and workshops Steve has given presentations and led workshops for organizations around the country including: North American Nature Photographers Association, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Adirondack Photography Institute, and the Photographic Society of America. Steve Gettle is an engaging and inspiring speaker. Each year Steve presents his lecture series at various regional and national photography conventions and gatherings. He is prepared to speak on a variety of photographic and creative topics. Additionally, his one-day nature photography seminar “The Art of Nature Photography” is both educational and entertaining. Consider working with Steve to present the seminar in your area as a fund raiser for your organization. Steve donates his time and work to multiple environmental and educational groups every year.

Brian Gibbons

Brian Gibbons grew up in suburban Dallas where he began exploring the wild world in his local creeks and parks. Birds are now his primary interest, but all things wild continue to captivate him. For many years, Brian’s field research has involved banding. His most amazing recoveries were a female Wilson’s Warbler that had been banded in Alaska and was captured by Brian in Colorado, and a Sooty Tern that perished after a hurricane on the Texas coast; it had plied the Gulf of Mexico and the oceans of the world for 24 years. Brian’s recreational birdseeking has taken him to Machu Picchu in Peru, the Great Wall in China, and the Himalayas in Nepal. Brian leads tours for VENT in Mexico and the United States.

Daniel Grayson

Dano has spent a lifetime getting close to nature and having worked on projects with the government of Peru, San Diego Zoo, and USGS and has been allowed access to some of the most wild places. The pictures shown during this presentation are an archive of adventure travel and science and he hopes to show the world the beauty of biodiversity through the use of his non-invasive photography methods. More information on Dano and sample images from this presentation can be found at http://www.danograyson.com/

 

 

Henry Johnson

Henry Johnson is a birder and photographer from Tucson Arizona. He and his wife, DJ, spend time both in the greater Tucson area and on Mt Lemmon. For more, see his website and blog at www.mtlemmonazimages.com. He is a Tucson Audubon member and volunteer.

 

 

 

Kevin Karlson

Kevin Karlson is an accomplished birder, author, professional tour leader and wildlife photographer/instructor. He is a regular at Bird and Nature festivals in North America, where he gives keynote presentations, workshops on bird identification, and photo instruction. Kevin’s books include The Shorebird Guide (2007); Birding by Impression: A Different Approach to Bird Identification (2015); Birds of Prey (2017) (all three Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers); and Gulls Simplified: A Comparative Identification Approach (Princeton University Press, 2018). Photography books include The Birds of Cape May and Visions: Earth’s Elements in Bird and Nature Photography (Schiffer Publishing). Kevin also produced six photographic laminated foldout ID guides for Quick Reference Publishing (Raptors of Eastern and Western North America (2012); Waterfowl of North America (2013); Warblers of North America (2016); Shorebirds of North America (2014); and Owls and Nightjars of North America (2017). While officially retired, Kevin continues to lead select tours and photo workshops for his company Jaeger Tours, and for Wildside Nature Tours.

Ben Knoot

Ben started birding and bird photography at the age of 8 while living in California. Growing up in the hustle and bustle of city life, Ben dreamt of getting out to explore the natural world, ideally with his camera. He attended college in Washington State and since graduating in 2018, has joined Tropical Birding as a tour guide. Though he spends much of his time abroad, he proudly calls Marana, Arizona his home and loves photographing the local avifauna.

 

 

Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell is a multi-award-winning photographer from Scottsdale, Arizona. She is best known for her evocative images that create both a visual and emotional connection for the viewer. Lisa works to create not just a photograph—but a moving experience with nature. Lisa’s images have been published in magazines, newspapers, and other works including Arizona Highways, Ranger Rick, Phoenix Home & Garden, Images Arizona, Arizona Wildlife Views, and many more. Her work has also earned honors and awards from the National Wildlife Federation, North American Nature Photography Association, Professional Photographer’s Association, Arizona Highways, and others. Lisa is a member of several prominent photography organizations and sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. She works hard to support both nature and the people who photograph it. As a nature photographer, Lisa is also passionate about environmental cleanup and preservation. She is the founder of Picture It Clean (http://www.pictureitclean.org), a non-profit organization that mobilizes nature photographers and their friends to assist in trash cleanup events nationally. It helps more intimately connect photographers with their local habitats and fosters a symbiotic relationship with both the lands we use for photography and the life that resides within them. In addition to photography, Lisa is deeply passionate about providing excellent photography instruction. As a former Educational Psychologist, Lisa worked for years with children with special needs. By learning scientifically backed methods that work best to teach children with special needs, she also discovered techniques and best practices for teaching youth and adults. She loves to make learning fun, engaging, discovery-based, and interactive. As a photography instructor, she thoroughly enjoys teaching classes and workshops locally, nationally, and online. Participants are drawn to her unique topics, locations and excursions, but especially for her helpful instruction provided in a vibrant, sincere, and supportive approach as they progress in their own journeys with photography.

Marc Morris

A 21 year veteran of the photo imaging industry, I started as a custom color and chem tech in a film lab and learned color theory through Kodak’s Q-lab curriculum before ever owning a camera. After accidentally breaking (and therefore purchasing) the first camera I ever borrowed, I was hooked. Jewerly, weddings and portraits graduated to skateboarding and the Winter X Games. I have been in the field since 2008 and worked for Olympus and Sony before finally joining forces with Tamron, where I get to play with all the glass…something that makes my inner nerd very happy. Landmarks I’m proud of: I’ve sold cameras to a Beatle, been technical advisor to no less than a dozen Pulitzer prize winning photographers, am currently one of the instructors for the National Parks Night Skies photographic workshop series…and I was there with 15 others in the Rainbow Room when the birth of the modern mirrorless camera genre was announced by Panasonic; during which I became the first person in the world to shoot a panoramic of the New York City skyline with a mirrorless camera. From analog to binary, I’m a lifer and it’s a good think my kids are nerds, too, they have lots to put up with!

Steven Siegel

Steve Siegel has been a birder since he was 10 years old and had to ride a street car to bird in a St. Louis park.  He became interested in video in the 1990s when, watching a displaying Common Nighthawk, he thought “What a good way to capture the bottom of that dive.”  His first video camera was attached by a cable to a recorder slung over the shoulder, and he has filmed with every generation of camcorder and digital video camera since. Steve has filmed birds in every corner of North America, and in the tropics. He feels that bird video is the forgotten sister in the wildlife imaging family and hopes to help popularize it.  His footage has appeared in productions by The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic, James Currie’s Birding Adventures TV and has been featured on The Today Show.  He was a cameraman and editorial consultant for Fox Pictures “The Big Year”.  He currently shoots with a Panasonic Lumix GH-5 and 100-400 zoom. You can see some of his video on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/channels/304545/183254108 or on the website www.ravenonthemountain.com.  Steve and his wife, Wendy, live in Albuquerque, NM where they are thrilled to finally be in the West.

Stephen Vaughan

Stephen Vaughan is a professional photographer and ornithologist. He has been photographing and studying natural history for more than 40 years. His photographs have been published in numerous books, magazines and calendars from publications including National Geographic, Audubon, and Arizona Highways.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Zwiebel

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447