14-17 March 2020 - The NEC, Birmingham
 

Talks + Demos

To help spark your creativity and improve your skills, for everyone passionate about photography and moving image. Talks + demos are free to attend and don't need to be booked, except Super Stage sessions which you can book via the ticket page.

 

Behind the Lens

14 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    How to make a living from leading photographic tours and safaris

    Toby Jermyn explains how you can start making a living (or at the very least supplementing your existing income) from leading photo tours and safaris as a wildlife photographer.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    The art of adventure

    Karl Holtby will discuss the art of adventure in photography, how going that little bit further in to the landscape can reward us with unique and sometimes previous undocumented vistas.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Light painting with a drone

    Discover the world of light painting with drones! Pro drone pilot and filmmaker Carys has created some stunning images using the darkness, a drone and a DSLR. Learn everything you'll need to start getting creative even once the light has faded.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    The wonders of the night skies

    Alyn Wallace's inspirational session will leave you with the knowledge of how to capture your own dream night sky image.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Prime landscapes

    Jeremy Walker shows how shooting with prime lenses enables him to concentrate on the landscape he's shooting, rather than getting caught up in the technical elements of photography.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    As free as a bird

    Learn from 2019's Bird Photographer of the Year Caron Steele about about the techniques for wildlife photography that took her from novice to award-winner in five years.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Approaching wildlife photography trips like a pro

    Join professional wildlife photographer Tom Mason for a talk looking at how to develop your images whilst travelling. Pick up tips for your wildlife photography as Tom explores how to come back from any trip with a portfolio of images to be proud of.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    Being in the moment

    Our hurried lives mean we're seeing less and less of the beautiful world around us. Vanda Ralevska believes photography can change that and allow us to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Come along to this session and learn how to slow down...

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    How to take better travel photos

    In this session, Laurence Norah will provide tips for taking better travel photos, including planning a trip, composition, and choosing the right photography gear.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Portraits of mental health

    In this session, Alex Benyon will discuss his ongoing mental health awareness portrait project, how it started, it's goals and aims, as well as the technical and psychological process for capturing each portrait.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    From weddings in Sussex to speedboats in Switzerland

    A chance chat at a go-cart track took Lisa from her comfort zone of weddings and portraits to the pressure of capturing an unrepeatable historic event. Here, Lisa will talk about the skills adaptation needed and the problems overcome along the way.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    East and west

    From abandoned towns of the Dakotas and Montana, to elemental landscapes in Japan and the vastness of China's Yellow Mountain - join Paul Gallagher on this visual journey to explore these three very different environments that left him spellbound.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    This is the news: Two decades in photojournalism

    From warzones to poultry shows, Olympics to elections, a press photographer is expected to be able to turn their hand to whatever faces them. Leon Neal shares some of the stories behind how he got the images that were seen across the world.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    On the road: Life in sports photography

    Russ Ellis gets to combine his two main hobbies - cycling and photography - for a living, and travel the globe to boot. Hear how he mixes styles to tell the story of the race, how he got into this work, and gives insight into life on the road.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Eyewitness: A global movement to preserve memory through the printed image

    Our brains only remember things for good in certain ways - printed images is one. Eyewitness invites you to help reverse the damage of a digital-dominated society, by reasserting the need to preserve memory through real photographs.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Through the night

    Shooting at night with action all around you, what do you choose to capture? Lara Platman delves into her passion for night time photography, covering the importance of being patient, understanding your subject matter, and also the beauty of waiting.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Creating a pictorial legacy as a wedding and social photographer

    Kevin explains how his candid style enables him to create a legacy for his wedding and social family clients. Discover how he works with available light to create storytelling images based on the core principles of good light, composition and moment.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    100 tips for prize-winning close-up and macro photography

    Learn all about close-up and macro photography as Tracy Calder shares 100 tips gleaned from the top 100 entrants to year one of the Close-up Photographer of the Year.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Lighting the landscape

    Marcus McAdam looks at how to use available light effectively in a landscape environment to inject drama, atmosphere and impact into your images. Learn to identify and predict the best light and how to make the most of it to bring your subject alive.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    From Mandela to Clint Eastwood

    Photojournalism and film stills are seemingly photographic opposites. Join Keith Bernstein for his fascinating insights into these realms as he shows the surprising similarities, with images of some of the world's biggest film stars.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    How pictures can save a species

    In this talk, award-winning wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas and Remembering Wildlife founder Margot Raggett discuss how they both successfully use photography to shine a spotlight on conservation issues.

  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    How to become a successful destination wedding photographer

    Pippa Mackenzie delves into the world of destination wedding, sharing her insight on how to break into this market and the realities of what's involved.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Fine art self portraits - the making of an unknown series

    Join Steven for this in-depth talk on the creative process of making a personal self portrait series. He discusses how he's gone about translating his vision into finished images and the technical process involved in photographing yourself.

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