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Conservation Photography

Our goal is to help people join us in our mission to explore, explain, and sustain life. Join us in telling visual stories on conservation issues. Direct your passion for photography towards purposeful change in the world.

BigPicture Competition

The 2014 competition is now closed for submissions.


Stay tuned to hear more about the winning photographs! The awards ceremony will take place on July 31, 2014 at NightLife (21+ event).


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Conservation Photography Class
Adobe Lightroom for the Nature Photographer

Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager

Sunday July 27th 1:00pm to 4:00pm
In this class you will be introduced to Adobe Lightroom and taken through the various modules that make it an essential part of your photographic workflow. We will start with the basic layout and move through an introduction to various aspects of each feature that make it such an incredibly useful tool for your process. Along the way, you will learn some of the hidden secrets that help you to organize your images and to edit them in the digital darkroom. We’ll touch on the use of external drives, backup options such as cloud storage as well as simple web publishing right out of lightroom. Topics will also include, catalogs, keywording and metadata, rating systems and shortcuts. A strong digital assets management can save you a lot of time on the computer so that you can spend more time with your camera. We will also discuss how to transfer existing collections and organizational systems to Adobe Lightroom so that you can take advantage of this all-in-one tool. We’ll also cover some of the important extended concepts such as color profiles, bit depth, calibration and printer profiles.

Please Note: Entrance is via the Academy's Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Reservations: Members: $40, General $50. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831


 

Conservation Photography Class
Fundamentals of Exposure

Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager

Sunday, August 10th at 1:00pm
In this three-hour classroom presentation, you will learn about the inner workings of your DSLR camera. This class is designed as an overview to help you better understand your camera, the digital workflow and how to make better images. We cover basic features of the DSLR camera to include choosing lenses and filters, ISO, white balance, shutter, aperture and program modes, EV, exposure, bracketing, focusing, resolution, histograms and more. The main objective is to help you understand the fundamentals of exposure so that you can get your camera out of auto mode and start making images the way you want them to look. Once you have the skills to get the correct exposure under any conditions, we can shift our efforts to proper techniques for focus, light metering, depth of field and some basic rules of composition.

Please Note: Entrance is via the Academy's Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. You will not be permitted entry at the front door. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Reservations: Members: $40, General $50. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831


 

Conservation Photography Class
Next Steps: Beyond The Auto Mode of your DSLR

Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager

Sunday, September 21 at 1:00pm
Go beyond the auto mode of your DSLR. We will explore the fundamentals necessary to understand when to use shutter or aperture priority and even give you the tools to start exploring full control of your photographic techniques in the manual mode of your DSLR. We will explore the way the aperture, shutter and ISO settings interact to control light and give you the exposure you desire. We will also look at how these three elements effect the depth of field, motion blur and grain effects in your images. Conservation photography is a vision of photography that has a long history with a new purpose. Typically, pressing the shutter defines the photographer with planning and execution culminating in the photograph. A conservation photographer’s work begins once they click the shutter. It’s what you do with these images that matters as it takes you into the active roll of effecting conservation for the natural world.

Please Note: Entrance is via the Academy's Staff and Research Entrance at the back door located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early.

Reservations: Members: $40, General $50. Seating is limited and advanced ticketing is required. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831


 

Conservation Photography Overnight Excursion
In The Spotlight: Lassen National Park

Gary Sharlow, Photographer, Education Manager

Saturday & Sunday June 13, 14 2015 from 8am to 8pm
Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to mold the land. Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered. The remarkable hydrothermal features in Lassen Volcanic National Park include roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground. Water from rain and snow that falls on the highlands of the park feed the hydrothermal system. Once deep underground, the water is heated by a body of hot or molten rock beneath Lassen Peak. Rising hot water boils to form boiling pools and mud pots. Super-heated steam reaches the surface through fractures in the earth to form fumaroles such as those found at Bumpass Hell and Sulphur Works. In this two day excursion you will be joined by a professional photographer who will guide you to some the most photographic spots on the mountain while also helping you learn the inner workings of your camera and offering tips on how to create stunning nature images. This trip will be kept to a small group and you will be driven to the trail heads by your guide. Leave your car at the lodging grounds and kick back for a full day of guided adventure.

Your instructor will be lodging at Hat Creek Resort. You are welcome to book cabins, tent sites or bring your own RV. You will be contacted by your guide before the trip so that you know how to meet up and where to board the van on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8am. At the end of the day on Sunday, you will be brought back to the meeting location.

Reservations: Members: $200, General $225. Space is limited and advanced ticketing is required.  (Ages 18+ must be able to hike 5-10 miles each day at a class 5 strenuous level.) Please buy your tickets in advance to avoid a trip cancellation. To reserve a place today, buy a Member or Non-Member ticket online or over the phone at 1-877-227-1831


 

Our Real World Meetup Community

Consider this your invitation to join our virtual community that can serve as way for all of us to stay in touch as a photography community. If you who are new to Meetup, they describe their service as such: “Meetup.com helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.” We would love to have you join our group and spread the word to fellow photographers. We can use this platform to announce free real world gatherings to grow our community and plan times to get together with new friends that you may have made through the Academy photography workshops. Speaking of workshops, we’ll also announce upcoming Academy workshops through the service as well as on the Academy site. We hope you will join the group and spread the word so we can grow our community.

Please visit us online so we can make plans to get together in the real world!

Our Real World Meetup Community

Consider this your invitation to join our virtual community that can serve as way for all of us to stay in touch as a photography community. If you who are new to Meetup, they describe their service as such: “Meetup.com helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.” We would love to have you join our group and spread the word to fellow photographers. We can use this platform to announce free real world gatherings to grow our community and plan times to get together with new friends that you may have made through the Academy photography workshops. Speaking of workshops, we’ll also announce upcoming Academy workshops through the service as well as on the Academy site. We hope you will join the group and spread the word so we can grow our community.

Please visit us online so we can make plans to get together in the real world!


 

Conservation Photography Flickr Pool

The second most requested thing from our workshop participants, beyond ways to continue to get together in person, has been for ways to post the images taken in our workshops to an online site where we could offer each other feedback on our images and technique. This can also be used to open up topics of conversation about anything photography related. We hope you will consider posting some of the images you took through our workshops, and we look forward to seeing more of your nature related photography through this group. A bonus of contributing to the flickr pool is that they joined forces with Getty images giving you a professional service from which to sell your images. If you’re good, they will find you!

Check Out & Join Our Flickr Pool


















Big Picture: Natural World
A Photography Competition

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco will launch its inaugural Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition in October 2013. This International photo competition will spotlight conservation with an esteemed panel of judges and significant prizes to be awarded. Spotlighting the work of conservation photographers from around the world, the competition will focus a visual lens on the Academy’s mission to explore, explain and sustain life, raising one simple yet profound call to action: What on Earth have you photographed?

Chaired by award-winning photographer and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers Suzi Eszterhas, the competition welcomes professional-level, high-caliber nature, wildlife and conservation images and is open to all photographers who aim to capture the beauty and fragility of the natural world through an artistic lens.

Launching October 1, 2013 the Big Picture competition entry period will run through March 31, 2014 and paid image submissions will be accepted online at BigPictureCompetition.org. Please note that website content will go live in July 2013. The competition seeks submissions in the following categories:

1. Land Mammals
2. Birds
3. Insects, Reptiles, Marine Mammals, Fish and Amphibians
4. Waterscapes, Landscapes and Plant Life
5. Conservation Imagery

Big Picture also aims to inspire the next generation of conservationists in its two unique youth-oriented categories, giving young people the opportunity to enter photos that capture their interpretations of the natural world.

The Grand Prize and Category winners and their work will be honored at an awards ceremony, currently slated for May 29, 2014 at the Academy, and they will receive significant cash and camera prizes. A panel of esteemed judges, comprised of renowned international photographers, photo editors and conservationists, will include: Daniel Beltrá (Madrid, Spain), Klausse Nigge (Luenen, Germany), Thomas Peschack (Cape Town, South Africa), David Liittschwager (San Francisco, California), Clay Bolt (Easley, South Carolina), Tui De Roy (South Island, New Zealand), Ian Shive (Los Angeles, California), Kathy Moran (Washington D.C.), and Jury Chair Suzi Eszterhas (San Francisco, California).

The Academy curates an ongoing suite of conservation photography workshops and lectures featuring prominent photographers, scientists, naturalists and conservationists, offering visitors the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussions around the nature of life and the science and sustainability of our planet. Big Picture encourages photographers from around the world to contribute their work to this competition that will both celebrate and illustrate the rich diversity of life on Earth and inspire action to protect and conserve it.

 

Our Real World Meetup Community

Consider this your invitation to join our virtual community that can serve as way for all of us to stay in touch as a photography community. If you who are new to Meetup, they describe their service as such: “Meetup.com helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.” We would love to have you join our group and spread the word to fellow photographers. We can use this platform to announce free real world gatherings to grow our community and plan times to get together with new friends that you may have made through the Academy photography workshops. Speaking of workshops, we’ll also announce upcoming Academy workshops through the service as well as on the Academy site. We hope you will join the group and spread the word so we can grow our community.

Please visit us online so we can make plans to get together in the real world!


 

Conservation Photography Flickr Pool

The second most requested thing from our workshop participants, beyond ways to continue to get together in person, has been for ways to post the images taken in our workshops to an online site where we could offer each other feedback on our images and technique. This can also be used to open up topics of conversation about anything photography related. We hope you will consider posting some of the images you took through our workshops, and we look forward to seeing more of your nature related photography through this group. A bonus of contributing to the flickr pool is that they joined forces with Getty images giving you a professional service from which to sell your images. If you’re good, they will find you!

Check Out & Join Our Flickr Pool

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