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Digital seminars abound in the months ahead  
Wednesday, February 28, 2001 | by
If the idea of spending a week with some of the finest photographers in the world, seeing and using the Nikon D1X, and even meeting me face to face appeals to you, consider attending the Digital Summit Workshop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this April. The Digital Summit event is one of three opportunities to expand your digital horizons this spring (two of which I'm involved in, so note that this article is in part a shameless plug!):

Digital Summit, April 22-27, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The Digital Summit web page describes the week-long workshop as being "about the marriage of creativity, high quality and technology." Thirty attendees will spend Monday through Friday shooting, editing and printing Nikon D1 or D1X digital pictures (Nikon will bring a handful of D1X cameras to the workshop) under the tutelage of some of the best shooters in the business. The faculty includes Jay Maisel, Joe McNally, Dave Black, Chris Johns, Lauren Greenfield and event organizer Rich Clarkson. Digital training and support will be provided principally by two photojournalists rounding out the 8-member faculty: Reed Hoffmann and myself.

Nikon will also be there in force, providing both the digital cameras, some lenses and flashes for use during the workshop, as well as training. Apple has signed on to provide Mac G4 desktops for use at the workshop, Lexar Media will be outfitting attendees with CompactFlash cards and Epson is expected to show up with select inkjet printers.

The intensive event will culminate in a showing of a large prints from the digital photos taken during the workshop. They will be displayed at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. For more information, follow the workshops link on the web site of Rich Clarkson and Associates.

This is the first year of Digital Summit. Rich Clarkson's company stages two other workshops each year that may be of interest to digital and film shooters alike:

The Sports Photography Workshop runs from June 25-30 at the US Olympic Committee training centre in Colorado Springs. Faculty is comprised of staff photographers and editors from Sports Illustrated magazine and the agency Allsport USA. Says Clarkson:

This workshop presents opportunities for participants to photography olympic athletes in training, major league baseball, rodeo, soccer and a variety of other sports during the week with on the spot evaluations and critiques. Special sessions in training include everything from arena strobe setups to remote camera installations to the business and career guidance for freelance sports photographers.

Photography at the Summit runs from October 7-12 and provides instruction in nature and wildlife photography along with sessions in documentary photography. It's held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Says Clarkson:

(This workshop is led by) instructors from the ranks of staff photographers and editors from major magazines along with successful self-employed specialists. This year's faculty will include Steve McCurry and Jodi Cobb of the National Geographic magazine, Keith Bellows, editor in chief of National Geographic Traveler magazine, Michelle Stephenson, director of photography of Time magazine, famed wildlife photographer Tom Mangelsen and freelance photographer Charles Lindsay.

The philosophy of our workshops lies in team teaching in which the faculty represents a variety of the best people in differing specialties along with editors who are the ultimate users of pictures and photographers. In addition to practical career counseling, critiques and specific instruction, these workshops are intended to be great opportunities for networking with the right people. We have been doing these workshops for 16 years now and the number of career advancements that can be attributed to these meetings are pretty spectacular.

For more information, follow the workshops link on the web site of Rich Clarkson and Associates.

Northern Short Course, March 8-10, Hartford, Connecticut

This year's NPPA Northern Short Course features seminars by New York Newsday's John Cornell, as well as myself, on the use of digital cameras in photojournalism. The event, which runs from March 8 - 10 in Hartford, Connecticut, includes a large roster of speakers on digital, location lighting and more. Karl Kuntz of the Columbus Dispatch will also be on hand to instruct on Photoshop, while James Kober of New York Newsday will be discussing colour management.

Other speakers include Joe McNally, Callie Shell, Ron Haviv, Cathaleen Curtiss-Kozak, Adam Pretty, Mike Evans, J. Kyle Keener and Bill Ostendorf.

Note that the Thursday-Friday workshop lineup on the Northern Short Course web site has not been accurate for some time in its description of the sessions that John Cornell and I will be conducting. The content of two of the sessions, those staged by myself and John Cornell, will focus exclusively on the Nikon D1, and not on other cameras, as the web site still indicates for Cornell's session as I write this. Correct descriptions for each session are:

Thursday, March 8, 1PM-4PM: John Cornell, digital expert from New York Newsday, will discuss the use of Fotostation, Bibble and the Nikon D1. Cornell will demonstrate how, using Fotostation and Bibble, Nikon D1 RAW (.NEF) format files can be made to look almost like film. The session will include an introduction to Fotostation, which Cornell believes is a viable alternative to Photoshop for news photographer use.

Friday, March 9, 9AM-Noon: Rob Galbraith, digital trainer and photojournalist, will demonstrate the optimum way to use Nikon's flagship digital SLR, the Nikon D1. This in-depth session will cover making reliable flash exposures with the SB-28DX, getting the best colour possible from the camera, as well as basic card and battery management. Attendees will leave the session with a 20 page handout.

Online registration wraps up March 1, though NSC registration chairman Ken Bizzigotti will be accepting emailed or faxed registrations until no later than Sunday, March 4. After that, registration will take place on site in Hartford. See the Northern Short Course web site for more information.

Photographic Storytelling in a Digital World, May 6-11, Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida

One of the many fine learning opportunities at the Poynter Institute each year, Photographic Storytelling in a Digital World looks at how digital imaging affects the telling of stories visually. If you want to participate, move quickly: the application deadline is March 1. Poynter's Kenny Irby offers this description of the session:

Digital imaging has brought new capabilities and challenges to visual storytelling. In this seminar, photographers, photo editors, and other visual journalists will learn the latest digital imaging concepts and methods. You'll study advanced practices in effective photographic storytelling, editing, and presentation. You'll learn strategies for collaborating with colleagues and developing your own visual thinking abilities. You'll explore the challenges of ethical decision making and diversity in the 21st century.

Guest Faculty for this seminar will include Reed Hoffmann, freelance photographer and digital consultant; Vincent Laforet, staff photographer, The New York Times; Regina McCombs, multimedia editor,; and Keith Jenkins, photo editor, Washington Post Magazine. The tuition is only $400 and that includes your hotel stay. (Come to St. Petersburg early or stay late and enjoy our white sugar sand beaches.)

For more information, or to receive an application form by fax, contact Jennette Smith at +1 888-769-6837 or It's also possible to apply online.

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