creative OPPORTUNITIES to learn and grow

PhotoExpo Moose Peterson, Patrick Murphy Racey, David Bergman, Miles Witt Boyer, Alex Kent, Robert Trawick, DGuy Maynard

PHOTOCON 2022

PhotoCon 2022 is in its 9th year and is the largest photography and imaging show in the region. Join us for a three-day interactive complete immersion into all things photography. Photographers, Models, Food Trucks, Manufacturer Reps, Trade Show, Hands-On Workshops, Formal Classes, Photo Booths, Door Prizes, Photo Critiques, Contests and so much more! 


I'll be a speaker and MC and this year's Expo, so I hope to see you there!


The Creative Eye

Some say that a person "has the eye" for taking great photos. It's true that some have a natural talent for creating interesting and impactful images, but composition is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. We will cover time-tested principles of design and creativity, but will go well beyond "the rule of thirds". These lessons can apply to most forms of photography, as well as many other visual art forms. This presentation is designed for all levels of photographers and artists with any type of camera.


Use code: alex at checkout for special show pricing

https://www.bedfords.com/photocon2022


PHOTOCON 2022

PhotoCon 2022 is in its 9th year and is the largest photography and imaging show in the region. Join us for a three-day interactive complete immersion into all things photography. Photographers, Models, Food Trucks, Manufacturer Reps, Trade Show, Hands-On Workshops, Formal Classes, Photo Booths, Door Prizes, Photo Critiques, Contests and so much more! 


I'll be a speaker and MC and this year's Expo, so I hope to see you there!


The Creative Eye

Some say that a person "has the eye" for taking great photos. It's true that some have a natural talent for creating interesting and impactful images, but composition is a skill that can be learned and improved upon. We will cover time-tested principles of design and creativity, but will go well beyond "the rule of thirds". These lessons can apply to most forms of photography, as well as many other visual art forms. This presentation is designed for all levels of photographers and artists with any type of camera.


Use code: alex at checkout for special show pricing

https://www.bedfords.com/photocon2022

“Great balance of information and inspiration. Alex is great - knows the material and is very personable!”


AOPC - August meeting- Jp Stones, Photographer


Virtual ONLY (Zoom) Arkansas Outdoor Photographer's Club meeting:

August 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

You must be a paid member of the AOPC to attend.


Great storytelling can help your audience connect emotionally with your images. But understanding how to weave a narrative into your photography can be confusing. How can one photo tell a whole story, with a beginning, middle, and end?


JP has spent the last 5 years photographing the same group of Mexica, or Aztec, dancers. In that time he learned how connected the Mexica are to their mythology. To stories passed down across generations. That’s when he decided that, as these stories were so vital to Mexica culture, they needed to play a bigger role in his portraits.

This is a talk is about what happened next. About how a desire to tell stories visually, ended up changing his entire creative process, and the way people react to his photos. Using examples from his cultural photography work in Mexico, JP Stones explores different ways to improve that emotional connection. Including how myths and character archetypes can be harnessed for better storytelling.


Working with narratives won’t just change the way people engage with your photos, it will fundamentally change the way you create them. Because that narrative can also be used to guide decisions on posing, composition, lighting, and color. Focusing your creative decisions and ensuring you create cohesive work.


JP has presented for professional organizations and camera clubs across the US, Mexico, and the UK. His work has been featured on the cover of multiple publications, including Good Light Magazine. He’s been teaching his Photo Workshops for close to 10 years.


TOPICS DISCUSSED IN JP’S TALK 

  • How much of a story can one photo really tell?
  • How being more intentional can changed your approach to photography.
  • How photography can be about making an emotional connection as well as creating beautiful work.
  • How thinking in stories can help guide your entire creative decision-making process.

Find out more about the AOPC.


Alex taking photos of multi colored red mountains at Valley of Fire St Park. Image by Lee Lee Arts + Design

AOPC - September- TEaching meeting


September 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Have you ever wondered what a setting on your camera is or how to use it? With all the advancements in features, it can often leave people with many questions.

Although it is not essential to know every setting on your camera, knowing what features can help while in the field and how to access them quickly is helpful. In September’s meeting, Alex Kent and Bobby Burton will attempt to answer those questions. We encourage attendees to bring their cameras so that we can help give a hands on explanation. So please join us as we cater toward the learning side of things, which is the root of AOPC.


Anyone interested in outdoor photography is welcome to come to a meeting and then decide if they'd like to officially join.


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AOPC - Oct meeting- Nick Dawson


OCTOBER 20 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Nick Dawson is a long-time AOPC member, past president, and treasurer/secretary and he and his wife love to travel. Growing up in the UK he visited many European counties with his parents as a youth and being an avid photographer from age 11 captured lots of great memories. In adulthood, he and fellow AOPC past-president Cindy, his wife, continue to find interesting places to travel to, both in the US and abroad. Now retired, new photographic opportunities

await!


Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands Adventure Cruise

Having a degree in environmental biology Nick had always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of mainland Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean. He achieved that dream in April 2019 and visited Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, and took a trip into the Andes before and after taking a small cruise ship to visit seven of the islands that make up the Galapagos Conservation Park. His presentation will cover all aspects of the trip, from logistics, photographic equipment recommended and geography/geology and of course many images of the fauna and flora of these wondrous islands.

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Alex taking photos of multi colored red mountains at Valley of Fire St Park. Image by Lee Lee Arts + Design

AOPC - nov meeting- bobby burton


november 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Bobby Burton started landscape photography sometime in 2011, which has since grown into an extreme passion leading him to many new places around the United States.

He will be sharing a presentation detailing his creative journey through photography from the beginning to where he currently has found enjoyment. This presentation will be centered around how he got into photography, what drew him even more, and what aspects helped shape his creativity as he learned more.

Additionally, he will share tips on how to help find your creative path, what to avoid online, and how to enjoy the moments you see. Lastly, how to keep learning, not

settling, and continue to add layers to your portfolio.


Find out more about the AOPC.

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