Presentations

More Information About the 2023 Conference is Coming Late 2022 / Early 2023.

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More Information About the 2023 Conference is Coming Late 2022 / Early 2023.

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FriDAY May 27th

Autumn Whiteway

Autumn Whiteway

Indigenous Perspectives on Nature Photography

Autumn Whiteway (Night Singing Woman) is a Saulteaux/Métis artist, photographer, curator and archaeologist. Join her as she discusses Indigenous perspectives on photography and protocols that will foster deeper connections with the land and non-human kin.

Adam Gibbs

Adam Gibbs

30 Years of Nature Photography: A Retrospective

A retrospective look into Adam’s career as a professional photographer spanning thirty years. In this presentation, Adam will share images and insights into where it all started and what has changed over the last thirty years of his photographic career. Is he a photographer or YouTuber or a combination of both?

SaturDAY May 28th

Shane Turgeon

Shane Turgeon

Nature Photography for Better Mental Health

These days our mental health could use a little breathing room. From the pandemic to social media, the state of unrest and divide in the world and the amplification of our general, day-to-day stressors such as job or relationship anxiety - the list is endless. Join Shane Turgeon as he touches on a variety of nature photography styles, from astrophotography to wildlife to intimates and abstracts and more, and how and why they’ve each become a major part of his mental health toolbox.

Joe Desjardins

Joe Desjardins

Photographing Canadian Wildlife: A Guide to Better Wildlife Images

Joe will cover all the bases to get you on your way to photographing Canadian Wildlife. Topics that will be covered include: what’s in the camera bag, settings and techniques, composition and light, exposure and focus, and other tips and tricks! You will leave with a better understanding on how to capture the diversity of Canadian Wildlife.

Klyment Tan

Klyment Tan

Weaponizing Uncertainty: Freeing Creativity Through Colour and Data

As photographers we want happy accidents and discoveries - not disasters. Slow drives, data loss and wonky colour sap energy from the creative process. Klyment and Janet discuss effective ways for photographers to reclaim that mental energy by building a robust technical toolkit so you can get back to exploring the outdoors.

Monika Deviat

Monika Deviat

Night Vision: The Art of Lurking in the Dark

Learn how to embrace all of the uncomfortable aspects of lurking in the dark while creating stunning night sky photos. Monika will discuss where her creative ideas for nightscapes come from, how she plans for compositions, and how she sees what she wants to capture in the dark. Monika's presentation will include taking advantage of spontaneous moments, having backup plans, and being best prepared for risks and the unexpected.

Jim Brompton

Jim Brompton

Using Filters: Getting it Right in Camera

Kase Filters Ambassador Jim Brompton discusses everything you need to know about using filters! Jim’s presentation will touch on the importance of circular polarizers, using multiple graduated filters and the difference between hard and soft grads, and how to use filters to increase your creativity, control the light, and create impactful images. Jim will also discuss the newest, innovative systems from Kase filters and the differences between Kase and other brands.

Viktoria Haack

Viktoria Haack

The Great Escape: Nature as Inspiration, Teacher and Leveler
Nikon Canada Ambassador Viktoria Haack is highly respected for her use of nature in her work and in this presentation Viktoria will explore how nature influences and inspires her work across the many genres she shoots. She will cover concepts such as the art of seeing the invisible (creating mood by feeling over seeing), “distilling down” by using the processes of exclusion and simplification, photography and mindfulness and more.

SUNDAY May 29th

Mark Jinks

Mark Jinks

Nights of Wonder: Seeking Out the Northern Lights

Mark Jinks will explain his process in seeking out the northern lights, what variables to look for in the data, best places to go for viewing, and he’ll also share some stories and experiences from the last decade of chasing the aurora.

Beth Allen

Beth Allen

Photographing Stormy Weather without Dying
Have you ever noticed the incredible light that shows up around bad weather? Have you ever wanted to photograph thunderstorms, lightning, and other stormy summer weather but also want to be careful of lightning, hail, tornadoes, and more? This presentation will give you an overview of storm photography, some of the tools that make it easier, safety so you don’t accidentally total your vehicle in hail, as well as editing and processing tips and tricks. No weather knowledge is necessary to participate.
Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones

The Art of Simplicity: A Minimalist Approach to Creating Stronger Images

Learn to use the creative techniques of minimalism to intentionally account for every inch of your frame. Discover how to minimize clutter, work with negative space, and master visual balance to boost the overall impact of your compositions. Working in a clean visual style you will learn to look for strong anchors, shapes, and lines while eliminating visual distractions. Curtis will share his experiences and images from some of the world’s most remote destinations to help kick-start your journey toward simplified, cleaner photographs that capture the essence of our world.

Marc Koegel

Marc Koegel

Fine-Art Expressive Black and White Photography

Fine-Art means photographing for the love of it, with no boundaries placed on your creativity. Expressive means creating personally meaningful photographs that satisfy your soul, not a client nor instagram followers. Join international award-winning photographer Marc Koegel as he talks about how he creates black and white photographs, starting in the field and ending with the final print. Marc strives to create photographs about things, rather than of things. He works exclusively in black and white, and often uses techniques such as long exposures, intentional camera movement and multiple exposures. Rather than detailed how-to's or recipes, however, Marc aims his presentation to serve as an example of how you can practice photography in a way that is meaningful and satisfying to you, listening to your own individual voice and character, likes and dislikes. This can be accomplished at any skill level and with any camera.

Panel Discussion

Social Media and It’s Impacts on Our Creativity and Mental Health
These days it seems like social media is both a blessing and a curse. It allows us to share our work, connect with our audience and customers and meet other like-minded photographers. It can also inspire us through the work of our peers and those who inspire us. But there’s a darker side to photography and social media that seems to be lurking ever closer to the surface - algorithmic dominance, competition with other photographers, the rise of the influencer and the time required to get ahead can have disastrous consequences on our mental health. Our panel of presenters discuss the pros, the pitfalls and the ways they stay sane through it all. 
The Lightchasers Conference 2022 had so many wonderful speakers who re-sparked my interest in photography. I have been to many other photo conferences over the years but this was the first one that all the speakers brought so much to the table - all were great speakers, fabulous photographers and really inspired me again! I fully recommend that photographers, regardless of skill level, should attend Lightchasers Conference 2023!
Sharlene Stanley
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