Join professional landscape photographer Nic Stover for this session to talk about an area of photography that is hard to quantify, takes some time to discover, but is part of the process. “I was lost but now I am found – The Discovery of our artistic vision as a creative”

Together we work to understand how you might navigate the formation of your own artistic and creative vision as a photographer.

1. What vision is and what vision is NOT.  

2. The path you might follow towards your discovery of your vision. What parts are processes and what parts are simply undefinable.

3. The cohesion of action and principles and how they work together.

4. How clarity might be the most important part of this journey and where you can get more of it on a regular basis.

5. How there are few formulas to find your vision but plenty of ways to rule things out that won’t work for you.

6. The pitfalls you might encounter along the way (Trying to seek clarity too soon, thinking you need to know your vision to start your work, etc.)

7. Finding how and where you come alive in your creative process with tools to discover and fill in what might be missing.

8. How we can find ourselves through photography & creation and live fuller lives.

9. Experiencing growth beyond the technical and also growth without overwhelm.

10. Discovery of some of the greatest truths like failure is not fatal, how perfectionism is crippling your journey, etc.

This presentation will help you to look at your work where you are in different ways than ever before. It will help you to define a little bit of where you are and where you might want to go.

Fear and Photography  

For this presentation I will help you to see some of the subconscious fears that are limiting your creative growth. Together we will explore

1. What is at the core of fear and where does this hide in our work.

2. How fear doesn’t start with F, it starts with “What if . . . “

3. The establishment of limiting beliefs and disruptive thoughts hijack the creative process.

4. Dealing with emotions in your work beyond fear and how we can reframe the fear of the unknown to help us on our creative journey.

5. How giving up our attachment to defined outcomes and preset expectations frees us to create in unrestricted ways.

6. Weaving a willingness to ask tough questions about ourselves with the acceptance of the tough answers we discover, into our creative processes.

7. Navigating through the peaks and valleys of overwhelm and understanding how we can use these cycles to our advantages.

8. Breaking out of the patterns of impatience and recognizing you are exactly where you are supposed to be in your work.

This presentation will help you to look at your work and the emotions you experience as part of your creative process in completely different ways than ever before.

The Power to Create

 “The Power to Create, giving ourselves the permission, we need to embrace the creative process” Together we work to understand the creative process, how we can access more within our process. For this presentation we will explore

1. How creativity is not something that is limitless, how it is not a singular event, and that it repeatable and endless.

2. Ways to shift from thinking of yourself as (just) a photographer to that of an artist and/or creative storyteller.

3. Exploration of how we form limiting beliefs that disable our work and block us from being the creatives we want to be.

4. Discovering where you get inspiration and how you can more easily return to those states. 5. Defining how I see my own creative process and how you might view yours.

6. How we need to understand the technical aspects of our craft and then move away from it, ASAP.

7. Introducing the Whole Brain Photographer and our brain states and how we can be creating using both sides of our brain.

8. Making the time for ourselves and establishing the environment we need to create.

9. Understanding the creating is messy and getting comfortable in these states of unrest and how you can find your routines of repair.

10. How you can work consciously an unconsciously to cultivate the ideal mindset for your own creative path. This presentation will help you to look at your work and your creative process in completely different ways than ever before. You will see how you need to give yourself permission to go deeper into your creative self to explore a wider range of what you and your work represent.

Photographic Tour of the Desert Southwest

Edward Paul Abbey was an American author and essayist noted for his advocacy of environmental issues and criticism of public land policies. He spent most of his life in the Desert Southwest of the US. An author by nature his descriptions of the beauty of the desert(s) have drawn thousands of people to experience the desert themselves.

I have traveled there with my camera in hand to some of the most iconic and lesser known places. We journey to Ed Abbey country as we visit well known places and spaces like Zion and Bryce but also venture off the beaten path and into lesser known and seldom seen places like White Pocket, The Wave, and the farther reaches of Grand Escalante. This presentation includes well over 25 destinations along with tips and tricks to make your experience as memorable as possible!

Psychology of Photography

Nic talks about some of   the principles of psychology and how they apply to our images. Nic will talk about the emotional components of composition, how shapes / lines, and colors / light influence how we interact with our images.

The last portion of the presentation will include a review of images submitted by you the viewer to talk about what is brought forth emotionally by the choices we make in the field and in processing and what minor tweaks / changes you can make to convey different mood / tone.

911-What is your Lightroom Emergency?

I come from the “hard” streets of San Luis Obispo, CA and work with clients in workshops, classes, and 1n1 and have seen some of the “Hard Cases” and “True Stories” of Lightroom gone bad.

Adobe Lightroom is a very powerful program, yet most people only use a fraction of the capabilities of the program and often times without knowing are making things harder on themselves we need to. You might have started with only a few photos, but later and with Thousands of Photos you are maybe running more than one catalog, accessing external drive(s), SD card(s), have files in the cloud, out of the cloud, or find yourself somewhere in between have become increasingly frustrated.

Before you declare bankruptcy on your current file organization or file import strategies join us where Nic will talk about some best practices.

1. Establishing the best practices for file importing and organization.

2. Defining a backup strategy that works for your images and your process.

3. Working with Lightroom on two computers but with only 1 catalog.

4. How you can consolidate extra catalogs, so you are only operating on 1 catalog (Ideally).

5. Learn how to use and also create your own presets, snapshots, and collections to save time but also organize your images

6. Simply your workspace by getting rid of modules you might not use and also get Lightroom to work faster.

7. Learning to synchronize your changes across images to save time and improve your editing process.

8. Simplifying your file organization by using Smart Collections, Virtual Copies, and Snapshots. 9. Determining what strategy works best for moving files to / from Photoshop and how to find them.

Adventures in California Nature Photography

My work was highlighted in the Wildling Museum’s 2019 Celebrating the National Lands of California exhibition, and through this presentation to the Wildling Museum I will lead attendees on a journey through California’s Central Coast and beyond, including some of our state’s most iconic national parks, coastal wonders, desert landscapes, and more.

Watch to see some of my favorite locales to photograph — many just a short drive away, along with a few tips to polish up your own photography skills the next time you’re exploring the outdoors. You’ll be sure to discover new places you’ll want to explore — and perhaps some secret gems!

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