Lincoln County Photo Festival 2018


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Friday & Saturday | June 1st & 2nd, 2018

General Admission
Includes Friday Breakfast, Saturday Dinner, Information Guides on Location – $85

Information Guides
Hot Spots Around Caliente | The Five State Parks in Lincoln County | Must-See Destinations Around Panaca | Wild West Photo Experience in Pioche – All Included With General Admission

Photography Basics Workshop
Workshop on June 1st at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Caliente – $130. General Admission waived.
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Landscape/Travel Photography Workshop
Workshop on June 1st at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Caliente – $130. General Admission waived.
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Environmental Portraiture Workshop
Workshop on June 2nd at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pioche. – $265. General Admission waived.
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Night Sky Photography Workshop
Workshop on June 2nd at 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. through the night in Panaca and Cathedral Gorge State Park – $265. General Admission waived.
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Registration

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About the Event

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The fun starts Friday morning at 7 a.m. with breakfast, followed by a welcoming and orientation at The Depot in Caliente. Pick up materials giving an overview of photography destinations to choose from. Also learn about restaurants, bars, and shopping available while you’re here. Then spend the next two days enjoying an amazing photography experience. Feel free to venture out on your own, or join in on workshops or meet up with information guides at specific locations and times!

We will convene again Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Historic Thompson’s Opera House in Pioche, where work space will be available to edit photos and share favorites. Then stick around for a concluding dinner and slide show of participants’ photos on the big screen.

 

Location

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100 Depot Avenue
Caliente, NV 89008

Workshops

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Photography Basics Workshop


Instructors Shawn and Corinne Severn
Date: June 1, 2018 | Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (approximately) | Level: New and occasional photographers

Suggested Equipment:

  • Digital camera (any DSLR and non-DSLR) and camera manual or Smart Phone Camera
  • circular polarizing filter for DSLR cameras.

Workshop Description: The focus of the workshop is to help you understand how a photographer approaches a subject. We will discuss the basics of composition and light and how these interact. We will review the various functions and picture modes of digital cameras and strategies for various types of photography. Due to the number of different makes/models of cameras, we will not be able to provide camera-specific settings (refer to your manual). Our goal is to build your confidence with respect to capturing better images.
 

Shawn and Corinne Severn Bio: We are adventurers, writers and photographers. In the winter, we predominantly photograph the Southwest desert areas. During the summer, we live and photograph in the Pacific Northwest. For over 30 years, we have been writing freelance articles, blogging and capturing photographs. Our fine art photographs are displayed and sold on our web site at http://gallery.zfrontierphoto.com. We also write and publish a series of do-it-yourself art/craft journals available at www.craftytraveljournal.com. The current version is focused on the Pacific Northwest. This fall we will be teaching a Landscape Photography class through the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Extension Classes.

 

Landscape/Travel Photography Workshop


 Instructors Shawn and Corinne Severn
Date: June 1, 2018 | Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (approximately) | Level: The workshop will focus on beginner and intermediate photographers. This will be of special interest to those who wish to improve their landscape and travel photographs.

Equipment:

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Circular polarizing filter
  • Shutter release

Additional suggested equipment:

  • Graduated Neutral Density (ND) 4×6 inch filters with hard edge in 1-, 2-, and 3-stop densities (or 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 for Lee filters)
  • Filter holder (e.g., Lee or Cokin Z-Pro filter holder and a ring adapter sized for attaching the filter holder to your favorite lens)

Workshop Description: This workshop will focus on the approach and equipment to create stunning landscape photographs. The goal of the workshop is to build a base of skills for you to plan and capture a landscape photograph. The workshop will introduce you to useful terminology, concepts of composition, and the understanding of natural light necessary to create beautiful landscape photographs. We will review the basic equipment requirements including camera, lens, shutter release, and tripod as well as highlight a few helpful accessories and software applications. We will also discuss safety, fitness and good practices to stay safe and protect the environment.

Corinne and Shawn will also select a local sunset photography location. Workshop attendees are welcome to join them in the field after the formal presentation. The location will be announced during the seminar.
 

Shawn and Corinne Severn Bio: We are adventurers, writers and photographers. In the winter, we predominantly photograph the Southwest desert areas. During the summer, we live and photograph in the Pacific Northwest. For over 30 years, we have been writing freelance articles, blogging and capturing photographs. Our fine art photographs are displayed and sold on our web site at http://gallery.zfrontierphoto.com. We also write and publish a series of do-it-yourself art/craft journals available at www.craftytraveljournal.com. The current version is focused on the Pacific Northwest. This fall we will be teaching a Landscape Photography class through the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Extension Classes.

 

Environmental Portraiture Workshop


Instructor Michael Okimoto
Date: June 2, 2018 | Time: 10 am – 2pm Classroom instruction, 2 pm- 3 pm lunch, 3 pm- 8 pm Outdoor/Location shooting session | Location: Pioche, NV | Level: Some photography experience is recommended

Equipment: 

  • DSLR Camera with at least one detachable lens that hits any focal length in the range of 24 -105mm
  • Memory cards for your camera
  • Laptop with your preferred editing software. (Not a requirement, but helpful)

Workshop Description: Learn the basics of environmental portraiture with commercial photographer Michael Okimoto. This workshop introduces beginning and amateur photographers to some of the techniques used in creating better portraits.

In this one day workshop, students will incorporate the classroom style instruction with hands-on shooting and demonstration.

The workshop will cover:

  • Camera settings and lens selection
  • Subject and background selections
  • Indoor and outdoor locations
  • Analysis and manipulation of light
  • Natural light sources
  • Basic strobe set up
  • Plus more

 

Michael Okimoto Bio: Michael Okimoto has called Northern Nevada home for the last 20 years. He currently owns a commercial photography business in the Reno that has been in operation since August 2014. Previously he managed a commercial studio in Reno for 11 years. Michael’s easy going personality allows him to connect with his subject drawing them out their shell and capturing unique, sincere moments. In his work, you will discover the passion that drives a photographer to create compelling images for the viewer. His recent work has been for focused on tourism and adventure lifestyle photography.

 

Night Sky Photography Workshop


Instructors David Swindler & Eric Gail
Date:
June 2, 2018 | Time: 1 pm classroom instruction, 8:30 pm meet at Cathedral Gorge for night sky session| Location: Panaca, NV & Cathedral Gorge | Level: Some photography experience is recommended

Recommended Camera Gear: 

  • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
  • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body. Full-frame cameras work the best for night photography.
  • Fast Wide Angle Lens. Our favorite night photo lenses include Tamron 15-30mm f2.8, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, and Canon 16-35mm III f2.8.
  • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
  • Remote cord for your camera. An intervalometer will be especially useful for doing long exposures at night.
  • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

Personal Gear List:

  • Sturdy footwear, socks, and long pants .
  • A rain jacket and a warm layer since it can get cold at night.
  • Headlamp for night photography.
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder

Workshop Description:
Classroom Instruction
We’ll meet at 1 PM for a classroom style presentation on night photography. We’ll cover all aspects of how to take the best night photos. Here are some of the topics the presentation will cover:

  • How the Milky Way orientation changes by time of year and time of night.
  • How to use apps and software programs to plan Milky Way shoots.
  • What is the best equipment to use for night photography.
  • What is the law or reciprocity and how does shutter speed, ISO, and aperture all interrelate?
  • Before you go out at night, what kind of pre-work is needed to ensure everything is setup properly?
  • How to determine your exposure time based on focal length and camera type.
  • Understand the effects of aperture, coma, and astigmatism.
  • Understand the best shooting settings for different types of night photography
  • How to incorporate foreground using natural light and low-level lighting augmentation.
  • How to utilize stacking and trackers and noise reduction
  • How to focus stack for optimal sharpness
  • Complete beginning to end post-processing tutorial of a Milky Way shot

Night Sky Intruction
We’ll meet up at 8:30PM to go out to Cathedral Gorge. We’ll use the planning tools discussed in the presentation to find where we want to shoot the Milky Way and get setup before it gets completely dark. Both natural light and low-level lighting techniques will be taught along with more advanced techniques like stacking, foreground ISO reduction, and much more. We’ll continue to shoot when the moon comes up and get some nice moonscape images.
 

David Swindler Bio
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Thus, the technical side of photography came very easy to him. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT.  Click here to see Mr. Swindler’s work.
 

Eric Gail Bio
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Eric was introduced to image editing in 1989. After graduating from the Digital Prepress Institute in 1993, he spent the next 25 years as a professional photoshop retoucher. He has taught Photoshop on a corporate level and his work for Disney, Universal Studios, and NBC can be seen on television, in print, and online, all over the world. During his career he has processed images by Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe and many others. He has also collaborated with several graphics companies including 3M, Adobe, and Kodak.

As a youth, Eric spent over a decade exploring the Eastern Sierra Nevada with his father and the Boy Scouts. He quickly took up mountaineering and free-climbing and spent several years climbing in Joshua Tree and Yosemite National Parks. His passion for photography and enthusiasm to teach it has been said by his students to be both “infectious and endearing”. Highly proficient at Virtual Scouting and Weather Prediction, he has spent the last three years scouting and shooting all over the Western United States and has made it his personal mission to share his knowledge with others.


 

Area Information

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Where to Stay

Listings of the local motels and RV Parks in Caliente, Panaca, and Pioche

Where to Eat

Listings of the local food establishments in Caliente, Panaca, and Pioche

More to Explore

Use the links on the menu above to learn all there is to see and do in Lincoln County!

 

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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Sponsorship and Exhibit Space available

If interested, call (775) 962-2461 or email info@lincolncountynevada.com
 

Photographs from the inaugural Photo Festival