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Outdoor and nature photographer to speak at BHSU


George Lepp, nationally known outdoor photographer, will make a presentation Saturday, Sept. 18 at Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University. The presentation is part of a three-day Black Hills Photo Shootout event sponsored by the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

The gathering begins at 7 p.m. with a social. The presentation will begin at 8 p.m. There is no charge for this keynote speaker presentation. Registrants in the Black Hills Photo Shootout have reserved seating. The remainder of the seats will be available on a first-come basis.

Lepp, a Canon “Explorer of Light” and Outdoor Photographer editor, will present his latest work in “Capturing the Possibilities.” One of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers and a leader in the field of digital imaging, Lepp is the author of many books and the field editor of both Digital Photo and Outdoor Photographer magazine, where his “Tech Tips” column is widely read. His work is extensively published, and his stock photography is represented by Getty Images, Corbis, and Photo Researchers.

Lepp will discuss digital photographic technology, a fast moving field. Lepp maintains that it’s really all about the capture, and the way you approach subjects in the field that either expands or limits the options for later interpretation and presentation of work. This is not a new concept: Ansel Adams called it “previsualization,” planning your photography with full knowledge of how you would work with the image in the darkroom (today it’s the lightroom) to achieve the fulfillment of your particular vision. But the creative and technical possibilities that come with advancing technology are new, and if you want to take full advantage, you need to consider them all when you’re planning your shoot.

Lepp will illustrate this program with wildlife and landscape images captured with Canon’s latest camera technology and demonstrate everything you need to know to help you to achieve new versatility and energy in your nature photography with the equipment you’re already using, just by changing how you think about capture.

The first ever Black Hills Photo Shootout includes unique field workshops, scenic photo walks, inspiring indoor workshops, and informal social events. Photographers of all skill levels and interests from across the nation are registered for the event. BHSU photography instructors Steve Babbitt and Jerry Rawlings are among the expert photographers who will lead workshops during the Shootout. Workshops are planned throughout the Black Hills region including Spearfish Canyon, the Badlands, Devil’s Tower, and Custer State Park.

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