Veteran National Geographic Photographer Ira Block will speak about the photographic challenges and changes he has faced in his 30 years of shooting for the magazine. From film, to digital and now video, Ira will discuss the technology leaps needed to stay ahead of the changing world of photography.
As equipment became smaller and more user friendly he found that stretching his creative envelope also became more fun. He will explain his “learning to see” technique in relation to still images and how he used that skill, along with his ability to put a story together, to move into the video world. You will also learn some of the key elements that a still photographer moving into video needs to know. The newer, smaller mirrorless DSLR cameras not only make shooting video convenient, but they also are unobtrusive and non threatening to the subject. On a recent trip to Bhutan, Ira chose to use the new Panasonic GH3 to create and shoot a video, which he will share with you.There will be a Panasonic camera (GX1) give-a-way at the end of the talk.
Ira Block is an internationally renowned photojournalist, teacher and workshop leader who has to date produced more than 30 major stories for the National Geographic magazine and its affiliates, N.G. Traveler and Adventure.
He began his career as a newspaper photographer, earning numerous Press Club awards. As an expert in lighting, Ira is much sought-after for assignments around the globe, ranging from shooting ancient artifacts in Greece to photographing dinosaur fossils in the Gobi Desert, or documenting Moche mummies in Peru. His unique vision and outstanding skills have made him ‘the go-to photographer’ for such complex assignments.
Ira’s momentous coffee-table book, Saving America’s Treasures (published in 2000), was a collaborative effort involving the Clinton White House administration, the National Geographic Society and America’s National Trust for Historic Preservation. His most recent story in the October edition of National Geographic magazine, Earth Before the Ice, investigates a prehistoric global warming.
Ira now lives in New York City with his wife and is a frequent blogger on the latest digital camera equipment and kit, lighting techniques and creative vision in photography. His photographic exhibit Faces of Hope – portraits of survivors and images of objects retrieved from the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy – is part of the permanent
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