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OPTIC 2015 featured dynamic presentations by the world's top outdoor photographers and gear from the premier manufacturers over three days in New York City brought to you by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions. Couldn't attend in person or want to review at your own pace? Now you can view all the presentations of your favorite speakers from the conference.

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TRAVEL

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The Inspirational Traveler

Art Wolfe

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Building a Travel Story

Susan Seubert

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Create a Body of Fine Art Travel Photography

Ashok Sinha

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Great Voyages: Photo Expeditions

Ralph Lee Hopkins

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Shooting for National Geographic

Dan Westergren

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Super-Telephoto Lens System for Traveling Nature Photographers

Clay Taylor

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How to Become a Successful Travel and Adventure Photographer

Lucas Gilman

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Tips for Traveling Light and Finding New Perspectives

Ralph Lee Hopkins

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Photographing Wild Alaska and Japan's Winter Wildlife

Robert O'Toole

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The camera to me has been a passport to the world.
@artwolfe #OPTIC2015

TECHNIQUES

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Tips and Techniques for Creating Memorable Landscape Photographs

Michael Melford

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Infrared Landscape: The Art and Technique

Laurie Klein

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Tips for Using the iPhone Camera as a Creative Sketchpad

Tony Sweet

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How to Master Flash Photography for Location Lighting

Bob Krist

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Photography for the Greater Good: Making a Difference

David Middleton

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Tips and Strategies for Mastering Color in Photoshop

John Paul Caponigro

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Strategies for Creating Meaningful Stories Through Photographs

Dan Westergren

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Tips for Creating Compelling Stories Through Video

Bob Krist

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Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition

Ian Plant

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Camera bodies may change but the Glass will always be there for you. @ashoksinhaphoto #OPTIC2015

WILDLIFE

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How to Prepare and Photograph in National Parks

Chris Nicholson

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Tips for Photographing Small Animals

Moose Petersen

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Tips for Zooming in on Wildlife and Improving Your Macro Photography

Roman Kurywczak

FOOD

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Food Photography that Captures the Local Flavor

Susan Seubert

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One of the benefits of shooting food is you are generally well fed.
@susanseubert #OPTIC2015

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SPEAKERS

Art-Wolfe

Art Wolfe

In a cycle of discovery, exploration and creation, Art Wolfe explained how his travel experiences, his varied interests and photographic undertakings have progressively informed his work and how it's been a lifelong process, bothintentional and serendipitous.
VIDEO: The Inspirational Traveler

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Ralph Lee Hopkins

Many of the world's wild places are best explored by expedition ship. Ralph Lee Hopkins presented images from expeditions over the past decade on board the National Geographic fleet, including the National Geographic Explorer.
VIDEOS: Great Voyages: Photo Expeditions, Tips for Traveling Light and Finding New Perspectives

Bob-Krist

Bob Krist

Take a deep dive into making effective use of flash with National Geographic Photographer Bob Krist, who's honed his techniques over decades of shooting. You'll learn how to create natural-looking flash photos and blend flash with available light.
VIDEOS: How to Master Flash Photography for Location Lighting, Tips for Creating Compelling Stories Through Video

Susan-Seubert

Susan Seubert

Go behind the scenes on a story award-winning photographer Susan Seubert shot for National Geographic Traveler about Barbados. Learn how to approach an assignment: research before leaving, story angles, and making connections on the ground. VIDEOS: Building a Travel Story, Food Photography that Captures the Local Flavor

Dan-Westergren

Dan Westergren

Find out what it's like to go on assignment for National Geographic and how these experts approach their work. Learn the in-the-field process from start to finish from National Geographic Traveler Director of Photography Dan Westergren.
VIDEOS: Strategies for Creating Meaningful Stories Through Photographs, Shooting for National Geographic


Ashok-Sinha

Ashok Sinha

The boundaries between travel photography and fine art can often overlap. Using specific bodies of work created during the course of many assignments and personal travels, you will be able to understand Ashok's approach to identifying underlying themes that articulate his vision as a fine artist, as well as practical aspects of pre-trip planning and logistic.
VIDEO: Creating a Body of Fine Art Work in Travel Photography

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Chris Nicholson

The national parks preserve some of the country's most unique wilderness areas. As such, they are a gift to nature photographers. Chris Nicholson will delve into what the various parks offer to the photographer, and how to best research and prepare for a trip to explore the artistic opportunities within.
VIDEO: How to Prepare and Photograph in National Parks

Clay-Taylor

Clay Taylor

The Swarovski Lens System gives you the opportunity to travel with a rugged, lightweight, fully-waterproof telephoto lens. Covering a range of 750mm up to 2100mm, this system produces sharp prints and amazing video results while weighing far less. The modular system components separate to allow it to store in a normal-sized camera bag.
VIDEO: Super-Telephoto Lens System for Traveling Nature Photographers

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David Middleton

There is more to photography than camera club competitions and filling your walls with prints. Photography can also be about helping someone else. Using images from around the world, this program will highlight the simple and profound effects your photography can have on improving other people's lives. It's a wonderful thing.
VIDEO: Photography for the Greater Good: Making a Difference

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Ian Plant

Ian teaches you how to see the world in ways you never before imagined, drawing lessons from his critically-acclaimed hit book "Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition." Visual Flow unlocks the composition secrets of the great masters, giving you the keys to create compelling and artistic photographs that will stand out from the crowd.
VIDEO: Visual Flow: Mastering the Art of Composition

John-Paul-Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro

Take your color to a whole new level. Learn new ways of thinking about color that will help you see and produce a wide variety of color effects. Find out how many masters from the history of art did it and then craft a unique palette all your own. Put the unprecedented power and precision of digital color to work for you and your images now.
VIDEO: Tips and Strategies for Mastering Color in Photoshop

Laurie-Klein

Laurie Klein

Laurie discussed how to select the right infrared equipment for landscape photography. She delves into different methods and techniques to capture perfect images. Whether you're a newbie or an experienced photographer, if you're interested in learning more about this artistic medium and unique look her video will refresh your photography.
VIDEO: Infrared Landscape: The Art and Technique

Lucas-Gilman

Lucas Gilman

In his video, Lucas will take you on a visual adventure around the world sharing vibrant images ranging from kayaking in India to extreme skiing in Alaska. He will share laughable stories from his travels and expeditions including the Kentucky Derby and Tour de France. He will inspire your inner adventurer to pursue your next great journey.
VIDEO: How to Become a Successful Travel and Adventure Photographer

Michael-Melford

Michael Melford

Learn how to take your landscape photography from great to breathtaking from National Geographic Photographer Michael Melford. He has made a career of capturing the incredible landscapes and vistas of the world. He'll share his tips on composition, gaining a fresh perspective on destinations.
VIDEO: Tips and Techniques for Creating Memorable Landscape Photographs

Moose-Peterson

Moose Peterson

With simple biology combined with technology, you too can bring back those memorable photographs. All it takes is understanding the basics about critters and photography to be successful. Our wild heritage needs your images to tell their story.
VIDEO: Tips for Photographing Small Animals

Robert-OToole

Robert O'Toole

Wildlife photographer Robert O'Toole goes on a visual adventure as he photographs the extremely photogenic wildlife of Alaska. Robert will explain not only the story behind the images but share the tactics, tips and strategies. If you are a nature photographer, Robert's stunning images will leave you inspired to go out and explore first-hand.
VIDEO: Photographing Wild Alaska and Japan's Winter Wildlife

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Roman Kurywczak

Ever wonder how the pros capture those stunning, action packed wildlife images? Roman will share with you his settings, tips and tricks for capturing high impact wildlife images. Roman will demonstrate to you why cutting edge zoom lenses are the ultimate choice for capturing dramatic wildlife images.
VIDEO: Tips for Zooming in on Wildlife and Improving Your Macro Photography

Tony-Sweet

Tony Sweet

His video will stoke your iPhone creativity with a series of images, creative app use, and short process videos. With the iPhone becoming the world's most popular camera, the increased resolution can deliver print quality and even gallery quality images. You will take away a renewed enthusiasm for using the camera that's always with you.
VIDEO: Tips for Using the iPhone Camera as a Creative Sketchpad

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Photography can get you in the moment... that's when the magic happens
@ralphleehopkins #OPTIC2015

WHAT IS OPTIC?

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Never put your camera away, even when the photoshoot is done.
@lucasgilman #OPTIC2015

Explore the inspiration, technique and equipment for imaging the great outdoors with OPTIC, which was a three day conference and trade show featuring the world's top outdoor photographers.

Sponsored by B&H and Lindblad Expeditions, the conference took place in three locations, all conveniently situated within one block of B&H Photo's legendary NYC Superstore.

On display was the latest gear and hands on experience with super telephoto zooms, drones, feather light tripods, the latest cameras, printers, and all the equipment to guarantee your return from an adventure with incredible images.

It featured opportunities for book signings and direct conversation with the OPTIC speakers as well as hands on training and inspiration. Stay tuned for more info on OPTIC 2016.

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