June 4-7 2017 | New York City

OPTIC 2017

Four Day Imaging Conference and Trade Show about Travel, Outdoor & Wildlife Photography

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The World Through Our Lenses:

Imagination • Ecology • Destination

OPTIC 2017 is four days of presentations, gear trade showings, live demonstrations, portfolio reviews and gallery exhibitions, plus a cocktail party, a sunset photo cruise and a New York Botanical Garden Photo Walk.
Please see complete daily schedule of activities to customize your OPTIC experience. The Main Stage on June 4th and 5th will be Livestreamed. All lectures will be available to view at a later time, so you can relive OPTIC 2017 and not miss a single exciting presentation!
The first two days of OPTIC 2017 (June 4-5) take place at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets. Doors open at 9am. OPTIC trade show events and lectures are free and open to the public; however, we do request that each attendee register to attend, either in-person or for the Livestream (you will receive an email notification with a link when Livestream begins).

Official Hashtag #OPTIC2017

2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Brooks Jensen

Special Guest: Art Wolfe

Alison Wright

Art Wolfe

Charles Glatzer

Cristina Mittermeier

Eric Wehrmeister

Eric Kruszewski

Jeff Mauritzen

Jill and Kyla from Our Wild Abandon

Jonathan Irish

Kara Mercer

Lucas Gilman

Mike Corrado

Ralph Lee Hopkins

Roman Kurywczak

Ruddy Roye

Rudy Winston

Sam Abell

Steve Simon

Vivienne Gucwa

William Innes

DAY ONE
DAY TWO
DAY THREE
DAY FOUR

Day One - June 4

New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballroom & Sutton Place Suite
481 8th Ave Between 35th and 34th St New York, NY

All OPTIC trade show events and lectures are free and open to the public. However, we do request that each attendee register to attend, either in-person or for the Livestream (you will receive an email notification with a link when Livestream begins).

Register for OPTIC Day 1

Main Stage - Grand Ballroom

9:00
AM EDT
Doors and Trade Show Open
10:00
AM EDT
OPTIC 2017 Main Stage Opening remarks with David Brommer, OPTIC Conference Executive Director
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10:30
AM EDT
Ralph Lee Hopkins presents: On Thin Ice
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11:30
AM EDT
Alison Wright presents: Photographing People with Passion and Purpose
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12:30
PM EDT
Lunch Break
1:30
PM EDT
Brooks Jensen presents: Those Who Inspire Me (and Why)
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2:30
PM EDT
Sam Abell presents: The Life of a Photograph
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3:30
PM EDT
Afternoon Break
4:00
PM EDT
Jill Mann and Kyla Trethewey presents: Our Wild Abandon
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5:00
PM EDT
Lucas Gilman presents: Capturing The Action
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Second Stage - Gramercy Park Suite

The OPTIC Second Stage is a more intimate lecture that focuses on technique as opposed to the inspirational aspects found on the main stage.

11:30
AM EDT
Mike Corrado presents: Focus On Flight - Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard
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12:30
PM EDT
Lunch Break
1:30
PM EDT
Charles Glatzer presents: Yellowstone In Winter
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2:30
PM EDT
Vivienne Gucwa presents: How I traveled to the Arctic with an Astronaut with Only One Camera and One Lens
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3:30
PM EDT
Afternoon Break
4:00
PM EDT
Kara Mercer presents: A Suitcase, Fujifilm and the Open Road
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5:00
PM EDT
Roman Kurywczak presents: Create Tack Sharp Macro Images
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7:00
PM EDT
OPTIC Nikon Cocktail Party at the B&H Super Store
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Day Two - June 5

New Yorker Hotel Grand Ballroom & Sutton Place Suite
481 8th Ave Between 35th and 34th St New York, NY

All OPTIC trade show events and lectures are free and open to the public. However, we do request that each attendee register to attend, either in-person or for the Livestream (you will receive an email notification with a link when Livestream begins).

Register for OPTIC Day 2

Main Stage - Grand Ballroom

9:00
AM EDT
Doors and Trade Show Open
10:00
AM EDT
Roman Kurywczak presents: For the Love of Landscapes
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11:00
AM EDT
Cristina Mittermeier presents: Sacred Ecology
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12:00
AM EDT
Jonathan Irish presents: On Assignment in the U.S. National Parks: The Greatest American Road Trip
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1:00
PM EDT
Lunch Break
2:00
PM EDT
Art Wolfe presents: All In A Life's Work: The Creative Process of Art Wolfe
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3:00
PM EDT
Ruddy Roye presents: The Photographer's Journey: Storytelling with Lenses
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4:00
PM EDT
Lunch Break
4:30
PM EDT
Jeff Mauritzen presents: Connecting with Nature: Landscape & Wildlife Photography
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Second Stage - Gramercy Park Suite

10:00
AM EDT
Jill Mann and Kyla Trethewey of Our Wild Abandon presents: Create, build Instagram, managing a following
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11:00
AM EDT
Steve Simon presents: Master The Street & Raise Your Game
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12:00
PM EDT
Eric Kruszewski presents: Connecting with Cultures: Lessons Learned from Photographing Around the World
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1:00
PM EDT
Lunch Break
2:00
PM EDT
Brooks Jensen presents: The Spectrum
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3:00
PM EDT
Eric Wehrmeister presents: Video for Photographers; Tips, Tricks & Creative Solutions
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4:00
PM EDT
William Innes presents: Traveling Mirrorless - Capturing Awesomeness!
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7 - 9
PM EDT
Canon Photo Cruise
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Fujifilm OPTIC Push Pin Gallery

OPTIC invites guests to submit their best printed photograph and to have it shown in the Fujifilm OPTIC gallery. A special OPTIC jury will decide on the best print and two runners up. Best in show Grand Prize is a $1,000.00 B&H Gift Card and with the runners up each receiving a Fujifilm X series cameras, you’ll want to enter this free exhibition with your best shot!

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Sigma Portfolio Review Room

Room Open from 11 am to 2 pm
RSVP Sunday Reviews RSVP Monday Reviews

OPTIC 2017 and Sigma are pleased to announce a series of portfolio reviews for all levels of aspiring and professional photographers who have created a body of work that would benefit from a critique. A team of industry professionals and select OPTIC presenters will provide 15 minute one-on-one review sessions, in which you will receive valuable feedback on your portfolio and work.

The value of attending a portfolio review is immeasurable. Even the act of preparing and selecting images for review is critical and can help you understand and improve your work. Reviews are first come first served for registered attendees and your reviewer will assigned as per availability (you will not be allowed to chose your reviewer).

Portfolios up to 13x19, and tablets are accepted. Please do not bring a laptop or rely upon a website to showcase work. Due to popularity, we can only guarantee one review per attendee (however if time and demand allows, you may be able to secure more than one review).

OPTIC Camera and Lens Cleanings with Discounted DSLR/Mirrorless Sensor Cleanings Sponsored by Phototech

Sunday and Monday, don’t forget to bring your camera and lens for a free external clean and check by factory authorized technicians. Limit one camera and lens for free check up. For those with dusty sensors, Phototech will be offering discounted CMOS sensor cleanings for $30.00 including one body and lens. Pleaese note, this offer is extended to only DSLR and Mirrorless cameras. Phototech’s station will be located on the third floor and open during trade show hours.

Day Three - June 6th
2 - 5pm

Sony & Lindblad Expeditions New York Botanical Garden Photo Walk

New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458
RSVP - Botanical Garden Photo Walk

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City. The 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections that make for wonderful photo opportunities. To help you make the most of this memorable day, your photo guides will be composed of Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Photographers and Sony Artisans who will be on hand to give tips and professional advice. In addition, Sony equipment will be available for loan (driver’s license and major credit card needed). Admission is free for registered OPTIC attendees, but you must RSVP to the event and visit the B&H show table at the trade show to attain your wrist band and ticket. Transportation to the NYBG is not provided by OPTIC. Directions and Parking Click Here

Day Four - June 7th
11am - 1:30pm & 2 - 4:30pm

Critique Sessions From the Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Team at the B&H Event Space

B&H Super Store 420 9th Avenue NYC
RSVP Morning Session RSVP Afternoon Session

This is your chance to get valuable feedback on your work and see your peers work as well. A panel of Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic photographers will conduct an image by image critique offering you advice on how to improve you photography. Attendees are welcome to bring three of their best images on a USB thumb drive. Submitted images must be between 2 mb and 5 mb jpegs. One hour before each session, we will load your images on the B&H Event Space computer and display them on our pro monitors for review. We are offering two sessions, please only sign up for one session.

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Push Pin Event Space Gallery Show Prospectus and Details

Entry is free and easy; each participant is allowed to submit ONE photograph printed on letter size 8 1/2x11 or 8x10 paper to the party. Neither metal prints, nor mixed media allowed.

Print must be UN-Mounted and Un-Framed so that it may be hung with push pins (expect your prints to have small pin holes in the corners afterwards).

Entrants name, email and telephone number must be legibly written on the BACK of the print. Do not put names or identifying marks on the front of the print. Final judging will be chosen blind.

Photograph must adhere to B&H's modesty standards and not contain nudity, offensive or violent subject matter. B&H reserves the right to accept or reject a print for inclusion to the OPTIC Push Pin Gallery.

OPTIC staff will be accepting entries from 9 am until 3 pm Sunday June 4, 2017 and 9 am to 2 pm EDT Monday June 5, 2017. Winners will be announced on the main stage Monday June 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm EDT during the afternoon break. Winners do not have to be present to claim prizes. Prints will not be returned and will be kept for posterity in the OPTIC archive to be part of a slide show shown at future OPTIC events. There is no need to rsvp to participate, just bring one print with above specifications per attendee.

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