Education Conference

July 16th – July 18th, 2021

In conjunction with the Ward Museum Photo Festival, the Ward Museum Education Department will offer a wide variety of workshops, field sessions, and seminars lead by expert photographers.  If you are interested in being a workshop leader,  giving a seminar, or leading a field trip please email

Registration is required for classes. Lecture and workshop entry is included with event wristband. Wristbands will be sold during the event for $5. It is encouraged to bring a laptop and camera to all workshops, as there will be hands – on activities. Space is limited, seminar capacity is 35 persons, first come, first serve.

Lectures and Workshops Schedule

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 am
Jeanne Anderton – 50 Assignments, Ideas, and Nudges for When You are Stuck
Find that you can’t think of anything new to photograph, are your photos starting to look alike, you had success with what you have been doing but want to try something new and don’t know where to start, need an assignment so that you pick up that camera again? Through ideas and examples we will see how others have tackled “getting stuck”.

11:15 – 12:15 pm
Andy Gordon -Breaking the Rules and Using Play in the Creative Journey
To many of us, becoming better at something often involves focusing on technology, technique, an emulating accomplished and masters in the field. Applied to photography, this may lead to more technically perfect images, but it doesn’t necessarily lead to more meaningful ones. To see and have something to say is equally important and can be developed by learning to break the rules, playing, and experimentation. This session will inspire participants to not only ask what if they break the rules but will encourage them to actively break them so they can see what works and rapidly evolve their vision. This session will be a safe place for photographers inclined to make images of anything that piques their curiosity, especially images that are blurry, overexposed, or the product of multiple exposures.

1:00 – 2:30 pm
Brian Zwit – Using the Other Half of the Day:  Landscapes Using Artificial, Ambient, and Moonlight
Why do photographers not take advantage of the 12 hours, on average, of nighttime? The light of the moon allows for extraordinary landscape images and, during a new moon in the summer time, the Milky Way is bright and visible from the northern hemisphere. However, shooting at night poses a unique problem: It is very dark! You will learn: How to expose your images at night (Setting up your camera for shooting at night, Determining proper exposure, Minimizing noise, Ensuring a sharp image with slow shutter speeds), Shooting landscapes at night (Composing a landscape at night, The Milky Way (not visible in November) and star trails (discussion only, Focusing at night without light, Verifying exposure), Using different kinds of light at night (Finding ambient light, Photographing landscapes with moon light, Adding light to the scene using flashlights, flash, and other lights), and How to post-process your nighttime/long exposure images (Basic processing, including minimizing noise, Using noise reduction and sharpening software, Using multiple images to reduce noise).

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Salisbury Zoo – Photo Sessions with Live Raptors (Workshop) – Backyard

Maximum of five people per session.  Registration required for each session.

  • 1:00 -1:20 Great Horned Owl
  • 1:30-1:50 Broad Wing Hawk
  • 2:00-2:20 Harris Hawk
  • 2:30-2:50 Red Tail Hawk

Sunday, July 18th, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 am
Seeing Through Other People’s Eyes with Edwin Remsberg
Creating inclusive visual content requires more than just diverse subjects. It requires a sensitivity to different viewpoints and outlooks. In this session we will showcase how we try to achieve that while working across cultures and communities around the globe.  Edwin Remsberg has documented cultures and traditions in more than 40 different countries around the planet , helping people to understand each other and the world.

1:00 – 2:30 pm
William King – The Living Marsh
The Living Marsh is the Salt Marsh Nature Center, an ecological restoration project that has reclaimed nature’s ecosystem. The tidal salt marsh is a time capsule in American history incorporating political transitions and their effects upon its ecosystem. The original marsh in 1665 depicted wide tracks of green grassy fertile salt marsh meadows, filled with wildflowers, thickets of shrubs and vines that dominated the landscape. Myrtle warblers, grasshopper sparrows, cotton-tailed rabbits, ring-necked pheasants, horseshoe and fiddler crabs, along with oyster toadfish were but a small sampling of the plant and wildlife that inhabited the marsh. By 1935 the original marsh had become a dump.  By the end of World War II, major land filling from 1945 to 1962 buried the marshes around Gerritsen Creek under as much as eight feet of garbage and construction debris. Unlawful dumping of chemicals, cars, refrigerators, stoves, tires, pollutants from leaky septic systems, and runoffs from oil stained roadways contributed to the environmental degradation and water pollution of the living marsh. Today the Salt Marsh Nature Center has reclaimed nature’s ecosystem through the ecological restoration of its salt marsh by the City of New York Parks and Recreation, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The restoration process itself is long term project that is still progress today.

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