Education Conference

August 10th – August 11th, 2019

In conjunction with the  Art in Nature 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. Separate purchase of a wristband is not necessary if you are a competitor, as an event wristband is included with competition entry fee. Wristbands will be sold during the event. 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.


Class: Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Mobile Photography for Photographers
Join award-winning photographer Cam Miller to learn ways to make the best use of that camera you always have with you, the one in your phone. This class will feature camera apps that allow you adjust exposure and ISO, shoot in macro mode, or capture HDR. During a photo walk, you will practice using the apps, then return to the classroom to use a variety of editing apps to add your creative vision to your images. Lenses, photo organization, and transferring images between devices will also be covered. If possible, please bring an iPad to class for easier editing.

Lectures and Workshops Schedule

Saturday, August 10th, 2019

10:00 – 11:00 am
Andy Gordon – Interpreting Nature (Lecture) – Oristano Room
This session will examine the use of photography to produce interpretive works that elevate our understanding of nature. 2017 Art in Nature Grand Champion award winner, the presenter will lead a discussion on whether we should look to evolve our definition of nature photography. He will review the work of inspiring artists, share some of his own experimentations and artistic endeavors and discuss with the audience how they can create images that make a difference.

10:00 – 12:00 pm
Jeanne Anderton -Beyond the Digital Print (Workshop) – Henson Education Room
Historically photographers have captured nature without the use of a camera and darkroom. The hands on seminar will show some of the ways to make photographic prints without a darkroom and even without a camera. Some of the photographic processes may include: cyanotypes, van dykes, lumens, pinhole camera and the steps and materials needed to make digital negatives.

11:15 – 12:15 pm
Joe Scukanec – Compositing (Lecture) – Oristano Room
Learn the basics of how to create photo art by combining two or more images or textures into a single image (composite) as well as the equipment required to achieve the desired result. See a multi element composite created from start to finished image using several separate images and textures.

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Paul Biederman – Post-Processing in Lightroom (Workshop) – Henson Education Room
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2:00 – 3:00 pm
Edwin Remsberg – African Wildlife Photography from Cape to Cairo (Lecture) – Oristano Room
Maryland based photographer Edwin Remsberg leads annual winter photography workshops in various African locations in addition to his regular work documenting agricultural development projects overseas.   He had worked in 14 African countries  and has traversed the continent from Indian Ocean to Atlantic an old broken down Land Rover .  His African wildlife images have appeared in National Geographic, Smithsonian , Geo, Mens Journal , Elle, and Lonely Planet and his photos are represented internationally by Getty Images. He enjoys teaching people how to point cameras at things with big feet and long teeth and is immensely relieved when he brings them all back alive.

Sunday, August 11th, 2019

10:00 – 12:00 pm
Alan Wycheck – Architecture (Workshop) – Oristano Room
This Architectural Photography workshop will provide you with all the information you will need to create professional quality images that you will be proud to showcase in your portfolio. I will provide you with a reference guide for you to follow for your future photo assignments. We will capture images using basic photography equipment which is a digital camera body, a wide angle zoom lens and a tripod. Then we will edit the images in the industry standard software programs, Light Room and Photoshop.

10:00 – 12:00 pm
Paul Biederman – Garden Photography (Workshop) – Henson Education Room
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2:00 – 3:00 pm
Joe Scukanec – Photoshop Tips and Tricks (Lecture) – Oristano Room
Photoshop workspace overview, setting preferences, customizing a setup, tool selections, keyboard shortcuts, layers, using masks vs. the eraser tool and brush selection.