Class 1: Building an Image | Instructor: Steve Gettle | Time: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | 1st floor, Auditorium(125)

Class 2: Frozen Moments | Instructor: Steve Gettle | Time: 01:45 PM - 3:45 PM | 1st floor, Auditorium(125)



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Over the course of his 30-year career, Steve Gettle has spent countless hours creating hundreds of thousands of photographs capturing nature’s beauty around us. Steve’s images communicate his love for the wildlife and the wild places of our world.


Steve’s images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including: Museum of Natural History London; The American Museum of Natural History in New York; and, two solo shows at The National Center for Nature Photography.


Steve’s work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications including: The National Geographic Society’ Canadian Geographic, Audubon, Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, Birder’s World, Nature’s Best, Wild Bird, and Natural History.

Awards and Distinctions

Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen as Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a multiple award winner honored in the BBC’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as often recognized in the prestigious Nature’s Best photography contest.

Photo Tours and Workshops

Steve especially enjoys sharing his knowledge through both private and group location-based experiences focused on individual nature photography development in once-in-a-lifetime locations.

In addition to his own photo tours and workshops Steve has given presentations and led workshops for organizations around the country including: North American Nature Photographers Association; Rocky Mountain School of Photography; the Adirondack Photography Institute; and, the Photographic Society of America.

Performances and Lectures

Steve Gettle is an engaging and inspiring speaker. Each year Steve presents his lecture series at various regional and national photography conventions and gatherings. He is prepared to speak on a variety of photographic and creative topics. Additionally, his one-day nature photography seminar "The Art of Nature Photography” is both educational and entertaining. Consider working with Steve to present the seminar in your area as a fund raiser for your organization.

Steve donates his time and work to multiple environmental and educational groups every year.


Building an Image

Class 1: Building an Image | Instructor: Steve Gettle | Time: 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM | 1st floor, Auditorium(125)

Most great images are not spontaneous. They are more often well thought out and carefully planned, taking into consideration such things as, what you chose to include in the frame, lighting, the background, perspective and many other elements. In this talk Steve goes through his entire process, from seeing the image, choosing the message, and the step by step progression of building the final composition.


Frozen Moments

Class 1: Frozen Moments | Instructor: Steve Gettle | Time: 1:45 PM - 3:45 PM | 1st floor, Auditorium(125)

Technological advances have now made stop action photography accessible to virtually every photographer. Join Nature Photographer Steve Gettle as he presents his all new presentation, "Frozen Moments". This jam packed talk explores the exciting world of High Speed Photography. We will start off discussing using just a camera and natural light to create stop-action images of subjects on the move, such as birds in flight and running animals. We will cover such things as, acquiring initial focus lock, tracking your subject, optimizing your auto-focus system, trigger systems, other equipment, and more. Next we will learn how to use off the shelf electronic flash for true high speed photography. You will learn how to create breathtaking high-speed images of things on the move, with special emphasis on photographing hummingbirds frozen in flight. Finally we will look at the creative doors kicked open by adding simple, inexpensive trigger systen(infrared and laser) for both natural light and high speed photography, allowing you to create images of bats in flight, tiny songbirds on a wing, leaping frogs, insects in flight, flying squirrels, and so much more! The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination!



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