November 16, 2017. Wildlife Photo Conference at the International Nature Festival of Montier-en-Der

On November 16, 2017, we were invited by the organizers of the international nature festival of Montier-en-Der to host a wildlife photo conference. More than 130 people attended this conference under the main big top. For us, this event was a recognition of the work we have been doing for several years.

The Theme of the Conference: "How to create interesting wildlife photographs"

For this wildlife photography conference, we chose as theme "How to create interesting wildlife photographs". It was for us the occasion to explain the foundations of our photographic method: ACANP.

As professional wildlife photographers, we do not have much time to take photographs in the field. Much of our time is devoted to marketing solicitation, marketing research and administrative management such as invoicing and order tracking for our clients. We have created a method that allows us to optimize our time when shooting in the field.

We have chosen to explain to as many photographers as possible this method to help them create interesting photographs.

We believe that the more the photographic approach is structured with identifiable processes that are simple to set up, the more the photographer can create creating interesting photos.

A Very Large Assembly: a Big Surprise for Us

For this conference, we thought we had only thirty festival-goers in the room. We arrived around 12:05 to prepare the connection of our computer to the TV screen and to test the microphone.

It was with great surprise that we found that all seating was already occupied. As we prepared, the hall continued to fill up to reach 130 guests. Many people were standing in the two aisles that adjoined the conference room.

For us it was a great and very pleasant surprise to see that we could arouse so much interest.

Stress is always present before a presentation. After a few minutes of monologue, we relaxed to give the best of ourselves to explain the foundations of our method.

All people stayed for the duration of the conference. This is a very positive point. Our comments touch the sensitivity of the audience.

ACANP: A Proven Method

We have been using the ACANP method for years to animate our wildlife, underwater or landscape photography courses. Our trainees saw a real progression in their artistic approach and a clear improvement in the production of their photographs.

We thought that these conferences dedicated to photography were a natural and normal way to extend the logic we adopted for our nature photography courses.

1 Hour to Discover Wildlife Photography

The conference lasted one hour. It started at 12:30PM and ended at 13:30PM.

We discussed the main principles that we defend to make beautiful wildlife photographs.

The photo level of the participants was very high. We had to answer many very specific questions. It is always a real pleasure to share with the greatest number our techniques and our photo know-how.

We tackled complex themes like the choice of photographic elements and attributes but in an uncomplicated way. We wanted a simple speech, educational, understandable by the assembly.

Share with the Largest Number of Photographers

The conferences dedicated to wildlife photography are for us a way to share with the greatest number of people, our secrets to make beautiful photographs but it is also a way to better be known. The sharing of our knowledge remains for us the real engine of our life even if we are professional photographers.

We believe that it is useless to accumulate knowledge and skills if we do not share them with the greatest number of photographers. That's why we created our first underwater photo courses in 2007.

We continue to learn, and we also follow internships every year to enrich and improve our knowledge of photography. Then we perform a synthesis that we add to our ACANP method. Then we teach it to the trainees who make us the pleasure of coming to join us.

Our passion for the beauties of nature leads us to fiercely defend the land that has been given to us. But it also passes by the passion to exchange and to share with the greatest number of photographers.

Finally

This conference in Montier-en-Der was a real success. An hour to explain our practice of animal photography is of course always too short. But the invitation received from the organizers of the festival plus the enormous number of people who have come are for us the proof that our work to make known and share our passion for the beauties of nature, begins to be recognized.

 

 

 

 

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Amar and Isabelle Guillen. Professional Photographers of nature.

We are fascinated and passionate about the beauties of nature. We love to see the landscapes and observe wild animals whether on land or underwater. We have chosen to become professional photographers to share the emotions we feel when we observe nature whether it be on land or underwater. Our goal is to create art with our photographs. We always try to transform the banal into a contemplative and artistic interpretation.

We are wildlife professional photographers, landscape professional photographers and underwater professional photographers. We also strive to document nature with a focus on conservation and education.

We make art prints from our artistic photographs. These art prints are available on our website. We make exhibitions to show all the beauties and the incredible richness of nature that surrounds us.

We also love to share our love for the beauties of nature with other photographers. To communicate our know-how and to exchange our techniques and our points of view, we organize wildlife photography workshops, underwater photography workshops and landscape photography workshops. We gather together people who have the same passion as us for the beautiful photographs taken in nature.

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