November 25, 2017. Wildlife Photo Conference in Saint-Nazaire in Brittany, France
On November 26, 2017, we were invited by the association "Objectif Image" of Saint-Nazaire to animate a photo conference whose theme was "Create Interesting Animal Photos".
We took part in this 27th national authors' fair.
Eighty people came to listen to us for two and three-quarters of an hour.
We thank Annick Guérive for the photos she took during the conference.
The Conference Theme "How to Create Interesting Wildlife Photos"
We are professional photographers passionate about the beauties of nature. One of our specialties is wildlife photography. We have a passion for deer, wetland birds, and large African mammals. To share our passion for animals, we organize wildlife photography courses. While many people hesitate to take the plunge in participating in a workshop, we have found them to be very beneficial. Wildlife photography conferences are a way for us to both discover and be discovered. By interacting with the attendees at these conferences, we can exchange knowledge and skills as well as grow our reputation.
During this conference in Saint-Nazaire, we were given an entire afternoon to explain our pedagogical approach and our vision of wildlife photography.
For nearly three hours, we explained the basics of our approach by revealing many of the tricks we use on the field, such as how we use our cameras or our camouflage.
Once again, we have not been stingy with advice. We explained why and how we implemented our ACANP method to improve our artistic creativity.
As we have explained, we have little time on the field to create artistic photographs that will become art prints. We must maximize our time so that we are as efficient as possible. Because of the many workshops we have attended over the years, we have realized that most photographers, even amateurs, have experienced the same problems as us on the field. We decided to meet them and explain how we have proceeded to create interesting animal photos, whether from fixed blinds or floating blinds.
We believe that when a photographic approach is structured with easily identified processes, a photographer can better create interesting photos.
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 would be a natural and normal way to extend the logic we adopted for our nature photography courses.
Eighty People at a Three-Hour Conference
Eighty people attended this conference, which took place during the 27th Salon of Photographic Artists in Saint Nazaire. For us, it was an unexpected success because chairs had to be added so that everyone could sit.
The Republic Lounge is a magnificent room, perfectly adapted to conferences. All the preparations had been made so that the attendees could listen in peace. It was a tremendous success.
As always, for us, a photo conference is a delicate moment because it is an event that requires intense preparation and serious concentration. This conference took place in the time span of one afternoon. We had no time limit. For nearly three hours, we explained our concepts to a passionate and interested audience. As always, the photographers we had before us did not suspect the difficulty of putting in place an artistic approach to better construct interesting animal photographs.
We hope to have been able to infuse our energy into the minds of those who listened to us, allowing them to soar far beyond their expectations when creating shots.
An Opportunity to Expose Our Photos of La Dombes
This conference dedicated to wildlife photography was also an opportunity for us to exhibit our photos at the 27th Salon of Photographic Artists. We had chosen the exhibition devoted to atmospheres on the ponds of La Dombes. This exhibition had already been shown in La Dombes and at the festival of Montier-en-Der.
It was an opportunity for us to display our knowledge in artistic photography.
Our Idea: Sharing with the Largest Number of Photographers
For us, the conferences dedicated to wildlife photography are a way to share our secrets of making beautiful photographs, with the greatest number of people. This also provides us with the opportunity to introduce ourselves further to society, creating publicity. Sharing our knowledge remains the real engine-the continual spark of energy- for 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.
Although over ten years have passed since then, we continue to learn, following internships every year to enrich and improve our knowledge of photography. After we perform a synthesis that can be added to our ACANP method. we teach it to our trainees who provide us with much joy and gratitude. We are blessed to work with them.
Our passion for the beauties of nature leads us to fiercely defend the land that has been given to us. This passion far exceeds our enthusiasm for working with other photographers by exchanging knowledge and information; our passion for the beauties of nature is a driving force in our lives.
This three-hour conference in Saint-Nazaire was a real success. Not only was it an opportunity for us to show and explain how we implement photographic techniques, it also allowed us to share our passion for the beauties of nature. These events are the best way to make known our vision and our method because we can meet qualified audiences who wish to further their artistic endeavors.