Speaking Engagements and Presentations
Is your camera group looking for an interactive and engaging presenter? Are you interesting in learning new photography techniques from a premier nature photographer?
Contact John Slonina to make your event a success! John presents practical tips to increase your chances of capturing that "shot of a lifetime”. We will explore what makes a compelling and emotionally engaging photograph. He will entertain participants and illustrate his points with humor and stories from the field. Whether you are a beginner or a professional photographer, you will leave this presentation excited to try new strategies and tips that will create dramatic images. Speaker’s notes are available for each lecture.
John has presented at multiple camera clubs and photography conferences across the United States.
Sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video
Customized Programs for Clubs and Organizations
John Slonina offers a variety of programs and presentations that can be customized to meet the needs of individual clubs and organizations. From a one hour inspirational program to a multi-day event, we will set it up for your needs and budget. We can also setup the program to cover any skill level. Please contact us for more information.
On location workshops
We can also lead workshops on location with emphasis on wildlife, landscape, macro, night photography, post processing, photo critiques etc.
The most popular programs include:
A.) Dynamics of Wildlife or Nature Photography:
We can emphasize wildlife, birds, birds in flight, macro or present an overview of all of them.
John presents practical tips that can be immediately deployed to increase your chances of capturing that "shot of a lifetime”. We will explore what makes a compelling and emotionally engaging photograph. He will entertain participants and illustrate his points with humor and stories from the field. Whether you are a beginner or a professional photographer, you will leave this presentation excited to try new strategies and tips that will create more dramatic images. This program has several tips that will take your photography to the next level. This lecture can be tailored for beginner or advanced photographers depending on the audience.
B.) Unleash your Landscape Photography (NEW)
This program will provide several techniques on how to take your Landscape Photography to the next Level. The program will even show the before and after photos. Some examples are demonstrated thru video making the viewer feel like there are right there onsite.
Some of the topics include
How to understand light and use it to add incredible drama to your photos.
Using DOF to your advantage
Shooting in special situations (Fog, Rainbows, Rain, Bad light)
Photographing Water (Reflections, Lakes, Ocean, Rivers, and Waterfalls).
This program will have a section on different strategies to deal with contrast It is a common problem to have a properly exposed foreground and a washed out sky or a properly exposed sky and a dark foreground. We will also cover how to use contrast to your advantage.
John will also discuss which filters to use and how and when not to use them.
We will have a demo on common cell photo apps and software that predict the milky way, sunrise, sunset, tides, and moon rise/set and direction of light.
Which Equipment to buy or skip.
If time allows we will do a demonstration of Time lapse photography. Also Learn a quick Lightroom tip which helps you improve all of your photos
This program can be anywhere from 45 min to all day. All Skill levels.
C.) Wild America: My Favorite Places in the United States
Join as we explore some of the most beautiful places in the United States. Featuring beautiful pictures and funny stories this narrated programs explores the amazing scenery, wildlife, our National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. These photos captures the moods and seasons in all their glory.
We will visit locations like New England, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Minnesota, Alaska, Florida, Everglades, Big Cypress, Washington State, Acadia, White Mountain National Forest, South West and Maine. Thrill to the wonders of planet earth displaying the hidden beauty of Wild America.
This program can be customized to showcase the amazing photography or wildlife viewing opportunities. This program can also be divided into different sections of the country like East and West, Alaska etc.
D.) Experiencing Nature: The Story Behind the Images
This presentation features John's photographs from New England to Alaska. John will share the stories behind the photos. He will provide tips to improve your own nature photography experiences and tackle some of the challenges and surprises.
This lecture can be tailored for beginner or advanced photographers depending on the audience.
This presentation will be an overview of Adobe Lightroom. This program can be adjusted to 90 min, 2 hours, or 4 hours depending on how much in depth that you want to go. We can also emphasize any of the 7 modules like Library, Develop Modules, Print,etc.
F.) Northern Lights (Aurora) and Time Lapse Photography:
Night photography is a lot of fun. It adds a whole new element to your portfolio. You learn how to compose, shoot and focus in the dark. John will be using examples with the Northern Lights. We can also discuss how to create time lapse photography. We will discuss what equipment and software that you will need. You will learn the correct formula for night photography, intervalometer, reducing flicker, and post processing with Lightroom.
G.) Bear Country: The Bears of North America
John Slonina will present photos of his travels across North America to photograph bears. The presentation will explore Grizzly Bears in Alaska, Polar Bears in Canada, and Black Bears across the US. John has many adventures and photos to share. He will also discuss photo techniques for wildlife photography and provide location tips on how to plan your own bear adventure.
H.) Yellowstone and Grand Tetons: Wild America Series
John Slonina will present photos of travels to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and the surrounding area. These world famous national parks have incredible wildlife and landscapes. He has been photographing there almost 20 years.
I.) Florida: Wild America Series
John Slonina will present photos of his travels to Florida. He will highlight the wildlife and ecosystems of Florida. This program also highlight the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Reserve and locations along the East, West Coast and Central Florida. He has been photographing there over 30 years.
J.) Alaska: Wild America Series
John Slonina will present photos of his numerous travels to Alaska. He will highlight the wildlife and incredible landscapes of Alaska. This program will highlight the Northern Lights (Aurora), Bald Eagles, Bears, Marine Mammals, Birds and incredible landscapes.This presentation has a lot of info on planning a trip to Alaska.
John Slonina is a professional nature photographer. A passion for wildlife, wild places and teaching has led him down the path to photography. He has been photographing nature for over 30 years. He also has a photo tour company Slonina Photography which leads instructional photo workshops across North America. John’s goal is to make everything a fun learning experience. John’s subjects include landscape, wildlife, macro, nature, and night photography. His work has been published in calendars, books, magazines and displayed in several galleries. John has presented for numerous camera clubs, nature groups, and photo conferences. His teaching style and humor makes him a popular speaker. You can visit his website for his blog posts, online galleries, and tour schedule.
He is a member of the Feisol Pro Photography Team and sponsored by Hunt’s Photo and Video.
Phone (508) 736-1167