The second theme at Nature-Talks is education. Sometimes it seems as if that photographer has had all the luck in the world in making that one top record. And that taking that amazing prize-winning photo was just a matter of sheer luck. That it is pure coincidence that they are always in the perfect place at the right time.
But is that image actually correct? During our instructive lectures, our photographers / speakers will tell you how they arrive at certain photos, videos or documentaries. How do they prepare? What do you have to take into account? And when do you get what results? Our photographers / speakers share their “secrets” with you and give you practical tips & tricks, so that you can immediately apply all that knowledge in practice. And the nice thing is: listen back to the lectures a few more times and improve your photographic skills!
The speakers of Day 1 are giving the live Q&A session on Saturday, March 13th. And the speakers of Day 2 on Sunday, March 14th.
Speakers Day 1 - Saturday March 13th at the 'Educational Program'
Johan Lolos | Saturday
500.000 followers on Instagram in a short time. How?
Instagram king and southern neighbor Johan Lolos has a dream job! As a professional photographer, he travels the world for a living. Who would not want that? Johan has a job that you wouldn’t immediately expect from someone who obtained his master’s in Public Relations. However, a few months after graduating in 2015, he made a decision that changed his life forever…
Johan became a world traveler and influencer on Instagram. He’s a photographer known for his aesthetic nature photos with beautiful light. Someone who is especially attracted to the great outdoors and the mountains. His book Peaks of Europe is a good result. During this lecture, you will learn how Johan listened to his gouge and is now following his greatest dream: to travel the world as a professional photographer. He also tells how he gained an audience of nearly 500,000 followers on his incredible journey.
In this inspiring lecture, he tells you everything about following your “gouge”. He really knows how to capture the light of the most magnificent destinations, as you can see in his aesthetic photographs. Nearly 500,000 people travel virtually with him via Instagram.
He will share all his tips & tricks with you on Saturday, March 13th. About boosting your Instagram account to become King or Queen Instagram. To top it all off, you can book an Instagram Marketing masterclass with him. You really don’t wanna miss this!
Pie Aerts | Saturday
Exploring the disconnect
Pie Aerts is a Dutch documentary and wildlife photographer with a genuine interest in conflict stories between humans and wildlife. Through his lens he investigates the complicated relationship between animals, humans and nature. In March 2020, when the world came to a stop, Pie started Prints for Wildlife. A fundraising that raised $ 700,000 for conservation / conservation in just one month.
Pie feels the urge more than ever to be “the voice of our planet”. He really feels like the stories that he tells should give the places he goes to a voice. In the past 5 years, Pie has visited some extremely remote corners of our planet. There he has documented the diminishing connection we have with our natural environment and with each other.
Many of his photos show how the world is doing anno 2020. We live in a world that is rapidly individualising and as a result we collectively care about ourselves and our own struggle for survival more than ever. In fact, we are losing connection, with each other and with the planet we live on. And that’s a very dangerous thing because people stop caring. People will only fight for what they see and understand.
Pie hopes that his photos contribute to making a change and to encourage people to care again. That they make people fall in love again with their surroundings and with each other. Because if you love something, you’re willing to fight for it, whether it’s a landscape, an animal or your neighbors. And that’s what our planet needs.
Pie will discuss his findings during this lecture through beautiful images. He also talks about his vision of effective conservation.
Mathijs Frenken | Saturday
In a nutshell
Mathijs Frenken has been interested in nature and especially in birds from an early age. He loves to be at the mercy of nature’s whims and portray nature in his own creative way. It gives him a feeling of freedom. Showing how beautiful nature is and that we must protect it is what he wants to achieve.
With this lecture he hopes to inspire you to look for your own, creative, way to photograph nature (and therefore also birds). He does this based on his personal search for his own style to capture nature. How did certain photos come about? Which creative techniques did Mathijs use? How does he create images that invite the viewer to look longer? These and other questions will be addressed during this inspiring and educational lecture.
Harmen Piekema | Saturday
Composition techniques for exiting photos
One of the most difficult aspects in photography is probably making a good and exciting photography composition. Maybe you recognize – like ninety percent of the photographers – this question: “How do I make an exciting photography composition of this landscape?”
How come we find one landscape photo beautiful and interesting and another photo of that same landscape boring and unattractive? Which factors influence this and how can we use this precisely for taking an exciting photo?
In this educational presentation, Harmen Piekema addresses all these questions. He explains the basic rules of composition on the basis of practical examples. He shows, among other things, how you can use certain parts of the landscape to enhance your photo. After this lecture, you are undoubtedly looking forward to getting started in the field with these practical tips & tricks!
Speakers Day 2 - Sunday March 14th at the 'Educational Program'
Jo-Anne McArthur | Sunday
Animals in the Anthropocene
Jo-Anne McArthur is an award-winning photographer, author and in-demand speaker. As an animal photojournalist, she has spent nearly twenty years highlighting the hidden animals (which we don’t see, but have a close relationship with) in our world.
Jo-Anne created the We Animals project to document human interactions with animals and show how ordinary situations can be seen from a different perspective. This proved to be very effective because people simply did not recognize common incidences for animal abuse.
The seed of the We Animals project was born when she was backpacking through Ecuador. There was a monkey chained to some window bars. The monkey could neither get in nor out, and was trained to pick-pocket the people going by. People took pictures of the monkey thinking it was cute or funny, but Jo-Anne stopped taking pictures because she thought it was terribly cruel. She wanted to do something with the image, help the monkey, or at least show the world that this sort of treatment of animals was unacceptable. She saw, then, quite clearly, that she saw animals differently than others did. She thought her point of view was important, that showing animals through her lens, so to speak, could help people see animals, and think critically about how we treat them. Jo-Anne thinks that education is one of the best ways to start a discussion, teaching people to think critically about animals and showing that they are not just objects we can use.
During this lecture you will travel with Jo-Anne to the cataclysmic climate fires in Australia, to monkey reserves in Africa and an Asian bear rescue in Vietnam. Through her lens, you also get a glimpse into the global industries that mass produce animals for consumption. You will come across various animals in the entertainment that have become victims of our custom.
And finally you also follow rescues of many animals.
Jo-Anne highlights the complexity and intelligence of the animals she meets. She shares stories of hope, redemption and a step forward. You will undoubtedly become very impressed and inspired!
Judith Borremans | Sunday
50 shades of pastel
Anyone who ever looks at nature photos on Facebook knows her photos. Judith Borremans is the woman who knows how to capture pastel shades from nature. Her beautiful atmospheric images take you to the tranquility that nature can bring. Whether it is butterflies, birds or mushrooms, Judith takes you to higher spheres. Her lecture will keep your eyes wide open!
Judith is often asked which filter she uses for her photos. In this instructive lecture she shows you that she doesn’t use any filters at all! All those beautiful colors and pastel tones in her atmospheric photos are purely and solely created by good use of (natural) light and clever use of the camera settings. You will learn exactly how this works during this information and fascinating lecture.
Tin Man Lee | Sunday
How to freeze and capture rapid moving animals without ending up with blurry images?
This fellow was on our ‘wanted list’ for the last four years! Figuratively of course. But his images are a feast for the eye. So we hoped that he wasn’t too big for one’s boots, otherwise we wouldn’t match. Fortunately this wasn’t the case and then we finally managed to snatch him for our festival, he’s now on our speakerslist. We couldn’t stop talking on the phone, someone had to call it off by saying I have to make other phonecalls today! Tin Man Lee is such a humble and funny guy. We shared laughs, ideas and talked about everything.
So we are pleased to introduce Tin Man with his talk on how to capture fast moving animals. Don’t we all struggle with that? How does he always manage to do it and how does he manage to get those beautiful colors in his photos? During this lecture he will teach you how to capture the critical moment in such a way that you touch people with your photos!
Gheorghe Poppa | Sunday
Cuejdel: the enchanted lake
Last year we met Gheorghe at our festival during the award show of Nature Photographer of the Year. He won the Portfolio Award with his stunning landscape images made in Romania. He’s such a great guy! He has his own pharmacy business. As a person he is very humorous and adventurous and besides he is also a very talented photographer!
But what we also remember about him is that photography can sometimes be very dangerous! He almost got killed… Lucky for us and his family it didn’t happen and he will show us how he makes his beautiful and artistic landscape photos. He will also tell us why he was allowed to live twice….
Gheorge Poppa loves all forms of photography, yet he usually focuses his lens on landscapes. He has traveled a lot around the world, but despite that, Lake Cuejdel in Romania continues to give him the greatest satisfaction and joy. For him, Cuejdel is the place to relax and to practice his photography skills.
During this inspiring lecture, he will take you to the enchanting Lake Cuejdel during the four seasons. He tells you how he was there any time of the day, to search for the best photo opportunity. Often it didn’t work out and he came home frustrated. The perfect light he was looking for was missing, or simply because he was dissatisfied with the technical result.
At a certain point everything fell into place: the light, the fog and especially the inspiration. Over a period of four years, he has made a whole collection of special photos in the different seasons. Enjoy Gheorghe magical pictures and let yourself be enchanted!
Stefan Gerrits | Sunday
‘Less is more’ – Low Key & High Key photography
Imaginative and minimalist are two keywords that characterize Stefan Gerrits’ photography style. He thinks it is important to respect nature while photographing. To present the subject and the environment in the simplest components: function over form. That is exactly how Stefan experiences nature and it is the core of who he is.
“Less is more” that’s exactly what a minimalist style of photography is all about. In this instructive lecture Stefan Gerrits explains the technique of simplifying via high key & low key photography. Minimalism through high & low key photography is about simplifying, or simplifying, reality. This by removing elements and details or making them disappear to the minimum necessary to get the focus directly on the subject and only on the subject. With the aim of strengthening the essence!
Martijn Nugteren | Sunday
Discover the forest
Martijn Nugteren decided to follow his dream a few years ago. He exchanges the bustle of Vlaardingen for the peace and beauty of his favorite nature reserve: the Veluwe. He now walks daily through the woods and enjoys all the beauty that nature has to offer together with his dog.
During one of these walks, Martijn lets you look over his shoulder and through his lens and enjoy. And do you know what the beauty is? In this lecture he explains exactly how he works in the field. You will learn from him how to perfectly capture all those details of the forests. From a mushroom to a piece of moss, from the plumage of a great spotted woodpecker to the fur of a fox. It is precisely those details that make the forests such a beautiful landscape! Marvel at all those details that Martijn encounters along the way …
Andrew (Andy) Parkinson | Sunday
Animals in their environment
Andrew Parkinson, from Crich in Derbyshire, combines renovating his house with heading out to shoot “unique and credible” bodies of work. His images have won approval from Chris Packham and he has been named the 2016 Bird Photographer of the Year. Andrew said a trip to visit grizzly bears in Alaska first encouraged him to take up photography. He likes to photograph animals as part of their environment.
Andrew has now joined the Nikon Ambassador ranks as a multi-award winning wildlife photographer and is a regular National Geographic Feature Contributor. His photography is used globally by a network of leading agencies and publications including Getty, The Discovery Channel, The New York Times and RSPB Images. Andrew operates exclusively with wild animals and often speaks about the ethics of photography, conservation and animal rights. His integrity for the natural world translate clearly into every image he produces.
Andy finds that there’s a lot of what he’d call homogeneity with wildlife photography now. He likes to produce unique and credible bodies of work. He finds it absurd that anyone would need to pay someone to find them wildlife to photograph. That’s why he likes to be quite cagy about his locations. Mountain hares are his favourite animals to photograph. He loves the physical challenge, the isolation and beauty of photographing these animals up close.