Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions are intensive two-hour long classes with one of the Symposium’s presenters, focused on specific topics or techniques with the goal of developing applicable skills.

Breakout sessions are part of your registration.

Each session is offered twice – once on Friday, May 5, and again on Saturday, May 6. Seats are limited so be sure to register early using the Symposium Registration Form.

The 2017 Moab Photography Symposium offers these breakout sessions:


MPSBO-BB-LesBauxQuarryFinding Interesting Subject Matter with Bruce Barnbaum

12:30-2:30 PM Friday and Saturday

Frederick Sommer wrote that “subject matter is a subject that matters.” What matters to you? When you’re “out there” with your camera, are you  “stalking photos,” and getting upset, frustrated or angry if you find none, or are you enjoying the location, the day, the ambiance around you, with added happiness if you find a photograph. The latter approach leads to better imagery.


CKimmerle_1000px_0002The Digital Black and White Photograph, From Scene To Print with Chuck Kimmerle

12:30-2:30 PM Friday and Saturday

Learn what makes a good candidate for a black and white image, how to photograph it, and how to process it in both Photoshop and Lightroom. Bring your computers and some images to work with.

dk000133The Visual Language
 with Guy Tal

12:30-2:30 PM Friday and Saturday

Images may communicate facts, ideas, emotions and even stories. When we look at an image, our brain has to decide not only what it is we are looking at, but also how we should feel about it and respond to it. And if we know how the brain makes those decisions, we can communicate things in our images that are not always expressible in spoken words. In images, we communicate in a unique and universal language – a visual language. Visual elements within the frame may be the equivalents of words in a sentence. Like verbal language, the visual language has its own vocabulary, structure, rules, metaphors and euphemisms. In this session we’ll venture beyond simplistic rules of composition, and review some of the science of visual perception and techniques for becoming more effective visual communicators.