Talks

Erin is currently scheduled for the following public speaking engagements.
If you would like to have Erin speak at an event that you are organizing, please get in touch via the Contact page of this website.
You can also hear Erin speak in a variety of podcast interviews. See the Interviews page of this website for a complete listing.
Watch Erin’s talk in Penrith, England from November 20, 2016 on YouTube:

Upcoming Talks

Erin’s Composition Talk Returns to the Bay Area

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Bay Area Photography and Exploration Society
Millbrae Library – Chetcuti Room
450 Poplar Avenue, Millbrae, California

7-9pm

Free Registration.

“Composition Now: Contemporary Approaches to a Timeless Art”

Composition is one of the most controversial topics in photography. Some critics deny that it is teachable, some even say that it is irrelevant in photography, and then there are people who maintain that composition is more important than light. In this highly unusual exploration of the topic, Erin Babnik discusses the art of composition with regards to its controversies, its ancient history, its evolving trends, and its ability to help generate meaning in an image. Erin’s points weave together historical, practical, and theoretical considerations with a focus on the art of composition in landscape photography. With its wide-ranging ideas, this talk will be of interest both to landscape photographers and to appreciators of the genre.

Recent Talks

Erin to Speak for Canon in Los Angeles

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

7-9pm
Canon Experience Center
123 Paularino Avenue,
Costa Mesa, Orange County, California

Free Registration.

“Composition Now: Contemporary Approaches to a Timeless Art”

In this talk for Canon Live Learning, Erin Babnik will discuss the topic of composition with regards to its ancient history, its evolving trends, and its ability to help generate meaning in an image. Erin’s points weave together historical, practical, and theoretical considerations with a focus on the art of composition in landscape photography. With its wide-ranging ideas, this talk will be of interest both to landscape photographers and to appreciators of the genre.

Out of Acadia: An Unforgettable Landscape Photography Experience
(Organized by Out of Chicago)

October 1–5, 2017

Acadia National Park
Atlantic Oceanside Hotel and Conference Center
Bar Harbor, Maine

I am excited to share the news about a whole new idea in Landscape Photography events: Out of Acadia. I’m one of the speakers at this unique conference in Maine that goes beyond the talks to include outdoor photography sessions and indoor seminars. It’s a grand buffet of programs for anyone interested in landscape photography.
Here is what I will be doing at this unique landscape photography event:

• Giving a one-hour Talk to the entire conference
• Teaching a Post-Processing Seminar (space limited)
• Leading a Critique Session/Portfolio Review (space limited)
• Leading 3 Outdoor Landscape Photography Sessions (limit of 10 participants each

Erin to Speak for Canon in San Francisco

Thursday, May 11, 2017

7-9pm
Canon Creative Center
201 California Street,
San Francisco

Free admission.

“Composition Now: Contemporary Approaches to a Timeless Art”

In this talk for Canon Live Learning, Erin Babnik will discuss the topic of composition with regards to its ancient history, its evolving trends, and its ability to help generate meaning in an image. Erin’s points weave together historical, practical, and theoretical considerations with a focus on the art of composition in landscape photography. With its wide-ranging ideas, this talk will be of interest both to landscape photographers and to appreciators of the genre.

Erin to Speak in Berkeley, California

January 31st 2017

7:30pm
Northbrae Community Church Parlor Room
941 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA

Drawing on her background in art history, Erin Babnik will discuss the topic of composition with regards to its constants throughout time, its evolving trends, and its ability to help generate meaning in an image. This presentation will offer practical advice and theoretical considerations that photographers can bring to bear on their photographs both in the field and during the development process.

Talk Audience

A Meeting of Minds: A Dedicated Landscape Photography Conference
(Organized by OnLandscape Magazine)

November 18–20, 2016

Cumbria, England

“Life Lessons for Creative Expression”

 

Erin Babnik shares some powerful received wisdom and related personal experiences that she draws upon in order to stay focused on what matters most in the creative process: personal satisfaction. Framing her own challenges and rewards as examples, she presents the five ideas about creativity that most resonated with her as she progressed through the worlds of painting, graphic design, art history, archaeology, and mountaineering, all of which ultimately culminated in a full-time career as a landscape photographer.

Organized by OnLandscape Magazine, this three-day conference includes sidecar events such as a sit-down dinner with conference delegates and a series of “lightning talks”. Tickets are available now through the OnLandscape website.

Annual 4CS Photography Convention

October 6–9, 2016

Annual Convention of the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs
Newport, Oregon

Erin will be delivering the Keynote Speech and a program on composition at the Annual Convention of the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs, an umbrella organization governing 28 photography clubs in four US states and in one province of Canada. The convention will take place October 6–9, 2016 at the Embarcadero Resort Hotel in Newport, Oregon. This four-day convention includes a variety of programs, field trips, a banquet, and a vendor hall. Registration is open to the public and available through the Columbia Council website.

 

Keynote Speech

Getting Greater Personal Satisfaction From Your Photography

Photography can provide a whole range of rewards, but personal satisfaction is usually the one that first compels a person to practice the medium. The demands of competition, of social media, or of professional activity can do a lot to motivate a photographer and to spur creative growth, but such motivations can serve as distractions in the creative process if they loom too large within it. In this keynote presentation, photographer Erin Babnik shares some powerful received wisdom and related personal experiences that she draws upon in order to stay focused on what matters most: creating photographs that are personally rewarding and enjoying the process that makes them possible.

Program on Composition

Composition Now: Contemporary Approaches to a Timeless Art

Photographic composition involves much more than following rules or adhering to patterns. Although time-honored theories of aesthetics have a lot to offer photographers, composition is ultimately part of an organic unity that is unique to any single photograph. Drawing on her background in art history, Erin Babnik will discuss the topic of composition with regards to its constants throughout time, its evolving trends, and its ability to help generate meaning in an image. This presentation will offer practical advice and theoretical considerations that photographers can bring to bear on their photographs both in the field and during the development process.

 

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