Photoact 2012 August 24th - 25th

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Santa Barbara, CA 24-AUG-2012 Mike Hagen $495 $525 Sold out

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Bringing together the art, the craft, and the technology of photography in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA

Join us at this premium photography event in beautiful Santa Barbara, California this summer for a shift in focus to the artistic aspects of image making. Our own Nikonians Academy Director, Mike Hagen, will partner with a world-class panel of 13 presenters over the course of two days.

The conference will include a mix of lectures, workshops, and break out sessions ranging from art to technology to craft. Speakers include Bruce Barnbaum, Uwe Steinmuller, Marc Muench, Ken Rockwell, and many more.

This premium photography event is being organized in conjunction with RockyNook, c't Digital Photography and International Fine Art.

Gerhard Rossbach, conference chair and publisher of Rocky Nook, has this to say about the event,

"After a decade of major advances in technology, I believe there is a need to shift the focus back to the artistic aspects of image creation, to the essence of seeing and personal expression, and to the fundamental precepts of photography as a craft.

I am proud to announce a premium two-day event to be held in picturesque Santa Barbara, California, on August 24th & 25th, 2012, aimed at presenting a balanced view of the wide world of contemporary photography. Some of the world's leading photographers and educators will come together to present and discuss the art, craft, and technology of their trade.

- One beautiful location

- Two days

- Three tracks (Art-Craft-Technology)

- Four workshops

- Thirteen world-class speakers

Don't miss this unique event — reserve your place now!"

Topics and speakers

Uwe Steinmuller: The Art and Craft of HDR Photography

Dan Burkholder: The Art of iPhone Photography

Marc Muench: DOF in Nature Photography

Bruce Barnbaum: Image Critiques

J Henry Fair: Industrial Scars, the Art of Inspiring Change

Gordon Lewis: Taking It To The Streets

Christian Bloch: Intro to HDRI

Mike Hagen: Plug-in Artistry, Step by Step Using Plugins to Create Stunning B&W Prints

Greg Downing, Eric Hanson: Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Project

Biovanni Gallucci: Social Media

Jorge de la Torriente: It's Not What You See, But How You See It

Ken Rockwell: Future ACT? Where Photography is Heading.

Registration Details

Early Registration before June 1, 2012 is $495.00.

Registration after June 1, 2012 is $550.00.

Sign up for the workshop here through the Nikonians Academy. For more details and to see the detailed schedule, head over to the Photoact website: Photoact 2012

Location and Venue

Photoact 2012 will be held at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History in beautiful Mission Canyon next to the Santa Barbara Mission.


2559 Puesta del Sol

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

By car, take the 101 Freeway either north from Los Angeles, or south from San Francisco. In Santa Barbara, take the "Mission Street"-Exit towards the hills, follow the "Mission" signs, pass the mission and follow the "Natural History Museum" signs. Plenty of parking available behind the museum.

Or, take a vacation from your car and go car-free in Santa Barbara. The MTD Bus Line 22 drops you off right in front of the Museum.

  • You will learn

    • Three tracts over two days
    • Art
    • Technology
    • Craft
    • Instruction from some of the best photographers in the industry
    • Art Reviews
    • Extreme Panoramas
    • HDR
    • Plug-ins
    • Social Media
    • Art of iPhone Photography
    • Field Tricks
    • Seeing and Creativity
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • Nothing required
    • Bring a camera
    • Bring your laptop or iPad with images for critiques
  • What is provided

    • Attendance to one of four workshops
    • Attendance to keynote lectures
    • Attendance to your choice of multiple breakout lecture sessions
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


Attendance is limited to a small number of participants. Don't wait to sign up.


Other workshops in Santa Barbara, CA:

Topic Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Video & Cinematography with your DSLR 12-JUL-2012 Michael A. Mariant $895 $925 Sold out
Video & Cinematography with your DSLR 30-AUG-2013 Michael A. Mariant $695 $755 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.