THE Speakers FROM THE 2019 Spring Conference

Greg Miller



Greg Miller photographs a wide range of subjects from bold Panoramas of dramatic elements of nature to intimate monochromatic artistic nudes with subtle textures and tones.

Commercial assignments include projects ranging from the Adirondacks to Chilean Patagonia. His photo books include, "Tuxedo Park: The Gift of Nature," featuring 200 photographs released in 2015. The Hudson River: "A Great American Treasure" and "Panorama of the Hudson River." Sponsored in part by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. Greg served as “Artist in Residence" at Arcadia National Park.

He leads private photography workshops and photography tours for organizations such as, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Peters Valley School of Craft, National Park Service, Digital Photo Academy, the Adirondack Photography Institute, and Olana Sate Historic Site (Frederick Church Home)

Greg is a Singh-Ray Filters featured Photographer

Nick Zungoli


   In 1979 Nick Zungoli opened the Exposures Gallery in the Art and Craft Hamlet of Sugar Loaf, New York. Internationally recognized, he established himself as the Hudson Valley’s pre-eminent landscape photographer and over the years has sold over 50,000 original prints to collectors, art consultants, interior designers and architects. His gallery’s main room is devoted to Hudson Valley photographs and an additional special exhibit room has changing shows of worldwide travel images. Exposures was voted as “Best Art Gallery” by the readers of the Times Herald Record and Nick Zungoli chosen as “Artist of the Year” by the Orange County Arts Council. He has been a contributor to National Geographic,  The New York Times and Popular Photography and has produced numerous exhibitions and books from his extensive travels. Nick also offers small group photo workshops in Sugar Loaf and occasionally at exotic locations.

Carl Heilman


  Carl Heilman - Is an award winning outdoor photographer and workshop leader who has published many coffee table and how-to books. He specializes in landscape and fine art photography of the Adirondacks, New York State, the Maine Coast, and  the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

He is an internationally published photographer and author. He has been photographing the Adirondacks since the mid 1970's, working to capture the grandeur, and his emotional and spiritual connection to these special locations in each of his photographs. His work has been published in numerous regional and international publications including National Geographic Explorer, Outdoor Photographer, Shutterbug, The New York

Times, Nature Conservancy publications, Adirondack Life, The Adirondack Explorer, and The Conservationist. 

Carl leads a variety of one day and multi-day photography and Photoshop workshops and tours each year in the Adirondack Park, Acadia National Park and other unique landscapes around the country. His AV programs have aired on regional PBS stations, and are shown regularly in regional nature centers. He was the featured photographer in the May 2008 national PBS special, The Adirondacks. His published books include 101 Top Tips for Digital Landscape Photography and Photographing the Adirondacks.

Previous Guest Speakers

Joe Brady

 Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is a two-time author on and has contributed articles for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine App

David Fitzsimmons

 Sigma Pro Photographer Dave FitzSimmons founded FitzSimmons Photography 17 years ago--committing to artistic integrity and environmental conservation. Over the past two decades, Dave's work, ranging from landscapes and wildlife to weddings and commercial photography, has reached an estimated five million viewers.

Rick Sammon

 Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances.

Bryan F. Peterson

Bryan has been a successful photographer for over 35 years. His clients include, American Express,Kodak,UPS,Phillips,and Citi Bank. He has received awards from the Communications Arts Photograph and Print Magazine. Received the New York Art Directors Gold Award. Is best known as a photography/writer of eight best selling books.  He is a co-founder of "The Bryan Peterson  School of Photography", the worlds number one on-line school of photography.

Robert Rodriquez Jr.

  Robert Rodriguez Jr is a landscape photographer, teacher, and author focused on conveying the beauty and presence he experiences in nature. His images have appeared in the NY Times, and his photography is featured extensively by Scenic Hudson, a non-profit organization dedicated to land and nature preservation in the Hudson Valley.Robert own and operates Beyond the Lens Workshops, which offers photography workshops every year in the Hudson Valley and national parks around the country. He’s also a regular speaker at the B&H Photo Event Space in NYC – .Robert is also a Canson Infinity ambassador, a select group of hand-picked international artists that uphold and exemplify the Canson heritage of paper making since 1557. He prints all of his work and teaches printing workshops at his studio in Beacon, NY.

George Lepp

 George D. Lepp is one of North America's best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers. His passions for natural beauty, technical precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility are revealed in his beautiful and compelling photographic images. He is also widely recognized for his unique dedication to sharing his photographic and biological knowledge with other photographers through his seminars and writing. In both realms, George Lepp is a leader in the rapidly advancing field of digital imaging.

Parish Kohanim

 Parish Kohanim has been intimately involved with professional photography for over 25 years. Parish, who is a renowned commercial photographer, is now devoting his efforts towards his first love, fine art photography. Parish’s passion for the subtle beauty of life is apparent in his photographs. He has focused on many exquisite subjects, and is able to bring them out of the frame and into the live imagination of the viewer.

Frank Dispensa

One of the country’s most outstanding teachers of portrait lighting, posing, and the science of photography.  Witty and informative, his presentations have excited photographers across the country and internationally.  When it comes to photographic education, Frank’s studio, online classes and DVDs are unexcelled for their depth of information-information that’s presented in a way that’s easy to understand and with ideas you will be able to put into practical use. Frank is a renowned master of wedding and portrait photography, whose posing and lighting styles capture the elegance of classical portraiture as well as the creativity demanded in contemporary portraits.  His seminars and workshops draw from his 30 years of experience as an acclaimed photographer.    Frank Dispensa’s enthusiasm inspires; his sense of humor delights; and his ability to communicate make his presentations an immensely profitable experience for photographers of all levels of experience.

Arthur Morris

" Birds As Art"

 Arthur Morris is a free-lance nature photographer and writer specializing in birds. Arthur  demonstrates which techniques, gear and settings he uses to create artistic photos of birds and other wildlife.  Arthur travels to Bosque del Apache in New Mexico to photograph various species of birds, using an assortment of 

telephoto lens and tele-extenders.

 Arthur Morris is a free-lance nature photographer and writer specializing in birds. He is widely recognized as the world’s premier bird photographer and as one of the top nature photography educators of his time. In his books and on his web site and blog his record of sharing his photographic and avian knowledge is un-matched. 

 His first major photography book, 

“The Art of Bird Photography,”  

In April 1995, Mr. Morris became a Canon contract photographer, part of their “Explorers of Light” program; after 18 years of stalwart service, he now enjoys the title Explorer of Light Emeritus.

Lori Adams

  Photography of people, products, locations, events for any business. Loris is also an event and Special Occasion Photographer. Her studio specializes in storytelling with a documentary passion for all events including fundraising, award ceremonies, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, parties and events of all sorts.  Lori also does Fine Art Reproduction and Product Photography: "Artwork reproduction is one of the most technically demanding kinds of photography."  Some of Lori’s accomplishments include: Documentary and Science + Art Photography Books: Timeless Triops: A Prehistoric Creature (2014) Little Flowers with Big Attitude (2014), Triops - a very unusual creature, 2009 and Look, Ask & Learn About Butterflies, 2010. She does lectures, workshops, 2nd grade to college-level instruction and private lessons. Lori is listed in the Dutchess County BOCES Arts-in-Education provider list as well as the NW/Putnam BOCES Arts-in-Education database.

Denise Ippolitto

A full time award winning professional photographer, workshop leader and artist living in New Jersey. Denise, travels extensively presenting lectures and seminars teaching photography and Photoshop. She is an award winning wildlife photographer. 

Denise has several ebooks on "Bird Photography - The Art of Composition", where she shares a wide variety of tips and techniques designed to make the most of your time in the field.  

Plus "Aguide to Creative Blurs"' Visual Expressions"' "A Guide to Creative Filters and Efects"' and her latest ebook "Blooming Ideas." Her photographs are a work of art.

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