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Erin Babnik is known internationally as a leading photographic artist, educator, writer, and speaker. Her ambitious and expressive style of landscape photography brings together an unusual integration of adventurous exploration, progressive techniques, and formal education in the arts. In her writing and public speaking, Erin explores topics with a unique blend of art historical, philosophical, and instructional ideas, an approach that has made her one of the most notable voices among the current generation of landscape photographers.


Erin’s dedication to the medium of photography evolved out of her years working as an art historian, photographing at archaeological sites and in museums for the purposes of teaching and research. Previously, she had experimented with photography creatively in art school, working with both film and early digital cameras to explore the potential for photography to communicate ideas in graphic design projects. Full immersion in the art of photography would come some years later, however. After transferring to UC Berkeley’s Ph.D. program in Art History, she began to produce photographs for her dissertation and for lecturing as an instructor of undergraduate courses. It was at this point that her interest in photography became an obsession. Her goal of producing a high-quality archive of photographs for educational purposes ultimately led to the pursuit of compelling images as ends in themselves.


Erin spent the last six years of her academic career moonlighting as an assignment photographer and slowly transitioning to her current focus on wilderness photography, ultimately developing that passion into a full-time profession. Erin now travels worldwide to teach photography workshops and to give talks about her work and about the genre of landscape photography. Erin is honored to be a Canon Explorer of Light and is also a member of the illustrious nature photography team Photo Cascadia

Keynote Presentation

Beyond Perfection: Balancing Artistry and Technique in Your Photography

Saturday May 18th

5:15pm –7:00pm


What could be better than perfection? In this insightful talk, Erin draws upon a broad range of experiences in the field, in education, and in the professional realm to identify common pitfalls where fixating on technical perfection can lead photographers astray. Embracing the belief that creativity is a messy place, Erin offers advice for balancing high standards of image making with the capricious nature of inspiration.

Private Class $50

The Why of Post-Processing

Saturday May 18th

3:00pm – 4:15pm

This class organizes all goals of post-processing into two essential strategies that can help you to approach any image with a stronger sense of direction. Through a series of before-and-after examples, Erin Babnik will present an overview of these strategies, along with explanations of many useful editing techniques that went into the creation of each final version.

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