"I've used a lot of smartphones, but the Nokia Lumia 1020 is extraordinary. There's never been anything like it. Until now, I could only get images like this using a professional DSLR camera."
- Stephen Alvarez, National Geographic Photographer
Stephen takes you on a first-hand tour of the Lumia 1020's features; sharing his own creative and technical tips for how to get the best shots. He'll demonstrate how you can control focus, shutter speed, exposure and white balance just like you would with a DSLR camera. See how to zoom in and discover details you never knew were there; or rotate, reframe, and crop your shots to create entirely new images.
Photographer and filmmaker Stephen Alvarez produces global stories about exploration, adventure, and culture. Alvarez has been a National Geographic photographer since 1995. He has published over a dozen stories with the magazine, including the discovery of an ancient Incan mummy in Peru, the deepest cave in the world near the Black Sea, a jungle expedition through Central America's longest cave, the whitewater world of New Britain's caves, the stone forest of Madagascar, a sailing expedition with the Polynesian Voyaging Society aboard the Hokule'a, and the world below Paris from the Opera to the sewers. Alvarez has photographed the moai of Easter Island under the Milky Way, and the panoramic capitals of Europe.
His images have won awards in Pictures of the Year International and Communications Arts. His story on the Maya and their religious rituals was exhibited at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France. Alvarez has produced stories with National Public Radio, including a story on underground Paris that won a 2012 White House News Photographers Association award.
Appearances and lectures include NPR, PBS, and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Shakerag Workshops, National Geographic Live, the Atlanta Photojournalism Festival, the Banff Mountain Centre. Alvarez is also a founding member of The Photo Society.
Stephen lives with his family in Sewanee, Tennessee.
"I want to be challenged, and I'm not afraid of a little manual labor," says Arizona-based photographer John Burcham. In Burcham's photographic niche, he often gets his wish. Whether it is schlepping in the Arctic's subzero temperatures or fleshing out the photographic details in the midst of grinding chainsaws and falling trees, Burcham meshes a photojournalist sense of story with a studio photographer's obsession for detail.
Burcham's photography career started at his college newspaper while he was earning his degree in architecture from Virginia Tech. His passion for adventure sports led him to a successful photographic career in the outdoor industry. Companies such as Patagonia and Mountain Hardware have sent him to the most inhospitable and seldom visited landscapes to capture moments in exploration and adventure.
Many major clients, including National Geographic, the New York Times, Popular Mechanics, the History Channel, and American Airlines have used him for assignment work.
John is based out of Arizona where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.