Jennifer Moore captured Ivy, Hansi and Clint during the Q&A.

Jennifer Moore captured Ivy, Hansi and Clint during the Q&A.

A full house at DAI’s Lincoln Park Education Center on Tuesday for the first One River, Many Stories skill session.

Three local photographers talked about composition, luck, ethics — and what it’s like to look through a lens at the incredible scenery, and incredible people, of our region.

Thank you Clint Austin of the Duluth News Tribune, Hansi Johnson of Minnesota Land Trust, and Ivy Vainio, a Native Ojibwe artist known for her nearly full-size portraits.

Best human relations advice, from Ivy: “Sometimes I’m at a pow wow, face to face listening to someone, and out of the corner of my eye, I see the perfect shot. But I keep my eyes on the person I’m listening to, and when they’re done talking, I go for it. It usually works.”

Best photography equipment tip came from Clint Austin: “We all have a zoom lens — our feet. Shuffle forward, shuffle back.”

Best technical advice, from Hansi: “Don’t over-edit. Learn to trust that what you captured is good.”

Were you there? What did you hear from our photographers that will stick with you?

“One River, Many Stories” is a journalism, media and storytelling project and resource hub for journalists, educators, and citizens to foster deeper conversations about our community. This University of Minnesota Duluth Journalism program project is funded in part by the Knight Foundation Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

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