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PDN Photoplus International Conference + Expo

Conference: Oct. 25 - Oct. 28, 2017
Expo: Oct. 26 - Oct. 28, 2017
Javits Convention Center, New York City

 

Wednesday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


  • Session Number:WA3
Still-life and product retouching use a different approach than beauty or portrait retouching. Product retouching is often full of compositing, which means making great selection— this class will teach you how to get fast, clean selections. Using the Illustrator file (in Adobe Photoshop), you’ll learn how to use the styles... ...read more...
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Carrie Beene

Carrie Beene is the owner and principal retoucher of CarrieNYC, a NYC Retouching Studio with work published worldwide. Clients and publications include M.A.C., Fenty for Rihanna, Maybelline, Elizabeth Arden, L’Oreal, Chantecaille, Biomega, and Harpers Bazaar, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour,...

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  • Session Number:WA1
Peter Coulson will cover the technicalities of photography, and lighting and posing models with everyday objects. Create breathtaking lighting set-ups with a frying pan? High end portraiture with bucket? Coulson will demonstrate how easy it is to create breathtaking photographs with anything. Forget expensive lights, the location of the shoot... ...read more...
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Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specializes in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour. He has worked commercially as...

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  • Session Number:WA4
Rocco Ancora will explore the world of new possibilities using digital imaging practices. Demonstrating how to take an image from capture to final print, the focus of this class is to learn how to prepare high quality images in Adobe Photoshop with innovative, creative post production techniques and how to... ...read more...
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Rocco Ancora

Rocco Ancora's consistent passion and excellence in his photography continues to be rewarded with him winning the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) prestigious "Wedding Grand Award" in 2013. Named as one of the Top Ten Photographers in the world by the iconic photography magazine American Photo, Rocco's poetic imagery...

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  • Session Number:WA2
In this workshop moderated by Ilise Benun, each panelist shares simple and proven strategies that take their creative business to the next level. Marketing strategies covered include: email marketing and content marketing, speaking and thought leadership, focused and customized direct outreach to dream clients, and how to get PR and... ...read more...
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Ilise Benun

Ilise Benun is an author, business coach, national speaker, the founder of Marketing-Mentor.com, adjunct faculty at Pratt Institute and Maryland Institute College of Art and a Program Partner for HOW Design Live, the largest design conference in the U.S. She has been coaching photographers and other creatives for 25+ years and...

Jamie Saunders
Neenah Paper

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Paula Rizzo

A best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer for nearly 20 years, Paula has produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Dave Asprey. Today, she works with experts, authors, and entrepreneurs on how to position themselves for media (traditional...

Terri Trespicio

Terri Trespicio is a New York–based content/branding expert and the co-creator of Lights Camera Expert, a four-week online course designed to help authors, experts, and entrepreneurs get media attention. A former senior editor and radio host at Martha Stewart, she recently delivered a TED talk, “Stop Searching for Your Passion,”...

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  • Session Number:WA5
This workshop covers the highlights of Photographer Entrepreneur Wedding Photographer Boot Camp on how to market, grow and become profitable within the wedding photography market. It's not only an overview of the business side of weddings, but also client communications, presentations, in-person sales, day-of prep, engagement sessions, shooting, gear, lighting,... ...read more...
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Melissa Escaro

Melissa Escaro is a life coach, author, NLP Practitioner and speaker, who works with individuals seeking to create positive change in both their personal and professional lives. She is a two time published international best selling author, contributor to the Huffington Post and TEDx speaker. Melissa works with her...

Paul Pruitt

Paul Pruitt has personally taught tens of thousands of sales people around the world over the past 24 years about marketing, sales, branding, and more. He was a national trainer and speaker and traveled throughout the United States training salespeople in workshops, seminars, and from the stage. He is the...

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Sponsored by: Miller's Lab

Wednesday, October 25, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


  • Session Number:TREND
Digital revolutionized photography, but it may have just been a warmup act. The last few years have seen advances in both in-device and cloud processing that have created cameras that can identify large numbers of objects and easily apply effects with new levels of realism. As artificial intelligence and machine... ...read more...
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Wednesday, October 25, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Session Number:TD
Test and compare the latest photography gear, and explore the newest software solutions & photographic services from dozens of PhotoPlus exhibitors the evening before the Expo officially opens.  Free to all attendees. Test Drive takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with the reception running from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ...

Thursday, October 26, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Session Number:PW04
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  • Session Number:MC04
As a result of the current political climate, we've seen inspiring growth in grassroots activism around many environmental and social causes. What role can and should photographers play in fighting for these causes? What are the opportunities and pitfalls of using photography to advance an issue? What are the current... ...read more...
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Annie Nyborg

Annie is the Director of Corporate Responsibility & Community at Peak Design. ...

Clay Cook

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  • Session Number:MC01
Collin Pierson has seen it all: rain, sleet, snow, hurricanes and tornados, just to name a few. This Master Class will challenge you to think of inclement conditions as an opportunity, not a "911." Using techniques in lighting, composition, and the surroundings to your advantage, Pierson will share some techniques... ...read more...
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Collin Pierson

Collin Pierson is a lifestyle and destination wedding photographer based in Chicago, Illinois. After working for newspapers, in professional sports, and in his own studio Collin created a style that is both candid and dramatic. Collin's passionate and personalized approach toward his profession and clients is reflected in the...

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  • Session Number:PW05
Reignite your love and excitement for photography by seeing how Peter Coulson works outdoors, commercially and during his own creative photoshoots. Learn Coulson’s techniques for how to find the perfect light in the ugliest locations, with any model or client, creating flawless beauty portraits and fashion photographs. Learn how to... ...read more...
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Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specializes in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour. He has worked commercially as...

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  • Session Number:PW02
On this Photo Walk you will learn new techniques on navigating crowds, being discreet when shooting people, managing the portability of your equipment, which equipment and lens to use and the best settings on your camera. Street photography requires you to be fast, nimble and always ready with your gear.... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:MC03
Monte Isom will discuss the tools and techniques of starting and running a photography business in the commercial world. He will share how to tailor your work to those who need it and shed light on who is hiring and what they are looking for. From receipts, to taxes, to... ...read more...
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Monte Isom

Monte Isom is a highly sought after commercial photographer specializing in photographing athletes and movie posters. Based out of NYC, Isom has been capturing images for mega brands like HBO, Sony, Gatorade, Nike, Adidas, New Balance,Youtube and Visa for over 15 years. Monte’s schedule keeps him shooting full time, but...

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  • Session Number:PW03
Manhattans’s midtown on the west side is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in New York City and has been in an state of change since the turn of the last century. From the world famous High Line to construction of the new Zaha Hadid building, to the extension of the 7th... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:PW01
Join Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles as he shows you how he approaches shooting portraits on location. In this session you'll learn:  *How to scout out great locations, no matter where you are, to use and make great images  *How Miguel approaches his camera settings to quickly get the look that will set... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:MC02
Join portrait photographer Drew Gurian as he shows you a variety of real-world examples shot for clients like Red Bull, the Associated Press and Rolling Stone that demonstrate just how easy this whole lighting thing can be. Learn the simple solutions that let you achieve what you need. Lighting can... ...read more...
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Drew Gurian

Drew is a New York City based portrait photographer, focusing on the intersection of photography, music and entertainment cultures. His ability to seek out and capture raw, intimate moments is what defines his style. His personal aesthetic has translated seamlessly to brands like Red Bull and Reebok, and has garnered the...

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Sponsored by: Nikon

Thursday, October 26, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


  • Session Number:TA5
In today’s world, your attention is coveted. Individuals, brands and organizations are begging for you to notice them across a multitude of platforms. Visual creators must make a difficult choice: Do we relentlessly chase views, likes, and retweets as the "formula" to gain new clients or is it just a... ...read more...
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Andrew Fingerman

Andrew Fingerman is the Chief Executive Officer of PhotoShelter, a platform that transforms the way image makers and businesses communicate their stories and manage their visual assets online. Before becoming CEO, Andrew led marketing at PhotoShelter for five years, where he pioneered the company’s photographer education efforts, resulting in a...

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  • Session Number:TA2
Joel Grimes believes that to compete in today's marketplace, you have to master the use of light. Follow Grimes as he shows you how to master the most beautiful light in the world without lighting ratios, a flash meter or schematics. Attendees walk away with confidence that mastering lighting can... ...read more...
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Joel Grimes

Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. For over 30 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe. Last year Joel was selected as one of Canon’s exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers and...

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  • Session Number:TA7
Too often our fears block our path to success. Freelancers, especially those in the creative fields, take that fear to a new level. You do not have to fall victim to this. You have more power than you think. This seminar will share practical tips that can be used to... ...read more...
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Debra Weiss

Former: Agent, Black Book Consultant, CEO, APA National Present: Creative Consultant, Lecturer, Moderator, Independent Curator, Advocate, PLUS Coalition (Picture Licensing Universal System) Website Curator and Industry Committee Coordinator, Advisory Board Member (PLUS, Santa Monica College, Art of Photography Show) More info @ http://debraweiss.com/ ...

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  • Session Number:TA4
New and Emerging Photographers to Watch will explain the steps they took to hone their styles, build a successful portfolio, and build a network of clients who support their work. Joined by a veteran photographer with a track record of building repeat business, they'll share their approaches to marketing, networking, funding... ...read more...
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Tony Gale

Tony Gale is an award winning New York city based photographer. Tony shoots compelling stills and video for a variety of editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Manfrotto Ambassador, a X-Rite Coloratti, a Ben-Q expert and the APA National President. ...

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  • Session Number:TA6
Photographers, companies and families have extensive photo collections that need to be digitized, managed, restored and shared. Learn techniques for rapid capture and image repair from two of the best teachers around. Peter Krogh will demonstrate how to make high-quality camera scans of slides, negatives and prints, taken from the... ...read more...
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Katrin Eismann

Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have...

Peter Krogh

Peter Krogh is a photographer, author, speaker and digital photography expert, best known for The DAM Book and related publications. His newest book, Digitizing Your Photos, describes a comprehensive method for high-quality scanning using a digital camera. He has helped set up these systems for the Library of Congress,...

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  • Session Number:TA3
"Shreditor" is an umbrella term for scouting, producing, shooting and editing professional film. Join Johnathan Edwards in this introduction to shooting film as a freelance director, working with agencies, brands and clients. He will discuss work styles, techniques, shooting and color grading, as well as social media, marketing and brand... ...read more...
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Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards is an award winning Director of Photography based in the UK Specialising in high-end creative, commercial and branded content Director / Cinematographer / Colourist / Editor...

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  • Session Number:TA8
This action-packed course is designed for the busy photographer wanting techniques they can put into practice immediately. Whether a wedding or portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell is world renowned for her ability capture breathtaking images. She will demonstrate simple, effective things you can do to create gorgeous images that stand the... ...read more...
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Bambi Cantrell

World-renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell, is one of the most decorated and celebrated professional photographers of our time. After 25 years of photographing some of the most exquisite and breath taking wedding and portrait images from around the world, Bambi Cantrell is virtually a household name Three best selling books: “The Art...

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Sponsored by: Nikon

  • Session Number:TA1
Light, gesture and color are synonymous with all of Jay Maisel's images. These elements, coupled with an awareness of figure-ground relationships or photographic optical illusion, constitute a crucial part of image presentation. In this seminar, Maisel will show you how and why images challenge perception and why you do not... ...read more...
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Jay Maisel

After studying painting and graphic design at Cooper Union and Yale, Jay Maisel began his career in photography in 1954. While his portfolio includes the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Miles Davis, he is perhaps best known for capturing the light, color, and gesture found in every day life. This...

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Sponsored by: Nikon + Epson

Thursday, October 26, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


  • Session Number:TK
Thursday Keynote...

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room: Adobe Show Floor Theater
A special program geared for Students and Educators When you’re starting out as a full-time photographer, getting your first clients and living shoot to shoot, thinking ahead ten, 20 or 30 years may seem impractical. But what are some steps you can take early on to make your career not only... ...read more...
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DIXIE DIXON
NIKON INC

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Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew Jordan Smith

Matthew is best known for his portraits of celebrities, actors and models, among them Angela Bassett, Tyra Banks, Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin and Samuel L. Jackson. His client list includes Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Sony Entertainment, HBO and Showtime. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Vision...

Sponsored by: PDNedu and Nikon

Thursday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:TB6
Bob Sacha, a former MediaStorm producer, will break the video narrative process down, focusing on audio as the foundation of storytelling. He will explain how to use interviewing techniques that elicit surprising information and authentic emotion from subjects. Attendees will learn how to use ambient sound, sound effects, and music... ...read more...
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Bob Sacha

Bob Sacha is an award-winning director, cinematographer, editor, teacher and photographer.  He has directed, produced, shot and edited video stories for The Guardian, Al Jazeera America Online, Yahoo News, AudubonScience, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundation, among other international clients. For several...

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  • Session Number:TB3
Peter Hurley has diligently worked at creating images that his clients are proud of for the last 17 years. He’ll teach you his simple but effective techniques to pull out an individual's personality, while drawing from his personal experiences to show just how touching these crucial moments have been throughout... ...read more...
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Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley is somewhat of a rare breed. His haphazard way of moving through life has had him riding the waves around the world on a sailboat, plastered his mug in magazines modeling for the likes of Polo and Abercrombie & Fitch and put over 15,000 faces three feet in...

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  • Session Number:TB8
Go inside a portrait session with Alexis Cuarezma and see what's essential for creaitng images with impact and emotion. Learn how to quickly connect with your subject to have a harmonious relationship during the shoot. Cuarezma will go over lighting setups, theories and concepts to help you recognize and create... ...read more...
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Alexis Cuarezma

Alexis Cuarezma is a San Francisco-based photographer who specializes in both on-location and in-studio portraiture. He's an Alumnus of the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop (Barnstorm XXIV), has been commissioned for assignments by NIKE, Sports Illustrated, the LA Times, the New York Times, HBO and a number of international publications. ...

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  • Session Number:TB1
Video is everywhere: Facebook, Youtube, Instagram and Snapchat. Video content is the most efficient way to market your business right now. In this class, Sally Sargood will show you how you can use video to market your business and get clients on social media. She will share the “why,” complete... ...read more...
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Sally Sargood

For 26 years, Sally Sargood’s passion has been photography. Her role has always been behind the scenes but entrenched in the business of photography. From working in sales and marketing for pro labs, to Personal Assistant for Jerry Ghionis, her’s is a very unique situation where she’s seen first...

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  • Session Number:TB2
Andrew Hetherington will lead a panel of successful photographers in a discussion on what it takes to maintain a career and stay relevant both creatively and commercially. Photographers will discuss their strategies for being competitive, how they’ve navigated and adapted to a rapidly changing marketplace, and tips on leveraging personal... ...read more...
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Andrew Hetherington

Andrew Hetherington is a photographer, director and content creator originally from Dublin Ireland now based in New York City. A PDN 30 Emerging Photographer to Watch in 2003 he has gone on to shoot all around the world for magazines like GQ, Esquire, Outside, Mens Health, New York Times Magazine,...

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  • Session Number:TB4
Join TEDx speakers and sponsored adventure filmmakers Kody and Kyler McCormick (of The Outbound Life) as they share exclusive insight on the business of content creation and social influencing. This unprecedented panel will give an intimate look at the relationship between world renown social influencers and content creators as well... ...read more...
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Kody McCormick

Kody is a filmmaker, entrepreneur, and an avid enthusiast for adventure. At the age of 23, he has already gone on to speak at TEDx Memphis, be a social media influencer with Southwest Airlines, and become sponsored by many of the leading companies in the film and photography industry. Kody is...

Kyler McCormick

Kyler has a burning desire to show his generation that they are never too young, too inexperienced, or too unqualified to make a big difference in the world. At the age of 21, he has already gone on to panel at SXSW, write for The Official LinkedIn Blog, and become...

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  • Session Number:TB9
Julieanne Kost will demonstrate how to add personal style to your images by mastering the Lightroom tools needed to enhance, refine and add creative effects. Explore Lightroom’s powerful global and local non-destructive image adjustments including color and tonal enhancements, custom conversions to black and white, and special vintage and traditional... ...read more...
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Julieanne Kost

Named one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business," Julieanne Kost is a Principal Evangelist at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating...

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  • Session Number:TB7
How should a photographer approach a collector? The answer is probably that they shouldn’t. Collectors are like cats: they scare easily. Join us for a panel of photo collectors who will offer up other strategies for approach. “Your Picture on the Wall” is the latest in a series of panels... ...read more...
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 Efrem Zelony-Mindell

Efrem Zelony-Mindell is an independent curator, writer, and painter. His curatorial endeavors include shows in NYC: n e w f l e s h, Are You Loathsome, and the International Center of Photography-Bard's 2017 MFA thesis show Familiar Strange. He writes about art and photography for DEAR DAVE magazine, Posture...

W.M. Hunt

W.M. - Bill - Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. He teaches and writes (“The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious”, “Hunt’s Three Ring Circus”, “l’Oeil de la Photographie” and numerous artist monograph essays, and he looks...

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  • Session Number:TB5
Find out what it takes to produce a photo shoot for leading magazines, and what goes on behind the scenes from pre- to post-production. Learn how to scale up production for group shots of five to 100+ subjects. In this seminar, photographer Art Streiber will reveal how some of his... ...read more...
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Art Streiber

Art Streiber is a Los Angeles-based photographer specializing in editorial, reportage and entertainment advertising imagery. His editorial client list includes Vanity Fair, ESPN, Town & Country, Field & Stream, TIME, Entertainment Weekly, Wired, In Style, and Variety. His entertainment client list includes CBS, NBC, HBO, A&E, TNT, 20th...

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Thursday, October 26, 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Session Number:PW09
This Photo Walk is for photographers who want to get comfortable connecting with people on a more intimate level. Kenna Klosterman will lead photographers through the streets of New York City, teaching by example how to approach strangers—even those that don’t speak the same language. This is not about using your 70- 200mm lens... ...read more...
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Kenna Klosterman

Kenna Klosterman is a travel photographer, tour leader, creative connector, say-hi-to-strangers gal and the Lead Host of CreativeLive. Her personal vision is to empower change in the world through photography, simultaneously fostering creative education globally and visual storytelling with her own portraits. She focuses her personal work on documentary...

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Sponsored by: Creative Live

  • Session Number:PW10
Follow Joel Grimes as he takes you out in the field to showcase High Speed Syncing technology and how to achieve the same results using ND filters. You will be blown away at how simple it is to create dynamic, shallow depth-of-field portraits. In the real world, you can't always... ...read more...
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Joel Grimes

Driven by the creative process, Joel views himself as an illusionist, creating portraits larger than life. For over 30 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe. Last year Joel was selected as one of Canon’s exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers and...

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  • Session Number:PW07
On this street photography Photo Walk, Doug Menuez will share how he combines his documentary techniques with a deliberate zen mindfulness that allows him to enter a zone of hyper-awareness and concentration. He’ll also share his philosophy about respecting his subjects, discussing the fine line between telling their stories and... ...read more...
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Doug Menuez

Documentary photographer Doug Menuez once stood at the North Pole, crossed the Sahara, had tea with Stalin's daughter and held a chunk of Einstein's brain. He began his career at the Washington Post then began freelancing for Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, the New York Times Magazine and many...

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  • Session Number:PW08
Learn how to shoot professional- grade time-lapse sequences using just your camera and tripod. Seasoned time-lapse cinematographer Drew Geraci will demonstrate how to elevate your time-lapse photography and take it to the next level. During this course you’ll learn advanced exposure, camera and post- production techniques that will make your... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:PW06
Be part of Michael Grecco's renowned Urban Landscape Project by joining him on an exciting hands-on photo walk through the greatest city in the world, New York. He will show you how to hunt for light, manage shadow and use the great architectural background of the city to shoot your... ...read more...
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Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco is a director and one of the top photographers in the world who has created iconic portraits of the most recognized entertainment stars, recently Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Teri Hatcher. His movie “Naked Ambition” has been a hit movie winning critical acclaim. His...

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Thursday, October 26, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


  • Session Number:TC4
Crowdfunding can be an integral part of transforming projects from ideas into financially supported opportunities. New and exciting outlets have opened up for funding and reaching new audiences. Lou Jones and Mike DeStefano will show you how to apply to your own ideas—photo books, storytelling, exhibitions, films and adventures—to crowdfunding.... ...read more...
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Lou Jones

Lou Jones' eclectic career has evolved from commercial to the personal. It has spanned every format, film type, artistic movement and technological change. He maintains a studio in Boston, MA, has photographed for Fortune 500 corporations, international companies and local small businesses including FedEx, Nike and the Barr Foundation; He...

Michael DeStefano

A Boston based Photographer shooting mostly commercial and editorial work that combines a love of the outdoors and adventure sports. Social Media Consultant for several major Photography studios and a few corporate companies. Teaching how to leverage and monetize social media. A staff writer at Fstoppers.com writing about the photography...

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Sponsored by: Nikon

  • Session Number:MC05
Brett Florens has created a business that attracts affluent clients that host events in dream destinations around the globe. He will take you through the necessary factors of destination photography such as visas, finding assistants, transporting gear, getting permits for shooting in public places, what to pack, what not to... ...read more...
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Brett Florens

Internationally acclaimed South African photographer, Brett Florens, launched his career in 1992 while fulfilling national service obligations in the Police riot unit. Brett had to learn how to photograph and document volatile situations. His passion for photography had begun. Since then, Brett’s devotion to photography has taken him from photojournalism to...

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  • Session Number:TC1
Lindsay Adler will introduce you to the exciting, fast-paced and creative world of fashion and beauty photography. This workshop is great for photographers looking to extend their knowledge and insights into this inspiring field. Adler will cover the most important elements including setting up an editorial shoot, core terminology, finding... ...read more...
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Lindsay Adler

Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler has risen to the top of her industry as both a photographer and educator. Based in New York City, her fashion editorials have appeared in numerous fashion and photography publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer and dozens more. As a photographic educator and...

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  • Session Number:TC3
Knowing how to bid for jobs is as critical to your success as a strong portfolio. How you bid reflects your production values and capabilities, and gives clients the confidence to hire you—or not. This seminar will cover bidding skills and practices for today’s assignments. Panelists will demonstrate how to... ...read more...
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Dave Walker

David Walker is Executive Editor of PDN....

Gregg Lhotsky

Gregg Lhotsky has been with Bernstein Andriulli for the last 21 years managing the careers of lifestyle, portrait, interiors and fashion photographers. He began his career in 1988 at the stock photo agency FPG. In 1991 he joined stock agency Photonica as director of photography, then served as marketing director...

Jamie Appelbaum

Jamie Appelbaum has been a part of the advertising photography community for more than 20 years. In 1991 she joined Team One Advertising as an art buyer and helped launch the Lexus Automotive brand. For the past 11 years she has worked at many advertising agencies including Publicis, Ogilvy,...

Kathryn Tyrrel O’Connor

Stockland Martel is a global leader in commercial photographic representation. Stockland Martel’s diverse international roster of award-winning photographers can be seen throughout all segments of the creative community, creating exceptional visual images to support advertising, editorial and entertainment clients worldwide. Founded in 1983, Stockland Martel now represents 26 photographers including...

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  • Session Number:TC2
Discover the most important questions to ask your clients and how to use their answers to win the job. Craft your estimates, proposals and invoices to increase your profits and avoid misunderstandings. Recognize and overcome the ten worst phrases that commercial and editorial clients hide in their purchase orders and... ...read more...
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Jeff Sedlik

Photographer Jeff Sedlik is the President and CEO of the non-profit PLUS Coalition. A Professor at the Art Center College of Design, Sedlik serves as a Director of both the Linked Content Coalition and the American Society of Collective Rights Licensing, and is the former President of the Advertising Photographers...

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  • Session Number:MC07
Pursuing a career in your passion can be very rewarding, but it’s easy to let that passion become a grind if you can’t find your balance. Join conceptual photographer Kitfox Valentín for reflections on and insights into being a career photographer and a multi-faceted human being. He’ll look at the... ...read more...
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Kitfox Valentin

NYC Conceptual Photographer, Kitfox Valentín's specialties fall into two realms best described as whimsical and beautifully awkward. In the first, Kitfox believes in creating a connection with viewers through whimsical and relatable visuals. Working to develop and express a client's vision, he finds it very rewarding to work in concept...

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  • Session Number:MC08
Photojournalists today—veterans and rookies alike—share common elements unique to the profession: a desire to tell stories, to explore the world and to effect change. Today there is a fragmented media landscape, diminishing financial value and an overabundance of imagery, and finding a way to not only survive but thrive is... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:MC06
In this two-hour session, a whole new world of flash will be discussed, interpreted, explained and demonstrated by Joe McNally. Radio controlled TTL flashes are the current standard in Speedlights, and Joe explores and explains this new technology. A professional model will be present, and McNally will also pull subjects... ...read more...
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Joe McNally

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 30 years and included assignments in over 60 countries. McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work. His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor...

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  • Session Number:TC5
Gerd Ludwig will share a wide range of strobe uses, from utilizing strobes at high-speed sync in broad daylight to enhancing extreme long exposures at night by firing the flashes multiple times. He will share his methods and show examples both from his personal projects and his many years of... ...read more...
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Gerd Ludwig

Shooting for National Geographic since 1989, Gerd Ludwig’s work has also appeared in Time, Life, Fortune, Stern, and publications internationally. His focus on the socio-economic changes after the fall of the Soviet Union resulted in his book and exhibition, Broken Empire published by National Geographic. He has received numerous photographic...

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Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Session Number:PW15
Places We’ll Go: Classic Car Club Manhattan on Manhattan’s West Side Highway Plan / Content of Education:  Join photographer and professor Mark Jenkinson at Classic Car Club Manhattan, where you’ll learn the ins and outs of shooting automobiles on location. Topics will include mobile lighting setups, use of natural light and using... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:PW11
Learn how to capture motion with a small flash on this outdoor photo walk with Tony Gale. Participants will learn how to improve available light by using one or several small off-camera flashes, as well as when and how to use HSS (high-speed sync), TTL or manual settings on your... ...read more...
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Tony Gale

Tony Gale is an award winning New York city based photographer. Tony shoots compelling stills and video for a variety of editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Manfrotto Ambassador, a X-Rite Coloratti, a Ben-Q expert and the APA National President. ...

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  • Session Number:MC10
Learn how photography can help you make sense of your world and reveal personal patterns. Jennifer McClure will cover strategies for using your emotions and experiences as a basis for a compelling photographic journey. The most important item in your toolkit is your unique point of view. McClure will show... ...read more...
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Jennifer McClure

Jennifer McClure is a fine art and documentary photographer based in New York City. After acquiring a B.A. in English Theory and Literature at the University of Florida, she studied at the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography. Jennifer was awarded CENTER's Editor's Choice by Susan...

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  • Session Number:FM1
The technology in a modern DLSR or mirrorless camera can be a bit daunting. Join Abba Shapiro as he unlocks the settings you need to know to capture quality video. You'll learn everything you need to know from capture, to audio, to the exposure triangle, so that your shots look... ...read more...
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Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an Adobe master trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. He is also a master trainer in several non-Adobe video production tools and has helped editors migrate to the Adobe platform. With 30 years of experience in Photography, Video and Film production,...

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  • Session Number:PW14
Collin Pierson will show you how the architecture and light of a city can change the game for your portraits, engagement sessions and weddings. This Photo Walk is great for those who want to step away from "safe" photos and add that something extra to engagement shoots. Using core principals... ...read more...
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Collin Pierson

Collin Pierson is a lifestyle and destination wedding photographer based in Chicago, Illinois. After working for newspapers, in professional sports, and in his own studio Collin created a style that is both candid and dramatic. Collin's passionate and personalized approach toward his profession and clients is reflected in the...

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  • Session Number:MC09
Doug Menuez will reveal the hard lessons he had to learn to succeed at the highest level. He will explain the counter-intuitive thinking that the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley taught him and how he used it get inspired, blow up his career and start over. By challenging yourself creatively and... ...read more...
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Doug Menuez

Documentary photographer Doug Menuez once stood at the North Pole, crossed the Sahara, had tea with Stalin's daughter and held a chunk of Einstein's brain. He began his career at the Washington Post then began freelancing for Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, the New York Times Magazine and many...

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  • Session Number:DRONE1
The last two decades have seen an explosion in drone technology in aerial photography, videography, and cinema. Drones have received mixed reviews from the media industries and the public alike, from fascination to hysteria, and their entrance into the consumer market has led the creation of regulations and licensing programs.... ...read more...
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Robert C. Rodriguez

Robert has over 20 years of experience in the Post Production industry. For the past 9 years he has held the position of Director of Technical Operations at one of the most established post production facilities with a 100 years of success in the heart of Hollywood. He...

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  • Session Number:PW12
Manhattans’s midtown on the west side is one of the most interesting neighborhoods in New York City and has been in an state of change since the turn of the last century. From the world famous High Line to construction of the new Zaha Hadid building, to the extension of the 7th... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:PW13
On this Photo Walk you will get to combine real New York City locations with a professional model and tons on-location lens and lighting advice from New York City-based assignment photographer Erik Valind. You’ll learn how your lens’s focal length can shape the story of your environmental portrait, and how creative... ...read more...
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Erik Valind

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now living in New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture - airy and energetic imagery defines the style and vision of this top pro photographer. Erik also shares his visual approach, techniques...

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Friday, October 27, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


  • Session Number:FA7
A presentation that will cover the process of creating ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue”—from the subjects, the photo production, the photographers and the editors. This panel of top editors and photographers will share their secrets of what it takes to make “Body Issue” images. ...
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Karen Frank

Karen is the Director of Photography at ESPN The Magazine. Her work has received numerous awards and recognition from ASME, SPD, American Photography, PDN, and Communication Arts. In addition, she has served as a juror of annual competitions for PDN, American Photography and Communication Arts. Karen began her...

Kristin Geisler

KRISTEN GEISLER is a Deputy Photo Editor at ESPN. She works seasonally at ESPN with her main focus on Body Issue. This is her 5th year traveling the globe far and wide to produce the Body Issue shoots, loving the challenge of photo production and traveling to destinations as far...

Kwaku Alston

Kwaku Alston has photographed some of the most famous faces in the world—from Hollywood luminaries like Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Denzel Washington, Robert Downey Jr., and Colin Farrell, to sports stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Jason Collins, to former President Barack Obama. But he is also a master...

Ramona Rosales

Native of Los Angeles, (yes there is such a thing), photographer Ramona Rosales injects a little bit of her love for Southern California into her work. Whether in the color, humor or attitude, it all comes through each of her images, no matter the location or setting. Crafting conceptual ideas...

Tim Rasmussen

Tim Rasmussen is the Director of Photography at ESPN for Digital and Print Media where he is responsible for photography at ESPN The Magazine and all digital platforms. In 2017 the Magazine was awarded General Excellence and Best Sports cover by American Society of Magazine Editors. He joined ESPN in...

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Sponsored by: ESPN

  • Session Number:FA2
Using his own work as reference, Michael Grecco will explain his techniques for creating light and shadow, demonstrating how he creates his stylistic and dramatic images. He will explain how he produces his award-winning motion work, including cinemagraphs and videos. The last 20 minutes of this seminar will be a... ...read more...
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Michael Grecco

Michael Grecco is a director and one of the top photographers in the world who has created iconic portraits of the most recognized entertainment stars, recently Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Will Ferrell, Penelope Cruz and Teri Hatcher. His movie “Naked Ambition” has been a hit movie winning critical acclaim. His...

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  • Session Number:FA3
Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart will discuss his career—the highs, the lows and what he does when it comes time to reinvent himself. He'll also discuss the importance of diversifying your income and interests in this super in-depth, honest look at what a photography career looks like in these changing times.... ...read more...
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Jeremy Cowart

Named the “Most Influential Photographer on the Internet” by Huffington Post, Forbes and Yahoo in 2014, Jeremy Cowart is an award-winning photographer, artist, and entrepreneur whose goal in life is to use his creative platform to inspire and help others. Jeremy has published four books and is a sought-after speaker,...

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  • Session Number:DRONE2
While flying your drone is a skill, knowing how to capture the best video from your UAV flights is equally, if not more important. In this overview session, we will examine the top 10 expert tips to inspire successful video output from your drone flights. Topics covered will be an... ...read more...
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Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in...

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  • Session Number:FM2
We hear stories all the time. Seeing them is another story. Once the story is known it’s time for the visuals. Visuals enhance and support the narrative. What the audience sees compels and drives the understanding of what it hears. This session explores methods of describing a story in terms... ...read more...
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Kevin Ames

Photography is life. Kevin Ames is living it to the fullest. His career encompasses commercial photography, authoring books, teaching Photoshop and Lightroom, writing for Photofocus.com and at speaking engagements across the North America, Europe and Asia. Through it all he maintains his studio in Atlanta, Georgia working with clients like...

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  • Session Number:FA6
Included with your Creative Cloud membership are a few apps that, along with Lightroom and Photoshop, make it easy to share your work with the world. Tell your story and show off your best work with Spark Page, Spark Post, Portfolio, and Behance. See how easy it is to apply... ...read more...
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Al Rossin

As the Community Experience Manager heading up email campaigns, social media, and in-person workshops at Behance, Al Rossin has helped countless Behance members showcase and discover the best creative work on the web. Over the past five years, Al has had the pleasure to speak at a number of universities...

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  • Session Number:FA8
Participants will leave this information-packed class with ways to simplify their photography business and shooting style, in order to maximize profit and client referrals and improve their quality of life as a working photographer. In this new high-energy program, Tamara Lackey will discuss tips to improve your shooting and lighting... ...read more...
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Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey is a portrait & humanitarian photographer, a Nikon USA Ambassador, author and program host. Her work, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, is published internationally, from O The Oprah Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Town & Country, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, PDN,...

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  • Session Number:FA5
From setting up your business for success from the start to daily tasks that lead to high achievement, get down to the nitty gritty of running your portrait studio. Walk away from this class feeling confident about methods of attracting new clients, securing the session, shooting with creativity, selling your... ...read more...
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Friday, October 27, 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:FM5
This all-day workshop offers photographers complete exposure to the video production process. Join Richard Harrington as he discusses the process of making professional video and start your journey off right by learning the most direct path to getting great images and keeping clients happy.  Learn how to master your camera... ...read more...
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Richard Harrington

A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine...

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Friday, October 27, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


  • Session Number:FK
For over 35 years, renowned street photographer Jamel Shabazz has been making images driven by a mission “to inspire peace and harmony.” In this keynote presentation, he’ll show images from some of his half-dozen photo books, including Back in The Days, the groundbreaking bestseller that remains in print more than 15 years after its... ...read more...
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Friday, October 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:FB8
In this unique course, Roberto Valenzuela—author of three top-selling books, including Picture Perfect Posing—will share ten posing elements that you can always count on. No matter what or who you are shooting, these posing tips will not only get you through it, but will also give you complete control of... ...read more...
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Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He has been honored by Canon USA to be one of the few chosen photographers to be part of their prestigious Canon Explorer of Light program. Roberto developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed...

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  • Session Number:FB3
Jerry Ghionis will share posing techniques and and demonstrate how he directs his clients to achieve fun and fashionable images--including specific poses for plus size brides, odd height couples and couples who don't want to be posed. He'll share how to create more relaxed bridal party portraits and more intimate... ...read more...
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Jerry Ghionis

Jerry Ghionis is widely celebrated as being among the top five best wedding photographers in the world. Jerry and his wife, Melissa, are based in Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, USA. Together they travel frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. Married in January 2011, Jerry and Melissa work...

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Sponsored by: Nikon

  • Session Number:DRONE3
Douglas Spotted Eagle will discuss rules that apply to drones and journalists, safety practices, concerns related to drone-journalism, and provide resources for journalists seeking to add aerial cameras to their tool kit. They’ll show several different drones, camera setups, and will discuss how to achieve the images necessary for print... ...read more...
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Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in...

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  • Session Number:FB6
There’s a reason photographers know the artist Rembrandt by name. In this class, you’ll learn the history of the portrait and how its historical influence is seen today. Chris will show how to create depth in your images and master highlights and shadow through incredibly simple lighting setups. After this... ...read more...
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Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany and hardened by the sweaty, nearly chewable, humidity of Florida. He combines his unconditional love of art history with his conditional love of technology, topping it off with a flare for the cinematic and an uncompromising eye for detail. His work has appeared in...

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  • Session Number:FM3
Interviews are a staple of the motion professional's business. Creating effective lighting sets the stage for successful interviews by making them visually compelling. Many struggle with which lights to use and where to place them for the most dynamic shot. This session explores the concepts of lighting so no matter... ...read more...
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Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an Adobe master trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. He is also a master trainer in several non-Adobe video production tools and has helped editors migrate to the Adobe platform. With 30 years of experience in Photography, Video and Film production,...

Kevin Ames

Photography is life. Kevin Ames is living it to the fullest. His career encompasses commercial photography, authoring books, teaching Photoshop and Lightroom, writing for Photofocus.com and at speaking engagements across the North America, Europe and Asia. Through it all he maintains his studio in Atlanta, Georgia working with clients like...

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  • Session Number:FB2
Brian Smith will break down the lighting he’s used to create iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-list and Fortune’s 600. Learn how to control the quality of light and how the choice between hard light and soft light allows you to control the mood. Learn which lighting modifiers he uses to... ...read more...
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Brian Smith

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith's iconic portraits of Hollywood's A-List and Fortune's 500 have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Time, People, Forbes and GQ. In addition, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot...

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  • Session Number:FB9
Julieanne Kost will demonstrate little-known features, essential shortcuts and hidden gems for photographers using Photoshop. If you’re looking for serious insights and solid skills you can put to use immediately, then this is a seminar you can’t afford to miss! A partial list of topics Kost will cover includes: customizing... ...read more...
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Julieanne Kost

Named one of Fast Company's "100 Most Creative People in Business," Julieanne Kost is a Principal Evangelist at Adobe Systems, responsible for fostering relationships with customers through meaningful and inspirational Photoshop and Lightroom instruction. As a highly sought-after speaker for the industry-standard Digital Imaging franchise, she devises and presents motivating...

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  • Session Number:FB7
Photo editors will explain what skills and styles they're looking for,  and how photography and video serves their editorial mission and style of their brands in print, digital, social media or mobile applications. Using examples of work they've recently assigned or published, they'll explain all aspects of their work, including:... ...read more...
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Ahmed Fakhr

Ahmed Fakhr, Photo Director for Rolling Stone, has worked in both sides of print and digital in publishing throughout his career. He began at Entertainment Weekly and worked on EW.com, print magazine, and the tablet edition. Ahmed has also worked at Newsweek/Daily Beast focusing on photojournalism. Now a part of...

Joanna Milter

Joanna Milter has been the director of photography at The New Yorker since 2015. She was previously part of the award-winning photography department at The New York Times Magazine, where she worked for eleven years....

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  • Session Number:FB5
In a time when many fine-print sales occur through third parties such as art consultants and interior designers, at art fairs or online, this seminar and accompanying professional panel will review the current and future market for fine prints. Attendees will gain an understanding of the legacy of collection photographs... ...read more...
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Mary Virginia Swanson

Mary Virginia Swanson is an author, educator and advisor who helps artists find the strength in their work identify appreciative audiences and present their work in an informed, professional manner. During her career she has worked in the fine art, documentary, photojournalism and licensing arenas. Today she is a...

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Friday, October 27, 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Session Number:PW17
Anyone can use a good headshot these days. Thanks to the shift from print to fast-paced online needs ranging from websites to LinkedIn, there's an unlimited bread-and-butter client base that can turn into other specialty portrait needs. Lori Patrick will share insights on finding clients, offer a posing demo and... ...read more...
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Lori Patrick

Lori Patrick started producing headshots in 2006 for a newspaper covering arts and entertainment. She started her studio service soon after. In 1983 she studied with New York Institute of Photography. As a community builder she is host of Headshots with Lori Patrick on Facebook where she fosters those learning...

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  • Session Number:PW20
Join Sony Artisan Katrin Eismann on this late afternoon Photo Walk that starts with a quick ferry ride across the Hudson River to photograph the New York City skyline and work with professional models in Hoboken, New Jersey. We’ll wander the tree-lined waterfront park to photograph athletic in action and... ...read more...
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Katrin Eismann

Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & Compositing, The Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have...

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  • Session Number:PW19
Brian Tausend takes you to an iconic New York City spot to teach you hands-on how to capture an epic time lapse. Learn how to compose the perfect time lapse, what elements to consider before hitting the start button, and how to sync your camera settings to change as the... ...read more...
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Brian Tausend

Brian Tausend is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer. He has produced, filmed and directed projects for some of the world’s largest networks and brands including, Disney, NBC, Scripps Network, Sony and Target. He both co-produced and was a cinematographer for the Disney Junior TV series Capture Your Story with Me...

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  • Session Number:PW18
Join Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis, for this informative and fun Photo Walk under and near the High Line. Lane and Varis will show you how to scout for light. They will demonstrate porch lighting and backlighting, the use of reflectors and diffusers, and how to make any location work... ...read more...
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Bobbi Lane

Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits in studio and on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts. Lane's multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 35 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students...

Lee Varis

Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator now working in the Boston area. He has been involved in commercial photography for over 40 years. He started working with computer imaging over 20 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images...

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  • Session Number:PW16
The streets of a major metropolis are fast paced and chaotic. Our job as photographers is to organize the chaos—to be aware and to compose our images within the ebb and flow of humanity. The skills to photograph the subtleties of life can always be learned and improved. Learn how... ...read more...
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David Carol

David J. Carol is a photographer, writer, curator, editor, teacher, lecturer and publisher. He attended the School of Visual Arts and The New School for Social Research where he studied under Lisette Model. He was the first assignment photographer for The Image Bank photo agency (now part of Getty Images)...

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Friday, October 27, 4:30 PM - 5:15 PM


  • Session Number:DRONE4A
In part one of this two-part seminar Pioneers and experts in drone photography and cinematography will regale you with their tales of overcoming challenges on location, including legal hurdles, tactical challenges, waivers for airspace and regulatory climate....
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Steve Cohen

Initially drawn to Unmanned Autonomous Systems or Drones as a means to control a camera remotely, Steven Cohen quickly came to see the advantages of autonomous systems on his sets. A commercial advertising photographer based in New York City for over 25 years and a graduate of The Rochester Institute...

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Friday, October 27, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


  • Session Number:MC11
Join photographer and author Jeff Rojas as he discusses the art of photographing commercial portraits on a budget. When you’re working with large commercial clients and an unlimited budget, commercial photography is a breeze. Unfortunately, the reality is that most commercial clients can’t afford to hand you a blank check.... ...read more...
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Jeff Rojas

Jeff Rojas is an American Portrait / Fashion Photographer and author based in New York City. His primary body of work includes portrait and fashion photography that has been published in both Elle and Esquire. Jeff also frequents as a photography instructor. His teaching experience includes platforms like CreativeLive, WPPI,...

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  • Session Number:FC2
Shaniqwa Jarvis will discuss how to conceptualize and execute personal projects and how to market them to the commercial world. She will share her insight into how to tailor your work to those clients you would love to work for, how to budget your time and expenses and how to... ...read more...
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Shaniqwa Jarvis

Shaniqwa Jarvis's style has been influenced by her time spent in the editorial world, blending fashion photography with sensitive portraiture. Her photographs have an autobiographical quality and her subjects seem like an extension of herself. She captures the realness, the vivid reality of life happening right now--flawed, human--making even the...

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  • Session Number:FM4
The process of getting ready to edit your video can be overwhelming.  In this class, you'll learn how to safely transfer and back up your video footage. You'll also learn important strategies on how to organize your project and make selects. Plus, learn about media management so you can hand... ...read more...
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Abba Shapiro

Abba Shapiro is an Adobe master trainer, certifying university and training center instructors to teach Adobe Premiere Pro. He is also a master trainer in several non-Adobe video production tools and has helped editors migrate to the Adobe platform. With 30 years of experience in Photography, Video and Film production,...

Kevin Ames

Photography is life. Kevin Ames is living it to the fullest. His career encompasses commercial photography, authoring books, teaching Photoshop and Lightroom, writing for Photofocus.com and at speaking engagements across the North America, Europe and Asia. Through it all he maintains his studio in Atlanta, Georgia working with clients like...

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  • Session Number:FC4
Ian Spanier will walk you through his mentality before and during photo shoots, showing you to solve lighting problems before they destroy a shoot. View his pre-shoot notes and practices, and build your own bag of tricks to solve various lighting scenarios. Understand the different properties of light, and learn... ...read more...
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Ian Spanier

Ian Spanier began taking photographs at age six when his parents gave him his first point and shoot camera. After majoring in photography in college, Spanier worked in publishing as an editor, but making pictures never left him. Having only known 35mm, he taught himself medium and large format as...

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  • Session Number:FC5
Elizabeth Carmel will provide an overview of the various medium format camera systems available, discussing important photographic guidelines and techniques to achieve the best image quality. She’ll share her approach to developing medium format raw files and preparing them for printing, and will review medium format video recording methods. She... ...read more...
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Elizabeth Carmel

Elizabeth is an award winning photographer and owner of the Carmel Galleries in California, which sell her fine art photographic prints. She is the author of the popular photography books "Brilliant Waters, Portraits of Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and the High Sierra", with a foreword by Robert Redford; and...

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  • Session Number:MC12
Has your work been used without your permission? Angry? Don’t be. Learn how to turn infringements into a significant second revenue stream for your business. Avoid common mistakes when communicating with infringers and learn the steps necessary to discover the full extent of an infringement. Fully protect your rights and... ...read more...
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Jeff Sedlik

Photographer Jeff Sedlik is the President and CEO of the non-profit PLUS Coalition. A Professor at the Art Center College of Design, Sedlik serves as a Director of both the Linked Content Coalition and the American Society of Collective Rights Licensing, and is the former President of the Advertising Photographers...

John Harrington

John's work has appeared in or assignments have been completed for The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, Life, Newsweek, The National Geographic Society, and Rolling Stone, among many others. John has produced three commissioned books for the Smithsonian and the third edition of his book Best Business Practices for Photographers...

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  • Session Number:FC1
Barry Rosenthal shares his personal journey and what he has learned from “Transitioning to Fine Art." His story of self-discovery has led to gallery and museum shows—let him show you how to use your passion to succeed in your fine art. He will discuss: partnering with causes that align with... ...read more...
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Barry Rosenthal

Barry Rosenthal a fine art photographer, is also an urban archaeologist and sculptor. He studied photography at the Dayton Art Institute in Dayton, Ohio and at the Apeiron Workshops in Millerton, New York with notable photographers Emmet Gowin and George Tice. Barry‘s fine art images can be found in the...

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  • Session Number:FC3
Today’s photographers have powerful career-building tools in social media apps, yet it can be challenging to stand out in the crowded feeds of followers. In this seminar, hear from photographers who use social channels to market their work, connect with clients, raise funds for books or other personal projects, and... ...read more...
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Conor Risch

Conor Risch is Senior Editor of PDN and PDNOnline....

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Friday, October 27, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM


  • Session Number:DRONE4B
In part two of this two-part seminar, the drone-operators community of recreational and commercial users will come together to discuss the new regulations being drafted. Educating our representatives is paramount in getting safe and reasonable legislation enacted. What can the individual user do to help the cause? What technologies may... ...read more...
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Steve Cohen

Initially drawn to Unmanned Autonomous Systems or Drones as a means to control a camera remotely, Steven Cohen quickly came to see the advantages of autonomous systems on his sets. A commercial advertising photographer based in New York City for over 25 years and a graduate of The Rochester Institute...

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Saturday, October 28, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Session Number:PW22
During this Photo Walk, Charles Chessler will go over all the basics: the exposure triangle, dynamic range, quality and direction of light, exposure compensation, when to increase ISO, background, subject-to-background distance and more. You'll pick your settings for the light that is occuring that day. Then, the real fun begins:... ...read more...
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Charles Chessler

Charles is a NYC based photographer who started out life as an actor. Little did he know how much his acting training would come into play for his headshot and portrait work. If you run into him on the street he just might ask you for a quick portrait for...

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Saturday, October 28, 10:15 AM - 12:15 PM


  • Session Number:SA1
As a five-time Olympic photographer, Jeff Cable knows a thing or two about photography and post production. Cable uses these same techniques at home, when shooting events like weddings and bar mitzvahs, and he always posts his images to his clients the very next day after their event. Learn the... ...read more...
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Jeff Cable

Jeff Cable started his professional photography career in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004, photographing Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Since then he has earned respect around the globe, and is best known for capturing photos for the US Olympic Committee. He has photographed the last five Olympic games, including...

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  • Session Number:SA2
It’s hard to find passion in pixel, but much easier to find passion in prints. Peter Coulson earned the title of "modern-age, black-and-white master of photography" by looking at his photography as art, not as a pixel. In today's industry, it seems the photography world has turned pixel obsessed. Coulson... ...read more...
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Peter Coulson

Peter Coulson, known as the modern age black-and-white master of Photography, specializes in the genres of beauty, fashion and fetish. His images are recognised and well known for their sensual, mysterious & elegant feel; always with a twist of his screwed up sense of humour. He has worked commercially as...

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  • Session Number:SA3
Take your creativity to the next level with world class photographic compositor Karen Alsop. Using photographic principles and the power of Adobe Photoshop, Alsop will show you how to create a believable and magical photographic composite--from photographing the background to photographing and adding your subjects. Alsop will demonstrate green-screen photography... ...read more...
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Karen Alsop

Karen Alsop is an internationally acclaimed Melbourne, Australia-based photographic digital artist. Expanding on two decades of photographic and graphic design experience, Karen brings photography and art together to create stunning artworks that tell a story and take the viewer into another world. Specializing in Portrait Art, her digital portraiture captures the...

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  • Session Number:SA8
Me Ra Koh and Brian Tausend will show you how to create and produce short-form video that will take you around the world. They'll walk you through their travel camera bag essentials, teach you tricks to getting great audio without the fuss, share tips for being confident and entertaining on... ...read more...
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Brian Tausend

Brian Tausend is an award-winning photographer and cinematographer. He has produced, filmed and directed projects for some of the world’s largest networks and brands including, Disney, NBC, Scripps Network, Sony and Target. He both co-produced and was a cinematographer for the Disney Junior TV series Capture Your Story with Me...

Me Ra Koh

Sony Artisan Me Ra Koh, nationally recognized as The Photo Mom, hosts the Disney Junior TV show Capture Your Story with Me Ra Koh and is the go-to photography expert for nationally syndicated shows, like Live with Kelly and The Nate Berkus Show. She writes for Disney's Babble.com and...

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  • Session Number:SA4
The National Parks at Night Team is excited to share their expertise and nocturnal visions with you. Go behind the scenes of some of their most challenging shots and see how they prevailed or failed. Take a look at the many aspects of night photography: astrophotography, light painting, urban and... ...read more...
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Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson is the author of Photographing National Parks. He is a photographer, educator and writer based on the east coast, a Manfrotto Ambassador, and a partner and workshop leader with National Parks at Night LLC. A former magazine editor for 10 years, Chris has worked independently since 2004, with his work appearing in...

Gabriel Biderman
Co-founder, Instructor of National Parks at Night

Gabriel Biderman is a travel and self-taught fine art photographer, who has been exploring the night photography for over 20 years. Gabe loves the “process” of creating the image and pushing the limits to what we can do when we capture time for seconds, minutes, or even hours! He is...

Matt Hill
Co-founder and Instructor of National Parks at Night

Matt Hill is fulfilled by solving complex problems, both human and technical – making beauty from chaos. He applies this passion combine and experiment via photography, storytelling, technology and creativity. His greatest creative passions are night photography and cut paper art. Which, of course, he mashed together into the project, NIGHT...

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Sponsored by: Nikon

  • Session Number:SA5
We love to travel, and we love to photograph our trips. Often though we struggle with preparing for and implementing our goals for a trip. Join Tamron Image Master David Akoubian as he discusses how to plan for a trip and to capture the best images while traveling. David will... ...read more...
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David Akoubian

David has been a photographer since 1972 but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father. Early in his career traveled with, learned from and taught beside some of the masters of nature photography including John Shaw, Art Wolfe,...

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  • Session Number:SA6
Common problems make for common grief. In this lecture, Stephen Johnson addresses many of the problems that come up for people. These issues are covered with clarity and in a context so that their purpose and problem-causing potential is understood and easily applicable. This class is designed to empower photographers... ...read more...
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Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson is a landscape photographer, author, designer and educator. Featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PBS Newshour. Books include At Mono Lake, The Great Central Valley: California’s Heartland, Making a Digital Book and Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. A digital photography pioneer, Johnson's photographs have...

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  • Session Number:SA7
Deanne Fitzmaurice, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, will show you how to capture people in their authentic moments, via documentary-style photography. She will discuss valuable photographic techniques and tools you can use to connect with your subjects, and will give a brief introduction to the value of audio and video. Whatever your... ...read more...
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Sponsored by: Nikon + Think Tank

Saturday, October 28, 10:15 AM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:DRONE5
Who Should Attend Editors, photographers, filmmakers, drone pilots and anyone wanting to know more about the burgeoning world of UAVs/drones should attend. Add UAVs to your toolset.   Understand which drone is best for various purposes, capture the best footage and photos  you can, and understand filters and codecs to quickly... ...read more...
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Douglas Spotted Eagle

Douglas is a primary instructor and industry consultant for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in...

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Saturday, October 28, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


  • Session Number:SK
There are many photographers who are great at their craft, but less so the number of photographers who are great at business. In this seminar, Chase Jarvis and Gary Vaynerchuk will have a high-energy conversation to entertain, inspire and help us understand where creators can improve their ability to make... ...read more...
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Sponsored by: Creative Live

Saturday, October 28, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:SB7
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  • Session Number:SB1
Listen and learn as Jack Hollingsworth pulls back the curtain on tips, tricks and techniques in modern iPhone photography. This seminar is for photographers who want to better understand how to use their iPhones in their current commercial workflow. Hollingsworth will give you over 50 beginning and advanced tips for... ...read more...
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Jack Hollingsworth

Jack Hollingsworth is one of the most recognized names in Travel, Lifestyle and Portrait photography today. More recently Jack has fallen in love with his iPhone camera as his primary capture tool. And continues to use it for worldwide clients in Travel, Leisure, Destination and Hospitality industries His love for mobile...

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  • Session Number:SB2
Learn how to build a concept shoot both inside and outside of weddings. Jose Ortiz will share his insights on the tools and creativity needed, how to keep your film cost effective, the workflow process, and the scope of work versus the ideas and the concept. This seminar will include... ...read more...
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Jose Ortiz

"International wedding filmmaker with the ability to tell their unique stories movies of real people. During the last 10 years , Jose Ortiz has been contributing in the wedding film industry by raising standards to a new level and inspiring others to do the same . The winner of international awards is one of...

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  • Session Number:SB3
In the last several years, with the advent of social media and smartphones, the world of photography has taken a radical shift. With Instagram alone, there are 600 million people posting and reviewing photographs on a daily basis. The outcome is that it is no longer good enough to just... ...read more...
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Dylan Hattem

Dylan is the founder of DS Projects, an Artist Management and Brand Partnerships agency. His love for photography and the ability to use social media to express himself and connect with other brilliant creatives is his main inspiration. Dylan has curated a select group of photographers that he represents and...

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  • Session Number:SB9
Photographing with intention is what separates the casual or candid portrait from the evocative portrait—and light is the key. Lighting can seem overwhelming: too many tools, too many techniques. But if your intention is clear, the decision-making process becomes easier. In this stimulating presentation, Gregory Heisler will explain his philosophy... ...read more...
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  • Session Number:SB8
In this class, learn why, when and how Photoshop fits into a Lightroom user's workflow. While Lightroom is powerful, there are times that you’ll need Photoshop's power for layers, selections and retouching. Matt Kloskowski covers not only which app is best for the job, but the best way to have... ...read more...
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Matt Kloskowski

Matt is a landscape/outdoor photographer that teaches post processing techniques at seminars and conferences around the world. ...

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  • Session Number:SB5
Adrian Murray will walk you through the benefits of utilizing nothing but natural light for your portrait work. See how he uses reaction to rather than manipulation of natural light to produce wonderfully magical results. Learn what it takes to shoot in all types of available light and lighten your... ...read more...
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Adrian Murray

Adrian C. Murray is a portrait photographer who's images of his own children have been seen by millions. He specializes in family photography using natural light but also works on landscape photography as well. ...

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  • Session Number:SB4
We all think we know the answers to becoming the next great photographer. Maybe we have the most followers or just think we can easily get assignments. Of course that can happen but the odds are not very high. PDN, APA and Sony have compiled a group of professional assistants that... ...read more...
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Tony Gale

Tony Gale is an award winning New York city based photographer. Tony shoots compelling stills and video for a variety of editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is also a Sony Artisan of Imagery, a Manfrotto Ambassador, a X-Rite Coloratti, a Ben-Q expert and the APA National President. ...

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Sponsored by: Sony + APA

  • Session Number:SB6
We travel for adventure, for experience, and to learn about other cultures as well as ourselves. Many of us travel to bring back powerful and evocative images. This seminar is designed to help you create images that you are truly proud of—images that provoke conversation. After more than four decades... ...read more...
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Andy Katz

Andy’s images are as evocative as cinema – every photograph tells an eloquent story.”– Audrey Wells, director of Under the Tuscan Sun Andy Katz’s love of photography takes him around the globe. From the deserts of Namibia to the disappearing Jewish World of Eastern Europe to the rolling hills of the...

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