Thursday, October 25, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


  • Session Number:WKSP01
  • Room: 1E11
If you're ready to move to that next level in Lightroom and really start unlocking and expanding Lightroom's power, this Workshop is for you. Scott Kelby, editor of Lightroom magazine, producer of LightroomKillerTips.com and the world’s #1 bestselling Lightroom book author, will share his advanced Lightroom editing techniques and help...read more...
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Scott Kelby

Scott is Editor and Publisher of Lightroom Magazine, producer of LightroomKillerTips.com, Editor, and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine, host of The Grid, the influential live weekly talk show for photographers, and is the founder of the annual Scott Kelby 'Worldwide Photo Walk’. Scott is a photographer, designer, and award-winning...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC01
  • Room: 1E08
In this class with Joel Grimes, he’ll take the mystery out of the lighting process. His lesson plan in this master class is set up to give attendees the foundation to master any lighting style and to learn how to make creative decisions quickly. Don’t miss out on this class...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...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC02
  • Room: 1E10
How can you think differently about nature and wildlife photography, and be innovative during a time when every subject seems over-photographed? How do you sell your work in new markets? Seasoned nature photographers think a great deal about composition, light and subject matter, but rarely think about the full lifespan...read more...
Speaker(s)
Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is known for her emotionally evocative images of nature and is passionate about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She is a Board of Directors member for the North American Nature...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS01
  • Room: 1E15/16
Advertising clients want libraries of images for use on multiple platforms. Now the demand for both volume and speed leaves photographers feeling like they’re getting paid for images by the pound. Photo agent Gregg Lhotsky of Bernstein & Andriulli, in conversation with a PDN editor, will discuss the seismic changes...read more...
Speaker(s)
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...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Session Number:PW02
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
New York City is enchanting with its energy, strength and beauty. What better location to photograph the same qualities of professional dancers? Join commercial photographer Erik Valind and learn first-hand how to work with these incredible subjects while exploring the streets of Manhattan. Using both natural light and strobes, Valind...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. He specializes in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture with airy and energetic imagery defining his style and vision. Involved and committed to our industry, Erik is a Broncolor Ambassador and...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW03
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Join Elia and Naomi Locardi for a fun and informative photo walk to capture iconic urban landscapes around Midtown Manhattan as they share their unique approach to shooting cityscape photography in destinations around the world. Open to all photography skill levels, this class will cover how to choose the right...read more...
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Elia Locardi

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, writer, experienced public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life traveling the world in order to seek out and photograph the most beautiful destinations on the planet. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more...read more...

Naomi Locardi

Naomi Locardi is a full-time professional travel and landscape photographer, educator, writer, artist and citizen of the world. Since her first trip outside the US to Italy in 2009, she has visited and been inspired by more than 55 countries across the globe. In addition to her work as a...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW01
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Join Canon technical advisor and master photographer Eric Stoner for an exploratory photo session close to the Javits Center to witness the benefits of using off-camera flash (OCF).  During this session, you’ll learn how to create depth and dimension with  Canon Speedlites and a variety of lenses to make your...read more...
Speaker(s)
Eric Stoner

Eric's photographic career spans over 28 years as a portraitist and commercial photographer. He has been working with Canon for over 10 years teaching seminars on photography and how to get the most out of Canon equipment. His teaching style is very relaxed so he finds his students retain more...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW04
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
An exploration of how to make quick, informative and beautiful videos for your friends, family, clients and followers on Social Media. We will talk about;  What to look for when filming. How to think about sound. What kind of equipment will help you make great videos. And, we will talk...read more...
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Michael Rubenstein

Michael Rubenstein is a New York City based commercial/editorial photographer and director. He enjoys documenting interesting people and situations the world over. He would like it very much if you decided to send him somewhere lovely to meet some interesting people and make something beautiful. Michael is honored to have...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS02
  • Room: 1E15/16
Instagram and the #MeToo movement have changed celebrity photography. Some stars have fallen from grace, and nearly all celebrities are using Instagram to control their own image.  Renowned portrait photographer Joe Pugliese explains how those trends are affecting what media outlets, publicists and the public want from celebrity portraiture, how...read more...
Speaker(s)
Joe Pugliese

California native Joe Pugliese began his photography career while in high school, mixing darkroom chemistry at his local daily newspaper. Joe entered the photography industry as a photojournalist, shortly thereafter his focus shifted to the editorial world. He has been fortunate enough to meet and photograph many of the most...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


  • Session Number:TA1
  • Room: 1E07
In this class Garrette and Amber Baird from Eyenamics will discuss how they utilize sound to make powerful films. They will cover everything from capturing pristine audio in run and gun situations, cleaning up recorded audio, using music to drive the message of your film, and using sound effects and...read more...
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Amber Baird

We are Eyenamics, an international multi award winning husband & wife filmmaking team and are dedicated to improving our industry through advanced education and providing our clients with beautifully crafted wedding stories. With over 500 weddings filmed we strive to capture the intimate moments of the wedding day and our...read more...

Garrette Baird

We are Eyenamics, an international multi award winning husband & wife filmmaking team and are dedicated to improving our industry through advanced education and providing our clients with beautifully crafted wedding stories. With over 500 weddings filmed we strive to capture the intimate moments of the wedding day and our...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA2
  • Room: 1E08
Masterful light isn’t necessarily about being complicated—it’s about control. Chris shares some of his favorite ways to shape one light to achieve stunning results from some classic techniques as well as some surprising new ones. He’ll cover modifier choice, flagging, feathering, ratios and more to transform your understanding of “simple...read more...
Speaker(s)
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...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA7
  • Room: 1E14
Deanne Delbridge will show how cultural influences and imagery have conditioned how women are viewed, and will offer new perspectives, including how to create provocative, sensual images of women that empower instead of objectify. Develop new visual marketing ideas for creating relevant images that feed future market needs, improve your...read more...
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Deanne Delbridge

Deanne designs + develops new visual positioning for photographers through award-winning portfolios, websites and promo campaigns. She encourages creation of imagery that speaks in future-tense and advocates for relevant portrayals of women in advertising. Her educational and motivational talks on visual marketing have been presented to APA, ASMP, AIGA, CAPIC, PPA...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA4
  • Room: 1E11
This class is will help you raise the bar on your portraiture, no matter what your specialty.  Fine-art, headshot, outdoor and fashion photographers alike can benefit from Roberto Valenzuela’s lessons on how to optimize light for any pose, or a pose for any lighting condition, in a quick and practical...read more...
Speaker(s)
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...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA3
  • Room: 1E10
Learn how to make extra money by selling your images through a stock agency. Successful stock contributors Mat Hayward and Terry White will share tips and techniques for shooting with stock buyers in mind, repurposing images sitting on your hard drives and incorporating personal hobbies into stock shoots. Learn how...read more...
Speaker(s)
Mat Hayward

Mat Hayward is a member of the content team for Adobe Stock and an active Adobe Stock contributor based in Seattle, WA. In addition to his role at Adobe, Mat is a successful photographer specializing in entertainment, events, portraits and lifestyle photography. Mat is a fixture in the photography community and can...read more...

Terry White

Terry White – Principal Worldwide Design & Photography Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over 20 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Cloud Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe Creative...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA6
  • Room: 1E13
During this dynamic and insightful roundtable, five top directors of photography from major national magazines will discuss everything from getting the attention of today’s photo editors to the fine points of completing an assignment. Moderator Art Streiber will show behind-the-scenes imagery produced for a few of the panelists and then...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...read more...

Ilana Schweber

Ilana Schweber is the Director of Photography for Meredith Corporation’s PEOPLE brand across digital and print platforms.  She joined PEOPLE’s photo team in 2010, where she most recently served as Managing Director of Photography, overseeing all aspects of shoot production and photo research in addition to managing staff and overseeing budgets.    Prior, Schweber was...read more...

Justin O'Neill

Justin O’Neill is the Photo Director of Esquire Magazine and adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts in New York. Before Esquire, Justin worked in the photography departments of GQ, New York Magazine, and the New York Times Magazine. He earned his BFA degree in 1994 upon graduating from...read more...

Linda Dehanan

Linda Denahan is the Visuals Director of Conde Nast Traveler, overseeing photography for the print magazine and website. Previously she was a photo editor at Martha Stewart Living, Cookie, Elle, Allure, and In Style. She currently lives in New York City's West Village with her boyfriend and rescue dog, Dizzy....read more...

Quentin Nardi

Quentin Nardi, Chief Photo Editor for Smithsonian magazine, is a photo professional with over 18 years of experience with national magazines and digital platforms. Specializing in reportage, portrait, & conceptual photography--she has also worked for Outside, Ski, and AARP The Magazine. ...read more...

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  • Session Number:TA5
  • Room: 1E12
This session features Australia's renowned travel photographer Glynn Lavender, who will share his experiences and techniques for approaching strangers, capturing dynamic travel portraits and adding depth to your travel experience by connecting with the people you photograph. Takeaways will include how to approach potential subjects; how to control lighting in...read more...
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Glynn Lavender

Australia's Glynn Lavender is one of the photo industry's most dynamic public speakers, trainers and tour leaders. A prolific teacher with nearly 1000 workshops under his belt in Australia, New Zealand and the United States he is renowned for his approach to teaching that makes even complex subjects seem simple....read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


  • Session Number:TK
  • Room: 1E15/16
Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For photojournalist Lynsey Addario, the short, simple answer is also the title of her new photobook: Of Love & War. In focusing on humanitarian and human-rights issues, Lynsey has built her career on capturing powerful...read more...
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Lynsey Addario
© Lynsey Addario, Photo

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time magazine. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She photographs feature stories on humanitarian and human rights issues...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS03
  • Room: 1E15/16
For all their good intentions, documentary photographers often objectify, stereotype, and otherwise misrepresent the communities they’re trying to depict. What does it mean to photograph someone else’s community with humility and respect? How, in short, do you earn the right to tell the stories of a community other than your...read more...
Speaker(s)
Jonathan Olshefski

Jonathan Olshefski is an artist and documentary filmmaker.  His debut feature documentary, QUEST, premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and went on to screen at over 75 festivals internationally receiving numerous honors and awards. In 2017 he was named as one of 25 New Faces in Independent Film by...read more...

Monique Jaques

Monique Jaques (b.1985) is a Brazilian American photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work focuses on the representation of women through documentary photography and video. Her multi-award-winning approach to journalism reframes prevailing narrative and examines modern-day issues misrepresented in the media.  Monique has spent the past seven years working for a...read more...

Nicky Woo

Nicky Woo is a mixed-race documentary photographer, who divides her time between New York & East Africa. Her fascination with the tenacity of the human spirit, deeply influences her approach to image making. She started out her career studying psychology but quickly realized that her true motivations lay in celebrating...read more...

Sarah Stacke

Sarah Stacke's personal work looks at daily life in communities whose geographic borders were forcefully changed during periods of colonization. Often spending time with a community over the course of months or years, she questions how land, and the loss of it, shapes identities. She has worked for The New...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


  • Session Number:TB5
  • Room: 1E13
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Speaker(s)
Jessica Dimmock

Jessica Dimmock, b. 1978, is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker and a member of VII. In 2010, she was awarded the Best Cinematography Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival from Kodak for the film Without, directed by Mark Jackson. The film, which she also produced, premiered in New York...read more...

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  • Session Number:TB4
  • Room: 1E12
Join Nikon Ambassador, WPPI Lifetime Achievement Award winner and straight-shooter Cliff Mautner as he delivers a fresh seminar that reflects upon his path to success and, perhaps more importantly, the huge mistakes that were made along the way—so you can avoid them. Whether you’re a beginner or a 20-year pro,...read more...
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Cliff Mautner

Cliff Mautner's career in photography spans 35 years. After shooting for 15 years and 6000 assignments as a photojournalist with the Philadelphia Inquirer, as well as shooting for an eclectic array of commercial clients ranging from Comcast to Subaru, Cliff launched his wedding photography career. After about 900 weddings or...read more...

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  • Session Number:TB6
  • Room: 1E14
In this fast-paced, information-packed session, Adobe Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost will showcase her favorite Photoshop techniques, little-known features and hidden gems to empower you to create your best photographs faster than ever. She’ll cover topics that include selecting, masking and compositing; using smart objects and smart filters; and working...read more...
Speaker(s)
Julieanne Kost
PRINCIPAL DIGITIAL IMAGING EVANGELIST
ADOBE

Named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” Julieanne Kost is the Digital Imaging Evangelist Director 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...read more...

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  • Session Number:TB1
  • Room: 1E08
Join New York City-based photographer Lindsay Adler in the making of a real-life fashion shoot! To start, she’ll cover how to find a creative team, work with modeling agencies, build mood boards and prepare for the shoot day. Adler will then shoot in a live demonstration, illustrating her creative process...read more...
Speaker(s)
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 publications including Marie Claire, InStyle, Elle, Harper's Bazaar and more. As a photographic educator and having been named one...read more...

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  • Session Number:TB2
  • Room: 1E10
Three photographers chosen for 2018 PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch will share the lessons they learned as they built portfolios, promoted their early work and built their clientele. Joining them will be a veteran photographer and a photo editor who hires photographers at all levels of experience....read more...
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Brad Ogbonna

Brad Ogbonna was born and raised in the Twin Cities (where Prince was from), lives in Brooklyn, and was selected for PDN’s 30 2018. His clients include Google, Airbnb, The New York Times, Jack Daniels, Diesel, BET, The FADER, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Esquire and the artist Kehinde Wiley. ...read more...

Gabriella Demczuk

Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, printmaker and journalist based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at The George Washington University and photography at the Parsons School of Art and Design...read more...

Holly Stuart Hughes

Holly Stuart Hughes is the editor of PDN and PDNOnline, the award-winning print and online publications for professional photographers. PDN provides photographers with the news, inspiration and insights they need to succeed. She has lectured on artist’s rights and cultural trends to photography groups around the U.S., served as a portfolio reviewer and photo contest...read more...

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  • Session Number:TB3
  • Room: 1E11
Hurley knows all too well what it’s like to not only be behind the lens, but in front. Drawing from his past experience as a model, he’s been able to carefully hone his craft of photographing people and become a leader in the headshot arena in the process. In this...read more...
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Peter Hurley
Peter Hurley’s Headshot Crew

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...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:MC04
  • Room: 1E17
Join portrait photographer Joe Pugliese in an open and interactive session in which he will discuss and share all aspects of his experience shooting covers for major magazines, key art for entertainment clients and ad campaigns for well-known brands. The session will be an informal conversation and Q&A. Pugliese will...read more...
Speaker(s)
Joe Pugliese

California native Joe Pugliese began his photography career while in high school, mixing darkroom chemistry at his local daily newspaper. Joe entered the photography industry as a photojournalist, shortly thereafter his focus shifted to the editorial world. He has been fortunate enough to meet and photograph many of the most...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS04
  • Room: 1E15/16
Will robots steal your photography job? Artificial intelligence is rapidly transforming many businesses and photography is no exception. Join PDN’s Senior Technology Greg Scoblete for a conversation with Alex Savsunenko, the head of Skylum’s AI lab and other technology innovators on the future of AI in photography—its promise and its peril.
Speaker(s)
Alex Savsunenko

Alex Savsunenko, Head of AI Lab at Skylum.  Alex has been working in the AI field for 5 years including 2 years as a senior research scientist at Stony Brook University on Long Island and a few start-ups before coming to work for MacPhun (now Skylum) in 2018.  His area...read more...

Greg Scoblete
PDN

Greg Scoblete is the Technology Editor at PDN and Rangefinder Magazine where is he responsible for technology and gear coverage for the magazines and their respective websites. ...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


  • Session Number:TC4
  • Room: 1E14
If you want your website to stand out, you'll need more than pretty pictures and a strong artist statement to win the business of today's discriminating and sophisticated clients. Designed for both beginner and intermediate online marketers, Rob Greer’s SEO survey will include all new material on SEO fundamentals, recent...read more...
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Rob Greer

Rob Greer knows SEO and been building websites and web-based applications since 1995. He has owned and sold successful dotcoms and as Managing Director of E-commerce for a professional consultancy his past clients include Walmart, Dillards, AOL, Conoco, Schlumberger, NASA, and hundreds of other companies. Today, as a professional wedding,...read more...

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  • Session Number:TC2
  • Room: 1E12
As the use of constant lighting becomes more prominent among photographers, new creative opportunities present themselves—and so do new challenges. This class will cover how to achieve movie-quality light without the movie-quantity budget. How do you shoot and light inside a car at night while it’s moving at 30 mph?...read more...
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Justin Evans
EvansWerks, LLC

Justin Eugene Evans is both a photographer and cinematographer. He was the writer, director, producer and cinematographer of "A Lonely Place for Dying," a cold-war spy thriller starring Academy Award Nominee James Cromwell (Capt. Dudley Smith of “LA Confidential"), Ross Marquand (Aaron of “The Walking Dead”), Jason Moore (Curtis of...read more...

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  • Session Number:TC3
  • Room: 1E13
Practical advice and philosophical thoughts on the practice of street photography from an eclectic panel of contemporary New York street photographers. 
Speaker(s)
Elizabeth Bick

Elizabeth Bick is a photographer and professor based in New York City, influenced by her training in dance. In 2017, an exhibition at Norton Museum of Art won her the Rudin Prize, nominated by Shirin Neshat. One-woman exhibitions include University of Texas Visual Arts Center in January 2017 and a...read more...

Gus Powell

Gus Powell was born in New York City in 1974 and attended Oberlin College where he majored in comparative religion. In 2003 he was selected to be in PDNs 30 under 30 issue and also published his first monograph, titled The Company of Strangers (J&L Books). His work has been exhibited...read more...

Michelle Groskopf

Michelle Groskopf is a street, editorial and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles. Her personal street work has been featured in The New Yorker, The British Journal Of Photography, The Huffington Post, Booooooooom, The Phoblographer, It’s Nice That, Aint-Bad, Lenscratch and more. Her client list includes Wired Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek,...read more...

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  • Session Number:TC1
  • Room: 1E11
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...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Session Number:MC05
  • Room: 1E08
Lighting is a tool for you to create different feelings, moods and stories for your subjects. Starting with one light and eventually building up to a set of four or more, Jonathan Thorpe will help attendees gain confidence in balancing multiple lights, and will also teach the importance of lighting...read more...
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Jonathan Thorpe

A self-taught photographer, Jonathan knew early on how important it was to create a style all his own. Focusing on lighting and storytelling, Jonathan's images can evoke a range of emotion from the viewer. Jonathan shoots full time as an advertising and portrait photographer and his style has been coined...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC06
  • Room: 1E10
Your clients may not always be able to explain exactly what they want—but they will certainly tell you what they don't want. JB Sallee will share what works and, more importantly, what doesn’t work when selling in person. Learn how to use products to set yourself apart, price yourself to...read more...
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JB Sallee

JB SALLEE and his wife DeEtte are based in Dallas, TX. Together they own and operate Sallee Photography (www.SalleePhotography.com), the most award winning wedding studio in Texas. Since 2002, JB & DeEtte have worked as an effective team and have traveled the globe photographing weddings and portrait sessions. Some...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Session Number:PW07
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
This engaging photo walk will apply the information learned in the part 1 classroom session.  Grab your camera and learn creative ways to photograph that you can apply to your own nature photography. This photo walk will teach you how find the right photographic subjects for modern decorative art; select...read more...
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Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell is a full-time professional photographer from Scottsdale, AZ. She is known for her emotionally evocative images of nature and is passionate about providing exciting, fun and high quality learning experiences for her workshop participants. She is a Board of Directors member for the North American Nature...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW08
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Learn how to master your location lighting, and change the perceived reality of an image through different lighting scenarios. Work hands on with Pierre Stephenson as he photographs set ups with varying lighting options, and teaches how each version can be used to control the mood, focus and narrative of...read more...
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Pierre Stephenson

Pierre is a professional photographer and mentor, author of Foundations of Posing, and adjunct professor of photography at Madison College. His diverse portfolio of work includes commercial, portraiture, weddings, fashion and underwater photography, as well as a personal love for urban exploration photography. His work has won numerous...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW06
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Join Robert Herman, author of The Phone Book (Schiffer Books)—a monograph shot entirely with the iPhone and the Hipstamatic app—on a photo walk, and learn to make authentic and strong street photography using your iphone. He’ll teach you the instinctual side of street photography, as well as how to use...read more...
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Robert Herman
Photographer/Publisher

Robert Herman has been a street photographer since his days as an NYU film student back in the late 70’s.  The New Yorkers, (Proof Positive Press) 2013, his photographs of New York City shot between 1978-2005 on Kodachrome, was self-published in 2013 and is now in the third printing.  His second book,...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW05
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
For photographer David Carol, the most important aspect of street photography is to truly observe one’s surroundings and to show the viewer something he or she may not have seen. During this informative and inspiring photo walk, Carol will show you his process and teach you to love it as...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)...read more...

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Thursday, October 25, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM


  • Session Number:MC07
  • Room: 1E17
In this master class, Kwaku Alston will navigate you through the essentials of surviving and thriving in a commercial photography career.  This course will cover how to present your portfolio, market to clients, build and maintain relationships, budget and make job estimates, and create concepts and pitch decks, as well...read more...
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Kwaku Alston
PHOTOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR
KWAKU ALSTON PHOTOGRAPHY

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...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


  • Session Number:MC09
  • Room: 1E10
In this class, UAS professionals looking to offer UAV photography and videography will learn the steps required to set up a successful UAV flight to showcase a property, including an outline of can’t-miss shots to build a template that never fails, safety practices, notifications and permits, and best practices for...read more...
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Douglas Spotted Eagle

Skydiving since 2006 and instructing UAS since 2012, Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. Appointed as a Safety and Training Advisor in the aviation world, he is a risk management/mitigation subject matter expert. Douglas is an audio and imaging pro with...read more...

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  • Session Number:WKSP02
  • Room: 1E11
Rocco Ancora will provide insight on getting the most out of your images, leading a live shoot session for attendees and then outlining simple and effective post-production techniques for fine-art photography. He’ll cover topics such as optimizing exposure, RAW file conversion, image-shaping techniques, color management and fine-art printing. Participants will...read more...
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Rocco Ancora
CAPTURE TO PRINT

AIPP Grand Master and WPPI Grand Master, Rocco has been awarded the prestigious accolade, The Australian Institute of Professional Photography's Wedding Photographer of the year an unprecedented 4 times in a 6-year span, which is a testimony Rocco's craftsmanship. His work is celebrated both locally and internationally with many major...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC10
  • Room: 1E17
Join these two very talented and diverse photographers as they discuss their different processes in an intimate setting.
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Liam Doran
Sigma

Liam's life has been centered around embracing the outdoors and capturing what makes it special through his eyes. As a seasoned adventurer, he has spent endless hours capturing high profile athletes around the globe. He has made his home in the mountains of Colorado with his family and continues to...read more...

Michael Anthony
MICHAEL ANTHONY PHOTOGRAPHY

Michael Anthony is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Los Angeles California.  He and his wife Jennifer own and operate Michael Anthony Studios, a boutique studio of 6 photographers that shoots approximately 200 weddings per year.  Michael is an industry educator, and writes articles monthly for Shutter Magazine.  Michael...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC08
  • Room: 1E08
Understanding the human form is essential for photographers, and the best wedding photojournalists and portraitists have mastered its capture without over-directing their subjects. Pierre Stephenson will share techniques from his book Foundations of Posing for hiding weight, toning and utilizing light. Stop memorizing poses–this class will give you a solid...read more...
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Pierre Stephenson

Pierre is a professional photographer and mentor, author of Foundations of Posing, and adjunct professor of photography at Madison College. His diverse portfolio of work includes commercial, portraiture, weddings, fashion and underwater photography, as well as a personal love for urban exploration photography. His work has won numerous...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS05
  • Room: 1E15/16
Now that our national politics have become like warfare, should photographers change the way they cover it? Mark Peterson and Gabriella Demczuk talk about covering politics— from the radical fringes to Capitol Hill and resistance activists— and explain how they bring personal insights and perspectives to their images, helping viewers...read more...
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Gabriella Demczuk

Gabriella Demczuk is a Lebanese-American photographer, printmaker and journalist based between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Md. Born in Sweden but raised in Luxembourg, Belgium and later the United States, she studied fine arts and journalism at The George Washington University and photography at the Parsons School of Art and Design...read more...

Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson is a photographer based in New York City. His work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, New York, Fortune, Time, ESPN The Magazine, and Geo, as well as many others. His awards include a W. Eugene Smith support grant for his photographs of revolving-door alcoholics...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Session Number:PW12
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
CreativeLive fans, this is your chance to hang out and shoot with Kenna Klosterman and her special CL guests! Leave the lighting gear and models for another photo walk—it's time to get real. This photo walk is for photographers who want to get more comfortable connecting with portrait subjects, and...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...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW09
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Good photographs don't have to require a big budget, sophisticated props or beautiful locations. Get inspired with New York-based fine-art photographer Anya Anti and learn how to create conceptual portraits on the busy streets of New York City with simple props and improvised materials. Anti will share her shooting techniques...read more...
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Anya Anti

Anya Anti is a New York based internationally published and award winning photo artist who specializes in on-location fine art and conceptual portraiture. Originally from Ukraine she moved to USA in 2014. Anya's been into photography since 2009 and as a self-taught she gained all her knowledge through social media...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW11
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Telephoto lenses are a perfect match for portraiture, and you’ll learn how to utilize them on this photo walk with Canon technical advisor and photographer Eric Stoner. Stoner will share the benefits of using long lenses for portraits from a technical standpoint as well as the psychological perspective of your...read more...
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Eric Stoner

Eric's photographic career spans over 28 years as a portraitist and commercial photographer. He has been working with Canon for over 10 years teaching seminars on photography and how to get the most out of Canon equipment. His teaching style is very relaxed so he finds his students retain more...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW24
Street fashion is a big part of the New York fashion scene and on this photowalk you will learn new techniques to create dynamic street fashion shots and portraits in almost any location. Joe will show you how to find interesting backgrounds, identify great natural light and use reflectors to...read more...
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Joe Edelman
JOE EDELMAN PHOTOGRAPHICS

Olympus Visionary Joe Edelman is an award-winning photographer and educator based in Allentown, PA who travels frequently to present his experiences and share his techniques. Joe is well known for his very popular YouTube channel, PHOTO Joe Edelman, with the goal of educating photographers on the “How’s” and "Why's" behind...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW10
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
In this video walk Garrette and Amber will show you how they go from conceptualizing to executing a visual story. They will instruct you on how they use composition, lighting, compelling camera angles, focal lengths, and support gear in real world, run and gun scenarios. 
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Amber Baird

We are Eyenamics, an international multi award winning husband & wife filmmaking team and are dedicated to improving our industry through advanced education and providing our clients with beautifully crafted wedding stories. With over 500 weddings filmed we strive to capture the intimate moments of the wedding day and our...read more...

Garrette Baird

We are Eyenamics, an international multi award winning husband & wife filmmaking team and are dedicated to improving our industry through advanced education and providing our clients with beautifully crafted wedding stories. With over 500 weddings filmed we strive to capture the intimate moments of the wedding day and our...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS06
  • Room: 1E15/16
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Friday, October 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


  • Session Number:FA4
  • Room: 1E12
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...read more...

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  • Session Number:FA1
  • Room: 1E08
Itaysha Jordan's catalog of work is identifiable by a distinctive aesthetic that has allowed her the opportunity to work on notable photo projects. For those looking to take your beauty and portrait photography to the next level, this seminar is for you. Itaysha will break down in simple steps, how...read more...
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Itaysha Jordan

Fashion photographer Itaysha Jordan is inspired by the strength of her subjects, and captures moments that stretch beyond the expected. Both a collaborator and a visionary, Ms. Jordan is committed to the growing movement of multiculturalism in the commercial art realm. She resides in Brooklyn, NY....read more...

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  • Session Number:FA3
  • Room: 1E11
Portrait and lifestyle photographer Drew Gurian will share insight from the first five years of his freelance career, including how to market yourself, create an effective portfolio, run a business and build a brand in New York City, arguably the most saturated marketplace in the world. He'll then dive into...read more...
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Drew Gurian

Drew is a New York City based portrait and lifestyle photographer. He has worked extensively on projects ranging from ad and marketing campaigns to celebrity portraits for brands and editorial clients. He has photographed a variety of personalities including Kendrick Lamar, the cast of The Hunger Games, and President Barack...read more...

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  • Session Number:FA5
  • Room: 1E13
The days of the “gallery as gatekeeper” for fine-art photographers are waning. Although a gallery still provides an exhibition venue and important ongoing guidance for artists, social media and DIY exhibitions are continuing to gain strength in creating an audience for artists’ work. Artists can now explore a multipronged strategy...read more...
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Jennifer Yoffy

Jennifer Yoffy is a publisher, photographer, and arts advocate based in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the founder/publisher of Yoffy Press, which publishes photobooks you need to own. She was the creator/director of Crusade for Art, a non-profit organization focused on cultivating demand for art, specifically fine art photography, and the owner of...read more...

Kenneth Gruenholtz

Kenneth Gruenholtz is a fine art photographer living and working in New York City.  He holds a Masters degree in photography from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Palazzo Italia, Berlin; Somerset House, London; and the SVA Grammercy Gallery, NYC and his first collection...read more...

Michael Foley

Michael Foley opened his eponymous gallery in the fall of 2004 after fourteen years of working with notable photography galleries including Fraenkel Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery and Yancey Richardson Gallery. The gallery has since been invited to participate in over twenty international and national art fairs including Paris Photo, Pulse, AIPAD...read more...

Romke Hoogwaerts

Romke Hoogwaerts was born in Atlanta to Dutch parents and raised mostly in South East Asia. He is the editor of Mossless, co-publisher of Rubber Factory Posters and co-editor of The Reservoir, and has worked in the photo departments of Bloomberg Businessweek, NYT Magazine and MSNBC. He has interviewed over...read more...

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  • Session Number:FA2
  • Room: 1E10
What do photo editors look for in the photographers they hire? This panel of top photo editors will explain which promotions get their attention, best practices for emailing and cold calls, how to approach them—and NOT approach them—at industry events, and how to land meetings with them—and impress them when...read more...
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Leslie dela Vega

Currently Director of Visuals at OZY.com, Leslie dela Vega was previously Digital Director of Photography for Rolling Stone Magazine, and a photo editor at The New York Times. She has also held photo editing positions at Fortune, TIME magazine, Essence and Fast Company. De la Vega began her career as an...read more...

Maryann Golon

MaryAnne Golon is director of photography at the Washington Post. She is a key member of the senior management team overseeing all aspects of photography across all platforms. She manages 17 staff photojournalists, 18 photography editors, and hires dozens of freelance photojournalists. Golon was previously Time magazine's director of photography and co-managed the international newsmagazine’s...read more...

Travis Ruse

Travis has experience touching on every aspect of the photography industry, traveling the world assisting on fashion, portrait and still-life shoots, running his own custom B&W printing studio, and working as a set-builder and shooting assignments for clients including GQ, Sports Illustrated and Glamour. His role as a photo rep...read more...

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  • Session Number:FA6
  • Room: 1E14
With the print-on-demand revolution, it has never been easier or more affordable for artists to produce and market a book of their work. While the traditional publishing path has the advantage of a seasoned team with experience in design, production, marketing and distribution, self-publishing allows the artist full creative control....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. Her public seminars and workshops on marketing opportunities have proven to aid photographers in moving their careers to the next...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


  • Session Number:FK
  • Room: 1E15/16
No one doubts the power of social media for raising a photographer’s exposure or giving marginalized communities a platform to tell their stories, but social media also carries burdens and costs. Join in the lively debate, and vote for the debaters who mount the most persuasive arguments for and against...read more...
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Adriana Teresa Letorney
Founder & CEO of Visura.co

Adriana Teresa Letorney is the Founder & CEO of Visura.co, and co-founder of Scout Film Festival. She is dedicated to increasing the access, value, quality and diversity of the professional visual content and talent found online today for organizations worldwide. Through technology, Adriana works on the formation and implementation...read more...

Allen Murabayashi
PHOTOSHELTER INC

Allen Murabayashi is the chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter. He has written extensively on the topic of photography, culture and social media. Originally from Hawaii, He currently lives in New York and is a graduate of Yale University. ...read more...

Dusty Wooddell

Dusty Wooddell is an internationally published American commercial and portrait photographer. Raised in "Small-Town, USA", aka Parker, Arizona, Dusty appreciates the outdoors and capturing moments for clients in a tasteful and artistic manner. ...read more...

Rhynna Santos

Rhynna M. Santos is a photographer born in Puerto Rico and currently residing in the Bronx.  Ms. Santos’ work depicts the everyday life and perspective of people of color.   In 2018 Santos was recognized as an En Foco Fellow which included an exhibition of her work at the Andrew Freedman...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS07
  • Room: 1E15/16
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Friday, October 26, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


  • Session Number:FB1
  • Room: 1E08
Learn how to create impactful, narrative and cinema-quality lighting with Richard Sands, a prolific film technician and director of photography for feature-length movies, television and advertising. He has worked with renowned directors including Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, and, for 21 years, Sands has created the elaborate lighting for...read more...
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Richard Sands

Richard Sands is a film technician whose roots are in cinema production. He has done the lighting and/or DP on 50 feature-length motion pictures with directors such as Steven Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola, 50+ television movies, over 100 one-hour television episodes and numerous advertising pieces. He was responsible for...read more...

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  • Session Number:FB3
  • Room: 1E11
There are times when we don’t have our interchangeable lens cameras with us, but we always have our smartphone camera with us. Learn how to create great images from your phone – from capture to processing to sharing. See what’s possible with Lightroom CC for mobile and how easy it...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...read more...

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  • Session Number:FB2
  • Room: 1E10
For photographers who are interested in creating documentary, editorial and fine-art work, advertising jobs can be an important part of building a sustainable career in a challenging market. In this seminar, panelists who’ve used advertising work to support fine-art and editorial careers will share their stories about how they landed...read more...
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Christopher Churchill

(B. 1977) Christopher Churchill is a documentary photographer working in large format on narrative projects and commissions. His work has been shown internationally and within the United States often in surveys of American culture. His photographs are held in various private and public collections that include The Corcoran Gallery of...read more...

Conor Risch

Conor Risch is Senior Editor of PDN and PDNOnline.

Laurel Golio
© Nathan Bajar, Photo

Laurel Golio is known for her work documenting subcultures and alternative communities. She is the co-founder of We Are the Youth, a photography project centered around LGBTQ youth from all over the U.S. telling their own stories. Her clients include Bloomberg Businessweek, Champion, The New York Times, Nike, PowerBar, Urban Outfitters...read more...

Rachel DeRuyter

Rachel De Ruyter is a Commercial Talent Agent representing an extraordinary roster of National Geographic Photographers for traditional advertising and social influencer campaigns. She has navigated campaigns for regional and global clients including, Vacheron Constantin, Samsung, Google, Nissan, AMEX, Toyota, USPS, Target, Rowe, Pfizer, Land O' Lakes, Fossil, Hilton, Forevermark...read more...

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  • Session Number:FB6
  • Room: 1E14
Learn from Makayla Jade how to stand out in an oversaturated, underpriced market and start winning the clients of your dreams—without wasting all your time fighting social media algorithms or paying for advertising! You’ll walk away with the know-how to charge more for your time, start shooting what you love,...read more...
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Makayla Jade
THE HARRIS COMPANY

Makayla Jade, founder of The Harris Company, developed a brand distinguished by providing an elevated photo and cinema client experience, propelling the company to reaching multiple six-figures in less than 3 years by appealing to a niche clientele that places a high value on printed products & photographic art. ...read more...

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  • Session Number:FB4
  • Room: 1E12
Tamara Lackey will deliver her top tips from 15 years of shooting and consistently selling portrait sessions. Join Lackey as she takes you through every stage of a typical photography session, along with behind-the-scenes videos and on-the-job, often humorous illustrations. She will also share what you should definitely know (and...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,...read more...

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  • Session Number:FB5
  • Room: 1E13
Your professional website isn’t dissimilar from your dating profile. If you don’t present yourself well, photo editors won’t call. If you don’t present yourself accurately, photo editors won’t ask you back for a second shoot. Top photo editors from BuzzFeed, ESPN and The New York Times will discuss why it’s...read more...
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Jeffrey Furticella

Jeffrey Furticella is an award-winning picture editor currently with the Metro desk at The New York Times. Previously he was a supervisor at The Associated Press, an editor at Sporting News Magazine and a photojournalist for the Times of Northwest Indiana. He has studied front-end web development at General Assembly,...read more...

Julianne Varacchi

Julianne Varacchi is a senior photo editor at ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. Since 2007 she has helped ESPN manage photo coverage for Final Fours, Triple Crown Races, College Football National Championships and Super Bowls as well as edit photo narratives, special features and daily assignments. She’s part of an...read more...

Kate Bubacz

Kate Bubacz is the deputy photo director for BuzzFeed News. She works on feature assignments around the world covering foreign affairs, cultural upheaval and investigations. Previously, she worked at ABC News and The New York Post. ...read more...

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...read more...

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


  • Session Number:MC11
  • Room: 1E17
Join Y&R Director of Art Production , Kaia Hemming in this special Master Class and get an insider's look at today’s changing advertising market. Hemming will explain every step in an ad production, including how photographers get her attention and the process of selecting the right photographer for advertising shoots....read more...
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Kaia Hemming

Kaia Hemming is currently the Director of Art Production at Y&R New York and has previously worked at JWT, McCann and Hudson Rouge. Kaia has produced award-winning work for clients including MasterCard, Lincoln Motor Company, Verizon, Smirnoff, Royal Caribbean, Rolex, Microsoft, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson. Active in the photography...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS08
  • Room: 1E15/16
The risk and difficulties of bringing foreign conflicts to light are greater than ever.  Reporting on conflict takes not only courage, but local knowledge, access and strategic thinking. Three prize-winning conflict photographers explain how their experience living and working in the conflict zones they’ve covered has shaped their perspective on...read more...
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Alex Potter

Alex Potter is a photographer and journalist from the Midwest working mostly in the Middle East; her work explores conflict and trust, loss and isolation within communities and relationships. Her work has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harpers Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The Intercept, and Bloomberg...read more...

Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi

Diana Zeyneb Alhindawi is a Brooklyn-based, Romanian-Iraqi photographer whose work focuses on the human condition, often in the context of conflict, humanitarian emergencies, social unrest or systemic discrimination. Her photography has been featured by media outlets such as The New York Times newspaper and Magazine, The Wall Street Journal and...read more...

Natalie Keyssar

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is interested in class inequality, youth culture, and the personal effects of political turmoil and violence, primarily in the US and Latin America. She has contributed to publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Bloomberg...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM


  • Session Number:FC3
  • Room: 1E13
Few technologies have been as relentlessly hyped as blockchain. Join us as we explore what blockchain is, how it can be used to safeguard your images from online thieves and whether you should believe the hype.  
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Edward Greenberg

Ed Greenberg has been a litigator, lecturer, author, civil court mediator and expert witness on matters concerning intellectual property and model's rights for over 38 years. He litigates regularly in the Federal and State Courts having appeared as counsel in well over one thousand cases. He lectures regularly at...read more...

Greg Scoblete
PDN

Greg Scoblete is the Technology Editor at PDN and Rangefinder Magazine where is he responsible for technology and gear coverage for the magazines and their respective websites. ...read more...

Joe Naylor

Joe Naylor is the President and CEO of ImageRights International, the global leader in copyright enforcement services for photo agencies and professional photographers. Joe’s career spans more than twenty years in the design, development, operations, sales, and marketing of communications and internet-based services at eFax.com, j2 Global Communications, and...read more...

Kain Jones

Kain Jones is the driving force behind market leading image protection service, Pixsy. A business administration guru and industry expert, he has over ten years of management expertise. As COO of Pixsy, he leads the companies mission - to find and fight image theft. His passion for copyright, IP law...read more...

Maria Kessler

Maria Kessler is veteran of stock photography companies such as FPG International, Dynamic Graphics, and Jupiterimages, Maria managed key photographer relationships, oversaw global production shoots, collection acquisitions, distribution partnerships with other agencies, strategic sales agreements, and managed various rights issues (privacy, model releases and sensitive subjects). Today, as a blockchain evangelist, Maria’s mission is...read more...

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  • Session Number:FC2
  • Room: 1E12
Learn the exact client-getting strategies Ben Hartley used to grow his wedding photography business to over $450,000 per year in less than three years. Having a consistent stream of photography leads is so much more than just being able to do what you love every day. When you have an...read more...
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Ben Hartley

Ben Hartley is a dynamic photographer, inspiring educator, and modern influencer. Ben has three core beliefs: 1. People are always more important 2. Success starts with self-worth 3. You must never stop thrashing Ben is founder of Style & Story Creative based in Columbus, OH and named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the Country in...read more...

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  • Session Number:FC4
  • Room: 1E14
Our world is becoming more and more visual. Screens are becoming smaller, more accessible and part of our everyday life. Advertisers and publishers have long relied on professionals to create compelling imagery to engage users, and technology companies have relied on the advertisers and publishers, rather than the creators themselves....read more...
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Anna Dickson

Anna Dickson is the Photo Lead for the Content & Community team at Google. Previously she was Photo Director at Huff Post, Deputy Photo Director at The Wall Street Journal and has worked in photo departments for other well known publications. ...read more...

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Friday, October 26, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Session Number:WKSP03
  • Room: 1E11
Camera technology is moving so fast; unlock the potential of what your camera can do! This seminar is designed for the photographer who wants to elevate their skill and push their cameras to new levels. Nikon ambassador, Kristi Odom and her partner, Darren Gustaveson will teach shooting techniques like timelapse,...read more...
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Darren Gustaveson
KRISTI ODOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Darren's deepest passion lies in the mountains. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, Darren uses his camera to share his love of adventure and the natural world. His background is rooted outdoor education where the mountains have been his classroom to bring people closer to the outside world. He has lived...read more...

Kristi Odom
KRISTI ODOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Kristi Odom joined Nikon's elite Ambassador program in May of 2018. An internationally acclaimed photographer and sought-after motivational speaker, Kristi travels the world shooting, teaching and sharing her insights. From destination weddings in Thailand to conservation projects in the jungles of Borneo, she's always on the move, always ready to connect...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC14
  • Room: 1E10
Why is editing your own work so difficult? Attend this master class and learn skills designed to strengthen your ability to organize and edit your own work. This class will emphasize image-file organization, image selection and sequencing for magazines, books and the web. Sarah Leen, director of photography for National...read more...
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Sarah Leen

Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Partners. Prior to joining the National Geographic staff in 2004 as a Senior Photo Editor. She worked as a freelance photographer for nearly twenty years publishing 16 stories and five covers for National Geographic magazine. Leen supervises all...read more...

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  • Session Number:WKSP04
  • Room: 1E08
Understanding how your camera works is the foundation for great photography. In this course, Spyros Heniadas will show you how to master your camera’s functions so you can focus on visual creativity. In this seminar you will learn how to control your camera in manual mode, how ISO, aperture and...read more...
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Spyros Heniadis

Spyros Heniadis is a photographer and educator. He has been pursuing photography for nearly 20 years. He loves the creativity and joy that photography has brought into his life, and he loves sharing what he's learned with photographers around the world through his educational YouTube videos. LINKS: ...read more...

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


  • Session Number:PW14
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Seeing light is the cornerstone to understanding photography. Join Andre Costantini as he shows you how to find amazing available light in any location or condition during this photo walk with a model. Topics will include gauging the quantity of light and how it effects the mood of an image;...read more...
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André Costantini

André Costantini is a photographer, filmmaker and educator. He has been behind and in front of the camera informing and entertaining, learning and creating for more than 20 years. He is a creative problem solver who loves using visual mediums for storytelling. This has taken him to...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW15
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Learn how to leverage the golden hour to create environmental portraits on the beautiful Javits Center rooftop, taught by renowned documentary and commercial photographer Doug Menuez. From dialing the right camera settings to capturing the soul of your subjects, Menuez will provide tips on how to achieve stellar results under...read more...
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Doug Menuez

Award-winning 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 spent decades as a freelancer for Time, LIFE, Newsweek, Fortune, USA Today, the New York Times Magazine & many other publications. He's published 4...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW16
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
It’s easy to get caught up in the plethora of lighting options available to photographers, but one source remains true: the sun. Imagine this: You’re en route to an amazing location and your batteries die, your reflector tears or you forgot that one cord you needed for off-camera flash. Things...read more...
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Jon Lorentz

Jon Lorentz has always combined creative expression with his passion for education, training, and development. After studying music education at Florida State University, Jon completed the Photographic Technology degree program at Daytona State College while working for Apple and simultaneously growing as a broad-based freelance photographer. Jon's early success at Apple led...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW13
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Join PDN 30’s Matthew Cicanese for a macro adventure on New York’s historic High Line. Let curiosity and exploration take the wheel as you discover the magical world of macro right beneath your nose. In this session, you’ll learn how to find and approach interesting macro scenes anywhere; how to...read more...
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Matthew Cicanese

Matthew Cicanese is an award-winning documentary artist, National Geographic Explorer, Emerging League Photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers, and Destination Workshop Instructor with Canon USA. As a deaf-blind survivor of infant meningitis, Matthew's art has evolved from his sensory deprivations. At age 14 he received his first camera,...read more...

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


  • Session Number:MC12
  • Room: 1E17
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Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS09
  • Room: 1E15/16
The “male gaze" has shaped, warped and constrained how we view women. But female perspectives are challenging the status quo in portraiture, fashion and beauty photography.  BUST Magazine creative director Laurie Henzel and award-winning visuals director Toby Kaufman will discuss the female gaze, how it differs from the (mostly white)...read more...
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Laurie Henzel

Laurie Henzel is co-founder and creative director of BUST, the feminist lifestyle magazine, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. BUST’s photos have always been shot almost entirely by women, and its feminist tone and point of view made it a pioneer amongst women’s magazines. Celebrities such as Tina...read more...

Toby Kaufmann

Toby Kaufmann is an Award-Winning Visuals Director. Mostly recently she was the Executive Photography Director of Refinery29 where she worked to define the brand's photographic aesthetic. Previously, she was the Photo Director of Maxim, Men's Fitness and Fitness magazines. She is also the Vice President of The Society of Publication...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Session Number:PW21
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
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...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW23
An environmental portrait can be executed in the subject's usual environment or the environment can have no connection but can be used to enhance the drama and mood Join Rocco Ancora as he explores the interplay of light and environments to create moody portraits with impact. Learn how to previsualise the...read more...
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Rocco Ancora
CAPTURE TO PRINT

AIPP Grand Master and WPPI Grand Master, Rocco has been awarded the prestigious accolade, The Australian Institute of Professional Photography's Wedding Photographer of the year an unprecedented 4 times in a 6-year span, which is a testimony Rocco's craftsmanship. His work is celebrated both locally and internationally with many major...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW17
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
During this photo walk, Charles Chessler will go over lighting fundamentals: the exposure triangle, dynamic range, quality and direction of light, exposure compensation, when to increase ISO, background, subject-to-background distance, using reflectors and more. Attendees will pick their settings for the light that is occurring that day; then, the real...read more...
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Charles Chessler
CHARLES CHESSLER PHOTOGRAPHY

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...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW20
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Go on an urban adventure with lifestyle photographer Michael DeStefano. DeStefano will show attendees how to take high-impact and adrenaline-fueled adventure images and apply those techniques to urban activities such as jogging, yoga, crossfit and indoor climbing. This photo walk is perfect for anyone who dreams of climbing the highest...read more...
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Michael DeStefano

Michael Destefano is a Boston based Photographer shooting mostly commercial and editorial work that combines a love of the outdoors and adventure sports. He creates beautiful, often environmentally based images that capture both the subject and surroundings to tell a deeper story. Michael has also found success as a staff writer...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW22
The most important part of photographing on the street is to be someplace. You can find your place anywhere you like. From your local neighborhood parade or shopping center, right to the big stage of New York City. New York, just like I pictured it! Well, yes and no as what...read more...
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Mike Peters

I have been a professional photographer since 1979, shooting for corporations, magazines, newspapers book publishers and educational institutions. Currently I am the Director of Photographic Services at Montclair State University where I've worked on staff since 2000, and produce stills and video for all marketing and editorial usage, along with...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW19
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
Join Canon senior trainer Jon Lorentz for a travel photography shoot-out around New York City. Canon’s interchangeable-lens mirrorless cameras are a compact, versatile, and powerful companion—whether you’re capturing local landmarks, food, architecture, portraits or macro subjects. Lorentz will show you the possibilities of Canon’s mirrorless system, especially when paired with its...read more...
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Jon Lorentz

Jon Lorentz has always combined creative expression with his passion for education, training, and development. After studying music education at Florida State University, Jon completed the Photographic Technology degree program at Daytona State College while working for Apple and simultaneously growing as a broad-based freelance photographer. Jon's early success at Apple led...read more...

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  • Session Number:PW18
  • Room: 1E Hall escalator landing
In this class, Greg Moment will take a step-by-step approach to explain how he uses various lighting sources to photograph real wedding couples and models. Attendees will learn how to mix the Ice Light, LED lights, video light, natural light and flash lamps to create powerful images, and will also...read more...
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Greg Moment

Greg Moment was named one of The Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World, received the title of the "Photographer of the Year" in "Creative Portrait" category of MPA 2016/2017. He received in 2015 and 2017 the title of the “Wedding photographer of the year” from MPIO. He won...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


  • Session Number:SA4
  • Room: 1E12
This seminar focuses exclusively on improving your fine-art digital printing, primarily referencing inkjet printers. Concentration will be on inkjet printing with color pigments and black/gray ink combinations on coated and rag papers. Learn from the digital pioneer how he obtains his impressive results during this lecture.  We will cover workflow...read more...
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Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson: a landscape photographer, author, designer & educator. Photographing since 1973, his work has been featured in Communication Arts, Life Magazine, American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PBS Newshour. Books: At Mono Lake, The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland, Making a Digital Book & Stephen Johnson on Digital Photography. A digital...read more...

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  • Session Number:SA5
  • Room: 1E13
APA Atlanta began holding women’s photo-industry events three years ago to confront the obstacles that women photographers often face in being hired for advertising work. The idea was that together, women can go farther, change the industry and get a seat at the table. Over the years, the conversation has...read more...
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Allyson Torrisi

Allyson Torrisi has been involved in the world of photography for over twenty five years.  She began her career producing fashion advertisements for Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom and Talbots. She was on the launch staff of InStyle Magazine and was a senior photo editor there for seven years. After In...read more...

Andrea Dorsey

Andrea Dorsey is passionate about the art and business of image making. She is the principal still and motion producer at Bright Sky Production and has produced advertising and entertainment projects with Fortune 500 companies, such as Coca-Cola, UPS, and NBC Universal. As Director of the Atlanta Chapter of American...read more...

Darcie Adler

Darcie Adler has spent 25 years in the photo industry with experience in advertising, fashion, and editorial photography. During that time, she’s worked in production, styling, art direction, portfolio consulting and artist representation with some of the most famous faces in the world—Oprah, Pharrell Williams, Cardi B, Jennifer Lawrence and Shaquille...read more...

Erin Kalkauski

Erin Kalkauski is a production executive with a well-rounded background in entertainment. She has working knowledge of broadcast and commercial production practices, including live-action and photography production for marketing, publicity, digital and social platforms. A native of Los Angeles, Erin got her start in entertainment at a boutique accounting/business management firm as...read more...

Kelly Kline

Kelly Kline is an Atlanta based advertising and editorial photographer who has worked with some of the world’s most recognizable athletes and brands. As a former college basketball player, she was naturally drawn to photographing sports and the personalities of the game. Creating images with bold color, movement and passion...read more...

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  • Session Number:SA6
  • Room: 1E14
Randy Scott Slavin, aerial cinematographer and founder of the New York City Drone Film Festival, will explore how to use drones to create world-class images. Camera placement is one of the most formidable creative challenges that photographers and cinematographers face; however, this is only one of the many challenges encountered...read more...
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Randy Slavin

Randy Scott Slavin is an award-winning director, photographer and aerial cinematographer and is the founder of the New York City Drone Film Festival. He is drone expert who is regularly featured in publications and on television. Slavin first gained attention for racking up millions of television views and YouTube hits...read more...

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  • Session Number:SA1
  • Room: 1E08
Have you always wondered how to foray into documentary filmmaking but didn't know what it takes? You have an idea, your characters, and your story - where do you go from there? If you are seriously thinking about not only getting your first film made but thinking about this film...read more...
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Miao Wang

Miao Wang (director, producer, and editor) is a Beijing-born New York-based filmmaker. She founded her production studio Three Waters Films in 2005, where, in addition to producing critically acclaimed and award-winning non-fiction films, she also creates and produces branded programming for corporate and commercial clients that have garnered top advertising...read more...

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  • Session Number:SA2
  • Room: 1E10
Advancements in technology have made Milky Way and dark-sky photography more accessible, from cameras and lenses to software, GPS receivers, LED panels and much more. The members of National Parks at Night will share which gear helps them successfully scout, capture and create in a variety of night environments. They...read more...
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Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson is a partner and instructor with National Parks at Night, the author of "Photographing National Parks," and a Manfrotto Photography Ambassador. A former magazine editor for 10 years, Chris has worked independently since 2004, with his cameras focused primarily on nature and sports. His work has appeared in...read more...

Gabe Biderman

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...read more...

Lance Keimig

Lance Keimig is a Vermont-based photographer who is best known for night photography of the built environment. The second edition of his book, Night Photography- Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in July 2015, and has been translated into seven languages. Keimig is a partner...read more...

Matt Hill

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...read more...

Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper began his career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, Vasque, 3M and The International Heart Institute of Montana. His editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel and Leisure, The New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod and Reel,...read more...

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  • Session Number:SA3
  • Room: 1E11
YouTube, which is the second-largest search engine in the world after Google, is an enormously powerful tool for photographers to build a presence and expand your business. Spyros Heniadis will share insight into how you can successfully grow your YouTube audience and utilize that audience to market your photography business....read more...
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Spyros Heniadis

Spyros Heniadis is a photographer and educator. He has been pursuing photography for nearly 20 years. He loves the creativity and joy that photography has brought into his life, and he loves sharing what he's learned with photographers around the world through his educational YouTube videos. LINKS: ...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM


  • Session Number:SK
  • Room: 1E15/16
Don’t miss this special keynote address by the illustrious artist Duane Michals, who made an indelible impact on visual storytelling, and will discuss his career as a photographer, writer and filmmaker. Bridging the gap between photography and philosophy, Michals’ work grapples with questions of metaphysics, personal identity and the nature...read more...
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Duane Michals

Duane Michals (b. 1932, McKeesport, PA) is one of the great photographic innovators of the last century, widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, Michals manipulated...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS10
  • Room: 1E15/16
Photographer Jessica Lehrman, in conversation with Rolling Stone photo editor Sacha Lecca, will talk about documenting the lives of musicians and aspiring bands, how she pitches her work to major music publications, and the difference between being a music photographer and a fan with a camera. They will also discuss...read more...
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Jessica Lehrman

Jessica Lehrman is a photographer best known for her raw visual documentation of contemporary underground movements. From protests and social revolutions to the belly of hip hop’s underground community and its emerging artists, Lehrman is interested in stories of devotion, love and community. Capturing the glamour, grit, and rise of...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:SB6
  • Room: 1E14
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  • Session Number:SB5
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  • Session Number:SB1
  • Room: 1E08
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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Greg Heisler

Gregory Heisler, renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness over a career spanning more than 35 years, his enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process. Having photographed luminaries ranging from Bill Clinton to Bruce Springsteen, he is perhaps best...read more...

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  • Session Number:MC15
  • Room: 1E17
In this session, renowned commercial and editorial sports photographer Marcus Smith will explain the key methods to his success, and how he continues to use those same methods to avoid complacency. He’ll also touch on how he manages work-life balance as a traveling artist to maximize happiness and peace of...read more...
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Marcus Smith

Marcus Smith traces back much of his blistering creative talent to his childhood in Chicago. A keen athlete, he would go on to become one of the most in-demand sports photographers working today. His early love of colouring books shaped his confident use of light and distinctive color palette. And...read more...

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  • Session Number:SB4
  • Room: 1E12
In this fast-paced 90 minute session, photographer and educator Abba Shapiro will not only show you how to take better travel photos, but how using Skylum software’s Luminar and Aurora HDR you can make your travel photos stand out from the crowd.  Whether you like to shoot landscapes, city life,...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,...read more...

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  • Session Number:SB2
  • Room: 1E10
Michael Shabun will share Insta360’s vision for spurring growth and creativity in the imaging industry through tools that make VR production as efficient as traditional video production. Attendees will get a detailed look at Insta360’s new No-Stitch Editing extension for Adobe Premiere Pro CC, allowing creators to begin stitching 360-degree footage...read more...
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Michael Shabun
Arashi Vision (US) LLC.

Michael Shabun is Marketing Director of Insta360 and leads North American marketing strategy, partnership and communication efforts. Michael specializes in helping overseas brands build their presence in North America. Previous to joining Insta360, Michael led the business development team for DJI in North America, where he was instrumental in moving...read more...

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  • Session Number:SB3
  • Room: 1E11
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...read more...

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Saturday, October 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


  • Session Number:PDNTALKS11
  • Room: 1E15/16
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