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Joe Edelman - KEYNOTE - DON'T BE AFRAID TO SUCK IF YOU WANT TO FIND SUCCESS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER!

It is impossible to find success as a photographer without embracing failure. That’s right - it is ok to SUCK! In fact you should pursue failure by experimenting, trying new things, and stepping outside of your box. Don’t miss this thought-provoking and entertaining look at the state of photography today - and why it is so damn hard to be creative and stand out! Joe will help you lay the foundation to develop your creativity and become a better photographer with tips that will help you to see and think about your subjects in ways that you never have before.

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Joe Edelman - Creating Bold Fashion Portraits with Small Lights

Joe will share how he creates his bold fashion portraits, covering the key elements from clothing selection to hair, makeup, lighting and posing. He will demonstrate how to create these beauty and fashion portraits using simple lighting gear and easy-to-find props. This master class will give attendees the opportunity to collaborate with Joe on the concept and execution of a bold fashion portrait and a few randomly selected attendees may have the opportunity to work with Joe as their assistant to create their very own fashion portrait.

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Joe Edelman - Photowalk - Find the Light – Magnificent Portraits in Any Light

Lighting doesn’t have to be difficult and even in the bright midday sun there is beautiful light to be made using natural reflectors or handheld reflectors. Joe will show you how to find the beautiful light to shape and flatter your model. He will cover the art of finding good light at any time of the day. How to recognize great backgrounds when you see them and how to turn a horrible background into a work of art. Joe will also cover prep and posing of your subjects to create magnificent natural light images.

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Joe Edelman - Lighting Wizardry and Color - Studio lighting is MUCH easier than you think!

Everybody shows you how to place lights and how to use modifiers and how to use gels… but they don’t talk about the WHY! In this workshop Joewill deliver a master class on modifier selection, light placement and the use colored gels. He will show you how he does it but more importantly giver you a much more solid understanding of the why he makes the choices that he does and how each of them impacts his portraits.

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Scott Robert Lim - Making Money with Wedding Photography

Sony Artisan and international master photographer Scott Robert Lim unveils his secrets to booking luxury weddings. He will share his techniques on lighting, posing, composition and tips on what gear to use. Come and see why he is regarded as one of the world’s best wedding photographers. Learn how to monetize his modern approach to wedding imagery. Learn to bring your wedding photography to the next level whether you are just starting out or you’re a seasoned pro.

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Scott Robert Lim - Couple Posing

Learn how to pose couples with ease and get consistent results with every session. Scott Robert Lim will show you how to take these techniques and vary them to create unlimited variations. This course will also cover lens selection and lighting tips to enhance your posing compositions

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Scott Robert Lim - How to WOW with Light!

Learn Scott Robert's amazing off camera lighting techniques that has turned him into an international superstar. Scott will teach his simple techniques using available light and portable strobes that will allow the photographer to create amazing images on location and almost anywhere within minutes. See how to shoot in extreme bright sun and in low light situations, how to find the best light. Discover how to maximize shooting time to create a variety of stylized images.

- Big light fundamentals

- How to find amazing natural light

- Studio Set-ups

- Gel techniques

- Best light modifiers

- Creating Gobos (shadow backgrounds)

- Constant light vs. Flash

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Scott Robert Lim - Photowalk with Models

Learn to put into action Scott’s techniques. He will demonstrate how he creates his amazing on-location shots in just a few minutes. Walk the streets with Scott and see how he turns an ordinary situation into photos with impact and WOW. Learn how to choose correct lighting, composition and posing choices for maximum impact.

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Meg Loeks - The Art Of The Everyday

Join Meg Loeks as she discusses ways to transform everyday, mundane moments into timeless works of art. Discover how to stay inspired and creatively capture daily routine moments. From use of natural and created light to being purposeful with color, Meg will show you ways to strengthen storytelling within your images in an intentional manner.

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Meg Loeks - Lifestyle Shoot-A-Long and Post Processing

Join Meg Loeks in a family lifestyle shoot-a-long. She will demonstrate how to capture authentic connection between a mother and child with gentle guidance. Learn the importance of texture, color and light (both created and natural) to enhance mood. After the shoot-a-long, Meg will walk you through her post processing techniques to enhance color and depth within your images to create an overall polished look.

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Miguel Quiles - One Light Is Alright!

In this session Profoto Legend Of Light Miguel Quiles will show you the power of lighting portraits using only one light! This was an exercise that set him up for a lifetime of successful photo shoots and he’ll be sharing all of his best tips. If you’ve been interested in learning off camera lighting this is a can’t miss session!

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Miguel Quiles - Engagement Session Workshop

Join Miguel for an Engagement Session workshop to take on your next engagement session like a pro! Lighting on the go, posing, flow and much more will be covered. Learn how to get dramatic and powerful portraits of couples, leaving your clients wanting more!

Miguel Quiles - Simple Studio Lighting

In this session Profoto Legend Of Light Miguel Quiles will walk you through some basic setups that you can utilize no matter how big of a space you have! These are the time tested techniques that Miguel used as he transitioned from his small, living room studio to his pro studio in New Jersey. You’ll learn the easiest and best ways to set up your lights, along with some clever tips on posing, camera settings, and more!

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Griffin Hammond - Documentary Filmmaking as a One-Person Crew

Griffin Hammond travels light, with an unobtrusive, run-and-gun filmmaking style that grants him better access as a documentary producer and speeds production. In this hands-on workshop, attendees are invited to try out the camera, lighting and audio equipment he uses to shoot run-and-gun projects around the world. After learning storytelling structure, camera techniques and how to capture the four ingredients of documentary, we’ll stage an interview shoot, import the footage and demonstrate editing strategies for documentary.

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Griffin Hammond - From Photographer to Filmmaker: The Creative Skills You'll Need

As a photographer, you already have the artistic sensibility to shoot compelling, cinematic footage. To craft a film, all you need to know are a few creative and technical differences between still and moving pictures. In this hands-on workshop, documentary filmmaker Griffin Hammond shares lessons from his films, plus details about shutter speeds, microphones, lighting, storytelling structure, editing and more. Get answers to your filmmaking questions and leave confident in your ability to shoot and edit a compelling film. 

Marcie Reif - THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

Learn what it takes to run a successful family photography business. We will discuss how to interact with your clients from the first inquiry through the final delivery of the session. We will discuss how to promote yourself and attract your ideal clients. I will share with you how I handle all my communication with clients from the first email and how I share with them my style and what they can expect. This communication is done effectively and efficiently. We will then discuss how I prepare them for the session once they are booked. I will share my flow of poses through my family sessions and how to manage difficult scenarios that can arise. I’ll share tips and tricks for working with children and how to turn meltdowns around and keep the session going. We will learn how to spend just the right amount of time with a family and how to keep the session fun. We will discuss how to turn a session around in one week and the different options for delivering a session. This class will be broken into three parts. Part one will be in the classroom with a presentation/conversation about how to run a family photography business. Part two will be a hands on photo shoot with a family. You can watch me work with a family and get some shots for yourself as well. Part 3 will be the editing portion of the class. We will go back to the classroom, cull some images, and edit.

Marcie Reif - FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS

Learn how to run a successful family photography business. We will discuss how to gain clients that fit right into your style. I will share my posing flow and how to keep the session fun. We will discuss all parts of the session and how to know when to move on. I will share tips and tricks for keeping the kids happy and how to turn around a meltdown. We will talk about the importance of turning around a session quickly and how to keep the clients coming back. We will discuss mini sessions vs. full sessions and how to decide what works for you. Finally we will discuss the final delivery of a session and how to share with the world your images so you can keep booking your dream clients.

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Zach Alan - LIGHT PAINTING 101 - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CREATIVE WORLD OF LIGHT PAINTING INDOORS

You'll learn the basic principles of creating your own stunning light painting portraits and the best tools for the job. From home made gadgets to custom tools to flaming torches, you'll gain a personal insight into how we create. The second part of this session will be a hands-on shooting demo with models!

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Zach Alan - LIGHT PAINTING 101 - AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CREATIVE WORLD OF LIGHT PAINTING OUTDOORS

You'll learn the basic principles of creating your own stunning light painting portraits and the best tools for the job. From home made gadgets to custom tools to flaming torches, you'll gain a personal insight into how we create. Outdoor hands-on session with Zach and Juli. You'll be joining us down at Edgewater Park on the shores of Lake Erie to see firsthand how we create! We'll begin with fire painting at sunset and move on to more complex, longer exposure shots once it's dark. Be sure to bring a camera and a tripod, as you'll be capturing these images right along with us!

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Zach Alan - LIGHT PAINTING 102 - DEEPER DIVE INTO THE MECHANICS OF LIGHT PAINTING

A deeper dive into the mechanics and planning that go into pulling off a successful lightpainting shoot. We'll also cover some of the more advanced methods and tools used by professional light painters all over the world!

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Kara Mercer - Creating Modern Fashion & Lifestyle Portraits

Fashion & Lifestyle portraiture is all about creating a space and scene for your subjects. Kara will open your eyes to a new way of creating modern portraits, capturing your own images on travels, and honing your shooting style. Bring your gear and come ready to ask all the questions and dive right in as she uncovers all the tips and tricks to modern portraits and lifestyle imagery.

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Bryan Minear - Landscape and Travel Photography

Landscape photography is 50% light and 50% vision. Join X-Photographer Bryan Minear as he dives into his creative process. He will be walking through the stories and setup behind some of his favorite shots, as well as how to make the most of traveling with the X Series. From what to pack and how to scout locations, to picking a composition and following through to the finished edit, you’ll get a complete picture of his workflow and post processing techniques via live demonstration.

The workshop will be followed up with a hands on demo of Fujifilm gear, and then a sunset excursion (yes, excursion!) in downtown Cleveland where Bryan will further discuss his approach to shooting in the city.

Matt Hernandez - Simple Lighting Solutions with Off Camera Flash

Being able to light with with off camera flash, specifically strobes, is extremely important in modern photography. Effectively using strobes indoors and out can separate you and your work in today’s competitive market. Have you ever had a client that wants completely different looks on the same shoot? Join Matt Hernandez as he takes you through his portrait workflow to give his subjects a variety of looks in the same location. From softer portraits to more dramatic sports images, you will learn it all as he shoots on location. Later, Matt will take you through his unique post-processing to give you insight on how he finishes off his images.

Matt Hernandez - How To Photograph and Light Athletes

In this session, you'll be working with Westcott Top Pro, Matt Hernandez, exploring the ins and outs of athletic photography and deliver images that are both stunning and representative of the spirit of his business. We’ll take you out of the classroom and into a photoshoot with an athlete as we build different studio lighting setups from the ground up.

Logan Detty - High-end editing with a fast-paced workflow

Theres a fine line between spending countless hours on a work of art, and providing really unique images to your clients in a timely manner. With todays technology, I want to help you take your editing to the next level while also having a very high-end unique look for each portrait session you do. Join me for this interactive tutorial on how I edit my images with a fast-paced workflow and capture the attention of your audience!

Jim Koepnick - DAYLIGHT SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick presents an learning session on the finer points of outdoor/daylight sports photography. The session is perfect for beginners and intermediates who want to improve not only their photos, but their post production workflow. The session includes lens and camera selection, camera settings and editing tips specific for daytime sports photography. Attendees can bring their camera equipment for questions on specific camera settings. Questions are encouraged throughout the session so attendees leave with answers and new ideas for sports photography.

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Jim Koepnick - NIGHTTIME SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY

Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick presents an hour long learning session on the finer points of night and indoor sports photography. The session is perfect for beginners and intermediates who want to improve not only their photos, but their post production workflow when photographing in gymnasiums and evening soccer and football games. The session includes lens and camera selection, camera settings and editing tips specific for low light sports photography. Attendees can bring their camera equipment for questions on specific camera settings. Questions are encouraged throughout the session so attendees leave with answers and new ideas for sports photography.

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Jim Koepnick - HANDS-ON SHOOTING ATHLETES

Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick presents a hands-on sports photography session where attendees can improve their composition and focus techniques. The session is perfect for beginners and intermediates who want to improve their sports photography with individual mentoring during the session. Attendees should bring their camera and may check out Sigma lenses for the session. Questions are encouraged throughout the session so attendees leave with answers, as well as some great action imagers.

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Bobbi Frohman - Boudoir Sessions: Start to Finish!

This class will be a combination of lecture, demonstration of posing for a live shoot, and attendees will have the ability to shoot to develop their portfolio in this empowering and intimate area of photography! My studio specializes in boudoir and this area makes up about 50% of my business. Learn how to prepare clients for a successful shoot, get tips on how to "flow-pose", and how to give your clients an incredible experience.

Bobbi Frohman - Building Your Empire

Launching a photography business doesn't happen overnight and requires dedication, patience, and constantly dealing with change. We will talk about common problems going from hobbyist to part time as well as part time to full time, branding, getting your business in front of your ideal clients, and how to build your empire from the ground up!

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Bobbi Frohman - Posing Same-Sex Couples

Within two years after the Supreme Court ruling, more than one million LGBT Americans became legally married! This wedding demographic is on the rise and Ohio LGBT couples make up about 35% of my clientele. LGBTQ+ weddings will typically be exactly like cisgender, heterosexual weddings—a ceremony, good food and drinks, and lots of dancing. However, working with these couples requires an entire separate set of skills to branch away from posing in traditional gender roles, getting to know them, and working with two dresses or two tuxedos on one of the most important days of their lives. Whether you are currently working in the LGBT market or are looking to branch in and develop your portfolio, this class will give you insight, confidence and knowledge to grow this aspect of your business.

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Sarah Beirne - Lifestyle Newborn Photography

Do you want to offer Lifestyle Newborn Photography, but not sure where to start? Join Sarah Beirne as she teaches how to guide families with a newborn baby in order to capture natural and candid photos that will last them a lifetime. You will learn how to prepare families for a session, how to photograph using natural light and on-camera speed lights, safety techniques for handling and swaddling a newborn baby, and ultimately provide a wonderful and comfortable experience for your clients. By the end of this course, you will leave feeling confident with the tools and techniques provided, to go out and create an experience for your clients that will last them a lifetime.

Class Requirements

DSLR - All skill levels welcome. Some knowledge of manual mode a plus.

** Safety first! Newborn babies are susceptible to any and every type of illness. All attendees must be in perfect health to attend this class.

Sarah Beirne - Maternity Workshop

Are you looking to improve or perfect your skills as a maternity photographer? Join Sarah Beirne in this comprehensive photography workshop and gain inspiration to help your clients feel comfortable in front of the camera. We will discuss all the little details that you don’t want to miss during your client session and tips on how to adjust the settings in your camera up for any type lighting situation. Most importantly, this hands-on workshop will help you learn how to guide your clients into lifestyle-esque poses that are comfortable and natural, resulting in authentic memories they cherish forever.

Class Requirements

DSLR - All skill levels welcome.

Sam Young - Automotive Photography & Light Painting

Learn how to take better automotive photographs and light paint cars for amazing and unique final product shots. Join Sam Young in this hands-on workshop teaching techniques to improve your automotive photography and add special finishing touches.

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Sam Young - Low Light Nightscape Photography Workshop

Looking to learn how to shoot better low-light cityscape and long exposure? Don't know where to start when it comes time to edit your cityscapes? Sam Young will take you through his process of setting up your next nightscape shot and share tips and tricks for creating beautiful finished products to enhance your portfolio.

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Ryan White - Intro to Audio for Video

This class will be an overall run-through of microphone options and techniques for video.  Presenting each type of microphone used for phone, on camera recording, and external recording devices.  Briefly discussing a microphone’s design and educating on the science behind it.  Finally, going over the most common applications for each type of microphone. 

Ryan White - Spice up your Podcast and Vlog

This class will be an in-depth look at setting up your podcast and vlogs.  Whether you’re a beginner or experienced in broadcast, RØDE Microphones has you covered.  RØDE Product Specialist, Ryan White, will present tools commonly used in the vlogging and podcast spaces. He will show beginner setups to a smartphone through a professional setup with the new RØDE Caster Podcast Production Studio.  If vlogging and podcasts are a goal of yours, this class is for you.

Ryan White - Mobile Audio for Video

This class will be an overall run-through of available RØDE Microphone options in the smartphone space.  US Product Specialist, Ryan White, will present many solutions for your smartphone productions.  He will briefly discuss a microphone’s design, various differences in smartphone options, and connectivity options.  Finally, going over the most common applications for each microphone and smart device.