In-Depth Pre-Conference Workshops

Come a Day Early and Get a Head Start on your Learning | May 30th (times vary)

Kim Griffin | 2014 (Atlanta) Guru Winner

What Are the In-Depth Workshops?

Want to dive deeper on a particular topic or be a part of a live on-location shoot? The day before our conference kicks off, we jump start the event with in-depth workshops. These workshops provide a deep dive into the topics you want to learn most with small class sizes, live shoots, and hands-on training. Separate registration & fee required. To ensure a spot, pre-purchase is advised. Otherwise, purchase is available show site, if spots are still available.

Explore Available Workshops

First Time Attendee Orientation, with Larry Becker |  3:15pm - 4:15pm  and  5:15pm - 6:15pm

First Time Attendee Orientation, with Larry Becker | 3:15pm - 4:15pm and 5:15pm - 6:15pm

Join Larry Becker as he gives newbies the insider tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Photoshop World.

No registration required | Free and open to all attendees | On-site | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Convention Level

Photoshop Essentials for Beginners, with Dave Cross | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Photoshop Essentials for Beginners, with Dave Cross | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

With all the tools, menus and options in Photoshop, it can be overwhelming when you start to learn it. But the reality is that you don’t need to learn every single tool and function, and that’s why this session only covers the essentials that you need to know to get started. You’ll learn best practices, how working non-destructively can help you save time, and the basics of working with layers, adjusting images and retouching photos. Rather than give you “recipes” or a series of step-by-step instructions, this class will help you understand key functions in Photoshop and how (and when) to use them.

Limited to 100 Participants | On-site | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Convention Level

Overcoming The Challenges of Location Shoots, with Frank Doorhof | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Overcoming The Challenges of Location Shoots, with Frank Doorhof | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Often we find ourselves searching for awesome locations and great styling to come back home with shots that are… well not what we wanted. In this pre-con you will learn how to shoot killer shots in simple locations by understanding what’s important in a good shot; lighting, angle, story-telling, posing, and styling.

If you master this in simple locations you’ll have a much easier time working in that killer location. This is THE workshop for the photographer that never wants to be frustrated with mediocre results on location, or the photographer that just wants to learn more about lighting and working with a model. Attendees will also get tips about styling without breaking the bank. This is an intense and dynamic workshop with loads of opportunities to ask questions to our team.

Limited to 40 Participants | On-site | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Convention Level

Photograph Like a Thief: From Concept to Print & Everything in Between, with Glyn Dewis | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Photograph Like a Thief: From Concept to Print & Everything in Between, with Glyn Dewis | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

With photography becoming more and more popular how do you set yourself apart? How do you develop a style that is uniquely yours and instantly recognizable? In this 4-hour LIVE shoot and retouching workshop Glyn will show you how! But first, it begins with copying!

In this workshop you’ll look at work by masters such as Annie Leibovitz and Dan Winters to learn how to study the light, reverse engineer lighting set-ups, and observe their post production style so that you can apply what you have learned to your own photos but with your added individual touches. You’ll also learn how to come up with ideas, where to look for inspiration, work with non-professional models, the importance of props, how to create a ‘look’, and more. You'll go ‘hands on’ from concept to print and everything in between, including lighting, set-up, shoot, and post-production using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Limited to 40 Participants | On-site | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Convention Level

Train your Eye to SEE and CREATE Better Poses, with Lindsay Adler | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Train your Eye to SEE and CREATE Better Poses, with Lindsay Adler | 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn to train your eye to identify, analyze and fix posing problems in your images! Lindsay Adler, author of the book - 'The Photographer's Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone' - will help establish a strong understanding of how to create poses that bring out the best in your subjects. This workshop will begin with building up your understanding of what makes a successful pose including angles, shapes, camera angle, lens choice, and more.

You will study common posing pitfalls that often ruin your poses and solutions to create more flattering results. In the end, you'll have the opportunity to work with live models to test your knowledge and new posing skill set, analyze your own mistakes, and practice for future success! You'll train your eye to see and create better posing!

Limited to 40 Participants | On-site | Hyatt Regency Hotel, Convention Level

Cityscape Photography: Shooting & Retouching, with Serge Ramelli | 5:00am - 12:00pm

Cityscape Photography: Shooting & Retouching, with Serge Ramelli | 5:00am - 12:00pm

Join renown French cityscape photographer Serge Ramelli as you wake up early for a sunrise shoot along beautiful Lake Eola Park with the Orlando skyline as your backdrop. You’ll learn the camera techniques, settings, and pro tips for creating really compelling cityscape shots, and then we head back to the classroom where you’ll learn Serge’s brilliant post-processing techniques to being the workshop circle from start to finish. You’ll be amazed at what you learn from this cityscape master.

Limited to 40 Participants | Off-site | Location Lake Eola Park | Transportation provided | Break for breakfast/lunch on your own between live shoot & retouching session

Photo Safari, with Moose Peterson | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Photo Safari, with Moose Peterson | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Photography is all about light. The better we understand and use it, with the camera and in the digital darkroom, the more successful our storytelling will be. Join Moose Peterson for a quick classroom talk about light, how we see it, how the camera interrupts it and how you can use it to tell your story. First, we will look at images in the digital darkroom to give you ideas. Once the basics are covered, we’ll be ready to head out on location for an exciting live shoot. Moose will have some classic aircrafts including WWII Warbirds and 1940's pin-up models setup on-site and ready to be photographed. Together with Moose you'll photograph people with planes, work with ambient light, flash light, and the melding of the two into a compelling final photo. Just bring your camera gear, a bucket of passion, and we'll cover the rest!

Limited to 40 Participants | Off-site | Location Stallion 51 | Snacks and transportation provided

Photoshoot at Howey Mansion, with Joe McNally | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Photoshoot at Howey Mansion, with Joe McNally | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Explore the beautiful location of Howey Mansion with legendary portrait photographer, Joe McNally. During this all day excursion, you will start in the classroom, with Joe showing examples of how to manage a location, develop a “feel” for the light, compose and arrange your subject, and shoot a beautiful portrait. Technical issues such as quality of light, depth of field, lens choice, managing backgrounds, and the color and quality of light will all be addressed. At the mansion, you will work with models to shoot ambient light and flash (both big and small) portraits. Joe will also do lighting and portrait demonstrations, running through the extensive checklist of do’s and don’ts all location photographers must be aware of.

Light is the language of photography. It has emotion and color. It can speak loudly or softly. It can be harsh and forbidding or soft and graceful. This class is all about managing light on location and how to effectively and beautifully tell the story of your portrait subject. Bring your questions, your gear, and any small, portable flash kits you might have and join one of photography’s leading experts in portraiture and lighting for a fun, informal, improvisational, informative day in the field.

Limited to 40 Participants | Off-site | Location The Howey Mansion | Snacks and transportation provided

Pro Techniques for Lighting Automobiles: A Live Shoot, with Tim Wallace | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Pro Techniques for Lighting Automobiles: A Live Shoot, with Tim Wallace | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Take part on this fantastic opportunity to learn some great lighting techniques from renowned car photographer Tim Wallace in this exciting 'live car shoot'. The work of Tim Wallace is globally recognized to be not only of a highly creative style and originality but Tim is also very well known for achieving much of his photography ‘in camera’ with the clever and adoptive use of lighting. Tim works for some of the worlds leading high end car brands such as Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover and shooting global campaigns like the recent Peugeot ‘Fractal’ Concept Car in Paris. He will be demonstrating some of his own unique lighting techniques that he deploys when faced with shooting cars professionally.

Tim will be talking and demonstrating lighting used for brochure and billboard work that focuses on well presented overall shots not only for cars but for a whole range of shoot subjects. He will be offering advice and helping to broaden awareness of just what is possible with lighting if you are willing to truly ‘learn’ light and understand it in its nature. In this 'Live Shoot’ Tim will be helping you understand light better and perhaps even look at lighting in a different way so that you'll be able to put those ideas into practice. The way that we use light changes the feel and view of a subject. The power of good lighting is one of the strongest tools at our disposal as photographers today. Many of the tips and tricks can be carried forward into other areas so this is a very interesting class for anyone who wants to learn to shoot reflective subjects such as product photography. You'll walk through light modifiers what they do and how they can be used. This workshop is aimed at people who would like to learn a little about lighting progressing from hand held flash guns.

Limited to 40 Participants | Off-site | Location Studio One | Snacks and transportation provided

Lightpainting, with Dave Black | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Lightpainting, with Dave Black | 12:00pm - 6:00pm

In this creative workshop you will be shooting custom cars with colorful fenders, chrome bumpers and wheels, dash panels, hood ornaments, and more—all in a dark studio and brought to life with Lightpainting, the photographic technique utilizing long exposures and a hand-held light. This session is a great way to see a new side of photography while having fun and creating completely unique images. Even if cars aren’t your thing, If you’ve never shot using the Lightpainting technique this class is a must!

Equipment Requirements: Each attendee must bring their own 35mm DSLR digital camera (pocket cameras are NOT an option). Short zoom lenses like a 16-35mm or 24mm-70mm are ideal, and a Macro lens would also be a fun lens to use for some detail shots. A sturdy Tripod and an LED flashlight of 150 Lumens or more will be required (colored LED flashlights are suggested as an addition but are not required).

Limited to 30 Participants | Off-site | Location Digital Tiger Studios | Snacks and transportation provided

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