14-17 March 2020 - The NEC, Birmingham
 

Talks + Demos

To help spark your creativity and improve your skills, for everyone passionate about photography and moving image. Talks + demos are free to attend and don't need to be booked, except Super Stage sessions which you can book via the ticket page.

 
14 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    How to make a living from leading photographic tours and safaris

    Toby Jermyn explains how you can start making a living (or at the very least supplementing your existing income) from leading photo tours and safaris as a wildlife photographer.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    The art of adventure

    Karl Holtby will discuss the art of adventure in photography, how going that little bit further in to the landscape can reward us with unique and sometimes previous undocumented vistas.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    Light painting with a drone

    Discover the world of light painting with drones! Pro drone pilot and filmmaker Carys has created some stunning images using the darkness, a drone and a DSLR. Learn everything you'll need to start getting creative even once the light has faded.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    The wonders of the night skies

    Alyn Wallace's inspirational session will leave you with the knowledge of how to capture your own dream night sky image.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    Prime landscapes

    Jeremy Walker shows how shooting with prime lenses enables him to concentrate on the landscape he's shooting, rather than getting caught up in the technical elements of photography.

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  6. 16:00 - 16:40
    As free as a bird

    Learn from 2019's Bird Photographer of the Year Caron Steele about about the techniques for wildlife photography that took her from novice to award-winner in five years.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 11:00 - 11:40
    Approaching wildlife photography trips like a pro

    Join professional wildlife photographer Tom Mason for a talk looking at how to develop your images whilst travelling. Pick up tips for your wildlife photography as Tom explores how to come back from any trip with a portfolio of images to be proud of.

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  2. 12:00 - 12:40
    Being in the moment

    Our hurried lives mean we're seeing less and less of the beautiful world around us. Vanda Ralevska believes photography can change that and allow us to appreciate the beauty of the natural world. Come along to this session and learn how to slow down...

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  3. 13:00 - 13:40
    How to take better travel photos

    In this session, Laurence Norah will provide tips for taking better travel photos, including planning a trip, composition, and choosing the right photography gear.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:40
    Portraits of mental health

    In this session, Alex Benyon will discuss his ongoing mental health awareness portrait project, how it started, it's goals and aims, as well as the technical and psychological process for capturing each portrait.

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  5. 15:00 - 15:40
    From weddings in Sussex to speedboats in Switzerland

    A chance chat at a go-cart track took Lisa from her comfort zone of weddings and portraits to the pressure of capturing an unrepeatable historic event. Here, Lisa will talk about the skills adaptation needed and the problems overcome along the way.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 12:00 - 12:40
    On the road: Life in sports photography

    Russ Ellis gets to combine his two main hobbies - cycling and photography - for a living, and travel the globe to boot. Hear how he mixes styles to tell the story of the race, how he got into this work, and gives insight into life on the road.

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  2. 13:00 - 13:40
    Eyewitness: A global movement to preserve memory through the printed image

    Our brains only remember things for good in certain ways - printed images is one. Eyewitness invites you to help reverse the damage of a digital-dominated society, by reasserting the need to preserve memory through real photographs.

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  3. 14:00 - 14:40
    Through the night

    Shooting at night with action all around you, what do you choose to capture? Lara Platman delves into her passion for night time photography, covering the importance of being patient, understanding your subject matter, and also the beauty of waiting.

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  4. 15:00 - 15:40
    Creating a pictorial legacy as a wedding and social photographer

    Kevin explains how his candid style enables him to create a legacy for his wedding and social family clients. Discover how he works with available light to create storytelling images based on the core principles of good light, composition and moment.

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  5. 16:00 - 16:40
    100 tips for prize-winning close-up and macro photography

    Learn all about close-up and macro photography as Tracy Calder shares 100 tips gleaned from the top 100 entrants to year one of the Close-up Photographer of the Year.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 12:00 - 12:40
    From Mandela to Clint Eastwood

    Photojournalism and film stills are seemingly photographic opposites. Join Keith Bernstein for his fascinating insights into these realms as he shows the surprising similarities, with images of some of the world's biggest film stars.

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  2. 13:00 - 13:40
    How pictures can save a species

    In this talk, award-winning wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas and Remembering Wildlife founder Margot Raggett discuss how they both successfully use photography to shine a spotlight on conservation issues.

  3. 14:00 - 14:40
    How to become a successful destination wedding photographer

    Pippa Mackenzie delves into the world of destination wedding, sharing her insight on how to break into this market and the realities of what's involved.

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  4. 15:00 - 15:40
    Fine art self portraits - the making of an unknown series

    Join Steven for this in-depth talk on the creative process of making a personal self portrait series. He discusses how he's gone about translating his vision into finished images and the technical process involved in photographing yourself.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Portrait retouching

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores techniques such as frequency separation and brush work to enhance portrait photographs in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Quick set-ups for beauty portraits

    Rossella Vanon demonstrates quick set-ups for beauty portraits using one, two and three light units, showing that effective lighting set-ups don’t need to be complicated or require extensive kit.

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  3. 13:00 - 13:30
    How to shoot epic location photography

    Learn how to execute location photography beautifully with Drew Gardner. Delving into how to get the best from models on location, advice on posing, using depth of field tell a story, focal lengths, and working with multiple models at a time.

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  4. 14:00 - 14:30
    Three portraits, one light

    With only one light, great portraits can be achieved – as long as you think carefully about how to use it. Learn how to achieve three different portraits techniques in just 30 minutes!

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  5. 16:00 - 16:30
    Colouring in for added flavour and kaboom!

    Add spice to your images by harnessing the power of coloured gels. Starting with colour theory, Jakob will take you beyond simply balancing your flash with ambient, and will end with shooting a flour explosion, manipulating colours in-camera.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    HDR merging

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores the concept of HDR merging and various tone mapping techniques we can apply to shape the final image, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Creative location portraits using strobes and ambient light

    Ben Bentley demonstrate how he mixes strobes with ambient light to produce varying creative portrait set-ups in one location, maximising results when time with the subject is often very brief!

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  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    From capture to print

    Watch top wedding pro Rocco Ancora create magic live on stage as he will photograph a subject live, retouch live and deliver the print in 30minutes!

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Food stories - the inside scoop

    In this live stage session Kate and Brent will give tips on kit, technique and basic styling for both food photography and filming to get you started on your own food journey.

  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Compositing techniques explained

    In this session, editing maestro James Ritson takes a comprehensive look at compositing techniques to enhance and blend photographs with additional imagery for hyper-real and fantastical scenes.

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  6. 15:00 - 15:30
    Fine art studio portraits

    Rory Lewis creates imaginative and thought-provoking portraits, including those of many famous names. Here Rory will demonstrate his lighting technique and style of portraiture, the equipment and lighting set-ups used and his fine art inspiration.

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  7. 16:00 - 16:30
    A character portrait - bringing the set to life with light!

    Join Hannah as she shows how to build a complex set using light to create a cinematic character portrait full of atmosphere. Learn how to create depth and dimension, mystery and shadow, and how small changes make a large impact on the overall image.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Enhancing tones with brush work

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores using manual brush work to reshape light as well as add drama and punch to low light imagery, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    Fast-paced editorial portraits - featuring a team Jamaica gymnast!

    Featuring team Jamaica's gymnast Reiss Beckford on his pommel horse, pro photographer Ki Price shows us some speedy set-ups for editorial shoots, echoing the limited time he often gets with his portrait subjects.

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  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    Cinematic lighting - one light, two lights, three lights

    Tommy Reynolds breaks down multiple light set-ups, explaining key, fill, back and rim light during this live demo. Using one, two, and then three lights, Tommy will show how to create cinematic, engaging photographs simply.

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Streamlining your newborn shoots

    Elli Cassidy demonstrates how to run your newborn photoshoots in the most efficient way possible, cutting down the time you spend in each session while still delivering the highest quality product and experience.

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  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Off-camera flash techniques made easy

    Steven Neeson shows how to use off-camera flash quickly and effectively while holding the attention of your subjects and getting amazing results. He'll demonstrate how to think differently with flash and create images that set you apart.

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  6. 15:00 - 15:30
    He shoots, he draws: Live

    A live episode of the podcast He Shoots, He Draws

  7. 16:00 - 16:30
    Explosive lift off!

    Stand by for some drama! In this fun, creative demo, David Lund will capture props and liquids thrust into mid-air, showing that for him photography is about creating moments rather than simply capturing what already exists.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 10:45
    Quick compositing

    James Ritson welcomes you to the Photo Live stage and explores quick fire techniques for compositing multiple images together to produce a powerful end result, in this 15-minute post-production session.

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  2. 11:00 - 11:30
    The key to relaxed children's portraits

    Portrait pro Saraya uncovers the secrets to achieving laid-back portraits of little ones. Covering lighting, directing and posing kids as well as a host of other tips, she'll show you how to create beautifully natural children's shots.

  3. 12:00 - 12:30
    Creative catwalk fashion

    Showing off amazing clothing creations by students of the London College of Fashion made from products such as inkjet paper, acetate and canvasses, Jay McLaughlin shows how he tackles a fashion shoot, from lighting and direction to camera technique.

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  4. 13:00 - 13:30
    Creating shallow depth of field portraits with minimal kit

    Join Gavin as he explains why shallow depth of field can make such a difference, covers the simplicity of shooting high speed sync flash with modern kit, and the importance of backgrounds and foreground blur.

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  5. 14:00 - 14:30
    Getting it right in camera

    Scott believes getting the image right in camera, just like film, is the secret to his fast turnarounds and award-winning wedding photography. Learn how he shoots with the finished print in mind, to get fab wedding images, straight out of camera.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 14:30
    Unleash your creativity

    Join Chase as he unpacks and re-frames the creative process, helping us all to supercharge our innate creativity and rediscover our personal

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  2. 15:30 - 16:45
    A life through photography

    Join Susan Meiselas for a fascinating look back over four decades as a documentary photographer and insights into her most recent projects, as she delves into her approach and her life through photography.

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 14:30
    13 million subscribers and counting: Life as a YouTube creator

    What is it like to be a YouTube creator with 13 million followers on your channel, and how do you get there? The Slow Mo Guys' Gavin Free lets us into his life as a successful YouTuber, the career steps he took and his passion for his subject matter.

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  2. 15:30 - 16:45
    The art of high-speed cinematography

    Gavin discusses the art, technology and techniques involved, and his career path to now, where he combines this work with YouTube fame.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 13:15
    Four decades of rock: A conversation with Ross Halfin

    Ross discusses his enormous catalogue, changes in music photography, his unique access and relationships with his subjects, plus his on-going passion for travel photography.

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 13:15 - 13:15
    Exposing myself: From bedroom to billboard

    Juno gives us a fascinating glimpse behind her images, from childhood and teenage years, through her projects to her commercial and editorial work with brands such as Burberry.

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  2. 15:30 - 15:30
    Creating impactful art

    Walk through Brooke's process and journey to see how anyone can begin creating groundbreaking work that positively influences others.

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14 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    How to explode your Instagram growth

    Pro-photographer and co-founder of Mums in Business Association Estelle will share some often overlooked tips on how to grow your Instagram following organically, from the right content to use to ways to increase your engagement.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    What comes first the followers or the paid jobs?

    In a world dominated by social media and appearances, is having a big following essential to 'making it' in the photography world? Chio Fernández discusses finding a balance between social media and photography work.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    How to produce high-grade travel docs for YouTube

    The main pillars of content on YouTube are entertainment and education. In this session, Andy Burgess will share how he finds a balance between both with his visually pleasing YouTube videos, taking you through the whole process, start to finish.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    How to be a successful influencer and content creator – we hear from the experts

    Success does not happen overnight, it takes hard work, consistency and a whole lot of engagement with an audience. Join our eclectic panel, as they share what it takes to be a success in this exciting but competitive world of influencer marketing.

  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Growing a community of 1 million

    Craig Reilly will share the importance of engagement and how Street Photography International grew an Instagram community of over 1 million followers, giving street photographers a platform for their images to be seen across the globe.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Taking perfect photos for instagram - a social media photography toolkit

    Much of Rebecca's work involves crafting images of influencers. Here she uncovers the secrets to perfect Instagram shots, including techniques and tools, her favourite editing apps and kit, her go-to locations and why pizza is always a top prop!

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15 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 23:00
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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    15 tips on how to start a food photography business

    Professional food photographers Bea and Donna, will share their tips on how to build confidence and find inspiration when building an online portfolio.

  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    How to be a happier photographer

    In this session Chris Ord explains the importance of being a happy photography in the creative world, using social media as inspiration and not a stick.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Using vlogs to build your online community

    Ben Kapur will share his hard-won learnings on creating and sharing vlogs to help engage an online audience, get the most out of YouTube, and use vlogs to complement your other social media activity.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    Basics of business on Instagram

    Join Ron Timehin as he shares insight into transitioning from using Instagram for pleasure to using it for business. He will explain how creating a professional profile, and doing certain things, can gain you work with brands.

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  6. 15:30 - 16:00
    Amplify your social presence by creating a content ecosystem

    Join Eulanda, as she discusses how diversifying your content marketing strategy and focusing on building an engaged community offline is just as important to growing your following and client base.

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16 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
    How to start a podcast

    How do you start podcasting on a budget? What equipment do you need? Join Alex as he shares what you need every step of the way to record, edit and submit your podcast for publishing online.

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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    Smash your social coverage: Use your smartphone to build a better social presence

    Your smartphone is more powerful than you realise! In this session, mobile journalist Caroline Scott shows how she creates broadcast-quality video and audio with her mobile device, creating content that gains thousands of views on social media.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Growing a YouTube following to market your business

    Mandy Dhillon will explain how having a YouTube channel can help to market your business. She will touch upon key features on YouTube which can help you to grow your following.

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  5. 15:30 - 16:00
    Crafting client content with flair

    Scott works with brands the world over, making social content tailored to their specific needs. What does it take to create engaging content that makes clients come back time after time? And what are the keys to attention-grabbing social video?

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17 Mar 2020
  1. 10:30 - 11:00
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  2. 11:30 - 12:00
    Sharing a world that I love through social media

    Macro specialist Geraint will explain how he has built a following from simply sharing what he loves, using photographic techniques and Instagram Stories to engage with his audience, and how this has helped boost his career.

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  3. 12:30 - 13:00
    So you want to be a vlogger?

    Jimmy Cheng shares everything you need to know about vlogging, from why we should pick up a camera to the secrets of editing, along with the best equipment to use in order to create engaging visual content.

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  4. 13:30 - 14:00
    Working to a brief and making it outstanding

    Join Ben Maclean as he guides you through social media campaign briefs and what it takes to deliver outstanding results. He will explain everything you need to know to exceed a brief, from location scouting to nailing the final edit.

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  5. 14:30 - 15:00
    How to grow on Instagram, become a travel photographer and work with brands

    Nick Heinimann gives his insight on why understanding Instagram is so powerful for photographers, how to build a loyal following, and how to engage with brands to develop an additional income stream.

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Here's what to expect from the 2020 show