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Hey Photographers!  Please join me at WPPI 2017 in Las Vegas for my platform class The Joy of Mirrorless Weddings NEW! on Monday, February 6th from 2:30-4:00pm and everyday at the Sony Booth 304 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Also… Check out all these great talks and photo walks from my fellow Sony Artisans from February 6-9th! (Thanks for letting me copy this list from your blog Brian Smith!  You are a true gentleman.)


Mike Colón
The Joy of Mirrorless Weddings NEW!
Monday, February 06, 2017: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM!
Room: N119/120 Session Number: PC13

Celebrity wedding photographer and veteran digital photography instructor Mike Colón has been rigorously testing and exclusively shooting with mirrorless cameras for over two years now. From camera body and lens selection, to custom settings and workflow, you won’t want to miss this photo-inspirational and information-rich presentation that will help you in your transition to mirrorless. Attendees will walk away from this session with a clear understanding of mirrorless camera systems: the features that make them a perfect fit for the wedding photographer, which camera bodies and lenses to start with, and key camera settings and custom menu setups that will help make the mirrorless transition a breeze.

Zabrina Deng
Posing 101 for the Prewedding, Engagement & Wedding Photography NEW!
Monday, February 06, 2017: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Room: N226 Session Number: MC06
Class Type: Master Class

International wedding and portrait shooter Zabrina Deng will discuss different approaches to posing. From elegantly posing the bride to posing fashion-savvy couples with out-of-the box ideas on location, she will explain why, how and what to include in a photograph and how to work with the environment as well as the couples’ personalities. She will review different approaches for clients from different cultural backgrounds, age groups and body types, and will also review elements such as wardrobe, composition, lighting, emotion, mood and storytelling to craft an on-location masterpiece. The goal of this class is for students to walk away with a handful of fresh ideas for their next gig, learning to work faster than before.


Mike Colón
Mastering Your Mirrorless Camera for Weddings NEW!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Room: Westgate Conference Room 1 Session Number: PLUS19

Going 100% mirrorless has forever changed me as a wedding photographer. It has by far been the most exciting thing I’ve experienced in camera gear innovation since 2001 when I made the switch from film to digital! Just a few of the things that have significantly improved for me since making the switch to mirrorless: Image Quality, Color and Skin Tones, Accuracy and Consistency in Focus, Timing The Moment, Connection with my Subject, Creativity & Confidence

Joe Brady
Mastering Off-Camera Flash on the Go: Make Your Speedlights Provide Perfect Light Anywhere
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Room: Meet at Westgate Pavilion 4 Session Number: PW02
Class Type: Photo Walk

Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is an author on and is a contributing author for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine. As a producer and presenter, Joe delivers online educational webinars and videos for photo-industry companies including Phottix, Elinchrom, X-Rite, Sekonic, PocketWizard, Induro, Benro, Ilford and Sony with over 3 million views since 2012. A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award for his landscape photography, Joe is also speaker at many local and national venues and events and also teaches photography workshops around the world specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.

Jason Lanier
Master Your Lighting with Jason Lanier NEW!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: N228 Session Number: MC22
Class Type: Master Class

Join Sony Artisan of Imagery and Rotolight Master of Light Jason Lanier for an in depth, hands-on 2 hour class on how to Master Your Lighting. Jason is bringing his very successful Master Your Lighting Workshop series that he teaches around the world into the classroom for you to learn how to create beautiful lighting in virtually any shooting situation. Jason will show you how to use off camera flash, led lighting, diffusers, reflectors and some very creative and easy to apply techniques that makes his shots come to life. Jason prides himself on using gear and techniques that the average photographer out there has access to so they can also apply these same techniques and tools in their work as well. There will be live models and demonstrations showing the lighting and some posing techniques will be mixed in as well to bring it all together. We hope you’ll join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Jeremy Chan
Great tips for Composition & Post Processing NEW!
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: N228 Session Number: MC27
Class Type: Master Class

Jeremy Chan will discuss how to use composition and post processing to creating breath-taking storytelling images. Learn how to transform a typical photograph into a gallery-worthy fine art piece. Chan will dissect his approach to composite and retouching portrait, wedding and fashion photos using simple but essential Photoshop tools such as dodge and burn to enhance light and shadow, bringing back the detail from blown-out white and adding dimension. He will also discuss the seemingly silly but frequent requests from wedding and portrait clients such as removing double chins, erasing dark eye circles and slimming the tummy. Students will walk away with fresh, useful ideas for bringing their own digital photography to the next level.

Katrin Eismann
Finding Secret Gems within the Neon Museum with Katrin Eismann
Tuesday, February 7, 2017: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: Meet at Westgate Pavilion 4 Session Number: PW19
Class Type: Photo Walk

Join Sony Artisan, Katrin Eismann at the Las Vegas Neon Museum for a very unique photo experience! Transportation, entrance fees are provide by Sony and creative inspiration provided by Kartin.


Brian Smith
Wednesday, February 8, 2017: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Room: N109/112 Session Number: PC16
Class Type: Platform Class

Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith will break down the lighting he’s used to create iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-list and Fortune’s 600. He’ll explain not only the ‘how’ – but also the ‘why’ to his simple problem-solving approach to portrait lighting. Learn how to control the quality of light and how the choice between hard light and soft light allows you to control the mood. You’ll learn which lighting modifiers he uses to control and shape light and shadow to sculpt light in the studio and how to overcome harsh daylight by blending strobe with ambient light on location. Learn how to take cues from reality making the most of great light when you find it and how to create it when you don’t. You’ll learn how to work quickly under pressure, on both small and large productions to make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.

Patrick Murphy-Racey
“Sportraits” with PM-R!
Wednesday, February 08, 2017: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: Westgate Pavilion 4 Session Number: PW32
Class Type: Photo Walk

It’s easy to get into a rut shooting youth sports, doing the same shot over and over again. Sony Artisan Patrick Murphy-Racey will talk about how to breathe new life into your youth sports portraits using creative lighting technique and working smarter. Make the leap to the next level with your photography.

Miguel Quiles
Portrait Photography In Depth
Wednesday, February 08, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Room: N230 Session Number: MC48
Class Type: Master Class

Often times the difference between a mediocre portrait and a great one lies in one or two simple adjustments in vision and execution. In this session Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles will teach you the most relevant things he’s learned shooting portraits professionally for the last 4 years. These are the tips he wished someone had told him starting out, and now this knowledge is being passed on to you! Attendees will learn his highly effective tips on posing, lighting, and how to walk into any scenario and dial in the perfect camera settings to take your portraits to another level.


Me Ra Koh
To Stretch but Not Break: A Candid Look at the Ups and Downs of Building Your Photography Dream
Thursday, February 09, 2017: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Room: N109/114 Session Number: KEY4
Class Type: Keynote

We step into the creative process volunteering to be stretched as we risk, create, learn and build dreams. But many of us hit a glass ceiling. We’re afraid of the breaking point. How far can one stretch before things begin to break? We begin the photography journey with inspiration, we build with momentum, and then we feel the heavy weights of fear, doubt, guilt and uninspired creativity. We stand at a crossroads. Our friends and family provide support and encouragement, but it is still difficult to find that motivation to push forward, explore unfamiliar territories and risk without guarantees. Join Me Ra Koh, Sony Artisan and Disney host, for this candid, inspiring and transparent keynote about allowing our creative spirits to be stretched but not broken.

Robert Evans / Sara France
He Said – She Said Boudoir Photography: A Male and Female Perspective on Boudoir Photography NEW!
Thursday, February 09, 2017: 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Room: Westgate Pavilion 4 Session Number: PW47
Class Type: Photo Walk

A woman may feel more comfortable being photographed by another woman, but a man knows what other men like. Come watch and learn from two seasoned photographers—Sony Artisan Robert Evans and Sara France. From the camera choice, to the lenses and their lighting techniques, see how each approaches the shoot to capture images in the same scenario. One suite, multiple models, two different eyes… (Due to the nature of this session this “Photo Walk” will be held in a hotel suite TBD.)

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