PhotoPlus Expo Preview: What I'm Looking Forward To

Harrison Jacobs

Photoplus Expo 2013 might not be for another two weeks (I’m counting down the days!) but that doesn’t mean its too early to get excited about what’s coming up. In case you haven’t done it yet, you can register for the show here. It's free if you are only going to the Expo (the show floor with the newest products and demonstrations) but everyone knows the the heart of PhotoPlus is the seminars and keynote speakers. 

Over the last several months, I’ve written a lot about what it takes to become a professional photographer. At PhotoPlus, you’ll come face to face with the pros whose work you look up to. You can ask them questions, hear their story, and get the information you need to run your business effectively. Here are the seminars that I’m looking forward to: 

Thursday, October 24th

The State of Editorial Photography

8:45 am - 10:45 am 

Moderator: Art Streiber, 
Panelists: Lisa Berman, Karen Frank, Jody Quon, John Toolan

This is a panel of heavyweights. Award-winning photographer Art Streiber leads a Q&A panel with magazine photo editors and art directors to talk about getting your work to the right people, how to budget, how to send files, and where the industry is going. If you are an editorial photographer or are looking to become one, this is a must-attend.

KEYNOTE: An Astronaut’s Guide to Photography in Space 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Donald Petit

I interviewed Astronaut Donald Petit for an article last year in PDNedu and his space photography (taken from the International Space Station) is beautiful and breathtaking, a view that we rarely get to see. However, what I really took away from the interview was Petit’s jubilant and whimsical personality. He knows how to break down difficult scientific concepts into a digestible form (see his Youtube videos from space). When you see a rocket scientist positively enthused by photography's potential for the future, it's inspiring. Petit isn’t a man to waste words, but I’m positive he is going to have a lot of interesting things to say.

Simple Still Life & Food Lighting Setups

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Robert Jacobs

Sponsor: Fujifilm

I’m going for the shameless plug here. My father, Robert Jacobs, is doing his first PPE seminar this year, so if you see someone in the back enthusiastically clapping, it’s probably me. A little background, my dad has photographed still lifes and food for over twenty five years for the Food Network, Better Homes & Gardens and a host of other clients (both editorial and advertising).  Trust me, the man knows how to make your mouth water when looking at a photograph. He’s recently relocated to his native Washington and, I’m sure he’s missing New York City, so be sure to give him a nice pizza + bagel welcome home. Maybe he’ll even photograph it on stage!

Making A Living as a Young Photographer 

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 

Moderator: James Estrin, 
Panelists: Ben Lowy, Diana Markosian

From PhotoPlus:

James Estrin, co-editor of the New York Times Lens Blog will moderate a panel of three young photographers who will discuss the different approaches they’ve taken in trying to forge a career as an editorial and documentary photographer today. 

One addition: Ben Lowy has done some incredible war reportage in Iraq. Check out the images here and listen to him talk about it with Mark Seliger here.

Friday, October 25th

Presenting Your Work to Multiple Markets: They Say That “One Size Fits All” - Or Does It?

8:45 am - 11:45 am

Moderator: Louisa Curtis
, Panelists: Darrick Harris, Kaia Hemming, Megan Re, Julie Grahame

Sponsor: Agency Access, PhotoShelter & APA National

These days, it’s pretty much expected that photographers can work in multiple genres. This panel will help you determine how to approach different markets, whether your brand can “speak for itself,” and how to use your website and social media. Are you a generalist or a niche-based photographer? Either way, you are going to understand how the industry works and what different markets are looking for. Place a business card in the bag and you may win a one-year Photoshelter membership. Sounds pretty good to me. 

KEYNOTE: Mark Seliger

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger is a world class photographer who has done it all. In this keynote, he’ll talk about the evolution of his work in portraiture and fashion. If you need any confirmation that Seliger is an interesting person to listen to, check out his Capture Show (where he interviews photographers and celebrities) on Youtube. To be honest, I’m waiting for part two of the keynote where he’ll bring out his popular country band Rusty Truck and play a set of songs while music videos produced by Seliger play in the background. 

Rock and Roll Stories

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Lynn Goldsmith

Full disclosure, Lynn Goldsmith is another photographer I interviewed for PDNedu. Goldsmith is a hard-working lady that knows what it takes not just to be an incredible photographer, but a good person. I don’t say that lightly. She’s lived an interesting life and she’s got the stories to show for it. As she told me in the interview, she became a photographer of musicians more so because they were her friends than anything else. One of her close friends in college was Iggy Pop, one of her first models was Patti Smith, and she even dated Bruce Springsteen for a while. Come for the rock stories, hear about what went into the photographs, and leave with a unique perspective on what it means to be person on this crazy earth.

Saturday, October 26th 

KEYNOTE: Tracks: Alone Across the Outback, From the Cover of National Geographic... 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Rick Smolan

One of my greatest photographic loves is National Geographic. Maybe it's the stacks of National Geographic back issues at my house but it’s probably the thing that sparked my love in photography. In another life, I’m trekking the outback with a camera, on assignment for the magazine. That’s why I’m pumped to listen to Rick Smolan. That’s exactly what he did when he documented Robyn Davidson’s solo journey across Australia’s Gibson Desert. He’ll be sharing clips from a new movie that dramatizes the journey, starring Mia Wasikowska (from “Alice in Wonderland”) and Adam Driver (from the TV show “Girls”). 

PDN’s 30: Strategies for Young Working Photographers 

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Moderator: Holly Hughes
, Panelists: Olivia Bee, Ty Cole, Andy Katz, Keren Sachs, Geordie Wood 

Sponsors: Sony, Canson, Kodak, Adobe & ASMP

This is about as close as you can get to a How Did They Do That for these new PDN’s 30 photographers' careers. PDN Editor Holly Hughes talks with a panel of emerging photographers in very different genres about their big breaks, how they found their voice, and how they structured their first persona projects. In addition a veteran photographer and a photo editor will be around to offer valuable advice on approaching clients and sustaining your business. Stick around for a Q&A after the panel.



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