Scott Kelby, Keynote
Scott is President and CEO of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers. He is Editor, Publisher, and co-founder of Photoshop User magazine; host of “The Grid,” the influential live weekly talk show for photographers, and is founder of the annual Scott Kelby ‘Worldwide Photo Walk.™ Scott is an award-winning photographer and author of more than 100 books, including The Digital Photography Book, Part 1, the #1 top-selling book ever on digital photography. Scott is Conference Technical Chair for the annual Photoshop World Conference and a frequent speaker at conferences and tradeshows around the world.
Elia Locardi, Keynote
Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional photographer, public speaker and experienced educator who has developed a highly recognized style of photography that has been widely circulated in major publications including National Geographic, Elle, and Travel + Leisure and is frequently displayed in fine art galleries and venues all over the world.
His passion for photography and education has led him to work in over 70 countries while collaborating with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism initiatives worldwide. With over 20 years of experience in photography, production, and education, Elia has given more than 200 keynotes and lectures at venues including Photokina, Photo Plus Expo, InterBee, Visual Storytellers Conference, Adobe Max, B&H Optic, Fujifilm Festival, Gulf Photo Plus, HIPA Dubai, National Geographic Aveiro, and Xposure International Photograph Festival, in addition to working with clients and companies including Instagram, Google, Fujifilm, Nikon, Adobe, Skylum, Wacom, CNet, and DJI Global.
He is also the founder of www.light.art, a publishing platform for photography NFTs.
Chip E., Keynote
Chip E knows the secret to musical success and is happy to share it: “Every day, before I leave the house, I go to the studio and make a song. Every single day. It’s exercise.”
This artistic workout has kept Chip E, born Irwin Larry Eberhart II, in the vanguard of futuristic electronic music for as long as it has existed. Born and raised in Chicago, he is one of the originators of its legendary house music scene. (The term “jacking” originated from one of his early records, the evergreen floor-filler ‘Time To Jack’.) His devotion to dance music began as a teenager. “In high school, DJing was one way to get into parties for free,” he chuckles. “It didn’t save me any money though, because I wanted to control the sound.” Chip E chased obscure records to ensure his sets stood out in a scene where DJs competed to “play the music made tomorrow.” He got a job at a record shop that sourced rare imports, and saved his allowance to buy studio equipment. Soon, he was making his own rhythm tracks, then full records. Chip E quickly developed a signature style: he always starts with drums. “If the beat ain’t there, you gotta send everyone home,” he says, quoting James Brown. Once he lays a four-four foundation, he builds the structure with a driving bassline. From there, he follows the muse, adding vocals, strings, piano, or whatever moves him. “My music changes,” he says. “From every shade of house to darker techno, but the way I make it doesn’t.” Notably, his records have become a font of inspiration (and samples) for other artists. Listen close and you’ll hear Chip E’s beats on DJ Sneak’s remix of Eddie Amador’s classic “House Music”, Jeff Mills’ “Skin Deep”, Paul Johnson’s “It’s House” (bootleg), and the Nintendo “Sonic Rush” video game, as well as a collaboration with Scottish techno kingpins Slam on “Like This”. Nicknamed The Architect for his crisp, immaculate construction, Chip E brings the same creative approach to his DJ
sets. Whether he’s spinning at the Ultra Music Festival or his home-town club, his sets are more live performances than simple mixing. “Back in the day, the DJ supported the party. Now, the DJ is the party,” he says. “I like to play on four decks to really express myself and move the crowd. It’s very spontaneous.”
Chip E blurs the line between studio and dancefloor. “DJing is an extension of my production. Even if I’m playing recorded music it is a performance, I’m going to do something creative. Producing and playing out are both extensions of creating music.” Like every great performer, he is constantly perfecting his art. He loves to watch musicians, “the way cellists bow the strings, or the way brass players breath” because it helps him coax the richest, most realistic sound out of his own productions. And when a friend is DJing, he likes to dance. “You can’t sell what you wouldn’t buy, right?” Not that Chip E has much free time to hang at the club. He recently made a record with fellow motor-sport enthusiast
Carl Cox, and they have another collaboration in the works. There is also a record with DJ Pierre on its way, plus the globe-trotting gig schedule. “It’s an exciting time,” he says. “Dance music used to be focused on Chicago, New York, London, now it is all over the world. I played in Cuba last year. It was awesome to discover there are 7,000 people in Havana who love electronic music.” His enthusiasm, and raspy laugh, are infectious. Wherever he goes in the world, all Chip E needs is a solid soundsystem and a crowd to read. “I love dance music. I believe in it enough to go out and jack my body.”
Frederick Van Johnson
Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry. A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is the Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital. He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop.
Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.
Scott Bourne is a mobile filmmaker and photographer who specializes in telling stories about nature and wildlife. He is a former Olympus Visionary and professional wildlife photographer, author, and lecturer and has been a professional photographer for five decades. His work has appeared in more than 200 publications. He is a pioneer in digital photography and online space and was named one of the 30 Most Influential Photographers on the Web by Huffington Post. He is the founder of one of the first dedicated, photography sites Photofocus.com, co-founded the first photography-related podcast, This Week In Photography (TWIP), co-founded Photography Podcast Network (PPN), and is the founder and of PictureMethods.com and current co-host of the iPhonePhotoShow.
A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003. Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.
Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.
Nicki Sun is an on-camera personality/influencer, and freelance producer, director, cinematographer, content strategist, editor, and educator passionate about amplifying marginalized voices both in front and behind the camera. She is the creator and host of “Now You Know,” a talk show spotlighting key celebrities and leaders within the API community and TechNicki Speaking, a tech channel dedicated to empowering content creators, which also livestreams every Tuesday at 7pm PST on Amazon LIVE. She was selected by Samsung and Popsugar to film her directorial debut “Love in the Time of COVID” entirely on her phone in 2020, and was privileged to host “NAB Show LIVE with Nicki Sun” in 2021.
Nick Harauz, is the Director of Product Marketing, Continuum at Boris FX. He has over fifteen years of experience as an Adobe, Avid, and FCP certified trainer.
Harauz is regarded within the post-production community for his deep knowledge of host applications mixed with a relatability that keeps students engaged. He is a regular guest speaker at Adobe MAX, has written a book on Apple Motion 5, and is currently writing his second book entitled “Finding Creativity in Uncertain Times,” which will feature a corresponding LinkedIn Learning course.
In addition to his training expertise, Harauz has worked as an editor and motion graphics artist for domestic and international clients, including Proctor and Gamble, Virgin Mobile, and Blackberry. He has also directed and filmed noted celebrities including Lady Gaga and Richard Branson and co-edited the feature documentary My Father and the Man in Black, the untold story of Johnny Cash.
Unmesh Dinda is a Photoshop educator. He runs a popular YouTube channel teaching Photoshop called ‘PiXimperfect,’ with more than 3.2 million followers and 700 videos. His content has been featured on popular photo sites like Adobe, Wacom, Fstoppers, Shutterbug, SLR Lounge, and PetaPixel, among many others. Unmesh has been an instructor for conferences like Adobe MAX, Shutterfest, and Photoshop World. He has written articles about Photoshop published in Shutter Magazine and Photoshop User Magazine. He has also been an instructor at KelbyOne.
Angela Andrieux, Product Evangelist at Mylio, is a fine art photographer who loves helping others organize, edit, and protect their photos. The majority of images in her 92k+ collection feature landscapes, cityscapes, and family.
Karl Soule works for Adobe as part of the Hollywood engagement team, promoting the use of Adobe Creative Cloud video and audio tools, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Adobe Audition. Karl recently moved back to the USA, after spending 5 years living and working in Asia, promoting Adobe tools in video production and broadcasting. In addition, Karl is a frequent trainer at Adobe MAX, and has given training classes on Premiere Rush since its introduction in 2018.
Rod Harlan is an Industry Veteran with 30 years experience as a video editor, animator, author, educator, producer, marketing & media consultant and Adobe addict!
Mr Harlan runs Ready On Demand Inc that helps companies and individuals increase their revenue in the creative market industry. His videos for clients like Adobe, HART, RYOBI, and RIDGID Tools get millions of views on websites like HomeDepot.com and Walmart.com.
He is an in-demand speaker & trainer at some of the most influential industry conferences including Adobe MAX, NAB Show, POST|Production World, WPPI and Photoshop World among others. He shares content to over 100,000 followers and can be contacted via LinkedIN & Twitter @RodHarlan.
Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an 11x Heartland Emmy award winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host. Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! She calls Denver, Colorado her home and her launchpad, where she springs off to adventures near and far. Maybe you’ve seen Jules on CNN Airport Network waiting for a flight. She’s also been spotted on networks like PBS, Local Now, Matador Network, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and beyond. Jules recently got back from a round the world storytelling adventure as Bumble’s Global Connector Bee. Travel brands and tourism boards are big fans of Jules – her enthusiasm and joie de vivre make her vlogs a delight to watch. Jules is also a global Manfrotto Ambassador, always up to date on the latest camera tools and trends. She shares creative and technical tips on her website, The Video Hustle. Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a Travel Massive Colorado chapter leader. In her spare time, you’ll find Jules snowboarding in Vail where she is a certified instructor. Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on Facebook, Instagram and on her travel vlog on YouTube. Happy travels!
Jeff I. Greenberg has over two decades of experience as a Post-Production consultant and Master Instructor (trainer for other trainers) for Adobe, Apple, Avid and Black Magic Designs, specializing in the areas of editorial, workflow, compositing, sound, color grading and compression. He’s the Owner of J Greenberg Consulting and for a decade was the Principal Instructor for Future Media Concepts. Consistently voted as one of the top seminar speakers/interviewers, audience’s feedback includes depth of subjects covered, approachability and student-centered teaching that helps keep them up to date on industry standards.
Jeff teaches seminars at events such as NAB, IBC, CES and Inter BEE. He’s the chair for the Editors Retreat, an annually held exclusive getaway for editors. Jeff is a published author of several books on the subject of editing and post-production. He recently finished a book on Adobe Premiere Pro Studio Techniques (Adobe Press.) Jeff writes for various blogs and creates training materials for Lynda.com.
Steve Martin is the creative force behind Ripple Training and has been using and teaching Final Cut Pro since 1999. Since Final Cut Pro’s introduction, he has introduced thousands of people to Final Cut Pro through his classes, workshops, and training products. He has consulted and/or trained for Apple, Adobe, Blackmagic Design, Disney, Canon, Sony, and other companies. He loves underwater videography and is a huge LEGO enthusiast.
Director/Producer Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading companies on storytelling. With more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards including Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, and CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry. Amy launched the innovative pop-up event #GalsNGear focused on building community and diversity in the film and digital media communities. Amy is a Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning author with several popular titles and a half million views. Amy’s title The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press/Routledge) is being used in dozens of film and communications programs worldwide. Her new Focal Press book with co-author Cheryl Ottenritter is Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Both books are available at the NAB bookstore. Amy has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com.
For over 30 years Dave Cross has been helping creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, WPPI, ShutterFest, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has taught online courses for Kelby One, Creative Live and Photoshop Cafe. He offers online training at learningphotoshop.cc.
Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 was named a MAX Master Instructor.
Valentina Vee is a director, cinematographer, and editor living in Los Angeles, making content for branded campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling stories with positive messages as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences.
Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “GIMME MO,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions. Find her on Twitter @valentinavee and Instagram @valentina.vee
Recognized in Forbes for her “PBS travel empire,” Darley Newman is an entrepreneur, TV host, writer and producer. Through her production companies, she has channeled her passions for travel and storytelling into successful multi-platform series and distinctive media brands. She is the creator, producer and host of Emmy Award-winning “Equitrekking” and “Travels with Darley” on PBS, Amazon Prime, Ovation TV and networks in over 85 nations. She’s launched and built successful multi-platform series, “Darley Vacations” in partnership with a Virtuoso travel agency and written an award-winning travel book. In addition to six Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she’s received the North American Travel Journalist Award, the Inspiring Woman Award from Women in Philanthropy and Leadership, two Telly Awards and was inducted into the the Taste Awards Hall of Fame.
A pioneer in emerging media, she teams up with travel, outdoor and hospitality brands and global non-profits, to reach both business and consumer audiences using immersive video and social media. Having led production teams in over 30 nations and 26 states, she’s been charged by an elephant in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, gone free diving in South Korea, taken on the world’s highest commercial bungee in China and explored by mountain bike the WWI ‘red zone’ of northeast France.
Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic, animation, and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. He earned his BFA in Graphic Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (R•I•T), and has continued to study the landscape of design and its crossroads with various technologies. In addition to design and development, Chris has been a featured speaker in over 275 industry-related events, conferences and webinars, including NAB, Adobe MAX, Post Production World, How Design Live, AIGA, CreativePro Week and PHOTOPLUS. Find more of Chris’ events at codifydesign.com/events
Vanelli is an educator, author, and a working sports and portrait photographer based on the east coast of Florida. His specialized photography programs have been taught on LinkedIn Learning, Lynda.com, in workshops, lectures and in the Brevard County School District.
Currently, he is part of Skylum Software’s Education Development team, teaching workshops, and writing for Photofocus.
You can find out more about Vanelli at www.VanelliandFriends.com, or social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Currently, he is the Director of Education at Skylum Software, teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for the Vanelli and Friends series.
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Douglas was a co-founder of Sundance Media Group (SMG) in 1996, a training and consulting organization with over 28 years of experience. Douglas is a world-traveled speaker/instructor and a giant in the video and audio industries, having received many awards. Douglas is the author of several books and DVDs and continues to serve as an adviser and guide for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters, however Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS (drone) industry.
Douglas has a long history in Aviation, with 3500 hours of flight time, over 6,000 skydives, and having completed numerous aerial cinematography projects. Douglas has written several curricula for skydiving training that is in use across the globe. Douglas applies his intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs to drone operations. Douglas’ vision is to incorporate his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS.
Nicole Young is a full-time photographer and author who thrives on inspiring and encouraging photographers to improve their craft and grow as artists. She teaches photography and post-processing through her blog, articles, videos, interviews, and training materials. Nicole also has an online store, where she creates post-processing tools, such as preset, actions, and textures, along with several books and eBooks.
Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.
For the past 13 years, Kristina Sherk has been a retoucher and Photoshop educator based out of Washington, D.C. She loves “translating Photoshop” for photographers and subsequently, has spoken at CreativeLive, Photoshop World, KelbyOne, Adobe, Canon, LinkedIn Learning, ImagingUSA and WPPI. She’s also a contributing author for educational publications like Shutter Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine and Lightroom Magazine.
Al is the former Product Manager for Adobe Premiere Pro with 7-year tenure turning the product into the most widely used NLE worldwide. He then spent almost four years at The Company Formally Known As Facebook (it was called that when he was there) where he worked across several teams, including Goodwill where he was PM for the personalized video experiences, a short stint working on AR prototyping technology, followed by a year and a half building tools for video creators. At Dolby, he’s working to bring Dolby Vision into the creator community, and showing what you can do with this high-end professional technology in simple, fast turnaround, creator workflows.
Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a content creator, educator & YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video.
Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online onLinkedInLearning.com…and every week, LIVE at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph for PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment! You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere…Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph’s projects at Joseph.info.
Matthew Jordan Smith
Matthew Jordan Smith is an American photographer based in Tokyo, Japan and working between Tokyo, New York City and Los Angeles. He has photographed some of the worlds most famous celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Angela Bassett, Tyra Banks and more. His advertising clients include Olay, Pantene, Revlon, Showtime and HBO.
In his spare time, Matthew focuses on personal projects, photo exhibits and book projects. To date, Smith has published three books, Sepia Dreams, Lost & Found, and Future American President.
Seth C. Polansky
Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property, and start-up specialist, founded the professional firm Seth Polansky LLC in 2005. Through both this firm and his corporate experience, he has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice. In addition to working with private corporations, government and state agencies, he has counselled small businesses and artists in securing copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection, and aided them in navigating contracts. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Procurement Law at the University of Maryland University College.
In his spare time, Seth is a programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films. For more information on Seth, visit sethpolanskylaw.com.
Lauri Novak is an award-winning fine art photographer, photo tour guide, mentor, and author based outside of Chicago. She has an eye for photographing architecture, traveling as much as possible, and just wandering in nature with her camera.
One of the questions Lauri is asked most often both by viewers of her work and other photographers is, “How did you see that?” She works hard to show different perspectives, unique angles, and the everyday details of a wide variety of subjects.
Surprisingly enough, PhotoPills co-founder Rafael Pons claims not to be a photographer. However, he travels the world teaching how to use PhotoPills to help photographers imagine, plan and shoot legendary photos.
With more than 600,000 downloads worldwide, the PhotoPills app has become the Swiss Army Knife for photographers. It includes everything you need: from sources of inspiration (PhotoPills Awards) and learning (photo guides and videos) to multiple tools to help you plan your photo ideas (planner, augmented reality, exposure, depth of field …). To start planning your photos with PhotoPills visit the web: photopills.com
Darlene Hildebrandt is a photographer with over 33 years of experience. She’s photographed everything from food, editorial, products, portraits, weddings, and events. Nowadays she prefers doing street and travel photography, but still considers herself a people photographer first and foremost, which is where her portrait lighting skills and experience come in handy.
She’s been sharing her skills and experiences with beginner and intermediate photographers since 2011 through articles on her website, Digital Photo Mentor, video tutorials on her YouTube channel, and photography workshops (in-person and virtual classes or webinars). As a Skylum ambassador, she is also a skilled trainer for Luminar AI and Aurora HDR.
Bob Coates is a commercial and fine art photographer and photo educator based in Sedona, Arizona. Articles for magazines and books authored by Bob are part of how he gives back to the photographic community. In addition, Bob has presented programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean including National platforms at PPA’s Imaging USA and other venues. Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob has shared his expertise in the industry.
Bob has always believed in helping his local community using his photographic skills. Among fundraising projects, a couple of notable ones were a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls that raised money and garnered lots of community awareness and National press for the Sedona Arts Center. He also photographed, designed, printed, and sold a calendar titled ‘Flowers for Food’ for the Sedona Community Center raising over $15,000. Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ with his wife Holly. Check out Bob’s work at http://successful-photographer.com http://bcphotography.com and http://coatesart.net
Andy Ford is a Florida-based digital strategist and video producer with over 20 years of experience. His career has spanned the sports, news, corporate, and healthcare environments. He is an Adobe Certified Professional in Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Video Design. Andy enjoys creating tutorials on industry software and is also an author for Photofocus and CreativeCOW.
Shlomi Ron is the founder and CEO of the Visual Storytelling Institute, a Miami-based think tank that brings the gospel of visual storytelling from the world of art into more human-centric and purpose-driven marketing. A digital marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience working both on the agency and brand sides for Fortune 100/500 brands such as Nokia, IBM, and American Express. He started VSI to combine his marketing expertise with his passions for visual stories stemming from interests in classic Italian cinema (cafePellicola.com) and managing the estate of video art pioneer, Buky Schwartz (BukySchwartz.com). At VSI, he helps brands rise above the communication noise through visual storytelling consulting, training, and thought leadership. Select clients include La Mer, RTI International, Cable & Wireless, Pearson Education, and Microsoft – to name a few. He currently teaches Brand Storytelling at the University of Miami’s Business School. Thought leader and speaker at key marketing conferences. He is also the host of the Visual Storytelling Today podcast, which ranks in the top 10 best business storytelling podcasts on the Web. His book: Total Acuity: Tales with Marketing Morals to Help You Create Richer Visual Brand Stories. Outside work, he is a nascent bread baker, The Moth fan, and longtime fedora wearer likely to jive with his classic Italian cinema interest.
Osiris Indriya is equally at home driving critical programs at a tech startup, producing music events and festivals, coaching individuals for personal growth, and performing as a DJ at live events and on Twitch.tv. Osiris started performing as a DJ and producing electronic music events in Seattle in 1998, performing at clubs, festivals, and concert venues in the US, Canada, Japan, and Bali. During the first COVID lockdown in June 2020, Osiris was invited to perform his music Twitch.tv. Since then, he has live-streamed over 250 hours of music performances, mastering the technology, culture, and opportunities that come with streaming content on the Twitch platform.
Learn how to create an immersive and interactive experience on Twitch.tv using audio, video, light, chat, emotes, and more. Twitch is a fun way to create an engaged community and make some money doing it.
Ryan’s resumé spans a decade of digital marketing and media, from leading the west coast experiential team for Diageo, to negotiating the first influencer partnership ever done with Uber.
As the founder and Chief Executive for TSMA, his unique perspectives on digital consumer behavior, organic social growth acceleration, and content placement algorithms has informed the marketing decisions of numerous celebrities and Fortune 500 businesses.
Joe Edelman is an award-winning photographer, author, photo educator and the host of The LAST FRAME Live on YouTube. His educational mission: “To help photographers to develop a solid understanding of the HOWS and WHYS behind creating great photographs.”
He takes great pride in sharing his experience to motivate and educate new and experienced photographers all over the world via his popular YouTube Channel which boasts over 178,000 subscribers. His weekly LAST FRAME livestream is viewed or listened to in over 100 countries.
Jim Nix is a travel photographer and YouTuber based in Austin, Texas. His photographic interests include broad cityscapes, landscapes, and intimate street photographs. Jim has a colorful and expressive style and a strong preference for shooting at the edges of the day, where soft light and shadow help create the dramatic and moody sentiments his photographs embody. He loves to convey his artistic vision through editing tutorials, which he publishes several times a week on YouTube, and he encourages his viewers to experiment with their editing techniques in order to find their own creative voice.
Robbie Carman is the lead colorist and owner of DC Color a color, HDR, and finishing company located in the Washington, DC area. Robbie has over 20 years of experience grading including hundreds of programs for major broadcasters, narrative & documentary features, major ad campaigns, and corporate communication pieces. In recent years, his creative focus has been on grading high dynamic range video (HDR).
Robbie is also a well-known educator and has contributed to 9 books, hundreds of online tutorials for Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning and is a former managing partner at the colorist-focused training site mixinglight.com. He speaks regularly on color and postproduction topics at events all over the world.
Moving beyond the realm of simple photography, Julie Powell creates surreal, whimsical and fantastical works of Creative Portraits, often capturing emotion and moments in time along with symbolism to explore reality on a slightly different level. Heavily inspired by colour and texture from the Masters; Degas, Rembrandt and Monet, as well as modern artists, with their use of light, colour and texture to add surrealism and atmosphere, giving the viewer a glimpse into another world.
Born in Melbourne and living there her whole life, surrounded by a vibrant and exciting art community. While not classically trained, she is mostly self-taught with a background in graphic art and design, Julie has transitioned from more traditional art forms to the digital art medium, often depicting images in her own unique painterly style. Receiving internal awards for portraits and being published both online and in print, Julie is a regular contributor to various magazine. As an Artistic Coach and Mentor, Julie thrives on helping and encouraging other emerging digital artists and is widely active and respected throughout the digital artist community.
A TEDx speaker, music video producer, successful entrepreneur, and a management consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Sriram Emani has spent over ten years honing and refining stories of corporate executives, family business heirs, entrepreneurs, and artists from over 30 countries to help them connect with iconic brands like Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Disney, Lincoln Center, Sony Music, and more.
Sriram’s approach to storytelling through performing arts breaks traditional barriers to unlock the creative potential in any team setting and provides an inclusive and collaborative environment for solving problems. He focuses on uncovering the influences and experiences that make each individual unique and creating a powerful advantage for the entire team.
Born and educated in Mumbai, India, Sriram holds an MBA from MIT.
After graduating, he traveled North America, staying with a different family in a different city every week for a full year. Together, this has given him an unparalleled understanding of eastern and western cultures. He now lives in Boston, Massachusetts where he is the founder and CEO of IndianRaga, the largest Indian arts platform in the world with over 2500 videos produced globally and seen by over 100 million people across 65 countries.
Jim Tierney founded Digital Anarchy in 2001 and has been a pioneer in the development of visual tools for motion graphics and compositing. During the 1990’s, Jim worked for software companies like MetaTools, Atomic Power and Cycore. He helped create graphics products like Bryce, Evolution and Final Effects. After working on After Effects plugins for over five years, Jim thought it was finally time to get out there and develop some of his own — so Digital Anarchy was born! Since then he has been dedicated to finding ways of bringing innovative technology to video editors, broadcast designers, visual fx artists, and everyone that wants to make film/TV look better and do it more easily.
J.C. Figueroa is Mylio’s Chief Evangelist and Customer Champion. He spends his time evangelizing the application, conducting training, and gathering feedback from users on ways to keep making the application better. He’s also an avid underwater photographer, and rabid fan of his wife and two kids, whom he constantly photographs, sometimes to their dismay.
Terri Baskin is a Virginia-based International wedding photographer whose style of imagery is best described as authentic, romantic and fun. Terri approaches each client relationship with a genuine goal to understand the couple and their love story to ensure it translates in her images. When she’s not photographing weddings, Terri gets excitement from public speaking and educating photographers and mentoring creative entrepreneurs.
Terri draws inspiration from architecture, shapes, and colors and has been known to go for long drives in the pursuit of her next shoot. In her personal time, Terri can be found eating Oreos, sniffing soy candles or adding fresh flowers to her home.
Maxim is an award-winning Film Director, Consultant Futurist, best-selling Author, and the Founder and Director of The Creativity Conference, held in Iceland. He has consulted as a Futurist for a number of organisations, and is writing a series of new books exploring futurism for IEEE-USA. As an Adobe Master Trainer, Avid Certified Instructor, EDIUS Master Trainer, and the author of multiple books and over 2,000 tutorials, he is well-known as an International Trainer and Public Speaker.
In addition to consulting for Adobe on the development of learning content, Maxim is the author of the official Adobe Premiere Pro Classroom in a Book, and has spoken at many colleges and universities on the development of creative skills. He is well-known as an international media technology trainer, and is the author of multiple books and training series on the subject. As a filmmaker, he has directed over thirty short films, the feature-length documentary ‘Trust Me: Working with Richard Foreman’, and the forthcoming supernatural-thriller feature film ‘It’s Haunted’. A regular speaker at film festivals and conferences around the world, Maxim mentors newcomers to the film industry and may drink too much coffee.
Lynn Mason-Pattnosh is the executive producer and host of ConciergeQ Media. She is also a casting director and performance expert, who has worked on Emmy-winning TV (including casting the pilot of “Arrested Development”), film, and media. ConciergeQ Media is a recognized and respected travel and entertainment brand, delivering award-winning URHere Travel all-access festival and event coverage from such events as the Sundance Film Festival, Sun Valley Wine Auction, Dent Conference, The Mother’s Ball, and elrow. Lynn recently spoke at SATW’s 2020 Virtual Convention, Women’s Travel Fest 2022 and is slated to speak at TBEX North America 2022: Tri-Cities, Washington and Podfest Expo 2022.
Mitch Jacobson is a broadcast television editor & live stream director with more than 25 years experience working for TV networks, production companies and live event producers. He is an Adjunct Professor at The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in Manhattan, published author of the textbook: Mastering Multi-Camera Techniques (Focal Press), and an authorized trainer for NewTek TriCasters and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve systems.
Mitch also designs and builds custom NDI-based live stream studios for Fortune 500 companies, universities, hospitals, financial-tech & fitness platforms, houses of worship and city municipalities.
Doug is a writer/producer based in Spokane with over twenty years of experience working with a wide variety of storytelling platforms, including feature films, podcasts, and multi-camera live streams. His portfolio includes projects for Google, YouTube and Salesforce. His work as a storyteller has taken Doug around the world, covering subjects at the highest levels of industry, entertainment and government.
Bokeh, his first feature film, was selected for IFP’s Independent Film Lab, acquired by Screen Media Films, screened at the 2017 Santa Barbara Film Festival and enjoyed a theatrical run in the spring of 2017. It is now available on all major VOD platforms. Currently, Doug is developing several projects including a transmedia documentary about the adventures and sacrifices of a once top-secret cadre of American fighter pilots.
Hi there! I’m Dylan Kotecki. I grew up in Montana and moved over to Oregon when I graduated college. I love getting outside to take photos and run around with my two dogs!
Justin Benson is a wedding photographer based out of Connecticut known for his modern and traditional styling, his sharp wit, and his ability to bend light like his twirly mustache. The clients that hire Justin are looking for a storytelling approach to their images, but also want them to have a clean and classic look that transcends generations. Through his years as a photographer, Justin learned that he loved telling stories, but he didn’t love the backlog of work that each wedding left him with, something a lot of creatives can relate to. This led Justin to look for a workflow solution that culminated with him becoming a Co-Founder of AfterShoot, a revolutionary culling system. This was the magical unicorn Justin was looking for. Now Justin and his family live happily ever because Justin spends more time creating, and less time culling.
Kylee Peña is a media and entertainment technology polymath who loves enabling people through project and program management, design thinking, and storytelling. She is currently Manager, Creative Technologies Program Management at Netflix. With over ten years of experience in the industry, she has dozens of credits across television and film as both a technical and creative professional.
Kylee is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt. She currently serves as SMPTE Hollywood Region Governor and has been published in the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Kylee also founded and leads The Second Act Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps women over 30 enter new STEM careers. Kylee is currently pursuing a Master’s in Integrated Design, Business, and Technology at USC.
Cathy Reinking has been working as a Casting Director since the early ’90s, working on Frasier, Arrested Development, According to Jim, and many other shows and pilots on NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW, Fox. She also served as NBC’s Manager of Casting, overseeing many pilots including “The Office,” and holds a degree in theatre arts from UCLA, where she graduated magna cum laude. Recent credits include Insatiable, Killerman, New Amsterdam, Abby’s, Manifest, and The Village.
Cathy is also an award-winning content creator and urges actors to do the same. Projects she has written and produced DIY are The British Invasion (a Korean-American actor pretends to be British in order to get work), The Real Man (a black actor vows to only play uplifting roles), All or Nothing (two disenfranchised gamblers in their 50s find unexpected love at the blackjack table), and a brand new play Hardball (two ex-athletes of different backgrounds find unexpected commonalities) recently produced in Atlanta, where she now lives. Her self-produced autobiographical short film Life Span of a Dog is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit.
She is also the author of three books currently available on Amazon – “How To Book Acting Jobs 3.0,” “A True Hollywood Cancer Story,” and “Little Lucky Girl: Secrets of Superman” which looks at the Holocaust and its aftermath from the perspective of the 2nd generation….
Cathy has led workshops all around the world, including a recent stint in Australia and London. Her passion is helping actors create their own content as well as helping filmmakers cast better. Without great acting, a project can suffer. She also works with companies not associated with Entertainment to help their employees be more charismatic in order to con
Kirsten Alana is a travel photographer with an audience of more than 200K who has worked in all 50 states, in more than 60 countries, and on six continents for some of the most awarded campaigns in digital and social media. Her portfolio of clients has included brands in travel, fashion, and lifestyle ranging from Four Seasons and SPG to Ted Baker and Amarula. Her expertise in mobile photography, photography, and social media has led her to speak at conferences around the globe. She resides in Los Angeles when she is not traveling on assignment.
Mark Rossetto is an international award-winning Double Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP), Master Photographer with the WPPI, an international keynote speaker and a qualified Photography Business and Life Coach. Mark is highly regarded and has coached hundreds of photographers from beginners to seasoned professionals all over the world including Australia, USA, UK, Europe and NZ.
Joe Glyda has been creating photographic images since he was eight years old. Joe worked for Kraft Foods of Glenview Illinois for 36 years where he served as the Digital Imaging Manager from 1993 until 2008. Joe introduced digital photography to Kraft in 1993 and since 1999 the Creative Services Photography Studio provided Kraft with complete digital services for all advertising and promotional photography.
Joe is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and earned the PPA’s Master of Photography in 1988. He was awarded the Nikon Industrial Photographer of the year in 1995, and Photographic Craftsman degree in 1996. Joe received the Master Artist Degree in January 2014 from PPA as well. Joe is a Certified Professional Photographer and since 1990, has been teaching the art of commercial photography at various venues around the country including PPA conventions, Photoshop World, the Texas School of Professional Photography, and Imaging Explorations in Canada. Joe was also a co-chair member of the subcommittee for the FIRST Group, a flexographic printing industry committee that is dedicated to creating standards for digital photography. Joe was recently elected to be in the Camera Craftsman of America group in 2020. In 2019 Joe released his Food Photography book and in 2021 released his World War II Aviation Artwork Book featuring 34 WWII aircraft and their stories.
With more than 45 years of experience in photographic techniques and digital imaging, Joe still takes on every new project with excitement and enthusiasm. His goal is to provide you, the client, with the highest quality photographic imagery designed to create and enhance a high level of excellence and value for your business.
Kevin Ames is among the first generation of ENG photographers in television. His video career started the same day the station he was working for tore out their film processor. He has worked in local news, commercial production, scripting advertisements as well as being the voice of a CBS affiliate. His career moved into still photography. He has had a decades long career in studio photography both with film and as a very early adopter of digital capture. He revisited his love of video with the Canon 5D Mk II. He’s been providing still and video photography to his clients ever since.
Alex Lindsay has been involved in almost every part of media production from coding to audio, video, film, web, AR/VR and live-streaming. After working on Star Wars at Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic, he built a global training organization and now uses that experience to help others engage their communities online.
Growing up surrounded by the vast prairie of the Canadian north and tales of faraway places, Renée Robyn has chased the perfect backdrop around the world. Approaching photography like a treasure hunter, her compositions are uniquely cinematic, often becoming pieces of a bigger world represented beyond reality. Renée’s style is easily recognizable and distinctly her own. Expertly blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy, she has worked with industry-leading brands like Wacom, Viewsonic, Corel, Capture One, and Intel.
Comfortable facing down gale force winds, climbing fog-shrouded mountains, or fast pace commercial studios, her work is impressive and committed. An expert retoucher, Renée applies the same level of commitment to post-processing leveraging her mastery of color theory, editing, light, and shadow in the digital realm of Photoshop.