Announcing Six Exciting Luminance Seminars at Photoville in NYC on Sept. 11th

Announcing Six Exciting Luminance Seminars at Photoville in NYC on Sept. 11th

For the third year in a row, we’re thrilled to present six professional development Luminance seminars at Photoville on Friday, September 11th in New York City!

Photoville’s pop up photo destination in the Uplands of Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park is an amazing place to hold these talks. Check out directions to get there below:


An offshoot of our 3-day Luminance conference a few years back, this professional development series will continue in the Luminance spirit by showcasing insights on exciting photography topics ranging from do’s and don’ts to photo contests, to leveraging your local community to land gigs, to a special conversation with renowned photographer David Burnett, and more.

Attend each session for FREE or sign up for a full day pass ($20), which includes admission to all six panels, plus breakfast, lunch and access to the peer review happy hour. Click here to purchase. Not interested in the full day pass? No problem. Just be sure to register for the free talks you’ll be attending to guarantee your seat. See registration links below.

Each seminar is 45 minutes, here’s the full line up:

10:30 am – 11:15 am: Do’s & Don’ts to Photo Contests & Submitting Your Work Online [Register here]

With hundreds of photo contests out there, how do you tell them apart? And with so many ways to submit your images online, how do you know where to start? In this exclusive panel, we’ll discuss which photo contests are worth your time, plus walk through additional opportunities to submit your work to companies in need of great photography. Also hear from those behind-the-scenes at major photo publications who will share common mistakes photographers make entering contests, plus tips to stand out from the pack.


11:30 am – 12:15 pm: PR for Your Photography: The Secret to Getting Featured [Register here]

What’s the secret to getting press coverage for your photography? With some online outlets getting well over a million unique hits a month, the exposure can have a direct impact on the growth of your audience, and even help you land more gigs. In this exciting panel, hear directly from top photo editors from BuzzFeed and Esquire Magazine who share how they find photographers to highlight, plus exactly what they’re looking for. We’ll also talk to reps from firms including Blake Zidell & Associates and The Number 29 who share creative ideas to help you think outside the box and get featured.


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm: A Conversation with David Burnett [Register here]

For nearly 50 years, David Burnett has been traveling and documenting the world. Shooting almost exclusively with film, he’s covered stories as diverse as the French and American Presidential elections from 1972 to the present, the famine in Sahel in 1974 and in Ethiopia in 1984, the Iranian revolution following Ayatollah Khomeini’s return to Tehran in 1979; the Summer Olympics from 1984 to 2012, and the Salt Lake Games of 2002. In this very special conversation, we’ll speak with David about film in digital age, mixing techniques in a time of rapid technical change, plus his thoughts on the future of photography.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm: Leveraging Your Local Community To Land Gigs [Register here]

You want to grow your photo career and make money, but are challenged to figure out how. Sound familiar? In this panel, we’ll help you think outside the box to build your network and attract clients by leveraging opportunities right in front of your nose. Learn how you can successfully tap into your local community and unearth real opportunities that go overlooked by many including with local business owners, consulates, cultural institutions, Business Improvement Districts, Departments of Transportation, and beyond. You’ll hear from representatives from the Brooklyn Borough, The Flatiron BID, and the Consulate of the Netherlands, who all share tips to approach institutions and pitch yourself right. Bring your questions!


4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: SEO for Photographers: Tips to Conquer Google & Rank Higher [Register here]

We get it: Search Engine Optimization can seem complicated, and you probably want to throw in the towel before you even begin. But no fear! For those feeling lost, join us for an exclusive presentation by SEO guru and digital marketing master Jon Chang. Jon will break down easy tips and tricks to help you build your SEO and rank higher on major search engines. Learn SEO do’s and don’ts, ideas to make SEO part of your daily workflow, and more. Bring your questions for Jon!

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm: Bringing Creativity to Life: An Exclusive Conversation with Sarah Silver & Diego Marini [Register here]

As an established fashion, beauty, and movement photographer, Sarah Silver has worked directly with some of the world’s premiere brands including Vogue, Nike and L’Oreal. In this exclusive conversation, Sarah sits down with award-winning Creative Director Diego Marini to share a behind-the-scenes look at one of their most exciting collaborations: Pantone’s 2014 “Make it Brilliant” Campaign. Sarah and Diego will share an up close look inside the campaign’s creative process, lessons learned the hard way, plus tips for photographers looking to market themselves better and attract the clients they want.

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm: Portfolio Review Happy Hour [Register here]

Bring your portfolio, book or iPad, grab a beer, and get ready to get and give some unbiased feedback on your and your peers’ portfolios in this informal peer portfolio review event hosted by PhotoShelter. Think of it as a portfolio review without the pressure of being in front of a potential buyer – or like speed dating for photographers! You’ll give your feedback on a few portfolios, you’ll get some on yours, and we guarantee you’ll walk away with some new ideas – and feel good about helping out fellow photographers. What’s better than that? The event takes place in the Photoville Beer Garden – and the first drink is on us!

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