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CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS


SPEAKER SESSIONS

Some of the best photographers in the world will be present to share their knowledge and skills with you! Sessions include technical information as well as inspirational sessions to help get your creativity flowing as we tackle the topic of Photography: The Art & The Science! 

WORKSHOPS

Come a day early to enjoy a variety of workshops! Workshops include excursions to local photographic destinations and on campus, hands-on learning. These sessions are limited in size to ensure you get plenty of interaction with the subjects and workshop leaders!

TRADESHOW

See the latest and greatest that the photography industry has to offer at the Conference Tradeshow! Browse booths featuring photographic equipment, publications and more! 

TICKETS & RATES


Conference Tickets

Enjoy the conference speaker presentations and trade show! Member Tickets: $149 until March 10th and $169 at the door! Non-Member Tickets: $169 until March 10th and $189 at the Door! Students are just $75!

Workshop Tickets

Workshop Tickets are $79 and can only be purchased with a conference ticket. Already bought your conference ticket, and still need to add on a workshop? No problem! Email courtney@cocolunaevents.com.

Tradeshow

Enjoy the Trade Show at no charge! Our show is open to the public!

REGISTRATION


Conference Tickets


Click Here to Register for your Tickets Today!

Early Bird Rates Last until December 31st!

Registered for the Conference, but forgot to buy your Workshop tickets? Email courtney@cocolunaevents.com.

All ticket sales are non-refundable starting 30 days prior to the event. Admin fees will apply to cancellations 31 days or more prior to the event. 

SPEAKERS


Rick Sammon

Sponsored by Canon
Keynote Speaker, Workshop Leader, Presentation

Ron Wyatt

Workshop Leader, Presentations

Hanson Fong

Sponsored by Canon
Workshop Leader, Presentations

Ed Heaton

Sponsored by Tamron
Workshop Leader, Presentations

Maxis Gamez

Workshop Leader, Presentations

Alister Benn

Sponsored by Available Light Images, Ltd.
Presentation

Joe Brady

Sponsored by Sony
Presentations

Vincent Versace

Workshop Leader, Presentations
Sponsored by Nikon

Rob Knight

Workshop Leader, Presentations

Peggy Farren

Workshop Leader, Presentations

Mike Matthews

Presentations

Mike Corrado

Workshop Leader & Presentations
Sponsored by Nikon

Michael DeYoung

Presentations

Brett Wells

Sponsored by Sigma
Workshops & Presentations

Daniel Cox

Sponsored by Panasonic
Presentations

David FitzSimmons

Sponsored by Sigma
Workshops & Presentations

WORKSHOPS


Koreshan State Park Workshop

Led by Rick Sammon

Fort Myers River District Workshop

Led by Ron Wyatt

Little Estero Lagoon Workshop

Led by Maxis Gamez

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Workshop

Led by Mike Corrado 

Kowiachobee Preserve Workshop

Led by Vincent Versace 

Harns Marsh Preserve Workshop

Led by Ed Heaton

Using Flash for Portrait Photography

Led by Peggy Farren

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


Friday, March 10, 2017

6:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop Excursions

  • Harns Marsh with Ed Heaton (Departs at 6:00am)- This workshop will focus on creative image design and artistic balance/visual awareness. You will learn proper exposure and aperture practices along with correct tripod usage and lens selections. 
  • Little Estero Lagoon with Maxis Gamez (Departs at 6:00am)- Improve your bird photography by joining award winner Maxis Gamez. Learn what it takes for you to create award winning photographs. From the importance of manual exposure, subject approach, and isolation to how to set your camera and lens for birds in flight you will learn everything he has to offer! Bring your long lens, tripod. 
  • Fort Myers River District with Ron Wyatt (Departs at 7:30am)
  • Koreshan State Park with Rick Sammon (Departs at 7:45 am)- You will learn creative composition, exploring creative exposures, daylight fill-in flash and HDR. Folks should bring a tripod if they want to learn HDR and a speedlite if they want to matter daylight fill-in flash.
  • Shy Wolf Sanctuary with Mike Corrado  (Departs at 8:15am)- Learn patience with wildlife and researching your locations, lens selection and auto-focus techniques, composition and framing (teleconvertors and ways of getting closer), controlling white balance and color.  
  • Kowiachobee Preservewith Vincent Versace (Departs at 8:15am)

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Pre-Conference Workshop Morning Session: 

  • Using Flash for Portrait Photography: Learn to use your flash to create natural looking light when needed with Peggy Farren 

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Pre-Conference Workshops Afternoon Sessions:

  • An Approach to Planning, Capturing and Editing Landscape Photography - from Capture to Edit to Print with Joe Brady
  • Hanson’s Secret to Mastering Posing & Lighting from Hanson Fong 
  • Lightroom: Organize and Optimize with Rob Knight 
  • Marvelous Macro:A Hands-On Workshop with David FitzSimmons & Brett Wells 


2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Pre-Conference Workshops Afternoon Sessions:
  • From Oz To Kansas Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Know to Man with Vincent Versace 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address: Creative Visualization for Photographers

Rick Sammon

Canon Explorer of Light and award-winning photographer Rick Sammon loves his day job. A tireless, prolific and inspirational image-maker, Rick, called by some “The Godfather of Photography,” is one of the most active photographers on the planet – dividing his time between creating images, leading photo workshops, and making personal appearances. Rick’s enthusiasm for digital imaging is contagious. He is a man on a mission – a mission to make digital photography fun, creative, exciting and rewarding for others. 

Rick’s latest books are Creative Visualization for Photographers and Evolution of an Image.

While Rick describes himself as “evolving,” he hesitates to categorize his work. “I’m an A-to-Z type of photographer. I do it all – and I enjoy the freedom of not specializing.” 

With nearly 40 years of experience, this self-taught photographer has many accomplishments – and many more anticipated for the road ahead.  As Rick suggests, “When you are through changing, you are through.”

Visit with Rick at www.ricksammon.com.

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Presentations Session One

  • Great Landscape and Nature Image Enhancements with Lightroom by Joe Brady
  • Field Techniques for Every Bird Photographer by Maxis Gamez
  • Make the Most of Your Next Photo Workshop by Rob Knight 
  • Practical Travel Photography by Ron Wyatt
  • Small, Light and Mobile with Micro Four Thirds by Daniel Cox 
  • How to Extend the Dynamic Range of Focus and Time by Vincent Versace 
  • Macro Photography, the small but beautiful world by Mike Matthews 
  • Adventure Photography by Michael DeYoung 
  • Macro Photography with Brett Wells 

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentations Session Two

  • Creative Image Design and Capturing Light by Ed Heaton
  • Outdoor Portrait-How to Find or Create Perfect Lighting, Anytime, Any Place by Hanson Fong 
  • Printing Mini Master Class and Introduction to the New Epson Epson Print Layout by Vincent Versace 
  • Creative In-Camera Techniques - You Don’t Always Need Photoshop by Peggy Farren 
  • IMPACT. ENERGY. EMOTION. THE POWER OF PERSONAL PROJECTS. DRUMMERLOVE by Mike Carrado 
  • Weather and Light for Outdoor Photographers by Michael DeYoung 
  • Curious Critters: From Portraits to Picture Book with Dave FitzSimmons 

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Presentations Session Three

  • From Major League to the Olympic Games: Ron Wyatt's Journey through the World of Sports Photography
  • Macro Photography, The Small but Beautiful World with Mike Matthews
  • Make the Most of Your Next Photo Workshop by Rob Knight  
  • Master Landscape and Seascape Photography by Rick Sammon 
  • Click! Time to Look Good! by Hanson Fong 
  • Small, Light and Mobile with Micro Four Thirds by Daniel Cox 
  • Creative In-Camera Techniques - You Don’t Always Need Photoshop from Peggy Farren 
  • Adventure Photography by Michael DeYoung 
  • Macro Photography with Brett Wells 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

8:30 AM - 9:45 PM

Presentations Session Four

  • How to Get Motivated and Stay Inspired by Rick Sammon
  • Beyond Lightroom and Into Photoshop - Amazing Step-by-StepImage Transformations to Take Your Photos from Good to Great by Joe Brady
  • Cuba: Turning the Last Page of 1962 by Vincent Versace
  • Creative Image Design and Capturing Light by Ed Heaton
  • Creative In-Camera Techniques - You Don’t Always Need Photoshop by Peggy Farren 
  • Weather and Light for Outdoor Photographers by Michael DeYoung 
  • Wild, Wonderful Waterfalls with Dave FitzSimmons 

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Presentations Session Five

  • Birds in Flight Photography - My Secrets by Maxis Gamez
  • Psychology of Visual Design - More Than Just Curves and Lines by Alister Benn
  • Program Title: Glamour Photography by Hanson Fong
  • Make the Most of Your Next Photo Workshop with Rob Knight 
  • How to Extend the Dynamic Range of Focus and Time by Vincent Versace 
  • Creative In-Camera Techniques - You Don’t Always Need Photoshop by Peggy Farren 
  • IMPACT. ENERGY. EMOTION. Focus On Flight – Photographing Birds In Your Own Backyard by Mike Corrado 


CONFERENCE SPONSORS


Bronze Sponsor

The World's Most Awarded Photographic Lens Line

Speaker Sponsor

Manufacturer of 35mm, APS, point-and-shoot, and digital cameras, lenses, and accessories.

Speaker Sponsor

The Power of Imaging

Speaker Sponsor

Featuring small group-size photography tours and workshops to the far northwest of Scotland.

Speaker Sponsor

Largest Digital Video and Photography Dealer in New England.

Speaker Sponsor

At The Heart of The Image

ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES


Media Kit

Promote your business at the conference! FCCC offers a variety of options to get your name seen by our attendees. 

  • Sponsorship
  • Advertising
  • Trade Show Booths
  • Door Prize Contributions

Email Us for more information!

REGISTRATION


Conference Tickets

Click Here to Register for your Tickets Today!

Early Bird Rates Last until December 31st!

Registered for the Conference, but forgot to buy your Workshop tickets? Email courtney@cocolunaevents.com.

All ticket sales are non-refundable starting 30 days prior to the event. Admin fees will apply to cancellations 31 days or more prior to the event. 

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