An Astronaut, Mark Seliger’s Music and Rick Smolan’s Trek: PhotoPlus Expo’s Keynote Speakers Announced

@ Donald Pettit

@ Donald Pettit

Ever wanted to ask a question of an astronaut, hear how Mark Seliger captures portraits of musicians or know what happens on a National Geographic assignment? You’ll have your chance at the keynote presentations
at PhotoPlus Expo. The conference and trade show takes place October 23 through 26 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New  York City. Each of the keynotes is free to attendees who register for one of the conference passes at PhotoPlus Expo.

Our space enthusiast friends (including some PDN staffers) are particularly excited to get seats for Dr. Donald Pettit’s presentation, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Photography in Space,” on October 24, from 12pm to 1pm. He will share images shot from the cupola of a spacecraft, and explain the techniques used to capture images from this unique perspective.

Mark Seliger, who has shot over 100 Rolling Stone covers, will be discussing the evolution of his portrait and fashion photography, and his own journey as a musician, on October 25, from 12pm to 1pm.

Rick Smolan, the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series, was assigned by National Geographic to document a young Australian woman’s 1,700 mile trek across Australia’s Gibson desert accompanied only by some camels and a dog. The story became the book, Alice to Ocean, which is now being made into a motion picture by the producers who made “The King’s Speech.” In his presentation on October 26 from 12pm to 1pm, Smolan will present never-before-seen images from the project and clips from the film.

The keynotes are just one portion of the educational program at the PhotoPlus Expo conference. There are seminars covering lighting techniques, marketing and social media, mastering video, creating compelling portraits, “How to Create Advertising That Doesn’t Look like Advertising,” “The Art of Video Storytelling,” “Understanding Your Smartphone,” “Today’s Changing Marketplace for Your Photographs,” “How to Navigate the World of Fashion Photography,” tips and trends. Speakers include Zack Arias, Olivia Bee, Jeremy Cowart, Joe McNally, Art Streiber, Jody Quon, Gregory Heisler, Bob Davis, Douglas Kirkland, James Estrin, Guy Aroch, Cliff Mautner, Corey Rich, Ed Kashi, Ron Haviv, Tyler Stableford, Brian Storm, Mary Virginia Swanson, Gail Mooney,

Lou Jones, Zack Arias, and Alex Buono.

For more information or for frequent updates, visit the PhotoPlus Expo website, become a fan on Facebook or follow on Twitter.

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By the way, in addition to hosting (and moderating) seminars at the conference, PDN will be exhibiting at PhotoPlus Expo. Please stop by and say hi.

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