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500,600 Series Community Events

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Wednesday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 601

Copyright: Know It or Blow It with Debra Weiss


Understanding how to put copyright to work for you is crucial to your success as photographer. Predatory image rights demands and widespread image theft can leave a photographer's business in jeopardy. Learn what you need to succeed. Knowledge is power.


Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 602

Iridescence - The Art of The Iris with Douglas Dubler

This lecture offers a detailed discussion and slide presentation of his recently published book on Irises and an in-depth technical and aesthetic background on his transition from an editorial beauty photographer to the world of macro flower photography.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 603

A Unique 50 year career of Capturing Beauty… from fashion to conceptual from beauty to Nudes with Robert Farber

©Robert Farber

The most rewarding way to appreciate Robert’s work, is to personally visit his studio and to hear the stories behind the images. In this presentation Robert will take you on a 5 minute video tour of his studio — an entertaining journey of the story behind some of his iconic images and how his career evolved From Fashion to Conceptual… from Nudes into Beauty… to Re-Imagined, Conceptual to Video Art. Now 50 years later this unusual career path has been the impetus to the launching of a unique online Mentorship and Coaching Center whose mission is to inspire and motivate serious photographic artists to reach their goals, both creatively and financially.

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 604

Photographing an Environmental Story with Peter Essick

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Peter Essick will share insights into 30 years of photographing natural areas, human altered landscapes, and ecological restoration. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Wednesday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 605

Photographic Seeing – Constructing and Deconstructing Images with J. Tomas Lopez

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This PowerPoint presentation uses photographs of the past to engineer and reverse engineer what makes them iconic and how to use that to make your images have more impact.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Thursday 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Community Event 607

Everyone’s a Photographer: How to Deal with It and What You Can Do About It with Debra Weiss

Anyone can take at least one good picture today and Instagram is living proof of that. Not only has it made everyone believe they’re a photographer it’s completely altered the way everyone from ad agency art directors to interior designers find talent. With 3.2 billion images and 720 thousand hours of video shared online daily, getting noticed seems like an impossible task. This program will help you to better understand how to cut through the clutter and put you on the path to achieving your goals.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 608

Portrait Sketching on the iPad with Jeremy Sutton

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See how Jeremy sketches a portrait from scratch using the Procreate app on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. Pick up artistic process and technical tips and insights along the way. Besides the artistry, enjoy the entertaining way that Jeremy paints live!

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 609

Water, Water Everywhere! with Craig Blacklock

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In puddles, streams, waterfalls, lakes, and oceans, water is a subject that nearly all of us are drawn to, but few have mastered. For 47 years, and most of his 19 books, Craig Blacklock has photographed the interface of land and water in wilderness areas. He has explored a myriad of ways to interpret his chosen subject matter, from large format color landscapes, to black and white nudes, to abstract reflections in both stills and video. Craig will cover the technical issues, particularly in selecting the shutter speed to control blur in moving water and show examples of his work in both stills and videos. While not required, this lecture is strongly recommended for anyone taking the Water, Water Everywhere! FOTOshoot.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 610

A Funny Thing Happened to My Camera with Dan Burkholder

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A Funny Thing Happened to My Camera with Dan Burkholder

Watch and listen as Dan outlines the way the iPhone has forever changed the photographic landscape. With its ease of use and powerful camera features, you’ll learn the latest and greatest ways to use your iPhone to create amazing photos during travel, family events, and personal projects.

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 611

The Emotional Landscape with Matt Stock

© Matt Stock

Nature and landscape photographers going back to the days of Ansel Adams have connected with the greater landscape in an emotional as well as an aesthetic manner. For Matt, photography becomes the medium for an emotional and spiritual connection to the landscape. Through the use of experimental contemporary photographic methods such as light painting as well as classic analog methods such as wet plate collodion, lumen prints, and cyanotypes, he connects with the land in a way that goes beyond the literal. In this talk, Matt will share this perspective and why he sees the South Florida landscape in particular as “more than just a swamp” and why he returns to the land time and again searching for a connection to the greater landscape. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Thursday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 612

Gartel: Digital Titan with Laurence Gartel

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This presentation is a survey of masterworks created over a 48-year career, along with a selection of book covers, magazine covers, articles around the world, a single Artist's pioneering effort promoting Digital Art as a force and aesthetic to reckon with. Now, four decades later, everything is digital. ABSOLUT GARTEL, Forbes, Grammy Awards, NBA Championship Finals, NASA, "Think different" ad for Apple Computer, First Electric Art Roadster launching Tesla for Elon Musk, are just some of the iconic images produced by Laurence Gartel. Witness some of his latest projects which he will bring with him for everyone to see. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday, February 2, 2024

Friday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 613

Identifying your practice: Are you an artist or photographer? with Daile Kaplan

From the outset of photography, pioneers sourced fine art to develop a photographic vocabulary. This presentation will reference artists who’ve crossed over from cinema, painting, and sculpture into photography, including Anna Atkins, Eduard Steichen, Man Ray, Constantin Brancusi, Barkley Hendricks, Arthur Jafa, and Jay di Feo. This fun presentation will offer new ideas about image-making.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 614

Intro to iPhone Photography with Dan Burkholder

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This class is perfect for image makers just entering the exciting world of iPhone photography.

In this class you’ll get a firm grip on which apps are best for shooting, editing, and stylizing your iPhone photos. But this class is more than a list of apps to purchase; you’ll learn iPhone/iPad techniques that will make your photos look the way you want — from straight to highly stylized — with no geeky jargon or hassle! You’ll leave this class with renewed excitement for your photography adventures! Join us for this workshop and leave with some time saving and creative solutions to work better in Lightroom.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 615

A Sixty-Year Long Journey in Photography with David Burnett

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Highly-acclaimed photojournalist at home and abroad, David Burnett is also known for being an entertaining yet thoughtful raconteur. His stories from a sixty-year long journey in photography offer a most unique perspective on major events he covered. He offers an intimate view on world leaders met along the way — United States Presidents and international figures. The co-founder of Contact Press Images talks about his passion for the medium and questions it faces today: transformation of the editorial landscape issues related to misinformation, and truthfulness. In addition, he will discuss his usage of a wide range of photographic formats along with insight into some of his iconic images and amusing moments.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 616

Everyone but David - ‘Contact’ Seen and Told by Robert Pledge

Robert Pledge who co-founded Contact Press Images in New York in 1976 with David Burnett, talks about the aspirations, achievements, and legacy of their almost half-century old ‘boutique agency’ through the powerful imagery of the other dozen photojournalists of nine different nationalities whose work collectively constitutes its permanent collection. Their remarkable combined photography depicts major events, issues, and faces that shaped the last forty years of the 20th century, from the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to the destruction of New York’s Twin Towers in 2001, with compelling incursions into the first two decades of the new millennium.

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 617

TRUTH - Tony Bannon in conversation with David Burnett and Robert Pledge

With the tradition of eloquence located in the privilege of the last word, Anthony Bannon will provoke discussion with Robert Pledge and David Burnett, co-founders of Contact Press Images, a benediction of sorts attentive to the pious claims of the press. Together they will wonder about the life span of Truth. 
Can truth live with family secrets? With a surprise party? With a camera? With the genocide just outside of town? With the press? With a business plan? With the last contempt of court, or of Congress? With the white lie? Does truth introduce beauty, or make us human? Dr. Bannon will encourage audience participation. 

Location: Library Auditorium

Friday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 618

Art is Good and Good for You with Brendan Bannon

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Art is good for your health. There has been much study on the relationship between art and health. Brendan Bannon’s global and local explorations have brought him into contact with health systems whether he is photographing for Doctors Without Borders or constructing collaborative community projects. Bannon will discuss projects he’s been part of that shape a response to trauma through the arts. From his early work with his mother who had Multiple Sclerosis to assignments with Doctors Without Borders to projects with HIV orphaned youth, refugees and combat veterans, and cancer survivors, Brendan's evolving work brings the transformational impact of art to communities near and far.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Saturday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Community Event 619

The Personal Project - From Part-time to Art Gallery with Mickey Strand

How to get your work from idea to the art gallery? “Practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” -Vince Lombardi. In this presentation, we will roadmap the Personal Project Path: 1. Define your project, its duration, and the end goals; 2. Growing your project, doors open & close every day, moving forward takes only one Yes; 3. Define the major players. You need connections for shooting, display, editing; 4. The finish line. This last step includes reviewing, editing, printing, mounting, and hanging the project for its final presentation.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Community Event 620

Abandoned Vehicles of the Everglades with Matt Stock

Vehicles representing every decade and wheel configuration since the motorized ‘horseless carriage’ was invented were driven and flown through one of the most important wetland ecosystems in North America and for a variety of reasons abandoned and forgotten. Through a series of painting with light photographs, this project, soon to be transformed into a book, is the story of those vehicles. In this community presentation, Matt will share adventures,images, and stories of his time exploring in the River of Grass .

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Community Event 621

Joyce Tenneson and the Heroine’s Journey with Joyce Tenneson

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An intimate journey with one of history's most influential female photographers. Join Joyce Tenneson as she shares her intimate journey towards personal fulfillment and self-actualization ~ what she describes as a necessary and essential “probing into her inner self” as well as a magical and inspiring exposure of her extensive and ever-evolving portfolio of work.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Community Event 622

Photography in transition: How museums and galleries are impacting the medium with Daile Kaplan

The new role of private museums. The strong appeal of emerging (vs. Historic) talents. The global reach of Larry Gagosian. The rise of contemporary art (vs. Classical Photo) galleries. This presentation will help you to understand new cultural trends and its effect on photography.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Community Event 623

Travel Photography Essentials with Ben Willmore

©Ben Willmore

Discover the secrets to taking stunning travel photos. Whether using a professional camera or just your smartphone, these tips and techniques will take your photography to the next level. Learn how to capture unique and authentic shots that will make your images stand out. See how to approach photographing locals with confidence and how to plan ahead for your travels. Led by Ben Willmore, who spent over a decade living on the road full-time, exploring all 50 states, over 85 countries, and has circumnavigated the globe by sea, this class will help change your mindset so you can produce memorable and compelling travel images.

Location: Library Auditorium

Saturday 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Community Event 624

Scott’s TOP TEN LIST of 2023 Big Headlines with Scott Mc Kiernan and Guests

Top Ten Headlines for 2023: Good, Bad and Ugly. In homage to David Letterman’s infamous TOP TEN LISTS, FOTOfusion brings you ours! Featuring the topics and trends of the last 12 months. The Taylor Year to ongoing terrible Tragedy in the Middle East and never-ending Russian invasion of Ukraine and human devastation. Rise and fall of bit-coiners and so much more. Bring your headlines and let's share our lists, the year that was: TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY-THREE: The Year of Swifties! Following the Top Ten List, 2023’s biggest news will be broken down. From it was covered, from the perspective of a professional photo-journalist in the field, to the newswire decisions, and how photo editors select what runs. Board discussion on how visual journalists cover this changing world, while trying to give a voice to those who live in the shadows and tell their stories with the dignity and respect they deserve. Come see Stories That Need to Be Told and Pictures That Need to Be Seen and Headlines to Remember!

Location: Library Auditorium


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