Understand, control and create powerful images by using the main tool in photography: light. This workshop is taught by Bill Skinner of ProCam who has over 30 years of experience photographing weddings and portraits. This hands-on workshop is designed to hone the photography skills you need to create the images and portraits that both you and your subjects can be proud of viewing. Whether getting back to the basics or looking to increase your current skill level to a higher and more professional result, Bill will provide a hands on demonstration to enhance your comfort level with off camera lighting. Bill takes his thirty plus years of experience and provides a presentation full of technical information balanced with artistry, real world experience and humor. In this workshop, Bill will cover how to apply light to your subject and how to record the light needed to create images with emotional impact. Light is one of the key aspects of photography.
Have you ever wished you could create dynamic sports portraits like the ones you see in magazines? Do you wonder how to set up your lighting to maximize the impact of your sports images? Learn how to create killer sports images from start to finish.
In this workshop, we will cover the following topics: 1) how to design a sport session based on the sport you are photographing; 2) how to pose athletes to achieve dynamic images; 3) lighting set ups and ideal ratios to achieve edgier results; 4) editing methods and tips.
Up and coming photographic artist Sabina Cavalli has made a splash on her local community with her stunning signature “sportraits” - portraits of athletes in action, showcasing their best form through the use of state-of-art lighting techniques and posing. Sabina Cavalli is a PPA Master of Photography and CPP liaison for the State of Illinois. Her accolades include 2016 SYNC Photographer of the Year, 2015 IPC Bronze Medalist, 2015 Top 10 imager of North Central District, 2015 APPI Top 10 Illinois Photographer, 2015 SYNC Breakout Photographer of the Year, 2014 PPA-COS Grand Winner, 2015 Grand Imaging Award Finalist.
Jason Higdon, M. Photo., Cr. Photog., will demonstrate how he and his wife have dominated their market by using the power of Photoshop to enhance and create images that make a huge BUZZ in their community. He will cover his basic color balancing and re-touching to extractions and composites. Teaching you not only how to make outstanding images but also how to work efficiently and show Photoshop who’s Boss! This course will be beneficial to anyone from beginners to advanced.
Jason Higdon, M. Photog., Cr. Photog., co-owns Captured Moments Photography Studio in Owensboro, KY with his wife, Kate.
Jason has received numerous awards including:
2016 Grand Imaging Award, Second Place
2016 Imaging Excellence Award
2016 IPC Diamond Photographer of the Year (PO)
2016 IPC Gold Photographer of the Year (MA)
2015 PPA National Award recipient
2013 Photo Pro Network Photographer of the Year
Children Portrait Specialist
Open Portrait Specialist
Best of Show
Best Children Portrait
Best Open Portrait
2013 IPC Platinum Photographer of the Year,
2010-2012 IPC Medalist
Kodak Gallery Awards, several years
Fuji Masterpiece Awards, several years
Jason has numerous images published in several PPA International Loan Collection books and Professional Photographers of America Magazine. Jason is a member of Professional Photographers of America, American Society of Photographers and National Association of Photoshop Professionals and serves on the Board of Directors for PhotoPro Network. He is also a national speaker on topics such as photography lighting and Photoshop.
Bert and Cindy Behnke have spent their entire careers in the photography business. Cindy began her career in high school working for a local studio as a receptionist/retoucher before moving into the camera room and running her own studio. Bert literally grew up in the business, the son of a photographer and salesperson in the family studio. In 1985, Bert purchased the family studio near Chicago while Cindy opened her own studio in southern Illinois in 1987. Fate intervened in 1990 when they joined forces as co-owners of their studio in Frankfort, Illinois, near Chicago. Ten years later they built their dream home/studio and continued to strive to create the perfect portrait for their clients.
Today, they have created a business that stresses extreme quality in both product and service. They like to call it the "Behnke Experience". In the current climate of fast and cheap, the Behnkes have chosen to go with quality and client satisfaction, to take the high road so to speak. They have elected to never sacrifice what they do for their clients for a lesser product. They have chosen to guarantee the "perfect portrait" to their family clients. Now, don't confuse the "perfect portrait" with the one that scores 100 in competition or sells for $50,000. Rather, Bert and Cindy strive to create and experience that is "perfect" for each of their clients.
This program, In Search of the Perfect Portrait, is about how they have created a legacy studio, one that serves their clients at the important times in their lives. Whether a family portrait, a maternity portrait or the wedding day, they want to be "the" family photographer for their clients. They want to be a part of their clients life and family history. For those of you new to photography, they will stress what an important role you play in the families you photograph, from their newborn photography to their senior portraits and beyond.
The program, specially designed for VPPA, will start with how they have set up their business to best work for their clientele. It continues with Bert discussing and demonstrating his style of family portraiture, next Cindy demonstrates the all-important sales session and finally, Bert gives a few ideas on bringing in new business while Cindy goes into a live photo session doing her special style of maternity portraiture, one of the newest lines at the studio . It's all part of the "Behnke Experience". If you're not reaching your sales potential or creative level, this is a must see program. Bert and Cindy will cover posing, lighting, a little marketing and scheduling in this program. And bring your questions, their decades of experience will all be available to you, take advantage of it.
Bert Behnke owns Behnke Fine Portraiture, a studio established in 1956 by Bert’s parents, along with his wife Cindy. He has won numerous awards in salon print competitions as well as serving his professional associations. Bert has taught or lectured on photography all across the USA and North America as well as in Europe, South America and Asia.
Bert is a past president of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois (APPI), the Frankfort (IL) Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Past President of the World Council of Professional Photographers (WCPP). He was also the founder of PPA Charities and is currently its Executive Director.
Awards & Honors
Bert has been awarded the Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman and Honorary Master of Photography degrees from PPA. He has also been awarded the National Award from his state affiliate, the International Award from PPA, the PPA Charities Legacy Award and over 500 PPA merits. In 2000, he was honored as Portrait Photographer of the Year from the International Photographic Council, a non-profit branch of the United Nations. He is a PPA Affiliated Judge and an Honorary Fellow of APP of Illinois.
Most recently, Bert has been one of the 35 mentors for the popular AfterDark series of hands on training conferences held throughout the United States as well as Sandy Puc's Hands-On Tours.