Adorama’s New INSPIRE Event Series To Celebrate Storytelling Community

Adorama has announced Adorama INSPIRE, a brand new, weeklong event filled with designed-to-share experiences for visual storytellers. Adorama INSPIRE will take place June 25th through July 1st in and around New York City and features some of the creative community’s most heralded innovators, influencers and game-changers including Tamara Lackey, Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Tracie Maglosky and more.
“Blending the educational benefits of a conference with the community engagement of a festival, Adorama INSPIRE offers the best of both worlds, giving artists a platform in which they can learn new techniques, share their experiences, and connect with the community,” says Lev Peker, chief marketing officer, Adorama. “The incredible program lineup features extraordinary talent, comprehensive workshops and exciting events, culminating in an expo where attendees can interact with industry-leading brands like Canon, DJI, Intel, Nikon and Sony. The event will explore all genres of still and motion storytelling, engaging all skill levels and styles.”

The weeklong conference-festival hybrid event, which pays homage to cinematography, photography, music making, and social influence, offers specially curated workshops focused on improving technical expertise, important industry discussions and artist-infused experiences such photo walks, flying drones, and community art galleries, many of which will be free to attend.

Fine Tune Your Craft
Spearheaded by some of the industry’s most influential artists and storytellers, Adorama INSPIRE attendees will have more than 30 technique-focused workshops to choose from. Designed for all skill levels, topics include aerial photo and video, studio lighting, astrophotography, portrait photography, travel and wedding photography, video production, livestreaming, social video, and more.

“No matter your niche, from fashion photography to vlogging, audio mixing to pro lighting, there is a place for you at INSPIRE,” says Danielle Lawler, senior manager, partnerships & events at Adorama. Everyday we will have a variety of workshops and panels led by engaging and knowledgeable speakers and moderators available to all attendees.”

Registration Officially Open for Select Adorama INSPIRE Events
Throughout the week, Adorama will offer a variety of experiential events, workshops and panel discussions for attendees looking to improve their photography and video skills, whether they’re aspiring professionals or hobbyists simply looking to improve their picture-taking abilities. Registration has officially opened for select events; stay tuned as more are announced. Events are RSVP-only and most are free to attend.

Monday, June 25
Maternity Photography with Tracie Maglosky, 2 P.M.: Shoot alongside Olympus Visionary, Tracie Maglosky, as we explore lighting, posing and styling your maternity sessions. In this workshop, attendees will photograph a live model and are sure to leave confident in maternity posing flow and lighting.

Finding Your Street Photography Voice, 4 P.M.: Featuring a visual presentation by key Street Dreams Magazine photographers who will discuss their personal styles and how to find your voice as a street photographer.

Art of Visuals Presents: Be Visually Inspired, 6:30 P.M.: Prince McClinton, founder of Art of Visuals, one of the world’s largest creative communities inspiring over 1 million people daily, sits down with amazing artists and creators to discuss photography, video, travel, and the business of content creation. Join us live in NYC or online via Instagram live with @adorama and @artofvisuals.

Sunset Photography with Rick Sammon, 6:30 P.M:er. Join pro photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon at Brooklyn Bridge Park to capture the lights and color of New York City from a unique vantage point. Learn composition, exposure and how to use slow shutter speeds to remove some of the reality from a scene.

Tuesday, June 26
Rock and Roll Portrait Lighting Workshop with David Bergman, 1 P.M :w. Canon Explorer of Light David Bergman will show attendees how to produce a high energy music portrait from start to finish. During this live shoot with a real musician, David will take folks through his process of working with subjects, camera settings, and lighting using small flashes for easy travel and setup. The skills learned will translate into any kind of portrait photography.

Planning & Executing a Fashion Editorial with Emily Soto, 4 P.M. Emily Soto, whose bold yet playful images appear on magazine covers, in editorial spreads and campaigns for national clients, will instruct attendees on how to plan and execute a fashion editorial. In this workshop, she’ll go over concept development, keys to following a mood board, casting, lighting and equipment, scouting and final images.

Night Sky On-location, 7:30 P.M. Join photographer Stan Honda for a night sky shooting session in Central Park. You’ll learn the basics of photographing celestial objects with a digital camera and ordinary lenses. Participants will have views of the NYC skyline as well as the open sky above as darkness falls. Learn composition, focusing, reading the histogram, using the right lens and what to look for in the night sky.

Wednesday, June 27
Stylized Children’s Portraits with Tamara Lackey, 10 A.M. Join Nikon Ambassador and Profoto Legend of Light Tamara Lackey as she shoots stylized portraits of children, walking through lighting, posing, composition and expression as she goes. She will also share her gear choices, multiple lens selections, and various lighting scenarios throughout the portrait sessions.

Thursday, June 28
Manhattan Skyline at Night, 6 P.M. Join photojournalist and Lumix Global Ambassador Kevin Gilbert and friends to shoot a different view of the Big Apple. After a group ferry ride to a special location in Hoboken, the group will meet up with models/athletes to do some creative portraiture set against the backdrop of the city. As the sun goes down and maybe a thunderstorm rolls through, we will get creative and shoot long lenses and long exposures, lining up the Statue of Liberty with other magnificent NYC buildings.

Connect With The Community
Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore and voice their opinions in important industry-specific panel discussions. Topic-driven community talks include a State of the Industry panel moderated by Adorama CEO Barry Litwin and an exclusive Q&A with AdoramaTV stars Mark Wallace, Gavin Hoey, Tamara Lackey and David Bergman.

Get Up To Speed On The Latest Gear
Adorama’s strength comes from building meaningful partnerships with some of the world’s most respected brands. Held on Friday, June 29th and Sunday, July 1st at the Metropolitan Pavilion, the Adorama INSPIRE Expo brings these brands together for attendees to experience the very latest in photo, video, audio, smart home and more all in one place, at the center of Manhattan. Registration to open soon.

“Adorama INSPIRE shines a light on those looking to break through in their respective fields by having professionals at the top of their game share insights with fellow colleagues,” says Peker. “Our hope is that everyone, whether an attendee, host, panelist or brand partner, will leave our event feeling not only inspired but enabled to go far above and beyond their wildest dreams.”

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