Conference Schedule

Photos by Courtney Perry

Friday, October 28th

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Drinks and Appetizers in the CoOp Studio

7:30 pm – ??? – Print Swap in the CoOp Studio


Saturday, October 29th

8:30 am – 11:30 am – Coffee and bagels in the CoOp Studio

9:30 am – 11:00 am – Portfolio reviews with Deb Pastner, Regina McCombs, Jeff Harrington, and Jenni Pinkley in the CoOp Studio

9:30 am – 11:00 am – Advanced Sound Recording with Luke Harper in the Lighting Studio
Learn to capture better sound in the field by understanding the tools, and the challenges faced in everyday recording environments. The course will cover the proper methods for recording in the field, and best practices in post production.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – Intro to Multimedia for Still Shooters with Renee Jones Schneider in the CoOp Studio
Multimedia for the still shooter will focus on how best to combine still photography and video out in the field as well how to make the editing process easier. We can discuss some solutions I’ve found to common frustrations and problems we face as we are asked to do both video and stills.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm – On Location Lighting with Carlos Gonzalez in the Lighting Studio
Carlos will discuss some basic lighting techniques and the gear he uses to create his signature portraits. Learn some simple ways to improve your portraits by using natural light and some basic equipment.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Lunch provided by MPR News in the CoOp Studio

2:00 pm – 3:25 pm – Book Publishing with Angela Jimenez and Jenny Larson in the CoOp Studio
Angela Jimenez and Jennifer Larson will each discuss their process of publishing a book. They will talk about their projects and about planning, funding, designing, and producing a photo book. Discussion will include use of Kickstarter and Amazon’s Create Space.

2:00 pm – 3:25 pm – Advanced Multimedia Storytelling with Jason Greene in the Lighting Studio
Come learn advanced multimedia storytelling techniques from the 2016 Visual MN Annual Conference keynote speaker, Jason Greene. Jason will be discussing his approach to both short and long form storytelling techniques, advanced editing, and finding your voice as a visual storyteller. He’ll be showing examples from projects he’s worked on and his thought process while making decisions on things such as story pacing and choosing perspectives that are best for the viewer to understand the story. This will be a hands on workshop and basic to intermedia multimedia abilities are required.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Personal Projects with Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber with moderator Hannah Foslien in the CoOp Studio
Richard and Hannah have undertaken personal projects over the years. Richard will be discussing his long-term documentary called “Healing the Broken Hoop” which deals with the resurgence of traditional Lakota culture to combat the negative influences of poverty, depression, and spiritual dearth on the Pine Ridge Reservation. From the beginning of Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber’s careers, have been fiercely dedicated to doing personal work – long term projects that interest both of them. They will talk about creating personal work, funding that work and how they have created a career from those projects. Hannah Foslien is a freelance photographer who’s personal projects include “Minnesota Winter Survival Kit” and “Tool of the Trade”.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Drinks and Appetizers in the Gallery Space

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Keynote speaker Jason Greene in the CoOp Studio
Jason Greene is an award-winning cinematographer and filmmaker. Jason will be talking about his role as director of photography at Blue Chalk Media, being on the board of Taking Focus and his recently completed a documentary entitled 55 Days.

There will be raffle drawings throughout both days. Must be present to win.

*All times and speakers are subject to change

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