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Portland Film Festival
The Storyteller's Festival & Conference

Portland Film Festival

When: August 26 - September 1, 2014

The Portland Film Festival is the biggest and most outgoing summer movie smorgasbord in the Northwest. This year, we have over 154 hours of films, workshops, networking opportunities, parties, talks, classes, behind-the-scene tours and more. Plus three nights of free movies and live music in Wallace Park, Waterfront Park with tasty drinks, specialty food, and all kinds of bands.

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Workshop - Exploring Depth of Field, Exposure, & Composition

Workshop - Exploring Depth of Field, Exposure, and Composition

When: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Where: Pro Photo Supply Event Center - 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: $159, Registration Required

Exposure: What is it? How do I control it?

Depth of Field: Why are my images under- or over-exposed? How do I know if my exposure is right and how do I correct it?

Composition: What makes a good composition? What should I look for?

This workshop will focus on the three main elements of photography. It is intended for all skill levels with an emphasis on the beginner and intermediate photographer. We will start the workshop in the classroom where we will present detailed information on the workshop materials. We will then break for lunch and head out into the field for hands-on shooting, help and instruction.

Attendees will be responsible for their own meals and transportation.

    Recommended Equipment:
  • Camera with Manual Controls
  • Tripod
  • Lenses varying from wide to medium focal length
  • Rain gera for you and your camera (Just in case)
  • Camera Manual (Optional)

Instructors: Gregg Kerber and Craig Clark

DSLR Oregon Coast Day Trip • 1 Day Hands On Workshop

Northwest Photo School - NW Photo School

When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Time: 8:30am -5:00pm
Where: Oregon Coast: Garibaldi to Cannon Beach
Cost: $199 Per Session

This all day hands-on photo workshop with professional shooter Pete Stone, is perfect for all levels of DSLR photographers who want to improve their photo skills. We will help you learn the basic principals of composition, shutter speed & aperture control, available light shooting techniques, time exposure, and have a great time exploring the Oregon Coast!

We will begin in the small fishing village of Garibaldi, shooting it's fishing boats, it's docks and piers, it's old train station with historic steam engine, it's relic smokestack, it's crab pots, and more. We then take a short journey north to photograph the Three Graces, a collection of rock islands right next to the highway just inside the entrance to Tillamook Bay. After parking along the side of the highway, we can take an easy walk down to the tidepools and rocks surrounding them, capturing images of both the sea life at the water's edge, as well as the rocky spires against the morning sky.

From there, we travel up the scenic coast through the towns of Rockaway Beach, Wheeler, and Nehalem to the beachside village of Manzanita for lunch.

From there, we follow the coastal highway up the west side of Neahkahnie Mountain and stop at the roadside overlook for another photo opportunity, a spectacular view of the Oregon Coast from hundreds of feet above the sea.

We continue on to Oswald West State Park, and take a short hike ( 0.3 mile ) through the old growth forest down to the popular surfing spot known as Short Sands Beach. We'll spend time photographing the piles of bleached driftwood, the surfers ( if present ) the rocky shoreline, as well as take a walk along the sandy beach to the north to shoot Blumenthal Falls crashing into the rocks below. On our trip back to the parking lot, we'll have a chance to shoot the tall trees, the small wooden bridge across the creek, and whatever else visually excites us.

Continuing north, we pass the small village of Arch Cape, and stop at Hug Point Recreation Site. A short stroll down to the beach, and we are soon exploring it's dramatic cliffs and soft sands, and walking along the primitive road carved into the rocky headland before the 1920's. If the tide permits, we'll make our way around the point to the beach beyond, with it's spectacular waterfall & caves for more shooting. Our last scheduled photo stop is just north from here, up the road to Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site, where dramatic rocky spires jut out of the water's edge. It's a perfect spot for a dramatic sunset ( weather permitting ) or a series of time exposures captured against a stormy sky.

Cannon Beach is just a short drive north, for an evening drink or dinner to round out a successful day of shooting along the North Oregon Coast, before heading back to Portland.

Workshop Instructor: Pete Stone

Provided By: NW Photo School

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Canon in Action Tour!

Canon in Action Tour

When: September 13 & 14, 2014
Where: TBD
Ticketing Options:

  • Seminar: Saturday, September 13- $99
  • Speedlite Workshop: Sunday, September 14 - $299
  • DSLR Video Workshop: Sunday September 14 - $299

Bundle Options:
  • Saturday Seminar & Sunday Speedlite Combo - $349
  • Saturday Seminar & Sunday DSLR Video Combo - $349

Early Bird Registration Discount Use CIAPROPH20 to get $20 OFF!

Imaging Essentional Seminar 10:00am - 6:00pm - $99

In-depth Photography Instruction:Learn how to take photos like a pro! Topics include understanding light, exposure control, camera settings, lens choices, composition, adding HD video, and utilizing Speedlites

Speedlite Intensive Workshop 10:00am - 6:00pm - $299

Learn by Doing: Featuring live shooting with professional models, this in-depth Speedlite mastery program helps teach you comprehensive lighting techniques and allows you to build your portfolio.

DSLR Video Workshop 10:00am - 6:00pm - $299

Designed and taught by Amina Moreau of Stillmotion, this inspiring and informative class teaches camera movement, audio, lighting, and more using hands-on assignments, peer collaboration, and immediate feedback.


Intro to Off-Camera Speedlight Photography
with Westcott & Brandon Heiss

Off-Camera Speedlight Photography

When: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Pro Photo Supply Event Center - 1801 NW Northrup Street, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: $15, Registration Required

This seminar will demonstrate how easy it can be to use portable speedlites both in the studio and outdoors. Don’t let theses lights intimidate you, as they can be amazing tools and chances are that you probably own at least one speedlite already! If the weather permits, we can travel outside to show just how portable these lights can be, and take some “on location” images. Bring your camera and speedlites to try out some of these fantastic tools of the trade.

For this presentation, Brandon will be using portable speedlites, along with a variety of light modifiers to enhance your images that will help your photography immediately. Let us show you how easy off camera flash photography can be and the beautiful results you can achieve by adding these light shaping tools to you speedlites.

Brandon is the Marketing, Education, and Top Pro Coordinator at F.J. Westcott, focusing on educating photographers who are new to the industry, or new to the world of lighting. Prior to joining Westcott, he taught photography for five years in higher education, and worked as a freelance photographer at Bowling Green State University.

Call of the Wild - A Benefit for Oregon Wild

Oregon Wild Outdoor Photo Contest

When: October 17, 2014
Where: Leftbank Annex - 101 north weidler street portland, or 97227

Join us as we announce the winners and celebrate Oregon Wild's 40th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, while building support for protecting Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters for years to come!

Outdoor Photo Contest: Submit your photos by September 19! Submit Photos

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How to Wow Tour with Jerry Ghionis

How to Wow

When: October 22, 2014

  • The Full Experience $295: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Daytime Workshop $219: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Evening Seminar $79: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Where: TBD
Coupon: Save $10 by using discount code: HTWPROPS

Jerry Ghionis' How to Wow Tour teaches posing, lighting, location selection, exposure, and expression for bridal, fashion, boudoir and portrait photography. Known as the “MacGyver” of photography, Jerry will show the audience how to create dramatic “wow” images in any situation. He will challenge himself and the audience to create a variety of photographic looks. He will explain in real time exactly what he does to problem-solve and the steps he takes to produce a “wow” shot.

He will share countless on-the-job examples of how to evoke emotions in challenging clients, how to find light that compliments the subject, and how to be more creative. He will then put all of that into practice in the classroom as he involves professional models and members of the audience to create an interactive photography educational experience like no other.


An evening with Photographer Geoffrey Hiller:
Gallery Show & Book Signing

Geoffrey Hiller

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Pro Photo Supply - 1112 NW 19th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: Free

Join Pro Photo Supply as we spend an evening with Documentary Photographer, Geoffrey Hiller as he unveils his book, Daybreak in Mayanmar with an evening talk and wide format gallery show of his work. Book signing will follow lecture.

Myanmar in Southeast Asia is one of the least known places in the world, due to the military dictatorship that has isolated the country for the past sixty years. Now that the government is making the transition to democracy, the veil is slowly lifting, as are travel and economic sanctions. In Daybreak in Myanmar these images of a place once frozen in time are unique and timely.

Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has been documenting the people of Burma since 1987 and has returned several times since the historic opening in 2011 to capture evidence of change, not only images of rallies for Aung San Suu Kyi, but the anticipation, hope and concerns of a nation forgotten by the world. Following his award-winning web documentary from 2000, Burma: Grace Under Pressure, Hiller is publishing this selection of 170 color photographs. They are accompanied by interviews with British journalist Francis Wade, who spoke with several prominent Burmese: political dissident Dr. Ma Thida, historian Dr. Thant Myint U, activist monk U Gambira, author Pascal Khoo Thwe, blogger Nay Phone Latt, and memoirist Ma Thanegi. Their words add depth to the images, covering topics such as native spirits and Buddhism, being arrested for blogging, and growing up in an ethnic village on the border.

Geoffrey Hiller’s work has been published in magazines in the USA, Europe, and Japan including Geo, Newsweek, Mother Jones and the New York Times Magazine. His award-winning multimedia projects about Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Burma, and Brazil have earned recognition from National Public Radio, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today. Hiller was a Fulbright Fellow in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008–2009. Since then he has worked as a media trainer in India, Cambodia and Pakistan. Hiller is the creator and editor of Verve Photo: The New Breed of Documentary Photographer. His home is in Portland, Oregon. Visit his website at

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