When Mesa photographers Nicholas Pappagallo Jr. and Cusi Taylor saw a need for an educational conference for local photographers they decided to create one. The two have organized Capture!PhotoCon, a new event coming to Phoenix March 23-26, that will give beginner to advanced level photographers the chance to work directly with area experts and get hands-on instruction on everything from studio lighting and copyright tips, to how to run a business.
The first-time conference will include four days of seminars and workshops on a variety of topics, group Photo Walks at popular locations throughout the city, a Vendor Expo, evening social mixers, networking and other activities.
“There are very few opportunities for local artists to fine-tune their craft without traveling out of state, and at large events you don’t get the chance to talk to instructors,” Pappagallo said. “Capture!PhotoCon will let attendees ask questions and get firsthand advice from leaders in the field right here in the Valley.”
The conference is being hosted at the Ability360 Center, 5025 E. Washington St., with a day of optional PreCon workshops on March 23 at nearby locations for a separate fee. Early registration for the conference is $299 through today, Feb. 15, $450 thereafter. For the complete conference schedule, times and locations and to register, visit www.capturephotocon.com. Space is limited.
Seminar and workshop topics include studio lighting, wildflower photography, shooting product, sports and nature subjects, how to create a successful photography business, social media imaging, wildlife and night photography, creating paintings from photos, image editing, working with models, copyright tips, among others.
Capture!PhotoCon will also offer group Photo Walks led by instructors throughout the event at popular Valley locations including Papago Park, Mill Avenue, Downtown Phoenix and a Lightrail Crawl that will allow attendees to take photos and socialize.
Sponsors for the event include The Photographers Adventure Club (PAC), a networking group and online community with over 35,000 members worldwide is based in Mesa, Tamron, Lumix, ThinkTank, Canon and the Photoshop Café. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Arizona Animal Welfare League, the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in Arizona.
Pappagallo, the founder of PAC, and Taylor, vice president of PAC, also co-own Parkwood Studio in Phoenix.
“Capture!PhotoCon is aimed directly at the interests of avid photographers striving to improve their skills, gain fresh perspectives or for those just wanting to learn ways to grow their small business from experts,” Taylor said. “We want this to be a truly unique and fun experience. From photographers just wanting to learn how to use their equipment properly, to inspiration on how to create new and different works of art, we’ll have something for everyone.”
PAC is a networking group and online community for photographers with more than 35,000 members worldwide and is based in Mesa. PAC was created to help photographers “Connect, Explore, Create and Improve” through interactive forums, classes, workshops, charity fundraising and other in-person events. For more information, visit www.PhotoAdvClub.com.