Photo schedule for the AAJA National Convention in Miami

Dear AAJA photographers/photo editors/photo students,

Here’s the updated photo schedule for the AAJA National Convention in Miami. Let me know if you are attending? Also let me know if you would like to participate in any of these panels?

AAJA announces the following professional photo development sessions at the AAJA National Convention in Miami August 1-4.

Late registration: www.aaja.org/programs/…

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 1

Photographers’ Room
1-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
• Voices Multimedia Student Photo Project Informal session held daily.
Multimedia photo editor: Laura Pohl, freelance photo editor.

• Photo ShootOut: “Miami Heat”
Those interested in competing for the annual Dith Pran Photo ShootOut Award and prizes are invited to meet to discuss the rules of the contest for this year’s theme, “Miami Heat.” Named in honor of the photojournalist who survived the Cambodian “Killing Fields,” the perpetual trophy will be presented at the Gala on Saturday night.
Moderator: Chris Viola, photographer, The Times-Union.

• Photo Silent Auction Meeting
Production meeting for photos to be included in the Silent Auction. Photographers will organize an exhibit of AAJA photographers around the country who have contributed their photographs to help raise money for Asian American college students. The photographs will be auctioned off during the Silent Auction on Saturday night. If you have a 11 x 14 for the Silent Auction, see previous email. If you have a photo already in frame or have a Photo Book you want to donate, please mail to:

Moderator: Corky Lee, freelance photographer in New York.

• Student Photo Critiques
Students are invited to bring their portfolios in for critiques in a casual atmosphere.
Moderator: Eugene Tanner, photo editor, The Orange County Register.

* Unity Meeting
Everyone talk about Unity in Chicago.
Moderator: Paul Sakuma, photographer, Associated Press

5-7 p.m. Hyatt Regency Miami – Student Night. Open to all students.

7-9 p.m. Opening Reception at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.

THURSDAY AUGUST 2

Multimedia for Photographers, Session I: Sights and Sounds
10:15-11:45 a.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Enhance your audio slideshows with our photo stories. Learn about equipment and software, interviewing and ambient recording, editing your audio smartly, and working with reporters on daily assignments.
Moderator: Dai Sugano, photographer/multimedia, San Jose Mercury News.
Presenters: Ben de la Cruz, video journalist, washingtonpost.com; Andrew DeVigal, multimedia editor, The New York Times

Multimedia for Photographers, Session II: Multimedia Journalism
1:45-3:15 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Learn about the multimedia used in the newsrooms of today and tomorrow, including using Flash, going beyond Soundslide, working with a variety of content providers, and shooting with concepts.
Moderator: Dai Sugano, photographer/multimedia, San Jose Mercury News.
Presenters: Ben de la Cruz, video journalist, washingtonpost.com; Andrew DeVigal, multimedia editor, The New York Times.

Introduction to Flash
1:45-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Hands-on training in Flash, a powerful tool in today’s multimedia industry. Learn the basic tools necessary to make simple slideshows and interactive presentations during this 180-minute session. Limited to 30 participants.
Coordinator & Presenter: Belinda Long, graphics reporter, South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Multimedia for Photographers, Session III: Video Storytelling
3:30-5 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Newspaper photographers will learn a variety of video storytelling styles including narrated, subject-driven, and reporter-as-analyst. Also learn how to shoot HD video for print and Web and use Final Cut Pro for stills and video.
Moderator: Dai Sugano, photographer/multimedia, San Jose Mercury News.
Presenters: Ben de la Cruz, video journalist, washingtonpost.com; Andrew DeVigal, multimedia editor, The New York Times.

7 p.m. – Versailles Restaurant
Private photo dinner at Cuban Restaurant.
RSVP to: fotoguyf16@mac.com
RSVP deadline: July 31
More details later.

FRIDAY AUGUST 3

Live Photo Critiques for Students
10:15-11:45 a.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Professional photographers and photo editors provide live critiques of students’ work. Students will talk about their work. A professional will share ideas for students getting into the profession. They will discuss how to strengthen a portfolio with tight editing of the best images, how to develop story ideas and talk about trends in current photojournalism. They will also address common mistakes in looking for your first job and what students can do to be best prepared for the ever-changing marketplace.
Moderator: Cheryl Diaz Meyer, photographer, The Dallas Morning News.
Presenter: Eugene Tanner, photo editor, The Orange County Register.

Michael Yamashita: A National Geographic Photography Special
2:15-3:45 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita discusses and shows photos of world explorer Zheng He, the Ming Dynasty naval commander who led seven epic voyages to more than 30 countries between 1405 and 1433 A.D.
Moderator: Stan Honda, photographer, Agence France Press.
Presenter: Michael Yamashita, photographer, National Geographic.

Overseas Photography
4-5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Everyone wants to cover the international story, but how do you do it? Veteran photographers will discuss how to travel, what equipment to take, how to live in less than ideal conditions, how to deal with languages and local customs, how to get the story — and then, how to get your pictures back to your newspaper/magazine/wire service if there’s no Starbucks nearby. Coordinator: Paul Sakuma, photographer, Associated Press.
Moderator: Stan Honda, photographer, Agence France Press.
Presenters: Laura Pohl, freelance photographer; Kuni Takahashi, staff photographer, Chicago Tribune; Michael Yamashita, photographer, National Geographic.

SATURDAY AUGUST 4

Student Photo Critiques
9:30-11 a.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Students are invited to bring their portfolios in for critiques in a casual atmosphere.
Moderator: Eugene Tanner, photo editor, The Orange County Register.

530 p.m., Hyatt Regency Miami
Silent Auction, Gala Banquet, Karaoke

To see the full convention schedule, go to www.aaja.org/programs/…

More info,
Paul Sakuma
AAJA Photo
psakuma@aol.com