Here's what makes this conference different

We wanted to reinvent how conferences are done, so here's a look at some of what makes this event truly unique (it's more than just the classes on maximizing your G+ experience and photography training). It is kind of a long list, but don't cha think it should be? ;-)


Live Studio Shoots
Throughout the conference we have a Live Shooting Lounge (sponsored by the folks at FJ Westcott lightning, who graciously provided us with the lighting), where you'll be in a small group, learning from an instructor, and then you'll actually get to do some shooting yourself. We'll have product photography shoots, fashion shoots, compositing shoots, and more.

Location Shoots
Each day, we go on location to see how to set up and produce a location shoot, with (in many cases) shooting opportunities for you as well. We'll be using hot shoe off camera flashes, as well as studio location gear. We have some really cool shoots planned for you, so make sure you bring your camera.

Photo Walks Kick It All Off
Want a great way to make new friends before the conference officially kicks off on the 22nd? Then join us the day before (the 21st) at 3:00 pm at one of our 10 Photo Walks, held in great shooting locations throughout San Francisco. You'll spend two hours walking, shooting, talking, and meeting other photographers in this totally social photography event. After the walk, we meet at a local restaurant where we share stories, images, ideas, and yummy food.

Gallery Reception
The conference kicks off the night before at a local gallery where we'll be displaying the selected work of conference attendees as prints (after you sign up for the conference, we'll send you a link where you can submit images for consideration for the gallery showing. A panel of judges will choose the images to be printed and displayed that evening). Lots of time to mingle, enjoy some wine and cheese, and experience some wonderful photography from our conference attendees.

Intimate Talks Track
Also running at various times throughout the conference is our Intimate Talks tracks. Held in the Center's cozy Screening Room, you'll get a chance see some fantastic presentations in a comfy, informal atmosphere, including topics like "The future of photography book publishing" to "Hard Earned Tips for Sports Photography" among others. (Limited seating is filled on a first-come basis).

An Opening Keynote from Google themselves
There's no better way to kick off the conference than with a keynote presentation from the people that make Google+ happen, Google themselves. We have a very special presentation (we don't want to spill the beans quite yet), but it's the perfect way to kick off a G+ learning love fest, so you absolutely don't want to miss it!

The Google Lounge
The Grand Lobby will definitely be "the hangout" during the conference as Google has transformed it into the "Google Lounge" featuring high speed wireless, and work spaces for you to meet, mingle and share your G+ Photographer's Conference experience.

One-on-One Portfolio Reviews
Imagine what a leap forward your work will take after you spend one-on-one time with one of our conference instructors as they review your work and give you tips, ideas, and a plan of action on how to take your portfolio and your work in general, to the next level. These sessions run throughout the conference (sign up in advance is required, but the portfolio reviews are free to registered attendees).

Live Blind Critiques
In these incredibly informative sessions, you'll learn from seeing other attendees work critiqued in class (but their names are not revealed, henceforth the "blind" moniker). This is an amazing way to learn, as you see exactly what makes a great photo, and which things to avoid, and what to do in post production, to create the kind of images you've always wanted to take. We think you'll find this a surprisingly refreshing and informative way to learn, even if you don't submit your work for the review.

The Revolution Will Be Broadcast, LIVE!
Most of the conference sessions will be televised live (and archived for after conference viewing) via Google+ "OnAir" hangouts, so you can review any of the sessions you missed, or if you're not able to attend the conference, you'll be able to join in from anywhere around the world. We'll have full details in May on when and where you can participate in this collaborative worldwide streaming event.

After Hours Inspiration
Tuesday and Wednesday nights we leave all the techniques we learned during the day behind, and focus on the art and the artist with our "An evening with…." series. Tuesday, we're excited to have entertainment photographer and social artist Jeremy Cowart take the stage as he shares some of his passion for photography and for helping others in an evening you won't forget. To wrap up the conference on Wednesday night, spend an evening with the most-circled photographer on Google+, author, entrepreneur, and G+ celebrity Trey Ratcliff, as we host an intimate interview and look into the images, imagination, and vision of the man behind the images. A perfect way to unwind as we send you off with words and images that inspire and challenge.

The "Un-Conference Session"
On Wednesday, we have scheduled a block of time for an "Un-Conference" which is where the attendees at the conference themselves share what they have learned, as they teach sessions on topics they are experts in. Attendees that want to teach a session, simply go to Google Docs online board we're setting up; choose their topic and location, and anyone that wants to hear about that topic shows up at that location at that time. It's a totally "attendee driven" session and it will run the gambit from teaching on the main stage, to a small group huddled around a laptop, as we share with each other how to grow in our work and increase our fun.

Every attendees gets a copy of Guy Kawasaki's book about Google+
Guy's new book, "What The Plus!* is an absolutely kick-butt all about getting the most out of Google+ and every attendee gets their own copy. Sweet!

A Collaborative Conference
The idea behind this conference is that it's a collaborative event. It's why you need to bring your camera. It's why you'll want to be a part of the photo walks, the live shoots, the location shoots, and Un-Conference sessions, and why you'll want to do more than learn --- this is the networking opportunity of a lifetime, and the start of something really big. History is being made in San Francisco and this is your chance to be a part of; get immersed in, and change the course of your career forever.
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