Mike Libecki, Keynote
Mike Libecki can define his life in two ways: An obsession with exploring and climbing the worlds most remote and untouched corners of the planet to find huge, world class first ascents and exploration…and a being a dedicated father to a daughter that wants to save the world. Libecki has completed more than 85 major expeditions all over the planet with a goal of 100 expeditions. He has done expeditions from Afghanistan to Antarctica, to Greenland to Guyana, to Siberia to Socotra Island, Yemen and everywhere in between. Mike is also a producer, director, videographer, photographer, humanitarian and conservationist. He is also a math and tech nerd at heart, and uses the latest technologies on his expeditions to share the stories. His pride and joy is being a father to his daughter Lilliana. And, Lilliana Libecki at the age of 16, has already been to 28 countries, all 7 continents, and seven major expeditions, including two expeditions to Antarctica, ascent of Kilimanjaro in Africa, and a 150-mile trek through the Himalaya of Nepal, 18K foot peaks in Peru, with polar bears in the high Arctic, and remotes jungle of India and Philippines, all that have all focused on humanitarian and conservation work. Mike and his daughter Lilliana founded a nonprofit 501c3 organization (inspired by Lilliana when she was 12) that focuses on conservation and humanitarian work around the world…“In a world where we can be and do anything, be kind and do good!” – Lilliana Libecki “The time is now. Why ration passion? Dream big and climb those dreams.” – Mike Libecki
Darren McBurnett, Keynote
On the heels of a 24-year career as a Navy SEAL, McB has become an accomplished speaker and motivator, presenting to companies and groups including CDW, Budweiser, Rite-Aid, Walk-Ons, Albany Road Real Estate Partners, Founders Brewing Company, Hilton Hotels, BMO, National Quarterback Club, Fidelity Investments, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, and many others. He is also an award-winning photographer, his professional portfolio including work for NIKE, National Geographic, Fox and Friends, Rolling Stone, CBS SEAL Team, and the movie “Act of Valor.” His work has appeared on everything from album covers to billboards to walls of Fortune 500 companies and is in the homes of Charlie Sheen, Kid Rock, Jim McMahon, John Rich, Brent Burns, Roger Clemens, and John Daly. One of his eagle photographs hangs in the White House.
Valentina Vee, Keynote
Valentina Vee is a director, cinematographer, and editor living in Los Angeles, making content for branded campaigns and shows all over the world. Her clients include Nike, AT&T, National Geographic, Dell, L’Oreal, MTV, Chevrolet, Mashable, Fujifilm, and Adobe. She specializes in creating compelling stories with positive messages as well as consulting with companies on how to make authentic, well-executed videos for their audiences.
Her Discovery docuseries focused on youth empowerment, “GIMME MO,” was nominated for an Emmy. She is Aputure’s Resident Pro cinematographer and an Adobe Max Master trainer, teaching Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects at top industry conventions. Find her on Twitter @valentinavee and Instagram @valentina.vee
A certified instructor for Adobe and Apple, Rich is a practiced expert in motion graphic design and digital video. Starting his career out in the world of broadcast journalism, Rich has always had great interest in visual communications. His producing skills were also recognized by AV Video Multimedia Producer Magazine who named him as one of the Top Producers of 2004. Rich is a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals Instructor Dream Team, and a popular speaker on the digital video circuit. He has been the Program Manager for the Post|Production World Conference since 2003. Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.
Rich is an internationally published author. His book, Photoshop for Video, was the first of its kind to focus on Photoshop’s application in the world of video. He is also a contributing author for From Still to Motion, Video Made on a Mac, Final Cut Pro On the Spot and Professional Web Video. A Master’s Degree in Project Management fills out Rich’s broad spectrum of experience. Rich enjoys traveling and digital photography, as well as teaching his kids the joys of science fiction and comic books.
Anthony Shop, Keynote
In an era of digital transformation and disruption, Anthony Shop is a refreshing optimist and proven innovator in the field of digital and social media. As a convener, entrepreneur and educator, Anthony champions a digital mindset to create bottom-up strategies that unleash the energy in people. He has demonstrated that by putting people before technology, organizations can achieve results that seemed unimaginable a few short years ago.
Anthony is Chairman of the National Digital Roundtable, the premier convener of digital innovators, leaders and policy shapers. Through his off-the-record roundtables and public forums in partnership with premier NGOs, educational institutions, and embassies, Anthony has developed an innovative perspective that transcends industries and borders. His views on digital thinking and trends have been featured by the BBC, CBS, Bloomberg, and Al Hurra, and at conferences across the globe.
Prior to founding Social Driver, Anthony served as press secretary for a top U.S. congressional race and as a journalist. He earned his MBA from The George Washington University School of Business, where he teaches as an adjunct lecturer, and his BA from William Jewell College as a Truman Scholar.
His full profile is here: https://www.leadingauthorities.com/speakers/anthony-shop
Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is an 11x Heartland Emmy award-winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host. Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! She calls Denver, Colorado her home and her launchpad, where she springs off to adventures near and far. Maybe you’ve seen Jules on CNN Airport Network waiting for a flight. She’s also been spotted on networks like PBS, Local Now, Matador Network, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Viator and beyond. Jules recently got back from around the world storytelling adventure as Bumble’s Global Connector Bee. Travel brands and tourism boards are big fans of Jules – her enthusiasm and joie de vivre make her vlogs a delight to watch.
Jules is also a global Manfrotto Ambassador, always up to date on the latest camera tools and trends. She shares creative and technical tips on her website, The Video Hustle. Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also a Travel Massive Colorado chapter leader. In her spare time, you’ll find Jules snowboarding in Vail where she is a certified instructor. Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on Facebook, Instagram and on her travel vlog on YouTube. Happy travels!
Eran has established a track record in helping designers to improve their skills with visual effects and motion graphics. He created a handful of online courses for LinkedIn Learning. Also acted as the Head of Motion Graphics Department in Shenkar for more than 12 years. You can find him right on the verge between geekiness and coolness.
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Douglas Spotted Eagle is a giant in the video and audio industries, having received Grammy, Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and many other awards. Douglas is the Director of Educational Programming for Sundance Media Group authoring several books and DVDs and serving as an advisor and guide for remote pilots, videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters. As well-known musician and an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives within the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography, Douglas is a world-travelled speaker/instructor. With over 3500 hours of drone flight time, and over 6000 skydives, Douglas has completed many successful aerial cinematography projects and has an intimate knowledge of the FAA FARs and FSIMs. Douglas now focuses his energy and experience within the UAV/sUAS industry, incorporating his years of imaging and aviation experience into best-practices for everything drone/UAV/UAS. Flight, skydiving, video, and music are Douglas’ passions. He was one of the original founders of SMG in 1996.
Kevin Ames is among the first generation of ENG photographers in television. His video career started the same day the station he was working for tore out their film processor. He has worked in local news, commercial production, scripting advertisements as well as being the voice of a CBS affiliate. His career moved into still photography. He has had a decades long career in studio photography both with film and as a very early adopter of digital capture. He revisited his love of video with the Canon 5D Mk II. He’s been providing still and video photography to his clients ever since.
Chris has over 25 years experience in graphic and interactive design, with a unique focus on both design and development. As a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he has focused his career on merging design and technology to create the optimal execution across various media. In addition to graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, he is also a featured speaker at various industry-related conferences, including the Adobe MAX, NAB, CreativePro Week and Keyframes. Watch his step-by-step courses online at LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Skillshare, CPDForumula, CreativeLive, Pluralsight.com, or on Amazon Video. Find more of Chris’ events at https://codifydesign.com/chris/events
Director/Producer Amy DeLouise creates high-impact nonfiction digital content and consults with leading companies on storytelling. With more than 400 productions to her credit, Amy is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling and has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards including Tellys, Peer, New York Festivals, Aurora, and CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry. Amy launched the innovative pop-up event #GalsNGear focused on building community and diversity in the film and digital media communities. Amy is a Lynda.com/LinkedIn Learning author with several popular titles and a half million views. Amy’s title The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera (Focal Press/Routledge) is being used in dozens of film and communications programs worldwide. Her new Focal Press book with co-author Cheryl Ottenritter is Nonfiction Sound & Story for Film and Video: A Practical Guide for Filmmakers. Both books are available at the NAB bookstore. Amy has a B.A. in English from Yale University. For more resources and tips from Amy, visit her website at www.amydelouise.com.
Nicole S. Young
Nicole S. Young is a professional photographer and author living in Oregon, USA. She is versed in a wide variety of photographic genres, including food, landscape, and travel photography. You can learn more about Nicole and view her portfolio on her website Nicolesy (https://nicolesyblog.com).
Andy Ford is a Florida-based video producer and digital strategist. With 20 years of video production and digital marketing experience throughout several industries, he enjoys creating content and employing tactics that optimize digital presence and enhance customer engagement.
As an author for Photofocus and Creative COW, Andy writes articles on the topics of video production, motion graphics, photography, digital marketing, and gear reviews. In addition, he creates video tutorials on Adobe and other industry software.
Serge Ramelli is a French photographer living in the US. He specialized in Cityscape’s photography. His work is in over 85 galleries around the world with the Yellow Korner Network. He also has published 7 coffee table books on Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Venice and Barcelona.
He hosts a Youtube channel on photography with over 620 k subscribers.
He loves to teach all his photography technics.
MICHÈLE GRENIER is a sports photographer who specializes in BADASS action portraiture. She’s also a Photofocus author, a Skylum Software ambassador and a photography coach. You can find her at www.michelegrenierphoto.com
Nate Torres is the founder of Imaginated.com, a photographer, author at Photofocus, and recognized enterprise digital marketing consultant. After working as a full-time enterprise SEO consultant with top companies such as Allstate, Bill.com, and Web.com, he created Imaginated.com to combine his two passions of photography/art and growth marketing.
His goal is to inspire all the artists and creators out there who aren’t getting the recognition they deserve due to a lack of marketing and business knowledge — and vice versa for business professionals who want to get in-touch with their creative side.
Joseph “PhotoJoseph” Linaschke is a content creator, educator & YouTuber — he’s been shooting since the age of seven, teaching and presenting on stage to audiences around the globe for over 20 years, and runs an online resource for photo and video education at photojoseph.com Following an eight-year tenure at Apple as the lead presenter, producer and photographer for the Professional Applications Division, he stepped out on his own in 2009 to pursue all things photo and video.
Today you can find PhotoJoseph shooting still and video productions for clients ranging from global corporations and international rock stars to local restaurants and hotels in his hometown of Ashland, Oregon… speaking to schools and educators around the world on integrating photography and digital storytelling into the classroom, turning the camera into a powerful learning tool… teaching workshops on photography in person and online onLinkedInLearning.com…and every week, LIVE at YouTube.com/PhotoJoseph for PhotoJoseph’s Photo Moment! You can find PhotoJoseph online as @PhotoJoseph just about everywhere…Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. You can also view a summary of all of Joseph’s projects at Joseph.info.
For over 30 years Dave Cross has been helping creative professionals get the most out of their Adobe software. Since1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught for Adobe, at Photoshop World, WPPI, ShutterFest, Adobe MAX, Imaging USA and at numerous corporate locations. Dave has written many articles and multiple books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has taught online courses for Kelby One, Creative Live and Photoshop Cafe. He offers online training at learningphotoshop.cc.
Dave has taught Photoshop in every state in the United States, throughout Canada and in Europe, consistently earning rave reviews. Dave is well-known for his engaging style, his humor and his ability to make complex topics easy to understand. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and in 2016, 2017 and 2019 was named a MAX Master Instructor.
Vanelli is a working sports and portrait photographer, educator, and author living in Florida. After a successful career as a three-time, Triple Crown Karate champion, Vanelli turned his attention to teaching the visual arts. As an experienced educator, Vanelli has created videos for LinkedIn Learn, has written hundreds of articles, taught at major photography conferences and has developed many photography and digital workflow programs including Click for Kids.
Currently, he is the Director of Education at Skylum Software, teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for the Vanelli and Friends series.
Skip Cohen is President/Founder of SkipCohenUniversity, an online resource center for aspiring and working professional photographers. His marketing consulting firm specializing in projects dedicated to education, primarily in photography. He also serves as CMO for Platypod. He’s been actively involved in the photographic industry his entire career and previously served as President of Rangefinder/WPPI and earlier, President of Hasselblad USA. Prior to Hasselblad he was with Polaroid for 17 ½ years.
He’s a writer, educator and consultant. He’s written for Shutter Magazine, Resource Magazine and Digital Industry Reporter, and co-hosts three podcasts: “Mind Your Own Business,” and “Beyond Technique” through Photofocus.com and “Tamron Recipes.” He’s a speaker and workshop instructor at several key conventions every year and has business and marketing modules with both Creative Live and Lynda.com. He has co-authored six books on photography with Don Blair, Bambi Cantrell, Joe Buissink and Scott Bourne.
Seth C. Polansky
Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property, and start-up specialist, founded the professional firm Seth Polansky LLC in 2005. Through both this firm and his corporate experience, he has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding practice. In addition to working with private corporations, government and state agencies, he has counselled small businesses and artists in securing copyright, trademark and other intellectual property protection, and aided them in navigating contracts. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Contract and Procurement Law at the University of Maryland University College.
In his spare time, Seth is a programmer and bass player for his band blindtillnow, and works as a producer, composer, sound designer or location mixer/sound recordist on independent films. For more information on Seth, visit sethpolanskylaw.com.
Matt is a guy that hates bios written in the third person. He…no wait … I… love teaching and photography 🙂 In that order. I feel that enjoying photography, and photo editing can get WAY too complicated. So my personal mission (and favorite thing to do), is to create education that simplifies the process of taking great photos, and how to edit them to get the results you’ve always wanted. I’m also very honored to be a Sony Artisan of Imagery, included in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and author or co-author of over 20 books on photo-editing (Lightroom & Photoshop) and photography.
Jeremy Chan is a Microsoft sponsored Photographer and a FUJIFILM X-Photographer; Jeremy’s passion about fine art and creative has helped him refine a unique vision which embraces the timeless artistry. By mixing fine art and graphic design in his image making, he helps his clients create one of a kind timeless images which express their love story and wedding story for generations to come.
Jeremy also known for his signature fine art cinematic photo style. His believe of “digital photography” has enhance original photography to a whole new level allow him to create images which is surreal and out of this world.
Corey is an award-winning designer and Photoshop instructor has been using Photoshop since version 2.0. He attended the Ringling College of Art & Design where he earned a BFA in Illustration. Best known as one of the Photoshop guys on the popular podcast Photoshop TV and a regular contributor to Photoshop User magazine where he writes the popular Down & Dirty Tricks column. He was also the author of the best-selling books The Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers Vol 1&2 and How to Create Badass Effects in Photoshop. In 2015, Corey was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his contributions to the education of Photoshop and founded his training site MasterFXTraining.com in 2016. For the past few years Corey has been working for ION Television creating on-air motion graphics for a variety of special events and promo spots.
Frederick Van Johnson
Frederick Van Johnson is a photographer and marketing professional with over 20 years of experience working with many of the Fortune 500 companies that dominate the photography industry. A former United States Air Force Combat Photojournalist, today he is founder and Editor-in-Chief of the This Week in Photo (TWiP) podcast network, and former Chairman of the board for Brooks Institute. Frederick’s USAF unit was among the first in the US military to receive, and put into daily action, digital imaging technology and software. As a result, he was awarded the prestigious Air Force Commendation medal for his key role in facilitating the US Air Force transition from film-based imaging to digital. He is the “This Week in Photo” (aka TWiP) podcast and general manager of all related properties — TWiP remains one of the most popular photography media properties. Frederick left the military to study visual communication at the University of California, and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California — where he ultimately became Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
While at Apple, he was key in the development of iPhoto, Apple’s revolutionary photo management application. He went on to Adobe Systems, where he helped manage marketing for Lightroom and Photoshop.
Today Frederick lives in northern California, and continues to travel, podcast and practice photography whenever possible. He has also been spotted making aerial photographs with his drone.
Andrew ‘Drew’ Geraci is a passionate and award-winning photographer/cinematographer who has been in the media industry for over 17 years. As a budding photographer, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Mass Communication specialist. During his time in the Navy, he was deployed to aircraft carriers, exotic overseas locations, and traveled the globe documenting military activities. After nearly a decade of service, he hung up his uniform and signed on as a Senior Multimedia Producer for the Washington Times in Washington, DC. His role as a visual storyteller and leader would eventually lead him to create his own business which he currently operates and owns – District 7 Media.
Drew has an affinity for creating brilliantly colored and high-impact HDR motion time-lapse productions as well as directing for feature films and commercials. His notoriety rose when he landed a job working with David Fincher to create the now-iconic House of Cards opening credits. His work has also appeared in shows/advertisements produced by the NFL, HBO, Redbull, Sony, Apple, Nike, Discovery Channel, Cartier, Steven Speilberg, and more.
Piet Van den Eynde
Piet (pronounced as ‘Pete’) Van den Eynde is a Belgian freelance photographer, author and trainer, specializing in travel portraiture. He likes to work with flash to create striking environmental portraits in remote locations, whether it’s the Mongolian Altai mountains or the Omo river valley in Southern Ethiopia. Piet is also an Adobe Lightroom Certified Expert and a Fujifilm Ambassador. When he’s not traveling, he’s writing books and creating tutorials about photography, lighting and image editing. In his spare time, he likes to reverse engineer the lighting setups of popular tv-shows or play soccer with – and get beaten by – his seven year old son Noah.
Nicki Sun is an on-camera personality and freelance producer, director, cinematographer, content strategist, and editor passionate about people, filmmaking, and technology.
As the creator and host of her own talk show, “Now You Know,” Nicki has pioneered a path for independent hosts while creating a platform that spotlights Asian American and multi-ethnic communities. She has been privileged to interview and work with this generation’s top talent, from digital influencers and athletes to Grammy Award-winning artists and entrepreneurs, while also emceeing and moderating panels for some of the largest entertainment companies and conventions.
Equally tech-savvy and equipped behind the camera, Nicki has produced and shot over 500 videos for Myx TV, Verizon, The Soraya, Chef Martin Yan, and Google—just to name a few. She recently launched TechNicki Speaking (a play off of ‘technically speaking’), a tech and filmmaking channel, resource, and website catered to beginning content creators, while also spotlighting filmmakers of color. She was also selected and featured by Samsung and Popsugar to shoot a mini documentary about #LoveintheTimeofCOVID entirely on the Samsung Galaxy S20FE 5G phone. This marked her directorial debut during the Samsung Virtual Film Festival.
Luisa Winters is an Adobe Premiere Master Instructor, an Adobe Certified Instructor, and an Apple Certified Trainer. She is an accomplished videographer, editor, 3D animator, and graphics designer. Her compositions have been seen on broadcast TV as well as in private video productions. She has created and edited scores of video and web projects for dozens of corporate, government, and educational, commercial, and private clients. An accomplished nonlinear editor and instructor, Luisa has conducted training sessions and master classes for Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Captivate, and Encore DVD.
A Private Pilot and a UAS Pilot, Luisa has led sessions and workshops in almost every U.S. state and in several countries across the world. She has been a featured speaker at NAB and other national and international conferences every year since 2005.
Nick Harauz is a certified Apple video trainer in both Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5. He has the uncanny ability to engage his students and create a level of relatedness that keeps them coming back for more. Since 2002, Nick has worked with domestic and international brands, offering a wide variety of video production and motion graphic services. He has worked with clients such as Proctor & Gamble, Diageo, Virgin Mobile, and Mastercard. He was editor of the feature documentary ‘My Father and the Man in Black’ that can be found on iTunes.
Nick’s training can be found online through Motion VFX, Lynda and LearnQuest. When he is not teaching, traveling, or creating video content, Nick can be found in a box fit class.
Rod Harlan is an Industry Veteran with over 25 years experience as an author, educator, editor, animator, videographer, marketing & media consultant and Adobe addict. Mr Harlan runs Ready On Demand Inc that helps both companies and individuals increase their revenue in the creative market industry.
He is an in-demand speaker at some of the most influential industry conferences and a trainer for some of the largest & most reputable organizations including Adobe, NAB, FMC, WEVA and NAPP among others. He shares content to over 100,000 followers and can be contacted via Twitter – @RodHarlan.
For the past 13 years, Kristina Sherk has been a retoucher and Photoshop educator based out of Washington, D.C. She loves “translating Photoshop” for photographers and subsequently, has spoken at CreativeLive, Photoshop World, KelbyOne, Adobe, Canon, LinkedIn Learning, ImagingUSA and WPPI. She’s also a contributing author for educational publications like Shutter Magazine, Photoshop User Magazine and Lightroom Magazine.
Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed travel photographer, writer, public speaker, and educator. Elia, who has been featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, CNet, Wacom, SmugMug Films, Fujifilm, and Fstoppers, began working full-time as a photographer in 2009. Since then he has visited more than 65 countries, flown nearly 2 million miles, and collaborated with companies and brands on nearly every continent. Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing and time blending methods, Elia has developed a recognizable style that has become well known around the world.
Bethany Gayton, TSMA
Bethany’s background spans over a decade of experience in the entertainment and social media fields. From helping build a small social media firm, Actor Influencer, to hundreds of clients, to quickly joining the leadership team at TSMA when Actor Influencer was acquired, Bethany has supported thousands of profiles in creating powerful and leverage-able social media presences.
An expert in audience growth tactics, Bethany now sits as Director of Client Care and Acquisition with TSMA, a leading national social media management firm. Her personal YouTube channel has received fast success, with growth of tens of thousands of subscribers each month.