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Hanging at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference – Part II

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The 2-day Google+ Photographer’s Conference is in full-swing. RC Concepcion is doing a talk on optimizing your images for Google+ (some great tips there) at the moment, and we’re looking forward to some of this afternoon’s sessions too.

RC Concepcion, with Tamara Lackey on-screen.

RC Concepcion, with Tamara Lackey on-screen.

 

Yesterday was a blast! We started the day with the keynote, then headed into Peter Hurley’s “Art Behind the Headshot” talk, which was one of my favorites from the day. Peter is an incredibly dynamic and energetic speaker (see my review of his training DVD here) and he’s every bit as effusive in person.

Peter Hurley at the Google+ Conference for Photographers

Peter Hurley at the Google+ Conference for Photographers

 

Throughout the day, we went to a number of great sessions. As we mentioned yesterday, we went to Guy Kawasaki‘s talk on branding in Google+. Guy is an outstanding speaker and author, and I’m looking forward to reading his book, What The Plus.

Guy Kawasaki at the conference.

Guy Kawasaki at the conference.

Guy is a hard act to follow, but Scott Kelby was up for the challenge, and showed some pretty darn cool techniques that I put into practice already while shooting at the Palace of Fine Arts last night. My favorite moments, however, came when he talked about shooting interesting subject matter, and we got to see Brad Moore, Scott’s assistant, in some… interesting positions.

Scott Kelby in his "Crush the Composition" talk.

Scott Kelby in his "Crush the Composition" talk.

That's Scott's assistant, Brad Moore, on the screen. VERY nice pose, Brad!

That's Scott's assistant, Brad Moore, on the screen. VERY nice pose, Brad!

Brad, by the way, is an outstanding concert photographer. He assisted for Joe McNally before coming to work for Scott, and is a genuinely nice guy.

Following that, we clustered around Alex Koloskov, then Lindsay Adler, as the did live shoots for the conference attendees. Both live shoots were packed, so our vantage point was limited, but I think you get the idea…

Alex Koloskov, setting up his live product shoot.

Alex Koloskov, setting up his live product shoot.

Lindsay Adler, teaching at her live shoot.

Lindsay Adler, teaching at her live shoot.

The evening ended with Jeremy Cowart narrating a bunch of his stories. Jeremy is another genuinely nice guy – he’s just a nice guy that’s shot Sting, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, and a bunch of other celebs. He’s also a humanitarian, and his stories of shooting in Haiti, Rwanda, and right here at home are remarkable.

An Evening with Jeremy Cowart.

An Evening with Jeremy Cowart.

Jeremy was joined by some friends via a Google+ Hangout, and that made for some hilarious moments – especially with Moose Peterson in the mix.

Moose Peterson, on-screen in a guest appearance.

Moose Peterson, on-screen in a guest appearance.

Day Two has already been a blast; watch for an update on it tomorrow. If you’re at the conference, come find us, and say hi! Look for Jim Goldstein or Alex Huff – they’re wearing BorrowLenses.com t-shirts.

 

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Sohail Mamdani is a writer and photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You can find his portfolio on his website at sohail.me as well as on 500px and Flickr.

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