ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE 2020 CONFERENCE
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A DESERT PHOTO SHOOT?
Sign up for the off-site guided desert photo shoots are now open here. Space is not limited on these desert photo shoots. You can also find info on our webpage under the conference menu.
We have set up a Friday morning sunrise shoot sponsored by B&H Photo and led by David Hofmann. Transportation for this desert photo shoot is also $15. The Photo Shoot will be at Pima Canyon.
We are charging a $45 fee for the Saturday afternoon/sunset desert photo shoot to Papago Park as we will be providing transportation to and from the park. Jordan Matter, David Hofmann, Jonathan Givens, Dave Brewer, and Ron McKinney will lead these groups.
There is also a smaller fee of $15 for the Sunday morning sunrise photo shoot at a desert location near the resort as we also plan to provide transportation. Ron McKinney and Steve Wylie will lead the Sunday desert photo shoot.
There is one common sign up form for all three desert photo shoots. You can sign up for one, two or three through the form.
Please sign up by January 17 so that we can reserve the correct number of motor coaches.
WHERE CAN I CONNECT WITH OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE?
If you aren’t in the Facebook group, we encourage you to check it out. Photographers attending the conferences are introducing themselves, sharing ideas, making plans and asking questions. Our speakers have been joining in and posting about their classes. That’s also the first place we share new information. Find us on FB by searching for Pas de Deux photo and asking to join the group.
SHOULD I BRING MY LIGHTS ON A DESERT PHOTO SHOOT OR OFF-SITE PHOTO WALK?
Some people have been asking about using lights on photo walks. Here are some tips. If you’re doing a photowalk on the resort grounds with a group, be considerate of the flow of the shoot. If you’re disrupting the flow of natural light shooters, you may want to pair up with others trying to use lights. The three desert shoots are a possibility to work your lights. But the best way to use lights is in the individual photo shoots when you check out a dancer for a photo walk on the resort grounds.
CAN I FILM THESE AWESOME PRESENTATIONS?
Filming presentations is simply forbidden. If you wish to film your photoshoot, even on a group photowalk, it is allowed as long as you focus on your shot and not the speaker.
I HEARD THERE IS A DUDE COMING TO THE CONFERENCE TO VIDEO ?
A huge debt of gratitude to Lars Myren at HMMM Production for working with the conference to document the various activities and to get video testimonials. We can’t wait to see the amazing way you capture this event. Photographers: Releases will be part of the check-in process when you arrive. If you prefer not to participate, then there’s no need to sign the release. And simply shake your head at Lars if you see him trying to film you. He’ll get it.
CAN I USE THE RAIN MACHINE?
Everyone who has requested a spot for the rain machine photoshoot has been granted. There are only 20 minutes per session, so please be considerate of others. Two dancers will be assigned to the rain machine at all times. We recommend arriving early or watching a session in advance of yours to prepare. It has continuous lighting supplied by Light & Motion so photographers can take pictures simultaneously, independent of each other. Daniel Woods, who is providing the rain machine, will be on hand to assist and answer any technical questions about photographing the dancers, and any questions about the rain machine system. If you have not been scheduled for the rain machine, or you see a mistake on the schedule posted on the conference website, please email Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org. The schedule is attached here and you can find it on the webpage under the Conference dropdown.
Check this out and let us know as soon as you can about any changes we need to make.
SHARING IMAGES WITH DANCERS
Our dancers are coming to the conference from all over the country at their own expense. When you do a photoshoot, whether on a group photowalk, studio setup, or individual checkout session, please take a picture of your dancer, or dancers, with their ID. On their ID is their name and IG, so you know how to contact them to share your images. We recommend you sharing at least three JPGs for individual sessions or studio setups. When you do a group shoot, whether in the desert or a speaker-led photo walk on the resort grounds, please provide a few images with a the dancers you photograph.
We have had around 250 dancers apply to do this, and we have accepted a little more than 60. Please share your appreciation toward them during your shoots, and later, when you provide images to them. It's also a great way to build your name, your brand and your reputation. Dancers posting your pics and saying positive things about you is a great way to get your name out there!
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PORTFOLIO REVIEWS?
All portfolio reviews will be conducted in booths in the Exhibitor Hall. Please bring around 6 images on a flash drive or print. You have 10 minutes with your speaker. Feel free to ask them any questions you’d like about how to take your photography and/or your business to the next level. Please keep in mind that these are not designed for the speakers to simply pat you on the back and tell you how amazing you are. That’s what Facebook is for. They should be really critiquing your images and helping you see what you can do to improve.
If you have not yet signed up yet for a portfolio review, please email Beth at email@example.com directly to find out speaker availability. As always, the schedule is posted on the Pas de Deux Photo webpage.
DO I SIGN UP FOR SESSIONS?
This year, we are not asking photographers to sign up in advance for classes. We will be surveying everyone early next week to learn about your plans. Please try to answer this survey as thoroughly as possible as it will help us setup all workshop and classrooms. TIA!
HOW CAN I GET COOL MERCHANDISE?
To celebrate our first year, we’re offering t-shirts and decals for sale. We will have a small supply with us a the conference, but you can order now and have your purchases sent to your house if you wish. Please order by Friday 1/17 at the latest if you are interested! Info is on our webpage here