Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:00pm – 8:00pm
Winter Street Studios
2101 Winter Street, Houston


Doug Peterson

Josef Blazar

Bella Kotak

Pratik Naik

Christian Oth

Mark Seliger


How Does Gear Influence Creativity?

with Doug Peterson

We’re living through a renaissance of interesting and unique and diverse cameras and lenses. But increasingly photographers are using the same three or four cameras with the same three or four lenses. The photographer is far more than the hardware and software they use, but gear does influence style, rendering aesthetics, and establishes the range of problems you can solve in-camera. In this session we’ll look at non-commodity equipment and workflows and how they can help you stand out; some are crazy, some are quirky, and some are photographic classics largely forgotten in an age of yet another 5D Mark Something. Rediscover modern options for the Waist Level Viewfinder for more natural portrait angles without a cringed neck. Explore the unique look provided by nouveau alternative lenses like the Contax Zeuss 80/2 and Schneider IMAX 130/2. Learn how leaf shutter lenses provide three stops faster flash sync than 35mm cameras providing completely independent control of ambient and flash. See how technical pancake cameras and Focus Mask are bringing Scheimpflug back better than ever. Marvel at the other worldly effect of infrared. Aspire to shape the look of images on-set rather than in-post using Capture One Styles. Doug’s whirlwind tour of unusual and unique photographic tools will inspire you to engage with your work in new ways, and stand out from the crowd.

The Art of Printmaking and Selling Your Prints

with Josef Blazar

Josef Blazar is the owner of Blazing Editions, a fine art printing company based in Rhode Island. In his presentation, “The Art of Printmaking and Selling Your Prints,” Blazer will discuss the mission and background of Blazing Editions, emphasizing the importance of quality and customer service. He will also share information on various topics relating to printing images, from the benefits and drawbacks of paper and metal substrates to the importance of high resolution photos when printing from a camera. After an overview of important details in the process of printing and re-printing images, Blazer will provide valuable insight relating to art exhibitions, selling prints, interacting with galleries, and the hardships of online-focused selling.

Bringing Fairytales to Life

with Bella Kotak & Pratik Naik

Join Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik on a photoshoot workflow session. Watch Bella Kotak explain her concept and inspiration, direct and shoot a fantasy inspired scene. Learn how to incorporate Capture One seamlessly in the retouching workflow with Pratik Naik. Together, over an hour and a half, this duo will produce a picture from start to finish.

Working in Two Worlds: Walking the Creative Line Between Fashion and Wedding Photography

with Christian Oth

Christian Oth began his professional photography career in New York City years before he began shooting weddings. There are substantial differences between these two worlds; ranging from subject (your client at a wedding versus a model on set at a fashion shoot) to creative support (darting between guests on the most important day of a couple’s life versus the control that comes with being supported by an editorial team on set). He will discuss his techniques to bridge that gap and integrate the best of the pro photo world into the world of wedding photography. He will also share what he’s learned from weddings that can be applied to a fashion editorial shoot – because shooting weddings definitely sharpens your senses and influences a photographer’s ability to find the perfect shot in any environment.

A 30 Year Retrospective Covering the Iconic Career of Mark Seliger

with Mark Seliger

Mark Seliger will walk viewers through the span of his 30-year career covering his many different genres and styles of shooting. Seliger’s work, which ranges from portraits of musicians and artists to Presidents and cultural icons from around the world, has been seen on the covers of Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Details and L’Uomo Vogue among others. He will discuss his method of working with his subjects; understanding how they perceive their own image and working with that idea to come up with the final image. Likewise, he will discuss shooting for a specific purpose, a cover for example, and the challenges and opportunities of such a process.  Seliger will also discuss his fine art photography, which he has pursued alongside his commercial work.


12:00pm – 12:15pm – Welcome and Introductions
12:15pm – 1:00pm – Doug Peterson, How Does Gear Influence Creativity?
1:00pm – 1:45pm – Josef Blazar, The Art of Printmaking and Selling Your Prints
1:45pm – 2:15pm – Break
2:15pm – 4:00pm – Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik, Bringing Fairytales to Life
4:00pm – 5:00pm – Christian Oth, Working in Two Worlds: Walking the Creative Line Between Fashion and Wedding Photography
5:00pm – 6:00pm – Mark Seliger, A 30 Year Retrospective Covering the Iconic Career of Mark Seliger
6:00pm – 8:00pm – Networking, Demo, Competitions, Food and Drinks

12:00pm – 5:00pm – By Appointment: Complimentary Service Check on Medium Format Digital Camera Systems

Portfolio Reviews by Bill Cramer from Wonderful Machine

Meet one-on-one with Wonderful Machine CEO Bill Cramer for a 20-minute “ask anything” session. Learn from Bill’s 20+ years as an editorial and commercial photographer and 10+ years as an entrepreneur to get feedback on your portfolio or to discuss any other aspect of your business. Come prepared with any or all of your marketing materials and at least 3 tough questions! Portfolio Reviews are by Appointment Only. Space is limited.

Complimentary Service Check

Complimentary service and cleaning of Phase One or Mamiya Leaf camera systems.

  • Filter / CCD Cleaning
  • Firmware Updates
  • Replace Port Covers
  • Replace Sync Ports
  • Overall Equipment Cleaning
  • Evaluate Broken Accessories
  • Remote calibrations

Complimentary cleaning only for all other Medium Format Digital Camera systems.  

  • Filter / CCD Cleaning
  • Overall Equipment Cleaning

Camera System Service and cleaning Valued at $600 or more

Complimentary service and cleaning at the Stand Out Event is by appointment only.  There are limited appointments. Reserve your appointment today. If you cannot attend the service check, please email us.

Reserve Your Seat

Ticket Price: $30


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