AVC EXPO 2024: Chasing the Light: Miami March 2-3, 2024

Published: January 19, 2024


Join me in Miami for two full days of seminars and demos from Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald photographers and alumni Carol Guy, Patrick Farrell, Maggie Steber, Jeffery Salter, Stephanie Sinclair, David Bergman, Al Diaz and Candace Barbot at ‘AVC EXPO 2024: Chasing the Light’ from March 2-3, 2024

Immerse yourself in a visual wonderland at the AVC Expo as it transforms Miami into the ultimate playground for photography & videography enthusiasts on March 2nd and March 3rd. This is not just an expo; it’s an extraordinary experience, proudly sponsored by industry giants such as Sony, Canon, Leica, Nikon, Think Tank, and Profoto.​

Chasing the Light 2024 it’s an immersive journey where creativity takes center stage, innovation sparkles, and the art of capturing light reaches unparalleled heights. Join us for an unforgettable exploration into the world of photo & video, guided by the esteemed emcee, Ron Magill of Zoo Miami, with seminars and workshops by industry icons—learn from the best in the business as our stellar lineup, featuring internationally acclaimed, multi-Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers, brings their expertise to the forefront. Elevate your skills by participating in sessions led by industry pioneers, covering a spectrum of photography techniques—from mastering composition to advanced lighting, ensuring you can capture those perfect moments with finesse.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this unparalleled experience. Mark your calendars for March 2nd and March 3rd, and let Chasing the Light 2024 be the catalyst for your photographic inspiration.

Stay tuned for more details, and get ready to embark on a visual odyssey like never before!

Early Bird Tickets are a great deal for two full days of talks and demos by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers at one of the greatest local camera stores in America.


LOCATION: AVC PHOTO & VIDEO SPECIALTY STORE | 7500 NW 25th St Unit #1, Miami, FL 33122


9:00 – 10:30 AM | RON MAGILL – Storytelling: Pride of a Lion | WildLife Photography
​10:30 AM – NOON | MAGGIE STEBER – The World Seen From Both Sides | Documentary | PhotoJournalism | Conflict Photography
12:00 – 12:30 PM | LUNCH BREAK
​12:30 – 1:30 PM | JEFFERY SALTER – Explorations on How to See Color and Light | Advertising Photogrraphy | Editorial Photography | Sports Photography
1:45 – 3:00 PM | JEFFERY SALTER – Step to Create a Unique Look Through Creative Lighting in Your Portraits | Creative Lighting | Portrait Photography
12:30 – 2:00 PM | PATRICK FARRELL – Assignment: Miami Hurricanes, Hope & The New Global City | PhotoJournalism | Documentary Photography
2:00 – 3:30 PM | CAROL GUZY – War Zone – Ukraine & the Streets of America | Documentary Photography | PhotoJournalism
3:30 – 4:30 PM | BRIAN SMITH – Editorial photography: From Pulitzer to Portraiture | Advertising Photography | Celebrity Photography | PhotoJournalism
4:30 – 6:30 PM | BRIAN SMITH – Secrets of Great Portrait Lighting Workshop | Portrait Photography | Lighting Workshop
6:30 – 9:00 PM | AFTER HOURS ​ – Miami Herald Photographers Reunion + Happy Hour & Raffle


10:00 -11:30 AM | STEPHANIE SINCLAIR – Empowering Through the Lens: Journey in Documentary Photography and Advocacy | Social Justice
11:30 – 12:30 PM | LUNCH BREAK
​12:30 – 1:30 PM | DAVID BERGMAN – Separate Yourself From The Pack | Rock & Roll | Sports Photography
1:40 – 3:30 PM | DAVID BERGMAN – Rock N’ Roll Lighting Workshop | Rock & Roll Lighting
2:30 – 3:30 PM | CANDACE BARBOT – Elevating Your Filmmaking | Filmography | Documentary Photography
3:45 – 5:30 PM | CANDACE BARBOT – Elevating Your Filmmaking: A Workshop | Filmography | Documentary Photography

I’ll be presenting a talk followed by a live shooting demo on Saturday.

Brian Smith from Pulitzer to Portraiture

Saturday, March 2, 2023 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm
AVC Photo & Video, 7500 NW 25th St Unit # 1, Miami, FL 33122
sponsored by Sony

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith shares insights from his last 30 years as a editorial photographer as he moved from Pulitzer Prize-winning sports photographer to shooting celebrity portraits of Hollywood’s A-List. Smith will speak about both the art and commerce of editorial photography and what every artist needs to know about business of photography to remain in business. In this presentation, Smith will share ways to grab and keep the attention of photo editors and art directors; how shooting personal projects can promote your vision and land the jobs you’ll love to shoot; and ways to keep your portfolio and vision fresh.

Brian Smith from Pulitzer to Portraiture

Saturday, March 2, 2023 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm
AVC Photo & Video, 7500 NW 25th St Unit # 1, Miami, FL 33122
sponsored by Sony

Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith shares his use of lighting modifiers to control and shape light and shadow to create bold iconic portraits of Hollywood’s A-list. You’ll learn how to work quickly under pressure, on productions both small and large. Learn how to control the quality of light had how the choice between hard light and soft light allows you to control the mood. From his simple problem-solving approach to both sculpting light in the studio and how to overcome harsh daylight by blending strobe with ambient light on location, you’ll learn how to take cues from reality make the most of great light when you find it and to create it when you don’t. Smith will share celebrity portraits of from his books Art & Soul and Secrets of Great Portrait Photography to share ways that you can make everyone you photograph look and feel like a star.

Actress Anne Hathaway photographed by Brian Smith for The Creative Coalition's Art & Soul Book

If you’re in the Miami area, please join me for a GREAT WEEKEND!



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