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NOV 2, 2024

Saturday, "Colorado Day", features speakers who live and work in our beautiful state! We have a healthy photography community of those who instruct & mentor an we love to feature speakers on this day who live and breathe life into the CO world of photography. 

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In this demonstration style course, Russell will explore with attendees how to use AI to enhance your portrait editing and animation skills. You'll learn to utilize tools like Stable Diffusion and Runway to add unique flair and creativity to your work.


This session will cover techniques for editing and animating portraits, from subtle enhancements to dynamic animations.

Through this demonstration of possibilities, you will witness these ever changing AI tools and how to integrate them into your workflow, achieving stunning results with less effort.


By the end, you'll have a better understanding of strategies for upselling new products and services to clients. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an aspiring artist, this course will inspire you to elevate your craft using AI technology.

Russell is an accomplished AI & Light Painting artist located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His extensive online portfolio of photography includes photographic light painting art that has not been digitally enhanced. He travels frequently to speak at conferences to include Imaging USA, WPPI, & TedxTalk. He boasts accomplishments such as being a Guinness World Record holder, Insta360 Young Gun Award, Lindsay Adler’s Printique Critique Creative Portraits Contest with Adorama, & Directors Choice – After Dark- Praxis Photo Arts Center. 


Cheryl Opperman
1992 Honors Graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography

Join us for an unforgettable photography conference with award-winning photographer Cheryl Opperman! Discover the captivating stories and stunning images from her adventures across the globe, from Colorado's majestic mountains to the Serengeti's vast plains. This is your chance to learn from one of the best in the field.

Cheryl will reveal the secrets behind successful wildlife and landscape photography, sharing her expertise on camera gear, essential tools, and techniques that help her capture the perfect moment. Her passion and unique vision will inspire you to explore the great outdoors with a fresh perspective and renewed enthusiasm.

This must-attend event is perfect for photographers of all levels. Gain valuable insights, engage in meaningful discussions, and network with fellow enthusiasts who share your passion for photography. Don’t miss this opportunity to elevate your skills and be inspired by Cheryl Opperman's captivating journey.

Cheryl Opperman is a nationally acclaimed nature photographer who has traveled to every continent in the world capturing spectacular images of nature, wildlife, and indigenous cultures. Widely published, her photographs have appeared in print, on the web, on television, and in solo and group exhibits, resulting in a list of clients or credits which include The American Humane Association, Overseas Adventure Travel, The Denver Post, Apple, Ducks Unlimited, the National Geographic Society, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.


Cheryl’s esthetic compositions, artistic use of light, and exquisite detail have been honored with several prestigious awards from organizations including The Earth Day Network, Nature’s Best Photography, the International Photography Awards, and the National Wildlife Federation. She was also featured as a leading female nature photographer by Outdoor Photographer Magazine and has appeared in on-camera interviews by 9News Denver, the Luminous Landscape, and Smithsonian Earth. 

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Jonathan Betz
M.Photog.Cr., CPP

Join Jonathan Betz, M.Photog., Cr., CPP for three hours of elevating your lighting for portraiture. He will present the various modifiers he uses for both studio and outdoor portraits, show samples of his work using each, and finish each section with live demonstration of that modifier.


During the class, attendees will gain confidence in identifying and applying the lighting patterns most common to portrait sessions through instruction and live demonstration . Attendees will leave this class ready to apply new levels of off-camera lighting to their own portrait work. 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive personalized feedback, ensuring they can tailor the lessons to their unique styles and needs. This comprehensive approach guarantees that photographers of all skill levels will walk away with practical skills and enhanced creativity, ready to produce stunning portraits with professional-quality lighting.

Jonathan earned his Masters of Photography Degree (M.Photog.) in 2019; Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) in 2015; and Craftsman Degree (Cr.Photog.) in 2023, all conferred by The Professional Photographers of America. His work has been recognized with honors at the national and international level, most recently receiving the Platinum Medal and earning highest honors with a Grand Imaging Award. Jonathan served five terms as the President of the Professional Photographers Guild of Colorado Springs. He has served on the Board of Directors for state and regional professional photography organizations. He's committed to lifelong learning and continually seeks to elevate his craft through professional training, education, and teaching opportunities to help younger photographers refine their skills and businesses.

Juliana Broste 
 12x Heartland Emmy Award Winner

Ready to switch into video mode and capture the action on camera?  Consider this your crash course on everything photographers need to know before, during and after you hit that red record button.  Three, two, one, action!


In this session, we’ll walk through the start to finish process crafting videos as a filmmaker and solo storyteller.  It all starts with pre-production and planning, to begin shifting your mindset from stills to motion.  We’ll cover key camera settings and specialty tools to get dialed in for video.  Then we’ll add audio to the mix.  We’ll learn to listen for sound, whether conducting interviews, capturing natural sounds or filming your selfie.  


Participants will preview various formats for video, and learn how to craft stories with intention.  We’ll walk through the post-production workflow, so you can see how everything comes together in the edit.  Photographers, if you’re ready to get started with video, this workshop is for you!


Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is a 12x 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!  Known for her high energy, high quality travel vlogs, Jules creates content with signature style for media outlets, tourism boards and travel brands.  Jules has been featured in campaigns and stories like CNN Airport, Bumble and Viator as well as creative brands like Canon, Manfrotto, Adobe, B&H and NAB SHOW.  Jules currently serves as President of the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.  Come along for the adventure with TravelingJules on Instagram and YouTube.  Happy travels!



The Colorado Dinner Party is a great time get dressed up! This year's theme is "Denim & Diamonds" and will be a wonderful even to network at as well as make some new friends and memories. The dinner menu will be updated closer to the event and does require payment prior to our cut off date. Plus one's are welcome with paid ticket to dinner. We can't wait to see you there! 

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