2018 Friday Workshops

Below is a list of confirmed Friday workshops for the 2018 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar:

Evolution of a Story that Almost Wasn't - Aubrey Aden-Buie

Aubrey Aden-Buie

Workshop Description

A case study in finding strong characters and gaining access when the odds seem stacked against you.

Evolution of a story that almost wasn't explores the gritty side of video reporting and speaks to the power of taking control and navigating a field that is constantly changing and rarely goes as planned.

Have you ever watched a short doc or digital film and wondered "how did they get access to that?" Ever discovered an incredible and captivating character only to have them flake out on you at the last minute? Or researched a story, got buy-in from a character, only to have your editor knock it down? We've all been there.

In this workshop, we'll take a look at three stories and their not so glamorous path to creation. From one-woman-banding it on late night shoots, navigating the process of getting buy-in from editors and sometimes scrapping your entire game plan and adjusting on the fly. The focus of the workshop will be a step-by-step overview of how each of three stories came to be, from the pitch process to production-- giving a glimpse at what went wrong, what worked well, and what was learned. Also highlighted by practical tips for early-career reporters and untraditional paths to a fulfilling career.

Speaker Bio

Aubrey is a multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is currently the Director of Catalyst Grants at Glassbreaker Films-- an initiative launched by the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to shift the gender paradigm in film by finding, funding and supporting the next generation of women-identifying leaders in nonfiction storytelling. She designed and led the Glassbreaker Films 2016-2017 Filmmakers in Residence program embedded at The Center for Investigative Reporting, where she and her team of three filmmakers produced over 20 short films in ten months. She also created BridgeUP:FILM, an after-school scholarship program to teach nonfiction storytelling to high school girls in underserved areas of Oakland, Ca. In her career, she has a wide range of experience, from covering back-to-back NBA Championships with the Miami Heat, anchoring Sports Illustrated's SI Wire digital breaking news reports, to reporting on the housing crisis in South Africa twenty years after the end of Apartheid, and producing investigative stories, such as for PBS Newshour on lack of accountability in government funded shipyards. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, PBS, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, The Atlantic Selects, Politico, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Mashable, and more. She continues to work in communities around the globe, using video journalism as a tool to bring about social change and believes strongly in the need for more diversity and inclusion of storytellers and stories told.

Wedding Photojournalism - Paul Gero

Paul Gero

Workshop Description

Paul will discuss how he turned a photojournalism career into a successful wedding and portrait business. This workshop is for photojournalists who want to learn more about the wedding and portrait photography business from someone with a long career in the newspaper business.

Paul’s workshop is sponsored by Sony.

Speaker Bio

Paul Gero has been a full time photographer and visual storyteller since 1983 when he started as a photography intern at The Chicago Tribune. That led to a full time position six months later and in 1985 the paper transferred him to their Washington, DC bureau. While there he covered the second term of the Reagan administration, the Iran-Contra hearings, political campaigns and conventions in 1988 as well as civil unrest in Haiti.

In 1989 he became a contract photographer based in Washington for the French photo agency Sygma.

In 1990 he left DC and took a position on staff at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix. While there he documented stories on the US/Mexico border and inside Mexico, photographed the Phoenix Suns in their run to the NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls (Barkley vs. Jordan), The Super Bowl and thousands of other photographic assignments while on staff.

During that time he also did extensive freelance work for Sports Illustrated, People, Time, US News & World Report among others.

His portrait of Pat Tillman high in the lights at Arizona State University from 1997 has become one of the iconic images of Tillman, who was killed in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger in 2004 after walking away from a lucrative career in the NFL in the aftermath of 911. Those photographs have been used by the Pat Tillman Foundation, Arizona State University and were featured prominently in a documentary on Tillman produced by NFL Films in the fall of 2016.

In 2002, he and his wife Nicki relocated to Southern California to open Paul F. Gero Photography, specializing in portraits, weddings and commercial work. In addition to his stills work he is expanding into creating video for business and projects in his area.

He is the author of the book "Digital Wedding Photography (2004)" and "Mastering Digital Wedding Photography (2016)", has taught hundreds of students through his seminars, and through BetterPhoto.com and is a member of the Sony Artisans of Imagery Program.

Nicki and Paul live in Ladera Ranch, CA along with their two children Kate and Matthew (AKA "Sparky"). Documenting their lives is the highlight of his photographic life, his life long project.

You can find Paul on the web at http://paulfgero.com and on Instagram at http://instagram.com/paulgero.

The Power of Why: Pursuing Your Personal Passion - Robin Rayne

Robin Rayne

Workshop Description

Are you worried that your career is going nowhere? Do you have a fabulous portfolio but find yourself sitting by the phone, waiting for assignments that never come? Are you hoping an editor will tell you what to cover, because you have no story ideas of your own? Do you ask yourself, ‘What am I missing?” If you can relate to this inner angst, Robin Rayne’s workshop can help. She will discuss the ‘The Power of Why: Pursuing Your Personal Passion’ that leads to greater fulfillment in work and life, and why ‘only’ is better than ‘best.’

Speaker Bio

Robin Rayne is a photojournalist and documentary producer for the University of Georgia’s Institute on Human Development and Disability. Her compelling images illustrating human rights, disability and gender diversity issues are distributed internationally by Zuma Press. Her work has been widely published over the past 30 years, including Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Daily Mail, Business Week, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Der Spiegel and Paris Match, among dozens more. Several of Robin’s images are in the Smithsonian Institution, National Park Service and Civil Rights museums’ collections.

Video Storytelling with the Resources You Have - Julia Wall

Julia Wall

Workshop Description

Julia's workshop will explore ways to create compelling video content with a limited budget of time and money.

Speaker Bio

Julia Wall is a visual journalist currently working at The News & Observer in Raleigh, NC. She was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and received a degree in Photojournalism from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2013. She's worked on video projects for publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, and Bloomberg and has taught video storytelling at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Hot Topics in Copyright Law, Affecting Photographers - Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq.

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq.

Workshop Description

Topics will include:

  • New 2018 Copyright Registration rules
  • DMCA Safe Harbor
  • Embedding and In-Line Linking
  • Fair Use
  • Social Media and Copyright
  • The Media and the Law
  • Removal of Copyright Management Information under Section 1202
  • Current events: Recent copyright case rulings
  • Q and A - bring your own cases and we can discuss as a group your potential case

Speaker Bio

Richard P. Liebowitz, Esq., is a New York attorney who focuses on intellectual property law, related to copyrights, at Liebowitz Law Firm, PLLC. He is a 16-year member of the New York Press Photographers Association (NYPPA) and has produced award-winning photojournalism. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Hofstra Law School, Richard now helps his fellow photographers and other artists around the world resolve their copyright infringements and protect their work, on a contingency basis. As a fellow photographer, he understands where artists are coming from and is passionate about helping the creative community.

One Light Setups are Bunk: This One Has Two - John Nowak

John Nowak

Workshop Description

This is a hands-on workshop that will start with a brief tutorial, followed by a shooting assignment. Students will be divided into small groups and provided with basic lighting equipment.

Students will have half the class to complete the assignment and the remainder to review what was photographed. Photographs will be the result of the collective group. Instructor will work the room and provide hands-on guidance as students learn by doing.

Speaker Bio

John Nowak is a staff photographer at Turner Broadcasting. He is known for showing up on time and not screwing up, which is basically 90% of photography. He interned at the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Business Practices 101 & 201 - Robert Seale

Robert Seale

Workshop Description


In this seminar, Robert will take you through a step by step list of actions to prepare yourself to compete in the commercial photography business. We will also do a quick introduction to estimating editorial jobs. Whether you’re a longtime newspaper shooter leaving a comfy staff job for the wild world of freelancing, or a newly graduated photo student, this primer on how to properly set up your business is an invaluable tool in the journey to becoming a successful professional photographer.


In this second, more in-depth session, Robert will expand on the editorial estimating discussion from the first session, and present more advanced techniques, tricks, and pitfalls of producing accurate and profitable estimates for other types of commercial photography. We will go through real world example estimates (with names redacted to protect the innocent) for typical executive portrait jobs, annual report jobs, library shoots, and finally….a full-fledged advertising job estimate.

Speaker Bio

Robert Seale is a Houston commercial photographer specializing in dynamic editorial, corporate, and advertising portraiture.

Seale began his photography career as a photojournalist, where he worked as a staffer at several major newspapers. He later became one of three staff photographers at The Sporting News where he spent over 10 years traveling all over North America shooting major sporting events as well as cover portraits and feature stories for the magazine.

His love of portrait work and desire to own and have control over his archive led him to leave his staff job and establish his own photography business. He now specializes primarily in shooting people for corporations, prestigious design firms, advertising agencies, and magazines.

His editorial credits include Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Health, SLAM, Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, GOLF Magazine, Smithsonian, Air & Space, The New York Times Magazine. As an annual report and advertising photographer, Robert has worked on projects for ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, Anadarko, BP, Statoil, EOG Resources, XTO, GMC, Invesco, Huntsman, Major League Baseball, Pepsi, Reebok, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann, Houston Methodist Hospital, Under Armour, and various professional sports teams.

The Sports Beat - Karen Warren

Karen Warren

Workshop Description

Houston Chronicle photographer Karen Warren will share her experiences as one of the few newspaper staff photographers dedicated primarily to covering their city’s sports teams.

Speaker Bio

Karen Warren has covered the Houston Astros for the last 20 years as a staff photojournalist for the Houston Chronicle. During that time she’s chronicled their journey through many ups and downs of the last two decades. From hanging out with Larry Dierker at the Big Bamboo in Kissimmee, the end of the Astrodome days, the eccentricities of Lima Time, portrait shoots with Roger Clemens, to following the Killer B’s from their playing days all the way to Cooperstown, and now an exciting new chapter covering young superstars Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and their historic World Series run in 2017, she’s seen the Astros up close and personal like no one else.

Over the years, she’s covered 11 Super Bowls, the Olympics, College and Little League World Series, NCAA Basketball Final Four, NBA Finals, numerous Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, and college football games. Although she loves shooting sports, she’s also covered a variety of other subjects for the paper including space shuttle launches, national political conventions, high profile celebrity portraits, fashion, food and lifestyle, and breaking news stories including plane crashes, school shootings, numerous hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.

A University of Texas grad and Daily Texan alum, Karen began her career at the Austin American Statesman, and later worked at the St. Louis Post Dispatch before beginning her tenure at the Houston Chronicle.