Why read the manual when we can do it for you? In this second part of their exciting new webinar series, the National Press Photographers Association announces they are working with the best camera manufacturers in the world to get all the hot new gear into the hands of their network of trusted professionals. In turn, these talented professionals from the NPPA will demonstrate all the important features of the cameras that you might not know existed. In these two segments, which are sponsored by Sony, NPPA member Andrew Smith will be showing us all the functions of the Sony FX9, while Eli Reed will be demonstrating the Sony A7Siii, both powerful cameras from one of the industry’s leading camera systems. Reed expressed his excitement for this new series. “I had been using a competitor’s DSLR’s for years but had been playing around with Sony’s amateur video cameras as I began experimenting with film. When they came out with their mirrorless system, I was skeptical at first, but once I started, I couldn’t go back. Sony was a whole new ball game and I felt like I had come home. They haven’t disappointed.”
Join us this Wednesday for an opportunity to learn along with Andrew and ask questions about the camera. “Over the years I’ve used ENG, DSLR and various large-censor cameras, and I’m really looking forward to sharing why the FX9 is my hands down favorite! With a background in news, I’ll be sharing some tips on how to use this “cinema camera” in more fast-paced and unpredictable environments. ” says Smith.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, a cinematographer, educator or student, this series is for you. “When we have a complete understanding of our equipment and it’s capabilities, the gear becomes an extension of ourselves. We manipulate the equipment to create the images and capture real moments. As photojournalists, it is vital that we master our gear and stay abreast of new features. This educational series produced by the NPPA will highlight not only what the features are and how they work, but also inform us as working professionals about real-world scenarios where those features can be most useful and how to avoid potential traps or issues we may face as we work to bring the news of the day to our audiences,” says Oliver Janney, a member of NPPA's board of directors.
*These events are open to NPPA members only, if you are not currently a member join now. If you are a member you will need to login to your account to register.
SONY FX9 DEMONSTRATION with Andrew Smith
· Date and Time: Wednesday, Feb. 24, 8-930pm EST
· Location: NPPA ZOOM
· Registration fees: Free for NPPA members and students
SONY A7Siii DEMONSTRATION with Eli Reed
· Date and Time: Thursday, Feb. 25, 8-930pm EST
· Location: NPPA ZOOM
· Registration fees: Free for NPPA members and students
Thomas Cubby is a Senior Sales Support Engineer for Sony Electronics Inc. His combined 33 years of experience in the industry, (12 years in video production and 21 years at Sony), provides a unique skill set to industry, offering a balanced blend of knowledge and experience to customers. Join Tom for a walk-thru of Sony's latest Professional Camcorders.
Andrew Smith is a CNN photojournalist based in Washington D.C. From the Amazon to the Arctic to Afghanistan, he has spent the past decade covering news all over the world. He is a shooter/editor with experience in breaking news environments as well as long-form and documentary work. Before joining CNN, Andrew was the Chief Photographer at CGTN America where he earned numerous awards including recognition in NPPA’s Best of Journalism and WHNPA’s Eyes of History contests. He has been an NPPA member since 2009.
Van Nguyen is a Sr. Imaging Pro Support Representative for Sony Electronics Inc. Van received a degree in Advertising from Texas State University where he fell in love with photography and started his career at Sony selling 8mm camcorders and 2MP cameras. A 20-yr Sony veteran, Van has supported photographers at the Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Final Four and countless other events, tradeshows, and workshops. As a senior Pro Support Representative, he strives to collect end-user feedback and to support professionals using Sony gear as well as provide training, guidance and support to any professional who wishes to learn how they can use Sony gear for their work.
ELI REED, trailblazing photojournalist, the first African American to join the elite Magnum Photos in 1983 and currently Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Texas in Austin since 2005. He is a Sony Global Imaging Ambassador working with Sony still/video mirrorless cameras
Reed has worked on various assignment venues for National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Life, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Vibe, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar GQ, Oggi, Marie Claire, Vibe, Men’s Health, Ford and Rockefeller foundations, Save The Children, Polaroid, McDonalds, Global Fund, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders, and London Sunday Times covering world news events since 1982.
Reed’s personal books include "Beirut, City of Regrets” 1988, “Black in America” 1997 (text and poetry written by Reed with a preface by Gordon Parks), “I Grandi Fotografi Eli Reed” 2007, and his award winning retrospective titled, “Eli Reed: A Long Walk Home” 2015, with an introduction by Paul Theroux.
Some of his awards include W. Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography 1992, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 1981, Mark Twain Associated Press Award 1981, POY Nikon World Understanding Award 1983, Overseas Press Club 1983, Leica Medal of Excellence 1988, World Press Photo 1988, Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography 1992, Visa pour L'image Festival Du Photoreportage 1993, documentary film, “Getting Out”, about Detroit gangs was honored by the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame International Independent Film and Video Competition in 1996 and the Lucie Foundation Award for Documentary Photography in 2011.
He has worked extensively in the film industry, doing still photography work on films such as: A Beautiful Mind (Academy Award winner for Best Movie), Kansas City (Collaboration with Robert Altman), Rosewood, The Jackal, One True Thing, Ghosts of Mississippi, 8 Mile (Academy Award winner for Best Song), Two Weeks Notice, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Missing, Mighty Times, and The Children’s March (Academy Award winner for Best Short Documentary).
Reed has judged the National Press Photographers Association POY and CPOY, Department of Defense Military Photographer of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and Getty Documentary Photography Grant competitions. He was an inaugural member of the Pictures of the Year International board of advisors sponsored by the Missouri School of Journalism. He is a member of the Afro American photographic cooperative, Kamoinge,
He has lectured and exhibited at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway in connection with the “From King to Obama” exhibition 2009, delivered the 2014 Huston-Tillitson University Annual W.E.B. Dubois lecture, and the 2015 Visa Pour L’Image Festival Du Photoreportage in Perpignan, France. Reed spoke at the Schomburg Center in New York City for Research in Black Culture as part of their “Visually Speaking” series. January 2016, Reed was the keynote speaker at the National Geographic Magazine Photography Seminar in Washington, D.C.. Reed exhibited and lectured at the Angkor Wat International Photojournalism Festival in 2016. He has spoken at the National Association of Black Journalists 2017, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar 2017, and exhibited and lectured at the Xposure International Photography Festival at Sharjah, UAE 2017.
Reed is also currently involved in writing, upcoming lecture projects, photography book project preparations, and various ongoing film production projects. He is in the midst of directing and co-producing a documentary feature film.