Sign up during the day to have your work critiqued Thursday or Friday evening by members of the faculty and leaders in the industry. If presenting a digital portfolio for review, please bring a fully charged laptop or other device. Sign-ups will be near the registration desk.

A veteran NSC attendee and presenter, Jamie Rose will give you the inside tips on making yourself memorable and creating valuable contacts at conference, interviews and networking events. At her job with Momenta, Jamie sees hundreds of portfolios, business cards and presentations a year from freelancers and pros alike. In this no-hold-barred presentation, she will give you the straight talk you need to take your game to the next level. Jamie will share the best practices tips for presenting your portfolio, asking (not just answering) the right questions during an interview, and how to make lasting connections. Don't miss this great opening night event!

Jamie would like to request all participants bring any promotional materials they have for the conference, including business cards, portfolios, postcards, etc. This includes students, editors, and sponsors as well. We will have a special business card exchange and discussion of promotionals during the session.

Approaching photo editors is rewarding and daunting. The path to getting work is building personal relationships with editors but it does not end there. What qualities are photo editors looking for in their staff and contractors? Tips for showing your portfolio and getting hired. What are the biggest mistakes to avoid when approaching photo editors? How do you diversify yourself to find more work?  These topics and more will be discussed to help you be successful throughout your career. Join Jim Bourg, News Pictures Editor In Charge of Washington, Linda Epstein a contract photo editor at The Washington Post and Andrew Scott, Deputy Director of Multimedia at USA TODAY as they discuss these topics and more.

Want to get the most from your speedlights? Michael Sheras, Canon Sr. Pro Market Representative will walk you through the principles of electronic flash, including whether it should be used or not and how the flash system functions with the different modes in the EOS DSLR cameras.  Sheras will walk you through special features, such as high-speed flash sync and multiple flash operation.  In addition, Sheras will show you how to build a studio set up using 7 Speedlite 600EX-RT flash units in 5 groups to demonstrate how they can function as a professional studio strobe system with extra advantages, such as ETTL operation.  There will be time at the end to try different multi-flash configurations and a question and answer period.

Most serious photographers have decent enough gear to do the job. So why have a long discussion about equipment? With nearly 40 years of experience in the field, Washington Post photographer Michael S. Williamson has learned a few tricks over the years that have less to do with gear and more to do with the art of problem solving on the spot. Michael will show some examples where his "bag of tricks" got him out of a jam. Be it a reflector made from a pizza box and aluminum foil or a tripod made from a bag of rice, Michael will show many examples where he saved a failing shoot by improvising. He'll also talk about the best times to use an iPhone when the big camera would not be the best option and how the use of a mini-LED light can save the day.

As photojournalists seek to find meaningful work, some have committed to using photography for social change.  Annie Griffiths is a National Geographic photographer who founded Ripple Effect Images for just this reason.  As Executive Director, she leads a small team of photographers, filmmakers and writers seeking to shine a light on aid programs that empower women and girls in the developing world.  Griffiths will speak about the challenges and the fulfillment  of photographing for aid organizations globally. 

Join Nikon Professional Services' JC Carey as he demystifies the Creative Lighting System to allow you to get big light performance from your Nikon speedlights. From the entry level photographers to pros that just want to add flash to their photographic repertoire, Packing Small and Shooting Big will instantly make your flash photography better. 

JC Carey is a Nikon Pro Market Rep covering the Northeast United States. JC is a fashion, portrait, and concert photographer based in NYC.

Mary F. Calvert, the recipient of the Alexia Grant and the Canon Female Photojournalist Grant will discuss ups and downs of staying on track while working on long-term projects and how to find funding.  Calvert will walking you through the grant application process and share some of the strategies that have made her successful in securing funding including for her recent project “The Battle Within: Sexual Violence in America’s Military.”

With well over 40 years combined professional experience, Jenna Isaacson Pfueller, Phaedra Singelis and Scott Strazzante have learned a lot about the photography industry. From their successes to their failures this panel moderated by Jamie Rose, will lead an open and honest talk about what they wish they knew when starting out and what they have learned along the way. From applying for staff positions, dealing with editors to surviving layoffs, no topic will be off limits. Topics may include: the importance of creating relationships with editors and mentors, diversifying your career, networking, self promotion campaigns, and applying for jobs and freelance positions.
NPPA's Code of Ethics sets the industry standard that all members and contest entrants are expected to abide by. It promotes the highest level of visual journalism, as well as ensures the public’s trust in the work of photojournalists. Periodically, questions arise about ethical transgressions, and these result in ongoing discourse about what is, and what is not, appropriate. In light of recent developments in this year's World Press Photo competition, that conversation has once again been renewed as photographers, editors and educators call for stronger adherence to ethical standards in photojournalism.   At this special session, a panel of experts in photojournalism will continue the dialogue, answer questions, invite audience feedback, and help reaffirm the ethical standards that are expected of today's photojournalists.