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    Kelly Moore Bags has decided to become a sponsor of the 2011 UPAA Symposium.

    Kelly is a Louisiana based photographer that was unhappy with the camera bags out there so she decided to create her own. Now Kelly has a very popular line of stylish bags. She is donating a Kelly Boy Bag as a door prize and a gift card for another bag of your choice. Check out the Kelly Boy Bag below or visit her website at:

    http://www.kellymoorebag.com

     

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    The 2011 UPAA Symposium is only a week away and we’re really excited to get underway. With 84 registered participants joining us, we believe that this will be the biggest Symposium in the history of our Association. Here are a few items of importance to remember as you prepare to travel to Utah.

    Here is the Symposium Schedule along with maps to the Cotton Tree Inn and Tucanos our dinner and program on Monday Night:

    Symposium Schedule

    Map from Salt Lake City International Airport to the Provo Cotton Tree Inn

    Map from Las Vegas International Airport to the Provo Cotton Tree Inn

    Map to Tucanos Restaurant

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    We're excited to announce that BeachTek has decided to become a sponsor of the 2011 UPAA Symposium.

    BeachTek produces some of the best audio accessories for use with recording video with your HDDSLR. Audio input has been one of the biggest drawbacks to shooting video with HDDLSRs, and BeachTek has created products that give you the ability to use XLR microphones and control audio gain with the option to monitor audio with your headphones. They have donated 2 DXA-SLR Audio Adapters and 2 MulitMount 5D Accessory Brackets to be given away as door prizes. Phillip Bloom's review of the DXA-SLR Adapter can be found on his website. Check out their products at:

    http://beachtek.com

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    The Duluth Trading Company has decided to become a sponsor of the 2011 UPAA Symposium. They are a manufacturer of tool organizers and durable work clothing that was started by two construction workers.

    They have donated a Presentation Jacket as a door prize, which is basically a photo vest disguised as a sport coat. Check out their products at :

    http://www.duluthtrading.com

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    Fencing - Athens 2004 Olympics - Photo by Donald Miralle

    We are excited to announce that Donald Miralle will be our featured speaker on Tuesday June 21st. During his presentation "Seeing the Same Thing Differently" he will share how he approaches assignments with the goal to come away with something nobody else captures.

    With over 30 international awards and accolades for his work, Donald Miralle is recognized as one of the premier editorial and commercial sports photographers worldwide. He is a multiple award winner at the World Press Photo Awards, Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, and American Photo from his work from nearly every major sporting event world-wide including six Winter and Summer Olympic Games, nine Super Bowls, the Indianapolis 500 and the British Open to name a few.

    His photos can be seen the covers and pages of Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time, ESPN the Magazine, Golf Digest, and Men’s Journal. Miralle has shot award-winning ad campaigns for Nike, Gatorade, Adidas, NFL Players Association, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Ralph Lauren and Visa.

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    We are pleased to announce that Think Tank Photo has decided to become a day sponsor for the 2011 UPAA Symposium. While they are still a young company, Think Tank has come to dominate the landscape of camera bag manufacturers. At BYU Photo we are big fans of their products. At last count we had 8 of their bags, 2 belt systems and numerous accessories including their card wallets and rain covers. The Hydrophobia rain cover recently saved my bacon during a 3-day track meet during which it rained the entire time. In addition to the prizes they have provided for the monthly winners Monthly Image Competition, Think Tank has given us several of their products that we will be giving away on Friday June 24th as door prizes. Below is a list of what we will be giving away:

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    We are pleased to announce that Gary Fong has decided to become a day sponsor for the 2011 UPAA Symposium. They have long been known for their excellent flash modifiers, but now they have branched out into camera security locks as well. As part of their sponsorship they have provided us with several samples of their products that we will be giving away on Tuesday as door prizes. Below is a list of what we will be giving away:

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    Steve Walters and Jon Hardy on the set of "Jump, Jive an' Wail" - Photo by Ryan Faulkner/BYU Photo

    The BYU Staff will be teaching a basic Video Production Class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning in the hospitality room at the Cotton Tree Inn. One of the biggest requests we got from UPAA members was to have a beginner class on how to use HDDSLR cameras to create simple video pieces for their colleges and universities. Because this isn't something that everybody is interested in, we have made it an optional class that will be presented during breakfast. The best part is that our breakfast will be served in the hospitality room, so you can grab some eggs and bacon and then pull up a chair for the class which will be held on the far side of the large conference room.

    On Tuesday we will go over the basic gear needed for shooting an interview, and the optimal settings for your camera. Then we will shoot a live interview in the classroom with dual audio capture. On Wednesday we will go over different way to shoot B-roll and then we will shoot some footage to go along with our interview. Finally on Thursday, we will sit down with Final Cut Pro and go over the basics of editing HDDSLR footage. The plan is to edit together the footage shot on Tuesday and Wednesday into a final piece that we will export and upload to Youtube.

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    Jaren Wilkey on the set of "Jump, Jive an' Wail" - Photo by Ryan Faulkner/BYU Photo

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    We are excited to present Art Wolfe as our featured Symposium speaker on Wednesday June 22. Art is probably the best known and most respected travel and wildlife photographer in the world.

    Over the course of his 30-year career, Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in thousands of locations. His stunning images interpret and record the world's fast-disappearing wildlife, landscapes, and native cultures, and act as a lasting inspiration to those who seek to preserve the very subjects recorded in Art's images. His photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective.

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    Canto Software, makers of the Canto Cumulus digital asset management system,
    will present "Best Practices for DAM at Universities" on Tuesday night at 7:30
    pm, right after dinner, in the Cotton Tree Best Western meeting rooms.
    Topics discussed will be applicable to any DAM system and experience level,
    so everyone is welcome. Find out how others in Higher Education are using
    Cumulus today, and learn what's most important when choosing a DAM system. A
    Q&A session will follow the presentation. Find out what's new in Cumulus,
    and read Cumulus case studies for CalPoly and ETH Technical University in
    Zurich (and others) in these documents Canto has prepared for us:
    http://tinyurl.com/3ckosg7

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    Houston Rockets center Yao Ming against the Houston skyline - Photo by Robert Seale

    Robert Seale will be one of our featured speakers for the 50th Anniversary Symposium. Robert is based in Houston and specializes in editorial, corporate and advertising portraiture.

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    After majoring in both journalism and art, Seale began his photography career as a photojournalist, where he worked as a staffer at several major newspapers. He eventually landed at the Sporting News, where he spent nearly 11 years shooting Super Bowls and World Series games as well as cover portraits for the popular magazine.

    His love of portrait work led him to a Houston-based freelance career specializing in shooting people for magazines, prestigious design firms, corporations and advertising agencies. Seale is known for his lighting skills and his unique ability to coax a variety of creative concepts from a single location in a limited timeframe.

    During his workshop on Thursday morning, Robert will walk us through his creative process and demonstrate how he lights his portraits on location. That afternoon we will drive down to Bryce Canyon, where Robert will do a live portrait shoot in the canyon during sunset.

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    We are pleased to announce that Eye-Fi has decided to become a day sponsor for the 2011 UPAA Symposium. As part of their sponsorship they have provided their wireless sd cards for us to use during Robert Seale's live shoots on Thursday June 23rd. We plan to use the Pro X2 card to transmit images from Robert's Camera to our projector screen during the demo shoot in Provo. That evening in Bryce Canyon we will demonstrate how to transmit the photos directly to an iPhone or an iPad with the Eye-Fi cards.

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    What it really exciting is that they have donated 4 of their 8gb Pro X2 cards that will be given away to our members as door prizes during the day on Thursday. I can't say enough about how much we love direct mode on their cards, they allow us to transmit images from our camera directly to the iPad without the need for a existing wireless network. They have become indispensable to us during our photo shoots. We have several Eye-Fi cards and use them to provide a live feed of the photos we shoot to our clients and graphic designers. To learn more about how you can use the Eye-Fi cards, check out our recent review of the Pro X2 Card and Shuttersnitch.