Learn, Practice, and Master the Principles of Successful Event Photography

Love photography? Want to learn how to make the most of your SLR or increase your photojournalism skills at a live event? Under the guidance and instruction of a professional photographer, HEAV’s convention photography team will give both beginner and intermediate photographers the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed for covering a big event!

Event photography is more challenging than most other genres of photography. Learning hands-on during the convention, you will practice techniques on

  • effectively capturing the moment,
  • quickly posing people or groups,
  • creating consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, and
  • expediting the post-processing workflow to meet time-sensitive deadlines.

And you’ll learn all this while honing the art of photography etiquette, learning the balance between boldness and discretion, and developing biblical perspective necessary for all areas of photography!

Photography Team Details

Cost: $69/participant registered for the convention
$99/participant not registered for the convention
Hours: Orientation: Thursday, June 7,  at 1 p.m.
Conclusion: Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 a..m.
Ages: 15 and Up

Registration will open in early 2018!

Sign up when you register for the convention.
Already registered for the convention? Add “ACTION Photography Team” to your registration HERE.

Experience Level

Types of assignments, level of instruction, and degree of critique will be determined by whether a student is assessed at a beginner or beyond-beginner level. An evaluation for gauging your experience level will be sent to you after registration. You will have an opportunity in the evaluation to indicate which level you would prefer to attend.

Beginner: Do you like taking pictures? Have you just purchased a DSLR and want to learn how to use it — or do you want to expand your knowledge of the DSLR you already have? If the settings on your camera jumble your mind, or if you don’t feel comfortable shooting with your DSLR yet, the beginner level is just for you! Through classroom training, guided photoshoots, and personal critique, we’ll walk through the basic principles you need to know to begin shooting anything, and get a feel for what it’s like to shoot a big event.

Beyond Beginner: Have you had your camera for a while but want to know exactly how to shoot an event? Do you aspire to do photojournalistic-type work? Want to learn the secrets to capturing sharp, bright, and emotive images consistently, regardless of the lighting conditions? Through classroom training, self-guided assignments, and one-on-one critique we’ll walk through how to professionally cover assignments and set up a post-processing workflow by shooting, organizing, editing, and submitting images for the needs of the convention.

Required Items

Beginner: DSLR or mirrorless camera with lens(es). No film SLR, hybrid DSLR, or point and shoot cameras are accepted. Laptop with Lightroom installed is highly recommended but not required.

Beyond Beginner: DSLR or mirrorless camera with lens(es) and laptop computer with pre-installed image-editing software. Lightroom is highly recommended and will be the platform from which all post-processing training will be presented. You may download a 7-day free trial beforehand at this link.

Special Note: If you do not have a DSLR camera but would like to participate in the Photography Team, Lenspiration has a limited number of cameras available for rent for the event. Contact James Staddon via the Lenspiration Contact Page for details.


After registering for the photography team, you will be sent an evaluation, which will help HEAV gauge your level of experience as well as provide you with an opportunity to indicate which level you would prefer to attend. Your level will be based on your answers to that evaluation.

To attend the beginner level, all that is required is a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a thirst for learning how to use it. DSLR stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex”, which basically indicates that it is a camera that uses interchangeable lenses. Previous knowledge of photography will come in handy, but is not required for the beginner level. Bringing a laptop with editing software pre-installed is highly recommended but not required. Photographers who might consider themselves to be “advanced beginners” or “intermediate” should consider attending the beyond beginner level. They should already be familiar with how their camera works.. It’s also advantageous to have people skills and… patience.

You will learn how to meet the demands of covering a large event, quickly pose people or groups, create consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, and establish a time-effective post-processing workflow for meeting sensitive deadlines. We will also cover the principles of photojournalism, event-photography etiquette, and Christian convictions in art.

Modest dress is required—no tight clothing, midriff tops, mini-skirts, plunging necklines, or bare shoulders. Casual business attire is always appropriate. Knee-length or longer hemlines are recommended for ladies. Wear comfortable shoes, as photographers will be walking a lot.

Yes. You will receive a schedule at Orientation. While there will be designated times of training and shooting throughout each day, there will also be plenty of down time for taking a break and attending other opportunities that you would like to participate in during the convention, like visiting booths and listening to favorite speakers. If photographers in the beyond beginner level know what they want to attend beforehand, then assignments can be arranged in a way that should allow them to leave when they want.

Anyone who has paid the admission fee is free to participate in whatever way they would like, whether it’s joining in the shooting assignments or not. However, keep in mind that the best training is experience.

Most of the training will build on itself as the week progresses, so each attendee is encouraged to be on time and not miss any meetings relating to the photography program. However, if this is not possible, then just attend as many of the meetings as you can.

While having one camera and one laptop per person provides the greatest flexibility, you can certainly make one camera and one laptop work between two people if they are willing to share and work their part of the schedule so assignment times do not overlap. The rate per person stays the same.

 HEAV will retain the perpetual right to use, print, and publish any images taken during the course of the photography program.

The pictures you take during the course of the photography program are taken for educational purposes only and may not be used for any other purpose other than personal use and promoting HEAV functions. You may not use the pictures you take of the convention for resale or any commercial endeavor not associated with HEAV.

Please visit James Staddon’s ACTION details page on his website. You can also contact James personally via his Contact Page.