Special Events

Portfolio Reviews

Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews sponsored by WordPress.com & FUJIFILM

When: Wednesday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 28

Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Reviews sponsored by WordPress.com & FUJIFILM at PhotoPlus Expo allow emerging and established professional photographers to present their work to key, hard-to-meet influencers that can give them jobs, exhibit or publish their work and advance their career. This is a vetted speed-dating job fair. Learn More.

Test Drive

Test Drive: New Product Preview + Networking Event

When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3-5pm

New Product Preview + Networking Event
Test and compare the latest photography gear, and explore the newest software solutions & photographic services from dozens of PhotoPlus exhibitors the evening before the Expo officially opens. Free to all attendees.

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Lucie Technical Awards

When: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5-7pm

The Lucie Technical Awards aim to honor both large and small companies, as well as the individuals who have advanced the photographic industry in a given year. All-inclusive, these awards encompass cameras, lenses, lighting, and accessories, printers, inks, and software and more. Learn more.

Robert Farber

Icon Gallery: Robert Farber

When: Thursday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 27
Where: Booth 1101

Open during expo hours, the Blazing Editions / ChromaLuxe Collaborator Series: 2017 Master on Metal features over 30 works by Robert Farber. The retrospective — which presents the renowned fashion and fine art photographer’s images as dye-infused prints on metal —  includes a preview of his soon-to-be-released Deterioration Series.

Adobe Show Floor Theater

When: Thursday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 27

Visit the Adobe Show Floor Theater for free 20-minute educational seminars all three days of the show from industry leaders in photography and filmmaking. The Adobe Show Floor Theater, located at the rear of the PhotoPlus Expo hall, is designed for attendees to get more tips and tricks to take their craft to the next level. View the full schedule.



When: Thursday, Oct. 25-Saturday, Oct. 27

The premier VR/AR event on the east coast, with dozens of seminars touching on a broad range of VR and AR topics. Plus: See the very latest in VR/AR technology from numerous manufacturers, suppliers, and VR/AR applications. The show floor will be open Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28. The professional conference will take place Thursday, October 26 & Friday, October 27, with the consumer conference on Saturday, October 28. Learn more and register.

Women in Photography and Film: LaToya Ruby Frazier, Sue Bryce and Barbara Davidson (Thursday Keynote)

When: Thursday, Oct. 26: 12:30-1:30pm

Sponsored by Canon. This panel will highlight career-defining images and new work by each of the photographers, and provide inspiration on making images that are both deeply personal and universally relevant.

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PDNedu at PhotoPlus Expo: Creating a Sustainable Career

When: Thursday, Oct. 26: 2-3:30pm
Where: Adobe Show Floor Theater

Sponsored by Nikon. Join us at PhotoPlus Expo’s panel for students and educators! What are some steps you can take early on to make your photography career not only successful, but enduring? Learn how to build your future in photography with longevity in mind from commercial fashion photographer Dixie Dixon, world renowned celebrity portraitist Matthew Jordan Smith and Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Deanne Fitzmaurice.

The panel, moderated by PDN editor Holly Hughes, will be followed by a reception with the opportunity to speak with the photographers. Refreshments will be served. Get more information and RSVP.


#PPEFresh Happy Hour

When: Thursday, Oct. 26: 4-5pm
Where: Booths #754-868

Meet and mingle with the first-time exhibitors at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo. Open to all attendees.

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Filmmaking Intensive

When: Friday, Oct. 27

PhotoPlus has teamed up with FMC to share their expertise in the video production and post-production field. Sessions include: Making Sense of 4K Video: Demystifying the Tech So You Can Focus on the Images; Seeing the Story: How to Design Visual Stories (and Stop Making Montages); From Still to Motion; How to Approach Lighting Interviews Like a Portrait Photographer; and Get Ready to Edit: A Photographer’s Guide to Importing, Culling, Organizing Footage.

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When: Friday, Oct. 27 & Saturday, Oct. 28

Drone+ has gathered all the resources in one place to answer all your questions about creative image capture with drones.

Improve your craft, know the rules in an ever-evolving industry, and explore your options in creating your most viable drone-related revenue stream.

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Jamel Shabazz on Making Photos, and Making a Difference (Friday Keynote)

When: Friday, Oct. 27: 12:30-1:30pm

Sponsored by PDN. For over 35 years, renowned street photographer Jamel Shabazz has been making images driven by a mission “to inspire peace and harmony.” In this keynote presentation, he’ll share the stories behind his most iconic photos, his enduring connection to the young people he photographed, and his commitment to sharing what was best in his community.

Gary Vaynerchuk & Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis in conversation with Gary Vaynerchuk (Saturday Keynote)

When: Saturday, Oct. 28: 12:30-1:30pm

Sponsored by CreativeLive. On Saturday, rounding out the show with a high-energy, motivational talk sponsored by CreativeLive, CEO and co-founder of CreativeLive and photographer Chase Jarvis and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk will cover how creators can do what they love—and make a living. During the keynote, Chase and Gary will address business questions directly from the audience.