Meet the Sony Presenters at ProFusion Expo 2023
Let’s take a moment to meet the amazing presenters Sony has lined up for their main stage and in-booth sessions at ProFusion Expo this year.
Samantha Stephens – Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
Samantha Stephens is a biologist turned award-winning photographer for science and conservation. She uses visual storytelling to communicate scientific research, especially when that research is relevant to conservation issues. Through her work, she hopes to foster an appreciation for the natural world and the work that helps us understand and protect our shared home.
Samantha is a National Geographic Explorer and an Emerging League Member of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Her work has appeared in bioGraphic, GEO, National Wildlife Magazine, National Geographic, and Canadian Geographic, among others. Samantha spends most of her time in Algonquin Provincial Park, documenting various wildlife research projects at the Algonquin Wildlife Research Station.
Topic: Photography as a Tool to Communicate Science
Samantha Stephens takes us on a journey through the bogs and into the trees of Algonquin Provincial Park as she shares her experiences as a photographer documenting the work of wildlife researchers. Drawing on her own background as a biologist, Sam’s work demonstrates how photography can be used as a tool to communicate science.
Victoria Lean – Sony Booth – November 9th
Victoria Lean is an award-winning filmmaker working in documentary, comedy and the intersections between. She is credited as Series Producer, Writer and Director of ‘We’re All Gonna Die (Even Jay Baruchel)’ for CRAVE, for production of, “The Climate Baby Dilemma,” for CBC and “I Like Movies” on Netflix.
Victoria’s company, Parrhesia, made its mark with her debut feature “After the Last River” (2015), which premiered on CBC documentary channel and earned 5 festival awards. She currently participates in the Hot Docs – Netflix Incubator, where she’s shaping the future of her production company and developing her second theatrical film, a hybrid comedy documentary. She holds an MFA in Film Production and an MBA in Arts and Media Management from York University, and a Joint Honors BA from McGill University.
Topic: Sony Cinema Line in Documentary Television
Join producer Victoria Lean, as she discusses how the Sony Cinema Line is used in documentary television. While detailing her experiences as an award-winning filmmaker, Victoria will educate on various aspects of the Sony Venice, Sony FX9 and FX3 across her work, as well as the color science on the FX9 and Venice.
Mark Blinch – Main Stage and Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
Mark Blinch is a sports photographer based in Toronto. He currently works as the team photographer for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and in addition he works as a contract photographer for the NBA and Getty Images.
Mark has covered six Olympic Games, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Championships, Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, World Series, Final Four, and many other events. Mark has been internationally recognized for his work in photo contests, most notably for the sports photo of the year in World Press Photo, for his Kawhi Leonard Buzzer beater photo.
Topic: Capture the Action! Pro Sports Photography
Currently working for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the NBA, Getty Images, and the Canadian Olympic Committee, Mark Blinch is a dominating force in the world of pro sports photography. Join Mark to learn about his experiences working directly with the pro leagues and get a behind the scenes glance at covering the Olympic games. From logics to remote shooting, to camera gear, learn how Mark stays at the top of his game. Get inspired to enter the world of sports photography.
Chris Dodds – Main Stage and Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
With over 35 years as a wildlife and nature photographer, Christopher Dodds has established himself as a leader in the industry.
Traveling to the far reaches of the globe, he leads safari experiences and workshops, while simultaneously keeping up with his popular online blog.
Topic: Breathtaking Birding and Wildlife Photography
Join us for an inspiring talk, spotlighting the secrets to capture exquisite birding and wildlife shots. Christopher Dodds shares his professional tips, tricks and techniques he uses daily to capture artistic and technically perfect images, with particular attention to birds-in-flight action photography and nature photography with Sony mirrorless cameras.
Sam Nash – Main Stage – November 8th
Sam Nash is an award-winning published freelance photographer with over 15 years of portrait and fashion photography, and moving image experience.
Sam has worked for prominent names in the industry including Vogue and Audi and has covered high-profile events such as London Fashion Week.
Topic: Mastering the Art of Commercial Portrait Photography with Sony Mirrorless Cameras
This presentation unveils the secrets to capturing the perfect commercial portrait shot using Sony mirrorless cameras. It is a must-attend event for photography enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, looking to elevate their portrait photography game. In this captivating presentation, Sam Nash will delve into the following key areas: choosing the right gear, composition and posing, lighting mastery, editing and post-processing, and building your portfolio. Whether you’re a budding photographer or a seasoned pro, Sam Nash’s presentation will equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to create compelling commercial portrait shots using Sony mirrorless cameras. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the art and craft of portrait photography. Join us and discover how to capture the perfect moment that tells a captivating story through your lens.
Raph Nogal – Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
Raph Nogal is a professional photographer of 13+ years based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While specializing in wedding photography, Raph also enjoys photographing portraits, headshots, and products.
Raph’s wedding photography style can be best described as a fusion between photojournalism and art-focused editorial photography. Best known for his creative off-camera lighting approach, Raph is an active photographer, educator & speaker and proud Sony Canada pro.
As a 24-time recipient of WPPI Honours of Excellence Awards, Raph is also a Fearless Photographers Award winner, Shutterfest Print Comp Award winner, as well as a PPOC Winner and Loan Collection participant in National and Regional Image Salons in Canada.
Topic: Distinctive Wedding Photography with Raph Nogal & Sony Alpha
Join professional wedding photographer Raph Nogal, as he shares his 15 years of experience photographing weddings. From behind the scenes to useful tips, Raph will talk all things weddings and Sony Alpha.
River Nayyar – Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
River Nayyar is a Toronto-based filmmaker, creative director, and YouTube creator. Over the past 15 years, he’s shot for high-fashion commercials, toured with music acts, and released his own award-winning feature film “The Layover.”
River is currently the host of the YouTube channel “Tech Through The Lens “ and working on his second feature film. His goal is to introduce more people to photography and filmmaking to simply have more fun.
Topic: YouTube Workflow Success with Sony Cameras
In this presentation, River Nayyar will discuss every detail of running a successful YouTube channel. From broad topics such as “how to pick a successful video” to granular topics such as “scripting for retention”, you are sure to learn some vital tips. Most importantly, River will discuss how to create a repeatable YouTube workflow featuring advanced and beginner Sony cameras such as “Sony fx3, Sony ZVe10, Sony ZV1 Mk II” This will help you launch your own channel or leverage YouTube for further growth.
Martin Lindsay – Sony Booth – November 8th & 9th
Martin Lindsay is a Business Manager for Broadcast Cameras, Production Systems and Wireless Workflow Solutions at Sony Electronics.
Supporting Canada & USA markets, with more than 22 years of broadcast experience, Martin manages Sony’s wireless video streaming products & technologies, ENG camcorders, and Sony’s integrated production and workflow solutions.
Topic: Ci Media Cloud – Born in Hollywood. Trusted by Creative Pros Everywhere.
Join Martin Lindsay as he provides an overview into Sony’s Ci Media Cloud the all-in-one solution to store, manage, and share your content. Find all your media in one place—plus intuitive tools and apps trusted by at home creators and Hollywood professionals alike—all at proven value.