Learn and be inspired at the Canon Theatre. Presenting the latest trends and ideas in professional photography Canon will play host to a range of industry...

Canon Creative Theatre


140 George Street
2000 NSW

Museum of Contemporary Art
Canon Theatre Events

Event Details

Learn and be inspired at the Canon Theatre. Presenting the latest trends and ideas in professional photography Canon will play host to a range of industry leaders and creative thinkers. Located in the Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

What makes sellable imagery and how to get started with stock photography

Society and business have become more visually hungry and more visually sophisticated, and different industries — brands and media — must keep up with this burgeoning demand. This is where stock photography comes in, providing a vital lifeline for creative professionals.

Getty Images' Creative Research team is constantly observing customers' needs and identifying trends in the industry to help photo and video contributors produce high quality and in-demand content. Getty Images' award-winning photographers, videographers and music makers help customers create inspiring communications every day.

Their work appears in the world's most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and web sites. Join this session with Getty Images to learn about:

-       What makes a sellable photo?

-       Stock photography tips and requirements

-       Latest trends in stock content usage around the world: subject and techniques

-       How to commercialise your work by becoming a stock photographer with iStock or Getty Images

Date:    27th May
Time:    5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/what-makes-sellable-imagery

The Power of Photography with Kelly Brown

Learn the six reasons of why photography plays a hidden but significant role in our lives from Canon Master Photographer Kelly Brown.

Canon Master Kelly Brown is a portrait photographer, specialising in newborn and baby portraiture.

Her desire to capture her family as it grows led to launching her business Little Pieces Photography in 2004. Kelly has a love for sharing her skills, and through her everyday photography of newborns, she also mentors photographers and speaks at photography conferences around the world.

Date:    28th May
Time:    7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/the-power-of-photography-with-kelly-brown

Secret Side Projects

What drives people to take on huge and ambitious side projects outside their day-to-day work?

How do they find the time and the energy to dedicate what can quickly amount to a second job?

Meet the remarkable people who are striking a delicate balance between their passion and their profession.

Date:    29th May
Time:    7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/secret-side-projects

Shoot to thrill – the importance of knowing your subject with Ryan Pierse

Ryan Pierse is an award-winning photographer for Getty Images in Australia and has covered multiple Ashes Tours, Wimbledon and Australian Opens, FIFA World Cups and Games.

Continuing to innovate is key, and Ryan has captured iconic moments from the sideline, above the action and intimate behind the scenes and portraits of top sporting stars including in his official role at Cricket Australia’s preferred photographer.

Ryan shares the moments that have defined his career and his craft, the sports and stars he has immortalised through his award-winning photography and the importance of connecting with the people you are photographing.

Date:    30th May
Time:    7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/shoot-to-thrill-with-ryan-pierse

Making music videos for some of the best with Warren Fu

Thanks to CLIPPED, highly acclaimed music video director Warren Fu shares his journey which has seen him shooting some of the biggest talents in the music industry such as Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, and The Strokes.

Warren will share insight on his approach to creativity and where he finds inspiration, plus provide some tips on how to get started and maintain a successful career as a director of music videos.

Warren lives to conjure the impossible and bring audiences into the extraordinary worlds of his imagination. His creative impulses manifested themselves in the form of graffiti art during in his teens, and later as an art director at Lucasfilm, where he created prominent characters and designs for Star Wars and numerous other feature films. His Lautner-inspired set design for Daft Punk’s 2013 Grammy performance highlighted his talent as a creative visionary.

As a director, Warren has created commercials for some of the biggest global brands such as Samsung, Adidas and Reebok. He launched Snoop Dogg, Pharrell and Stevie Wonder on a thrilling ride through future Los Angeles, immersed the Haim sisters in a world of stylish choreography, teleported Mark Ronson into a strange French-Japanese TV show, and taken the Electric Light Orchestra on a heartfelt journey through a boy’s dreams.

With each project he continuously strives to venture into new territories. Because of his instinct and understanding each client’s brand, he has established an unparalleled trust with some of the most respected artists and companies in the world. From the sprawling mythological universe of Daft Punk to the New York cool of The Strokes, it is this unique relationship with his fellow creatives that bring them back to collaborate time and time again.

Date:    31st May
Time:    7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/music-video-production-warren-fu

Behind the lens with 5 leading professional photographers

Join five Getty Images award-winning photographers to be taken behind the scenes of some of their iconic photography. This visually led, emotionally moving presentation will look at the importance of credibility, integrity and creativity.

Cameron Spencer
Photographer, Getty Images

Ryan Pierse
Photographer, Getty Images

Mark Kolbe
Photographer, Getty Images

Lisa Maree-Williams
Photographer, Getty Images

Brendon Thorne
Photographer, Getty Images

Date:    5th June
Time:    7:00pm – 8:30pm
Cost:    $15
For tickets, go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/behind-the-lens

Social Media For Photographers

Want to find out how to use social media successfully as a photographer? Hear from a few photographers who are leading the way when it comes to using social media.

You'll hear their stories as they share their biggest wins and epic fails in the social world. And they'll also share their tips on how to be a successful photographer when it comes to social media.

Jensen Baptista from Canon Australia will be the host of the evening, with 3 influencers to be announced.

Date 9th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/social-media-for-photographers

How to be a successful Vlogger with Mathew McKenna

Hear from two industry leading vloggers as they share their journeys about how they broke into successful vloggers careers.

They share their tips on how to find what you're good at and how to start your own channel. Plus they share what they've learned along the why - what worked, what didn't and the risks they took to get them where they are today.

Mathew McKenna, YouTuber

Mathew McKenna is a community leader for YouTube and online media. He runs a Facebook forum with over 3,500 Australian online creators, which is used for networking, collaboration and events. Currently, Mathew works for a YouTube channel named 'LearniCorns', which is an non-profit educational channel for children. He produces & voice acts in 'LearniCorns', with the new project being created and pioneered by a YouTuber named 'Wengie', who boasts a following of over 6 million.

2 x More YouTube experts to be announced.

Date 10th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/how-to-be-a-successful-vlogger

Mixing art and Photography with Ted O’donnell & Vicki Lee

Ted & Vicki share their inspiring story through art and photography.

Ted O'Donnell & Vicki Lee, Photographers

They fell in love in a veggie shop, now this dynamic duo are making waves. There first project S./WET was absolutely stunning, using a mix of Ted‘s knowledge and passion of photography and Vicki‘s paint experiments, this co-partnership has grown into a massive production- they are busy creating more mysterious ,beautiful, visceral and atmospheric art as well as raising their 2 beautiful daughters.

Date 11th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/mixing-art-and-photography-with-ted-odonnell-and-vicki-lee

Get paid to shoot what you love with Christina Force

Yes it’s true — you can get paid to shoot what you love!

In this session, photo consultant and ex photo rep Christina Force works through some steps you can take to make more money from your photography, as well as important info you need to know before you ditch your day job to become a pro.

Christina Force, Photo Consultant

Ex-photo rep and production company founder, Christina Force is a New Zealand based photo-consultant who works with photographers and agents worldwide. Her online mentoring programmes help photographers anywhere rediscover their passion and promote their best work to targeted clients.

Date 12th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/get-paid-to-shoot-what-you-love-with-christina-force

Basic Copyright and Image Licensing for Photographers

Are your images “lost” when you put them on social media? Who owns copyright in wedding photos? Capturing people, buildings, art – what do you need to keep in mind? In this session, we’ll cover all this and more so you can better understand copyright as you start to sell your images.

You’ll also learn some of the image licensing jargon that typically gets thrown around in contracts so you know what you’re dealing with next time you book a shoot.

Canon Master Eugene Tan will weigh in with his thoughts on the matter, plus offer some tips on how to make a business out of imaging.

Canon Australia’s Legal Counsel, Fiona James, will share a basic guide to copyright and walk you through some common licensing terminology to help keep you away from common traps. A ‘must-attend’ session for anyone thinking about selling images.

Date 13th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/basic-copyright-and-image-licencing-for-photographers

Capturing the defining moment with Cameron Spencer

Cameron Spencer is the Australian photographer that captured “that” Usain Bolt photograph that defined the 2016 Games. But it is just one of Cameron’s photographs to have gone viral across the web.

Join Cameron for his discussion on capturing quintessential moments and the impact of photography going viral.

Cameron Spencer, Photographer, Getty Images

After attaining a bachelor’s degree of ‘Visual Communication’ majoring in photography, Cameron began his career working as an assistant and freelance photographer. He started working at Getty Images in Sydney as a Picture Desk editor then Assignments Editor and, after many weekends learning from several senior Getty Images photographers, in 2004 the self-confessed sports fanatic became a staff photographer specialising in photographing sport and portraiture.

In the past twelve years, Cameron has covered major events including four Games, three Commonwealth Games, three Rugby World Cups, two Asian Beach Games, two New Zealand Winter Games, two IAAF World Athletics Championships, the FIFA World Cup in South Africa and Brazil and International Cricket including the ICC One Day World Cup and three Ashes test series.

Cameron’s work is regularly published in newspapers, magazines and online around the world. Publications include the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Inside Sport and Sports Illustrated.

Date 14th June
Time 7-8:30 pm
Cost $15
For tickets go to https://www.canon.com.au/vivid/theatre/capturing-the-defining-moment-with-cameron-spencer

For the above events, 100% of ticket sales will be donated to Youth Off the Streets.

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