Photo Focus Event

Date: March 14, 2024

Location: Building 3 – Camp David

Length: 6 hrs

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Cine Gear Expo is proud to announce the 1st Annual Photo Focus, a one-day educational event focused on the art and craft of Still Photography.

This new day-long event in Industry City, Brooklyn, will feature exclusive seminars and workshops from New York’s leading photographers, brands and partners. Topics include: On-Set Photography, Portraiture & Fashion, Nature & Wildlife, and Street Photography.

Schedule: Thursday, March 14, 2024

    Registration Open: 9:00am (Bldg 8) & Bldg 3 check in and register: Pre-registered only to Bldg. 3, Bldg, 8 to register

Please note that all attendees must complete a Cine Gear Expo NY attendee registration to attend this event.

Panel 1

10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

Phil Caruso

The Defining Moment On Set: One-on-One With Photographer Phil Caruso

In this conversation, award-winning photographer Phil Caruso takes us behind-the-scenes of his career shooting stills on-set of some of the greatest films of all time — movies including A Bronx Tale, Cape Fear, Casino, and Forrest Gump, plus TV series such as “Poker Face” and “White House Plumbers.” Phil will also share his perspectives on the art of on-set photography, and shooting with both analog and digital technologies. This conversation will include an exclusive slideshow and audience Q&A.

Read Phil's Bio

Phil’s introduction to photography & film was at the age of 8 when he became the projectionist to his family’s screening room of 16mm films. His father worked as a cameraman, writer, and producer of documentaries, then features in the 1950s. He had an inventory of motion picture and still photographic equipment that Phil discovered. Phil first began use a 16mm camera at age 10 followed with a still camera, a Leica M3.

Phil’s film production experience began with the formation of his own production company, CINECO PRODUCTIONS, in New Orleans in 1969. He self-produced documentaries on the sugar cane industry, the New Orleans tourism industry, and commercials for agency and clients in the Southeast. Working as cameraman and editor, he worked on independent feature productions where crew members expanded their jobs from production to post-production jobs. Continuing as cameraman and production manager for other studios in New Orleans, he worked a schedule of political campaigns and retail commercials. In 1983, he was accepted into IATSE Local 666 in Chicago as a still photographer to begin union employment. He continued to work and relocate geographically to obtain cards from camera locals in Los Angeles and New York.

He began work for Ron Howard at the time he formed Imagine Entertainment for the movie Parenthood. While working Backdraft, he was asked to become the on-call photographer to Robert De Niro. Bob introduced him to Martin Scorsese on the filming of Cape Fear and continued to work on over 20 movies total for both Bob and Marty.

Panel 2

11:00 AM to 11:50 AM

Sponsored by Zeiss

The Ultimate Guide to Street Photography: LIVE Edition

Straight from the streets of New York, Atlanta and Tokyo, Jason and Kenneth show you how to get the most out of your street photography sessions. From location scouting to a deep dive on shot analysis, hear how this team crafts within the frame.

Presenters: Kenneth Hines, Jr. and Jason Vong

Read Kenneth Hines's Bio

Kenneth “Professor” Hines, Jr. is a multi-discipline photographer based in Atlanta and New York City. He’s an Ambassador for ZEISS Camera Lenses, SIRUI Imaging and Haida Filters. He’s also an Adobe Lightroom instructor, Adobe MAX speaker and lead photographer for Madame Tussauds New York.

Read Jason Vong's Bio

Jason Vong is a visual storyteller and YouTube content creator based in Los Angeles, CA. He is an experienced wedding filmmaker and travel enthusiast and loves creating YouTube content splashed with his self-proclaimed humorous personality. His YouTube channel focuses on hybrid shooting, featuring tutorials about photography & videography along with camera/camera gear reviews all combined with his love of travel.


12:00 PM to 12:50 PM

Panel 3

1:00 PM to 1:50 PM

Portraiture: A Study of Faces with Photographer Ben Staley

With a mix of authentic, gritty documentary portraiture and studio high fashion editorial work, Ben shares his secrets to capturing timeless compelling portraits in a variety of settings and conditions. While images from this presentation span more than a decade from locales around the globe, the emphasis is on recent work. Photos, videos & stories!
Read Ben Staley's Bio

Ben Staley is an Emmy-winning filmmaker and a portrait and documentary photographer. Ben’s career has demonstrated a knack for capturing authentic, real moments with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. He’s worked with A-list actors, musicians, athletes, law enforcement and first responders, Navy Seals and other military branches, as well as fishermen, mountain climbers, farmers, craftsmen… nearly anyone imaginable.

Panel 4

2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Phil Caruso
Travel Photography: On the Road with Esteban Toro

Come on a thrilling journey through China, Namibia, and South Sudan with Esteban Toro in “Travel Photography: On the Road.” Let Esteban be your guide as he shares the heart and soul of these incredible places, revealing fascinating stories and breathtaking scenery. From the ancient traditions of China to Namibia’s surreal landscapes and the vibrant communities of South Sudan, Esteban’s photography captures the essence of each destination. Join us for an inspiring exploration of what it takes to be a travel photographer while discovering remote locations of our planet.

Read Esteban Toro's Bio

Meet Esteban Toro, a world-renowned New York-based travel photographer & filmmaker. As a Sony and BenQ Ambassador, his artistry captures the essence of global cultures. A respected professor at the School of Visual Arts, Esteban’s storytelling through visuals transcends boundaries. Honored as an Extraordinary Alien by the U.S Government, he’s a 2021 Sony World Photography Awards winner, solidifying his place among the world’s elite photographers. As Sr. Community Relationship Manager for Professional Filmmakers in Adobe, he extends his passion for storytelling to the realm of film, connecting and inspiring creators worldwide.

Panel 5

3:00 PM to 3:50 PM


Details coming soon