Oct 22021
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Keeping It Real: Capturing Life Today

Gain insight into how you can create compelling, realistic images taken from your own life and experiences.

Presenters: Pei Ketron Lisa Weatherbee Brandon Bell Justin J Wee

Location: Online

Presented by:

  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Supported by:

  • PhotoWings

Our Online Sessions are proudly supported by our partners PhotoWings.

Join this panel as the speakers share how they make images that accurately reflect their lives and the world around them, while also resonating well on social media. They’ll discuss what they are photographing, how they are photographing it, how they edit to maintain realism, and how they select what to share on their social channels. You’ll leave with insight into how you can create compelling, realistic images taken from your own life and experiences.

Presenter Bios

  • Pei Ketron

    Pei Ketron

    Pei Ketron works on the Lightroom team at Adobe, with a focus on building community and leading the Lightroom Ambassador Program. She is a photographer and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area who spent a decade teaching special education in the public school system before becoming a freelance travel and commercial photographer. Clients have included Apple, Google, Michael Kors, All Nippon Airways, Mercedes, and American Express. In addition to her experience with DSLR and medium-format film photography, Pei is also an accomplished mobile photographer.

  • Lisa Weatherbee

    Lisa Weatherbee

    Lisa Weatherbee is invested in the power that photography has to shape our social consciousness. Her work is an ongoing quest to champion diversity, representation, and the creation of images that feel authentic to our modern world.

  • Brandon Bell

    Brandon Bell

    From a young age, I have dreamt of traveling the world to serve marginalized communities. Almost every weekend before my father left, he would take my younger sister and me to homeless shelters to teach us how to serve—how to be content with having little. Learning to mourn with those who mourned, and love those who had little, afforded me something priceless: my eye.

    I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I come from a single mother who took me to her classes while finishing her associate’s degree. In my spare time, I watched movies, drew, and viewed picture books until my eyes were heavy. I was obsessed with movies—particularly “Titanic.” When the movie ended, I would quietly rewind it on the VCR and rewatch it until I got caught. Being the youngest boy in a household of four typically allowed me to go unnoticed—until my mother suspected my silence, yelling “Brandon! Off! No more today!” Back then, I didn’t realize that the reason I could rewatch a three-hour movie was because I was studying it. I was absorbing every frame, composition, lighting choice, musical selection, and line of dialogue the director allowed. I was fascinated with storytelling. Little did I know, I was growing into a storyteller myself. I strive to tell stories with my work. I have always had a love for photojournalism, and with under three years of professional photography experience, I have been fortunate to travel much of the world telling stories of marginalized communities. If I achieve nothing else in my lifetime, I want my work to have helped provide a truthful and honest gaze into the plight of the human experience.

    My work has been published in numerous outlets, magazines, and online publications such as: The Atlantic, the ACLU, The New York TimesVICEThe Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Reuters, BBC, the Los Angeles TimesTIMEForbesThe Washington Post, Getty Images, and The Guardian.

  • Justin J Wee

    Justin J Wee

    Justin J Wee is a Malaysian-born Australian photographer, community chef, and libra now based in Brooklyn. His work seeks to create reflections of the world he knew his closeted self would have benefitted from seeing: a world where queerness doesn’t look homogenous, and people of color don’t have to trade in parts of their ethnicity in order to thrive. In 2020, he was named one of Authority Collective’s Lit List. He was also a Young Guns 18 Finalist. He was profiled by the BBC for his personal project “How I Hurt”, which sought to create a visual language for those living with chronic pain. Some of his clients include: The New York TimesOutThe New Yorker, SSENSE, Vice, and TIME. He is represented by Rocket Science Studio.


  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

    We look forward to seeing you at our Adobe tent at Photoville! Our photographers will be there opening weekend—Saturday and Sunday from 12-7pm. Join us
    — for photowalks throughout each day, some with models to photograph, and we will be editing live some of the photos taken!
    — to see tips and tricks on mobile photography, working with color, black and white, removing unwanted or distracting elements from your images, etc.
    — and let us show you how quick and easy editing on the go is with your mobile phone!

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