Your Presenters

Sam Hurd

Washington DC, USA


NineDots Gathering 2020 presents Sam Hurd!

Starting as a political news and celebrity portrait photographer in DC, Sam was eventually drawn to wedding photography as a space to promote more inventive ideas. Sam’s focus is on photographic techniques that are deceptively simple, but have potential to transform difficult or uninspiring shooting environments into one of a kind opportunities for every photo made.



The Paradigm Shift of AI in Photography

Artificial intelligence and machine learning is quickly working its way into all industries, and photography has just begun to embrace it. After the launch of Lightroom, the past decade has seen very little innovation of popular software tools that photographers utilize. The past 12 months have started to change all of that with third party developers leveraging Google’s AI ecosystem. Entirely new approaches to workflow are now possible, where the RAW dataset of images are processed automatically from cull through edit, with a photographer’s unique preferences entirely realized. I will outline every tool in my AI workflow, and prove how embracing AI early will not only lead to more time and efficiency in your business, but much higher profitability.

Mini - Masterclass

Embrace the Panic!

Let’s push the creative edge of composition and light using simple and repeatable methods. We’ll have a brief lecture that will set the stage for an improvised shoot with a real couple. We’ll walk around and find whatever everyday items we come across to create unique and natural images.