SMPS Professional Development Series Session 5 - Photography Basics: Best Practices for the Amateur Photographer

May 07, 2020
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

JE Dunn Construction
2555 Cumberland Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
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Session Overview:

Photography Basics:  Best Practices or the Amateur Photographer

As marketers, we all need quality photography, whether for headshots or projects. Join award-winning photographer, Adam Kilbourne, FSMPS, CPSM, to learn the basics skills to take usable shots for those times when you can’t hire a professional. The best part is you don’t need a big expensive camera to take great photos.

In this session, we’ll look at the most important camera settings, talk about composition for portraits and architecture. It’s not necessary, but feel free to bring your camera to follow along. Adobe Lightroom can handle 95% of your post-processing needs. We’ll go through the basics to help you get that extra bit of wow in your photos. Bring your laptop and follow along. Adam will share his favorite resources that have helped him improve his photography skills over the years.

OPTIONAL Hands-on Workshop:  Photo Processing & Editing with PhotoShop and Lightroom!

Stay after the session to learn more about post-processing and editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. Bring your laptop and dive into these tools more deeply with Adam's guideance. Workshop attendees will learn how to take the photography from the field to the computer and make it really shine!

When you register, you must select if you want to attend just the photography basics session (which covers gear, composition, and iPhone photography), the hands-on workshop (which covers processing and editing in Photoshop and Lightroom), or BOTH!


  • Composition
  • Basic Camera Settings
  • Most Beneficial Gear
  • When to Hire a Pro - and a List of Atlanta Pros to Help!
  • iPhone Camera Basics
  • Adobe Lightroom Basics

Featured Speaker:

Adam Kilbourne, FSMPS, CPSM
Principal | Executive Vice President - Business Administration
Tec, Inc. Engineering & Design

Adam Kilbourne, FSMPS, CPSM is a Principal and Executive Vice President of Business Adminstration at Tec Inc. Engineering & Design in Eastlake, Ohio, and has been with the firm for 20 years, where his responsibilities include overseeing day-to-day business administration.

A SMPS member since 2005, Adam received his CPSM designation in 2008, and named a Fellow in 2016. In 2015, Adam received the SMEI Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award. He received a B.S. from Texas A&M University in 1996 and attended the inaugural class of SMPS University in 2011 and Pinnacle Experience in 2017.

Event agenda:

8:00 – 8:20 AM – Registration / Breakfast

8:20 – 8:30 AM – Welcome / Opening Announcements

8:30 – 10:00 AM – Session: Photography Basics

10:00 – 12:00 PMOPTIONAL Hands-on Workshop (*extra fee required)



CPSM CEUs: 1.5 hours (Session ONLY)

CPSM CEUs: 3.5 hours (Session + Workshop)

Domains: 2 - Marketing Planning, 3 - Business Development, 4 - Proposals, 5 - Promotional Activity


Event champions:

  Michelle Erste

  Jenn Hebblethwaite





in-kind sponsor:




$40.00 SMPS Member Ticket for Session ONLY

$35.00 CPSM Ticket for Session ONLY

$65.00 Non-Member/Guest Ticket for Session ONLY

$80.00 SMPS Member Ticket for Session AND Add-On Workshop

$75.00 CPSM Ticket for Session AND Add-On Workshop

$105.00 Non-Member/Guest Ticket for Session AND Add-On Workshop