Meet accomplished photojournalist and talk shop about photography at SPJ R3 conference

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Photojournalist Kevin D. Liles will be presenting “Visual Storytelling: Take Photos With Impact To Accompany Your Written Work,” at the Society of Professional Journalists Region 3 Spring Conference, “Freelance Blitz,” on March 24, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Learn how to shoot great photographs that impact readers as much as your words do in this 50-minute workshop by a professional freelance photojournalist who does work for The New York Times, The Washington Post and Sports Illustrated.

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Kevin D. Liles

Geared toward writers who must juggle taking photos while writing stories, Liles will cover digital photography basics, photo composition, as well as techniques that can elevate your visual storytelling. Topics to be covered include how to use smartphones, point-and-shoots and DSLRs. He will also give tips on which equipment to purchase for a smart phone or a higher level camera.

But this workshop is so much more. You will have a professional freelance photojournalist who will give you great advice on how to work with professional photographers, to communicate your ideas about an assigned photo and also talk to you about photojournalism etiquette when working with a photojournalist.

Liles will present a visual tutorial to show you examples of good or bad composition, the correct use of the “Rule of Thirds,” lighting techniques, and how to photograph the human face and form … and much more.

Check out some of Kevin D. Liles’ work:

SPJ Region 3 2018 logoAbout the presenter: Kevin D. Liles is documentary and commercial photographer based in Atlanta who specializes in covering issues, politics, and sports in the South. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and Sports Illustrated, among other publications and clients.

Kevin began his career as a reporter for a small-town daily newspaper, The Moultrie Observer, in 2001. He quickly learned that he wanted to become a full-time photojournalist and made that transition when he was hired at The Griffin Daily News in 2004. After three years, Kevin left the paper to attend school full-time and finish his bachelor’s degree. While in school, Kevin also worked full-time as an assistant for Sports Illustrated magazine, working at some of the largest sporting events in the country.

Kevin graduated in 2011 with a degree in Communications & Media Studies from Clayton State University and entered the freelance market. Since then, Kevin’s work has primarily been focused in the South, focusing on issues such as race and the changing political landscape, as well as stories rich in Southern culture.

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Read more about the SPJ Region 3 Spring Conference, “Freelance Blitz” by linking HERE. Find out who is our keynote speaker, our breakout sessions and Google trainer. It is a whole day to meet the needs of professional freelance journalists. 

To register for this uniquely designed conference for freelancers, REGISTER HERE.

Questions? Contact Sharon Dunten, Assistant Regional Director, Region 3, Society of Professional Journalists at

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