Auckland's 1st Independent Photography Meetup

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GridAKL / John Lysaght

101 Pakenham St W · Auckland

How to find us

GridAKL TECH Café is on the ground floor of GridAKL Lysaght, 101 Pakenham Street West. Easy to access location with Britomart Transport Hub and Victoria Park a 10 minute walk away. The City Loop bus stop is a 5 minute walk from the front door.

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Calling all INDEPENDENT Photographers!

Please join us at Auckland's 1st ever Independent Photography Meetup focusing on market trends for the greater independent photography community! Join a community of over 1500 Independent Photographers globally that are dedicated to the future of independent photography businesses! Whether you shoot hospitality, commercial or real estate forming a local community is vital to our success as professionals.

Very seldom if ever do like-minded independent photographers get together and learn not only from industry experts but each other. This group is your chance to learn more about the industry from a local, national and global perspective. It’s a very exciting time to be an independent professional photographer as digital disruption is everywhere. To build a sustainable future for our industry the 1st step is the formation of a community and not just online.

Having recently returned from Meetups with Independent photographers in the United Kingdom and USA, this is an opportunity to learn what's trending, empowering and concerning independent photographers across the globe.

It doesn't matter if you're a long time vet, someone just getting started, or thinking about expanding your existing photography business - come along and join our community.

Josef Nalevansky


It’s very important that one particular brand or corporate doesn’t set the agenda in a community like ours. Even though Imagecloud has taken a lead to organise and grow this community, we are looking for individuals to get involved. Please let us know if you'd like to volunteer and help organise future events.

If there is anything you want to discuss please submit you questions via email here ([masked])

We'll be answering those questions live on the night! There are no silly questions - ask anything we've done a few of these before! You can opt to be anonymous if you like. Just let us know in your email!

Guest Speakers

"How does Machine Learning help Independent Photographers"
Gough Venter - Chairman / Imagecloud

A technologist and a serial entrepreneur, driven by innovation. Gough is a thought leader in the technology that supports independent photographers.

Gough will be giving insight into why Artificial Intelligence is no longer science fiction, but a technology accessible now with practical uses for Independent photographers. He'll be covering:

- Using Neural Networks and Deep-learning algorithms, computers can now be used to automate, classify and identify information in binary data such as raw data out of a camera.

- Learn how this technology can benefit you in your photography business from analytics and automation to better leveraging your digital asset.

"In a digital world, People hire People"
Josef Nalevansky - Founder / Imagecloud

As the founder of Josef uses his expertise to help independent photography businesses flourish in an ever competitive "uberised" marketplace. He'll will be covering:

- Though application technology has revolutionised professional photography, existing copyright and labour laws haven’t caught up with the pace of globalisation and the independent photographer has the most to lose. How do we deal with this change?

- Helping photographers better understand the stresses that globalisation and technology are placing on our industry.

- Learning to work together to strengthen our position as an independent community.