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Manfrotto Distribution

September 13, 2010 16:04 ET

Manfrotto School of Xcellence Hosts Unique Opportunity to Meet Five Top Photographers at Photokina 2010

Special Showcase Allows Participants to See Techniques First-Hand and Get Feedback From Leading Photography Professionals

RAMSEY, NJ--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  Manfrotto School of Xcellence, a free resource for anyone who wants to learn more about photography, will host a unique showcase of photographic talent at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany. From September 21 - 26, 2010, Photokina attendees will have the opportunity to meet and interact with leading professional photographers, Bill Frakes, Joe McNally, Robert Bigano, Uwe Statz, and Drew Gardner, at the Manfrotto School of Xcellence Theatre in Hall 5.1. 

Bill Frakes (, is a renowned Sports Illustrated staff photographer who has worked with an array of high-profile advertising and editorial clients in over 100 countries. Joe McNally ( is a best-selling author and internationally acclaimed photographer whose work includes shooting for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, and National Geographic. Both Frakes and McNally will offer hour-long tutorial presentations at the show. The presentations will cover a variety of topics including lighting elements, digital storytelling through HD video and audio, flash size, sports photography techniques, strategies and solutions for location-based shooting and a look at how DSLR cameras are producing high-end imagery for brands of all sizes.

In addition to the Manfrotto School of Xcellence Theatre, Frakes and McNally will offer portfolio reviews at the Manfrotto School of Xcellence Booth. These reviews will provide aspiring photographers with a rare opportunity to have an acclaimed photographer review their work and provide feedback and advice. Frakes and McNally will conduct their reviews in the morning throughout the show, while renowned photographers Robert Bigano ( of Italy, Uwe Statz ( of Germany and Drew Gardner ( of the United Kingdom will provide critiques in the afternoon.

One-on-one workshops are also available with the pros. The hour-long sessions can be booked online at or directly at the booth at Photokina Hall 5.1. Candidates must have their own camera and equipment and must propose a topic or one or more questions for the photographer.

Space is limited for workshops and presentations. Interested attendees are urged to sign up in advance. To register and for more information, please visit For additional information regarding the Manfrotto School of Xcellence, please visit For more information about the entire Manfrotto range visit

About Manfrotto Distribution
Manfrotto Distribution, Inc. is a leading distributor of key accessories brands for the photographic, video, cine and lighting production markets. Manfrotto Distribution is an international company within the Imaging Division of the Vitec Group, which owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Kata, Avenger and Litepanels. National Geographic Bags and Tripods are manufactured and distributed under license. As the US distributor of Metz, Gossen, Elinchrom, Lastolite, Formatt Filters, Rotatrim and Datacolor, which are available nationwide through an extensive network of authorized dealers, Manfrotto Distribution offers the most complete range of exceptional camera and lighting accessories in the business. The Manfrotto Distribution international network covers the USA, Germany, France, Italy, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and China.

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