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It’s almost here! As I always say, the toy store of all toy stores for photographers and videographers is returning to New York City in the form of the PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo. The conference runs from Wed-Sat. 10/21-24 and the Expo runs from Thurs.-Sat. 10/22-24.
One of the best parts of the show is the fact that there is a LOT of free education and many fantastic photo opportunities (for example, amazing still life sets, male and female models, sports-related action, etc.) all around the show floor.
There are also many outstanding fee-based seminars happening, including post production seminars by industry experts including Katrin Eismann, Stephen Johnson, Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski and Julieanne Kost.
And even if you can’t make it to the show this year, you will find a lot of news and info (plus special offers) being mentioned on many of the social media feeds of just about all the companies who are taking part. The official PhotoPlus Expo Twitter feed is @PhotoPlusExpo, and their Facebook page can be found here.
TIPS FOR GETTING THE MOST FROM PHOTOPLUS EXPO
Here are some tips for getting the most from the show.
1. Read the Press Releases for the Show: The press releases for the PhotoPlus Expo have a lot of information about what’s happening at the show, including free and fee-based workshops and events. You can find all of the releases from the show organizers here.
2. Download the Free PhotoPlus Expo App: The PhotoPlus Expo app is truly fantastic resource. The app allows you to quickly view dates and times of many events and seminars. It also allows you to view a list of exhibitors with their booth numbers, and you can star (favorite) them and then refer to them later (under “Favorites” on the home page). I can’t tell you how helpful this was to have last year while walking the show floor compared with using a printed list of exhibitors. You can even mark a booth as visited, and you can take notes in the app for each exhibitor. I’m almost sure the app is iOS only, and here’s a link to it on Apple’s App Store.
3. Bring Your Camera to Test Different Lenses and Accessories: There’s nothing like being able to put the latest and greatest lens or flash unit on your camera to put it through its paces. Not every company will allow you to do this, but many will, and it can be very useful when trying to decide between a few different products.
4. Bring Media Cards to Test Different Cameras: By bringing a few smaller capacity and EMPTY SD/CF cards to put in cameras that you really want to test, you will come home with images that you can “pixel peep” to your heart’s content. I write EMPTY and smaller capacity because it is very easy to forget that your card is in a camera, and I’m sure you would not want to leave any important data (or an expensive card) behind.
5. Don’t Miss the Competition Galleries and other Photo Galleries on the Show Floor: Every year there are galleries of prints on the show floor containing absolutely stunning work. I never have enough time to spend there, but I’m always happy that I can enjoy the work.
6. Take Photos of the Booth Event Schedules: Some companies will publish their booth speaker schedules before the show, but many don’t. As you pass by schedules of events and speakers that look interesting to you, you can take a quick photo and refer to it at a later time.
7. Drink a Lot of Water! It can be tiring walking the show floor, especially with a bag full of whatever you bring, pick up, purchase, etc. 🙂
You can find more tips for getting the most from the Expo in this article from the folks at F-stoppers.
If you’d like to attend just the trade show but haven’t requested a free pass yet, you can sign up here. Free “trade show only” tickets are available until the end of day on 10/20. After 10/20, you may still be able to get free trade show only tickets by using an exhibitor’s code or link. Using the following set of keywords in your favorite search engine should bring up some companies offering links to free passes: “photoplusexpo 2015 free tradeshow pass.”
LIVE PHOTOGRAPHY THEATER TALKS ON THE SHOW FLOOR
Here’s a schedule of 30 minute presentations happening on the show floor in the “Photography Theater.”
SOME PHOTOPLUS-RELATED LINKS
• The main website for the PhotoPlus Expo.
• My review of some of the things I found very interesting from Day 1 of PhotoPlus Expo 2014.
• My review of PhotoPlus Expo 2013 (many of the same exhibitors will be attending in 2015.
• My review of PhotoPlus Expo 2012.
• Link to the PhotoPlus Expo iOS app
UPCOMING MASTERING LIGHTROOM 6/CC WORKSHOP IN BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ WITH ANDREW DARLOW
Would you like to supercharge your Lightroom workflow? I’m returning to Berkeley Heights, NJ on Sunday, 11/22 for a full day workshop titled: “Mastering Lightroom Workflow: From File Organization to Effortless Manipulations.” The best way to find out more about the class is to sign up for my free Meetup Group here. Or you can download a PDF describing the workshop here.
I always enjoy sharing events like this one. And even though I’ve shared this event on my Facebook page and Twitter feed, this event offers so much that I wanted to share it here on ImagingBuffet.com as well.
PIX 2015 is a live and online photo trade show and learning event happening 10/6 and 10/7/2015 in Seattle, Washington. Registration for the live sessions ranges from about $10-30 depending on whether you plan to attend just a single session or for a full day. There is no charge to view the streaming sessions.
There are many speakers who are presenting who I respect highly and know well either personally or through the content they’ve been sharing (books, online videos, podcasts, etc.) over the years. Here are just a few, with links to their speaker info pages on the site: C.C. Chapman, Tim Grey, Joe McNally, Ibarionex Perello, Rick Sammon, and Brian Smith.
For more information or to view the sessions live on 10/6 or 10/7, visit www.PIX2015.com.
On Thursday, September 24, 2015, there will be two big photo- and imaging-related events happening in The Big Apple. Both are free to attend, though some seminars at the first event are fee-based (about $12 per session). Below are the details:
FIRST EVENT: The Stand Out! Photographic Forum
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 9:30am – 7:00pm
Location: Hudson Studios, New York City
Overview: This event is a combination trade show and series of seminars by some incredibly talented photographers and photo industry leaders.
Owners of medium format cameras can have them cleaned for no fee if you register in advance on the website. Mamiya Leaf and Phase One camera system owners can have their equipment both serviced and cleaned for no charge.
For more information or to register for either the trade show (free) or a seminar (about $12 ea), Visit This Page.
On that page, you will also see information about other Stand Out! Photographic Forum events happening in Toronto (9/29/2015) and Los Angeles (10/15/2015).
Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 5:45pm
Location: North end of Times Square between 46th and 47th Street, and Broadway and Seventh Avenue (next to the TKTS ticket booth).
This free event, called “Swimming In Ink,” looks like it will be a great opportunity to experience something rarely seen in the middle of New York City. The U.S. National Synchronized Swimming Team, sponsored by Epson and Staples, will perform a series of synchronized swim routines in a 17,000 gallon swim tank...I hope it’s heated :). The swimmers will be performing hourly in swimsuits printed by Epson dye-sub printers. The 2016 Olympic Synchronized Swimming Duet will also be in attendance.
The athletes will also be available for autographs and photos with attendees throughout the day. If you can’t be there in person but if you’d still like to see the event, performances will stream live at www.epson.com/SwimmingInInk. The event is being produced in part to highlight the arrival of Epson’s new family of innovative EcoTank printers.
If you’d like much more information about the event, visit this multimedia news release page.
QUICK TIP FROM ANDREW
I should note that it’s very easy to attend both events. I recommend checking the seminar schedule first (you can find it here), then find some time to see at least one of the performances in Times Square.
I’m very happy to announce a new PDF guide that I recently wrote for a fantastic photo tips website called Photzy.com.
Front cover of the PDF Guide, available free for download from Photzy.com. Shown on the front of the guide is the Wedding Photographer Vest from TheVestGuy.com. It’s a product I use a lot, and I highly recommend their vests for safely and securely carrying cameras, media cards and a whole lot more.
In the free guide, I cover some of my favorite strategies for managing those amazing (but easy to lose) devices called media cards. If you’ve ever had to lug around large numbers of 35mm or 120mm film canisters (each holding a maximum of about 36 exposures), you will know why I think media cards are so special. However, managing those cards can be tricky, so I tackled the subject in detail.
In the guide, I also mention specific products that I use and recommend to help manage your cards at home and on the go.
QUICK BONUS TIP NOT IN THE GUIDE
After writing the article, I realized that I could clarify the meaning of the words “Full” and “Empty,” which I write on my card holders. So I added the following text to my media card holders (“Ready for Camera” and “Ready for Download”), as you can see in the photo below:
Now, it’s even more clear which case I open when I need a “new” card for my camera (the EMPTY Case), and it’s also more clear now which case I open when I am done with a card and still need to download it to my computer (the FULL case).
Another quick tip: Most photographers know this, but once you are ready to reformat your card, you should do that in the camera (every camera has a procedure for doing that), instead of formatting the card using a computer, and instead of deleting the files on the card.
To download and read the full guide, visit this page: http://photzy.com/free-guide-managing-media-cards/
On photzy.com, you’ll also find many other free and fee-based photo tips guides.
Also, if you are located in the New Jersey/NYC-metro area, or if you’d like to travel there for workshops and other photo events, please visit this page and consider joining our free MEETUP GROUP: The Art of Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom.
The balloons are returning to central NJ! For the 33rd year, the QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning is happening at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ from Fri. July 24 to Sunday, July 26, 2015. The number of photo opportunities (especially when about 100 balloons are in the air), are always incredible. I’m personally excited to see the Darth Vader balloon return, joined this year (for the first time) by Yoda.
The weather, based on a quick look at weather.com is looking ideal for all three days of the festival, which is important because if it is too windy, the balloons are not permitted to launch. There are planned morning and afternoon balloon ascensions on Saturday, July 25, and Sunday, July 26 at 6:30am and 6:30pm. There is also a “Balloon Glow” during the Saturday evening concert that is a truly incredible spectacle.
Special Opportunity for Amateur and Professional Photographers
On Friday morning 7/24 at 6:30am the festival organizers allow members of the press as well as amateur and professional photographers/videographers to attend a “Pre-Festival Media Launch” for no charge (parking is also free). I plan to attend once again on Friday morning to take photos with many other pro and amateur photographers and videographers. Experiencing the sun rising with the balloons all gathered in one place is truly breathtaking. Below is a self-portrait from last year’s Media Launch taken with a GoPro camera. I’m sporting one of my favorite ways to carry my gear–using The Wedding Photographer’s Vest from TheVestGuy.com. Another favorite accessory (the Peak Design Capture PRO Camera Clip), allows my camera to hang securely from my chest. For more information, including parking instructions, see the bottom portion of this page on the festival’s website.
I also mentioned the Media Launch on the Meetup Group that I run (it’s called The Art of Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom). Anyone who is passionate about photography is welcome to join for no cost. I will be announcing a few workshops and other events related to photography in the upcoming weeks.
What to Do at the Festival
There are many family-friendly events at the festival, and there are MANY food options, including a multitude of food trucks and a “pop-up” QuickChek store. The bands that they have lined up look fantastic, and there are quite a few musical acts that play both day and at night (see the schedule for exact dates and times). You can either purchase reserved seats if you want to get close to the stage, or you can just enjoy the show from a lawn chair or blanket outside the main show area with your ticket to the festival since all of the concerts are all held outdoors. I was there last year for the Joan Jett concert, and she and her bandmates rocked the house!!
For a good overview of the show, here is an informative interview from CBS News with Executive Producer of the show, Howard Freeman.
Ticket Information and Discounted Tickets Available Until 11:59 pm Thurs. 7/23/2015
Ticket information can be found on this page, including links to information on how to purchase balloon ride tickets. General Admission Tickets are $10 for children (age 4-12, children 3 and under are free) and $24 for adults when ordered by 11:59pm on Thurs. 7/23/2015. After that, they are $15 and $35 respectively. Other ticket options can be found under the “Tickets” section of the website.
Any general admission tickets purchased are valid for one day only. You can also avoid a $3.50 per ticket online ordering fee by purchasing tickets at a QuickCheck store (here is a link to a page where you can search for a QuickChek location).
Love Books? I know I do. For the last three years I’ve been attending the BEA (Book Expo America), which is primarily an industry show for the book business. Last year, someone got the idea of running a consumer book show akin to Comic Con, which is a huge event that celebrates all things related to the comic book industry, held annually in multiple cities. I must say that it was a very good idea! Last year’s BookCon show was packed with people celebrating the very wide world of literature, from romance novels to stunning photography picture books (I personally favor these over the romance novels, but that’s just me).
BookCon will be returning to the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2015. Last year was the first running of BookCon, and it was held on one day, but this year (undoubtably due to its success), it’s running for two days.
One of the entrances to Book Expo America 2015 (same location as BookCon 2015). I think Snoopy is starring in a new movie and some new books too! Photo © Andrew Darlow.
There are panel discussions, author interviews on a big stage and in conference rooms, as well as many, many book signings. One of my favorite interviews/presentations last year was with author and photographer Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York. Brandon is returning this year, and here’s a link to Brandon’s presentation and poster signing schedule at the 2015 show. I also got to see Grumpy Cat up close, which she didn’t appear too excited about, but I didn’t take it personally :).
An example of what you’ll find at some of the booths at Book Expo America and BookCon. Booth Photo © Andrew Darlow. For more information about this vendor, visit Beaver Books.
A Few Tips for Navigating the Show
Walking the show floor without a plan can be overwhelming, so I recommend taking a look at what’s happening at the show, then decide which talks/booths you’d like to visit. If you want to get a book signed by a specific author, you can bring your own copy (they may or may not have copies of the book available that you’d like to own).
BookCon Ticket Information
BookCon Adult Tickets for Saturday are $35 when purchased online prior to the show and $45 when bought onsite. Sunday tickets for adults are $30 when purchased online prior to the show and $40 when bought onsite. And as I noted last year, definitely consider bringing the kids! A good portion of the show contains children’s books, games, etc. Tickets for children 6-12 are just $5. If last year is any indication of the attendance, I would recommend purchasing tickets in advance. It’s a good way to reduce wait times when you pick up your badge for the show, and to avoid the possibility of it being sold out. I noticed that all the VIP tickets are already sold out for this year’s show.
Viva le Book!
BookCon 2015 Quick Links
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Today I’m happy to bring you another image with technical data, thoughts and comments from photographer and instructor at Digital Photo Academy, Bill Blanchard. This time, the subject of the photo is one of my favorite places, the Jersey Shore. You may recognize the Fun Town Amusement Pier in Seaside Heights, NJ. The entire pier (as well as Casino Pier on the other side of the boardwalk) was heavily damaged during Hurricane Sandy (October, 2012) just about nine months after this photo was taken (1/10/2012). Unfortunately, the stately ferris wheel in the photograph was so badly damaged that it was demolished in the spring of 2013. And to add to that, a devastating fire in September of 2013 badly damaged the Fun Town Pier. I think photos like this underscore how quickly things can change in a location. I visited Seaside Heights just a week before the fire, so when the fire happened, it underscored for me the fragility of almost everything we see and experience on a daily basis.
Photo ©Bill Blanchard, All Rights Reserved (click for a larger version)
Here are Bill’s comments about the image:
“Cold winter days often make for clear, crisp skies, and I took advantage of that here. When I saw this scene, locked behind a cyclone (a.k.a. chain link) fence, it went black and white in my head. I found a break in the fence and poked my lens through and shot it as the black and white I knew it would become. The only way I could get the detail I was seeing in the sky and the deep shadows was by shooting it as an HDR image. I made it black and white as part of the HDR processing.”
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/800
HDR Processing in Photomatix to a TIFF file. TIFF file was then processed in Lightroom to create the final image.
You can learn more about Bill, and check out some of his other images on the Digital Photo Academy site by visiting this page: http://digitalphotoacademy.com/portfolio/bill-blanchard
Please note: The Imaging Buffet receives no compensation for bringing these images and tips to you, and we have full editorial control over the content. As a part of our relationship with Digital Photo Academy, you will find information about The Imaging Buffet and upcoming workshops and events on their website.
I’ve been attending photo shows sponsored by photo organizations, publications and other industry groups for over 20 years, and there are a few that really stand out in my mind for the quality of programs and the trade shows that usually accompany them. One of them, the PhotoPlus Expo, happens each Fall in New York City (you can read my review of the 2014 show here), and another fantastic one (Imaging USA) is being held this year in the beginning of February in Nashville, TN.
I just received some information about the programming schedule for The Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference and Expo (WPPI) 2015, which is returning to Las Vegas from 2/28 to 3/5/2015. Even if you don’t plan to attend, there is a lot of great information that can be found by reading through the course descriptions and following the news about the show on Twitter, Facebook or the show’s website. Below is the full text of the press release, which covers a lot of information about the event. Some of the things I found most interesting are the new photo walks, the four day hands-on filmmaking class that looks like a great opportunity for those interested in diving into (or improving their skills in) the world of “moving pictures,” and Joe McNally’s two-hour keynote, scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, from 8-10 pm. If you’ve ever had a chance to attend a Joe McNally talk or view one of his presentations online while he shows his outstanding imagery, it’s always enlightening.
PRESS RELEASE (reproduced in its entirety)
Photo Walks, PLUS Classes and Keynote by Joe McNally Highlight New Education and Inspiration at WPPI 2015
Reduced Prices for New One-Day Plus Classes, 50 Photo Walks through Las Vegas, and Intense Four-Day Filmmaking Track Exemplify WPPI’s Dedication to Innovative Learning
New York – December 30, 2014 – The Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference and Expo (WPPI) continues to be the most anticipated event of the photographic industry, and for good reason. For one week each year, thousands of photographers and filmmakers gather in Las Vegas to try new products, expand their skillsets by taking premier, hands-on educational courses, and network with friends and industry leaders. The annual conference promises new events and educational additions each year and WPPI 2015 promises to continue that tradition.
“WPPI has built a solid foundation by providing unique ways of educating our attendees – creative learning techniques, events, and technologies are all part of the fabric that makes up the WPPI experience,” explains Jason Groupp, WPPI director of education and membership. “WPPI 2015 is filled with new seminar tracks, an amazing lineup of Photo Walks, an inspirational keynote by Joe McNally, and two very exciting networking parties. We’re giving our attendees the chance to learn directly from their role models. These are priceless lessons that will stay with our community members forever.”
For the first time, WPPI will host a series of Photo Walks – 50 total – led by some of the industry’s most renowned photographers and educators including Jen Hillenga, CM Leung, Tony Corbell, Rocco Ancora, Zach and Jody Gray, Jennifer Rozenbaum, and Kelly Brown. Attendees can choose to begin or end each day with an interactive Photo Walk conducted at a variety of locations in and around Las Vegas. A complete listing of scheduled Photo Walks can be found here; for more details on each walk, visit the WPPI Photo Walk Facebook page where many of the walk leaders are sharing ideas and schedules for their walks as well as answering questions on each session.
Catering to the positive feedback on smaller, hands-on classes, WPPI has added 10 new one-day PLUS Classes for 2015 for a reduced price; $149 each for members and students, $199 for non-members. Limited to 25 participants per class, attendees will benefit from a more personalized and intimate learning environment. Each PLUS class will consist of a 2-3 hour presentation, followed by hands-on training and an afternoon of on-location shooting.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in the online #WPPIKNOW Trivia Challenge. Photographers who answer each question correctly will be entered to win a free Full Platform Pass to WPPI. A Full Platform Pass is required for attendees wishing to take a PLUS/ Master class or Photo Walk. For those already registered, WPPI is giving the winners $99 to put towards the purchase of any educational class. To play, Like the WPPI Online Facebook page and look for the next #WPPIKNOW post or email in your inbox.
On Tuesday evening, March 3 (8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.), Joe McNally will take to the stage for this year’s keynote presentation. McNally has been recognized amongst the 100 most important people in the industry. His career has spanned more than 30 years with assignments in more than 50 countries, including shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, & The New York Times Sunday Magazine. After a day of interactive learning, attendees will be able to sit back, relax, and be inspired by one of our industry’s greatest photographers.
WPPI 2015 will again host an intensive four day hands-on filmmaking class led by Joe Switzer, limited to 20 students to ensure an intense and interactive experience. Participants will be part of the crew that writes, shoots, and edits the official 2015 WPPI video from beginning to end. The film will make its debut during the awards ceremony on March 4th.
Did Someone Say Party?
WPPI 2015 will be hosting two networking parties.
WPPI officially kicks-off on Saturday night, February 28 with its new evening event, Almost Famous. For the first time, WPPI will celebrate other talents of its members against a backdrop of their photography. Whether it be song, dance, playing an instrument or any entertaining talent, WPPI members are invited to strut their stuff in front of a live audience for a fun, entertaining and inspirational night. Hosted by Grand Master of WPPI Jerry Ghionis and proudly supported by Triple Scoop Music, this will be the perfect introduction to your 2015 WPPI experience! The showcase will be followed by a performance by a Triple Scoop Music artist for a night of fun and dancing.
Sunday night, March 1, will feature the annual Opening Party at Hakkasan, the hottest nightclub in Vegas which is conveniently located inside the MGM Grand. The party, proudly sponsored by industry giants Canon U.S.A., Inc. and Bay Photo, is exclusive to WPPI Full Platform Pass holders and includes an evening filled with drinks, glitzy photo opps, and dancing to the beats of the resident DJ.
On Monday evening, March 2, attendees will enjoy an evening under the open skies of Vegas by the MGM’s famed Producer’s Pool. Enjoy the company of your peers, industry leaders, and the sights of Las Vegas while sipping cocktails and enjoying music beneath the stars.
The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.
Additional information and a complete schedule of seminars and activities is available online at www.wppionline.com.
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