While attendance seemed a little sporadic for a first day kick off, there was no shortage of enthusiasm or support from the attendees or the exhibitors. In fact, I was blown away by the level of educational support at so many different companies. I had my LUMIX FZ1000 with me and grabbed a few shots of some of my favorites, some of them before the show opened.
Profoto USA was ready and focused on doing everything they can to raise the bar on education this year. They've got 22 different programs in their booth throughout the convention. In talking with Mark Rezzonico, President of Profoto USA, he put it all in perspective:
"We want to be the biggest educational force at the convention and help as many photographers as we can!"
There's also something to be said about this image on the left. It's the back wall of Profoto's booth and an incredible testimonial to how many of the industry's great artists are part of the Profoto team.
Panasonic's new look is simply awesome. If you haven't checked out LUMIX they've got the staff and the gear to share with you in booth 311.. Plus, a new speaker presented every hour. I'm excited to be doing a program today at 1:30. I'll be rolling through promotional ideas, one after another, to help you make 2016 the best year ever!
From demonstrations, to speakers to service support on your gear, Tamron never missed a beat. If you're at the show, check out the new SP lenses. Swing by booth 609. You won't be disappointed!
Notice that BIG album on display in the Marathon booth? Marathon's new Bella Art Albums are remarkable with a stunning choice of papers, covers and presentation style. They're in booth 1105 and you need to see the albums to really appreciate the quality and the statement they can make about your work.
A new exhibitor at WPPI this year, but with the ability to have an impact on thousands of photographers is Sprout Studio, booth 1129. Here's your chance to finally get the organization you need with software and a system designed by photographers for photographers! In fact, it's thanks to SproutingPhotographer.com that the Weekend Wisdom podcast airs every couple of weeks.
I know that all of you have limited time to attend all of the conventions/conferences each year, but from networking to education to new technology it's an important part of the ingredients you need to grow your business and skill set. If you're not at WPPI, then take the time to wander through this year's exhibitor list and visit the websites of the the companies who you feel have products and services to help you the most.
This is a terrific time of year to be checking out what everybody is doing. For most companies the excitement of what they're showing at a convention is shared online in their websites and blogs.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.