Photos from The World’s Largest Santa Claus Convention

This post originally appeared on Format Magazine. It has been syndicated with permission. Original post by Jill Blackmore Evans. Images by Dina Litovsky.

To capture the world’s biggest Santa Claus networking and educational event, photographer Dina Litovsky made the unlikely trek to Branson, Missouri in July on assignment for National Geographic. The convention, Discover Santa, hosts over 800 professional Santa Clauses for workshops that range from “A More Comfortable Hat for Santa” to the more business-oriented “Finding and Keeping Clients”—but this isn’t your average mall Santa hangout.

Litovksy followed the holiday-themed crowds to formal dinners, cruise boat parties, baseball games, and watched them try to stay cool in the Missouri heat while decked out in red-velvet robes. They showed off their North Pole tattoos and swiftly comforted children they came across who are “believers”.

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SnapKnot is Sending One Lucky Shooter to WPPI

Online Wedding Photography Hub, SnapKnot, is giving a way a free registration to WPPI’s Las Vegas trade show. The show, on February 21-23, 2011, is a chance to explore the latest wedding and portrait photography products and techniques. The random drawing doesn’t include travel or accommodations, but will include a year’s membership to WPPI for those who don’t have one.

The trade show exhibitor list includes camera companies Nikon and Canon, a number of print, proof, and binding companies, marketing solutions like The Knot, and equipment vendors like B&H. Also on the list are a number of lighting, medium format, and digital processing companies.

To enter, photographers must register with SnapKnot and leave a witty posting on the contest page. Good luck!

Optimal Primes: How NYCC Made Me Love My 50mm

I’ve already explained how a 50mm F/1.8 lens has changed my shooting after years of using zoom lenses, but after New York Comic-Con a little while back, I feel the need to expand upon it. On my first day at the con, I shot cosplayers with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USMlens because I felt I needed the wide angle to get the best shots on the crowded floor. The second day, I used my 50mm F/1.8. The difference was night and day, both in how I shot and how the pictures turned out.

This posting was originally written by Will Greenwald

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