This Is the Perfect Time for the Photo Trade Show to Be Reborn

The photo trade show desperately needs to be reborn into something else, and this is the time for it to happen.

If you’re reading this, you’re wondering why there’s no interest in a photo trade show from new photographers. And you’re probably missing the times where the industry got together and hung out. Those times, at least for the moment, are gone. And the photo trade show, in general, has changed a bit over the years. But the progress has been plodding. In truth, it feels like you could age an award-winning whiskey much faster. The photo trade show, in general, tries to be incredibly avant-garde, but it instead ends up being incestuous and out of touch. The global lockdown was and still is the perfect time for the photo trade show to evolve. I’d even like to argue that the show doesn’t need to evolve; it needs to die and be reborn brand new.

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CP+ Cancelled Due to Fears of Coronavirus, But There’s Still WPPI

CP+, one of the Photo Industry’s most important trade shows, is canceled due to fears of Coronavirus.

Journalists, attendees, and manufacturers won’t be heading to Japan later this month due to fears of Coronavirus. The global epidemic is causing fear of travel and slowed down economic growth. Earlier this month, Mobile World Congress was cancelled due to fears of Coronavirus as well. And while CP+ is cancelled, this may not be as gloomy as we think. WPPI 2020 still seems to be on even amid PDN shutting down.

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PDN Shuts Down: What Does This Mean for the Photo Industry?

We’ve heard rumblings of PDN folding for a little while now, but it’s official.

I’ve been hearing news of PDN folding, but have purposely not written anything due to nothing being official yet. But, the cat is finally out of the bag and Photo District News is gone. If you’re an industry veteran, you probably know how big this is. But if you’ve started with photography in the past few years, you’re probably not batting an eye. In my own career, I’ve seen PDN switch owners a number of times while scratching my head. When I first started out, nearly 13 years ago, I felt them to be nearly untouchable. But, the past decade has been very rocky for the photo industry. I’ve seen a number of publications fold, get revamped, etc.

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Sample Images: Portraits Shot with the Panasonic 50mm F1.4 Lumix S Pro

We were shooting with the Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro at WPPI 2019 and we’ve got a ton of portrait sample photos.

The Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro lens is the company’s first really high end prime lens offering for the L mount system. We recently put it through a quick test for portrait shooting. Photographers who are interested in shooting portraits with a shorter focal length like a 50mm lens will be pleasantly surprised that Panasonic put a lot of engineering into this lens. In fact, during our meeting with Panasonic they told us that they made it a “no compromise” lens. It was likened at one point to the Zeiss Otus lineup, which lead the way for the charts over at DXOMark. We’ve updated our Panasonic 50mm f1.4 Lumix S Pro first impressions for you, but we’ve got a few further thoughts and the full gallery of portraits after the jump.

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Sample Gallery: Panasonic S1 Lumix Pro Full Frame Camera

We got play with a shoot ready pre-production sample of the Panasonic S1 at WPPI 2019; and here are sample photos.

At WPPI 2019, our staff had the opportunity to play with a Panasonic S1 camera for a while. The Panasonic S1 is the latest offering from the company to photojournalists who want a full frame mirrorless camera. The Panasonic S1 sports dual card slots in form of both SD and XQD–which later on will be firmware upgradable to CFexpress. The unit that we used is a shoot ready pre-production sample, and we’re pretty positive that there is a Sony sensor at the heart. But we’ve got image samples nonetheless which you can find in our Panasonic S1 first impressions. 

For your convenience, we’ve put a bunch of the sample images below in this post too.

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The Panasonic 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH is Quite the Superzoom

The Panasonic 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH makes its way to WPPI 2018

While I’m not exactly sure how many photographers will be using a 100-400mm equivalent lens for either portraiture or weddings, the new Panasonic 50-200mm F2.8-4.0 ASPH is being announced at WPPI this year. This lens is another offering of the variable aperture lenses that Panasonic has been producing with an emphasis on F2.8-4 in the past few years. All the important details are after the jump.

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The Sony HVL-F60RM Flash Embraces a More Traditional Form Factor at $600

With the new Sony HVL-F60RM, the company seems to be moving away from the Cobra head style.

If you know anything about Sony’s previous flagship flashes, then you know they had a very interesting design. But the company’s new Sony HVL-F60RM is slated to be their flagship, and is also taking the more traditional approach to design. It’s a guide number 60 flash that lights up a scene from 20mm to 200mm. Plus there is heat resistance built in–which means that the flash probably won’t explode on you when you’re shooting machine gun style as some do. Recycle time is at 1.7 seconds max, but when you use an extra battery attachment it can go down to 0.6 seconds. Additionally, there is integrated radio control, which Sony has needed for a while now.

There’s also dust and moisture protection–and all this will run you $600. That’s incredibly pricey if you ask me. More details are after the jump.

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It’s True: The Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is Coming for the Sony FE Lineup of Cameras

Best of all, the Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is most likely going to be affordable.

It’s been awhile since any of the major third party manufacturers said they’d be developing any sort of lenses for the Sony FE lineup of cameras, but the new Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Di III RXD is being announced right before WPPI 2018. Though details are still scant, we know a few major tidbits. Today’s press release states that the lens will have a minimum focusing distance of 7.5 inches, measure only 4.6 inches in length, and have what Tamron is calling their Rapid eXtra-silent stepping drive–which is essentially a silent, really fast focusing motor. Plus, it’s going to have moisture-resistance and a coating on the glass elements that makes it resistant to fingerprints.

More details from the press release are after the jump.

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The Updated Pentax K1 Mk II Improves on Image Quality First and Foremost

The new Pentax K1 Mk II is looking to improve where it matters the most.

I really liked the Pentax K1, and so when we found out about the new Pentax K1 Mk II I was very intrigued to see how the company would improve the camera. To date, I genuinely believe it and the Nikon D850 to be the best DSLR cameras in the industry–but the Pentax was starting to show its age. When it arrives next month in April, I’m also not sure many Pentaxians will necessarily want to or need to upgrade to it. Let’s take a look at the new Pentax K1 Mk II, right before WPPI.

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Profoto Releases New Collapsible Beauty Dish

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Beauty dishes are awesome; but they’ve always been super annoying to carry around because they’re big and not at all collapsible. RingFlash created their own for speedlights a while back, but today Profoto is announcing their own for monolights. Originally called the Profoto Softlight Reflector, it’s now called the OCF Beauty Dish.

This dish isn’t made of metal but instead is made with fabric. It also has a speedring, rods, etc that snap into place. When not in use, it can be collapsed down and put into a bag.

They’re available in White and Silver for only $179; but can only be used with the Profoto B1 or B2 flashes. These are perfectly timed with WPPI 2016.

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Jerry Ghionis on Overcoming Obstacles and Mistakes in Wedding Photography

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Jerry Ghionis is a renowned wedding photographer–and the Australian native splits his time between Melbourne and Beverly Hills. Besides being one of WPPI’s most-awarded photographers, his gigs have taken him all over the world. What follows is an interview with Ghionis on his photography and his approach to the craft.

Editor’s Note: He’s currently traveling across the U.S. on his “How to Wow” tour. For more information, go here.

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Creating the Photograph: Lindsay Adler’s “Golden Goddess”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where we interview photographers about a photo that they shot and how it was achieved. The results are some knowledge passed on to you. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com

Photographer Lindsay Adler needs no introduction–she’s an in demand fashion photographer, a social media maven, and an instructor. Based in NYC, Lindsay Adler travels a lot for her job and will be at WPPI 2014 giving classes about her craft and teaching folks tricks and tips on how to improve their workflow. But as a bit of a teaser, we talked to her about how she created one of her favorite photos: the Golden Goddess.

Here’s her story. But also be sure to check out her class on How to Flatter Anyone, No Really Anyone and other seminars.

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Change.org Petition Asks WPPI To Drop Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon for Plagiarizing

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In an extremely interesting use of Change.org’s petitioning efforts, photographers have seemingly gathered together to protest Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon from teaching at the seminar. According to the petition, the reasons for this are due to claims of plagiarization from the two well known photographers. The comments and signatures are quite interesting as one states,

“Nobody’s perfect, but deliberately allowing unethical people to teach the next generation of photographers is a recipe for disaster.”

The petition is targeted at the organizers of the show and at the time of publishing this article it has received almost 300 signatures.

It’s an extremely interesting use of photographers trying to democratize and protest the trade shows that they go to. For a long time WPPI and the Kelby Tours have been two of the biggest sources of education for many creatives as they often go all across the US.

In the coming months, we’re not sure how this will affect the careers of the creatives as Jasmine in particular has created a complete empire from being a marketing genius. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Via R/Photography


What’s In the Bag? Sony Artisan Brian Smith

I’ve known professional photographer Brian Smith for a couple of years now, and the work he does has consistently blown my mind. More importantly, he’s also perhaps one of the nicest professionals I’ve ever met: in fact, he’s looking out for all of us. His book: Art and Soul, belongs on every portrait photographer’s coffee table. Brian managed to talk to various celebrities after shooting their portraits, and got testimonials from all of them on why the arts are so important.

He’s even let me play with his gear before. While we all know that a photographer’s creative vision first, I couldn’t help but ask Brian to talk with us about what’s in his camera bag. After some quick emails back and forth, I was able to get the well-respected Sony Artisan to not only tell us what’s in the bag, but also give us a bit of a backstory on some of the pieces.

Before we start though, be sure to follow his updates and if you’re at WPPI, be sure to pop on by his Secret of Great Portrait Photography class. They’ll be giving away lots of freebies there too.

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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!

SnapKnot: A New Resource for Wedding Photographers

As a wedding photographer, I was recently friended on Flickr by SnapKnot, a new website designed for photographers to better market themselves and for Brides to (very) easily search for the type of photographer that they want based upon a large number of criteria. Impressed with the site, I decided to interview Reid and Michael, the founders of SnapKnot.com. If you’re a wedding photographer or looking to get into it, hit the jump. For a quick demo, take a look at my own SnapKnot page.

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Quick Tips For Shooting Events

Shooting events and parties has always been a good source of income for photographers. Getting them right and making your photos stand out from the rest though is a whole different story. There are ways to make sure that your photos don’t look like they came out of a point and shoot or from an amateur. Some of this was covered on how to shoot a memorable New Year’s Eve. For a couple of basics, hit the jump.

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Recommended Reading- Digital Wedding Photography Secrets

Besides reading blogs for tips and tricks, it’s sometimes also great to refer to handy guides. If you’re looking to get into wedding photography or if you’re already one but always looking for ways to improve then Digital Wedding Photography Secrets by Rick Sammon is a great book to pick up. The book is truly as versatile as wedding photographers need to be and will serve as both as learning guide and refresher to photographers. It’s a great time to talk about it with WPPI happening soon. My review is after the jump.

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Round Up: Canon 1D Mk IV for Weddings

With WPPI coming up soon, you may be considering a new camera soon. Fellow Canon shooters may find that they’re looking for something more than what their 5D Mk II’s and 1Ds Mk III’s can do. As a guy looking for another body himself, I explored how the 1D Mk IV was for weddings. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the camera before but I always thought that it was really just for photojournalism and sports. It appears that I was wrong. Here’s a round up of people that have tried it out.

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