Yes, we are back and will be covering the latest news about photographers and equipment that can help improve you as a photographer who is using he SONY Alpha I work or in play.
This year, SONY had a very respectable display and stage at the SONY Booth 421. Many of the SONY Artisans of Imagery included Nigel Barker, Brian Smith, Mathew Jordan Smith, David McLane, and MeRa Koh provided demos and talked about their individual technique and style of photography on a live stage at the SONY Booth.
Then who can forget that wonderful Las Vegas Burlesque dancer Miss Redd, who modeled for both Brian and Mathew during the week.
Also I need to give a special thanks to a special SONY person who works tirelessly in arranging these wonderful classes for the WPPI audience. This special Person that I am talking about is Ms. Kayla Lindquist.
During the 4 days of this Professional Trade, four of the SONY Artisans of Imagery provided a 2 hour long classes on their specific area of expertise in the professional photographic community. Two of the most well attend classes were those classes put on by Brian Smith and MeRa Koh.
The class attendees were enthusiastic and provided positive energy to the speakers. In fact the Wednesday Morning class put on my MeRa Koh ended with a standing ovation. There is no doubt, this years SONY Artisans of Imagery were a major hit at this years WPPI convention.
SONY Artisan of Imagery David McLane showed the WPPI attendees a sampling of his most recent projects in both still and videos or as David puts it a fusion of still and video. Talking to the small group, David talked in depth about his passion about shooting motion and the company he co-founded called MERGE, a boutique production company that combines timeless imagery and a fearless embrace of technology to create visual content for the web, broadcast, print and beyond. Allot of the videos and images were from a recent project for a clothing chain call Horny Toad Active ware.
Allot of the video and images that David shot was with the use of a SONY Alpha NEX 5 and with stunning results. David explained that the SONY NEX 5 was more than capable in shooting most of the video in this campaign.
David further explained that he sees the future of photography as a fusion of both video and stills and his company is positioned to take a lead in the new movement of imaging format.
To see more examples of this new direction of photography and video go visit Davids other venture called Merge.
Sunday night was a night with SONY Artisans of Imagery Nigel Barker and a viewing of many of Nigel’s fashion campaigns. Beside his big push for the SONY Alpha a900, SONY’s current Flag Ship DSLR, Nigel also show the crowded MGM Garden Arena images taken from SONY’s newest digital entries, the Alpha A55 SLT and the SONY Alpha Nex 5.
The evening started with some fine food and a chance to have your photograph featured on the two projector screens and music provided by Triple Scoop Music. At about 8:00:PM the Nigel Barber show started but not without in minor technological glitch or two.
He praised the quality of the SONY Alpha a900 and the SONY Zeiss glass that he uses almost exclusively and the superb quality of the award winning SONY Alpha A55 SLT cameras. Then He setup the stage to become a studio for images that he took that would become entries into his new book campaign call RAW.
As I mention in the beginning of this short entry, I said SONY Artisans of Imagery Nigel Baker. I will have more on this new development later and will pass this on to the rest of my readers.
Oh my, have I put myself on a limb or what. Time will tell and a lot will be happening the week that I attend this massive professional conference for professional Wedding and Portrait Photographers. I will be providing my own view and take of events from Sunday to Thursday Morning. I will be there to not only learn, but to enjoy myself during the course of the week. This is an opportunity to meet and talk to many of the photographers that have influenced the direction of many of SONY Professional Cameras and get insight of the direction and course that SONY will be taking too bring professionals like me some of the finest tools for our trade.
I will also give some firsthand images from many of the SONY events as they happen during the course of the week. So if you find yourself unable to attend, I hope to give you day by day coverage the and behind the back stage view of the week at WPPI 2011.
There will be a lot to cover, and because I will not have all of the press privileges that others will have, I can only give you a more of a attendee view of the weeks events. We will see where this will take us.
So keep watching for more information of the WPPI 2011 and our coverage in the next few weeks.
With the PPofA conversion in San Antonio Texas now in the past, and SONY’s Artisan of Imagery Mathew Jordan Smith sharing with fellow professionals photographers on How to have more fun in photography, it comes to no surprise that SONY would be represented by three, yes I said three SONY Artisans of Imagery Photographers at the 2011 WPPI Convention.
All three photographers will be talking about three different topics and sharing their special knowledge to a room full of professional photographers.
Merging Video and Still Photography
Monday, February 21, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Video)
Sony Artisan of Imagery David McLain will share ways for you to incorporate video into your still photography business. Participants will see real world examples of how David has been using video to grow his own business and expand his creativity. David recently co-founded Merge, a boutique company dedicated to telling brand stories through still photographs and moving images that unfold seamlessly across an array of media, from print to Web to television and back.
Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
Tuesday, February 22, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm (Portrait)
Celebrity portrait photographer and SONY Artisan of Imagery Brian Smith will share the lessons he’s learned over the past 30 years capturing the faces of the famous, infamous and unknown as a top magazine portrait photographer. Brian will discuss his approach to editorial and commercial assignments from concept to final images, and detailing his approach to lighting and problem solving on productions both small and large. He will also share secrets about how to quickly capture the personality of the people in your photographs. He will also discuss how personal projects can be used to generate editorial and commercial assignments, and allow your personal style to evolve and grow while generating assignments you love to shoot.
Creating Confidence—How to Succeed by Shooting From Your Authentic Heart
Wednesday, February 23, 8:00 am – 10:00 am (Motivational)
For the last four years, Me Ra Koh has led her CONFIDENCE Workshops for Women throughout the country. This year she brings to WPPI the heart behind the message thousands of women have connected to: How do we create sustainable confidence for our art, business and family? What are the tools and practices we need to stand strong when we feel the world pushing back? And, what can we expect when our dreams have been achieved? Me Ra is a visionary leader who has a passion for empowering women to create, work and dream with their authentic hearts. She is proud to be a Sony Artisan of Imaging as well as a regular contributor to Oprah’s latest endeavor—The Nate Berkus Show.
The WPPI Las Vegas Convention will be taking place at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino from February 17-24, with the Trade Show scheduled for February 21-23, 2011. SONY will also have a large display on the Trade Show Floor during the convention, so if plan on attending, please visit the fine professionals at the SONY display.
For more information about attending the WPPI Las Vegas 2011 Convention then follow this link: http://www.wppionline.com/storage/2011/home.html