Well, I’ve been away from the blog for a few days – did you miss me?
I just got back from ImagingUSA in New Orleans. If you aren’t familiar with ImagingUSA, it is the big national convention for the Professional Photographers of America. Photographers from all over the world gather to talk shop and learn more about the craft.
Of course, just visiting New Orleans is quite a photographic experience. SOOOO much to photograph. We spent some time walking around the French Quarter and I got this shot in Jackson Square – right as some rain was about to move in.
One of the highlights of the convention is the print exhibit – where the top competition prints from the previous year are displayed. I love going through and seeing images that I remember from judging a state convention. They even have mentor booths where you can sit down for a one-on-one consultation with a PPA juror to get all your print competition questions answered.
Of course, if you have a few extra dollars to spend, you could probably find a few items at the trade show. It was massive. It took a couple of hours to walk through the whole thing.
I put together a quick video to show you what all this looks like.[tube]w3KsLFPfOo8[/tube]
To make things a little more exciting, one of my images – Judges Pleas Rotate – was a finalist for the Grand Imaging Awards. Unfortunately, things didn’t go my way and I walked away without the trophy. However, it was a huge honor to know that my print was in the top ten illustrative images in the entire competition – so it wasn’t all bad.
Viewing the prints and strolling around the trade show was a lot of fun. Add to that the interesting programs, fun parties – and of course, getting to hang out with photographers for a few days. It really makes for a great artistic getaway. If you missed it this year, put it on your calendar for next year. It is a lot of photography education for the money.