I just completed a two day Photography seminar in Atlantic City, NJ entitled On the Road 2013. It was an incredibly educational experience and I can not recommend it enough. Speakers and presenters included some of the top names in the industry and tracks were available for shooting and business. The Seminar was primarily geared towards wedding shooters with day one being a lecture day and day two splitting between lectures and hands on workshops. There was even a special guest appearance by a non wedding photographer.
A cell phone shot while waiting for the constant lighting workshop, these Kinoflos will soon be replaced by the Medusa.
It was very interesting to listen to and watch the different styles of the photographers present. Each with their own personality and style, each with their own unique opinions of the industry and why they do what they do. Yet they are all friends, each with their own market and clientele.
Three of my favorite lectures:
Douglas Gordon. This dude is a bundle of energy and incredibly passionate about what he does. Kevin Kubota is the suave, laid back west coaster who is super intelligent and a great educator. Jerry Ghionis. He has an Australian accent, how can you not like him? Unassuming, tells it like it is. In all seriousness, the look and feel of the photographs he produces are some of my favorites for this genre. Fashion mixed with romance. Canon Explorer of Light Bob Davis, Speedlite master Ryan Brenizer, and the non wedding guy rounded out my Photo series lectures. There were a few others as well that I did not have the opportunity to view.
So since I was at a photo seminar you would think I would have lots of pictures, right? I took some cell phone shots to tweet out during the event and the opportunity did present itself during the workshops but they would really not be my photos even if they are in my camera. Staged models with lighting already set up, I choose not to ride coat tails so I did not take any pictures during the workshops. However…
While taking an after dinner stroll, camera present and a 50 attached, I wanted to capture the clouds rolling in on the casinos across the bay:
I was a bit worried I would need a tripod for these but it looks like I managed out OK
This is the second seminar I have been to this year and the quality of knowledge made available has been so beneficial to me; should anyone ever think about attending a photography seminar, do so. You will not be disappointed.
Oh Yeah, that non wedding guy? He stole the show! His lecture was packed, his workshops had the most people in attendance and even the event host was intrigued and managed to get in front of his camera. Mr. Hurley has been a great source of inspiration for me and someone I will continue to be learning from as I pursue my craft. I will be following up this post in a few days with one about a conversation I overheard and briefly joined in on in regards to Mr. Hurley’s forte. A post ultimately made possible by my wife – as I was on my way home I received a text from her requesting some head shots. Timing could not have been better. Love it!
Thanks for stopping by! Till next time…