Each year Imaging USA brings around 10,000 amazing professional photographers who descend on a city for networking, friend-making and bonding. This year the event took place in San Antonio, Texas. The energy from the thousands of attendees, great speakers and the incredible gear from the Expo vendors makes for a truly spectacular conference.
As with most years, Canon threw a fantastic welcoming party on Sunday night in the Grand Ballroom at The Marriott Rivercenter Hotel. The party was open to anyone with an Imaging USA badge.
During the party I was able to get several Canon Explorers of Light to agree to pose for me for a few group shots. Images were shot with a Canon 5D Mark IV and the new Canon 24-105mm IS f4 lens.
The Explorers of Light concept came out of Canon USA in the mid 1990s as a broad-ranging initiative for photographic education and inspiration. Today, the group is comprised of dozens of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty.
I just returned from the Photographic Society of Americas International Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Each year its members gather to take advantage of the opportunities provided that week to further their education and shooting skills.
This week I had the opportunity to try out the brand new 5D Mark IV. Its built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II. It also has 4K video, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS.
I managed to get away from the Canon booth for a few minutes and drop in on one of the photo bays that was nearby to test the 5D out. It’s always impossible to tell how good a camera’s images are by looking at low res images posted on the internet. So I’d like to add that the full size images are gorgeous. Looks like Im going to be ordering one soon.
Heres 3 photos taken with the 5D Mark IV and the Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS version II lens.
The 3-day PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 22,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. It had over 220 exhibits, thousands of new products and some great seminars and speakers.
It’s a great place to improve your craft, learn how to run a successful photography business or discover the latest trends. The entire conference is dedicated to helping expand your expertise.
My participation was primarily on Canon’s main stage where I got to work with some of the best photographers in the world. We had some great models, props and lighting set ups for shooting instruction.
If you didn’t make it this year, I hope to see you there in 2015.
Working on stage with Greg Heisler – Photo by Steve Inglima Hugging one of my favorite photographers, Harry Benson – Photo by Steve Inglima Scott Kelby
For five days this week, I was the photographer in Canon’s Publishing Studio at the PRINT13 Trade Show. The trade show was held at McCormick Place in downtown Chicago. The floor space covered 340,000 square feet and there were 602 exhibitors.
Anyone attending was able to have their portrait done at the Canon booth. I used the Canon 7DSV (studio version) camera which has a bar code reader attached to it. Before I photographed someone, I scanned their trade show badge’s barcode. When I did this, the person’s name and address was added to the EXIF data on each image. Images immediately transferred over to the Canon servers via an Ethernet cable attached to the camera.
After I took their photo, they would go over to a laptop, scan their badge again and answer a few questions about themselves. They were asked about what type of business they were in, their favorite color and a few other things. Those files were sent to the Canon servers as well where they were linked to their portrait using the barcode information. At that point a custom magazine was created and printed for them on the spot. Graphic colors and articles inside were related to the individual’s answers and of course, their photo was on the cover!