Photography and video conferences. Are they dead? Are they going to happen this year? Is it kind of the nail in the coffin for conferences? Because they were sliding before. Where exactly are they at? What’s going to happen and what can you expect coming in 2021 and 2022?
WPPI rescheduled from March to August 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic
After CES and CP+, the next year’s WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Trade Show) is changing plans for 2021 as well. Instead of March, the trade show will take place in August 2021.
Photographing models and “dope profile photos” in Red Rock Canyon
WPPI is a wonderful occasion for many photographers who have the opportunity to attend. It’s a time to meet up with old friends and meet new ones whom you’ve only spoken to before online. It’s also a place to learn and to teach.
At this year’s WPPI, Keydrin Franklyn and Sam Serrato decided to hold their location lighting workshops just outside of Red Rock Canyon. The plan was to find a good location and teach & shoot for 8 hours. So, they hired a few local models, and one of the attendees even got in front of the camera to get a new profile photo.
Are photography trade shows, conferences and expos really worth going to?
Big photography shows happen all around the world. Some are much bigger than others, but are even the big ones worth going to? It’s a question I see asked quite often online, especially at the moment. The Photography Show is the biggest one here in the UK and it’s on next month. I’m going, and I’d probably still be going even if I weren’t covering it for DIYP. For me, they are worth it. But I know a lot of people who aren’t going, and don’t really see the point.
Having recently attended WPPI in Las Vegas, Joe Edelman tackles this question head on in his new video. There are some downsides to these shows, as there is with almost anything in life. But there are many positives and benefits, too, which Joe talks about. Sometimes it’s the opportunity to learn. Perhaps it’s to play with a shiny new toy you’ve been thinking about buying. Maybe you just go for the networking.
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