Today started with Brian Smith’s lecture on great portrait photography. He had quite a few anecdotal stories about celebrities and his experiences photographing them. (By the way, I use his book, Lighting for Outdoor & Location Portrait Photography, for my autumn workshop textbook.) Brian does amazing work and it was nice to learn from him.
From there, I went to Julieanne Kost’s class on Photoshop CS6. I always learn a lot from her classes. She’s got to be the foremost expert on Photoshop. (She’s an Adobe employee.)
It was now time to check out of our hotel room, and for Elizabethe to join me at the trade show. I didn’t get to see much of the trade show because I had a mentoring session scheduled for my print competition images. I sat down with a Master Craftsman photographer and she told me what was good and bad about my images. I only had 20 minutes, so I had to be picky about what I had critiqued.
Next stop was the SmugMug stand at the Bay Photo booth. There I met Rocky from SmugMug. She’s over the SmugMug User Groups (aka SMUGs). We talked about my speaking at some of the meetings.
Rocky (SmugMug) and Me at Bay Photo’s Booth
Me and Debbie Thomas (Bay Photo)
Debbie Thomas was at the Bay Photo booth. She’s my sales rep at Bay Photo Labs and was a really big supporter of NCPP when I was president.
I also ran in to Bambi there…
Me and Bambi
I didn’t see much of the trade show as I had an image mentor review, had to change in to my tux, had to get my portrait with the PPA President taken, and so on.
Elizabethe, Me, Patricia and Sam Gardner
While we were waiting for the awards ceremony, I saw the Gardners. I met Patricia a few years back when we were both speaking at ProPhoto Expo in Pasadena, California. Sam and Patricia recently married.
Judy Host and Me
I also ran in to old friend, and former NCPP member, Judy Host.
Before we knew it, it was time for the awards ceremony. It was like the who’s who of photography. Greg Goram was given the life-time achievement award, and they presented several other high-level awards. It was then time for the Craftsman Degrees.
Elizabethe walked out on the stage with me, presented my award, and then after shaking hands with Tim Walden (PPA President), it was back to our seats to watch the presentation of Master’s Degrees.
We took off right after that and drive to Alabama to spend the night.