New video of exhibitor interviews from The Big Photo Show now available

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Dave McKennaWondering what The Big Photo Show was really like? Here’s your chance to find out. I had the very fun opportunity to interview a handful of the exhibitors at the show, and we have just posted a video of those interviews on Youtube. Taped during the event, held May 4-5 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the video is now available at http://youtu.be/goBWF3_ck3c or you can watch it below.

Featured are John Bruehl from Sony; speaker Cheyenne Rouse from Cheyenne Rouse Photography; Ron Talley from Photographers and Digital Artists of Los Angeles; Christian Gaspar from the Los Angeles Photoshop Users Group; Lou Schmidt from Hoodman; and Dave Mason from McKenna Pro.

In the video, these exhibitors talk about their experiences at the event as it was happening, and how it compared to their expectations.

“We had a really great morning. We were so busy that we gave away about two days’ worth of material in our first two hours. We were really surprised by that,” said Dave Mason in his interview. “It’s…one of the busiest shows we’ve ever done.”

More than 16,100 advanced amateur photographers and photo enthusiasts attended The Big Photo Show, which was the first in a new series of photography shows for consumers from PMA. The event presented photography equipment from top manufacturers and retailers; an array of education sessions and workshops taught by some of the best professional photographers in the United States; live model shoots featuring themes like belly dancers, film noir and Star Wars; and creative innovations in framing and photo display.

The Big Photo Show will return to Los Angeles in Spring 2014. For more information, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

On the DIMAcast: What Sony learned about imaging consumers and more at The Big Photo Show

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New DIMAcast 2.0 logoIn this week’s DIMAcast, Mike Kahn of Sony talks about his company’s experience at The Big Photo Show. Listen and discover who the most passionate photography consumers are and what they are most interested in; how Kahn knew The Big Photo Show would be a hit when others doubted; and how he suggests photo business can capitalize on the enthusiasm for imaging among consumers today.

Download the interview here or at www.dimacast.com, or listen without downloading, using the player below. (Interview begins at 06:08.)

PMA announces more than 16,100 attendees at The Big Photo Show

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Crowd from above JHWe called it The “Big” Photo Show for a reason! I’m so excited to announce the huge number of photo enthusiasts who attended The Big Photo Show this past weekend! Our press release is below. Drumroll, please….

PMA announces 16,184 advanced amateur photographers and photo enthusiasts attended The Big Photo Show, held for the first time May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Attendees were able to discover, try and purchase the coolest new equipment and tools from top manufacturers and retailers; learn from some of the country’s best professional photographers/educators; take part in live model shoots in several photo shooting zones; explore creative new ways to frame and display their images, and much more.

“We are thrilled that more than 16,100 people attended The Big Photo Show – a number that does not include exhibitors or staff. That’s 16,184 of the most passionate photography consumers in Southern California, who came to The Big Photo Show and experienced the fantastic event we put together for them,” said PMA President Allen Showalter. “Looking at the show floor, we could see nothing but booths crowded with eager buyers, standing-room-only education sessions and packed photo shooting areas. The remarkable success of this, our inaugural event, speaks to the high caliber exhibitors, programming and opportunities offered at The Big Photo Show.”

Attendee Thomas Cuadras, who describes himself as a “newbie hobbyist” photographer, said he came to the event because, “I wanted to see what The Big Photo Show was all about, and attend the workshops. I’m a Pentaxian, but I wanted to swing by the Sony booth and check out the NEX 6 and NEX 7 cameras, their new stuff that I’ve been wondering about. I’ve never used Sony cameras before, but I’d like to. My camera has a Sony sensor, so it makes me curious to see what they have. Sony would be a good system to buy into.”

David Metz of Sigma, an exhibitor at The Big Photo Show, said, “This is a great show and we’re very pleased to be here. I have been really, really surprised by the turnout of the crowd. We absolutely are seeing a lot of interest from people who will be first-time Sigma customers. There are a lot people here who are new to photography. They are aware of the Canon name or Nikon name or Sony name, but they don’t know who Sigma is. They have come to the Sigma booth saying, Can I get a Sigma lens for my Canon or Nikon camera? For us, in terms of brand identification, this is really powerful. When they ask us that question, we send them right over to the booths of our retailers who are here  – Samy’s Camera and Paul’s Photo – to make those purchases, so they are able to leave the show with a Sigma lens in their bag. We want to be back at the Big Photo Show, in a bigger and better way, when it’s here again in LA next year.”

Commented Mark Comon of Paul’s Photo, “Our booth has been going mad all day. I can’t believe how many people we’ve seen here at our booth. The Big Photo Show is rocking, like I knew it would. Our booth is full, and there’s not a lot of stuff left on the hooks. We have to go back tonight and get more products to sell tomorrow. My staff is going crazy.”

The Big Photo Show will return to Los Angeles in Spring 2014. For more information, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

About The Big Photo Show

The Big Photo Show is a series of photography events for the millions and millions of U.S. consumers who consider themselves photo enthusiasts. The Big Photo Show will have exhibits from imaging suppliers, retailers and service providers; as well as an array of educational opportunities for attendees offered by professional photographers, framers and other experts. Among many other things, attendees will learn how to take better photos; what new innovations are available in equipment and services; and the coolest new ways to creatively display their images. The inaugural event will be held May 4-5, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

About PMA – The Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations

As a professional trade association, PMA® helps the worldwide photo imaging community achieve business success and adapt to new technologies. Its commitment to members in 100-plus countries is part of an 88-year legacy that connects business owners to a network of knowledge and support. PMA furthers this purpose through the development of educational programs, marketing research, publications, and trade shows. As a not-for-profit organization, any success PMA achieves in its endeavors directly benefits the industry, providing the means to continually develop services and activities for members.

Day two of The Big Photo Show — the excitement continues

Crowds at the Sigma booth
Paul's Photo had to work fast to keep products stocked

Paul’s Photo had to work fast to keep products stocked

The Big Photo Show got off to a blazing start on Saturday, with big crowds at exhibitor booths, education sessions and photo shooting zones alike – and the excitement continued on day two. I could tell you myself how fantastic everything was, but instead, I’ll let the attendees and exhibitors do the talking:

Marty Glickman from MAC Group: I was pleasantly surprised with the activity we had at The Big Photo Show.  Sales were fantastic. Compared to what I expected? I’ll say it again: It was fantastic.

Professional photographer and Big Photo Show speaker Robert O’Toole: I’m a photographer and consultant for Sigma, and I do

Sony's booth was packed

Sony’s booth was packed

a lot of workshops for them. I’m here as a speaker, but I was asked to help out in the Sigma booth, because it is so busy. We gave away all our brochures and business cards within the first two hours of the show. We’ve had a huge amount of people at the booth, way more than we expected. The show is excellent, and Sigma is doing great here. The attendees of this show are pretty serious. They are not just “lookey-loos” or tourists. Everybody has good equipment, and they are here looking for more.

Amateur photographer attendee Erik Clark at the Fromex booth: I’m not a pro photographer yet, but later this summer, I’m shooting my first wedding. I came to the Fromex booth to check out the cool

aluminum prints they produce. I’ve never seen

Buyers, buyers, everywhere!

Buyers, buyers, everywhere!

anything like that before, and I want to give one of those to a friend of mine as a gift. I came to The Big Photo Show for the education sessions; I just attended Portraiture 101 and a session about lighting. Now that I learned more about lighting, I’m looking for some lighting equipment here at the show.

Pro photographer Cutter Cutshaw at the Sony booth: I came because I wanted to see if I could find new technology here to help my business, or any new tips and tricks I could learn to help me grow. The technology advances so fast, and it’s important to keep up on what’s going on, so I can stay competitive.  I was interested in seeing the lighting setups, because that’s one area I

Shopping at Tuttle Camera's booth

Shopping at Tuttle Camera’s booth

want to grow into – studio lighting. I shoot a lot of natural light stuff, so I am very familiar with that, but studio lights is an area

where I need to grow and expand.  I usually buy my equipment at Samy’s and I was at their booth for a while.  I shoot with Sony equipment and with Canon; which camera I use just depends on what I’m shooting. I’m at the Sony booth now so I can ask them about some lenses that I’ve been looking to add. It’s cool to have the manufacturer here. They have first-hand knowledge of every aspect of the equipment; they are the experts.

Packed education sessions

Packed education sessions

The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge winner Bob Hume, who received the Grand Prize trip to LA for the show: The show is very informative. I didn’t get to do a lot of the hands-on shoots because it was so crowded, but I did listen to every lecture in the two days that I’ve been here – a couple of them more than once.  I especially liked Lee Varis’ session. The

Selling at Samy's

Selling at Samy’s

education is very well done, and I like seeing the gadgets on the show floor. I’ve learned a lot!  I have all the equipment I need,

although Rob Shepherd talked extension tubes during his session, and I might get some of those. I’m not much of a portrait

photographer, so learning some tips from Erin Manning about how to make people relax and proper lighting was important. I would definitely come back to The Big Photo Show in future years.

The Big Photo Show will return to Los Angeles in Spring, 2014.

 

 

 

Attendees, exhibitors and speakers of The Big Photo Show voice opinions on event

Mark Comon said of The Paul's Photo booth: "Our booth is full, and there’s not a lot of stuff left on the hooks. We have to go back tonight and get more products to sell tomorrow."
Mark Comon said of The Paul's Photo booth: "Our booth is full, and there’s not a lot of stuff left on the hooks. We have to go back tonight and get more products to sell tomorrow."

Mark Comon said of The Paul’s Photo booth: “Our booth is full, and there’s not a lot of stuff left on the hooks. We have to go back tonight and get more products to sell tomorrow.”

The Big Photo Show is in full swing, and day one drew throngs of photo enthusiasts, advanced amateurs and professional photographers to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

I had the chance to spend a few minutes stopping people on the  show floor to ask them what they were seeing and learning, and what they thought of the event. Here’s a look at some of the comments they made:

Attendee Rodrigo Molina, at the Sony booth: “I found out about The Big Photo Show through a Flickr forum. I’m an advanced amateur. It’s my hobby. My camera is a D90 and I use a Tamron 1750 2.8 lens. At the Sony booth, I learned there is new version of their 70-200 telephoto lenses coming out; when it comes out, I want it.

Attendee Rodrigo Molina

Attendee Rodrigo Molina said talking to Sony at The Big Photo Show and getting the hands-on experience has made him more interested in Sony’s products.

I also learned a lot about the advances in Sony’s technology today and their new light gathering sensors. Talking to Sony here today and getting the hands-on experience has made me more interested in Sony’s products. One thing I liked is the vertical grip on the cameras. I had never tried that before. Before trying it, I was thinking I wasn’t going to dish all this money out on just an accessory, but now that I felt it, I really like it. It’s probably something I will get in the future.

Attendees Shirley Ly and Buddy Clements, at the Paul’s Photo booth: I found out about the big photo show through [Buddy]; he heard it on the radio. I’m a professional photographer, and I came because I wanted to check out some new technology and see all the new gear, see what they have out and meet some new people. I want to purchase a new body. I’ve had my camera body for 6 or 7 years, so I’m thinking about purchasing a new one. I’m using a D80 right now, and I’m interested in getting the D7000. I had never heard of Paul’s Photo before, but they have some things here in the booth that I’m interested in. I would go to the store, now that I know about them. (Shirley)

I just moved back to Redondo Beach, so we’re really close to Paul’s Photo. It’s good to know about them. (Buddy)

We also just went to a workshop at the education theater, and that was really good. We learned about profiting and fun in photography, and how to market yourself. (Shirley)

Standing room only crowd to hear Lee Varis in the Education Theater

Standing room only crowd to hear Lee Varis in the Education Theater.

Attendee Justine Jagoda, at the Incognito Technology booth:  I bought a cool little mini camera. It’s a spy camera, and it’s really tiny and adorable. It comes with a mini charger, it has a USB cord, it has a flash drive and a wall charger. It’s video, spy, and you can take a regular picture and nobody would ever know you were taking a picture of them. It’s really cool, and it was only $135 for the little memory card and the whole thing. I didn’t come here planning to buy this, but I just happened to find it. I came here because I wanted to learn how to use my camera better. We didn’t plan to buy anything here, but we also already bought rechargeable batteries for my other camera and a charger for it, too. And, I just learned [at the Photo Doctor Zone] how to use the camera I bought my mom. I am an amateur photographer, but I want to become more involved in photography and learn. That’s why I came here.

Attendee Francisco Noriega, at the Samy’s Camera booth: I have learned a lot. I came in here because I wanted to upgrade my camera, and I found what I wanted at the Samy’s Camera booth. It’s all thanks to hearing a radio ad about The Big Photo Show and finding out it was here, so I decided to get my tickets early and come. I have not been a Samy’s customer before. I have heard of them, so I know who they are and what they do, but I would go to their store now that I have seen them here. I’m always shopping and looking around for new gear. I don’t see why Samy’s wouldn’t be the first place to go.”

Exhibitor Mark Comon, Paul’s Photo: Our booth has been going mad all day. I can’t believe how many people we’ve seen here at our booth. The Big Photo Show is rocking, like I knew it would. Our booth is full, and there’s not a lot of stuff left on the hooks. We have to go back tonight and get more products to sell tomorrow. My staff is going crazy.

Education Zone speaker Lee Varis: I think The Big Photo Show is a great success. We have quite a few crowds here. Everyone is eager to learn and experience photography in the 21st century. There was standing room only at my sessions; I’d say 150-200 people. It was great. I was not expecting even half of this. I was thrilled we got so many people there. I also got to look around the show, and I think people are very excited. The education session have tons of people, and there are big crowds in the shooting zone. It’s all been very popular, people all have cameras, and there is a lot of excitement. I think that’s translating into sales for the exhibitors; there is a lot of action at the booths.

Pre-registrations for The Big Photo Show surpass 17,300; event begins today

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TheBigPhotoShow_verticalFor months, all my fellow PMA staffers and I have been planning for and telling you about The Big Photo Show, May 4-5, 2013 — the first in our new series of photography trade show for consumers, and the “Big” day is finally here! With more than 17,300 photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers already registered to attend, The Big Photo show opens this morning at 10:00 a.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Of course, attendees can also register onsite both days of the show, which runs through tomorrow. I am so excited about the huge response from photography consumers in Southern California — and they are going to love the fantastic event we have put together, which offers:

  • The Education Zone, with 15 top professional photographer instructors including Jefferson Graham from USA Today, celebrity photographer Erin Manning from the DIY Network and Lee Varis, bestselling author of “Skin.”
  • The Shooting Zone, with live models in settings like film noir, burlesque, belly dancers and muscle men — and real-time advice from our team of pro photographer instructors, who will be photographing the scenes right alongside attendees.
  • Popular Photography and American Photo magazines, which will also host live model shoots, where attendees can take pictures and learn from pro photographers from these two iconic magazines
  • Exhibits of all the coolest new equipment from top manufacturers and retailers, which attendees can see, touch, try, and buy
  • The Creative Photo Products Zone, where attendees will discover everything they never knew they could do with their photos
  • “Photo Doctors,” who can diagnose problems with images or equipment
  • The Take it to the Wall Zone, whch will offer demonstrations on framing like a pro
  • And so much more! Read about all other exciting things we have planned here.

What 20,000 photo enthusiasts will experience at The Big Photo Show

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TheBigPhotoShow_verticalYou probably saw our announcement yesterday that MORE THAN 10,000 PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE BIG PHOTO SHOW! We are expecting 20,000 attendees at The Big Photo Show, going on this weekend, May 4-5, at the Los Angeles Convention center. Pre-registration for this event is free and available here: http://thebigphotoshow.eventbrite.com/ Admission at the door is $25.

Wondering what these legions of passionate photo enthusiasts will see, hear and discover?

Here are just some of the event highlights:

The Education Theaters

Hosted by emcees and pro photographers/instructors Mark Comon and Rob Comeau, the two Big Photo Show Education Theaters will provide fast-paced, information rich and fun-filled sessions on topics like:

  • Sports and Action Photography
  • Travel Photography
  • Wildlife and Safari Photography
  • Landscape and Scenic Photography
  • Macro and Close-Up Photography
  • Kids and Family Photography
  • Star trails and night photography
  • Video 101
  • Mastering mobile photography
  • Becoming a professional photographer
  • Selling Fine Art photography
  • Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom made simple

In addition to previously announced pro photographers/instructors like Jefferson Graham from USA Today, celebrity photographer Erin Manning from the DIY Network, and bestselling author/photographer Lee Varis, these seminars will be taught by top pros and educators in the field, including David Bever, Duane Cassone, Mary Cliva, Rob Comeau, Mark Comon, Mark Crase, Luis Escobar, Robert O’Toole, Cheyenne Rouse, Rob Sheppard, Colin Smith, and Robert Vlach.

Several exhibitors will also be offering events, seminars and workshops on The Big Photo Show floor, such as the LA Photoshop Users Group (LAPUG); Photographers and Digital Artists of Los Angeles; McKenna Pro; Amazing Image; and Erin Manning Media.

See a printable schedule of education opportunities and events at: http://www.thebigphotoshow.com/media/76168/tbps_schedule_0429.pdf

Shooting Zones

In the Photo Shooting Zone, The Big Photo Show’s stellar lineup of instructors will demonstrate tips and techniques with live models in an array of shooting arenas, with settings like burlesque, film noir, belly dancers, ballet dancers, muscle men and musicians. Then, in the Hands On Shooting Zone, attendees will take over the arenas, shooting the live models themselves, with the pros on hand to provide guidance.

In addition, in the Popular Photography/American Photo booth on The Big Photo Show floor, photographers from those two iconic magazines will be doing live models shoots, and offering instruction to attendees – who are welcome to shoot right alongside – throughout both days of the event.

Attendees also won’t want to miss the Sony-sponsored exhibit of Hollywood legend and TV personality/producer Fireball Tim Lawrence and his stable of Hollywood Show Cars, including: the 1966 Batmobile, the DeLorean from Back to the Future, the Grand Torino from Starsky and Hutch, the 1968 Mustang from Bullitt, the 1977 Firebird from Smokey and the Bandit, “Rod Riguez,” a hot rod built in Japan, a 2013 Camaro convertible, a 2013 Mercedes SLR, and a 2013 458 Ferrari Italia. Fireball will be presenting seminars on proper techniques for photographing and videoing vehicles, and inviting attendees to use his suggestions while they shoot these amazing vehicles themselves.

Event Exhibitors

Whether attendees are looking for cameras, photo equipment, accessories, output services, assistance, advice, or anything else, they will be sure to find it among The Big Photo Show exhibitors – and talk one-on-one with the companies that make and sell these products. Attendees will discover, touch, try and buy the latest tools to make their photographs better than they ever thought possible. There will be so much going on in their booths. Learn more at http://www.thebigphotoshow.com/more-events-at-the-big-photo-show.aspx.

Creative Products Zone

The Creative Photo Products Zone will amaze and inspire attendees. Here, they will discover everything they never knew they could do with their pictures. On display for attendees will be the very latest, most innovative ideas to use images to create home decor, make unforgettable gifts, design one-of-a-kind works of art, and share memories with family and friends – all in ways they’ve never before imagined.

Take It To The Wall Zone

At The Big Photo Show’s Take It To The Wall Zone, professional framers will show attendees how to display photos with dazzling framing designs from contemporary to traditional. The Big Photo Show framers – all members of the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Professional Picture Framers Association (PPFA) – will also provide mat-cutting demonstrations throughout The Big Photo Show – see what a difference professional mat boards make when highlighting and preserving photos.

Photo Doctors Zone
The Photo Doctors are in – and ready to diagnose and treat anything ailing attendees of The Big Photo Show, when it comes to taking pictures. Equipment problems? Photos not turning out quite right? Any attendee who has ever wondered why they are not getting the results they want can find the cure in The Photo Doctor Zone.

And lots more!

Attendees will also see and experience so much more, like PMDA’s Portraits of Love, which provides free professional family portraits to active duty members of the military; live broadcasts from the event by Popular Photography Radio, The Drive with Alan Taylor, Parenting Magazine Live, Sound + Vision Radio, and Popular Science Radio; and a number of photography exhibits, including “Seven Decades of Photography,” presented by the International Photographic Council (IPC) and the United Nations, all sure to inspire attendees to take their own images as far as they want to go.

For more information about The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

Amateur photographer Robert Hume — and his local photo retailer — win trips to LA in The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge

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sunrise-on-sand-island-lowresThere were so many great photos entered in the The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge, but “Sunrise on Sand Island” was definitely one of my favorites. I was glad that the panel of professional photographer judges agreed, and chose it as the grand prize winner.

It was captured by amateur photographer Robert Hume of Altoona, Wis., who won a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend The Big Photo Show, May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, and a Samsung NX20 camera.

“I’m thrilled that I won,” said Hume. “This is probably the best shot I’ve ever taken. I went out to the cave on Sand Island about 4:30 a.m. and stood in shin-deep water with my tripod, waiting for the sun to come up. A kayak came by and I got that exposure, which was about a 25th of a second at F10; then I shot the inside of the cave, which was a 2 second exposure, and I blended the two photos together.”

Hume said he is looking very forward to attending The Big Photo Show. “This is a great learning opportunity for me, and a chance to further develop my photography skills. There’s going to be so much going on. I will be busy the whole time I’m there.”

The rules of the contest stated that if the Grand Prize winner learned of the contest through his local photo retailer, that retailer would also win the Grand Prize trip. Hume heard about the contest through Sharp One Hour Photo, Eau Claire, Wis.

“We have several excellent photographers among our customers, and there were so many great prizes in the contest,” said Sharp Photo owner Bill Eklund. “We put the contest on our website and printed some signs for the store. We also called many of our customers, as well as the local photo club, to tell them about the contest. I’m happy, but not surprised, that one of our customers won. Bob is a very good photographer. And, I’m very excited to win a trip to The Big Photo Show.”

In the professionally judged category, other contest winners include:

Second place – Thomas Hartmann of Newbury Park, Calif. (Prize: Sony NEX-3N camera and a $100 Artsy Couture gift certificate)

Third place: Anna Bilowus of Westport, Conn. (Prize: Lensbaby Scout with Fisheye Lens and Cottage Mills package of photo gift items)

Fourth place: William Dwyer of Bangor, Maine (Prize: Tabelz-Laptop accessories kit and a Portrait Weavers full size tapestry blanket.)

Winners in the popular choice category are:

First place: Arianna Graney of Queen Creek, Ariz. (Prize: LumaPix FotoFusion Extreme Software, an ivoke full wrap personalized phone case and an ivoke 20″x30″ HD aluminum panel)

Second place: Mandy Peterson of Phoenix, Ariz. (Prize: Promote Systems Promote Control Advanced remote control with accessories, and a 16×20” metal print from Fullerton Photo)

Third place: Glenn White of Toms River, N.J.(Prize: GigaPan-EPIC camera mount, and a PNY-32 GB Pro-Elite Plus Series High-Speed Class 10, UHS-1 memory card)

In addition, all winners receive a Hufa lens cap clip. View all the winners at www.thebigphotoshow.com.

The Big Photo Show thanks its generous sponsors: Samsung, Sony, PhotoScramble, Artsy Couture, Lensbaby, Cottage Mills, Tabelz, Portrait Weavers, Lumapix, ivoke, Promote Control, Fullerton Photographics, Gigapan, PNY, and Hufa.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

Sony Brings Fireball Tim Lawrence and His Hollywood Show Cars to The Big Photo Show

The DeLorean from "Back to the Future" is one of several famous cars coming to a Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show
The DeLorean from "Back to the Future" is one of several famous cars coming to a Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show

The DeLorean from “Back to the Future” is one of several famous cars coming to a Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show

Kudos to Sony for bringing even more excitement to The Big Photo Show, with Fireball Tim’s Hollywood Car Showcase! The showcase will be adjacent to the Sony exhibit at The Big Photo Show, May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. One of my all-time favorite movies is Back to the Future, and I can’t wait to see that famous time-traveling DeLorean! I wonder if it has a flux capacitor?

Among the other “star” cars Fireball Tim will be bringing to The Big Photo Show for attendees to see and photograph are the 1966 Batmobile, the Grand Torino from Starsky and Hutch, the 1968 Mustang from Bullitt, the 1977 Firebird from Smokey and the Bandit, “Rod Riguez,” a hot rod built in Japan, a 2013 Camaro convertible, a 2013 Mercedes SLR, and a 2013 458 Ferrari Italia.

“Sony is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show, and to get our latest, most innovative imaging products in front of thousands and thousands of the most passionate photography enthusiasts who will be attending the event,” said Mike Kahn, Director of Alpha Camera Systems for Sony Electronics. “We’re also very pleased to provide a once-in-a-lifetime shooting opportunity, with Fireball Tim and many of the world’s most famous movie and TV vehicles. Fireball Tim is also going to be teaching seminars on how best to capture vehicle shots, both still and video, at The Big Photo Show.”

Fireball Tim is a car designer for Hollywood films. He has created show vehicles for Disneyland, Universal Studios, and more than 400 movies and TV programs, including Avengers, Priest, Knight Rider, Batman, Son of the Mask, Pitch Black, Jurassic Park, X-Men, and Gone in 60 Seconds.

In addition, Fireball Tim is a funny and unique automotive TV host. His blogs, hilarious original series and webisodes have an international audience of millions. Past TV projects on the Speed Channel, TLC, Discovery and The Auto Channel have exceeded one billion viewers. Fireball Tim currently has a new show in the works with Pilgrim Productions.

He is also a children’s book author, and will be signing his book, “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky Rides” at The Big Photo Show.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.

USA Today’s Jefferson Graham joins The Big Photo Show speaker lineup

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USA Today's Jefferson Graham

USA Today’s Jefferson Graham

columnist for USA TODAY, and the host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Your Tech and Talking Tech video series, will be among the stellar lineup of speakers and educators at The Big Photo Show, May 4-5, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Graham, author of the recent book “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video,” and a working portrait photographer in Manhattan Beach, California, will be sharing some of his best tips and techniques for making videos with attendees of The Big Photo Show.

Joining Graham is an impressive slate of other speakers, sponsored by Adobe, McKenna Pro, Sigma, and Westcott, who will be teaching, sharing, and shooting side-by-side with photo enthusiasts and advanced amateur photographers at The Big Photo Show. In addition to previously announced presenters, such as pro photographers Erin Manning, star of the DIY Network’s Telly Award-winning TV series “The Whole Picture,” and Lee Varis, author of “Skin,” the bestseller on lighting, photographing and retouching portraits, are:

  • Nature photographer and videographer Rob Sheppard, author of more than 40 books, well-known speaker and workshop leader, and editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer. At The Big Photo Show, Sheppard will teach attendees the finer points of environmental photography.
  • Fine art photographer Cheyenne Rouse, well known for her breathtaking images of the Southwest. An author and columnist whose articles and photographs have appeared in numerous publications, Rouse was on the esteemed faculty of Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic magazine from 2004 – 2007 and has just published her latest book, “Ghosts of the West.” Rouse also teaches both photography workshops and Photomatix HDR classes. At The Big Photo Show, she will share HDR techniques to maximize creativity.
  • Luis Escobar, a studio and environment portrait photographer whose work has appeared in Runner’s World, Trail Runner, Ultra Running, Marathon and Beyond and Men’s Health magazines. At The Big Photo Show, he will be sharing insights on environmental photography and his experience in creating his book, “Running with Tarahumara,” which presents a photographic account of the Tarahumara Indians, more commonly known as the “running people,” the world’s best-kept secret of hidden athletes.
  • Robert O’Toole, named “Photographer of the Year” by the American Bald Eagle Foundation. O’Toole specializes in wildlife and nature photography and has led photo workshops across the globe for the past 7 years. At The Big Photo Show, he will speak about capturing the beauty of the natural world.
  • Rounding out the lineup of talented photography experts at The Big Photo Show are wedding, portrait, fine art and commercial photographer Robert Vlach, speaking on the art of selling photography; Duane Cassone, who will inspire enthusiasts to capture amazing star trails, breathtaking landscapes and awe-inspiring night photography; and portrait photographer Colin Smith, who will enlighten attendees about creative Photoshop techniques.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at jfrazine@pmai.org.