Fireball Tim and his Hollywood “star” cars return to The Big Photo Show


TheBigPhotoShow_dates_250x223Hollywood legend and TV personality/producer Fireball Tim Lawrence and his stable of Hollywood cars will return to The Big Photo Show, May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Big Photo Show is for photo enthusiasts, advanced amateur photographers, pros, and everyone who loves taking pictures.

Sponsored by Sony, several famous vehicles will be featured in Fireball Tim’s Hollywood Car Showcase, provided by LA’s premiere build house, Picture Car Warehouse. Fireball Tim has designed some of the most recognizable vehicles in the world, creating cars and motorcycles for companies like Disneyland and Universal Studios. You have seen his vehicles in Avengers, Priest, Knight Rider, Batman, Son of the Mask, Pitch Black, Jurassic Park, X-Men, Gone in 60 Seconds and more than 400 other movies and TV programs.

“I’m really excited to be back for this year’s Big Photo Show, which is going to be even bigger and better than last year. It’ll be awesome — I’ll have all new movie cars for photo buffs to snap, and I will be teaching a Car Photography Seminar each day of The Big Photo Show at 11:30 a.m. We’ll be shooting some really cool movie cars and movie bikes, learning angles and space division. Plus, I will share ideas on how to enhance your shots with Photoshop, Instagram and all online networks – and take SuperSelfies!” Fireball said.“I’m eager to spend two days in the coolest photography convention ever, because this year the technology and tools are even better.”

Among the “star” vehicles Fireball Tim will be bringing to The Big Photo Show are the “General Lee” from Dukes of Hazzard, the Camaro from the new movie 22 Jump Street, the motorcycles from the movie Priest, the Continental from the Justin Timberlake film In Time, and the new 2015 Cadillac Escalade that will soon be featured on Fireball Tim’s show, 5Minute Drive.

Fireball Tim has appeared on the Speed Channel, TLC, Discovery and The Auto Channel. He is also author of the children’s book, “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky Rides,” and the forthcoming “Fireball Tim’s Big Book of Wacky States,” and will be signing books at The Big Photo Show.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at

Renowned pros to teach at The Big Photo Show



Coming from as far away as Australia, many of the best and best-known photographers in the world will be in Los Angeles May 17-18, teaching photo enthusiasts, advanced amateurs, and even other pros how to hone their photography skills at The Big Photo Show

Best of all, most of these 40-plus exciting courses are included in the $25 registration fee – offered to attendees at no additional charge.


Among more than 20 top instructors are:

•       Jefferson Graham, author of “Video Nation: A DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing Great Video,” technology columnist for USA TODAY, and the host and producer of USA TODAY’s Talking Your Tech and Talking Tech video series.

•       Peter Read Miller, Sports Illustrated photographer who has also shot for Time, Life, People, Money, Playboy, Runners World, Newsweek, USA Weekend and The New York Times. In addition to covering 8 Olympic games and 34 Super Bowls, Peter has shot 14 NBA finals. He has covered the Stanley Cup Finals, The World Series, The Kentucky Derby, The NCAA Basketball Final Four, Men’s and Women’s World Cup Soccer Finals and the World Championship of Freestyle Wrestling in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia.

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•       Kevin Gilbert, former White House photographer, chief photographer for The Washington Times, commercial photographer for The Discovery Channel, and photographer for Mark Burnett Productions’ “Eco Challenge,” “The Apprentice,” “The Contender,” and many others.

•       Erin Manning, host of the DIY Network’s The Whole Picture, who has also appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS’ The Early Show, and That Morning Show on E!. She is the creator and host of the popular Digital Photography 101 DVD series and is the author of Portrait and Candid Photography and Make Money with Your Digital Photography.

lee varis•       Lee Varis, Hollywood photo illustrator and commercial photographer, whose work has been featured on movie posters and CD covers, and in National Geographic and Fortune magazines, among many others. He is also author of the bestseller Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies.

•       Glynn Lavender, one of Australia’s leading professional photographers and head of premier photography education company Creative Photo Workshops, which provides dynamic photography training to photographers in Australia, New Zealand, and throughout North America.

These are just a few of a stellar lineup of highly acclaimed photographers and educators who will bring an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience to attendees.

In addition to this remarkable opportunity to learn and enhance your photography skills, The Big Photo Show will also offer more hands-on education in the Photo Shooting Zone and Learning Centers — and so much more, including live model shoots led by top photographers from Popular Photography and American Photo magazines; the Creative Product Zone, where you can discover everything you never knew was possible to do with your images; breathtaking framing and design techniques; and the Photo Doctors, where you can have equipment problems “diagnosed,” and discover how to take full advantage of everything your camera can do.

All of this and more will be happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center May 17-18. Register for The Big Photo Show, and learn what else you can do at this thrilling photography event, at

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.

For information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at


Former Sony VP Mike Kahn brings new “gig” to The Big Photo Show

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Mike Kahn newYou probably saw our recent announcement that Entertainment Radio News will once again be broadcasting live from The Big Photo Show, and we are very excited to welcome them back. ERN will broadcast their nationally syndicated and internet radio programs including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio from the show. You also might have noticed, when reading that announcement, a name very familiar to many in our industry among the show hosts: Mike Kahn.

Yes, it’s that Mike Kahn, our good friend and former Vice President of Partnership Marketing at Sony Electronics. Mike recently became host of  Popular Technology Radio, in which, along with Pop Tech’s impressive array of regular contributors and guests, he covers all the latest news, products and gossip concerning the wide field of consumer technology and entertainment.

Popular Technology Radio broadcasts via syndicated radio every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 AM PT on 41 stations nationwide in markets including; Chicago, San Francisco, Phoenix, Seattle, Orlando, St. Louis, Nashville, Grand Rapids, Memphis and Jacksonville.

Mike has also shaken up the consumer technology world with the advent of the Pop Tech Testers program which allows consumers to try out the latest and greatest technology first-hand. Testers are given the opportunity to provide real, relevant feedback live on Popular Technology Radio.

Kahn commented, “I am thrilled to be hosting Popular Technology Radio for ERN. My mission: share new technology that makes our lives better, easier and most importantly, fun.”

He will be doing just that at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles on May 17. Be sure to listen in!

Entertainment Radio Network to broadcast live from The Big Photo Show


TheBigPhotoShow_verticalWe are excited to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to  The Big Photo Show LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center, May 17, 2014! Entertainment Radio Network produces nationally syndicated and internet radio shows including Popular Technology Radio, Working Mother Radio, and Popular Science Radio – all of which will be broadcasting live and recording episodes from The Big Photo Show. Program hosts Mike Kahn, Alan Taylor, and Bettina Bush will be onsite, covering news, technology, equipment, creative photo display and product ideas, and more, as well as interviewing exhibitors, photographers and attendees at the event. Several programs will air live, and others will be recorded for later broadcast.

To listen live, please visit the website with the links below:

Popular Technology Radio from 9-11am PT

Popular Science Radio from 12-1pm PT

Working Mother Radio from 9-10pm PT

Mike Kahn, Host of Popular Technology Radio, which is heard by over a million listeners coast-to-coast, commented, “I am thrilled to be broadcasting for the second year in a row at the Big Photo Show LA. Our mission at Popular Technology Radio is to bring our listeners the facts on the latest technology that makes our lives easier and more interesting. Understanding the advantages of imaging capture and sharing that knowledge has mass appeal to our fans. Be sure to tune in to Popular Technology Radio for all the coverage of The Big Photo Show.”

“We are so happy to welcome Entertainment Radio Network back to The Big Photo Show LA, where they will again be broadcasting live from the show floor. This is a great way to not only share all the excitement of the event with ERN’s huge national audience, but also get all those listeners even more enthusiastic about photography, camera equipment, photo education and creative output ideas,” said PMA President Bill Eklund.

For more information about exhibiting or sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show, contact Jeff Frazine at

Panasonic joins growing list of exhibitors at The Big Photo Show LA


TheBigPhotoShow_verticalI’ve got great news for people who love photography in Southernpanasonic logo California: They will get to discover, try, and buy innovative new equipment from Panasonic, which will be one of our many exciting exhibitors at The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles, Calif., May 17-18.

Panasonic joins a growing list of exhibitors including Sony, Sigma, Fujifilm, Tamron, Samy’s Camera, Popular Photography and dozens of others.

At The Big Photo Show, Panasonic will be presenting the company’s entire line of Lumix camera products, featuring the G Series interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras. Thousands and thousands of photo enthusiasts in Southern California will discover Panasonic’s leading camera technology, including the Lumix GH4, which captures video in 4K resolution, as well as the company’s complete line of Micro Four Thirds compatible lenses for Lumix cameras.

“Panasonic is excited to be exhibiting at The Big Photo Show and presenting our line of Lumix cameras and lenses, as well as our entire line of Adventure products,” said Thomas Curley, Business Development Manager for Panasonic North America. “Our camera products are of interest to professionals looking for the latest in hybrid imaging or video production gear, as well as photo enthusiasts seeking a great picture taking solution for family or fun – and we think the Big Photo Show is the perfect place to be. See you in LA!”

The Big Photo Show is a series of premier events for photo hobbyists, amateurs photographers and pros, offering the latest photography equipment; photography education, at both beginner/intermediate and advanced levels; live model shooting arenas, where attendees can shoot side-by-side with successful pros, who will offer tips and tricks; creative photo product displays, and much more.

PMA Australia hosts ultimate one-day business building bootcamp


PMAlogo_CMYK_smallHere’s a great opportunity for PMA members Down Under — PMA Australia is hosting a one-day workshop to help you build your market and grow your business. Being held May 7, from  8:30 am to 6:30 pm at William Angliss Institute Conference Centre  in Melbourne, the workshop will offer two sessions critical to your business future.

In the morning session, Darren P. Vowles, Internet Marketing Consultant for Reach Local Australia, will show you how to solve  the unique challenges of marketing your local business online and get the results you want: more customers.

Workshop topics include:

  • Reputation management
  • Online marketing for business growth
  • Video use for online marketing
  • Understanding your website and mobile site
  • Using search engines to drive new customers in place of newspapers, radio and billboards
  • SMS event marketing and online banner advertising
  • Multi-screen campaigning

The afternoon workshop, led by Peter Budd of Budd Consulting, will teach you how to “Build Yourself A Better Business.” Creating a more profitable, resilient and sustainable business is achievable and affordable. Research shows the barrier for most independent retailers is the lack of experience, resources and knowledge to effectively plan and implement the required process. Peter Budd is the author of Australia’s only planning and marketing booklet written specifically for the photo retail sector.

Workshop topics include:

  • What the planning process involves
  • What’s required of you and your people
  • How you really can compete with the big players
  • How you can avoid the mistakes of others
  • Developing a strategic change model for your business
  • Writing an actionable and affordable business plan
  • Monitoring and measuring your performance
  • Leading the change you want

The cost is $395 (PMA member) per session ($495 for non-members.) Register for both sessions to receive a 20% discount and receive a free one-hour Online Marketing Audit for your business from Darren Vowles, and a one-hour Skype session on business transformation or planning issues from Peter Budd.

To register, visit or email Register by April 29, 2014.

On the DIMAcast: Presenting at The Big Photo Show

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The Big Photo Show provides plenty to enjoy: products to try and buy, demonstrations, education, and presentations!

But why do the presenters take the stage? In this episode of the DIMAcast, we talk with Blue Pixel founder Kevin T Gilbert and  author and educator Erin Manning about why they enjoy being at PMA’s new event, and how speaking there can benefit anyone’s business.

You can download or subscribe to our podcasts here.

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Want a free trip to LA for The Big Photo Show? If your customer wins our photo contest, so do you


TBPS_Contest_combined_blue_h_200x237Surely, by now, you’ve heard all about The Big Photo Show, being held in Los Angeles for the second time May 17-18. I bet you’d love to win a free trip for yourself and guest to LA, to see it for yourself — and you can. All you have to do is get your customers to enter The Big Photo Show Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge.

The Grand Prize is a trip for two to Los Angeles to attend The Big Photo Show, as well as a Canon T3i kit and Pixma printer, and a deluxe framing job from On the Wall Gallery & Frames. If the winner learns of the contest through a PMA member photo retailer, that photo retailer also wins a trip for two to LA for The Big Photo Show.

Photo retailers throughout the U.S. are encouraged to promote The Big Photo Show and the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge to customers on their websites, through social media outlets, in newsletters and emails, and by using in-store signage and fliers. All promotional materials are available for download here, or by emailing a request to If your customer wins the Grand Prize, you and your guest will win round trip airfare to Los Angeles from anywhere in the contiguous United States, accommodations in The Big Photo Show host hotel for up to three nights, and admission to The Big Photo Show.

“We are very excited at the initial response to the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge, leading up to The Big Photo Show LA. We received a great number of entries in the first weekend of the challenge. The images cover a wide range of topics, but they all convey the photo enthusiasts’ love and excitement for photography,” said PMA Operations Officer Melissa Aldrich. “With a start this strong, we will easily surpass last year’s great challenge results, and continue to spread the word about The Big Photo Show.”

Entries for the Seriously Fun Photography Photo Challenge are being accepted now through April 16. Winners will be chosen in two categories – popular choice, and professionally judged. Popular choice voting begins March 26 and ends April 21.Winners chosen by our panel of professional photographer judges will be announced on April 23.

Prizes have been furnished by generous sponsors including: Canon, Fullerton Photographics, LumiQuest, Macphun Software, Nations Photo Lab, On the Wall Gallery & Frames, Orange County Center for Photography and Digital Arts, Panasonic, Ricoh/Pentax, Sigma, Sony, Tabelz, Tamron, ToCAD, and Westcott.

In addition to earning valuable prizes from these top companies, winning images will be on display at The Big Photo Show, May 17-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. All winning images and many top entries will also be featured on

Complete rules and eligibility requirements can be found at

PMDA Portraits of Love returns to The Big Photo Show LA

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Photo by Portraits of Love volunteer photographer Rick Gerrity

Watching the PMDA Portraits of Love project in action at The Big Photo Show  last year was great. It was so moving to see the families of active duty military members having their portraits taken by volunteer professional photographers to send to their loved ones stationed all over the world. I loved thinking of those servicemen and -women receiving a beautiful portrait of their family, and how much it must have meant to them.

I am delighted to announce PMDA Portraits of Love will return to The Big Photo Show in Los Angeles May 17-18, 2014. As they did last year at the inaugural Big Photo Show, Portraits of Love will have volunteer professional photographers on site at  to take free portraits of the families and loved ones of U.S. military members. Through a partnership with Shutterfly, the portraits will be printed and delivered to members of the U.S. military all over the world, all at no cost.

Last year, dozens of families participated in portrait sessions held throughout the two-day event.

“After a tremendous turnout last year, we’re thrilled to be coming back to The Big Photo Show this year with the PMDA Portraits of Love program, and we’re  happy to once again offer free portraits to military families,” said Jerry Grossman, Executive Director of the PhotoImaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association.  ”We’re looking forward to once again being part of this tremendous gathering of imaging companies, dealers and consumers.”

Families and loved ones of active duty members of the military can register to have a portrait done here.

On the DIMAcast: What The Big Photo Show means for you

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New DIMAcast 2.0 logoOn May 17-18, 2014, The Big Photo Show is returning to Los Angeles, where the inaugural event in this new series of consumer-facing photography shows was held last year. On this episode of the DIMAcast, two of the people behind The Big Photo Show, Melissa Aldrich and Jim Esp of PMA, explain why this event is important to anyone who does business in the Los Angeles area – and to the entire imaging industry as whole. Discover what this event has to offer, and where it will go from here.

Listen in at, or use the on-site player below.