Strober 12:47am, 12 October 2009
Hi All,

If any of you are interested in attending the WPPI tradeshow in Las Vegas next year, the signups start early this week. This convention is cram packed with educational classes ranging from two full days with top photographers in the country, to several days of different classes that are about two hours each. Pick the classes that you are interested in, they are great from beginner (but, you should know how to operate your camera) to expert. The two day classes are hands on with your camera.

Also, it is the world's largest photographic tradeshow with best price deals of the year. It occupies several conference halls.

The two day Plus Classes, and the 2-4 hour Master Classes are quick to go (that is why signing up this week is important if you want to do that. Both seat only about 35 attendees, so you get really good coaching and contact with top professionals in your selected class topic. The many other Platform classes are first come first served at the conference and seat perhaps 200-500. The Platform classes run two in the morning and two in afternoon for about 4-5 days with many simultaneous tracks.

Seems like classes cover all types of Photography and from many aspects and skill sets.

I also found it interesting to sit in on photo contest judging in several categories to see what they were looking for. Judges would comment on every submitted photo.

I had a blast last year. I learned a lot. The instructors were all top notch, but real people. There are a number of reasonable priced hotels about 3-4 miles south of the strip that only take about 15 minutes to get to the convention. And a rental car in Vegas was about $100 for the entire week. About 10,000 people attended the conference last year, but it was so large that it never really seemed like it except at the bash they threw on Sunday night where they had a music & food event in a coliseum sized venue. Everything was well arranged. Best convention I've ever been to.

Here is info on the conference:

www.wppionline.com/pages/wppi2010.aspx

Summary:
WPPI 2010 CONVENTION AND TRADE SHOW
MGM GRAND CONFERENCE CENTER, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
March 4th, 2010 – March 11th, 2010
TRADE SHOW DATES
March 8 – 10, 2010

PRE-CONVENTION PROGRAMS
PLUS CLASSES
March 4 – 5, 2010

BUSINESS INSTITUTE
March 6, 2010

ALL ABOUT SCHOOLS
March 6, 2010

PRINT & ALBUM COMPETITION JUDGING
March 6 – 7, 2010

CONVENTION PROGRAMS
PLATFORM CLASSES
March 7 – 10, 2010

SPANISH PLATFORM CLASSES
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