PhotoPlus Dazzles New York City

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October is about fall foliage and about Halloween, but for the thousands of photography enthusiasts who descend on the Javits Center on Manhattan’s West Side each year, it’s also about the grand PhotoPlus Expo. Sponsored by PDN, the PhotoPlus Expo, which comes to New York every October, is nothing short of Photographer’s Heaven for anyone who owns a camera. It offers seminars, workshops, portfolio reviews, and, for those who want just “the basics,” an amazing array of exhibits by vendors of everything a photographer needs, from the highest-end DSLRs to postprocessing software, file storage, books, and lens tissues–plus anything else you can imagine if you’re a photography professional or enthusiast.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOn Friday October 24 I took a quick swing through the exhibits to see two of my favorite photographers — local New York guys at that! — who also happen to be outstanding teachers, each in his own way. Robert J. Rodriguez, Jr., who is known especially but not exclusively for his work in the Hudson Valley, was there in his capacity as ambassador for Canson Infinity, the manufacturers of high-quality (to put it mildly) photographic paper. Read his recent blogpost to see how Robert came to represent Canson Infinity. I took a quick photo of him posing next to two of the images he had chosen to exhibit at their booth this year.

Then I caught Rick Sammon while addressed a crowd of people at the Canon exhibit. One of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACanon’s renowned Explorers of Light. Rick was also, I believe, signing copies of his latest book, Creative Visualization for Photographers, during PhotoPlus. I’ll be featuring reviews of Rick’s book as well as of Robert’s e-book Insights from the Creative Path in this blog soon.

If you live in the New York area and have never attended PhotoPlus, I recommend you give it a try. It’s always on the last full weekend in October.

PhotoPlus — Heaven for Photographers

Late October may mean Halloween for most folks, but for photographers in the New York Metro area (and beyond) it means the huge three-day PhotoPlus Expo at New York’s Javits Center, the most awaited event of the year.  Photographers flock to PhotoPlus from many miles around (I overheard one couple telling a vendor that they were from the Dominican Republic!) to check out the latest equipment, possibly pick up a good deal at the “show price,” meet other photographers, and attend the talks and keynote addresses. And so yesterday there I was, making a beeline for the Canon exhibit (need I mention that Nikon and Canon have the most humongous exhibits in the entire show?) to check out the recently released Canon Powershot G15. Slightly smaller than its immediate predecessors (I own two G11s, one converted to infrared) and with controls slightly different, no articulated LCD display, but 12 megapixels instead of 10, I decided to spring for it when I found that Unique Photo, that great camera store in New Jersey, was offering a special show price.

Nikon had its usual crowd queuing up for the free goodies, which always includes a calendar with the most stunning photos; this one always finds a place on one of my walls. I also got to handle samples of some upscale models that I’m not likely to be able to afford in this lifetime!  Nikon chose to highlight their Coolpix line, which is produced in an extensive range of sizes and capabilities. Over at Canson Infinity’s display I met fellow Hudson Valley photographer Robert Rodriguez, Jr., who uses their exquisite paper to print his pictures. Robert is one of the finest photographers around, and we had an enjoyable chat about places familiar to both of us.

Renowned photographer Rick Sammon gave an informative and inspiring talk.

Another retailer doing a brisk business was Midwest Photo Exchange from Columbus, Ohio. Their staff was unbelievably helpful and good-natured under incredible pressure, and I picked up a LaCie Rugged Mini because I desperately need a new photo storage place to free up space on my computer (I don’t want it to explode when I install Perfectly Clear, the phenomenal editing software that Rick Sammon was plugging). The rep at LaCie was helpful about their products, and I’m going to use their cloud storage, Wuala, as another backup. One does hear horror stories about cloud storage companies going belly-up, taking all the files with them, but this company has been around for 30 years, and so …

Here are more photos from the event.

Showing my true allegiance …

Some exhibitors provide models and dancers that you can photograph.

Another model. Now, why do you suppose only men were photographing this one?