Atlanta, GA—Professional photographers require education and inspiration to thrive, and Imaging USA is planning on meeting their needs. The world’s longest running professional photography conference, with its inception in 1880, Imaging USA will feature three days of intensive artistic and business education from January 15-17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“If you are a professional photographer—or want to be—you cannot miss the opportunity to attend Imaging USA. It will do more for your career than any other show,” said Don Dickson, president of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). “With so many speakers and programs, it’s amazing what you can learn here in a matter of days.”
Photography classes will focus on different specialties and tricks of the trade geared toward improving business and photographic skills and use of technologies. Some of the industry’s biggest names will appear as instructors, including Joyce Tenneson, Mark Bryant, Ed Pedi and Julieanne Kost.
Classes will run all day with breaks in between so attendees can visit the Imaging Expo, a trade show where hundreds of the industry’s leading vendors showcase their products. “It feels as though you have the opportunity to talk to almost everyone in the industry at one show,” added Dickson. Imaging USA will also feature an abundance of photographer-to-photographer networking opportunities. “Imaging USA can feel like a family reunion on top of the education and inspiration,” said Dickson. “I have friends from all over the world that I enjoy visiting with each year at Imaging USA.”
Other notable features of Imaging USA 2012:
• Annual photography exhibit. One of the world’s largest annual photographic exhibits will be open to the public free of charge.
• Special events. A full slate of exclusive events including everything from award galas to a dance party with Fifty Amp Fuse.
• Preconvention photography courses. Imaging USA will offer three days of in-depth preconvention programming for an additional fee—from classes on the business of photography to hands-on workshops that allow photographers to work with several different pros, one at a time.
•Specialty classes for sport and event photography. Imaging USA includes an educational track customized for sport and event photographers.
• Evidence Photographers International Council Education and certification class. For an additional fee, attendees can participate in EPIC courses to learn about forensic and crime scene photography.
Registration is open to all professional photographers and several options are available, including full-convention and one-day passes. A special Join & Go promotion includes a free full-convention registration for new professional active members who join PPA prior to the show. For more information about Imaging USA or to register for the conference, visit imagingusa.org or call 800-786-6277.