Austin, TX—The Pro Imaging Connect conference brings together industry leaders from portrait labs, vertically integrated studios, photo retailers, online print service providers as well as vendors. The conference, March 21–22, 2020 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Austin, Texas, is a low-cost solution for business owners and managers to get together; to share ideas; and to experience new products and equipment in a relaxed setting. The two-day conference program includes a mixture of hot business topics, short vendor presentations as well as social activities.
Moreover, education is key to thriving in the imaging industry. As a result, the conference organizers want to provide a location where ideas can flow freely; bring an open mind and be ready to be a part of the process. In addition, prepare to develop lasting relationships with industry leaders.
“The goal of Pro Imaging Connect is to bring together executives from different segments of the photo-imaging industry to share ideas and build relationships. Digital technology is breaking down the barriers between the amateur photography, the professional photography and graphic arts markets. PI Connect unites these industry interests to build relationships for the future,” commented Toren Prawdzik, conference organizer and president of Photo EVO.
Pro Imaging Connect Conference Details
The conference kicks off on Saturday, March 21 at 1 p.m. with a presentation by industry analyst Alan Bullock. He will present the educational program “A Snapshot of the U.S. Photo Printing & Imaging Market”; the session is sponsored by Mediaclip.
Attendees will learn how consumers are using the images they are taking. Further, Bullock will discuss how consumers are ultimately printing and producing photo products with them. He will also talk about the who, what, when, where and why behind the print and photo merchandise markets. He will specifically focus on books, cards, and wall décor products, as well as the triggers that lead consumers to order print products. What’s more, Bullock will touch on the retail photo landscape and the print habits of professional photographers.
Speaking next will be leading international photo-imaging researcher Don Franz. He will present “The International World of Photo-Imaging.” In this session, Franz will explore how social media and the Internet have driven photo-imaging sharing and output around the world, both for consumers and professionals.
Franz will also consider the reviving interest in film photography by both consumers and professionals. The former distinction between graphic arts and photography production facilities for output has blurred; as a result, he will look at the impact of this evolution on the traditional photofinishing industry.
Future Imaging Symposium
Moreover, the evening program is the Future Imaging Symposium. Presentations and dinner begin at 7 p.m. The symposium will feature Don Carli, president and cofounder of Nima Hunter Inc. He will discuss “New Standards for Color and Appearance Management: Why You Should Care and What You Need to Know.”
As Carli will reveal, there is far more to appearance than color; there is far more to color than RGB and CMYK, and there is far more to print than 2D. This session will explain what you need to know about iccMAX (ISO 20677) and related new standards for color and appearance management.
Carli will also offer information on brands leading the development of solutions to address growing high-value markets by making it possible to capture, model, display and print expanded gamut color, as well as metallic, pearlescent, iridescent, gonio-chromatic, fluorescent, gloss, sparkle, surface texture and other appearance effects for 3D e-commerce, AR/VR/XR and 2D, 2.5D and 3D print applications.
In addition, day two of the conference will launch with 8:30 a.m. sessions and conclude with 5 p.m. presentations.
Pro Imaging Connect Registration
Registration for the conference only is $199. Registration for the educational conference including a room with breakfast at the Horseshoe Bay Resort is $267.74 per night plus conference registration. In addition, registration for the education event, including the Future Imaging Symposium plus a room and one round of golf per day at Horseshoe Bay Resort is $355.74 per night.