Top 3 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at the WPPI Conference + Expo

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Top 3 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at the WPPI Conference + Expo
The WPPI Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and filmmakers specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography and filmmaking. WPPI is a week-long event combining educational seminars with a major industry trade show and networking events, all designed around learning the latest techniques, building new relationships and growing a business in a friendly, fun environment – all at one time, in one place.
Here are the top 3 things you shouldn’t miss at the WPPI Conference + Expo!
The Official WPPI 2016 Mobile App
screen1136x1136There’s a lot going on at WPPI and you don’t want to miss a thing.  Each year, nearly 13,000 professional and aspiring photographers and filmmakers attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers to improve their productivity, and enjoy the many attractions in Las Vegas. This is the official mobile app of WPPI 2016. Download here in iTunes. Download here in Google Play.  
The WPPI Expo – Visit Tether Tools at Booth 1601
mapMarch 7-9, don’t miss the WPPI Expo! Come see, touch and try all the latest photography gear at WPPI at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Tether Tools will be in booth 1601 showcasing RapidMounts, Case Relay, Studio Vu 2 Photo Booth Kits and many other great products for Wedding and Portrait shooters. Be sure to visit Tether Tools to see (and save) on our newest gear, and for a chance to win a RapidMount SLX and RapidMount Q20.  
Tether Tools Pros Teaching at WPPI
Our Tether Tools Pros are the best in the biz, and you will learn a lot from these WPPI Educators, including Lindsay Adler, Peter Hurley, Joe McNally, Brian Smith, and Jennifer Rozenbaum. Lindsay Adler lindsay-adler-headshotPLUS10-Fashion & Beauty Essentials Fri, Mar 4, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

New York City fashion photographer Lindsay Adler will introduce you to the exciting world of fashion and beauty photography. This workshop is great for photographers looking to try their hand and extend their knowledge into this creative field. Lindsay will cover the most important elements to setting up a shoot, core terminology, find a creative team, getting published, lighting for beauty photography, lens choice, and posing your subjects. Bring your camera for a chance to put these essentials into action! Whether you want to shoot fashion images or apply fashion techniques to your own portrait and wedding work, this workshop is a great resource!

10-11:30: Fashion and Beauty Essentials 11:30-11:45: Break 11:45-12:45: Studio Lighting 12:45-2:00: Lunch 2-2:45: Studio and Posing Continued 2:45-4: Students Shoot

PC71-Simple Creative Studio Lighting Techniques Wed, Mar 9, 2016 – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Getting creative in the studio doesn’t require unusual or expensive gear. Instead, you can get creative with the essential tools you already have to make outstanding images. In this live-demonstration class, fashion photographer Lindsay Adler shares her favorite simple but creative studio lighting setups. These setups give you that extra edge and allow for personal vision to bring impact to your studio images. She will cover modifiers, exposure, light placement and more.

Peter Hurley peter-hurely-headshotMon, Mar 7, 2016 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM PC38-From Zero to SHABANG! The art of direction in portrait photography In this class you’ll be able to see Peter work with subjects from start to finish as he gives you his system for creating a rapport and directing your subjects to appear more photogenic through the lens. He’ll teach the techniques he uses on a daily basis whether he’s doing his portrait or headshot work. You’ll see him work his lighting, capture and interaction with subjects to get to that shabangin moment! Whether you are looking to improve your interaction with your clients or learn help helpful lighting tips, Peter’s lecture will definitely help all photographers approach their portraits in a new and refreshing way. Not only will Peter be digging deeper into the “headshot psychology” that has made him one of the most sought after headshot photographers in the world, but he will be applying all of it in a live environment right before your eyes.   Jen Rozenbaum JenniferRozenbaum_HeadshotPC46-Top Tips for Everything Boudoir and Beyond Tue, Mar 8, 2016 – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Join Jen to learn her top tips for everything boudoir and beyond. In this class for new and seasoned photographers, Jen covers the gamut from marketing to posing, communication to lighting, and everything in between. She’ll also share tips for booking clients, giving them an amazing experience and closing great sales. If you photograph women, this is a must-see class.

PW36-The Sexiest Photo Walk in Vegas! Tue, Mar 8, 2016 – 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

In this Photo Walk, Jen Rozenbaum will demonstrate her eight points of posing in action with gorgeous boudoir models. First, the class watches Jen instruct the models and photograph them. Then, students take a turn themselves to get stunning images.

  Brian Smith brian-smith-headshotMon, Mar 7, 2016 – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM PW07-Experiential Location Portraiture Sony Artisan of Imagery, Pulitzer Prize winner and location portraiture legend Brian Smith leads this session, teaching you how to combine environments and models to create unique and stunning images. All attendees will have the opportunity to shoot with the latest Sony cameras and lenses.       Joe McNally mcnally-joe-headshotTue, Mar 8, 2016 – 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM PW21-Color! Flash! Vegas!

Take a walk on the colorful, wild side of Vegas with one of the world’s leading location photographers and practitioners of small flash. Joe McNally has a long history of shooting in Vegas, and he populates his walk with a Vegas character or two. Fun, color and small flash await the participants as we walk, talk, shoot and learn alongside Joe McNally in the bright light of the Las Vegas day, photographing characters more associated with the nighttime sizzle of Sin City.

Wed, Mar 9, 2016 – 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM PC75-Light Fast and Well with Hotshoe Flash

In this highly caffeinated, fast paced, two-hour session, Joe McNally will start with basic one light, on-camera approaches and quickly move through a series of scenarios, developing more sophisticated, off-camera, small flash setups using multiple speed lights. McNally uses the Nikon Speed Light system, or CLS, but in this class his main efforts will be placed on how to use the light, instead of the buttons and dials, so that his lighting lessons can apply to all camera systems. Emphasis will be placed on moving fast and using the intuitive capabilities of TTL wireless flash photography to create portraiture and beautifully lit scenes. The issue of successfully managing light will be up for discussion, as well as diffusing it, bouncing it and creating drama and shadows. The three main areas of using light are color, quality and direction, and all three will be shown and discussed during this class. A live model will be present, but McNally also pulls subjects from the crowd, which always results in lively exchanges. In addition to the images shot live, he will show examples of light and light theory, while engaging the audience in an ongoing Q&A and offering tips, tricks, stories and survival strategies derived from 35 years of shooting.

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