Thursday, February 5, 2009

Epson Print Academy Success

By all accounts including my own, the Epson Print Academy was a success. Five of us headed out for Seattle leaving from Tsawwassen at 5:55 am and met a sixth member of the Delta Photo Club on location. Finding the location was easy and un-eventful and the venue facilities were excellent. Coffee was ready and waiting for us as we arrived at the show.

With coffee in hand we all checked out the mini sponsor's product showcase which had many of the sponsor's on hand showcasing or demonstrating their products. Epson was there as the main sponsor but others of note were onOne, NIK, Microsoft along with PhaseOne, Wacom, Bogen Imaging, Profoto, Solux and others. Many of these vendors had freebies to give away including some very nice Camera Straps from Microsoft and Trial Software and Pens from some of the others.

Further past the mini Expo, was the Epson Print Gallery. This showcased some exceptional Prints from photographers Jack Reznicki, Greg Gorman, Bob Shaw, Bruce Dale and others. The gallery was filled with phenomenal high quality 'Epson' prints showcased under beautiful Solux brand lamps. Two of us purchased 4 of these great gallery display lamps and we will bring them to the next Delta Photo Club Print Night to use instead of the bad single spot that we currently use. Before we could properly check everything out it was time to head into the 'Track One' session.

The session was packed with great information on all aspects of photography from light, natural light, landscape photography, studio lighting techniques to digital workflow techniques with great Tips & Trick for improving your digital images. A valuable in-depth session on Colorspace was given that helped many of the 300 or so attendees gain greater Digital Workflow knowledge.

There were two 20 minute breaks throughout the day and a 50 minute Lunch Break. A selection of Boxed Lunches with Fruit, Snacks and Cookies were available along with Water, Pops and Juices. Lunch brought another opportunity to check out the Expo, the Gallery and Quick Vendor Tutorials and Demonstrations.

After lunch the data filled learning continued and later in the afternoon the software sponsors like onOne, NIK and Microsoft demonstrated their great products live. onOne (www.ononesoftware.com) showed various modules of their spectacular onOne Plug-In Suite 4.2 (which I own and highly recommend). NIK (www.niksoftware.com) demonstrated their Suite of Plug-ins including their highly applauded Viveza Plug-In. What a great Plug-in, a must buy! Yes, everything the plug-in can do can be done manually in Photoshop, but what a great easy to use interface this plug-in has that is much faster and easier to use with great results. It is now on my shopping list. Microsoft (www.microsoft.com/prophoto/bettertogether) showed their Microsoft Expression Media 2 software that facilitates the Cataloguing of large collections of images. I have found another great use for this product that I will blog about in the future.

Throughout the day many prizes were given away via draws and as usual people in seats on either side of me won prizes with nothing for me. I hope this 25+ year drought of winning great prizes ends soon. The Epson Stylus Pro 4880 printer that was given away would have looked great on my desk!

Of note in the Expo were Solux mentioned above and Bogen. It was nice seeing Bogen on hand with their Bogen and Gitzo lineups including the Gitzo line of Photographers clothing. This great Full Sleeve Vest and Matching Parka are usually not carried in stores so seeing them and being able to try them out was great.

All in all it was a great outing for all six members and we now all look forward to 'Track Two' of the Epson Print Academy.

© 2009 Francois Cleroux

(Version 1.00 - February 2009)

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