PhotoCon f2.8 Workshops & Tradeshow

PhotoCon f2.8 Workshops & Tradeshow

Tower Hotel (map)

PhotoCon 2018 hosted by Bedford Camera & Video in Oklahoma City is in its 5th year and is the largest photography and imaging shows in Oklahoma. The show will offer the ultimate experience in photography and digital imaging. Explore tons of different vendors and manufacturers all in one place. See an inspiring array of products and services. Discover and learn some cutting-edge innovations in digital imaging products and techniques from industry experts.

Come out to experience amazing photo educators and industry vendors in the BEST convention in Oklahoma.  Of course, sign up for my Envoy Workshop on Friday night!

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Crazy Train PhotoWalk - OKC to Fort Worth, TX

Crazy Train PhotoWalk - OKC to Fort Worth, TX

Santa Fe Depot (map)

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The FotoFacts Twins, Rob & Jim, are taking an unusual PhotoWalk to Fort Worth, Texas on Sunday morning after PhotoCon.  This is a great way to end your weekend of inspiration, education and incredible trade show.

We will meet at the newly remodeled Santa Fe Depot station in Oklahoma City at 8:00 am to grab the Heartland Flyer to Fort Worth, Texas.  If you wish to join us from another city, the train stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore, and Gainesville.  

While on the train, we will be pushing out a LIVE FotoFacts episode to recap Bedford PhotoCon, answer photography questions and discuss current issues.  We are hoping to get permission from Amtrak to have an impromptu hands-on camera control class.  Because of baggage restrictions, this class will focus on what you can bring on board the train.  It will be geared towards solving lighting and exposure issues on a moving subject without backup support systems.  We are looking forward to seeing what selection of equipment shooters choose to carry.

We arrive in Fort Worth at 12:30 pm to be greeted by our Texas host, Xavier & Patrice from Photos on the Vine - the ultimate place for education and studio rental in the area.  This dynamic duo will be bringing Interfit Photographic lighting, XP PhotoGear modifiers, and Vanguard USA tripods for our group to use during the visit.

During our day escape from Oklahoma, we will “work” a small area of this famous downtown.  The city blocks surrounding the train station are filled with the hidden alleyways, tall buildings, wonderful architecture, and urban life.  We will focus on the stunning Water Gardens, St. Patrick Cathedral, and Convention Center.  Armed with equipment from our support staff, you will sure to create wonderful images to build your portfolio.

The train leaves promptly at 5:25 pm for the return back to Oklahoma City by 9:27 pm.  This will get you another chance to socialize and recoup from the day’s activities.  Don’t forget, this can be an incredible time to capture some onboard portraits of fellow photographers while enjoying no driving back to the city.

IF you are riding the train from OKC to Fort Worth - Be sure to purchase your tickets ahead of time!  Cost and details of the Heartland Flyer are available on Amtrak.com.  Choose UPPER LEVEL when booking your ticket!

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PBX PhotoWalk - Las Vegas, NV

PBX PhotoWalk - Las Vegas, NV

Westgate Las Vegas Resort (map)

Join us at PhotoBooth Expo in Las Vegas!

It’s time to let your Photo Booth cameras out of their cages! Join us on this social photowalk spiked with a little photography learning.

Our special guest leader this year is Robert Trawick, the most experienced wedding photographer in Oklahoma and lighting connoisseur. He loves to laugh, tell jokes and drink coffee along with demonstrating an easy to understand approach of lighting on location. The Las Vegas strip is a cornucopia of humanity so you can be positive to have some interesting characters to shoot. Then again, maybe we can bring a model or two for practice!

We will start our adventure in the Key Seminar Room 1 for a quick intro before heading out on the monorail. Our first stop will be “Bally’s & Paris Station” and a short walk to the Eiffel Tower and the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. This will be a great time with play with an extreme wide-angle lens for the views and a medium telephoto for environmental portraits. We will talk about “dragging the shutter” technique with flash for background and motion.

We will head back to the “Bally’s & Paris Station” for a short monorail trip to “MGM Grand” and a block away from the crossover bridge to New York - New York. On the bridge over Las Vegas Blvd, we have an excellent view of the strip and cityscape. It will time to get creative creating backdrop images using hyper-focus distance and bokeh with long focal length lenses. Of course, adding a splash of flash never hurts either with people photos overlooking the bustling traffic below.

The last stop will be the wonderful Statue of Liberty and time to answer all your questions from the trip or review any demo techniques. We are aiming to end around 8pm and you can take advantage of the crosswalk system to head over to the Tropicana to enjoy the Mobile Beat Show.

Bring your favorite camera, lenses, flash and tripod. Please dress according to your needs for the local conditions. Some people are happy in shorts and t-shirt at 50 degrees, while others need an arctic jumper suit to stay war. Don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes, but choosing to wear “fashionable” heeled boots or 6” stilettos will garner extra praise and attention. When in doubt, be sure to contact Robert directly with questions and/or creative images of the heels. 

PhotoExpo Workshops & Tradeshow

PhotoExpo Workshops & Tradeshow

The Guest House at Graceland (map)

The Guest House at Graceland - Our group discount code is 180802PHOT- $139 per night 

The Guest House at Graceland - Our group discount code is 180802PHOT- $139 per night 

We don't have all the details yet on the schedule BUT expect a Shoot-Out and hands-on workshops on Beale Street for Friday night.  I would bet that we have something extra special on Saturday with the FotoFact Podcast crew!

We are excited to announce PHOTOEXPO 2018 Memphis at Graceland! This year’s Expo will be a unique experience in an iconic city, at a venue that would make the KING proud. We are looking forward to a jam-packed weekend with hands on training, keynote speakers, model shoots, an interactive trade show, and incredible networking opportunities. This will be a rock’n’ photography experience for everyone involved at the Birthplace of Rock and Roll and Home of the Blues.