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Test Drive New Photo Tech Highlights Special Events Day Before Opening of Annual Photography Expo in NYC

October 21, 2017
PhotoPlus_102116_077e2 (c) Karen Rubin

At PhotoPlus Expo in NYC, learn techniques and technology from top photographers; the day before the official opening, on Wednesday, Oct. 25 this year, photographers are invited to test drive new products and learn from a technology roundtable discussion. © Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

NEW YORK— Emerald Expositions is hosting a series of special events on Wednesday, October 25, the day before the annual PhotoPlus Conference + Expo officially opens. Wednesday’s events will offer a sneak peek at future innovations, honor the most innovative products from the past year, and educate attendees using an expert panel of industry professionals discussing how new technology may ultimately shape our future as photographers. These special events are free to all registered attendees of PhotoPlus Expo.

“We are very excited to kick-off this year’s PhotoPlus Expo by presenting three special events,” says Lauren Wendle, vice president and publisher, Photo+. “Everything kicks-off with a panel of experts who will share their thoughts about how new technologies enable photographers to reach new levels of creative excellence in the future, followed by our annual Test Drive event, which gives attendees an opportunity to preview new products before public display when the show opens the next day. The evening concludes with The Lucie Technical Awards, which recognizes excellence in photography products and individuals who have made significant contributions in photography this past year.”

Wednesday, October 25 Special Event Schedule

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (Free to all Attendees)

Eyes of the Machines: How Will Smarter Cameras Help Photographers?

Digital revolutionized photography, but it may have just been a warm-up act. As artificial intelligence and machine learning have brought us more flexibility and creativity, they have already helped consumers around the world take better photos. But what happens when the eyes and experience of imaging pros are matched with the smarter brains of next-generation devices? Join a panel of industry experts as they discuss how future technology could further extend the boundaries and enable artistic expression that will set a new bar in creative excellence.

Moderated by Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, and a 30 year photo industry analyst, panelists will offer their thoughts about how advances in image processing are enhancing traditional elements of photography, in what ways can new capture and distribution technologies create new opportunities for professional photographers, and how new forms of artistic expression may rise as a result of camera evolution.

Technology Panelists include:

  • Dr. Rajiv Laroia, CTO and co-founder, Light
  • Jim Malcolm, general manager, North America, HumanEyes
  • Steve Medina, Director, Product Management, Avegant
  • Allen Murabayashi, photo industry blogger

3:00 – 5:00p.m. (Free to all Attendees)

Test Drive — New Product Preview + Networking Event

Test Drive is an opportunity for early birds to get an up-close-and-personal peak at what’s new and what’s hot in the world of imaging technology before they go on public display at PhotoPlus Expo. Test and compare the latest photography gear, ask questions, and explore the newest software solutions & photographic services from dozens of PhotoPlus exhibitors.

“Our annual Test Drive event gives our attendees and the media a sneak-peak to see the latest products and services in photo and video before PPE opens to the general public,” said Mike Gangel, Group Show Director. “It’s a great opportunity to ask questions in a more intimate setting and get a head start on exploring all the amazing products you will discover on the Expo floor.”

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Free to all Attendees but RSVP is required)

The Lucie Technical Awards

The third annual Lucie Technical Awards, presented by the Lucie Foundation, honors both large and small companies, as well as those individuals who have advanced the photographic industry over the past year.  Awards will acknowledge advancements in several technologies including cameras, lenses, lighting and accessories, printers, software, and more. Products are nominated by companies and individuals and judged by a panel of photo industry experts. In addition, The Lucie Technical Awards will be presented to individuals who have had the greatest influence and impact in the photographic industry over the past year.

Hossein Farmani, Founder of The Lucie Technical Awards commented, “On the evening of October 25, we will announce the 19 winners of the coveted Lucie Technical Awards from a roster of 101 finalists representing 52 individual companies. These winners are selected by our jury of experts as the most innovative and successful additions to the photographic world’s tool kit. The Lucie Technical Awards are the perfect prelude to PhotoPlus Expo followed by The Lucie Awards, on October 29, at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.”

The Lucie Technical Awards was established by the Lucie Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization whose three-tiered mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography, worldwide.

Registration to attend PhotoPlus Expo will also give attendees free access to the NYVR Expo, the largest trade show dedicated to virtual / augmented reality on the East Coast. NYVR Expo will run from October 27-28 and be collocated with PhotoPlus at the Jacob Javits Center.

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PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo

Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo — http://www.photoplusexpo.com/ — showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services – all from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.

 

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Registration Opens for PhotoPlus Expo Oct 19-22 in NYC – Get Free Passes thru Aug 31

August 17, 2016
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PhotoPlus Expo gives photographers a chance to try out interesting set pieces © 2016 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

NEW YORK— Whether photography is a career, a passion, or simply a way to capture life’s precious moments, you will want to attend the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 19-22. PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photographic conference and trade show in North America where manufacturers demonstrate the latest imaging technology and world renowned photographers and filmmakers conduct educational seminars and photo walks under one roof. Free registration to the 3-day Expo and early bird discounts on conference passes are available through August 31 by visiting photoplusexpo.com. Getting to the Javits Center has never been easier with the new #7 subway extending all the way to the Javits Center (34th St. / Hudson Yards).

More than 250 leading manufacturers of imaging hardware, software, and accessories will be on hand to demonstrate the latest technology and techniques in the world of photography and filmmaking. Throughout the Expo, manufacturers will be offering special show discounts on products and services, giveaways and raffles, and conduct free educational presentations with some of the world’s most renowned photographers and filmmakers. During the Expo, attendees can also visit the Photographers Resource Center where they can sell their used equipment, get their cameras professionally cleaned and /or repaired and get advice on how to handle copyright infringement and manage small business financials.

The Expo will feature a special Wedding Pavilion. If you are a wedding or portrait photographer or thinking about expanding your business to include these services you will want to visit the WPPI Wedding Pavilion at PhotoPlus Expo.  Products and services ranging from albums, photofinishing, and accessories will all be on display to help you increase your business, or help get you started.

“Whether you are a professional photographer, enthusiast, or consumer who wants to learn how to take better photos, attending PhotoPlus Expo is an absolute must,” explains Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher at PDN. “Nearly every conceivable product, service, and accessory related to imaging will be on display. Live demonstrations, hands-on learning, and educational presentations make PhotoPlus an interactive experience for everyone who attends.” 

Become a VIP at PPE

If you are looking to completely immerse yourself in PhotoPlus Expo, register as a VIP attendee and receive exclusive access, discounts, and opportunities for the entire duration of the event. With a VIP Expo badge, attendees will receive:

  • Three-day admission to PhotoPlus Expo with instant badge pick-up at the VIP Customer Service Desk
  • Admission and priority seating for keynote presentations on Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • The Official PPE VIP Bag packed with special promotions from a variety of exhibitors. More than 100 bags will include a Golden Ticket that can be redeemed for a special prize valued up to $250, including photo gear, gift cards and more! Prize sponsors include B&H Photo and others.

General Pricing for PhotoPlus Expo 2016

The three-day Expo pass is free to everyone who registers online before August 31. Early bird pricing is now available on all education tracks including À La Carte Seminars, Intensive Classes, Master Classes, and Photo Walks. In addition to getting the discounts, early registration will ensure access to the widest selection of educational programming before they sell out.  Members of PHOTO+ (PhotoServe.com and WPPI) will save 50% on all conference seminar pass options including a Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, individual seminars as well as Master Class and Photo Walk purchases. Attendees can choose to become PHOTO+ members ($150.00) before or during the registration process to unlock exclusive discounts on conference passes, year-round vendor and product discounts, free subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder, and discounts on contest entries.

The price of a Full Conference Pass is $249.50 for members ($499 for non-members) through August 31, 2016. The price of a One Day Conference Pass is $149.50 for members ($299 for non-members). Advanced pricing rates begin September 1 and end October 18.

Seminars and Classes

Attendees looking to hone their skills in specific areas of photography in a more formal classroom setting will find more than 100 Master Classes, seminars, and photo walks available throughout the Expo and Conference.  Conducted by many of the world’s most renowned photographers and filmmakers, attendees will learn the latest techniques in lighting, portraits, business, post-production and so much more. To ensure a robust educational experience for all attendees, PhotoPlus offers a variety of seminars and special event packages including a 50% discount for students on all seminars, conference passes, and photo walks to help maximize their limited budgets and take advantage of these unique learning opportunities. View the full seminar schedule with detailed descriptions.

“For the 34th year, The PhotoPlus Conference + Expo will bring together world-class creative pros under one roof for a week of learning and networking to help support and nurture business and creative initiatives for the coming year,” said Jason Groupp, Director of Education and Membership of the PHOTO+ Group. “Our extensive lineup of Master Classes, seminars, photo walks, and portfolio reviews create a comprehensive learning environment that is both energizing and inspiring.”

Progressive Learning at PhotoPlus Expo 

Photo Walks

Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21

8:00-10:00 a.m.

4:00-6:00 p.m.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

This year’s series of photo walks give participants an opportunity to explore New York in small groups led by some of the industry’s foremost photographers and educators. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled to accommodate most schedules.

Intensive Classes — NEW

Wednesday, October 19 – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Thursday-Friday, October 20-21 – 1:30-6:30 p.m.

For attendees who really want to concentrate on one specific area of learning and are prepared to dig in for a full day of activities, PhotoPlus has created its Intensive Pre-Conference classes just for you. These classes each focus on a single topic including Photoshop, Lightroom, Lighting, Editing & Sequencing for Print, Wedding, and Final Cut X all instructed by industry leaders. These 5-hour sessions will provide an opportunity to learn more than the basics and come away with extended knowledge you can put to practice immediately.

Master Classes

Thursday-Friday, October 20-21

8:00-10:00 a.m.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

All Master Classes at PhotoPlus are limited to 50 students and offer comprehensive, hands-on instruction. Instructors include Susan Stripling, Lindsay Adler, Scott Kelby, John Harrington, Me Ra Koh, Joe McNally, Brooke Shaden, Eli Reed, and many more.

À La Carte Seminars

Thursday-Saturday, October 20-22 – Seminars conducted throughout the day

Regardless of the topic or specific technique you want to learn more about, you will find it in the comprehensive listing of seminars conducted this year at PhotoPlus Expo. Whether its studio or natural lighting, poses for portraits, or how to incorporate video into existing client services, these along with more than 100 other sessions will be on the schedule throughout the conference.

The full seminar schedule including À La Carte Seminars, Intensive Classes, Master Classes, and Photo Walks is available online and can be viewed by date, track, speaker, or sponsor.

Portfolio Reviews

The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo, presented by the Palm Springs Photo Festival, is the most productive and cost-efficient way to have your work viewed by 175 of the most respected picture editors, art directors, and art buyers in the world. Honest and constructive feedback on your existing portfolio is a necessary part of the process of reaching the next level of excellence. During PhotoPlus, attendees will have an opportunity to sit face-to-face with industry pros responsible for hiring and commissioning photographers and filmmakers throughout the year.

Drone+ Seminar

Saturday, October 22 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Drones are more than just the latest craze.  They are a new source of revenue for your business where the sky is the limit.  Drone+ at PhotoPlus has gathered all the industry experts and resources in one location to answer questions about features, functions, and general use of drones and how to navigate through FAA regulations to legally operate a drone.  Seminars and panel discussions addressing all aspects of drone use will be conducted throughout the day including a panel featuring former FAA counsel Loretta Alkalay, NTSB Examiner John Goglia, DJI’s VP of Policy Brendan Schulman, and others to discuss the current state of drone regulation and what to expect in the future.

Join award-winning photographer George Steinmetz when he shares his amazing aerial films and explains how drones have helped this 25-year veteran best known for his exploration of the unknown, charter new territories never before possible.

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RideOn Introduces Augmented Reality Ski Goggles, Like Google-Glass for the Slopes

March 6, 2015
Ski Heavenly, Lake Tahoe: RideOn Ski Goggles let you communicate hands-free using audio and video, post videos and stats online for your friends back home © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Ski Heavenly, Lake Tahoe: RideOn Ski Goggles let you communicate hands-free using audio and video, post videos and stats online for your friends back home © 2015 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Imagine skiing or riding down a mountain and knowing exactly where you are on the mountain, or contacting your companions, hands free, through your ski goggles. RideOn, a startup based in Tel Aviv, recently unveiled their prototype of ski goggles that incorporate augmented reality (AR) features for the first time ever. RideOn’s see-through display (think Google Glass) projects AR layers and features as if they’re floating in the distance in front of you.

“We wanted to find our locations on a ski resort map instantly, or to quickly contact each other when we’d get separated. We wanted to do these things without having to take our gloves off, or use our phones,” said Alon Getz, CEO and co-founder, on why they created the goggles.

Software engineer and co-founder Ori Kotek noted that heads-up display goggles like Oakley Airwave and Recon’s Snow2 sort of achieved this, but with bulky external devices like wrist-pieces, and a display located in the user’s peripheral vision. “What distinguishes RideOn is our delivery of a true AR experience, derived from a see-through display that projects data onto the center of your field of view, not on the side,” he explained.

Furthermore, users interact with these data and features hands-free just by staring at friends, ski lodges, and ski lifts in the distance, or by looking up at floating buttons fixed to the sky. Getz and Kotek invented this style of UI to keep riders’ hands warm in their gloves. RideOn’s features let you:

Interact

  • See your friends’ locations around you
  • Communicate using audio and video
  • Post videos and stats online for your friends back home
  • Annoy your friends: Throw a virtual snowball

Navigate

  • See your location on a map
  • Find ski lodges, restaurants, and bars highlighted seamlessly in your field of vision
  • Find ski lift locations & check queue wait times, and whether lifts are open

Play

  • Compete against yourself and your friends in various games and improve your time and accuracy

The goggles also feature an HD camera for capturing video and for video-chatting with friends back home. RideOn uses this camera in combination with inertial sensors and GPS to measure user location and head orientation.

RideOn are the world’s first true AR goggles for skiers and snowboarders who want an enhanced, visually interactive experience on the mountain. Conceived in 2012, founders Ori Kotek and Alon Getz — each with 13 years’ experience in jet-pilot visual technology and inertial systems — created RideOn to let skiers communicate with friends, navigate the mountain’s runs and lodges, and play games, all overlaid seamlessly in the center of their vision.

RideOn is being launched as an Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign and is be offered for $500.

For information, http://www.rideonvision.com; info@rideonvision.com for inquiries and support; sales@rideonvision.com for sales and marketing, or contact the IndieGoGo page at Igg.me@rideon.

 

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Vivick to Debut Anti-Theft Backpack at 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

January 8, 2012

Vivick, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of sophisticated and functional electronics accessories, announces the official launch of their anti-theft backpack. The anti-theft backpack, which comes in three models, debuts at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and will be available to consumers.

“Backpack theft is becoming a major issue in some of the larger cities around the world,” says Andy Hu, president of Vivick. “Because of this, we have designed a new anti-theft backpack. It will help curb backpack theft, as well as give consumers peace of mind as they travel or go about their daily routine.”

The Vivick Anti-Theft Backpack is constructed of military-grade gauge nylon, featuring an anti-slash material that prevents people from breaking through the fabric. The zipper on the backpack has also been designed with an added security measure, as it contains a built-in combination lock. The designers have taken every aspect of the backpack into consideration, including the straps, to make it as anti-theft as possible.

Although designers have taken necessary measures to ensure that the backpack can live up to the task of providing security for consumer valuables, it has also been designed to be aesthetically pleasing. The backpack remains stylish, as well as sturdy. It is ideal for those traveling, in order to help protect valuables, as well as for those who are carrying around items they want to protect, such as laptops, cameras, electronics and important documents.

Theft while traveling is an increasingly important issue, as people encounter issues while traveling domestically and abroad. According to the U.S. Department of State, the best way to protect yourself is to think about safety when you first pack. Items that are often targets of theft during travel include laptops, electronics, jewelry, and legal documents. All of these items can be secured in the Vivick Anti-theft backpack, either in transit or while left in a hotel room.

“Consumers spend a lot of money on the devices that they carry around,” added Hu. “It is a smart move to transport them in our anti-theft backpack. You will be helping to protect your investment, as well as your confidentiality.”

To learn more about the Vivick Anti-Theft Backpack, visit their site at www.vivick.com.

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