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“WPPIFresh” Places Special Focus on First-Time Exhibitors at Annual Expo for Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Special Area Gives Attendees Quick Access to New Exhibitors, Products and Services

New York – February 7, 2018 — The Wedding and Portrait Photography International Conference + Expo is rolling out the red carpet for first-time exhibitors with dedicated booth space dubbed “WPPIFresh.” WPPIFresh was added after research conducted by Emerald Expositions, owner and organizer of WPPI, found that more than 90% of Expo attendees wanted to quickly and easily seek out first-time exhibitors with new products, technologies, and services.

“We know that new and emerging businesses in the photo and video markets can sometimes feel like exhibiting at a trade show for the first time can be a little bit of a leap of faith. WPPIFresh was created to really make new exhibitors feel at home as we place a spotlight on their company and product offerings so attendees can easily identify and engage with them through physical booth space and various other marketing benefits,” said Mike Gangel, WPPI Show Director. “WPPI continues to gain interest from new photo and video exhibitors and we are pleased to provide them with a convenient way to introduce themselves to attendees.”

“WPPIFresh” Exhibitors

New exhibitors will each have designated booth numbers but all will be located in the WPPIFresh area.

Album Design Store – Booth #564

Album Design Store provides photographers and studios with a one-stop-shop for all their post production needs. Album Design Store assists photographers with custom album design, editing, retouching, and the ultimate expression of “wedding stories” in the form of hand crafted albums.

As a third generation family business, they bring exclusive and customized designs to photographers, along with fast, reliable and cost effective post production services. Album Design Store will help add value to customer services by saving them time and offering custom work that is unique and non-repetitive. 

Calotype – Booth #469

Calotype's end-to-end workflow management software is a photographer´s tool for every stage of the process in the high-volume photography business, from input to sale. With Calotype at their fingertips, photographers and studios will have access to technology that allows greater efficiencies with their business, and ultimately help increase their business. Calotype's goal is to empower independent photographers and studios and make a positive difference in their business.

Epilog Laser – Booth #363

Epilog is the leading designer and manufacturer of CO2 and fiber laser engraving, cutting, and marking systems that are able to engrave and cut a variety of materials. Stop by our booth for a demo and learn how you can etch treasured photos on all kinds of substrates!

Fractals – Booth #562

Fractals, a popular photography equipment company famous for their prismatic filters, is releasing a new product, dubbed the Fibonacci Set. Raising $60,000 on Kickstarter, Fractals debuted in 2014 and has been working hard to release its second product. “We’ve gone through dozens, if not hundreds of iterations,” said Nikk Wong at Fractals. “By combining unique refractive materials and doubly-faceted glass, we’ve produced filters that help photographers create amazing images.”

FrameALIVE – Booth #463

FrameALIVE is a new app that breathes life into images by combining image recognition with videos to produce pictures that “come to life with a click.” To create these masterpieces simply select a still photo or image and link it to a video in the FrameALIVE dashboard. With FrameALIVE you can literally bring your pictures to life! Photographers can add videos to their favorite photo albums, design moving portraits, make printed books with YouTube videos, and so much more.

Inter-State Studio – Booth #560

Inter-State Imaging Services helps photographers launch their school picture business. They provide all the support and resources businesses need. Whether companies are looking to reach the next level or just starting out, Inter-State Studio provides great turn-key solutions.

Lemonade and Lenses Collective– Booth #355

Lemonade and Lenses is proud to be one of the first family run photography magazines in the industry. As they embark on their 6th year of publishing educational, bi-monthly magazines for photographers, they also grew to a creative team of three! Their publication teaches photographers about business and marketing, branding and design, and photography, so they can care for every aspect of their treasured photography business. In addition, Lemonade and Lenses provides an inspirational blog, image competitions, educational and portfolio-building events, all within a safe, positive community to comfortably ask questions and share work! You can be a part of their community on Instagram @lemonadeandlense or by visiting the website.

Marcello Strada – Booth #558

Marcello Strada is an Italian-based company that produces photobook binding machines that work with pneumatic systems and do not require technical assistance. The company provides a system that offers high-end finishing, affordable entry points, and low operation costs. One of the leading European companies in this space, Marcello Strada has official distribution outlets in the U.S.

PQ Albums – Booth #367

PQ Albums  Professional Photographers and their customers. They understand that consumers demand more for less. At a time when profit margins are low for professional photographers, PQ Albums gives professional photographers quality at a price point their customers will love. Their albums are designed to preserve your clients’ special moments beautifully and in a range of materials and formats your customers can afford. PQ Albums is excited to join photographers on their business journey and become an integral part of the professional photography industry. Join them in booth #367 to celebrate love and families. Register online at www.pqalbums.com to receive your free swatch book.

Primera Technology – Booth #468

Primera Technology is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty printing equipment. Impressa® IP60 Digital Photo Printer is the latest addition to Primera’s portfolio, which includes the LX-Series Color Label Printers, AP-Series Label Applicators, and the world's smallest portable printer Trio. Impressa IP60 is suited best for event photography, photo booths, amusement parks, and more.

Speedy’s One Stop Repair – Booth #556

For over 40 years Speedy’s One Stop Repair has provided repair service for manufacturers, distributors, operators and end users.  Their trained technicians have years of experience in the electronic repair industry.  All services include a 45 day warranty.

Studio Ninja – Booth #454

Studio Ninja is one of the world's most user-friendly photography business apps, designed specifically for photographers, by photographers. Users can get setup in less than 30 minutes and then let Studio Ninja handle all your important business administrative tasks. Studio Ninja will help photographers manage their shoots, clients, leads, invoices, automation, workflows and more.

SWIT Electronics – Booth #568

SWIT Electronics will showcase their S-2610  Flexible LED light, a 24"x18" flexible Bi-color LED light, at this year’s WPPI Expo. The light can be used in nearly any environment. Its lightweight, thin, bendable, and waterproof design make it ideal for outdoors, indoors, narrow spaces, and just about anywhere you might need or want additional light. The panel mat features bi-color 3000K-5600K color temperature with a CRI over 97 and 0-100% dimming.  The external control box with LCD touchscreen allows users to control light value, color temperature, and view current battery levels. The S2610 light kit includes the S-2610 light, carry case, power adapter, control box & foldable X bracket.

3D Photographic Solutions – Booth #359

3D Photographic Solutions has a mission to bring the best and most affordable 3D imaging and 3D printing methods to professional photographers. They currently provide Information, Assessments, Training and Discounts for the best 3D methods and will soon provide Integrated Hardware, Software and Systems to make 3D imaging and 3D printing a standard professional photographic tool.

Yodabooth – Booth #465

Yodabooth is the perfect fusion of photo booth hardware and software. Based on years of industry experience, Yodabooth has everything photographers need to stand out in their market and offer clients a truly personalized experience

About WPPI

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is the premier industry event for photographers and now, filmmakers, specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding, portrait photography and filmmaking. Each year, over 13,000 professional and imaging professionals attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to help grow their business, experiment with new products from major manufacturers to improve productivity, and to use Vegas as a backdrop while expanding skillsets and portfolios.

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference + Expo is owned by Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States, with most of our shows dating back several decades. We currently operate more than 50 trade shows, including 31 of the top 250 trade shows in the country as ranked by TSNN, as well as numerous other events. Our events connect over 500,000 global attendees and exhibitors and occupy more than 6.9 million NSF of exhibition space.  We have been recognized with many awards and accolades that reflect our industry leadership as well as the importance of our shows to the exhibitors and attendees we serve. 

More information about WPPI can be found at http://www.wppionline.com

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WANDRD Launches the HEXAD Duffel, the Most Versatile and Functional Travel and Camera Bag

It’s high time the duffel bag becomes more than just luggage. Introducing HEXAD, a duffel that makes it simple to take-off for anywhere knowing gear is safely stowed, organized and always within easy reach

Orem, Utah (PRWEB) June 29, 2017 -- On the heels of a hugely successful crowdfunding campaign for its travel/photography bag that raised over $400,000, WANDRD has launched its newest innovative creation on Kickstarter.

The HEXAD Duffel bridges the gap between traditional duffel bags that are uncomfortable and lack organization and dedicated travel bags that only work well at the airport. “We’re three brothers that were instilled with a love for travel early on, whether it was a road trip nearby or flying somewhere around the world,” said Ryan Cope, WANDRD Co-Founder. “As avid travelers, we are always looking for ways to simplify and improve the way we carry our belongings. The idea of the HEXASD Duffel was actually born as all three of us were sitting on a plane going from Vietnam to Hong Kong.”

The HEXAD Duffel comes in two different styles: the HEXAD Carryall Duffel and the HEXAD Access Duffel. The Carryall comes in a 60-liter size and a smaller 40-liter, to fit carryon dimensions. Both styles are made of tarpaulin and ballistic nylon with army coating, materials that are waterproof and made to last a lifetime. They feature a molded back panel, unique backpack straps, and an adjustable chest strap, making HEXAD the most comfortable duffel on the market.

The shape of the backpack straps allows users to carry it tote-style without any extra annoying straps hanging off the bag. The backpack straps can also be easily removed within seconds and stash into a dedicated pocket out of the way.

The Carryall version includes an expandable pocket on one side of the bag for shoes or dirty laundry. It easily folds out of the way when not in use. For smaller items, there’s an RFID locking pocket for security, a set of spill-proof pockets so toiletries stay contained, a fleece-lined quick access pocket for valuables, and mesh organizer pockets throughout the bag.

The Access version of the Duffel is also carryon size, and features a main u-zip accessible compartment. One big clamshell opening gives access to the entire contents of the duffel. Multiple compartments make it easy to organize clothes or other gear. Two bottom sections fit both sizes of WANDRD’s existing camera cubes – transforming this duffel into the ultimate photo duffel.

Whether using it for camera gear or not, two side entry points provide quick access to a user’s most important items. Both duffels come with a padded laptop sleeve, big enough for a 15” laptop.

“Whether you’re going on a multiple-week trip or hauling gear for the afternoon, these HEXAD Duffels were designed to look amazing and function even better," added Cope. "We can’t wait to see where you take them."

For more information and to pre-order at heavily-discounted early bird prices, visit the HEXAD Duffel

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For more information about the company’s range of products, visit www.wandrd.com.

SKB hard cases with Think Tank interiors!

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an exciting new partnership with hard-case manufacturer SKB.  Think Tank’s designers have created internal divider sets, organizers, and a backpack designed specifically to fit within 10 SKB hard cases.  There are times when you simply have to airline gate-check your most precious photography equipment.  At moments like these, nothing will do a better job of protection than a hard case.  But one of the downsides of hard cases is that they are basically hard shells with not a lot of other features built into them.  Think Tank’s partnership with SKB solves this problem.  The result is the best of a hard case with the best of internal organization.  Don’t forget that with our special partnership with Think Tank that you receive free gear and free shipping when you order using our special link. Click Here

Manfrotto Distribution US adds 360Rize to its Line of Power Brands

360Rize, a company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, announced its product line is now being distributed by Manfrotto Distribution US, which will now add the 360Rize line of patented 360 Plug-N-Play™to its inventory of professional video and photo products, serving as a reselling resource for dealers.

360Rize’s hardware products serve as 360 video arrays for multiple cameras and allow content creators to film 360-degree videos at resolutions as high as 12,000 x 6,000 pixels. This includes 2D and 3D stereoscopic VR camera mounts and the 360-degree camera systems. Content filmed with these products can be viewed in large projection domes, Mac’s, PC’s, multiple web and 360 media players or with Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and other virtual reality HMDs (head-mounted displays).

"This is a very exciting step for 360Rize. When it comes to camera and production equipment distribution, Manfrotto Distribution US is one of the most respected names in the industry and we're thrilled to be working with them to help make 360 video technology widely available," said 360Rize CEO and founder Michael Kintner.

"VR and 360 shooting is one of the most exciting new channels in imaging.  We are thrilled to be representing 360Rize as their US Distributor.  Their products are of the highest quality and help define the category.  So, in that sense, they are very much like the Manfrotto brand. That is why they are the perfect partner for us," said Adam Mirabella, President of Manfrotto Distribution US. 

This news follows the announcement that 360Rize was awarded a patent and multiple provisional patents for its virtual reality 360 video technology patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ product lines.  These systems repurpose small action camera’s like GoPro, Yi Technology and micro-cinematic cameras like Blackmagic Designs and ZCam’s into the unique patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ camera arrays for creating high resolution spherical 360 video. The patent covers the multi-camera holding assemblies that its original 360Heros company brought to the market back in 2012.

About 360Heros Inc/360Rize – 360Rize

360Rize a 360Heros Inc., company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, creates 360 spherical video camera systems that capture 360 video content as high as 12K resolution VR content. 360Rize also develops 360 video workflow solutions such as 360CamMan™, the world’s first VR media management software and many other 360 video work flow solutions. Through years of research and innovation, 360Rize is empowering content creators to push the limits of this emerging technology and its unique modular 360 Plug-n-Play product line it allows producers to use the action and cinematic cameras in multi-camera arrays or unplug them and use them as they were intended allowing producers to efficiently camera manage their video equipment for multiple purposes.

For additional information about 360Rize, formerly 360Heros, visit 360rize.com. Follow 360Rize on Facebook at facebook.com/360Rize, on Twitter @360_Rize or instagram.com/360rize.

About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us 

Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fueling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, National Geographic and now 360Rize.

For additional information about Manfrotto, visit manfrotto.us. Follow Manfrotto on Facebook at facebook.com/manfrottoimaginemore, on Twitter @manfrotto_us or instagram.com/manfrottoimaginemore.

 

 

Think Tank Updates Their Line of Drone Bags

Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an upgrade to their popular Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom drone backpack.  New features include increased depth for Phantom 3 or 4, a new tripod attachment strap added to the side panel, added reinforcement panels where rotors meet the inside lid, and a $40 price reduction over the earlier version.  In addition, if you are a DJI Mavic Pro drone user, Think Tank has created a list of shoulder bags and backpacks that will easily hold your new drone.  Check out the images of how the Mavic is stored! And don’t forget, with these links you will receive free gear and free shipping with every order over $50.

Santa Rosa, Calif. – As quadcopter design continues to evolve, so does Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones. Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel. Its custom divider set allows maximum room for extra accessories and gear, including a small camera kit, and features a dedicated 15” laptop compartment.

“We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”

KEY FEATURES

  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
  • Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
  • Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also features YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.6” W x 19.7” H x 9.3” D (34.5 x 50 x 23.5 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 19” H x 8.3” D (33 x 47.8 x 21 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (32 x 44 x 3.5 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)

 

ABOUT THINK TANK PHOTO

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.