Press Release

“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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Gitzo Launches Century Camera Bag Collection in Celebration of 100th Anniversary

Gitzo, a pioneer in many of the most advanced, revolutionary technologies for professional camera equipment, is celebrating one hundred years of outstanding innovation and technological leadership. To mark its 100th anniversary, the brand is redefining excellence with the launch of several highly exclusive products, including the iconic Gitzo Century Camera Bag Collection.

 

This exquisite new selection of photography bags are designed especially for Gitzo Traveler fans who own premium cameras and require similar standards of premium quality and detail in their photography bags.

 

All the models in Gitzo’s new range are built to meet the needs of the world’s most style-conscious photographers. Made in Italy, they are an appealing combination of genuine Italian cow leather and wear-resistant nylon, guaranteeing high resistance to scratches and abrasions. The bags are water-repellent and were crafted to resemble the look of carbon fiber, reminiscent of the Gitzo Traveler tripod legs.

 

The range includes the Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack, the Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger and the Gitzo Century Compact Messenger, all of which are the perfect choice for Gitzo Traveler Series tripod users.

 

The Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack has a roomy internal insert that easily accommodates a medium-size DSLR or a Premium CSC with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens attached plus two additional lenses, or it can hold a DJI Mavic Pro with its remote control and accessories. The dual side access enables owners to reach for their equipment from the right or left side. The elegant front opening is the perfect carrying solution for a 0 and 1 Series Gitzo Traveler or similar sized tripod. The removable insert provides the option to pack photography gear and personal items, or effortlessly turn it into a luxurious everyday bag.Featured video tutorial

 

The second model in this selection is the new Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger. It is equipped with a G-lock flap closing system powered by Fidlock®. With this smart magnetic lock, the Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger can be easily opened and closed. It holds a mid-range DSLR or a CSC with a standard zoom lens attached plus another lens and a detached 70-200m f/2.8 lens or a premium mirrorless camera with a 70-200mm attached plus 2/3 standard zoom lenses. It is also perfect to carry a DJI Mavic Pro and its accessories. A pocket on the front bottom unzips to hold and protect a 0 and 1 Series Gitzo Traveler or similar sized tripod. Featured video tutorial

 

For photographers who prefer a smaller bag, the Gitzo Century Compact Messenger is the perfect choice. It can hold a premium mirrorless camera with a standard zoom lens attached plus two additional lenses or a DJI Mavic Pro and its smaller accessories. The Gitzo Century Compact Messenger is also equipped with the G-lock flap closing system powered by Fidlock®. Featured video tutorial

 

For added security, the Messengers have an interior top flap that keeps the gear compartment secure and the Backpack features a lockable zipper pull on the top and laptop compartments. Each bag comes with its own branded, dust-resistant pouch for protection when not in use and all three carrying solutions include a dedicated soft-touch compartment designed to keep a tablet or a laptop safe (this varies according to the bag).

 

Regardless of the model, owners of Gitzo Century bags can enjoy the assurance that their camera and accessories are safeguarded thanks to the engineered interior compartments, concealed pockets and countless intelligent storage solutions for all the equipment, accessories and personal items they may require.

 

The following models are now available nationwide:

Model #                                 Description                                              Price

GCB100MS                           Gitzo Century Compact Messenger         $169.99

GCB100MM                          Gitzo Century Traveler Messenger           $199.99

GCB100BP                           Gitzo Century Traveler Backpack             $299.99

 

As part of Gitzo’s centenary celebrations other highly desirable products have been launched,  including the world’s most exclusive limited edition carbon fiber travel tripods: the 100 Year Anniversary Edition Tripod and the Arsène Gitzhoven Edition Tripod, as well as the soon to be launched Fluid Gimbal Head.

 

More information on Gitzo’s centenary celebrations can be found online at manfrotto.us/gitzo/100y-anniversary. Follow Gitzo on Facebook athttp://bit.ly/gitzotripods, on Twitter @Gitzo_US and on Instagram @GitzoInspires.

 

About Gitzo
Professionals all over the world acknowledge Gitzo tripods, monopods, heads and accessories as setting the industry’s standards for excellence.  Innovations such as the first uses of carbon fiber to make tripods and magnesium to make heads, matched with a design policy of “no gimmicks and no compromise on quality,” put Gitzo products in a class of their own.  Gitzo’s carefully crafted products form a comprehensive range of supports for large, medium and small format cameras, for film or digital technology, for still photography or dynamic video, for studio or location work.  Precision assembly, high quality materials and fine control are all qualities that represent Gitzo products.

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.

MindShift Gear’s New PhotoCross Adventure Photography Bags Offer Unprecedented Comfort and Protection from the Elements.

Adventure photographers need a camera bag that’s as tough as they are. With its rugged materials and faceted design, MindShift Gear’s new PhotoCross sling bags protect a photographer’s gear from punishing trips into the wild. The PhotoCross is built to withstand the elements, yet comfortable enough to wear on long days in the field. These sling bags stay out of the way when scrambling but offer quick camera access when ready to take the shot. They feature weatherproof zippers and abrasion-resistant materials, plus a carrying system for tripods or jackets.

The PhotoCross comes in two sizes and colors, Orange Ember and Carbon Grey.  The PhotoCross 10 fits an ungripped DSLR and one to two lenses, plus a 10” tablet, or a Mirrorless body and three to five lenses, plus a 10” tablet.  The PhotoCross 13 fits an ungripped DSLR, two to four lenses, including a 70–200mm f/2.8, and some 13” laptops.

“The PhotoCross sling bags are significant because they meld two concepts that are often in conflict in outdoor gear design:  protection and comfort.  An example is how we’ve integrated the waterproof Tarpaulin bottom panel with a body-conforming design, wide shoulder strap, and stability wing for superior comfort,” said Doug Murdoch, MindShift Gear’s CEO and Lead Designer.  

ADDITIONAL FEATURES AND BENEFITS

  • Dedicated, padded pocket fits a tablet or a laptop (10 = 10” tablet, 13 = some 13” laptops)
  • Easy rotation for rapid access to gear and accessories
  • 3-point harness for stabilization with tuck-away waist belt
  • Secure your bag by linking the zipper pulls together
  • Water bottle pocket locks in most 1 liter bottles 
  • Breathable 320G air-mesh back panel keeps your back cool during long days
  • Internal zippered pockets for batteries, memory cards or other small accessories
  • Easily accessible front pocket for filters, snacks, or a light layer
  • T-pulls are easily gripped with or without gloves
  • Top and side carry handles
  • Fully customizable interior dividers for photo or personal gear
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included for downpour conditions

MATERIALS

Exterior: All fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance, YKK® weather resistant zippers, 420D high-density nylon, heavy-duty nylon Tarpaulin, 350g air mesh, nylon webbing, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, P210D liner, polyurethane backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated 210T seam-sealed taffeta rain cover, nylon binding tape, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS

PhotoCross 10

  • Internal Dimensions: 7.1” W x 12.5” H x 4.8” D (18 x 31.8 x 12.2 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 11” W x 15.9” H x 6.3” D (28 x 40.5 x 16 cm)
  • Tablet compartment: 8.2” x 11” x 0.6” (20.8 x 27.9 x 1.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.1 lbs (1.0 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 61” (155 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 7.5 liters

PhotoCross 13

  • Internal Dimensions: 9.4” W x 14.2” H x 5.5” D (24 x 36 x 14 cm)
  • External Dimensions: 12.6” W x 17.7” H x 7.1” D (32 x 45 x 18 cm)
  • Laptop compartment: 9.1” x 13” x 1” (23 x 33 x 2.5 cm)
  • Maximum weight (with all accessories): 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
  • Shoulder strap length: 42.5–62.2” (108–158 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Waist belt length: up to 63.8” (162 cm) (includes length of product)
  • Volume: 11 liters

ABOUT MINDSHIFT GEAR

MindShift Gear (www.mindshiftgear.com) is a group of committed professional photographers and product designers who support conservation and protection of our natural resources and planet. Founded by the creators of Think Tank Photo and conservation photographer Daniel Beltrá, MindShift is dedicated to building carrying solutions for those who are passionate about experiencing the natural world. Their slogan, “Engage with nature,” challenges people to not only become involved in outdoor activities, but to create a conversation about nature and our relationship to the environment.

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