Live Print, Album & Filmmaking Judging

Saturday - Sunday, Feb. 28 - March 1 | 8:00am - 6:00pm

The 16x20 Live Judging is perhaps one of the most unique educational tenets of WPPI. Imagine a portfolio review in which each of your images are reviewed by a panel of five expert photographers in the wedding and portrait industry. Not only will you be able to hear the critique of your submitted images, but you’ll also get to compare your work to your colleagues’. You’ll learn about the judging process —  what components of imagery, composition and lighting are given precedence over others and how your colleagues are earning their points in the Honors of Excellence accolade program. Becoming such an integral part of the revision process will give you the insight needed to enhance your print and film products. Sponsored by HP Z Workstations powered by Intel Xeon processors and Moab.

Almost Famous

Saturday, February 28 | 8:30 – 11:30pm

For the first time, WPPI will celebrate other talents of its members against a backdrop of their photography. Whether it be the gift of song, dance, playing an instrument or any entertaining talent, WPPI members are invited to strut their stuff in front of a live audience for a fun, entertaining and inspirational night. Hosted by Grand Master of WPPI Jerry Ghionis and proudly supported by Triple Scoop Music, this will be the perfect introduction to your 2015 WPPI experience! The showcase will be followed by a Triple Scoop Music artist for a night of fun and dancing the night away. 

Launch Pad

Sunday, March 1 | 4:00 - 6:00pm

Interested in seeing new gear or upgrading some of your equipment? Launch Pad is the perfect place to see new products and to ask company reps all the questions you may have. They’ll give advice about integrating products into your workflow, how to better achieve your goals, and let you experiment with some of the newest products on the market! Mingle with attendees and exhibitors in an intimate setting at this kick-off event on Sunday from 4 – 6 PM, one day before the show officially opens.
 

Opening Night Party at Hakkasan

Sunday, March 1 | 8:00 - 10:00pm

From Photo Booth props to sparkly tops, be sure not to miss our annual Opening Party on Sunday, March 1st! Opening its doors at 8 PM exclusively for WPPI Full Platform Pass holders, the MGM’s legendary Hakkasan nightclub will set the scene for a night of drinks, glitzy photo opps, and dancing to the beats of the DJ. Join your colleagues, WPPI speakers, and partners for the event of the week. Attendees are welcome to stay past 10 when doors open to the public without cover charge; must be 21 and older (with proof of ID) to attend. Dress to impress! Dress Code Strictly Enforced. Definition of Dress Code Policy: No Sneakers, Tennis Shoes, Work Boots or Sandals (Male) regardless of Brand Name or Value. No Athletic Wear, No Shorts, No Hats (Male). Attendance is on a first come first serve basis. Sponsored by Bay Photo Lab and Canon.

Pool Party*

Monday, March 2 | 8:00 - 10:00pm

WPPI is taking the party poolside Monday evening with a swanky open-air event at the MGM’s famed Producer’s Pool. Enjoy the company of your peers, industry leaders, and the sights of Las Vegas while sipping signature cocktails beneath the stars. From photo bombs to canon bombs, be ready for surprise events and a handful of memories from the Best Week of Your Life. *Must purchase a Full Platform Pass to attend. Attendance is on a first come first serve basis. Sponsored by Lytro, Panasonic, Triple Scoop Music and Creative Live.

WPPI Fun Run

Tuesday, March 3 | 7:00 - 8:00am

Join your friends on Tuesday at 7AM for our annual Fun Run. Clip your phone to your clothes for some phenomenal candid shots — you’ll be weaving through the streets of Las Vegas heading towards the fabulous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Submit your photos to us for a chance to be featured on the WPPI website! Meet up at the MGM Conference center - at the WPPI Concierge Desk near the glass doors that lead to the Marquee Ballroom.
 

2015 Keynote: Joe McNally*

Tuesday, March 3 | 8:00 - 10:00pm

Tales from the Road—A Life on Assignment

"Present. Engaged. Breathing the air, with an eye in the lens, hoping and waiting for a defining, conclusive bunch of elements to occur that fires the head, heart and finger…simultaneously!”

Joe McNally (as quoted in zPhotoJournal, 2015)

Join Joe McNally as he takes us through 35 years shooting as one of the most prolific photojornalists of our time. As a former contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer for LIFE, and an ongoing contributor to National Geographic, McNally has traveled the world and brought us back countless images that each time astound and enthrall, as well as compel us to want to follow in his footsteps. Over the years he has selflessy shared many lessons with us—all in the spirit of education, inspiration and motivation to make us better photographers. We guarantee you’ll laugh, learn and cry all in one priceless evening of life lessons with Joe McNally. *Must purchase a Full Platform Pass to attend. Sponsored by Profoto and Mylio.

Honors of Excellence Award Ceremony*

Wednesday, March 4 | 6:00 - 9:00 pm

The most prestigious event of WPPI and annually for wedding and portrait photographers, the Honors of Excellence Awards ceremony is the finale of the conference and attracts over 1,000 photographers to celebrate both emerging and established photographers. Join us on Wednesday night, from 6 – 9  PM as we celebrate them, their work, and provide inspiration for each audience member. *Must purchase a Full Platform Pass to attend. Sponsored by HP Z Workstations powered by Intel Xeon processors, Adorama, Canon and Triple Scoop Music.

GraphiStudio Lounge

Meeting room 106 on the north side of the Grand Ballroom.

Take a break from the hustle of the trade show floor to meet the GraphiStudio team and view their new albums and their most recent launch, the Canon HD printing technology.  Also, you will have the chance to network with our industries finest photographers and educators in a relaxed environment.

Lumix Lounge

Outside the Grand Ballroom underneath the north escalators.

Stop by the Lumix Lounge to take a break, check your email, or have a cup of coffee. Meet the Lumix staff and members of the Lumix Luminary Team and see the latest in 4K technology. 

Midwest Camera Repair

Camera Cleaning & Repair at 50% off!

Midwest Camera Repair will be at WPPI Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday doing Professional Sensor Cleaning at a show special price of $30.00 (normally $65.00). Micro adjusting your camera to your lens for $10.00 (normally $20) per lens body. If you’re having a problem with any of your equipment bring it by and have one of our techs check it over and give you a free estimate. Come visit at Booth #1705

Used Photo Pro

Sell Used Equipment!

UsedPhotoPro is the official used camera buyer of WPPI. Don't let your old equipment go to waste. The professionals at UsedPhotoPro will buy your used equipment at top dollar. Come visit them at Booth #1735 to see what your gear might be worth! 

WPPI + KelbyOne Theater

WPPI is introducing a new space just for you in the Marquee ballroom expo hall.

 

 

MONDAY, MARCH 2ND

10:30 AM Scott Kelby "Photo Retouching Secrets for Photographers"
11:30 AM Pete Collins "Creating Presets and Templates ... Lightroom & Photoshop"
12:30 PM Cliff Mautner "Flash Made Simple"
1:30 PM Kevin T. Gilbert  "All the Pictures of Your Life - With You All the Time",
Sponsored by Mylio
2:00 PM Mia McCormick "GoPro for Events"
2:30 PM Rafael (RC) Concepcion "Organize Your Photos in Lightroom"
3:30 PM Joe McNally  "The Light and the Life"

TUESDAY, MARCH 3RD

10:30 AM Tamara Lackey "Photographing Fast-Moving Subjects"
11:30 AM Pete Collins "Working with Brushes in Photoshop"
12:00 PM Cliff Mautner "Creating Texture, Dimension, and Mood"
12:45 PM Matthew Jordan Smith  "Putting Passion Into Your Personal Work",
Sponsored by Mylio
1:30 PM Keren Sachs "How to Make the Most from Your Archive: ...",
Sponsored by Shutterstock 
2:30 PM Corey Barker "Fantasy Light Effects in Photoshop"

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH

10:30 AM Kevin T. Gilbert "A Picture is Worthless If You Can’t Find It",
Sponsored by Mylio
11:30 AM Corey Barker  "Create Digital Makeup Effects in Photoshop"
12:30 PM Tony Corbell "Lighting Techniques to Create Dimension"




MGM Grand Las Vegas
Conference:
March 3-10, 2016

Expo:
March 7-9, 2016

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