Wednesday, January 12, 2011

PhotoProExpo Really Hot!; Best Blogs 0f 2010; Captured By The Light DVD Set Nearly Ready; Sony TX9; and Good Eats!

Good Afternoon Everybody,

Snowy Cincy We left sunny Florida this morning and landed in snowy Cincinnati about 1:00p.m. this afternoon. Of course we get home and it's right back to work preparing for the Imaging USA convention in San Antonio, TX. Fortunately, the team has most everything ready to go for us but there are still several late minute items to take care of.

On top of that, we've got our own state convention to prep for too, which is the following weekend. That's going to be a blockbuster too - more below. Whew, we'll need another vacation after all the running these next few weeks ;~). OK, let's get right to today's post. Here we go.

PhotoProExpo Only 9 Days Away!!!

Folks, our PhotoProExpo 2011 is going to be three of the sweetest days of photographic education and inspiration!!! You don't want to miss it. We are expecting our largest crowd ever for this special weekend of sharing, learning, and fun.

KPPA 2011Come on down and hear one of the Top 10 wedding photographers in the world, Cliff Mautner. Listen to two of the most successful photographers in the country, Kent and Sarah Smith who run one of the few $1,000,000 studios in the country - 3 years in a row! Learn from one of the best lighting instructors on the planet, Tony Corbell. His is world renowned for his easy presentation style and simple to understand lighting techniques.

That's just 3 of the 10 photographers presenting. Come early and sit in on the print competition Thursday afternoon. Don't miss Friday night’s Boudoir program (all in good taste, of course) and the party on Saturday night. Plus you get a chance to visit the trade show  where you'll find the latest and greatest in software, hardware, frames, backgrounds - oh, did I mention all the good deals too! There will be plenty!

Plan to stay two nights and all three days, the room rate at the Marriott, the best hotel on the river, is only $99! There is no better opportunity happening anywhere in the country for 2011. Don't miss it - Register right here!

Best Photography Blog Posts of 2010

PDN[1] I was in a hurry to get the post up on Monday and forgot and forgot the link to the PDN’s Best Photography Blog Posts for 2010 [link]. Since then the post has been updated with the proper links. Don't want to make the trip back to Mondays post- then you can find that link right here - enjoy!

My New Toy - Sony's New TX9 Cybershot Camera

I packed three camera with me on this trip - Canon 7D, Canon G12, and the Fuji HS10. That's plenty of cameras, right? Well, we were walking through the Millennia Mall in Orland the other day and happened to stop into the Sony store. I was sort of in the market for a small point and shoot - I had been a fan of the Canon ELPH for years.

Sony TX9 I found myself looking at the new Sony TX9, a 12.2M jewel complete with 1080p HD video capabilities [link]! I played with the camera these last few days and I have to say that I love it! It's fairly responsive, far more so than the Fuji HS10 I'm always gripping about. It's great in low light and the video is amazing too, in low light.

I took it with us to Disney's Animal Kingdom last Sunday and took some videos of shows we saw. Seeing the results on our flat screen TV in our hotel room was a very positive surprise - they looked great. It not "Blu-Ray" by any means, but it sure looked good.

I don't want this to be a camera review but the features I like the most are the HD video complete with Dolby sound, the super close macro capability - like .4 inches close, decent 12.2M resolution, 4x zoom, and the novel 3D feature.

You can find the TX9 anywhere, but the Sony store offered an additional 20% off so I jumped at it. More to come as things develop.

Captured By The Light DVD Set Almost Ready!

I tell ya', I had a great time presenting my "Captured By The Light 2010" seminar last year. As I've mentioned before, lots of folks were disappointed we couldn't make it to their city with our program. Time was just too tight to make it work.

CBTL DVD 2The good news is that I recorded the two presentations in California with the intent of being able to share all the solid information for  those who couldn't be there. The presentation went wonderfully well and the crowd loved it. Several even commented that the presentation was "AWESOME" - thank you for that.

That AWESOME presentation is on the way to the "presses" as we speak and should be ready for shipping in about 14 days. If you missed it the first time around, don't miss it this time. Also, the program was so jam-packed with information, if you did attend, then this is your chance to add it to your reference library. You can pre-order your copy right here.

Here's what's included so far:

1. 4 DVD set of my fast paced 5-hour presentation.

2. 1 Bonus DVD with 9 hours of tutorials from Kelby Training, NIK Software, Westcott, DigitalProTalk, and many more.

3. 1 Tour Handbook that every attendee received that attended the original program.

4. And your chance to win one of the many door prizes valued at over $5,000 that we will be awarding to many of the lucky purchasers of my DVD.

BUY NOW! [link] to be eligible for over $5,000 in door prizes!!!

One For The Road - Good Eats

One thing LaDawn and I enjoy about traveling is good food - who doesn't, right? Anyway, here at DPT I occasionally list restaurants in which we have had exceptional dinning experiences. That is not to say they are the most expensive either because they are not.

Seasons 52 While staying in Orlando we discovered two that were wonderful. The first is Seasons 52, a perennial favorite every time we hit Orlando - good prices, delicious presentation, great service.

CraveThe second is Crave up near the Millennia Mall link. We encountered Crave quite by accident for lunch one day last week. The sushi looked outstanding. We headed back a second time and enjoyed an equally wonderful dining experience. I know this sounds a little "Yelp" like, but what can I say, we like to eat ;~)


Hey gang, that’s it for me today.  We got some planning to do for PhotoProExpo so we’re out the door in 5.  See ya’ tomorrow for another scintillating Business Day Thursday: “Is It Time To Lower Your Prices”.

See ya’ then,  David


  1. Welcome home David, going to PhotoProExpo 2011 next week. Hope to see you there.

    Nelson Charette
    Independence, Ky

  2. Looking forward to PhotoProExpo 2011, I'm just looking into flights and what not to see if I can make it down!

  3. David,

    Any thoughts on how the TX9 compares to the Canon S95? I've been considering that one to take along when I don't want to carry my DSLR but you've given men reason to reconsider.