So I just got back from PhotoCon LA this weekend. Sponsored by Samy’s Camera, the PhotoCon event was held May 21 and 22 at Magic Box at the Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, CA. When I got there, there was already a long line of people around the block waiting to get in. What we got was an opportunity to meet with reps from all the major photo companies (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.) and get a hands-on look to test out all of their new products. Also, there were a number of notable photographers giving presentations, a full lineup of educational sessions, and a number of other photo exhibits.
Among the featured guests at PhotoCon were Canon Fashion and Beauty Photographer Sue Bryce, Sony Artisan Brian Smith, and Nikon Photographer Joe McNally. The photo classes held covered topics such as lighting, photography workflow, starting a business, as well as sessions on the latest cameras, lenses, and accessories from the various company representatives.
Overall, I enjoyed the event. The location (Magic Box at the Reef) was an interesting choice of venue. PhotoCon actually took place on the second floor—which was a bit confusing at first. However, there was plenty of space for all of the vendor booths all around. So, while there was a good size crowd, it was still pretty easy to move around. On the other hand, the classrooms and stages were scattered throughout the floor, and the acoustics sucked at some of the locations. In fact, one of the classrooms (where unfortunately I attended two sessions) was so bad you really couldn’t hear very much of anything the speaker was saying—which made the sessions not very worthwhile.
The other disappointment for me was that there weren’t really any great special show deals—at least not on any of the products I was interested in. There were some small discounts (maybe like no sales tax), but nothing that really made me want to jump and buy anything.
Still, it was great to try out some products first-hand and be able to speak to the various reps there. Hopefully, they’ll work out the few issues at this year’s event and the next PhotoCon will be even better.