This past weekend, the Professional Photographers of California presented the 2013 Pro Photo Expo conference at the Pasadena Convention Center. On Friday, I made my way over to the exhibit hall shortly after the start of the show. What I like about attending this conference is that although there is a good turnout of people, it isn’t packed to the rafters where you can’t enjoy the show at your leisure. Nowhere is that more evident than in the exhibit hall. You can move around nicely to visit all of the booths and get to spend time with the reps and get the answers to your questions about their products or services.
There were a number of interesting booths at the show this year. Among those that got my attention were:
- Steller Lighting Systems had a cool ring light for video and still photography.
- Drive Savers: A data recovery service for photographers that may have lost their files.
- Topaz Labs: Topaz is a great Photoshop plugin that lets you do all kinds of cool manipulation with photos such as completely stripping out the unwanted background of your image cleanly in about four seconds!
- Spider Camera Holster: A new type of belt to carry all your photo equipment while you move about more freely.
There was also a company selling a new kind of attachable handle for your lenses—although I didn’t completely get its purpose (perhaps to allow better balance or something).
In addition to these items, there were also plenty of companies showing and selling products for photographers such as backdrops, lighting, albums/books, and other printing services. There were also representatives from Canon, Tamron, and Sigma at the show.
For more information on the Professional Photographers of California, see their website.