So Whaddawy Get For Me Money?
The Photo Live Expo 2016 just concluded gave people the following:
A. Enthusiastic and expert speakers upon a range of topics - and the format of the thing meant that the people who spoke on a subject could concentrate on it with the attention of an intelligent audience to help them. There is a vast difference between this and generalised presentation that never really hits the spot.
B. Industry reps who actually know their stuff. I know they know their stuff, because I know those reps. They are obviously speaking to their own topic, and their focus is getting you to give up your money, but when it comes right down to it, you WANT to give up your money so there is no sin there. The industry experts can make sure that when you transfer your dollars, you get back value for it. They want to see you succeed. They want to sell you items that do what you want to do and do it well. The great trade reps can actually inspire you to want to do something new. Set someone off on a journey of discovery and art and we ALLLLLL benefit.
C. The chance to listen. Not just to the trade reps. Not just to the Camera Electronic staff. Not just to the lecturers.
To each other.
Photographers - enthusiast to professional - you have a unique view of the world. You might be the kindest and gentlest person on the planet, but you do have to admit that if you were presented with another HINDENBURG bursting into flames in front of you, your first reaction would be to check the shutter speed and aperture and raise the camera to your eye...likewise another Marilyn Monroe on the beach, sunset in Yosemite, or sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square. Don't feel ashamed. You are the Michelangelos of 2016. You are the eyes of the world, and frequently the heart as well...
Listen to what others say. Recognise their skills and their interests. Try them out for yourself. BUY A NEW LENS and TAKE SOME NEW PICTURES. You may very well be the person that others wish they could have been.
Go out with the camera and explore. You can be what you want to be.
What you get for your money is you.