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Be More Educated with an Imaging USA Pre-Convention Class! - PPA Today

Be More Educated with an Imaging USA Pre-Convention Class!

By Bethany Clark

Your 3-day All-Access Pass to Imaging USA gets you into dozens of incredible photography classes during the regular days of the convention, January 14 -16, 2018 in Nashville. These programs are included at no extra cost with your All-Access Pass. But if you're looking for even more photography education opportunities, Imaging USA has you covered with Pre-Convention programs!

Pre-convention (a.k.a. pre-con) takes place on-site and right before Imaging USA, from January 11 -13. While these programs do require an additional fee to attend, many photographers find the much smaller class size and the ability to get one-on-one attention from the instructors well worth the small add-on cost.

Pre-con programs range from multi-day workshops to half- and all-day classes on topics like post-processing workflow, fashion portraiture, the certification process, the business of senior photography, and more! 

There are also Hands-On classes, which take you on a photoshoot with the instructor to practice the skills you are taught with your camera right there on the spot! These classes are designed so you can attend multiple sessions during the day and get all the hands-on practice you want.

Pricing structure this year:
  • Full-day pre-con classes cost $159

And Hands-On classes are available in tiers:
  • 1 Hands-On class costs $99.00
  • 2 Hands-On classes cost $159.00
  • 3 Hands-On classes cost $199.00

So, as you prepare for the world's largest pro-photography convention, check out some of these Pre-Convention classes that may interest you:

Kristi Elias, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr
January 11, 9am - 5pm
A successful fine art portrait photographer needs an equal balance of uniqueness, creativity, and a strong business mind. Learn how to become that photographer in this fun-filled, fine art immersion. Kristi Elias combines a live, artistic photo shoot, creative editing, business, marketing, successful sales, and an abundance of inspiration. 

Al Audleman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
January 11-13, 9am - 5pm
Planning to take the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam? Before you do, why not take this intensive class, covering all the technical topics on the exam? This Certification Prep Class isn't for the faint of heart- it's an in-depth study of the technical side of photography, almost equivalent to a semester of college! You'll work hard and study hard, but you'll also walk away a more polished, knowledgeable, confident professional.

Richard Newell, M.Photog.Cr
Christie Newell, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
January 12, 9am - 5pm
Rich and Christie will take you through the journey of making a merit image, showing you why competition is an investment in yourself and your business. Learn how to choose your images, what categories they should be entered in, the specifications for your print case, and how to register your case online. You'll also learn how your images are judged, and go over the "12 elements of a merit image" in depth, which will help you create your own merit-worthy image. 

Tony Corbell, Cr.Photog., API
January 13, 9am - 11am
This class is all about understanding and controlling light quality. Tony will go over all types of lighting and tools with an in-depth and specific focus on studio lighting. This class will also make you explore light shaping tools and allow you to fully understand what these are and how to best use them. Tony will discuss the critical aspects such as light quality, quantity, and direction and the significant role these play in the creation of your images. 

Eden Bao
January 13, 9am - 11am
Eden Bao will walk you through lens and lighting techniques that will help you create incredible images and make your clients feel beautiful. Discuss style, trends, and techniques, and start discovering how to define your own. After taking this class, you'll have the knowledge and confidence to enhance your images, improve your business, and create a client experience that will delight everyone! 

These are just a few of the dozens of Pre-Convention classes available! Since class sizes are very limited, be sure to sign up today. Head over to and click on the Pre-Convention tab to view the complete Pre-Convention schedule. If you've already registered for Imaging USA 2018, it's easy to add-on some pre-con classes. 

And if you haven't registered for Imaging USA, what are you waiting for? Register now for your Imaging USA All-Access Pass!

You can also apply for the Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship! This scholarship awards 4 lucky PPA photographers with a full Imaging USA registration (including all of the parties and events) and one pre-convention class, all for FREE. (Travel, meals, and lodging are not included.) To apply for the scholarship, you must be an active PPA member and you can't have previously received an Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship. Applications for the 2018 Imaging USA Kickstart Scholarship are now open!  Applications are due by November 3, 2017. Recipients will be announced November 24, 2017 and notified via phone. 

What are you waiting for? PPA makes it SO EASY for you to attend Imaging USA 2018 in Nashville and begin next year with the knowledge and connections you need to Be More!


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