Registration for WPPI Now Open

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) announced today that registration is now open for the WPPI 2013 International Conference and Expo at 

Photography trade showAll WPPI 2013 classes, events and the expo will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas from March 7-14, 2013. Last year, nearly 16,000 registered attendees and over 180 speakers from throughout the United States as well as from 46 foreign countries as far away as Latin America, Australia and Russia gathered in Las Vegas for WPPI.

The 2013 conference will feature specialized education programs like Platform Classes, Master Classes, Plus Classes and WPPI U. WPPI U is a university-style, two-day workshop providing the fundamentals of photography to help today’s up-and-coming photographers strengthen their shooting skills, learn to market their photography services and how to run a profitable business. Also, the 16×20 Print and Album Competitions provide additional recognition during the event, culminating with the Awards Night extravaganza.

The early bird registration rate for access to the WPPI 2013 Conference and Expo is $199 for WPPI members and $379 for non-members through Dec. 14. On Dec. 15 registration rates increase to regular prices online: $275 for WPPI members and $399 for non-members. These rates include one free guest, all Platform classes, special events and a three-day pass to WPPI 2013.

For more information about WPPI 2013 and all of its workshops and events, visit

Free Color Management Webinars at X-Rite in March

X-Rite Photo Marketing just announced its schedule of March 2012 Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.

Color management webinarsThree free Webinar topics this month are designed to help photographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.

Here’s the schedule of X-Rite’s free March webinars…

Wednesday, March 28, 11 a.m. ET and 1 p.m. ET, Image Edits and Enhancements in Lightroom 4: Adobe’s new Lightroom 4 offers new options for editing and output. Joe Brady will explore both basic and advanced image editing techniques. During this session, he’ll focus on the new editing capabilities offered in this upgrade. In future sessions, Joe will explore the new modules and Lightroom file organization.

One of the new additions to Lightroom 4 is its ability to soft-proof. Now users can choose their printer profile and see what effects it will have on the printed image. This makes monitor profiling and accurate printer profiles an important part of Lightroom 4’s workflow. There’s a lot to cover in an hour and limited space, so webinar attendees are encouraged to register now.
Here are some topics photographer Joe Brady will cover:

  • Why monitor color is important for Lightroom 4
  • Image edits and batch processing including:  Global image edits, local color and light adjustments with Lightroom 4’s new options, retouching both skin and landscape blemishes, composition, image sharpening, noise reduction and lens profiles, and preparing files for lab printing

To register for this webinar at 11 a.m., visit:

To register for this webinar at 1 p.m., visit:

Thursday, March 29, 2012, noon ET and 2 p.m. ET, Creating the Mood with Texture, Color, and Sharpness by Katrin Eismann: Educator, photographer, and author Katrin Eismann will be the special guest for this webinar featuring color management, editing, and enhancement techniques that photographers can use in their digital workflow immediately. Katrin is Chair of MPS Digital Photography Department at School of the Visual Arts in NYC. She is a prolific author of many books and articles including The Creative Digital Darkroom, Real World Digital Photography, and Photoshop Masking & Compositing. Her website includes links to Katrin’s websites, books, and projects.

In this free webinar sponsored by X-Rite and Nik Software, Katrin will talk about the importance of color management to a photographer’s color workflow and explore working with Photoshop CS5 in collaboration with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 and HDR Efex Pro to explore and express personal vision.

Working with a wide variety of image files, Katrin will show how to expand Photoshop’s capabilities with HDR Efex Pro on single and multishot files to enhance texture, color, mood, and sharpness. She will also address how she works with Silver Efex Pro 2 to enhance her landscape photography and to create a cohesive body of work. Here are the topics Katrin will cover…

  • Working with single exposure images to create compelling HDR Effects
  • Combining Photoshop’s HDR Pro with NIK HDR Efex Pro to achieve optimal results
  • Working globally and selectively with Silver Efex Pro 2
  • Harnessing the power of Smart Objects
  • Discovering the finesse of Smart Filters
  • Never saying never!

The webinar is ideally suited for retouchers and artists working with Photoshop CS5, photographers doing their own finishing and retouching, those new to HDR photography, anyone interested in B&W reproduction, and photographers who want to enhance their images

To register for this webinar at noon, visit:

To register for this webinar at 2 p.m., visit:

For more information an all X-Rite Photo webinars visit the Webinar page found under the Learning section on All webinars are also archived for online viewing any time.

March Semi-Madness: 25 Percent off LexJet’s Most Popular Thermal Laminates

Thermal laminates for inkjet printing point of purchase and trade show graphicsThrough the end of March, LexJet is offering 25 percent off of its most popular thermal laminates for a savings of up to $166 per roll. Here’s the roll call of thermal laminates you can get for 25 percent off by the end of the month, a.k.a., March 31

LexJet’s Standard thermal low-melt UV polyester laminates provide high clarity, increased bond strength, superior resistance to abrasion, water, oil, acid and alkali and are perfect for high-production runs on bond inkjet paper, microporous-coated inkjet paper, electrostatic and continuous tone photographic prints.

For more information about this special March-only 25 percent off promotion, application guidance and help with anything else, contact a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538.

RIP into Savings this Month with Onyx Software Trade-ins and Upgrades

RIP software deals for large format inkjet printingOnyx has announced two great promotions good until Friday, March 16: A Competitive Trade-in and a Legacy Promotion for the latest versions of PosterShop and ProductionHouse, both of which you can cash in with a friendly LexJet customer specialist.

The Competitive Trade-in is offered for Caldera, SAi, Wasatch, ErgoSoft, Colorgate, EFI, Colorburst, VersaWorks, Onyx v4.x and Onyx v.5.x. With the trade-in of any of these RIP software packages you get $750 toward PosterShop and $1,500 toward ProductionHouse. You’ll need the dongle of the competitive product in order for the discount to be applied.

Save $1,200 by upgrading your Onyx 6.5 to X10. The Legacy Promotion is for ProductionHouse and PosterShop 6.5 users who would like to upgrade to X10 with a Premium Service Agreement (which includes phone support) for a promotional price of $1,295, a $1,200 savings. Onyx 6.5 users can upgrade with an Advantage Service Agreement for a promotional price of $995, a $1,200 savings as well.

For more information about these limited-time promotions, contact a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538. And, click here to see all of the Onyx X10 how-to videos at LexJet’s YouTube channel.

Also, check out these two new Smart Apps from Onyx:

  • PitStop Pro Plug In for Adobe Acrobat optimizes productivity by checking all aspects of PDF files. It detects and highlights file issues and automatically fixes errors in seconds. $699
  • Sign & Banner Plug In simplifies and accelerates the setup of signs and banners, reducing time and eliminating mistakes. $299