May 2013 Insight

May 9, 2013

By RF Staff

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s definitely worth repeating: my favorite part of WPPI is watching the Print Competition process and listening to the judges’ comments. Hearing how these veteran photographers score print entries and also watching them sometimes “duke it out” (okay, not literally) in the challenge part of the process is fascinating to me. This year, WPPI felt a little different because it was a transition year, with new faces and speakers, and a new director, Jason Groupp. Everyone did a fantastic job and there was a great vibe and energy that didn’t wane once during the weeklong conference and tradeshow.

Take a look at our 24-page WPPI 2013 Recap, and I’m sure you’ll agree that the show was a fun-filled, events-packed, learning and networking bonanza. And don’t forget to check out the products that were featured during the Expo portion; John Rettie breaks it down for you in his report, “From the Show Floor”. Also in this issue is an up-close look at some of the new trends and technologies we heard discussed, both on and off the show floor. Writer Jim Cornfield explores “The Lure of Lomography”, specifically how two wedding and portrait photographers incorporate Lomo into their work; three photography studios explain their back-up and storage workflows in Peter Kotsinadelis’ “The Back-Up Plan”; and RF senior editor Lindsay Comstock gets tips for still photographers from videographers in “Moving Toward Motion.” If you missed WPPI 2013, there’s always next year: February 27-March 6, 2014, or you can sign up for a two-day photo workshop in the interim; visit for dates in your city.


Jacqueline Tobin


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On the Cover

Clockwise from top middle: The Pool Party at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, photo © David Bastianoni; one of many model shoots from WPPI, photo © David Bastianoni; Jerry Ghionis serenades the WPPI Awards Night crowd, photo © Edmonson Photography; Doug Gordon accepts the 2013 Nikon Infinity Award, photo © Vanessa Joy; attendees test new products on the show floor, photo © David Bastianoni; Jason Groupp helps host Awards Night, photo © Vanessa Joy; an aerial view of Sin City, photo © David Bastianoni; Jasmine Star presents her Platform Class, photo © David Brenot.