The Photo & Imaging convention has been a hoot. Here's a pic of Claire from Scrapbooking Memories, Lance from Rusty Pickle, and me :) I’ve also met up with so many old friends that I have worked with in the industry over the years. The guys from Ilford, the girls from CFL, photographers from my assisting days and the prolab days. Checking out all the new equipment, gadgets they’re selling, and new software. And I am totally blown away by how scrapbooking is received. I have to be honest and say I really didn’t think I’d get such a great reception on the stand or in the lecture. But it’s been nothing short of amazing. Photographers are embracing it. Photo labs are especially embracing it! I’m hoping you’ll see an injection of services and ideas from the general photo lab. More border options, more printing options etc etc. I’ve been pushing it in the lecture, and I’ve had lots of positive response. Likewise from digital software developers for the digital scrapbooker. It will be interesting to see where it all goes.
Having said all that, the term ‘scrapbooking’ is still misunderstood by some software companies. I watched one presentation today on digital scrapbooking, and I presumed they would show how to create a digital layout with digital embellishments. But instead they showed how you could use a virtual cookie cutter in Photoshop Elements to cut your photo into the shape of a butterfly, then clip a dog from another photo and add it to the bottom, and then put a fake background at the back. Sorry to all of those who think that might be scrapbooking, but to me, it doesn’t define scrapbooking at all. That is digital photo manipulation. When they asked if anyone was a scrapbooker in the audience, I was the only one with my hand up (out of about 60 people). I hope the other 59 don’t walk away thinking scrapbooking is like that!
My presentation on scrapbooking went well. Check out this photo. How tiny am I compared to the screen!!! That gives you an idea of how big the room was!
Anyway, I’m back at the convention tomorrow to do it all again! Oh and one more thing, the galleries of photography are amazing, esp the Press Awards. Lots of really moving images from the Tsunami, London Bombings, and all sorts of other not-so-nice events. But balanced out by fantastic imagery of fine art. The Australian Photographer of the Year is announced Monday.
Hope you're all having a nice weekend!