There are a couple of upcoming photo festivals this summer and fall that you might find of interest. I will be a speaker at both, plus other members of the DPE gang (Rick and Juan) will be at the fall event.
This summer, there is the Sedona Photo Fest from July 18-25 in Sedona, Arizona. Here’s how the good folks there describe it:
“This weeklong celebration of Southwest photography, Sedona PhotoFest 2010 will include shooting in the field for invited photographers, three days of symposium presentations by internationally known photographers, evening events and a weekend fine art exhibition & sale. From lectures on mastering the digital print to shooting with pros in the field, there are ample opportunities to mingle with those who have mastered the art of snapping the shot that “paints 1000 words” and learning something new.”
Learn more at www.sedonaphotofest.com.
Here’s what they say:
“The California Photo Festival is five and a half incredible days of digital photography immersion. Intensive workshops, seminars, lectures, shooting, parties, and more with industry leading photographers and digital gurus designed to boost your creativity, spark your passion, and take your photography, art, or business to the next level. Whether symposium or individual portfolio review our team will deliver a learning experience unlike any other. Set against the backdrop of California’s beautiful central coast, you are sure to make some incredible images, learn the best tips, tricks, and techniques, and, most importantly, have a great time.”
For more information, check their website at californiaphotofest.com.
On a completely different note, Costa Rica is a place any photographer can go to as it is very accessible. And you always return with unusual and striking photos. The rainy season starts there soon, so late summer through fall is not the best time to visit (though it is amazing to be in a warm rain). The rainy season ends in November and I have a trip scheduled through Holbrook Travel to Costa Rica in early December. That’s a time many photographers think they have to put their cameras into hibernation, so this is an opportunity to do more. We go to a great eco-lodge, Selva Verde, that sits in a rainforest and includes covered walkways so we can photograph even if it is raining! If you are interested, check out Holbrook Travel and the trip to Costa Rica.
Costa Rica is an amazing place. It is “exotic” on the one hand when you see wildlife, especially birds and striking insects, that you have only seen in zoos. Yet it is also comfortable on the other hand because this country likes having Americans visit and the scale of the country is human scale.