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So Much Great Information and Insights at ImagingUSA!

Just one more day at ImagingUSA 2017!  It has been a great conference (as usual).  There are so many different learning tracks in the program, Adobe, Business, Commercial, Demos, Drones, Inspiration, Portraiture, Print for Success, School Sport & Event, Technique, Wedding, not to mention special programs and the pre-convention classes that were offered right before the start of the convention.

Simply the ability to see the work of so many other talented photographers has been great.  The Imaging Expo (tradeshow) is full of great vendors (and is a bit exhausting to cover it all).

I have had limited time to even keep up with emails, client contacts and inquiries, much less post on this blog.  There is one thing I did want to comment about though, that I am kind of happy to observe.

Ever since this thing called “HDR” (High Dynamic Range) photography came about, it has risen up to be a “phenomenon”. Everyone is doing it.  HDR has been out there everywhere in the photographic world lately.

I am old enough that I have seen fads come and go, and for a while (past several years) I have been saying HDR is another fad, something that everyone gets obsessed about for a while.   That is what I am noticing here at ImagingUSA. The “fad” is fading away to put HDR into its proper place.  I am not seeing the over-done, way over processed HDR images that are so common out there on the web still.   Yes, I see occasional nicely done, conservatively done, HDR images, but nothing over the top here.  HDR seems to be settling down into its appropriate place as just another one of many tools for creating excellent images.  Frankly the last thing you want to do is make every image an HDR image. That is not always going to give you the best results.  Only use it if it really makes the image better, but NOT all the time.

It is wonderful to see outstanding prints, excellent composition, appropriate use of light and shadow, form, technical execution and creativity and only an occasional touch of HDR IF it was needed to possibly enhance a photo.

I have always been obsessed with the use of light to create great images.  One of this evening’s speakers shared this quote by George Eastman that is still so VERY true today.

“Light makes photography.  Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” – George Eastman

That says it all!

Happy Picture Taking,

Kevin Gourley


We’re at ImagingUSA in San Antonio!

We’re attending ImagingUSA in San Antonio!   This is a great conference for photographers, annually hosted by the Professional Photographers of America.  Lots of great speakers.  Many photography vendors at their ImagingExpo.

I’m looking forward to learning a few new things over the next three days!

The conference is starting out on a cold clear Winter day in San Antonio!  Brrr!

Kevin Gourley


ImagingUSA in San Antonio!

ImagingUSA is an annual conference for pro photographers, held each January. This year it is in San Antonio with the main conference happening on January 8-10th, 2017!  It is hosted by the Professional Photographers of America (of which I am a member).  PPA is an excellent resource for anyone pursuing photography as a profession.  You don’t have to be a “pro” to enjoy ImagingUSA. Even hobbyists would really enjoy the conference.

There are so many great speakers and their vendor exhibit, called ImagingUSA Expo, is absolutely incredible.    If you can’t attend the conference, at least try to make it to the expo!


Have fun!

Kevin Gourley



Small Group Photographer’s ‘Learn by Doing’ Series

These are designed as small group experiences where you bring your own camera and you do the photography as we shoot with a model, or go work on some project together like real estate photography, night photography, etc.!

Want to have some fun, create your own great images, and learn photographic techniques along the way?  Our Learn by Doing Series is perfect for you!

If you’re wanting to photograph models, we can line up the models, you bring your camera, and shoot in our studio with our lighting, with Kevin’s guidance to ensure you get excellent images!

Make sure you go to our ‘Learn by Doing’ Web page and learn more.  Provide YOUR input on what you are wanting! Since these are designed as small group experiences, we can tailor the activity to your needs!   If you have several photographer friends who would like us to create a custom workshop, let us know!  This is ALL ABOUT YOU and YOUR NEEDS!  



Free Event for Photographers

Tuesday January 17, 2017 7pm

Kevin and Gail Gourley have been leading photography workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park for several years. Please join us as we share photographs and stories about our adventures in this magnificent park.

  • The event is FREE to attend!
  • Space is limited!
  • Door Prize Drawing – Discount for future classes!
  • Enjoy photography of mountains, nature, wildlife, waterfalls, and stories about our adventures
  • If you have been thinking about signing up for one of Rocky Mountain National Parkthese workshops, this is a great opportunity to learn more.
  • If you have been on one of our previous Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops, you are invited also!
  • Light snacks and beverages will be provided
  • Location: Kevin Gourley Photography Studio, 11740 Jollyville Rd, Suite 400, Austin, TX

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