After Dark Photography Education – St Louis: March 30 – April 2
Good news – the next After Dark event is coming up soon. Sad news is that this will be the last ever event. So if you haven’t ever attended, now is the time. If you’ve attended before and loved it, then you already know.
After Dark is one of the very best experiences to learn more about photography, whether technique or business or to be inspired. Not quite a convention, it’s more of a slightly-anarchic experience. It’s hard to describe really, but ask anyone who has attended, and they will all rave about it, myself included.
what exactly is After Dark then?
It’s a photography convention with an unusual format and spirit. Over the three days, there is a grid (or program if you will), listing the seminar presentations (called pods) and the shooting setups. The practical sessions where you can shoot, are either in dedicated studio type setups with a variety of gear, or you can do them outside with the instructors.
The three days start around noon, and end around midnight. You can float between classes and presentations.
Now where it becomes unusual, is that there are often impromptu photo sessions or presentations.
For example, I’ve had two people come up to me at 1am at night while everyone is still buzzing around, and ask me questions … this becomes an impromptu practical demonstration right there on the spot in the hotel lobby area. And we ended up with a loose group of about 20 people. Some stopping by for just a few minutes before wandering off.
So this really is a convention where it is what *you* make it. There are dozens of instructors who would willingly help you inbetween presentations. There’s a real sense of giving and sharing.
You’ll find that people attend more than one After Dark event – there is just so much to take in and learn, and it is just so much fun.
And this is the last such event. It’s going to be as great as any of the others I’ve been to. It might just be epic.