Chad Perrin is an IT consultant, developer, and freelance professional writer. He holds both Microsoft and CompTIA certifications and is a graduate of two IT industry trade schools.
Was it very organized? I was considering attending, but with the cost involved and seeing that there wasn't even a tentative schedule of events, I wasn't very impressed. Instead I went to a beer brewing workshop Down River and had smoked barbecue and lots of beer and learns some pointers in brewing beer.
Troy, MI?! What irony. Free- and penguin-ware, in the heart of Traditional American Iron ("... and the graveyard of the rusted autombile..."; Steve Goodman) Science fiction? Just down the road from Jack Van Impe Ministries; about as wild-eyed as it gets. ('You and your daemons gonna burn in Hell!!') Hope you all had fun. :-)
Please God, get it through the heads of the honchos that decide who goes to these events at least understands how a camera works and what its functions are; please, I pray thee, send them to a basic photography class; teach them the holy rule of thirds; explain to them the benefits of focus, composition and depth of field, so that our time is not yet again wasted looking at crap snapshots with wall shadows, themeless absurdities and humans looking bad...
It was a blast! I learned a lot and my wife went to her first con. She was impressed by all that was going on. She decided to volunteer at the con suite and I wound up being the "beer troll" for a few hours. I can't wait until next year.
I announced in the IT Security Weblog that [url=http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/security/?p=436]I would go to Penguicon 2008[/url]. Now that I've been there, check out the gallery for a look at what I saw.
Many of those photos were taken with a hand-held consumer grade Vivitar 3.1 megapixel digital camera that cost $45 in 2000. I'm a writer, technology analyst, and security consultant, not a photographer. I decided to attend Penguicon, and someone at TechRepublic contacted me to ask whether I'd get some photos of the events for a gallery. I'm not a news photographer dispatched to get carefully arranged publicity photos. I'm a convention attendee that shared his convention photos with you. That's all. Now . . . if you want to buy me a much, much better camera, I promise I'll try to learn how to use it properly to get the high-quality photos you desire, but something that wouldn't even fetch $10 on eBay today isn't the tool of a professional photographer -- and doesn't have the capabilities necessary to get the sort of professional photographs you demand. Let me know when you have a camera in mind, and what model it is, so I can add it to my Amazon wish list and you can buy it for me. You might want to choose a book about photography for me, too, so you can get that for me as well -- since I'm not about to go spend real money on professional photography education right now.
If by "Honchos that decide who goes" you mean TechRepublic employees, then you have the wrong impression. Photos from conferences come directly from the people who attend and they are often not professional photographers. These are just snap shots of what the attendees see and experience, not the glossy shots you see staged for "professionals." Since you are apparently skilled as a photographer, take some photos at the next conference you attend and I will pay you for the privilege of publishing those images in a photo gallery.