PhotoFair is delighted to bring in special guests for demonstrations, seminars, and other exciting products and services. These special guests often offer demonstrations and seminars at no additional cost to our guests! If you are someone interested in being a special guest at PhotoFair please contact: Rod Sager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-737-4600.
Please check local show schedule to confirm guests appearances
Bill Lemon (Newark Only)
Bill Lemon is a nationally recognized glamour photographer and author of seven books on the subject. Bill has had successful and very popular glamour seminars held all over the country. He has developed many fascinating techniques for shooting glamour and artistic nudes in a variety of spectacular locations. Join us and enjoy a Bill Lemon live demonstration of posing and lighting techniques on our stage at the Newark Show. There is no additional cost for this amazing presentation. Bill will field questions and offer tips as well. This is a must see event for anyone interested in taking their model photography to the next level.
Although Bill specializes in glamour photography, many of his posing and lighting techniques easy translate to general portraiture as well. We are very happy to be able to offer these demonstrations here at PhotoFair. Check billlemon.com for information on his comprehensive and immersive seminar events held around the nation.
Bill should have a variety of his books and DVDs for sale and will autograph them as well. Some of the older books can be hard to find so be sure check out the selection and grab a copy of a rare book if you can. Bill recently published a great new book called, “Nudes on Location”. Please be sure to get yours before they sell out.
NEW FEATURE! We will be setting up chairs in a special area for the Bill Lemon Demonstration. We will be reserving the first ten chairs up close. Guests that wish to reserve a chair for the event must prepay the PhotoFair admission. The demonstration is free with admission to the show, but reserving a seat requires prepaying your admission fee. Please note: there will be more than ten seats available for this presentation but only the first ten may be reserved.
Photography Historian, Jeff Martz (Newark)
PhotoFair is so pleased to announce that Jeff Martz will be bringing his Masters of Photography Series to our show with a free 1 hour presentations. The first in the series will be on Eugéne Atget. This presentation will include images as well as a fun and enlightening discussion about the style, techniques, and historical impact of this amazing photographer. Jeff’s first presentation will be at the February 25th, 2017 show. The date is confirmed and the exact time will be posted shortly.
Practically unknown during his lifetime and practicing an archaic working method; Eugène Atget is the central figure bridging the documentary world of the 19th century and the straight photography world of the 20th. His resolute commitment to visual facts mingles with a perfect understanding of light and space to create images that are both objective and poetic. This enigmatic man dies unknown yet goes on to inspire some of the greatest careers in the history of the medium.
Future events will include others in his series of notable and amazing photographers. Please check back to this page for more insight on this excellent historical series at PhotoFair.
Presenter Bio: A seasoned traveler and fine art photographer, Jeffrey Martz earned his MFA in Photography from Utah State in 1997. He has taught graduate Art History at his alma mater, and currently teaches photography & Art History at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo, California.
Rose City Astronomers, Greg Marshall (Portland Only)
It is confirmed a local astro-photography expert from the Rose City Astronomers club will be presenting free tips and techniques for photographing the beautiful night sky. This program will be presented in the presentation area of the show floor at 11 AM. This program is free to all attendees of PhotoFair. You might be surprised to find out that amazing otherworldly images can be made with relatively common camera gear. A telescope is often not even needed. Rose City Astronomers is a local club based in Portland and meets regularly. Visit their website for info on the club. But be sure to check back here for updated info on the PhotoFair presentation. There are some wonderful images that can be made of our gorgeous night sky with gear you already own and maybe a few relatively inexpensive specialty items. I am very excited to have the Rose City Astronomers offering up some of their expertise to the attendees at PhotoFair in Portland. This event will be offered at no charge for all attendees at the show.
Yau-Man Chan (Newark, Portland?)
Yau-Man Chan is an expert in the use of software and techniques in digital RAW processing and manipulation. Be sure to attend his various demonstrations at PhotoFair and learn how to make the most out of your images.
Yau-Man Chan is an amazing guy that is well-known for being a finalist contestant on Survivor:Fiji where he ultimately finished 4th, but was in a clear position to win it all. He was by far the most popular contestant on that season with a 65.5% rating. He also appeared in Survivor: Micronesia. He is much more than a reality television star. Chan graduated from M.I.T. with a B.S. in Physics and a Masters in Scientific Instrumentation from U.C.S.B. He retired from U.C. Berkeley as Chief technology Officer for Computing Services, Network Services, and Telecommunications at the College of Chemistry. He is a noted, champion table tennis player as well.
NEW FEATURE! We will be setting up chairs in a special area for the Yau-Man Chan Demonstration. We will be reserving the first ten chairs up close. Guests that wish to reserve a chair for the event must prepay the PhotoFair admission. The demonstration is free with admission to the show, but reserving a seat requires prepaying your admission fee. Please note: there will be more than ten seats available for this presentation but only the first ten may be reserved.
Special Dealers and Exhibitors
KEH: The World’s Largest Camera Buyers
KEH is a regular at the PhotoFair, rarely missing an event. Generally we have John Izumi from Southern California buying thousands of dollars worth of your unused and unwanted camera gear for KEH. Bring your gear in and walk out with a big fat check right on the spot!
Tim Rice, FILTERS!
Tim Rice is the filter guy! Filterfind.net is an amazing resource for filters from Hoya, Tiffen, Cokin and others. He often has three full tables of every kind of filter you can imagine. Tim is an expert on filters and we are happy to have him at every show!
Tim also produces a series of regular camera swaps in Hayward and San Rafael, check out his page here.
International Supplies, Film, Batteries, Photo Paper
Come meet George and his wonderful crew from International Supplies. George brings 2-3 tables of film, hard to find batteries for classic and modern cameras, darkroom photo paper, and much more. If you want to get a taste of silver-halide photography come see George at PhotoFair!
Seawood has been serving the interests of Marin County’s avid photographers since 1947. Current owner Graham Law has been presiding over this amazing business since 1993 and served as its manager from 1987 on. He is now the longest-serving owner of this great camera store. Seawood takes pride in being one of Northern California’s largest used camera dealers. Seawood specializes in all forms of used gear from modern digital to vintage and collectibles. Seawood is also a great place to buy new equipment, film, darkroom supplies, along with all the classic photo accessories and books.
Seawood recently moved to a new location in San Rafael just a couple of miles from the original Location in San Anselmo. This new store is double the size, but still offers that Seawood charm. Come by and see Graham and his staff of local pros at the show with half a dozen giant tables filled with awesome goodies! Seawood buys, sells, and will work with trade ins. Most importantly Seawood’s 30 day warranty applies to purchases at the show so you can purchase with confidence.
SoCal – Bryan
Bryan has upped his game big time over the last year, filling the void left by the retirement of Faith and Clifton. Yes my friends Bryan has an amazing custom display setup filled with top grade gear from Nikon, Canon, Voightlander, Leica, Zeiss, and more! Do not forget to stop by his tables and take a look.
We are happy to welcome back, Dana from Cobra Crane International. Dana will be offering the factory demonstration of his unique camera motion systems. These professional grade camera sliders, pan tilt, and other amazing systems are controlled with software apps for your smart phone. This amazing innovation lets video and still photographers do full motion video or time-lapse photography with automated, fully customizable and, user controllable slider or pan-tilt hardware. Come see this affordable gear that will help you perform like a Hollywood professional on a budget for the masses. Check back for information on unique show specials available only at PhotoFair!
We are so happy to have regular buyers at the show every time. These buyers are looking for a variety of equipment but sometimes like to specialize in rare or collectible items that other dealers may not show as much interest in.
- PhotoCamera, Inc. Emanuelle buys thousands of dollars worth of gear every show. Emanuelle will look at most major brand items you have to sell but has a soft spot for vintage and collectibles. Be sure to stop by and see him. He is usually at table 24.
- Michi, from Japan likes to buy your minty collectibles and other high quality cameras and lenses. He comes in from Japan every show! He will greet you near the front with a warm and friendly smile. Michi is somewhat selective but be sure to show him what you have while you’re at the show. Michi is usually at table 1.
- Allen Rong is a buyer who is often seen at PhotoFair buying vintage equipment. He comes in from Washington D.C. for many PhotoFair events.
Regular Dealers and Vendors
These are dealers that have been coming to PhotoFair almost every show for many years. Offering up great deals on all kinds of cameras to our guests. They serve as a wealth of information and expertise about cameras, lenses, and photography. Without these regular and loyal exhibitors, a show like PhotoFair can’t happen. Thank you all.
- Bryan Asmar – SoCal, Southern California
- Clarence Towers, San Francisco, CA
- Dave Calleri and John Bosko, Santa Cruz, CA
- David Silver, Bay Area
- Don Seck and Mike Puchreiter, San Francisco Peninsula
- Doug Martin, Campbell, CA
- Emanuelle, PhotoCamera, Bakersfield, CA
- Empire Photographic Brokers, Vancouver, WA
- Gracefully Aged Antiques, Jim Beral, Vallejo, CA
- Joe Mori, San Francisco, CA
- John Chu, Petaluma, CA
- KEH, John Izumi, Los Angeles, CA
- Lane Ho, Castro Valley, CA
- Michi, Japan
- PhotoCentral, Geir and Kate, Hayward, CA
- Seawood Photo, San Rafael, CA
- Steve Johnsen, Los Banos, CA
- Sydney Ju, San Leandro, CA
- Sto-Fen Products, Ernie Fenn, Santa Cruz, CA
- Tim Rice, filterfind, Berkeley, CA
- Tom Duncan, Grass Valley, CA