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113 – Insider Tips for Making the Most of Photography Trade Shows and Conferences

In this episode of The Nerdy Photographer Podcast, we delve into the invaluable benefits of attending photo industry conferences and trade shows, where photographers from around the world converge to learn, network, and grow. Join us as we uncover the myriad opportunities these events offer for professional development, inspiration, and industry connections, and discover why they are essential for photographers looking to elevate their craft and career to new heights.

Frequent guest of the show, Leighton DaCosta returns to share his firsthand experiences and insights into the transformative power of attending photo industry conferences and trade shows. From keynote presentations and hands-on workshops to panel discussions and networking opportunities, we explore the wealth of knowledge and inspiration that these events provide.

Investing in Your Growth: Attending photo industry conferences and trade shows is not just about staying informed about the latest trends and technologies; it’s an investment in your personal and professional growth. These events offer a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for photography. Whether you’re seeking to expand your technical skills, gain insights into marketing and business strategies, or simply connect with peers and mentors who can offer guidance and support, these events provide a wealth of resources and opportunities to help you thrive in your photography career. Join us as we explore the importance of stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in the vibrant and dynamic world of photo industry conferences and trade shows.

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About My Guest

Leighton DaCosta

Leighton DaCosta, or “LD” as many know him by, is a Wedding and Fine Art Portrait Photographer based in Southern California, at the moment. He started his photography business more than 15 years ago while serving in the Navy. Due to the military requirements, he learned to make his studio “interstate mobile” as he has operated for extended periods in Virginia, Florida, Utah, Georgia, South Carolina, and California. He’s conducted photo assignments in exotic and remote places such as Dubai, Jamaica, and Aruba; as well as several years flying over Afghanistan.

When not creating content of his own, Leighton diligently works at educating photographers and others in the industry in not only content creation but also in business practices geared for the creative.

You can check out Leighton’s website at, and follow along with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Will You Attend Photography Trade Shows in the Future?

Are you interested in attending a photography conference or trade show? Which one? Tell us in a comment below or reach out via Instagram or Threads. Feel free to ask any photography related questions you may have. We might answer them on a future episode of the show.

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