I had the pleasure of attending my first Scott Kelby all day seminar in Tampa yesterday and it was the best $70 I’ve spent in recent memory. The event was held downtown in the Tampa Theater on North Franklin St which was a great venue. The show officially ran from 10 am – 5 pm but we never finished until 5:30 pm. Scott is a fabulous presenter and had the audience in stitches as he bantered back and forth with attendees. For those of you who have never see a professional photographer in action…..well they don’t come much better than Scott Kelby. He showed how to set up both studio and speed lite lighting for shooting both men and women models as well as product photography before working his magic on the images taken in both Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5. I think he ran through four completely different set ups in all. The handouts were fabulous and product reps from Adorama, B+H Photo, Wacom, On One Software, Kelby Training and NAPP gave attendees a sort of mini expo to drop by during break and lunch times. All in all, it was a great day and I learned a lot. I also managed to grab five free 24 hour online training passes to Kelbytraining.com for anyone who might be interested in checking out what Kelbytraining.com has to offer. Please leave a comment with your email address if you are interested and I’ll email you a free pass code.
The second part of today’s post relates to a phone call we received from Amber at Verizon Wireless yesterday afternoon while I was in Tampa. She called me back this morning and asked if we would be interested in upgrading our Verizon 3G mifi router to a shiny new Samsung 4G LTE router. We’ve been grappling with this dilemma for the past month or so. You see, our present 3G mifi comes with unlimited data for just over $60/month and we can put a vacation stop on the plan when we are back in Canada, meaning we don’t have to pay any monthly charges at all until we return to the USA in the fall. Now the 3G router can be a little slow at times depending on how many people are using the same tower at the same time, and judging from the amount of 2200 mifis I see near me at TT Orlando, there are quite a few. But with an unlimited data, there is no cap or slow down, throttling back, whatever you want to call it. It just gets a little slow now and then, which we have learned to live with. Switching to Verizon’s 4G LTE data plan, while being 10x faster than 3G, would also cap our data at either 5 GB for $50/month or 10 GB for $80/month and we didn’t really want to do that. Well today Verizon made us an offer we just couldn’t refuse today. A brand new Samsung 4G LTE mifi and 20 GB of data per month for exactly what we are now paying for the 3G unlimited plan….$60.14/month including taxes and they ship the new 4G mifi to us free of charge. We accepted their offer and the new mifi should be here by Friday.
Now if only Canadian carriers, Rogers, Telus, Bell, Fido, etc would offer something similar.