What’s Wrong with Philly?

I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my photography.  I love the webinars and tutorials I find on-line.  I especially love Creative Live.  Their webinars are usually a two or three days with world renown photographers or Photoshop specialists.  These are absolutely awesome!  But to be honest I’d really like to attend a live seminar.  So with that in mind I went on-line to see if I could find anything coming to the Philadelphia area.  Know what I found?  Zip. Ziltch. Nada.  I could find plenty in NYC (of course).  I found a bunch in Washington DC, Atlanta and other big cities.  I even found a couple in Richmond, VA.  So it begs the question.  Why not Philly?  It’s not that I don’t like these other cities.  It’s not the cost of the seminars. (I believe that you can’t put a price on furthering ones career)  It’s the added cost of Hotels and meals for a couple of nights that often makes it hard to justify the cost.  Often times these factors more than double the cost of the seminar.  And while my business isn’t doing badly, these added costs push the price to a point where I just can’t justify the expenditure.  I know that there is a lot of photographers in the Philly area and it has a fairly active art community.  Is it just too close to NYC?  Is it seen by many as an outgrowth of NYC?  I do know that some commercial work is done by photogs from NYC.  Is it the misbelief that photographers in NYC are superior to those here in Philly?  So, what is wrong with Philly?


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