I’ve spoken at, led, or taught at more than 150 photo workshops in my lifetime and attended dozens more as a student. Last year’s Skip’s  Summer School was easily one of my all-time favorites. You can read my wrap-up from last year here.

Few photo-related conferences I’ve been involved with in the last 10 years have generated as much buzz as Skip’s Summer School. People were talking about it on Twitter and Facebook for months. And the number one thing I heard about last year’s Summer School was that people were bummed they missed it!

You have another chance, August 8-11, 2010.  And it will be bigger and better this year. Last year, Skip planned the event with 60 days notice. That’s generally considered to be insane. But it wasn’t. It was brilliant. He correctly identified that summer would be a great time to re-energize for most of us. This year, months of planning have already gone into the event. Skip believes the attendance will be up but he wants to keep this a boutique conference. That was part of the secret of last year’s success.

Have you been to a conference where you had to stand in line to get a cramped seat? That’s not going to happen at Skip’s Summer School. Everyone gets a seat, guaranteed and better yet, most of the events – perhaps all of them, will be arranged classroom style so not only will you get a seat, but you’ll get a desk to work on so you can type into your computer or take notes with an old-fashioned pen and paper.

This year, the line-up is amazing. In just two and one half (2 ½) days you’ll hear new ideas from Joe Buissink, Jonathan Canlas, Tony Corbell, Kay Eskridge,  Kevin Kubota, Bobbi Lane, Cliff Mautner, Stacy Pearsall, Dane Sanders, Jasmine Star, Vicki Taufer, Kirk Voclain, Jerry Weiner and coming in from Australia,  Yervant! Oh yeah, I’ll be teaching there too.

We’re going to try some things at this conference that have never been done before. I don’t want to give away too many surprises but suffice it to say, it will be different. There will be new networking opportunities (the big value for many at a conference) and lots of entertaining features that will blow your mind.

Skip has reserved the entire third floor at the MGM Grand Conference Center in Vegas. Rooms are only $79 a night – while they last.

The cost for all this is an amazingly-low $279, but Skip has also decided to reward early adopters with a $199 early bird rate for those who register before April 1. That’s just a few days away folks so don’t delay. The photographers who show up for this event will prove to everyone that they are serious about taking their careers to the next level. If you can afford only one photo conference in 2010 – this should be the one to attend.

I hope to see you there. And oh, by the way – yeah – you guessed it – I’m giving away a free seat to the conference – stay tuned next month for more information.

Click here to register –  or click here for more information.