The 17th Annual FOTOfusion begins today and brings together 85 of the world’s top photography experts.  The landmark international photography festival, which runs through Saturday, is not just for professionals.  For example, professional photographer Ross Whitaker will help attendees avoid mistakes made by most amateurs when photographing families, including kids and grandkids.  Whitaker is just one of the experts involved in some 130 classes, computer training sessions, lectures, panels and photo field trips throughout the event.  Among other participants:  James K. Colton, photography editor of Sports Illustrated; Dennis Dimick, executive editor for the environment at National Geographic magazine; and Arnold H. Drapkin, whose 10 year stint at Time magazine garnered more than 200 awards of excellence.

There will be gallery walks, book signings, portfolio reviews and history lessons.  Julie Adair King, author of Digital Photography for Dummies, will conduct a community presentation on Friday focusing on how to get the best digital camera for your money. 

Dan Burkholder, who developed a creative form of prints that involves platinum and palladium over gold leaf, will tell how the five year old iPhone already has evolved into a serious creative tool. 

For a complete overview of the FOTOfusion program, including prices, click HERE.