Today I headed off to The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. This is the second time I have been to the show and I had a better idea of what to expect. So before I went to the show I made a loose plan of what stands I wanted to visit.
Olympus had been advertising on their social media feeds that you could get a free clean and check on your camera. This was my first port of call and the staff on the stand were really friendly.
I went to the show with some friends and we moved on just looking at the deals on Fuji kit.
The Fuji stand had models you could shoot, so I moved forward with my mobile phone and took the first shot. Last year I didn’t feel as confidence to take photos and took the second shot from further away. Both photos were taken with the same phone.
We then went to a talk at the video stage about taking your photography into videography. It was interesting but my little video montages are a long way away from where the speaker’s content. There was some good points about the use of music and permits to shoot in different areas of the country.
We meandered around for a bit longer and then I went to visit a friend’s daughter working on the Hasselblad stand. If I didn’t eat or pay any bills for the next six months or so I could possibly afford a Hasselblad at the show price of £6,388.
Back to reality and we visited a lighting stand who had some affordable kit and some interesting displays. The ‘baby’ looked realistic, it was quite scary & then I saw Yoda.
Before going to another talk I went to Photo Boards to have a look at their photo boards. I have one already and was looking to get another one, being able to see all of the boards in person made it easier to choose. I wasn’t convinced at first about backgrounds but with the right background, a product can be lifted.
The other talk I went to was by Jo Bradford and was titled “Pixel to print; a workflow for pro-quality outdoor smartphone photography”. There was some good tips & it was nice to see a photo taken whislt the talk was taking place printed off with high quality paper. She also made available signed copies of her new book to purchase before it’s international publishing date in April. The book is called “Smart Phone Smart Photography – Simple techniques for taking incredible pictures with iPhone and Android”. Some of the apps she mentioned require a purchase but sometimes you need to invest to improve your photos.
In summary, I really enjoyed my day at the show. The company was great and it is always helpful to try equipment before buying. Also getting information and tips to inspire improvement from the different talks was paramount.