This being our first time at the show we really didn’t know what to expect so we were a little caught off guard by the sheer number of people queuing to get in at 10 am so much so that we decided to go off and have a coffee and wait until the show was in full swing before trying again. (This is probably a good tip by the way unless you have a show or workshop booked you really don’t miss anything by coming 30 minutes or an hour later).
With lots of vendors showing their wares, it can be a bit overwhelming to take everything in and you really are going to need to take 2 days at this show to get the best out of it more if you can afford it.
All the big guns had stands; Canon, Nikon, Fuji, and of course Sony were very popular, having an array of their latest cameras to try out on two great professional models but what really caught my eye were the Panasonic Lumix especially the G9 great for taking movies or stills loved it so much it’s now down for one of my next purchases.
Now, of course, with a show of this magnitude, there is an abundance of gusts in attendance covering talks and workshops on virtually every aspect of photography, such as Ami Vitale, Amy Shore, Glyn Dewis, Ben Bentley, Imogen Dwyer, Thomas Heaton and Jason Lanier to name a few.
Luckily, we were able to take part in two very educational workshops hosted by Gavin Hoey and Tommy Reynolds both took place at the Pixapro stand covering some lighting techniques using the Pika 200 flash unit and if I could give any advice here is, don’t be afraid to get stuck in and have a go, ask questions try out your own camera in these workshops because getting advice from both Gavin and Tommy was the highlight of the show, absolutely brilliant guys who couldn’t do or help you enough.
Even though we were not fully prepared for such huge crowds we have to say The Photography Show has been one of the best events we have gone too, once the initial queues to get in had subsided, it was pretty much plain sailing on gaining entry for the rest of the weekend.
Overall would we recommend a visit? Most defiantly with plenty of camera gear on show lots of great talks and workshops, you don’t even have to leave the event to eat as that’s well catered for you too.
We didn’t delve too much into reviews of some of the products on offer as we mainly wanted to focus on the event itself which is so much more than just a photography show it’s a great way to spend a day or even a long weekend and one we will surely be attending next year.
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