This weekend I attended the National Photography Show held at the NEC. This annual event attracts photographers from all over the UK and I always try to visit. This year was no different and as I arrived at the venue I was super excited. I was also quickly reminded how popular the show is, it is always busy and this year was no exception.
Anyone that knows me knows how much I love camera’s, they are my handbags, I find the idea of spending an entire day looking at the latest offerings from the leading players in the camera industry very exciting. So, part of the day was definitely going to be spent just perusing the various stands.
Photography is not all about the gear for me though, it never has been. I was just as excited with the chance to catch up with fellow professionals and take inspiration from the day. I am always striving to improve my photography and had purposely pre-booked different workshops throughout the day. One session I found very useful was a live children's portraiture session with a successful children’s photographer. I have been to several training events and I always find it fascinating to watch how different photographers work, what their style is and how they get the very best out of what is sometimes very unpredictable behaviour from children.
I also attended a seminar focused on Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, my current tool of choice for editing and retouching images after the session. I always try to achieve the very best results for my clients so expertise in photo editing is a critical part in my workflow. The session, although very informative didn’t really teach me anything new, it did however reassure me the tips and techniques I use are adopted by fellow professionals.
After a spot of lunch, I spent time walking around the stalls promoting backdrops, props and those specialising in printing products. It was great to see some of the sample products whilst I was there, it’s one thing viewing products online but you can’t beat seeing things in the flesh and it gives me a chance to check the quality first-hand. Several products impressed me greatly and I will be offering some new wall arts and folio boxes very soon (watch this space).
So, all in all I left tired but inspired; I got to see some of the latest gear for 2017, I spent time with other photographers and I picked up some great ideas which I know my clients will love. I will definitely be back in 2018. Cameras – far more exciting than handbags.
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