The Photography Show 2017

Well today was the day I made my annual pilgrimage to the Photography Show at the NEC Birmingham.


For a change I arrived before it opened, there was a speaker in the Adobe theatre that i wanted to see/hear at 10:15,and if anything like the previous years, you need to get there early to grab a seat. They are always very well attended, the speakers know their stuff, and they do not seem to suffer the technical gremlins that other speakers seem to have at the show. I was not disappointed, picked up some nice tips that i shall be putting into practice both in Lightroom and Photoshop.


There seemed to be a real buzz about the show. All the stands seemed to be doing trade and some real bargains to be had, I know that I splashed the cash on a few items for my small studio. Just got to find the time to use them now.


Although I took my camera i did not get chance to use it much. I made the mistake of making my purchases early, so had to lug them around. Maybe they should get a package creche for next year. i for one would use, even would pay for it as well. I know that of the items i brought, there was very few left, in fact only one left after my purchase.


Hats to  Photoshoot Magazine catwalk show. The effort that these guys and girls put in is phenomenal, and the models have some reals guts to walk out and face, what must seem like a baying pack of photographers, I for one would not do it.


So here a few images from the show, enjoy.



A very early morning

I must be mad. Set the alarm for 03:45 this morning to take part in an event organised by the Photography Show 2016 with the help of Steve Walton.


Did seem strange driving along the M6 with no traffic, with a choice of lanes to use, first time for everything..


The event was to take photos of the dawn sun as it rose over the ‘beach’ at Pendigo Lake in the grounds of the National Exhibition Centre just outside Birmingham, the venue of the Photography Show.


So there i was was, with about 20 other souls who had got up waiting for the sun, only to be disappointed as the cloud cover failed in a very English way, hung on.So all we managed were a few shots of the new Resorts World. Fortunately the weather stayed calm and teh reflection on the lake slight rippled.



I have put in a couple of images from the shot, no off to bed to catch up on the ‘missing hours’.


Off to the show on Monday, so will have some images and thoughts on eh day in my next blog…enjoy.


The Photography Show 2015

So last week was the annual trip to the National Exhibition Centre to the Photography Show. A change of halls this year which meant a much shorter walk from the train station. Keep the aching feet for the walk around the hall.

I arrived just after 10 and after a quick breakfast entered the lions dens. Compared to last years visit the hall was very busy for an early start, sign of good times ahead.

The seminars were well attended, pity on the Bowen’s stand later on that the link from the camera to the laptop failed so we were not able to keep up and this lost a lot of the audience.

Adobe seminars were full to bursting, even though I had a ticket, I only just squeezed in. Adobe needs to sort this out for next year, tickets get the seats, at least we took the trouble to get there early to reserve a space.

Last word must go to the Wild Arena team set up on the Manfrotto stand. Shame that you looked as an after thought on there, but the seminar that you did was first rate, and the ‘models’ that you had behaved like proper professionals. A  bigger stand next year with better signing would not go amiss.

Will I be attending next years show, yes I will, still worth going, and compared to last years, this was a much improved show.


LRPS Update

OK, so this was the weekend when i went for my LRPS distinction. After a nail biting wait, the decision was announced, and i did not get through. Very disappointed but not too down hearted. The feedback generally were quite good, but some of the areas that they noted, in my mind, were very small. Things like small blown out areas that they said distracted from the image, and also, the images were too big. I know that they have to be critical, but the standard that they are setting is very high. I will take on the comments and work on these for another selection. I do think that they are looking for absolute perfection, but at the end of the day, photography is an art form, and as an art form is it open to different interpretation and sometimes the rule book needs to be torn up and thrown out the window.

The judging standard is extreme, i watched 5 portfolios go through the system, including my own, and only one go through. That made me feel slightly better.

Oh well, here is to the next time, a word or warning if you are planning to go for an LRPS, go to an advisory day first, i did not, and i wonder if i had, would the outcome been different.

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