I had a fun, if exhausting, day out yesterday at the Photography Show at the NEC, Birmingham. As a lover of all things photographic I was like a kid in a sweet shop. With hundreds of stands, including all the big names plus loads of companies that I hadn’t heard of. There was of course plenty of stands with cameras, plus albums and printing, drones, bags, tripods, accessories, lighting, training courses, insurance, photography associations, plus books, magazines and more.
I spoke to some very helpful and well informed people (including a very kind lady who gave me some ibuprofen), collected plenty of information, leaflets and magazines (see image above), and thankfully bought very little! Not that I wasn’t tempted, but I restricted myself to a book about photographic locations in London. While most of the locations are well known, the book contains information and some stunning images that should inspire and help me get better photos on future visits. It’s possibly a good job that my legs ache today or I might be tempted to jump on a train and make a start!
The day wasn’t all about stands selling equipment and services though. There was a range of shows to watch, with several stages and a varied timetable. I saw three presentations on the Wedding and Portrait stage which gave me some food for thought. Of course, everywhere you looked going round the hall there were stunning images on display. A real feast for the eyes. I had my camera with me and it would have been so easy to simply take photos of these great artworks. But that would have felt cheap and cheating to me. I did take some photos around the show though, a few of which are below. If you’ve got an interest in photography and have the chance to go, the Photography Show is on until Tuesday 19th March. As for me, I think I’ve got about a month worth’s of reading to do. Happy days.