The Photography Show at the Birmingham NEC is fast approaching, and there are so many things to see and do that it's easy to find yourself overwhelmed. We pick some of the highlights
Got your Photography Show tickets yet? If not then you’re in danger of missing out – it starts this Saturday March 21, and there’s a huge amount to do whether you’re desperate to see the latest camera kit or looking to discuss what the future of photography as an art form might hold.
We’ve put together a selection of some of the best and most interesting things we’ve spotted on the programme so far – let us help you plan an unforgettable photographic weekend with these 12 unmissable events.
1. Build your own camera at the Lomography Workshops
Lomography workshops at The Photography Show are offering a chance for you to build your own 35mm SLR camera from scratch with the new Lomography Konstructor. You’ll be able to customise your camera, make a few exposures and take it home when you’re done!
2. See the winners of Magnum 30 Under 30
Magnum Photos will be exhibiting the photographers selected for 30 Under 30, its project to throw a spotlight on talented young documentary photographers. If you go along you’ll be able to see the images up close before voting for your favourite to win the People’s Choice Award. Get a preview of the full selection here.
3. Catch a glimpse of the full-frame Pentax K-mount camera
Ricoh has confirmed via Twitter that the long-rumoured full-frame Pentax K-mount DSLR will be on display at the Ricoh stand at The Photography Show. Unless you made it to CP+ in Yokohama this will likely be your first chance to see it in the flesh.
4. Hear incredible stories on the Super Stage
The Super Stage plays host to a diverse portfolio of famous and established photographers, and it’s well worth making some time to get over there and hear some of the speakers.
For our money, the session not to miss is ‘It’s What I Do’ with Lynsey Addario (pictured above), the Pultizer-winning photojournalist who survived multiple kidnappings and death threats in order to bring back sensational images from conflict zones in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan. Her story is scheduled to be made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Jennifer Lawrence.
5. Master digital editing at the Adobe Theatre
Adobe will be running a series of workshops to give you the opportunity to bolster your digital editing skills. From the basics of getting to grips with Lightroom to using Photoshop for video editing, you’re sure to pick up a few new tips.
6. Improve your Mobileography
A series of talks and seminars on how to get the most out of your mobile photography, these sessions are not to be missed for anyone who’s obsessed with Instagram. Head here for the full programme.
7. Get tips on garden photography from International Garden Photographer of the Year
See the stunning images from this year’s International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and glean a little advice from experts on how to boost your own skills in the seminars and talks on offer.
8. Learn more about the Panasonic CM1
At the Panasonic stand you’ll have a chance to catch a glimpse of the camera/phone hybrid that stole the show back at Photokina last year, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. If that’s not enough then former AP editor and Panasonic Ambassador Damien Demolder will also be in attendance running a street photography talk – see here for full details.
9. Play with a Nikon D5500
Tempted by a Nikon D5500? Head over to the Nikon stand and you’ll be able to try one out for yourelf, or pick up a D750 if your tastes run a little more expensive. Nikon have some good speakers in to and it promises to be a good weekend from the firm.
10. Discussion: Women in Photography
Does photography have a gender bias? If you’ve noticed the relative lack of female faces and voices in the ranks of high-profile photographers then come along to Women in Photography discussion on Monday 23 to hear some of the industry’s prominent female voices discuss the issue. Facilitated by Bridget Coaker (pictured), Founder, Troika Editions and Picture Editor, Guardian and Observer.
11. Customise your own Fujifilm X-series camera
If you’d like your stylish X-series camera to have a little more individuality to it, you can pre-order a custom-made skin and have Fujifilm customise it for you at its Photography Show stand. See the Fujifilm site for the full list of X Signature Skins.
12. Discuss the next generation of photography with AP
OBLIGATORY SELF-PROMOTION INCOMING (sorry, but we’re quite excited) – the AP team will be hosting a Behind the Lens panel discussion on Monday March 23 on how technology is changing the world of photography and what we can expect the future to hold.
Editor Nigel Atherton, deputy editor Richard Sibley, technical editor Andy Westlake and photo gadget entrepreneur James Madelin will discuss past and present technologies, look at using 4K video as a photographic tool, and take some time to answer your questions. We’ll be on the Behind the Lens Stage, from 2:00 to 2:40pm. Please come join us!
The Photography Show runs from March 22-24 at Birmingham NEC. You can find AP at stand E131.