The Photography Show -Our impressions

An Amazing day at the NEC Photography Show. GCM went along to see some friends, maybe pick up a few products and see just what the Photographic Art world is getting up too.
Travel not so good sadly but we got there safely. Parking still only £12 all day. The only good thing about this is you do get a bus from the car park to the nearest door it fast and clean. (A shame they do not use an electric bus – the diesel they use and engine idle must be stunning! there’s miles of roof space for loads of solar panels as well.)
Once inside the building it can feel like Christmas with lots of new tools to see and want or need! And friends to see.

Firstly we headed over to to meet up with our friends William and Ashley of STC, enjoyed a cup of tea and discussed the new filters in the STC line up with them. As usual we were very impressed with the range and quality.
There were plenty of practical demonstrations of some unique filters.
Incidentally STC have the capability to make a filter to your given guidelines.
Should you require this service, please contact them through their website for further details and prices.

We shall be putting some more filters from STC to the test during the coming months.

                 With William and Ashley of STC

Next we renewed our acquaintance with Andrew on the Sigma lens stand, 2018 is Andrew’s last year with Sigma and having know Andrew for a good many years we are sorry to see him go. We wish him well in his retirement.

Lenses were next on our to do list, a shame there were so few ‘real’ show deals.

Printing papers were another of our must sees, somehow we feel that we will probably remain with our current media supplier.

Somehow the exhibition area felt smaller than previous years with possibly fewer exhibitors and not as many visitors as in the past. Having arrived an hour later than we had planned, it was surprising to see that some exhibitors had already gone and others were in the process of packing up. In addition to this the exhibition also closed earlier than previous years.
It poses the question. Is the photographic industry in decline or just going through another shift in priority? Having moved from cameras and lenses to studio lighting, to inkjet media through to presentation and training. Where will it head next.

Before anyone asks. Yes we will be attending The Photography Show in 2019.
See you there?

 

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