THE CLOCK IS TICKING, the days are flying by and very soon – on September 17 to be precise – the doors to The Photography Show and The Video Show will be flung open, heralding the start of four days of intense activity that no self-respecting professional will want to miss. There genuinely is something here for everyone, whether you’re an enthusiast, part-time pro or you earn your entire living from the creative arts. Even just to be on the trade floor and to feel the buzz generated by so much all-round positivity is guaranteed to get the adrenaline going and to serve as a boost to the inspiration levels.

It was so good to see the show return last year after a two-and-a-half year Covid-enforced absence, and it was a massive statement of intent at what was still a difficult time, and understandably was always going to be a very different experience to the event that took place in March 2019. While it was still a huge success, thankfully things have normalised still further since then, and the 2022 show will feature a trade floor that’s nearly twice the size of 2021, with a staggeringly diverse range of activities taking place.

So many of the industry big guns are going to be there, and it’s a chance to get hands-on with the very latest kit, to have a one-to-one demo and to make buying decisions on products you might only have read about up to now. Canon, for example, will be showcasing its ground-breaking EOS R7 and R10 models, two new hybrid mirrorless cameras that feature all the boundless advantages of an APS-C sensor.

The likes of Nikon, show co-sponsor Sony and OM System – the latter showing off its exciting new re-born OM-1 – will all be there, alongside Fujifilm with its superfast new X-System flagship the X-H2S, Rotolight showcasing its ground-breaking new AEOS 2 and NEO II fixtures and lens specialists Sigma, Tamron and Samyang presenting their full ranges of optical products for visitors to try out.

Meanwhile joint show sponsor Affinity will be demonstrating its suite of awardwinning and highly affordable software for creative professionals, comprising of Affinity Photo, Designer and Publisher.

RUNNING FROM SATURDAY September 17 through to Tuesday September 20, The Photography Show and The Video Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham. Standard advance entry tickets are £14.95 with concessions at £11.95, while professional photographers and videographers can apply for free entry to the show via the website. All applications will need to be made by September 14 and will be verified against specific criteria.

New Discoveries

One of the joys of a show such as this is the chance to pop in on stands and to make discoveries that could potentially change the entire way you run your business. On the Holdan stand, for example, you’ll be able to check out the new Atomos Connect products, which open the door to a whole new way of working for professionals that potentially offers an alternative to traditional memory cards and devices.

Likewise Samyang, well known for its keenly priced and still optically excellent still and cinema lens line-ups will be demonstrating the very latest enhanced MK2 VDSLR cine lenses and introducing a completely new range of lenses for vloggers and small-scale video production on the Holdan stand. This will also be the location where you can check out other top products Holdan deals with, including Angelbird, Asus, CamRanger, Cokin, Hoya, Inovativ, Kenko, Kondor Blue, Op/Tech, Panasonic and Promise.

Further on in this issue we’re running a feature that’s looking at the burgeoning market for podcasts, and if you’ve read through this and are interested in finding out more you’ll have the opportunity to have a demo on a selection of the products that we’re talking about in the flesh and to see for themselves what they have to offer.

On the RØDE stand, for example, you’ll be able to check out first-hand what the amazing RODECaster Pro II has on board, and a demo of this incredible piece of kit could well get you fired up to become involved yourself. On the same stand you’ll also be able to take a closer look at the company’s line-up of high-performing mics, including the acclaimed Videomic Go II, which could transform the way you record audio on-camera.

Meanwhile on the Zoom stand there will be the opportunity to try out the Podtrack P4 and P8 devices, two keenly priced and incredibly versatile pieces of podcasting kit that could get you up and running in little to no time. Also take the time while you’re there to check out the rest of the Zoom range, which covers everything from wireless microphones through to incredibly well specified field recorders.

Of course, alongside the newlylaunched new gear that everyone wants to take a look at, The Photo Show is also renowned for its mouth-watering show offers and used kit bargains, and plenty of these are guaranteed to be found at the CameraWorld, London Camera Exchange and Wex photo Video stands.

In terms of content, there’s way too much to go through in the space we have here, so head to The Photography Show and Video Show website and spend some time trawling through to check out what’s on offer, and there genuinely is something for everyone. The golden rule is to plan your day and to make sure you arrive early for a session, because it’s very much a case of first come, first served, and the most popular events will fill up early.

Time to Learn

ALONGSIDE THE TRADE stands there are numerous opportunities to learn, either by signing up to hear the talks being given by some of the photographic world’s top operators or by heading along to catch a few of the dozens of free talks being given at one of the theatres to be found scattered all around the venue.

Check out our interview with celebrated natural world photographer Cristina Mittermeier in this month’s Portfolio feature, and then head along to hear her speak on the Super Stage on Sunday September 18. Or, alternatively – or maybe as well – catch up with the likes of Jack Harries on the same day, or book to see Chase Jarvis and Colin Prior on the Saturday, Roberto Valenzuela and Kaylee Greer on the Monday or Christina Ebenezer on the Tuesday, with tickets for all shows available through the TPS website at £12 each.

Elsewhere there are free stages covering such specialities as Analogue Photography, Behind the Lens, Editing and Post Production, On Location, Photo Live and the Studio, while a Sony-sponsored Creator stage will offer a whole realm of ideas for content creation and a Video Hub will showcase video kit and offer the opportunity to find out more about filmmaking.

Cristina Mittermeier
Geraint Roberts
Colin Prior

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