A home for the things I think are worthy of sharing. Will largely be photography based.

Events

UK Photoshow 2016 deals

Just been to Britain’s largest annual photography show in Birmingham NEC – these times called “UK Photoshow” but in the past “Focal”. I’ve been to it a few times over the years -usually just to geek out (hey I know good photography isn’t about the gear – but I enjoy that aspect anyway) but also occasionally to buy equipment.

There have been good deals to be had in the past – but I think less so in recent years. I’ve gone into the habit of photographing price lists to share them online so others can see if they want to go. This year though I’ve just been on the penultimate day – so maybe not so much of use – but what the hell.

I only photographed the price lists I saw that were easily photographed – a fair few only had prices on individual items – as I wasn’t buying – I didn’t go for them.

Past years:

2014
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2014/03/02/photography-show-2014-prices/

2012
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-cameraworld-prices/
https://blog.dafyddowen.com/2012/03/06/focus-on-imaging-jacob-prices/

Sorry for the quality – taken on a phone.
I’m not one for taking my camera to photography shows.

Click on the picture to view larger, and then click on the “view in full size” bottom right to see the original.

http://www.photographyshow.com/


Gig: Rebecca Ferguson

Just a quick little set of yesterday’s shoot – Rebecca Ferguson performing her new album Lady Sings The Blues live for the first time. Venue was tiny – four of us photographers at the back row. Standard stuff – 3 songs, no flash, then out. Should have asked to stay – she sounded wonderful – just didn’t think as the place seemed full.

All Rights Reserved – no use without permission. Other images in the set can be licensed from Photoshot / Retna UK.


SWPP Convention + Trade Fair 2015 : London 14-18 Jan

Another year another SWPP trade fair…..

Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas/Holidays/New Year etc etc. I’m not one for new years resolutions (I believe that if something is worth doing – it’s worth starting now) so will get straight into standard posting.

2015Conventionlogo

The SWPP or as it is now called “The Societies” Convention is a standard fixture in January.
SWPP was/is the Society for Wedding and Portrait Photographers.

The convention is part training event/convention part trade fair. I have only really gone to the trade fair part (which is free) and not the rest – training courses, portfolio reviews, etc which are paid.

For the free Trade Fair – registered by Sunday 10th January 2015 after this time it is £6.00.

Full Convention: 14-18 Jan 2015 (Wed-Sun)

Trade Fair: 16-18 Jan 2015 (Fri-Sun)

Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU

http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/

I’d say the Trade fair is “Ok”. It has grown in recent years but isn’t anywhere close to the size of Focus on Imagine / “The Photography Show” held in Birmingham NEC. Still – there is a mix of things there – equipment manufacturers, training courses, accessory suppliers and so forth but a cut-down version.
I’d say that there is a significant percentage of album/print suppliers showing at the trade fair – but since the Society/show has it’s roots in wedding photography – it’s understandable. This just may not be of interest to some (such as myself).

There are some free demo/training courses at or around the trade fair – however these are most likely to be biased at software or equipment the stalls are trying to sell and may be overly busy. One year there was one free seminar area. This year Adobe seem to have a seminar room which sounds like it’s free. See the Free Demo links below.

 

Some additional info:

Trade Show Exhibitorshttp://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/
(Canon is there but no Nikon – as previous years)

Ticket/Registration form (Free and paid) : https://swpp.co.uk/secure/conventionform.htm

Free demos
Fri: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Friday16th.htm
Sat: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Saturday17th.htm
Sun: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/exhibitors/Sunday18th.htm

Paid Courses
Superclasses: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Superclass.htm
Masterclasses: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Masterclass.htm
Location Seminars: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/Location.htm
Business School: http://www.swpp.co.uk/convention/2015/BusinessSchool.htm
I’m not sure what the difference is between a Superclass and Masterclass – it looks like duration – Superclass is half a day while Masterclass is an hour and a half.

 

 

 

 


Gig: Rise Against, Pennywise, Swimmers

Another gig – my first time at Brixton Academy photographing other than club nights.

Nice big pit but a tad on the cold side of things. Happy I managed to get a shot of Rise Against front man going into the crowd!

Swimmers

Pennywise

Lighting was a bit dark and the singer’s cap didn’t help

Rise Against

All Rights reserved – please no downloading, copying, hot-linking without permission.

Available for licensing on www.photoshot.com

 

 


Modern Panic V

Once again it’s that time of year where the excellent Modern Panic art exhibition is on.
As per before – I had the pleasure to attend the opening event and take photos there.
I have a few friends that are exhibitors there.

It’s a great show and I would highly advise taking a look. As well as the original art – some exhibitors have prints on sale. If I had a big house I’d buy so much from this show!

 

OPEN TO PUBLIC:
SAT 8TH – SUN 16TH NOV 2014
11am – 7pm | £3 Admission | Support The Arts

Apiary Studios, Hackney Road
458 Hackney Road, E2 9EG London, United Kingdom

Modern Panic links:

https://www.facebook.com/events/509503689152410/
http://www.guerrillazoo.com/modern-panic-5.html
https://twitter.com/guerrillazoo #ModernPanic

 

Links of some exhibitor friends:

Anne ‘Blondie’ Bengard
https://www.facebook.com/anneblondiebengard
http://www.anneblondiebengard.com/

Iain MacArthur
https://www.facebook.com/IainMcarthur
http://www.iainmacarthur.com/

Rococo Wonderland
http://www.rococowonderland.com/

Karina Akopyn
https://www.facebook.com/karina.akopyan.artist
http://www.karina-akopyan.com/

Michelle Mildenhall
https://www.facebook.com/latexartwork
http://www.michellemildenhall.co.uk/

 

Also includes some photos of MisSa Blue’s performance

https://www.facebook.com/missablue

 

 

 

 


New Central London Camera Shop – Park Cameras

Park Cameras London

Ok – so I’ve not had cause to go to central London much, even though I’ve moved office to Farringdon which technically is fairly central. But I mean to shop etc.

Also not seen this on any photography blogs – which I read plenty of.

Anyway – Seems that Park Cameras have opened a new shop in Central London. It’s actually been there since December! Shall have to pay a visit when I’m next in town.

http://www.parkcameras.com/article/526/Park-Cameras—London-Store.html

Park Cameras London

 

Park Cameras
53-54 Rathbone Place
LONDON
W1T 1JR

Monday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Tuesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Wednesday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Thursday: 10.00am – 7.30pm
Friday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Saturday: 10.00am – 6.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 5.30pm

I only noticed when checking out the shops that Manfrotto would have their event days at.

http://www.manfrotto.co.uk/manfrottotakeover

 

 


Photography Show 2014 – Prices

Calumet Nikon lenses

Some prices from The Photography Show – 2014.

Only had the phone to photograph these so resolution is a bit off.

In past years I’ve heard that prices are negotiable – so try to haggle 😉

On the whole I was disappointed with the deals so only bought a memory card and some printer paper samples.

CLICK ON IMAGE FOR LARGER VIEW

Cameraworld

Cameraworld Sigma Cameraworks Sigma Cameraworld Nikon CameraWorld Canon Cameraworld Canon

Calumet

(Sorry – only got the Nikon lens prices)

Calumet Nikon lenses

London Camera Exchange

London Camera Exchange - Canon Prices London Camera Exchange - Nikon - Prices London Camera Exchange - Sigma Prices

Example of the woeful savings:

On the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VR ii:
Calumet – £6
Cameraworld – £0
LCE – £0