Just a quick head’s up about the upcoming SWPP (now renamed “The Societies” Convention/trade fair in London in January.
The Convention (Where there are classes etc) is on 15-20th Jan
The Trade fair is on 17-19 Jan.
The Trade fair is free if you register to go before 24th December. There are a few talks for free at the fair – but they’re mostly sponsored by manufacturers trying to sell their equipment.
With the sad demise of Focus on Imaging trade fair this is actually one of the largest Photography fairs around now. Is a shame as Focus on Imaging was so much larger and a much more open space.
As such the SWPP is one of the few photography shows where you can walk around and geek out at photography equipment however not all the main manufacturers will be there. Also as the SWPP originates from Wedding photography there is quite a high percentage of items such as albums and frames to re-sell to customers. I would say that SWPP gets rather crammed at the weekends – but it’s at a new venue now. In the past it’s been at Novotel in Hammersmith – but this year it’s moving to Hilton London Metropole Hotel near Edgware road. I really hope this is a bigger venue!
There’s a list of Exhibitors. Canon is there – but no Nikon – but that’s usual.
I wouldn’t expect to buy big stuff and get much money off – but it’s a handy place to buy accessories and save a little/postage. I usually buy some kind of light modifier or clamps etc. There is also a gallery there – competition winners from the SWPP/”The Societies” competitions – but I tend to find most of them very cliché or cheesy.
Further details can be found at the SWPP convention website.