Greetings from The Photography Show in Birmingham, UK. First, what an awesome show this is! I was surprised at how large it is (about the size of Photo Plus Expo in NYC), with row upon row of vendors selling everything from cameras (Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony) are all here, and there’s tons of camera bag dealers; Elinchrom is here; Westcott is here (quite a treat to walk past their booth and see one of my demos of their lighting playing in their booth); the gang from 3-Legged-Thing tripods are here; Wacom is here; Epson is here; everybody is here! Awesome show and incredibly energy. Photo above by Peter Treadway of Hybrid Photography.
Yesterday I did a sold out session on their “Super Stage” (they also have a “Live Stage” moderated by my dear friend Dave Clayton) where they do live lighting demos and model shoots, and I’m teaching it again today at 10:30 am. (photo above and all the ones below by David Williams of Hybrid Photography).
Such a great crowd to present to – incredibly gracious and fun. I did an hour session, a 30-minute open Q&A, and I wrapped up with something for the crowd to think about for 2016. So much fun! (and such a well-run, well organized show).
This is me gesturing. Why is there a “dent” in the middle of my hair? I’ll tell you why — funky blow drier in my hotel room (yes, I know I’m the last living person using a blow dryer. I get it).
I’ve spent the past three days with these two awesome guys (L: Peter Treadway, me [duh] and Dave Williams, often confused with famous actor Toby Maguire, but without the fame, the girls, and money, and talent, and charm, and fancy cars, and tailored clothes, and…well…you get the picture). ;-) By the way — please ignore the fact that when Dave took this selfie of us, he cut off Peter’s ear. They’re both very sensitive about it.
If you’re at the show tomorrow and you see me, please create a momentary distraction so I can sneak away from these two
stalkers guys, so I can escape back to London for my flight home tomorrow.
Glyn and Dave. Two top bananas!
While Peter and Dave are clearly two dodgy characters, we did meet up with two of my dear friends: Photoshop World instructors Glyn Dewis and Dave Clayton, and we had dinner together this evening and it was just absolutely wonderful. Worth the trip over just to spend some time with them. Absolutely top men!
Tomorrow we are planning on doing a very special episode of The Grid (with a tour of The Photography Show floor, and including our guest Dave Clayton, and the Hybrid Boys: Peter and Dave), which will air at its usual time of Wednesday at 4pm New York Time – that is if every single little technical thing in the world works out just right, so you know…it’s a lock. ;-)
Thanks in advance to exhibitors Calumet Photo and the folks at Rode mic’s for helping us out with gear for our Grid episode today (big love to you both).
P.S. I have learned a LOT of very bad English phrases from Peter and Dave, which I will not repeat back in America even though some sound totally innocent, but honestly, I think at this point they’re just making them up anyway.
Hey, Scott! Sounds like you’re having a blast in the UK. So. is the Grid today or tomorrow? Your last two paragraphs contradict each other. BTW, I wish Calumet was still doing business in the USA….they gave great service and information. Good prices, too!
See you next week in Beantown!
It was great to hear your talk and meet you afterwards. You’re so right that only photographer’s get obsessed about camera settings, cropping and noise. Selling out your very first appearance at the Show in advance shows that you’ve certainly built quite a following here in the UK. Do you have any further seminar dates over here planned?