The Photography Show 2018
Wow so where do I start. I know I haven’t posted for a while now things just got a little busy and writing a post got sent to the bottom of the to do list, you know how it is. But I have had the best two days at The Photography Show 2018 in Birmingham. I laughed, I learnt, I purchased and I got goosebumps listening to some inspiring photographers! I decided this year that I was going for two days because last year there was just to much to see and try all in the space of one day, I really wanted to take my time and enjoy it. I planned these two days around the talks I was very interested in going to and on monday I sat and listened to Victoria Haydn, senior club photographer for Manchester City Football Club.
I was so excited. This was amazing for me to listen to the only senior female club photographer in the premier league and get an insight into her job and get some tips on how to get started. Her photos were stunning and her passion for her job and the behind the scenes videos really gave me goosebumps, it got me so excited about the thought of me being able to do this, this is what I want to do. It’s about building a relationship with the players to really be able to get them comfortable and get the best photos overall. Capturing the whole story of the fans and the club connects everyone joined to the club together and documents it the best. It was great to get an opportunity to chat to Victoria after her talk and get more of an insight and I will definitely be talking to everyone I see, you never who they’re going to be.
It’s not what you know it’s who you know!
It was great to get to try out different lenses at the show and get advice from different sports photographers, I’ve been very undecided recently on what to get for the sports as my next lens. I am a Nikon user and I would love the new 180-400mm but for obvious reasons on it being £10,000 I need something else. I purchased a 24-70mm f2.8 from the show and am very happy I think this will soon become my favourite lens. The 300mm or 400mm would be lovely choices alongside the 70-200mm f2.8.
On Tuesday I was excited for another day I had more talks planned and a few more exhibitors I wanted to go and see. My first talk was with Marc Aspland from the Times paper. It was very interesting to see what type of images a newspaper expects.There are the typical shots the editors like to have but most of the time Marc is stood in a completely different place to all the other photographers because when their images come out on Monday they have to be different to the others, he often waits for a little bit of luck mixed with some planning to get the different shot and it all pays off.
Finally to conclude my visit I listened to Hugh Hasting of Chelsea Football Club talk about his 40 years with the club. He had a lot of interesting stories to tell, and key points to remember to get the best photos, the main point being access, getting as much access as you can gets you the best photos. I learnt an awful lot about the way to send your photos out and the importance of metadata. I had lots of questions to ask after that talk and Hugh kindly gave time to talk to me and I am very grateful for all of his help! The one thing that really did interest me was he was making the switch from Canon to Sony. Sony A9 is a much lighter system, mirrorless and 20 frames per second why would you not want that? It has got me very interested in looking into their new sports set up, there is an anticipated wait for the 400mm f2.8 lens to add to his kit to fully make the switch, I will be very interested to see the reviews of this.
It has been such a great experience and I can’t wait to go again next year!