Inspiring the next generation of emerging photographers and creatives, this year’s Photography Show at The NEC, Birmingham, brings together industry experts and renowned artists, presenting a refreshed programme of masterclasses and instructional talks to professionals and amateurs alike. The four day event examines the evolution of photographic equipment and expertise, allowing visitors to try out the latest technology from celebrated brands including Canon, Nikon and Olympus.
New to this year’s fair is The Great Outdoors, a stand which examines the details of shooting in natural light and environments. British photographer Thomas Heaton (b.1984), who has attracted a YouTube following of 200,000 subscribers with his informative videos that go behind the lens, showcases what it takes to create the perfect composition. This instalment also instructing audiences how to capture wildlife for TV and film as well as exploring the trend of 365 degrees photography, an immersive new genre that calls for complete precision.
Along with these unprecedented methods, returning to the event are five other themes which explore a variety of different photographic genres, subjects and technologies. The Super Stage assembles an array of diverse artists, offering viewers a unique chance to hear and understand the secrets behind some of the most intriguing photographic scenes. American photographer Bruce Davidson (b.1933) is in attendance for Quest for Meaning in which he discusses archival work, as well as inspiration behind the documentary snaps and his affiliation with the legendary Magnum photography collective. Additionally, Ami Vitale (b.1971) goes behind the confines of image surfaces with The Stories we’re all seeking, questioning the chronicle of nature and how to reach a new level of detail, enabling viewers to go beyond the expected norms when creating images. Other featured visionaries include Miles Aldridge, who discusses Colour Theory from his unmistakable, highly curated fashion photography.
Further addressing the mass circulation of images found on both individuals’ smartphones, and increasingly online, the Mobile and Social Stag explores how to utilise this digital methods. Professional advice is available, offering an insight into the most effective editing apps and how to get the best from alternative devices and processes.
The NEC, Birmingham, 17-20 March. Find out more here.
1. Miles Aldridge for TIME. 3-D, 2010.