I took a minibus full of students from Coleg Llandrillo to the Focus On Imaging Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. It is an annual photography trade show and quick frankly for me as a photographer is like being in a toy shop. It’s a great one stop place to be able to view and try equipment, software etc as well as being a great learning resource. They have various experts who do talks on all manner of subjects.
I particularly enjoyed a talk by David Honl who is a photojournalist who has produced a range of portable light modifiers for speedlights. These include a softbox, a snoot and various diffusers. Great for location lighting. He showed us some of his work which was very inspiring. It just goes to show that with minimal lighting kit you can produce beautifully lit portraits.
I also thoroughly enjoyed the Caravan Gallery which is a is a mobile exhibition venue and visual arts project run by artists Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale who are on a mission to record the ordinary and extraordinary details of life in 21stcentury Britain. I found their images both amusing and so typically British.