This year marks the fifth year of The Photography Show at the NEC in Birmingham. For anyone unfamiliar with the event, it's one of the biggest Photography trade shows in the UK and is the one you really don't want to miss.

The event takes place from Saturday the 17th March to Tuesday the 20th March where doors open each day from 10:00am to 17:00pm.

The shows features more than 250 photography and video brands (click here for the full list), the latest equipment to test and have a look at, live demos, free talks and exclusive show deals (which are well worth it).

On top of that, there are 150 seminar sessions throughout the course of the show, at the Live Stage, Behind the Lens Theatre, Video Theatre, Mobile & Social Stage, Photo Editing Theatre, Drone Zone and Virtual Reality Stage.

I believe this is the first time the show has featured a Drone Zone or Virtual Reality Stage so it'll be very interesting to see what they showcase here as these are the technologies that are transforming a lot of business and changing the way the industry operates.

There's a lot to think about when you're at the show as well as in the lead up to it. Here are a few pieces of advice to help you get ready:

  • Plan what you want to see. Take a look at the list of exhibitors, talks and pick and choose the best ones for you. Turning up without an idea of what you want to see can really overwhelm you and lead to less productive show for you. It's not unheard of to even head down for two days and spend the first day having a good look at what it is you want to see and then coming back the next day to act on that plan.
  • If you're planning on buying some equipment for your business in the next few days that isn't urgent, then I'd recommend holding off on that purchase and seeing what show deals you can snap up. These are often very good value for money and you may be able to get an even better deal on the final day of the show. This is when traders are looking to move the last of their stock.
  • Don't just look at the products and services on show. Have a chat with the folks working at the stand. Sometimes they'll miss you if things are busy and it's always worth the time having them go through what they're offering and answering any of your questions. Get the most out of the show!

Here a re-cap from last years show to give you an idea of what you can expect this year.

For a full list of exhibitors and what's on you can click the following links:
Exhibitors - photographyshow.com
What's On - whats-on
Get your tickets - registration

Thanks to expert retoucher Robert Boud for writing this article; if you're looking for high end retouching services for your images please get in touch at info@abraxasphoto.co.uk and e can put you in touch with Robert.