The Photography Show & The Video Show Virtual Festival is on the horizon – and it's jam-packed with exciting demos, sessions and opportunities to chat with representatives from brands including Canon, Nikon and more. However, if you still haven't taken the opportunity to register for free, we've got 10 reasons that will convince you to come along.
01. You can chat to the experts
The Photography Show & The Video Show Virtual Festival will have plenty of opportunities to talk one-on-one with specialists from your favorite brands. Whether you're looking to buy, you want to explore new gear or you simply want to find out more about what you already own, you just need to navigate to a stand and click 'CHAT'.
02. See the newest kit in action
You'll be able to check out recently launched kit from different angles – including a first look at a new concept by Sony and the brand new Fujifilm lens at the Burst Mode hub. Plus, there will even be a demo of the Panasonic Lumix S5 at the Lumix stand!
03. Buy at show prices
Snap up special offers from across the show floor and grab the chance to add to your kit, even in the absence of a trip to the NEC. CameraWorld, London Camera Exchange and Wex Photo Video are our major retailers at the virtual show.
04. Insightful talks
Hear behind-the-scenes tales, discover tricks of the trade and get invaluable advice from photography and filmmaking gurus – including Chase Jarvis, David Yarrow, Tania Esteban, Doug Allan, Mandy Dhillon, Tina Eisen, Hannah Couzens and Tommy Reynolds.
05. Sharpen your photography skills
Choose from a variety of demos to help you enhance your still photography repertoire, including 'The dos and don'ts of photographing a black model', 'Multiple looks with just one light', 'Settings and exposure de-mystified' and 'Wildlife filmmaking from the perspective of a photographer'.
06. Up your video game
Learn more about videography with sessions focusing on keeping your mobile kit small but powerful, shooting for the edit and elevating your work with great audio. Expand your skill set and get more out of video with the Video Skills bitesize sessions!
07. Be part of the analogue revival
Visit the Analogue Spotlight to see a range of techniques demonstrated, from digitizing film with a digital camera to the beauty of cyanotype printing. Find out more about the Analogue Spotlight here.
08. Explore others' work
You'll be able to browse shots from the winners of the Gurushots 'Solo – Single Subject' challenge, the AOP Awards and the SPI Street Photography Awards. There will also be a collection of images by the members of the female photography community SheClicks.
09. Check out the charity auction
You'll get the opportunity to bid for stunning photographs at the charity auction, kindly donated by pro photographers. The proceeds will support the Disabled Photographers' Society. There will even be some signed and limited edition prints up for grabs!