Photokina 2010– Our one-day trade fair visit in Cologne
After our chauffeur Claas all his Photogenic sheep at 5 a.m. at the agreed meeting point at the Isartor, a five-hour drive to Cologne awaited us. Because we had big plans: turn the Photokina "upside down" 🙂
When we finally got there, our exploration started in big steps. A wide variety of things were presented to us in a total of 7 huge halls: from frames in all sizes and shapes, unusual passe-partouts, to various show attractions with top photographers to a wide variety of photo equipment suppliers such as Nikon, Canon, Leica etc. The wealth of information seemed overwhelming at first, so it was good that we had already thought about it in the days before , which exhibitors and their stands were at the top of our wish list. For example, we stopped by the Central Association of German Professional Photographers to find out about the new report booklets for trainees, as their design has changed. Laura, our trainee in the last year of training, was also very impressed, as the tasks were clearer and better adapted to the corresponding training year. The very first task that awaits me as a trainee in the first year of training according to the new report booklet would be to examine the image appearance when using different focal lengths. As soon as I have this task behind me, I will of course tell you about it here.
Furthermore, we have Nikon-We tested the new products on the market to see which pieces of equipment we could use to make our equipment even better. It was snapped and browsed and then pulled to the next stand with shining eyes.
Its exhibitors offered wonderfully extravagant passe-partouts and albums that immediately made us swarm. And since women are known to quickly get into a buying spree when they particularly like something, it was good that we had our realistically thinking Claas with us, who brought us back to earth and asked us to wait a little longer before shopping and to limit ourselves to just taking a catalog with us, otherwise a heavy transporter would probably have been necessary ;))
Two hours before the end of the fair, we listened to a very clever lecture by a young man wedding photographers who takes incredibly beautiful photos, often with little equipment, and shared some of his techniques and tips with us.
After 7 hours at the fair, we then, completely intoxicated by the many impressions, started our journey home, which unfortunately turned out to be a little longer than desired due to a tiny car breakdown (which we managed to fix ourselves) and a traffic jam.
Nevertheless, it was a very nice day and we are already looking forward to browsing through the brochures and catalogs we have brought with us, so that we can soon be able to offer you a few new specialties!