Focus on Imaging 2013: NEC, Birmingham

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 6, 2013

Category: General

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is good with you.

So who’s been to this years Focus on Imaging at the NEC then?

Dave and myself went yesterday; not with a view to buy anything but to catch up with some friends and also for some meetings that had been arranged.

Lots of exciting stuff going to be coming and yesterday certainly firmed up the details by being able to sit and talk with folks in person.

Catching up with Frank & Annewiek Doorhof
My Buddies Frank & Annewiek Doorhof were over from the Netherlands for the week as Frank was giving numerous lighting presentations.

I caught one over on The Flash Centre stand and as you’d expect with Frank it was packed with attendees watching, taking photos and making notes.

Great to see him over here presenting and I can’t wait to catch up again when we’re all over in Orlando, Florida next month teaching at Photoshop World.

Best not to ask what Dave is doing 🙂

Hanging with the gang on the Wacom Stand
Pictured here with friends Richard Curtis (Adobe), Tigzy Rice and Ian Sayers; always fun to be had when these folks are around.

If you haven’t already then definitely check out and make Richard’s blog a part of your reading [Link]

Later this year I’ll be joining up with Tigzy for a combined workshop so we’ll let you know more details about that as soon as; one thing is for sure, this is going to be something totally unique!

In the mean time check out here website and wonderful work here [Link]

Alastair from Smugmug
I’ve spoken with Alastair from Smugmug lots over the past few months so it was great to finally get some time to sit and chat face to face.

Can’t say too much at this stage other than in the near future expect to see a few changes portfolio and video wise on this site plus announcement of some seminars we’re planning in Scotland.

Helen & Matt: Snapperstuff
Love spending time with Helen & Matt of Snapperstuff!

As a UK distributor of ThinkTank, Lumiquest and much more we’re going to be working closer with them to be testing out all kinds of new equipment so look out for reviews, videos and more coming soon.

Lauren: TetherTools
Great to catch up with the wonderful Lauren from TetherTools whom I first met at Photoshop World in Washington back in 2012.

I just couldn’t imagine, or want to come to think of it, shoot tethered without their equipment. I liken it to when you’ve a sore thumb you always end up knocking it…once I started shooting tethered I ended up knocking the cable to my camera. Needless to say that’s where TetherTools solutions come in amongst the many other pieces of kit they produce to make life easier.

Also finally got to meet up with Ashley from UKLight (the UK distributor for TetherTools); really great guy and incredibly knowledgeable about all things ‘kit’ orientated.

Don’t forget if you’re going to order some TetherTools equipment to use the code GLYNDEWIS5. Oh and just to clarify I make no money on’s just something Ashley has been kind enough to set up to give a 5% discount on orders…told you he was a great guy 🙂

So for those of you who went along, how was your Focus experience?

Personally speaking it’s the networking I love at these kind of events and catching up with friends that I don’t get to see as often as I’d like; but what about you?

I’d heard a few opinions that some folks thought there was something missing this year; there didn’t seem to be the same atmosphere about the place and if I’m honest I kind of agree.

Maybe Focus could benefit from taking some time out for a breather and becoming an ‘every 2 year’ event like Photokina…what do you think? … just throwing a thought out there.

Right, that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,

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  1. Mike Gray

    I was there Tuesday, did look out for you and Dave, but it was so busy. Did meet up with Frank who has an excellent sense of humour.

  2. Miguel Campos

    I didn’t go there, I stayed in London for the Adobe Create Now event, but I am glad you and Dave had lots of fun.On Saturday I will have a chance to catch up with Frank 😀 (can’t wait)and hope to see you and Dave there 😉

    In regards of a Focus every year, yes, I agree that every 2 years would be better, and maybe, just maybe do every year a “Photoshop Europe” An European version of Photoshop World 😉

    Take care mate :)and hope to see you soon



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