How to make the most of the Birmingham Photography Festival

Hopefully you have digested the programme and are as excited about Saturday as we are! Here’s our last-minute guide to making the most of the event:

  • Arrive early – but not too early! As it’s such a packed programme we’ll be starting promptly at 10am. Doors open at 9:30, at which time we’ll be ready to welcome you and you’ll be able to submit your pin up session images and find a seat. If you have not been to the BMI before then it’s a bit of a rabbit warren once you get inside – but there will be signs directing you to the Lyttleton Theatre Room (BMI address is 9 Margaret Street, B3 3BS). Please have your ticket with you – either printed or on your phone.
  • Feel free to bring a drink and snacks – there’s an on-site cafe, but you are welcome to bring your own items and make use of the nearby Eden Place Starbucks / Java Lounge. Comfort breaks and a lunch break are scheduled in (lunch is not provided in ticket price). At lunchtime you may also want to visit the BMI’s Library and Bookshop where they have a variety of books on sale, including some especially selected photography ones.
  • Bring a print for the pin up session. You’ll be able to view the other photos at the start, during the breaks and at lunchtime. Everyone is welcome to bring one piece of their own work to display at the festival. Just bring a print which we’ll pin up (along with your name) for everyone to see. It’s completely up to you whether or not to take part but it’ll be a great way to share your work with other BPF attendees and sure to spark conversations. Images can be of anything – just choose your best work. Prints should be unframed and no larger than A4 (21x29cm) including mounting.
  • Have a look at the profiles of the panel speakers and think about any questions you might want to ask to one of them in particular, or a question that you’d like a range of views on. When we assembled the panel we wanted to include well-known Birmingham-based professional photographers who between them represented a breadth of styles in what they photograph. So we have Kris who is mostly known for his street and portrait photography, Verity who is mostly known for her landscape photography (city & rural), Tim who is mostly known for his architectural and Astro photography, and Ross who is mostly known for his urban landscape and automotive photography. If you are shy then you can email / DM your question to us in advance.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Each speaker will present for around 30 mins and then after they speak there is time for questions. This is a great shot at finding out exactly what you want to know,  so don’t miss out.
  • Bring a camera for the competition. All attendees are invited to bring their cameras to the festival for the competition. We suggest that you bring whatever your “normal” everyday kit would be (which can be a smartphone of course). The exact nature of the competition and prize (which is sponsored by Staying Cool at the Rotunda) will be kept under wraps until the day.
  • Stay for the drinks at the end. This is a great opportunity to chat about the festival and all things photography (or not!) with the other attendees, speakers and organisers. We’ll be heading to All Bar One, 43 Newhall Street, Birmingham, B3 3NY, which is just a one minute walk away.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, remember to get in touch if you have any questions before the event!

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