Photokina is awe-inspiring, and worth the trip to Germany

Photokina, held every two years, is heaven on earth to student photographers, aspiring  photographers, hobby photographers, seasoned pros, and pro-sumers.

You can see the entire photography workflow here, from entry-level through professional equipment. Although there may have originally been a cinema photography component, the expo is primarily still photography, though now that HDSLR digital video is exploding in popularity, you can expect a lot of video DSLR equipment also.

 

The exhibitor list for Photokina 2012 makes the visit here essential


You get the entire digital photography workflow at Photokina: every accessory, most of the key software, and all the popular applications. Since much of Photokina (and the world of photography) is oriented to portrait photography, product photography, and fashion photography, you will get plenty of this at Photokina (including gorgeous German models).

But precisely since Photokina is already so well stocked with portrait, product, and fashion photography, we at FLAAR focus primarily on all the other applications: nature photography, architectural photography, panoramic photography, etc. And we are especially interested in evaluating equipment.

 

For 2012 we look forward to having Photokina-based FLAAR Reports on:
  • 3D imaging systems at Photokina 2012
    1. 3D scanning systems
    2. (entry-level and/or mid-range) cameras which can produce 3D images
    3. software for 3D imaging
  • traditional scanning systems
    1. reprographic scanning systems (for giclee)
    2. roll-fed scanners for CAD and technical drawings
    3. scanners for negatives
  • Underwater Cameras & Housings
  • Software beyond Photoshop: 
    1. HDR, 
    2. stacked focus, 
    3. black-and-white conversion from color
    4. digital imaging perfection
    5. 3D imaging software (see above in 3D section)
  • Tablets for handling Digital Illustrations (such as Wacom Cintiq)
  • lighting
    1. studio lighting: continued trend with digital fluorescent lighting
    2. studio lighting: advantages of traditional tungsten (halogen)
    3. studio lighting: professional studio flash equipment
    4. portable flash outside the studio (out on location)
    5. slaves (out on location): firing more than one flash simultaneously
    6. reflectors,
    7. diffusers, and light modifiers
  • Studio photography
    1. Backdrops & Backgrounds In the studio and out on location
  • medium format digital photography
    1. how does Medium Format digital photography compare with top DSLR cameras?
    2. medium format cameras today
    3. large-format cameras to hold medium format digital backs
    4. specialized "medium-large" format cameras to hold digital backs (Cambo being a good example)
    5. "large-format" lenses for use with medium format digital backs
    6. “digital” lenses for use with medium format digital backs
  • to avoid the weight of a DSLR, what is an optimal point-and-shoot digital camera?
  • themes
    1. macro photography
      1. lenses for macro photography
      2. special software for macro photography
      3. tripod heads that have advantages for macro photography
      4. focusing rails for stacked focus macro photography
    2. Panorama photography workflow: equipment, software, accessories
      1. Camera tripod heads for panoramas
      2. software for panoramas
    3. bird photography: for bird watchers, zoologists, and nature lovers
      1. lenses for bird photography
      2. tripod heads (gimbals, and alternatives)
    4. insect photography: for enthusiasts and for zoologists
    5. flower photography: for enthusiasts and for botanists
    6. architectural photography:
      1. which cameras,
      2. which lenses,
      3. which tripods, what heads?
  • Camera tripod heads
    1. for studio photography
    2. for large-format cameras
    3. for medium-format cameras
    4. for DSLR cameras
    5. for entry-level cameras
    6. for general photography
    7. for macro photography (see above)
    8. for bird photography (see above)
  • Reviews of books on digital photography
  • digital video photography: HDSLR
    1. tripod heads for video
    2. HDSLR cameras for video
    3. essential accessories for HDSLR video
  • memory cards and storage disks
  • wide-format inkjet printers at Photokina
    1. Canon
    2. Epson
    3. HP
    4. wide-format inkjet printer media at Photokina
    5. wide format inkjet printer inks at Photokina
    6. RIP Software for printing photographs

     

    Since FLAAR is a non-profit research and educational institute, we receive no profit from attending or writing about any photography trade show. Our reports on Photokina are provided free to our readers as a public service.

    We are proud of being the last non-commercialized photography review web site, and we are especially proud that we do not issue sham reviews, pseudo-reviews, nor do we repeat the outrageous PR claims that litter the Internet these days.

    FLAAR Reports differentiate ourselves from sham reviews because we actually utilize the digital cameras, lenses, tripods, tripod heads that we evaluate. Plus we have over 50 years experience in photography (my first camera was a Leica IIIg or comparable). Of course today I have not used my three Leica cameras (R3, R4, and R5) in over a decade. For the last years I have been using Nikon, Canon, and Phase One digital systems.

     

     

     

    First posted January 9, 2012

     

     

     

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