Every two years, Cologne goes photo crazy.
Photokina, one of the world’s largest events in photography takes place every two years at the Koelnmesse in Cologne. It’s an international event that brings together photographers and filmmakers in one glorious celebration of everything imaging based. Eight days of discovery, education, fun and great memories.
For Nikon, this year was fantastic, and we thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many people join us at the Nikon stand. Whether you were a professional trying out the latest D810, or a photography fan having fun with the Interactive Light Box, or a professional coming to get your cameras cleaned by our onsite team, or just interested in The Future of Imaging… Nikon had it all.
On stage, we had five of the world’s most inspirational professional photographers sharing their passion for photography with special talks and presentations. Athlete and action-addict Ray Demski, former snowboarder-turned-professional photographer Marcel Lämmerhirt, and adventure photographer Lucas Gilman, gave insights and tips on getting great action shots. Corey Rich made jaws drop as he spoke of his emotional and visually stunning journey behind The Making of Dedicated, while fine art and fashion photographer Miss Aniela added a touch of glamour to the occasion as she revealed the creative process, and hard work, involved in capturing some of her most striking portraits.
All the speakers spent time with fans after the presentations, answering questions and offering advice to photographers wishing to further develop their skills. And then it got serious. Corey and Lucas challenged each other to a Western-style shoot out during one of the breaks, putting their speed, agility and (to a lesser extent) photography skills to the test – who do you think won?
At the heart of the Nikon booth was the Interactive Light Box, where visitors could have their photo taken from above, with the image being projected onto a choice of backdrops. Whether they decided to ‘sit on a skyscraper’ or ‘climb the mast of a sailboat’ the image was projected across a ceiling canopy of LCD screens and could be downloaded from the Nikon Life website.
And, if you spotted a Facebook friend walking a tightrope across a waterfall, look again! We set up a vast optical illusion outside the Koelnmesse South Entrance to capture people striking a fun pose as they pretended to cross the waterfall. Naturally, all-round action hero Ray Demski took it to the extreme with a one-handed balancing act, while Marcel perched on the rocks to shoot his acrobatic display.
These were just a few of the many highlights from Cologne. We can’t wait until next time. Thank you to all of the Nikon fans who came and helped make it a truly great experience. If you missed out on this year’s spectacle, you can watch a selection of videos from the event on our Youtube channel or find us on Facebook.
See you in Cologne in 2016!