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PDN PhotoPlus is over for another year, and 20,000 photographers and exhibitors are heading home (probably via some refreshment). If they’re lucky, they’ll have escaped the huge storm rolling up the cost the following day; sadly we at ilex didn’t. Grumble.

Anyway, back to the show. Traditionally Photo Plus doesn’t just feature a large expo with exhibitors like Canon, Nikon & Sony showing their wares, but also an extensive educational programme in which some of the biggest names in photography share their skills and know-how with attendees. This year was no exception, and amongst the speakers were ilex authors Jack Hollingsworth, author of The Joy of iPhotography.

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Dixie Dixon’s new book, described by Joe McNally as “Full of Gems”

Also speaking was superstar fashion & lifestyle photographer Dixie Dixon who’s new book, published we are very proud to say by ilex, will be hitting stores in the US this week, and has just hit the stores in the UK. The lucky fans at PhotoPlus were able to get an early glimpse of a finished copy of the book, Fashion & Lifestyle Photography.

The Show was also photographer’s first opportunity to get their hands on a real Sony a7R III. This camera, which has leapt to bestseller status on Amazon, brings 42 megapixels, 5-axis stabilisation, 10fps and 4K video to Sony’s already widely respected mirrorless camera.

Panasonic were showing off new firmware for their recent Lumix GH5, which representative were describing as a ‘Hybrid’ camera, and indeed the GH series has been very popular with videographers.

For those as interested in drones as us here at ilex (check out our two drone books), this was an exciting show too. The Drone Users Group, as featured in The Complete Guide to Drones, were giving talks about different aspects of flying to photographers looking to join the 60,000 Americans who have already signed up online to fly commercially. (Sorry to our British readers – our test involves a real exam.) Representatives from DJI and Yuneec were at the show too, as well as numerous other accessory vendors. Aerial photography really has taken off (sorry). DJI reps were flying the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum; one of its big promoted improvements was much quieter propellors and that really seemed to be the case.

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