What is Snap Photography Festival?

Earlier this year I was asked to be a speaker at the world famous Snap Photography Festival in the beautiful West Wales hills.

I had a blast, met some great new friends and experienced lots of great new things…..like a silent disco.

Snap Photography Festival is a unique blend of world class speakers, amazingly creative like minded folks who want to learn, great food, good company and lots of laughs.

Laura Babb and her husband Pete work wonders all year round to create an event that epitomises (to me) what a great learning event should be.

Everybody mixes in, there is no room for ego, and Laura and her band of merry helpers have fostered something that I think is brilliant, brave and possibly even unique in the photographic industry.

By being cocooned with people who’s only ambitions are to be positive, the negatives that often exist in social media and “silent whippers” in my world as a professional wedding photographer were zapped at their core. Laura is a believer, an educator, a bloody good photographer and a person that will grab an embryonic idea and nurture it into something very special.

I’ve spoken at many conventions across the world; the amazing FDF in Argentina, for Fujifilm in Japan and all across the UK and Europe.  My latest jaunt took me back to my home land of Wales.  And it was a wonderful experience.   I’d call it F**ng EPIC.

There was even a real life wedding.  You can read more about what happens when you have 110 wedding photographers as your wedding guests on the Snap Blog.  The story of Ro Chan and Xeco is one that dreams are made of.

snap-photography-festival-1Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f8, 1/400, ISO 200 – XF35mm F2R

There were tattoos.  Lots of tattoos.  But mostly, lots of photographers, learning and fun.

snap-photography-festival-2Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f8, 1/900, ISO 400 – XF18mm F2R

The most important thing for me was being able to share the week with some of the most incredible speakers and educators out there, as well as everybody who was there as a delegate.  All our mandates were the same.

I’ve made life long friends (like Michael & Dorota from Whitesmoke Studios and Gabe McClintock below).

Other great speakers included: Alex James, Assasynation, Ian Sanders, Jaye Cole, Oli Sansum, Petar Jurica (by the way, Petar’s UK Workshop is on soon), Rosella Vanon, and Tara Gentile.

snap-photography-festival-3Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f8, 1/125, ISO 200 – XF18mm F2R

Extreme Low Light Shooting / X-Pro2

However, there is something that I’ve never experienced before and something that I simply had to take some snaps at.

Ever been to a silent disco?  No?  Though so.  Neither had I.

Basically, its a disco (do cool kids still call it a ‘disco’?) and you wear headphones.  The DJ plays different songs.  When you take your headphones off all you can here is people humming, the odd “yeaaa” and lots of feel slapping on the floor.

Its surreal.

It was also ridiculously dark and I had my X-Pro2 and 18mm F2 lens with me.

These are a handful of the snaps taken at Snap on that evening.  A bit of fun, but I rarely need to shoot at these elevated ISOs with the Fuji system.

I think it stood up amazingly well considering.

snap-photography-festival-4Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/40, ISO 6,400 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-5Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/40, ISO 6,400 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-6Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f100, 1/40, ISO 5,000 – XF35mm F2R snap-photography-festival-7Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-8Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-9Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-10Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 10,000 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-11Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-12Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 8,00 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-13Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 8,00 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-14Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-15Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 6,400 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-16Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-17Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-18Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-19Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/125, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-20Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/200, ISO6,400 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-21Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 6,400 – XF18mm F2R snap-photography-festival-22Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 6,400 – XF18mm F2R
snap-photography-festival-23Fujifilm X-Pro2:  f2, 1/60, ISO 12,800 – XF18mm F2R

Crazy huh?

  • Happy Snapping – Kevin (in my Studio in Malmesbury, listening to Poison, Swallow this Live!)

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