It was busy from the moment we opened the doors and everyone who registered received a portion of complimentary hand cut chips as a thank you, which we think went down well!
Stevan Lubomirski de Vaux from Fulham has been taking pictures since he was 8-years-old and has been a professional photographer for a decade.
He said: “I have been a customer of Calumet’s for a very long time and have been to a couple of your photography events. As always they are tremendously helpful to see all the latest kit and technology that’s available.
“Being surrounded by the latest equipment is very tempting as I am always looking to expand my kit.”
Photographer Peter Schneiter, from Croydon, travelled to the Drummond Street store specifically for the event.
He said: “This is my first Open Day and I have enjoyed it immensely. There’s so much going on and it was great to take advantage of the complimentary sensor cleaning and special offers.”
Sarah Smith from Shepherd’s Bush only started taking pictures two years ago, the 21-year-old said: “As I’m relatively new to the industry, I’m still finding my feet, but a friend told me about the Open Day and I thought I’d come along and see what it was like.
“I booked onto one of the seminars and found it incredibly helpful. I have learnt a great deal from today and will definitely be coming to the next one.”
Many of the seminars, which were held throughout the day, were fully booked.
Canon Ambassador and professional photographer Simeon Quarrie’s session proved to be hugely popular, where he talked about the Canon EOS 1D X Mark II.
He told the packed room he was a fan of the EOS 5D Mark IV because it “makes my life easier” and went on to discuss the benefits of the new touch screen and the increased images per second.
Photographer Kay Fackrell specifically wanted to attend Simeon’s session because she has just purchased the latest Canon DSLR .
Speaking afterwards, she said: “I am so glad I came. Simeon has really inspired me and I can’t wait to get cracking and start shooting. I really enjoyed the seminar, he’s such fun to listen to and his work is wonderful. I’m now off to spend some money, because I know Calumet always offer such good discounts on their Open Days.”
Sony Ambassador Nick Webster delivered a portrait and lighting workshop. Using a professional model he showed attendees the best way to achieve good pictures using Sony G master lenses and understanding light direction.
Our Managing Director Jon Warner said: “We are very proud of our Open Days, which seem to grow in popularity every time we hold them.
“We feel these events support both amateur and professional photographers, which is why they’re so important as they give everyone the opportunity to learn more about the industry and improve their knowledge, no matter what level they are at.”
The complimentary sensor cleaning for all DSLR cameras we also did, in return for donations to Macmillan Cancer Support, was hugely popular and raised more than £500 for the charity.
There are more Encounter More events to come, with exclusive deals and seminars for photographers of all levels. Find your closest Calumet Open Day.