As a first time Photokina attendee I will be honest, I did not know what to expect. Everyone I knew who had been said it would be bigger than anything I had been to before. When I look back now, I don't think there is a way to prepare yourself - other than to start working out a few months in advance - and it will be tough to make other understand the magnitude of it when I get back.
A few years back I watched with admiration, a National Geographic documentary on three peoples pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca. If photography were a religion - and for some that may very well be the case - then Photokina would be its Mecca, and our journey there was not without it's challenges.
Frederick just returned from WPPI and the group discusses which shows they've attended and the differences between the various photography trade shows that take place each year. There are many trade shows to choose from and in this episode you'll get a clear understanding of what the merits of each are.