Whew! Back from our whirlwind trip to New York City and New Jersey. My daughter, Courtney from Click It Up a Notch and I attended some great classes at the BlogHer 2012 Conference and a wonderful full day event called Blographer which was sponsored by Adorama, a wonderful camera store in New York.
The Blographer event was prior to the conference and we learned so much about improving photos for our blogs. Jill Krause of BabyRabies was a great Master of Ceremonies, shouldn’t that be Mistress of Ceremonies? Anyway, she was great! The first speakers of the day were Amanda Bottoms of Kevin and Amanda and Erin Cobb of Erin Cobb Photography. What great tips they had, use natural light, find the best light for your shot and move your subject into it. Sometimes your photos look better if they are backlit (when the light is behind your subject).
If you are shooting landscape shots and want the sky to look bluer, more blue, shoot with the sun behind you.
To make the background of your subjects blurrier use a lower aperture on your camera, for example F1.8, the lower the number the blurrier the background, also called bokeh. A larger number for aperture, for example F22, means you will have a narrow aperture and everything will be in focus. This is great when shooting landscapes.
Although I have a great camera, Canon Rebel, and try to shoot on manual when using it, I must admit I took all the photos of my trip with my IPhone because it was smaller and lighter to carry around.
The second session was “The Power of Visual Storytelling” and the speakers were Amanda Padgett of Everyday Elements and Rachel Devine of Sesame Ellis. They, too, offered great tips of deciding what stories to tell and sharing them on your blog.
If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to drag around a camera. – Lewis Hine
One great suggestion was to use a white foam core board as a light reflector if you need more light on your subject. Cut a square hole in the center of the foam core board by cutting out a three sided flap, fold it down, and place your camera in the hole to shoot your subject. This allows the light to reflect on your subject, creating a better shot. Facial shots always looks better with a little light reflection, it helps hide under eye circles and wrinkles!
The final session of the day was “Developing Your Unique Vision” by Lisa Bettany, Vivienne Gucwa, and Lotus Carroll. Lisa is a co-founder of Camera+, an app for the IPhone which I immediately downloaded and must say have found it very user friendly. Vivienne takes amazing photographs in and around New York, NY Through the Lens – New York City Photography, and Lotus Carroll of I Am Lotus who has a weekly photography show called Photo Talk Plus with partner Thomas Hawk.
The break for lunch was fabulous, never have I seen such wonderful fresh food at an event for so many people, what a great job Adorama did sponsoring this event. They also provided so many prizes for drawings and gave away wonderful bags full of such great swag!
If you ever get a chance to attend anything hosted by Adorama, DO NOT pass it up!