I’ve just returned from giving a talk at Eroticon2013 entitled ‘What makes a good erotic photograph’. My session lasted an hour and I have to say I really enjoyed the talk. Although I’m a qualified trainer and used to standing up in front of groups, you never know how a new talk is going to go down. I pulled the content together for this presentation over a couple of weeks adding some of my new work which had not been seen before. Although the session was titled ‘What Makes a good erotic photograph’ I also wanted to include some content about how I work with models and how to develop creativity and ideas. So these themes were entwined throughout the talk. The conference is mainly targeted at writers and publishers however many of the delegates take photographs to illustrate their work or would like to get more into photography.
I attended the two sessions that preceded mine so I could see how the room worked and I’m glad I did as I did pick up some new things and bits of information from both the speakers which I thought were good ideas.
I had 15 mins to setup and and thankfully technology behaved itself, even though I had to start by re-booting the PC laptop we were all using to present from. Once it had re-booted it was fine, I’m not surprised it complained as my PowerPoint was 305meg in size with all the images in it. I was also using a wireless laser pointer and clicker for the first time, which allowed me freedom from the keyboard to advance the slides in the presentation and to use the laser to highlight particular areas on an image I was talking about. I’ve seen them used before and always wanted one as it makes your presentation a little slicker and allows you to move away from the perceived safety of standing behind the lectern or laptop.
My session stated at 12:30pm and from the off I encouraged questions as we went along and there were some great questions from a thoughtful and well-informed audience. I showed just over 90 of my images which I projected. The room at the venue was super, it was in the basement, which did make me snigger as I thought of a dungeon and all those rope, chains and bondage, my images fitted the scene perfectly I thought. Thank you to Ruby who organised the event and I’m hoping there is a demand for more in the future.
20 Ways to Develop Creativity – handout - handout from session