I’m speaking at Eroticon on Saturday 3rd March 2012 in Bristol, so I thought it was time to pull together some ideas and thoughts for the content of what I’m going to talk about. This article is two fold, firstly it will help me to pull my ideas together and to make sure I cover everything and secondly the structure and approach may help others if you’ve been asked to do a similar thing, e.g. give a talk or lecture.
The audience will be sex bloggers. Who I hear you say. Yes that’s right sex bloggers; people who write, blog or enthuse about sex. Be they Journalists, Writers, Publishers, Reviewers, PR people or Marketeers. They all have one thing in common which is they are all involved, directly or indirectly, with writing about sex in one form or another.
I have 60 minutes to talk about photography, which is not very long at all. So it needs to be interesting, informative, fun and hopefully interactive. For this duration of talk I need to cover about 4 to 5 topic areas, any more and I won’t do them justice, any less and they could become labored and may not be of interest to some of the audience. If you have a mixture of topics then some people will find at least a couple of them interesting if not all of them.
To inform an audience of mainly non-photographers, how to take better photos of themselves, their partners or products they are writing about without the need to buy expensive photographic equipment.
Ruby Kiddell contacted me asking if I’d be interested in talking at Eroticon. What sort of talk did you have in mind I asked. ‘Well many people want to know how to take better pictures of themselves, their partner or things they are writing about, product reviews for example’ she explained. Count me in I said I’d love to talk on that subject, and so the session was booked.
Okay, so know your audience is one of the key things, especially to be effective in these short sessions. I’ve been doing research on the other speakers, as well as looking at the work of Ruby and her fellow professional, so I’ve a good idea about the audience. In a nutshell, I’m wanting to help people improve their picture taking without having to spend loads of money, or better still any money, or become techno geeks in the process. Simple tips, ideas and techniques is the name of the game.
Below I’ve jotted down a list of my ideas so far, it’s not in any sort of order, as I said earlier I’m using this list as a brainstorming session on a whiteboard. Some of the ideas will hit the cutting room floor, others will spark of additional ideas, others will form the greater part of the session content. I will be adding to this list over the coming days…
- Self timers
- Gorilla pod
- Light tent for product shots
- White Balance settings
- Improving on camera flash
- white bounce
- Tin foil bounce
- Devices to support camera
- Poor examples verse improved examples
- Self-taken shots at arms length
- Do’s and Don’ts
- Top Tips
- 10 ways to improve your photographs
- Show examples of poor verses improved images using data projector
- Camera phones – the reality
- Point and shoot cameras
- Lighting on a budget
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