What you didn’t see me there? Of course you didn’t, because I did the next best thing and attended via everyone else! Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE Twitter! I spent my weekend on twitter following the #sbsummit hashtag. If you weren’t able to attend the summit via twitter or in person I wanted to share with you the things I learned. You can find the whole transcript of tweets here. I was SO jealous of all the attendees and have already decided to find a sponsor for next years summit. If you haven’t followed the Savvy Blogging group and you are a blogger you are really missing out – I have been following them since their inception earlier this year and have gained endless knowledge and connections to other bloggers. I want to share everything I learned with all of you, so all week I will have parts of the twitter stream “highlights” during the summit. Today, I want to highlight the Photography session. It was taught by David Mejias
- When shooting food, get your shutter speed down and you may not even have to use a flash!
- Use a white board to reflect light and open up shadow.
- Aperture F-stop is like the human pupil. Opens more when dark, smaller when bright.
- Context. Deliberate. Everything in your frame is important . Is it part of your (picture) story?
- Mac Users, http://skitch.com/ is a FABULOUS (and free) way to resize, crop, and share photos.
- Use your flash even on a sunny day to help with shadows.
- Use clamp lights as an inexpensive light source for great photos.
- With photos, sometimes the concept supersedes the execution.
- Always save the original, work on a copy.
- Develop a point of view with your photos and make it a theme on your blog. (b/w, concept)
- Use all 4 sides of your photo and crop strategically!
- Crop creatively and purposefully.
- Be deliberate when taking pictures.
- The little things in the background of your photos makes people pay attention to the things that aren’t important.
- Pay attention to everything in the frame. It’s all important.
- Simplify your backgrounds when taking close up or food shots.
- Invest in an external flash and a tripod.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks, You’ll find what works and doesn’t.
- We see in 3D what we photograph in 2 D – learn to see what the camera sees.
- View your pictures through the lens of your camera.
- Move around a lot when you take pictures. Different angles make a difference.
- Photo should be about light, color and gesture.
- Photography is undervalued. Relevant pictures can help you connect to your audience and help you share your story.
- Because people don’t have a lot of time, photos in posts are important to communicating.
- Use pictures to share ideas and concepts with your readers.
- A relevant picture connects with your audience.
The next best thing to actually attending the conference is attending via Twitter!
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