Who would ever have predicted that me and public speaking would work? Getting up in front of people and talking, really. I can’t believe how easy I find it.
Me and Public Speaking
This is something that in recent years I’ve started realising I can do. If you asked me 10 years ago to do a presentation to a room full of strangers there is no way I would have been able to do it. Getting up in front of people and talking can be terrifying. All eyes on you.
What changed so that I can do it now? No idea.
I suspect it was the teaching I did a few years ago. The classes were small, but I had to stand up in front of them and teach them how to take photos.
About 2 years ago I was asked to do a small presentation at a club and it was really good to see how I would go. I have also done speeches and it hasn’t been an issue. In the past I’ve seen people just get up in front of others and feel relaxed about it. No idea how they could do it without being so nervous.
I have to say I don’t get nervous either. If anything makes me nervous it is more about me not being absolutely sure about what I’m talking about. However, last night, I have a great time.
Knox Photographic Society
Late last year I was approached by the club and asked if I would be interested in doing a presentation on Fine Art Photography for them. They also wanted it on long exposure as well. Of course, I said yes.
This last week I had been preparing what I would talk about. Though I have done this sort of presentation before, so I had some things from those. However, with this one they wanted me to be there for about 90 minutes. That was a bit scary. What was I going to talk about? Really it meant I could add extra stuff to my talk. That was good.
For something different I also took the gear I would normally take with me when I am going out to do some long exposure photography. We finished the talk by going through my gear. What I use and why. The Formatt Hitech filters were talked about a lot. As was my new tripod, Winston, by 3 Legged Thing.
How was I with the public speaking?
It was really surprising when I was driving there when to realise I wasn’t nervous at all. I was feeling very relaxed. I enjoy talking about long exposure photography, and fine art even more. The way everything was set up was great and there were lots of visuals. I always think they are very important.
There were a few minor hiccups. Technology will always do that. I just laughed through it. You have to do that.
I tend not to talk about myself a lot. There has to be some element of it, as people want to know about me, but I always feel these sorts of things are a way for me to educate and I try to do that. They are also a good opportunity to inspire people. That is something I really enjoy doing.
There was a big discussion about mirrorless cameras. They seem to be a hot topic at the moment. I was asked quite a few questions about the Fujifilm camera and lenses I took to New Zealand. People wanted to know if I am going to go mirrorless, and which system will I choose.
Someone asked if I would consider the Nikon mirrorless, I had to say no. Their system is new, and it isn’t something I am really interested in.
At this stage Fujifilm is definitely the one for me. I just don’t know how I am going to get one. I’m still reluctant to sell what I have. I have too many bits and pieces. One option is to wait and save up a bit and maybe just buy the camera and one lens for long exposure and go from there. So it might be a year or two before it happens.
At the end of the talk, I showed them some images from my Quiet City series. I am including some here, though these were not necessarily the ones they saw.
I had such a lovely time at Knox Photographic Society last night and would like to thank them for inviting me to come and talk to them.