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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Google Plus Photographer's Conference

Last week I attended the Google+ Photographer's Conference in San Francisco, May 22-23, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The day before, I attended a photowalk at Golden Gate Park which I blogged about already.

Some things I observed and learned at the conference:
  • Adobe Lightroom 4, Bridge, and Photoshop seem to be the digital tools of choice of many photographers.
  • There are just as many Nikon users as there are Canon users.
  • Be a good editor and curator of your work/portfolio. Only show your best work, and when you are ready, organize by a theme.
  • When writing Google+ posts, write to share, not to impress.

One of my favorite sessions were the Blind Photo Critiques, where photographers submit a set of photos (two to five pictures) to be critiqued live on stage, in front of everyone on the big screen. I just learned a lot listening to the panel on what makes a good photograph in terms of composition, lighting, focus, and so forth.

Some Day 1 Video Sessions:

Some Day 2 Video Sessions:

A quote that I really enjoyed from Trey Ratcliff:
The left brain is for getting through life, but the right brain is for living.

Sunrise at Golden Gate Bridge from Battery Spencer at 6am.

I used the Canon 5D Mark 3's HDR feature to take the picture above. I post processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1 (RC2). I took about a dozen shots of the bridge, but chose only to show my favorite. Again, editing which was a little difficult.

The registration desk

The lounge

Scott Kelby giving the opening keynote

Scott Kelby speaking with Bradley Horowitz

Catherine Hall

Matt Kloskowski

Colbey Brown

Adobe showcasing Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4

Guy Kawasaki on building brand on G+

Trey Ratcliff taking a picture of Jeremy Cowart

Blind Photo Critique

Live photoshoot

Some tai-chi going on early morning outside

RC Concepcion joining in for the second blind photo critique

Monday, May 28, 2012

Google Plus Photographer's Photowalk at Golden Gate Park

Last week I was up in San Francisco May 21-23 for the Google+ Photographer's Conference. On Monday, there was an optional photowalk at about ten locations. I attended the one led by Scott Kelby at Golden Gate Park.

The photowalk was pretty fun. It's the third photowalk I've been on so far, and in general I like to stray from the group, go at my own pace, and take shots of everything I find interesting. I socialized a bit, but the part I enjoy is seeing how other photogs at the same location on the same day take photographs.

The weather was a bit dreary with a lot of overcast. I ended up using a lot of HDR to help spruce things up. I used the Canon 5D Mark 3's HDR feature to produce the pictures. I post processed with Adobe Lightroom 4.1 (RC2). I also used some nifty Adobe Lightroom Instagram Presets on a few pictures.

I'll have a post on the actual conference soon.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Muir Woods Hike Photos

A few weekends ago I was in San Francisco for the Coldplay concert in San Jose at the HP Pavillion. Part of the weekend trip was hiking near Muir Woods. I brought my camera, tripod, and backpack with me and took some photos during my hike.

I had with me my Canon 5D Mark 3 with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L II lens and Canon 24-105 f/4 L lens. I brought my Dolica tripodCanon 480EX II Speedlite flash, jacket, and some other stuff-- and packed it all in my Lowepro Photo Sport 200 AW Backpack. All together a bit heavy considering that there were some inclines along the hike!

At first I was trying to use the tripod as much as possible, and it turned out to be a hassle to setup and take down. I was the last guy in the group and was pretty much left behind-- which I wanted since I needed time to take the photos.

This was my first set of photos I post processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.1 (RC2). Previously I was a user of Apple's Aperture 3, but recently decided to change over to use Adobe's set of tools. It's quite a change of my workflow-- and I'm glad I did! I've always found LR to have a lot of advanced features and settings that was overwhelming me as a beginner photographer. After a year of using Aperture 3, I finally felt ready to start using LR and convert my workflow.

Here are the pictures, many of which are shot in with the HDR feature in the DSLR! Most were shot with my wide angle 16-35mm lens, handheld.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

LA MongoDB May Meetup

Last evening I attended the LA MongDB May Meetup hosted at Factual. Presentations by Tony Tam (@fehguy), CTO of Wordnik and Andrew Hall, Principal Engineer of uSamp. I had a great time hearing about how mongoDB is being used by two different companies.

In N Out Burgers and fries served instead of pizza!

Tony Tam presenting

Andrew Hall presenting