Boy, am I spoiled. I just photographed speaker and author Kevin Knebl ‘s book signing and speaking event, part of a series/workshop by We Make Stuff Happen at the Sheraton in Guildford this week. Between setting up my shots (which I shot like the last social media event, my 55-250, and 17-40 , using bounce flash and Neil Van Neikerk’s concept of the “Black Foamie Thingy”), I learned some seriously valuable Linked IN info. I use Linked In (connect with me here), but- I must admit that it’s kinda, well, last on my list of SM tools and I don’t really have that much time left over after all this photo editing and website building. But because of Kevin and his natural ability to make you feel like you know him on a first name basis, his (funny) NJ style, and his SERIOUS SMARTS about Linked In (and any other way you connect with people) I’ve seen the light, so to speak.
I had the pleasure of photographing the Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Chamber of Commerce Social Media Seminar featuring Kemp Edmonds of Hootsuite University, Guy Steeves of Constant Contact and Brenda Garcia of Thrive Solutions. It was a great chance for me to use “The Black Foamie Thing” on my 430 EX Speedlight. This DIY flash accessory was pioneered by New York Photographer Neil van Neikerk ,who writes a fabulous blog called Tangents. Neils blog is full great information on flash photography including information on how he uses a piece of black foam wrapped on his flash with hair elastics to direct and minimize intrusion when using his on-camera flash as bounce flash at events.
Here are some shots from the evening, and you can view the entire set on Flickr