BBQ, Curious George, and more!

After the wrap up at Moosecamp today I went on the photo walk to Stanley Park with Dickson, Megan and a bunch of other Northern Voicers. The weather was fairly nice so we got to take some good pictures while enjoying the walk. The BBQ was Boris Mann’s idea, and it went very well!

Eventually we decided to head off, stopping for Starbucks on the way. We went to the one at Davies and Denman, and I have to say it is probably one of the largest Starbucks I have ever been in! So roomy.

We just got back from the theatre – we went to see Curious George. It was a great movie, and definitely a “kids” movie. Not like Shrek or something where there is innuendo for the adults, but a true kids movie. Don’t get me wrong though, it was very entertaining!

Lots of walking today, lots of paying attention, and now I am getting sleepy. We’re up early tomorrow morning for the actual conference day, and looking forward to it!


Post ImageThe next session I am attending is Kris Krug’s first Photocamp (I think there are related sessions), kind of a mini Moosecamp just for photography. Apparently northernvoice is among the most popular tags in Flickr for the week. This is an hour long session, followed by a photo walk to Stanley Park later tonight, so it should be interesting.

  • The number one piece of advice Kris has is to take lots and lots of photos.
  • Derek K. Miller says that being familiar with film cameras teaches you a lot about how to use your digital camera.
  • Almost expired film will give you some interesting color compositions! People seem to really like film, though as Kris notes, it is very expensive.
  • Derek says film is not going to go away, but it will be incredibly niche. No one in their right mind is going to buy a film camera. Kris notes its harder and harder to find places to get film developed now, even at places that sell film!
  • Roland suggests using ShoZu for sharing pictures from your cameraphone.
  • Someone from Flickr is saying that you should have a camera with an adapter ring so you can attach polarizers and the like.
  • Learn all the buttons on your camera! On a DSLR, there is usually a button that lets you preview depth of field changes and stuff.
  • Scoble says for portraits, a good lens is around 100mm. Kris says a 50mm f1.8 Canon plastic lens is probably the best for your money.
  • The shot will be 30% sharper at the middle of the aperature than completely wide or completely narrow. Good tip from Scoble!
  • A typical sensor in a digital camera is 2/3rds the side of a professional digital camera sensor, which effectively makes a 100mm lens a 160mm lens. Someone else notes that the smaller sensor isn’t just a digital thing, it has been around in film too.
  • The camera body is just the conduit for the lens – Kris spends most of his money on the lens instead of the camera. Don’t buy an EF-S lens, definitely go for EF, according to Kris. The good stuff happens in the glass!
  • Another person suggests that there’s nothing wrong with EF-S. A key factor is budget, as there are lots of different things that make a photo great or not.
  • RAW format is lossless, and applies white balance and effects AFTER the fact, so they need to be post-processed. They are also huge files. RAW really means coming right off the CCD sensor, as raw as possible.
  • Kris says to check out
  • Another tip is that you can rent expensive camera gear!
  • Will Pate’s tip is to pick one thing, and learn all about it. Pick something like “framing” and stick to it. Isolate the variables!
  • Tip: play around with the rule of thirds! Break the shot into a tic-tac-toe grid and don’t always put the subject in the centre.
  • Tip: play with bracketing! That is when you take one shot, then a few more shots at over and under exposure so you can pick the one that works best. Find the bracket mode on your camera and play with it!
  • Tip: consume photography! Look at photos that you like. Take photo walks and you’ll learn about about lighting and stuff, especially if you can go with a professional!
  • Tip: change your perspective! Don’t always shoot at eye level.

I realize that I am very much a point and shoot kind of photographer. I really should read up on all of the sorts of camera settings I can change.