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Posted 27/07/2019 - 08:39 Link
Around this time last year. A photography club contacted me through f/b to do a bit of a show and tell, + practical outside shooting.
Family circumstances at the time meant that had to be called off.
But they've been in touch again, a d I'm going to do it in 2 weeks 😱😱😱

I'm looking forward to doing it even though I've never been at any kind of photography club meet.
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Posted 27/07/2019 - 08:46 - Helpful Comment Link
Well done, just enjoy it, run through the plan in your head a few times of how your going to approach it and maybe have some pace notes as prompters

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Posted 27/07/2019 - 22:38 - Helpful Comment Link
I think you'll be a natural Derek - your photos speak for themselves but a bit of background chat and demonstration of your practical techniques will enhance the show
Posted 28/07/2019 - 00:23 - Helpful Comment Link
Wishing you loads of luck with it Derek... tend to think an awful lot of communication is invisible, and to do with the strength of your connection with your subject matter... on which basis, you’ll smash it out the park...

Posted 28/07/2019 - 11:36 - Helpful Comment Link
Well deserved recognition! Hope all goes well. And remember - they asked you, you're the expert and you're doing them a favour so anything you say and do (within reason...:mrgreen will be appreciated.

A few thoughts based on having given (and been on the receiving end of) many, many presentations and demonstrations of all sorts through work and elsewhere.

1. Find out what the club wants and aim accordingly. Are they a 'sit back and be entertained' bunch? Do they prefer an interactive or Q&A approach? Are they all macro novices or packed with experienced people? etc. etc.

2. Time will go quicker then you think. Be selective, don't try to cover too much. Covering a few things well is better than trying to be comprehensive and rushing everything. They can always asked you back next year to cover the rest!

3. Have a clear, logical structure and stick to it. It's remarkably easy to lose your way or for the mind to go blank, even when you're well used to doing these things, so put your key points in a prompt sheet 'just in case'. And it's always a good idea - for you as well as for them - to tell the audience what your're going to cover before launching into a presentation.

4. Easy to say, but ... relax and enjoy . If you're enjoying it, your audience probably is, too.

Hope that helps.

Posted 28/07/2019 - 14:27 Link
Cheers for all the advice and tips guys. I'll definitely be taking some on board.

I have never given a talk to a camera club before. But as station officer (manager) in our fire station, I do have to plan lessons and talks in station, and to other stations,
I will work up a guide for myself on what to cover, and what is realistically achievable within the time frame.
I am hoping it will be a little less formal than the stuff I'm used to doing 😁
I'm comfortable talking about what I know. And dont mind admitting what I dont.
I think its showing my images that's more daunting, it feels a bit like oh I took this its great.
I know that's not what it is, but not having done it before, it kind of feels like it.
I may get some jokes and disaster stories ready 🤪🤪🤪
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Posted 29/07/2019 - 01:52 - Helpful Comment Link
Well if you show them the one of the earwig that you put on here you won't need to say "I took this, it's great". They will assume that straightway!
Have a good time!
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