2015 did not end well.
I was rear-ended on the freeway resulting in my trusty GMC Safari van being totaled.
I was uninjured. Walked away without a scratch.
But I was determined not to let it set the tone for this new year.
Thankfully my insurance company furnished me with a rental car while my claim was being processed so I was able to keep my appointment to speak with the SCPC, South County Photo Club.
As the guest speaker, I was the last person introduced and I was given about an hour’s worth of their time.
After a very brief background about me, I showed everyone how to use 1 Speedlite how to photograph a low-key portrait and high-key portrait.
For the final demo, I used 2 Speedlites to photograph 8 people.
Prior to arriving at the club for my presentation, I checked the club’s website and figured out there were 8 officers and it gave me an idea of how best to wrap up the evening–a group photo of them.
When I was wrapping it up, I had someone in the audience ask if about the Impact Strobos diffuser and if I would recommend it.
I said, I wouldn’t.
Keep in mind I am a practical person and this light modifier is sort of a 1-trick-pony.
It’s sort of like the fisheye lens which you may have bought for that one time you went up on a hot air balloon and you haven’t used it ever since.
I think I would recommend it if it were collapsible and smaller.
Imagine carrying that around in your camera bag.
There wouldn’t be any room left for other gear.
I was later told that at least 100 members attended the meeting to listen to my presentation.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t told to expect that number.
I would have suffered stage fright.
It was very satisfying to hear comments like these:
“What a wonderful and entertaining presentation. We can’t thank you enough for sharing your time and talent with our group. You have some beautiful images and some crazy stories to go with them. The shot you took of the board members was really fun and educational!”–Jeanette DiAnda, president of SCPC
“This was a great presentation! Peter has immense talent and great presentation skills, very engaging to a variety of skill levels.
Peter, thank you so much for sharing your years of experience and skills with the club!”—Alice Fribley Ong
“Peter, it was a great pleasure listening to and watching your demonstration. You have a fabulous artistic ability!”—Jean Guluk, officer SCPC.
“Thank you for a great talk last night. It was fun and took some of the intimidation out of lighting just by your style. And it was motivational too. You are funny so I can see how relaxing you make it”—Jana Morgan