The Paducah SMUG held its July meeting at Casa Mexican Restaurant with a great turnout and each of us received a SmugMug mug!
Suzanne Roach, the Paducah SMUG co-leader, presented information on new upgrades and makeovers that enhance SmugMug’s usage. Suzanne is a professional photographer in Paducah, who specializes in portrait photography and has won national awards for her images. The evening also included an informal question and answer period with discussions on how each photographer would approach a specific situation such as wedding photography.
Some of the questions that were asked were:
As a female wedding photographer what do you wear to the wedding?
She states, “I always wear a black top with a non-revealing neckline and black slacks with deep pockets. Also I wear black dressy shoes, comfortable ones, and ones, that I can move around quickly in. Wearing the color black helps you to blend in and become almost invisible. As the photographer you do not want the attention to be on you.”
Which lenses are most helpful at a wedding shoot?
“If there is low light during the ceremony, a wide aperture fixed focus lenses such as a 50 mm or 85 mm prime lenses and a 1.4 aperture.”
When you edit images from a wedding do you use Lightroom or Photoshop?
“Sometimes both. However, most people we speak with use Lightroom as the primary editing software.”
Is it better to use auto or custom white balance?
“A custom white balance is the better answer. However, if you are in a hurry or the light is changing rapidly you can use auto, shoot in raw, then edit color balance in Lightroom or Photoshop.”
As a professional, doing a wedding photoshoot, which is more important: the camera or the lens?
“You need the best camera you can afford and then the best lenses. If choosing between the two, spend the larger part of your equipment budget and choose the best lenses.”
Caroline enjoys photographing nature with a special interest in macro photography of flowers. Children are an additional photographic love. The fellowship, friendship, and atmosphere of learning that the Paducah SMUG provides is something she looks forward to each month.
The SmugMug User Groups (SMUGs) are putting out a call for speakers for our 2012 monthly speakers series.
A SMUG is a place where you can learn, teach and meet up with other photographers who share your passion. It’s also how we can tell you what’s happening in our world and discover what’s happening in yours. SMUGs are a great way to connect with other photographers and add a few weapons to your creative arsenal. There are over 90 SMUGs worldwide. Rain or shine, it’s always a great idea to come to your SMUG’s monthly meetings. This way, you have a great collection of photos in every season!
We are looking for presenters that can speak about various photography related topics. Examples: Business topics, software, lighting, fusion, camera usage, portraits, photojournalism, sports, nature/landscape, commercial, boudoir, sports and weddings.
All types of photographers are welcome to present.
If you are interested in speaking, please send a short bio and course description and let us know why you would be great for our groups. We really want people with something interesting to say so let us know why this is you. These presentations are not sales-oriented so while you are more then welcome to mention products and workshops at the end, the bulk of the presentation should be on the chosen topic.
This is a great opportunity for anyone to get in front of a large, active group of photographers.
You will also receive a free SmugMug Pro account as a special thanks from SmugMug (for as long as you are a speaker).
To submit your presentation or if you have questions, please email Rocky Bowles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we receive your email, we will send out a manual that explains all of the details for speaking at SMUGs.
All submissions will be kept on file and we’ll contact you if we choose your presentation.
SmugMug cannot thank you enough for your participation in becoming a speaker. It is the people like you that give SMUGs such a great reputation!