How To Cover a Conference with Photos

Ann Handley asked me to cover Day 3 of the 2015 Marketing Profs MPB2B Marketing Forum. She wanted photos of each of the speakers, especially that day's Keynote speaker Peter Sagal. Here's how I approached it.

  1. #mpb2b Peter Sagal: The Art of Telling a Joke
    #mpb2b Peter Sagal: The Art of Telling a Joke
  2. Cameras

  3. Have more than one camera. I made sure I had two cameras with me in case there was a problem with one. I also had multiple flash memory cards and backup battery power cords and chargers.
  4. My Main Camera: The Samsung NX1

  5. My main camera was the Samsung NX1. I evaluate cameras and the Samsung NX1 is the current camera that I have on loan to try out. I love it. Without question, this camera was the one I wanted with me to photograph the sessions. It has a super computer chip in it that allows the camera to distinguish faces and focus on them. It's really quick at this too.
  6. How To Cover a Conference with Photos
    How To Cover a Conference with Photos
  7. My Backup Camera: The Samsung Galaxy Camera

  8. I fell in love with the Samsung Galaxy Camera two years ago at SXSW. I joined their reviewer program and loved the quality and connectivity that this camera has.
  9. How To Cover a Conference with Photos
    How To Cover a Conference with Photos
  10. I brought it along as backup, but when I turned it on to shoot the keynote, I was reminded of it's 21x zoom, and got some great shots of the speaker from three rows back.
  11. Venue Arrival Time

  12. Breakfast started at 7 AM and the sessions started at 8:45. I arrived at breakfast at 7 AM and grabbed coffee and something to eat. Then I took a look at the day's schedule, that I had printed out the day before.
  13. How To Cover a Conference with Photos
    How To Cover a Conference with Photos
  14. I brought a Sharpie along with me and marked each session with it's room number, and mode navigational notes to make sure I knew where each room was. As you can see from the image above, after I photographed the speakers in each room, I numbered them in the order of completion and drew a circle around the number to make sure I covered every room.
  15. Covering the Sessions

  16. Ahead of Time

  17. I tried to get to the first room well before the speaker started to see if I could get some interesting shots. I got some interesting shots before the sessions started.
  18. #mpb2b Friday 8:45 - 9:45 Speakers
    #mpb2b Friday 8:45 - 9:45 Speakers
  19. #mpb2b Friday 8:45 - 9:45 Speakers
    #mpb2b Friday 8:45 - 9:45 Speakers
  20. In this one they asked if I wanted a posed shot, I said sure. Boom. Mic drop.
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