Starbucks Coffee Company recently invited me to make a presentation about night photography for its internal photography club. It was a terrific event for which I had nearly a month to prepare. I was never nervous once until a few seconds after the presentation started on April 9th. A bout of apprehensiveness struck me, which was really all in my head. Nothing unfortunate or embarrassing occurred!
Fortunately, I had a very good-natured and engaging audience. After a brief microphone sound-check took place two minutes into the discussion, and a few playful quips into the mic (i.e. Recall Joey’s popular quote from the “Friends” television series, “How You Doin’???”), I was ready to go! Laughter from the audience is always reassuring.
There was a turnout of approximately 70 individuals, and the head of the photo club told me he couldn’t remember the last time a presenter received audible applause at the conclusion of a presentation. I thought I could have done a lot better, but the overall feedback I received was — to my delight — extremely positive. Like most human beings, I am my own worst critic. On top of that, amidst the preparation, I was exhausted from multiple aspects of my daily routine from the previous month. No complaints, though. Every minute of this photography venture has been worth the effort without any doubts. I often wonder what will happen next on this suspenseful and exciting trek. . .
If you would like to see the presentation (revised to address an online audience), please play the video below. Please be informed that this is not a recorded version of the Starbucks presentation. It’s 40 minutes in length, and recommended for those who are really interested in delving into Night Photography!
I sincerely hope the online presentation is useful for those of you who are interested in pursuing night photography as a hobby or professionally!
Finally, the “Journey Into the Night” photo video for Starbucks concluded the presentation. It is also posted below for your viewing pleasure.