An Intro to Night Photography

Starbucks Coffee Company Headquarters, Seattle

Starbucks Coffee Company Headquarters, Seattle

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!

Trying hard not to crack that joke about decaffeinated mocha frappuccinos.

Trying hard not to crack that joke about decaffeinated mocha frappuccinos.

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.

In my mind, a disco ball is about to drop and I’m going to belt out a number from the Jackson 5.

In my mind, a disco ball is about to drop before I belt out a number from the Jackson 5.

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. . .

By this time, I was completely into my photography groove.

By this time, I was completely into my photography groove.

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!

Hmmm, better contemplate my next joke to share in order to save face in case this trick doesn’t work. . .

Hmmm, better contemplate my next joke to share in order to save face in case this trick doesn’t work. . .

Finally, the “Journey Into the Night” photo video for Starbucks concluded the presentation.  It is also posted below for your viewing pleasure.

5 comments

  1. Kirk

    Congratulations again Tosin! It looks like you not only impressed the audienced, but educated them, and that act of sharing your gift will surely encourage everyone who attended! Kudos!!!!

    • Many thanks, KD. The audience was wonderful, and asked questions during the presentation. I didn’t know the answer to all of then, but I felt they appreciated the fact that as much as I love night photography, I am not a know-it-all by any means, nor will I dictate how a photograph should be taken. It was an amazing opportunity to be there. Thx for your support, as always!

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