Photography Tips & Yummy Foods At The Techlicious #CTAPhotoNYC Event

Disclosure: I was invited to attend this event as media. We all received a Tiffen Steadicam Volt for attending. All words and opinions are 100% my own.

I've always loved photography. I think it has something to do with my dad always handing me the camera and making me the official camera girl. No complains on my part, it was always great to be behind the lens and capture special moments. So a few days ago when I got to attend the Techlicious #CTAPhotoNYC event it was truly a dream come true. 

I got to start my morning with some yummy food, fun tech gadgets and learn some great photography tips. With loving the camera and being behind the lens, you'd think I'd take a photography class of some sort but i haven't therefor this event was truly a much needed one.

The moment we arrived we were greeted with the latest tech gadgets out on the market and I was in love with those cameras. The Nikon D3400 camera is under $500 and it is an amazing DSLR Camera, it is my someday must have list. It was great to be able to have a one on one chat with a Nikon specialist, who was able to give me personalized tips depending on what I needed. The best was being able to capture some pictures with the Nikon and being able to keep the memory card with the fun and aiming pictures that I got to capture.

Epson Expression ET-2750 EcoTank printer 
 The new Epson Workforce ET-4750 EcoTank is the perfect all-in-one printing solution for any work-from-home mom, offering revolutionary cartridge-free printing with easy-to-fill, supersized ink tanks with up to two years of ink in the box.

Key features include: 
· Up to 14,000 black/11,200 color pages of documents and images without running out of ink, equivalent to about 30 ink cartridge sets 
· High-capacity 250-sheet paper tray, to load paper less often 
· Easy setup and navigation with a 2.4" color touchscreen and auto-stop ink bottles 
· Borderless printing and auto 2-sided printing 
Price: $499.99
Shutterfly Framed Shadow Box (new) 

You can display cherished memories in a unique way with Shutterfly’s one-of-a-kind shadow box, it has a personalized interior backing that is perfect for pinning special keepsakes and displaying favorite photos. 
3 bullet points that identify the key specs/takeaways about the product: 
· Frame size: 11x14" 
· Outside frame depth: 3" 
· Inside frame depth: 1 ⅝" 
· Glass front 
· Removable backing makes it easy to pin items inside 
· Includes wall-hanging hardware 
Suggested retail price: $59.99

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II 

Beauty and style outside, reminds me of a vintage camera for some reason except that this now has advanced technology inside. Whether you're snapping an unforgettable moment on the go or recording an epic video with your friends, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II camera combines an ultra-slim design with high-performing features for incredible image quality and easy portability. Packing a powerful 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor into a pocket-friendly size, it's powered by the DIGIC 7 Image Processor for fast operation and features built-in Bluetooth® connectivity for easy sharing. With the PowerShot G9 X Mark II, it's easy to capture the precious times of your life in a stylishly stunning way. 

· Ultra-slim, Lightweight and Pocket-size Camera featuring a 1.0-inch, 20.1 Megapixel High-sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor 
· Built-in Wi-Fi® NFC and Bluetooth® 
· Bright f/2.0 (W) – f/4.9 (T), 3x Optical Zoom Lens (28–84mm) 
Price: $449.99

So much fun technology perfect for every budget. These were just a few of my favorites, of course the cameras win when it comes to technology for me.

But just for one day what won in technology for me was the Tiffen Steadicam Volt.
It is an amazing gadget that will help you take your videos to the next level. Tiffin engineered the Steadicam Volt to provide smartphone video takers with the utmost precision and control. It enables smartphone users both android and iPhone users, to capture high-quality video content with ease. 
Just check them out here.
We got to go home with one and I promise to come back with a review. My vlogs will be recorded with it this upcoming weekend when I'm running after all the marathon runners and i need a properly stabilized captured video :)

After feeding my heart with fun tech information, it was time to fill my stomach with yummy food and get some photography tips, talk about being spoiled.

This will be the only food picture I post, my mouth is already watering and I do not want to be responsible for making you take a late night snack, lol.

With the upcoming holidays I know everyone wants to make sure that they capture the right ppictures  for lasting memories.

Here are some of the tips that were shared with us.

General photo taking tips 

1. Use Burst Mode to ensure you get the shot. Burst Mode enables you to take multiple shots with one press of the shutter button. Start shooting when you anticipate the action and keep going.

2. Use Sports mode to stop action. Sports Mode is designed to help you capture a moving object. The color will be more vibrant than if you shoot in other modes and bring the action to life, though, that it’s not as good a capturing true-to-life skin tones.

Low-Light Photo Taking Tips 

1. Raise the ISO Level. Raising the ISO setting makes your camera sensor more sensitive to light. The more sensitive it is, the faster the camera can take a photo, which will reduce the amount of blur caused by camera shake. One caveat: If you push the ISO number up too high, you'll start seeing noise, those grainy-looking imperfections you see most easily in solid-colored areas. So you'll want to take a few shots to see which setting gives you the best balance between reducing blur without too much noise.

2. Use HDR mode for composed shots. Many cameras have a shooting mode called HDR, for high dynamic range. Basically, in this mode, your camera takes two or more shots at different exposures and then combines them so both the light and dark areas of your shot are properly exposed. If there's any movement, though, the shot will be blurry.

3. Use a tripod. One reason why so many low-light shots don't come out well is that it's really hard to hold a camera or phone still long enough to take a crisp-looking picture. Using a tripod takes the shake factor out of the equation. Also, try using the camera's self-timer mode to avoid the movement that inevitably occurs when you press the shutter button.

4. Use a fast lens. A fast lens will let more light through so you can take your pictures faster, reducing the potential for blur. You can tell how fast a lens is by looking at the maximum aperture (the shutter behind the lens), which is called the “f-stop” and notated as “f/X.X”. The lower the number, the wider the aperture and the more light the lens will let in. A good camera choice will come in at f/2.8 or lower.

Tips for taking better holiday portraits 

1. Use Portrait Mode for pictures that focus on people. You’ll find you’re able to capture better skin tones and usually there’s a shorter depth of field so the background is slightly blurred to put emphasis on the person.

2. Use a telephoto lens or change your aperture setting to highlight your subject. If you have an interchangeable lens camera, use a telephoto lens to isolate the subject. The lens’s shorter depth of field will blur the background a bit, making the person or pet pop in the image. You can also lower your f-stop to increase the camera’s aperture, giving a similar effect.

3. Use a flash on sunny days (yes, really!). Faces often look dark in bright scenes because the camera adjusts it exposure to the brightness around your subject. You can have your subject face into the sun for more light, but then you’ll wonder why everyone is always squinting in your photos. Instead, have then face away from the sun and use the flash to brighten their faces without the squint.

4. Use a diffuse light source to reduce harsh shadows. Unless you’re going for a dramatic black-and-white character shot, it’s usually best to find a diffuse light source to soften the shadows. Blinds or shear curtains are particularly good at creating a diffuse light source to eliminate harsh shadows, so sit your subject near a window with the blinds closed for better lighting.

5. Get down to eye level when shooting kids and pets. When shooting kids and pets, get down to their level for a more natural photo with better scale.

Tips for taking holiday scenes 

1. Use a wide-angle lens to get the whole scene. Capturing the entire holiday crowd can be a challenge, especially if you’re in a small space. And you wouldn’t want Aunt Edna to be left out of the shot. A wide-angle lens will, as its name suggest, capture a wider angle, letting you get the entire extended family into your photo. This lens field of view is referenced as a “35mm equivalent focal length”, where smaller numbers mean a wider angle. For true wide-angle shots, look for 28mm or below. One important additional benefit of wide-angle lenses is that they have the largest depth of field (unlike telephoto lenses, which have a short depth of field), so they keep more of the scene in focus from near to far and the kids in the front row will be just as in-focus as the parents behind them.

2. Use candles and lights for an interesting background. Out-of-focus lights, whether they’re tree lights or candles can make an interesting background. Make sure you use a low f-stop (e.g., f/2.8, f/1.4) or telephoto zoom to make your background blur.

3. Use Night Portrait Mode to capture a person and the background scene at night. If you want to capture a person with holiday lights behind them, you’ll need to expose for both the person and the background. The Night Portrait Mode is specifically designed to perform this task using both the flash and a slow shutter speed to pull in more details from the scene.

4. Use Exposure Compensation to make your snow whiter and your skies blacker. To make snow look whiter, use positive compensation to increase exposure, i.e. overexpose the image. For nighttime scenes, underexpose the image for inky black skies. Look for the exposure compensation option on your camera. It’s usually a +/- button or icon

It was like taking a personal photography class and it was great. I really do hope these tips help you not only during this holiday season but every time you capture a special moment.

I have to tell you that my favorite tip and one that I've always made sure to try and implement is being at eye level with your subject. It really does make for some amazing pictures and it feels like you can see right through the person or fur baby. Truly makes for some amazing pictures.

This photography addict was truly blessed to be able to attend this tech event, not only was my heart happy but so was my tummy.

Make sure to stay tuned to my Steadicam Volt review coming soon.

What is you favorite photography tip from the ones shared above?

Kary xoxo

1 comment

  1. i have the minor to deal with this semester. though i love photography but there are a few complications for me to get through with food photography. thanks for helping