Last Thursday night saw me driving to Shaw Social Club in Newbury to give a talk to the Newbury Camera Club. Although scared about public speaking, as I have given two talks already this year I thought I should keep going! The members of the club were very welcoming and seemed to enjoy looking at my favourite images from my portfolio. I focussed in on my Botanical series and explained how I went about creating them, with an Infra-Red filter (which I insisted on calling a UV filter, apologies to all there) and layering techniques in Adobe Photoshop. Thank you to Rob Carpenter, who generously described me as “an entertaining and engaging speaker”.
Well that is me para-phrasing ‘Do one thing every day that scares you.’ Eleanor Roosevelt US diplomat & reformer (1884 – 1962).
Tonight I will be giving a 5-10 minute talk on my photography to the Oxford Adobe User Group. Along with other members I will be taking the opportunity of ‘Portfolio Night’ to sharpen my public speaking skills (which are non-existent!). This is all to prepare me for a larger and longer (20 – 30mins), challenge on Feb 8th at New Greenham Arts, talking to members of Open Studios West Berkshire & North Hampshire about ‘Presenting your work: Photographs and websites’ at a Marketing and Social Media workshop.
I just don’t know why I am putting myself through this!! And although Eleanor Roosevelt might have a good point, I will stick with scaring myself once a month for now.