You can read my thoughts about the TEDx conference in Canberra but here are some of the photos I took.
As one of the organising crew I took the opportunity during pre-event rehearsals to take some good shots with flash as no flash photography was permitted for the actual event. It was in the National Library of Australia theatre with a medium-height roof so I could use ceiling-bounced flash around 1/4 to 1/2:
The problem with this is that it does make for some rather ominous shadows under the eyebrows, nose and chin.
My Honl order had arrived the morning of the pre-conference rehearsals so I took the opportunity to try out my new Honl traveller8 portable softbox for some diffused on-camera direct flash:
You can immediately tell it’s direct on-camera flash but the result is far better than typical on-camera flash. The conical traveller8 is only 8-inches in diameter but it does mean that on-camera direct flash is now an option rather than avoiding it completely.
I’d also received some flash colour modifiers with my Honl order, the Sampler which has a mix of colour-correction and special effects filters. I tried these out to match the ambient lighting:
Photos from the official event photographer Woodrow Wilson will be available from the TEDxCanberra website.