Three Ways To Ensure Your Pictures Add Clarity And Interest To Your Presentation

You’ve probably seen a presentation before in which the speaker included many pictures in his or her slideshow, but these photos didn’t really add anything to the talk because they were either never mentioned, or were too blurry to be seen clearly. Pictures truly can add a lot to a presentation at a conference or seminar, but only if you use them in the right way. Here are three tips to ensure your pictures make your presentation more vibrant and memorable, rather than just serving as superfluous filler.

Before including any picture, ask yourself, “what does this add to my talk?”

Include too many pictures in your talk, and they’ll distract your audience, stealing focus from your important words. By asking yourself the question above about each and every picture you consider including, you ensure that you only include the most important, interesting photos in your talk. A few well-placed pictures will help you hold your audience’s attention, as long as they relate well to your topic.

If possible, view your slideshow in the conference setting to ensure your pictures can be seen clearly by the audience.

You might choose the best, most relevant pictures possible, but if the audience can’t see them clearly, they won’t add anything to your talk.Try running your presentation slideshow in the room where you’ll be formally presenting, and on the same equipment, prior to the day of your talk. This gives you a chance to play with lighting and photo editing to ensure the audience can actually see your pictures. If you can’t access the presentation setting, try to at least borrow any projector and ensure your images are projected clearly.

Specifically mention and discuss each picture you include.

Don’t just let a picture sit there on the screen while you discuss a topic that you know is related to the picture. The audience may not make the connection, or they may waste time trying to figure out how the picture relates rather than listening carefully to what you are saying. When a picture comes up in your slideshow, reference it directly. Use phrases like “As you can see in this photo,” and “This picture is a good example of this phenomenon.” Don’t assume the audience will understand the relationship of your photo to the overall thesis of your presentation—tell them.

Many times, showing your audience an image helps them to better understand a point that you’re making in your presentation. By choosing the most relevant images, making sure they appear clearly, and taking the time to formally introduce or discuss each one, you maximize the benefits of including images in your slideshow.

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Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining: Ten Wedding Pictures To Take In The Rain

They say that it is a sign of good luck for there to be rain on your wedding day, but the thought of rain during your wedding portraits may cause most people to cringe. Wet hair, running makeup, and muddy outfits are enough to make many people fearful of outdoor spring weddings, but don’t despair. Here are 10 beautiful and fun wedding pictures that you can only get if it rains.

Bride and Groom Kissing Under an Umbrella-Make sure to pack an umbrella that coordinates with your wedding colors. Then, grab your beau and have a little smooch in the rain just like Jo March and Professor Bhaer at the end of Little Women.

Raindrops on the Bouquet-The tiny drops of water on the flowers make for a particularly sweet sentiment.

A Penny for Good Luck, In the Rain Boot-You may have seen pictures of the bride’s father placing a penny in her shoe for good luck. How cute would it be if those shoes were galoshes?

Hiding Under the Table-Have a picture made of the flower girl and ring bearer hiding under a table with a long white tablecloth around them to get out of the rain. 

The Wedding Party in Galoshes-Have each member of the wedding party bring their favorite pair of rain boots in order to capture the whimsy of this moment, just in case.

Cake Cutting in Front of a Rain-Covered Window or under an open shelter-When setting up for the reception, make sure that the cake cutting has a beautiful outdoor backdrop. If you are fortunate enough for the rain to happen during the cake cutting, make sure it is in the picture as well.

“Just Married” Sign Inside of the Back Window of the Get-Away Car-The wet glass will add character to the sign, and will be a picture that you will enjoy seeing for many years to come.

Puddle Jumping-Let the younger members of your wedding party take some time at the end of the photo shoot to splash in a puddle or two. Imagine the cuteness of your flower girl and ring bearer holding hands as they jump in a puddle in their formal attire and rain boots.

Wedding Rings in the Rain-Instead of taking the standard picture of the couple’s hands with their rings both showing, add a visual depiction of “for better or worse” by taking this picture in the rain.

Bride and Groom Exit Lined with Brightly Colored Umbrellas-Have you guests line up on either side of the path, holding umbrellas as they throw the birdseed. Rather than trying to pretend it is not happening, embrace the rain, and don’t be afraid to get a little wet.

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Photo Booth Fundraiser Tips

Photo booth rentals are a growing trend at school dances, weddings, and birthday parties, so why not cash in on this for your next fundraising event. These tips can help you make the most of a booth at your event.

Pick the Right Booth

You need to balance the booth package with your fundraising goals in order to get the best bang for your buck. The type of booth depends on your budget and what the rental company has available. You can simply rent the booth and equipment and operate it yourself, or you can do a full rental that includes a fully trained host/photographer.

If you have someone on your event’s volunteer staff that is skilled at the use of digital photography equipment, simply renting the equipment may work well. If not, it’s well worth it to hire a host so that the photos produced are of good quality. There is also a third option, where the booth comes with all the necessary equipment for the user to operate it, much like the mall-style booths, so that you only need a person managing the line and taking donations.

Go With a Theme

Themes make a photo booth more fun, because your guests will feel like they are creating a souvenir. The more unique the theme, the more likely people will want a photograph.

Try to match the theme to event’s theme. For example, western-style props for a cowboy luncheon, or animal props for a children’s fundraiser. The rental company may even be able to provide photo background choices, either inside the booth or added digitally, that will match your theme.

Provide Some Props

Props are what makes a photo booth fun. Rental companies often have a range of props you can choose from, which can help simplify the process if they have some that match your theme.

If you must supply your own props, go the inexpensive route. You can create facial hair, hats, glasses, and more by simply cutting the shapes from cardstock and gluing them to a stick. Your guests simply hold the prop in place by the stick.

Another idea is to check out the thrift stores for extra props. Hippy-style clothing, funky hats, and scarves can all make the booth more fun.

You will need to have a requested donation amount for each photo booth session that ensures you make enough to help your fundraiser and cover the booth’s rental fees. In some cases, you may be able to give guests the ability to order extras, such as mugs or key chains, using their photos. This will increase your donations for very little effort.

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When I started taking pictures, I focused more on technique than I did on the subjects. After missing precious moments and losing a few clients, I realized that I needed to think more about the emotion of each image. I started paying attention to relationships, small details, and wonderful moments. Over time, I was able to hone in on what really mattered in each frame, which made the difference in my photography sessions. I want to teach you how to take better pictures, which is why I made this blog. You might be able to learn how to make your photography more special.

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