I Am A Photographer…

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I was learning about composition, yet you couldn’t catch me cropping my photos or daring to let the colors stray from the absolute and literal. With that said, I did receive some critical feedback from a then-friend & professional photographer from Frederick, MD. In our last conversation, he claimed I don’t think about exposure-related EXIF data because, as he put it, he’s a professional photographer and I’m not. Yes, I am an amateur photographer.

PowerPoint Tip: Full Screen Photos

Manner of Speaking

In it, Dave Paradi explains why photographs in a presentation can be more effective than reams of text when it comes to getting a message across to our audiences. Tags: PowerPoint Dave Paradi font size looking at pictures and text photographs I recently came across this short video. Dave uses an example from a presentation on which he worked. He shows the original slide that was full of text and the slide that he developed to replace it.

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Make your communication personal with photos

PowerPoint Tips

Here are a few ideas to connect more effectively with your audience: Include a photo of yourself on the first and last slides. Take photos of real employees in your company and use them on several slides. I have particularly noticed the effect of eyes in a photograph.

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Photo Field Trip | Contrast

Duarte Blog

Recently we went on a Photo Field Trip, and had the chance to enjoy all of these things, simultaneously. Our assignment: Take photos of contrast. Or take photos of whatever you want. Then he compiled the footage with our photographs to make this. We like photography.

The Old Lady and The Sea: Millennial photographer wanted to take my photo

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Therefore, what a shock when a Millennial man, whose girlfriend was still on the beach watching the waves, asked to take my photo.    Worthley has been fortunate, after graduating art school, to have a job which involves taking photos for brandname magazines and traveling. 

Dying for the Photo - Brian Lewinstein, 23, Law Student

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Like so many, crudely put, he died trying to take a photo in a dangerous setting. " Over and over, some media outlet is noting the death of holiday-goers or lovers taking photos in tricky terrain and losing their footing. 

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Public Speaking: Working With Newspaper Photographers

Great Public Speaking

The next time a newspaper photographer takes your photo, remember the 8 things they hate: 1. Bossy people who demand that other people be included in the photo, so there won't be hurt feelings. Never tell the photographer whom to photograph.

Camille Seaman on Taking Photos and Taking Risks

Duarte Blog

Photographer Camille Seaman’s daughter was watching Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel one day, when Camille stopped what she was doing to admire the storm’s light. Camille’s documentary-style photographs reflect some of nature’s most breathtaking phenomena.

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Public Speaking: How to Work with Newspaper Photographers

Great Public Speaking

The next time a newspaper photographer takes your photo, remember the 8 things they hate: 1. Bossy people who demand that other people be included in the photo, so there won't be hurt feelings. Never tell the photographer whom to photograph.

Value of a Good Head Shot Photo

Speaking Of...

Sometimes the only image of you that potential clients have is your head shot photo. Is it time to freshen your image and have new photos taken? It always amazes me how speakers will spend a small fortune on a website, and still use a photo from long ago as a marketing tool.

Office Clip Art gallery is going away

PowerPoint Tips

I’m very upset by this, because I use its photos daily. While much commentary (include a funny riff by Conan on TV) focus on the line art, the text of the blog post makes it clear that photos will also disappear. Get a budget to buy photos. Start taking your own photos.

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Photo Editing Tools - Alternatives to Photoshop

PPT - Powerful Presentation Techniques

As presenters, we're often using photographs in our presentations. There are many free and fee tools to enhance or modify our photographs to better convey our message or engage our audience.

PowerPoint Tip: Government Photos You can Use

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

In almost every workshop that I do, someone asks where you can get great photos to use in your presentation. Governments have staff who take photographs as part of their jobs, and many times these photos are quite good.

3 Quick Tips To Look Better In Photos

Can You Hear Me Up the Back?

Let’s be honest, we all hate photos of ourselves. But your photo-self looks like your inbred backwoods cousin. Looking good in photos isn’t a core presentation skill, but it’s useful, particularly for those of you whose entire existence is defined by Facebook.

2 PowerPoint 2013 secrets

PowerPoint Tips

Find only photos. In PowerPoint 2010 and earlier, when you chose Insert > Clip Art, you could specify that you wanted only photographs. Instead, you can just type the word photo in the search box. Backgrounds & color Images eyedropper photos

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Tell Powerful Stories with Pictures: A National Geographic Photographer Shares Tips for Speakers (WEBINAR)

Pivotal Public Speaking

If you want to use photos, come learn from Dick Durrance, one of the world’s top photographers who now uses that background to add impact as a professional speaker. He’ll show you how to better create or select photographs for your use. The photos need to be *great* to accompany your stories and points—not just snapshots. However, you’re not a professional photographer. with Dick Durrance. A speech or presentation is in part a visual experience for the audience.

Public Speaking: Equipment Photos

Great Public Speaking

I forgot to bring my equipment photographs which would have gotten the point across to the manager immediately whether he spoke English or not. Have photographs of the equipment you need. I've talked about this tip before, but ran into the same situation again this month while doing a public speaking engagement in Morocco. The primary languages there are Arabic and French. Just arranging for an overhead projector was very difficult.

Help find photos for the book

Speaker Confessions

If you’re a photographer or a designer, check out this invitation to help me choose photos to be used in the book. As an experiment, I’m opening up some of the choices in the book to all of you. Also includes the current list of chapters!

Chris Christie Requests $37.8 Billion from Feds: Smart that he did that photo-op with Obama

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Next, he took that iconic walk, widely photographed, with the president.  Last October, immediately after Sandy, Chris Christie saw that his state would need billions to get back on his feet.    Christie's party balked.

How To: Find images for presentations

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

But where can you find images – photographs, logos, graphics – that illustrate your subject and match the theme of your presentation? Tags: Technology Garr Reynolds PowerPoint stock photos In my previous posting, I discussed how to save, crop and resize image files. Google Image Search An obvious place to start is with a simple Google search and select ‘Images’ from the top menu bar. [.].

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Managing Your Image Library

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

As we design more and more slide decks, we inevitably create or consume an ever greater number of images, whether they’re photographs, icons, or whatever. Tags: Featured Slide Design Bento images stock photos

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Thoughts On Presenting And Design

This is another free (with upgrades available to those willing to pay) social photo sharing site that sort of fits between flickr and Smugmug. This site seems to attract more quality photographers and photographs than other sites I've visited, especially flickr. Lately, there's been a lot of noise in the photography community around 500px.com.

Relay For Life: Spotsylvania

Thoughts On Presenting And Design

I’ll be there to photograph the event, provide free portraits (digital) to participants, and make the “Why I Relay” photos. On April 12, I’ll be in Spotsylvania donating my time and talent to the Relay For Life of Spotsylvania. It’s a good distance, but it’s part of my commitment to, no matter how much business I do or don’t have in a year, that I give to worthy causes like this.

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Use a texture as a frame for your slides

PowerPoint Tips

Take a photograph of something that has a nice texture. Insert the photo (Insert tab, Picture). Right-click the selected photo and choose Send to Back. Drag a rectangle across the slide so that it leaves a border around its edges, showing the textured photograph.

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Lessons from a Stunning Three-Minute Stop Motion Film

Manner of Speaking

According to the people who made this creative work, they took 60,000 photographs, developed 9,600 prints and reshot 1,800 photos. But don’t worry, nobody is expecting you to take 60,000 photographs!).

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4 ways to get the right people images

PowerPoint Tips

Take your own photos. Go around your office and ask people if you can photograph them. Buy photos. If you’re willing to spend some money, you can usually find a wide range of photos that suit your purposes.

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Circle an object

PowerPoint Tips

I photographed them with my digital camera and uploaded the photo to my computer. I inserted the photo onto a slide and cropped it to the bottom circle. I moved and resized the circle to encircle the object, a photo of a peacock feather.

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Being There, Before You’re There

Manner of Speaking

Recently, João posted photos of the speaking venue at the upcoming conference on the District 59 Spring Conference Facebook Page. To take a concrete example, let’s look at the photos that João posted and see what they reveal.

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Create a textured PowerPoint background that changes colors

PowerPoint Tips

You can find texture images by searching on photo websites. You can also create your own textured images by photographing water, stone, tree bark, sand, etc. You can create a background that changes colors when you change your theme’s color set. It’s really cool to watch. I’ve written about this before here , in an example that include a few objects on the slide.

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Just get out there

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Two of my interests are photography and public speaking, which is why I follow the blogs of Both Darren LaCroix , who won the world champion of public speaking in 2001, and Jared Polin (aka the Fro) , who is the most amazing photographer and teacher out of Philidophia.

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4 ways to change a picture in PowerPoint without losing formatting

PowerPoint Tips

Substituting an icon for a photograph isn’t a typical task. I often copy and paste a photo from Windows onto a slide but then have to copy it to the Clipboard again to use this feature.

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The storytelling power of photography

Presentation Zen

To me, there is still nothing like the still photograph to convey emotion and the significance of a particular moment. Obviously, photographs are not just for print. With that in mind, I'd like to point you to a 13-minute slideshow by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Renée Byer.

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Why Customer Centricity Will Win You More Business (in 2020)


While early digital cameras shot lower-quality photos, they were way more convenient and provided the pictures instantly. Customer centricity is a buzzword you can hardly escape these days.

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Two Slides You Can Lose

Manner of Speaking

Photo courtesy of ???? Much has been written (in this blog and elsewhere) on ways to improve the quality of slide presentations by, for example, reducing the number of words on a slide, using good visuals, going easy on the bullet points, turning the screen black from time to time, etc.

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Video, Not Photography, Is What Readers Want - Sun-Times Media layoffs

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  After all, both the web and mobile have become the platform for photos and video.    AP reports that this media property is laying off all photographers, saying readers prefer video content. Will this become a trend, putting photographers out on the street, along with journalists? Those in the visual arts might have figured they were sitting pretty, at least relatively. 

Slides that pop! Using the 3rd dimension on a PowerPoint slide–Part III: Collages and 3D scenes

PowerPoint Tips

You create the cut-out look by drawing a shape around an existing image, usually a photo. Don’t be afraid to take your own photos! If you have a bulletin board, stick a Post-It Note or just a sheet of paper on it, write whatever you want, and take a photo!

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A Day In the Life of a Mighty Killer

Duarte Blog

If you have an Instagram account , chances are you’ve seen a photo or two from these guys. These are the magicians behind this incredible collective of photographers. We recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the Mighty Killers , to create our first Duarte One-Shot.

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Create iconic people in PowerPoint

PowerPoint Tips

You can use these icons any time you want to represent people but don’t have a suitable photograph. Others emphasize the need for an emotional touch that only photos can give. I certainly wouldn’t recommend giving up photos for icons; photos can be so very powerful.

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Speeches from Film: Up in the Air

Manner of Speaking

Photos? Photos are for people who can’t remember. Drink some ginko and let the photos burn. It’s not coincidental that photos are offered as a first choice. And, of course, most of our photographs have people in them. Up in the Air is a great film.

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How to prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation

Speaking about Presenting

Photo by Olly Barrett. Photo by Meena Kadri. We saw a series of stunning photographs but all tied together by the theme of the creativity and artistic flair of poor people. This week I went to my first Pecha Kucha night in Wellington, New Zealand.

Interview with Art Holden of PresenterMedia

PowerPoint Tips

Just as there are differences between snap shots and professional photos, there are differences in quality of clipart. Standard clipart tends to be very simply created, but we try to create high quality digital graphics which have a very polished photo-realistic look. Unlike a simple flat clipart, our images have every bit as much depth and vibrancy as a high quality photograph. Q: In what types of situations do you think your products work better than photos?

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Christmas By the Sea: Oh, little shore town of Westerly, RI

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Then there were also a handful of loners taking photos and videos with their iPhones.  Last year at Westerly I had run into a professional photographer.  He took a series of photos of me.

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On sharing your own personal story to make a difference

Presentation Zen

I created the slides to have a vintage photo album or scrapbook feel since Patrick simply wanted to show some old photos and project a few key words. Megumi Nishikura''s talk visually contained a mix of short bilingual messages and photographs (and her movie trailer ). •

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