Last Saturday, I had an opportunity to shoot an event at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This was my first experience shooting an event of this size and I was excited about the opportunity. The three day event I shot was the DFW Golf Show. There were some well know sponsors for this event such as Edwin Watts Golf, HP Byron Nelson Championship, The Ticket Sports Radio, CBS 11, Golf Digest and many more. It was a fun event, with door prizes, shopping deals, skills testing, lessons and competitions. 

In planning for this event, I inventoried my gear to see if I had what I needed to get the job done.  I had all the gear I needed except for one particular lens, the 70-200 2.8. I keep going back and forth on weather I would rent this lens. In the end I thought it would be better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I contacted Competitive Camera to see if they had it available for rent, and they did. It was only $35 to rent. I'm so glad I rented because I used for a lot of shots, especially shooting the main stage. This lens is next on my list to purchase. A few days before the event, I got a shot list from the organizer, so I knew what shots I would be taking.

When I got to the convention center, I located the event organizer whom I had communicated with a few days prior to the event. We went over a few details, confirmed I had the shot list, and I was off to shoot the event. For the next four hours, I walked around the convention and took the required shots on the list as well as anything I found interesting. I was surprised how many families where at the event, which was great, because I love candid shots of people. Here are a few shots from the event.

LPGA Pros Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller & Angela Stanford

Your kids deserve better

A lot of people post pictures of children on Facebook, to share with family and friends. The majority of those photos all look the same, and frankly uninteresting. That prompted me to share one simple technique to enhance those pictures. There are various techniques for photographing children. This one is non-technical, and it's something everyone can do. This applies to video as well.


Get low, low, low...

If you have young children, their probably half your height. A large percentage of children's photos are from an adults perspective (birds eye view), this is an average looking shot. If you can get whatever camera you are using at the child's eye level, your photos will immediately stand out. Eye level photographs of children are more intimate and a lot more interesting. You get a real look at the world from a child's perspective, especially toddlers. If you want to go that extra mile, get even lower than eye level. This may take some effort, hey, I'm 6'5", and it takes me 30 minutes to get to a child's eye level. You'll be glad you did, because you'll get a fresh perspective and a much more interesting photo.

For more information on taking better photos of children, check out photography Jeff Cable's article, "10 Ways To Take Better Photos of Your Child."