Not quite photo-blogging at events yet…

April 2, 2008 – 11:16 pm

Since my attendance at various *camps in the Ottawa area last year, I really enjoy meeting the various entrepreneurs and developers at these events. They are a great resource for people in technology.

Part of the purpose for this blog is to share my experiences at these events. One thing unique that I would like to bring is to take photos of these events and share them — to bring the readers a closer experience.

I started by taking photoes with my little point-and-shoot Canon A630. Low-light and general snap performance was not up to par, so I went out and bought an entry-level SLR, the Canon Rebel XT. It’s a great camera, but again, taking pictures at indoor events at night with the stock 18-55mm lens did not cut it either — the performance was better, but images are still blurry. I took quite a few pics at the Refresh Ottawa event, and luckily, a couple of pictures came out ok. (The write-up for that event is on StartupOttawa.com.)

Thinking it is caused of the small aperture and the hand-share, I thought maybe the 50mm lens with f/1.8 (much cheaper than a decent image stabilized lens, which is what really should work), would do the trick. The results are better, but, no cigar… The focus length provides too much zoom and does not work well for crowded indoor events.

So… at the next event, I’ll try to use the stock lens again, but jack up the ISO to the max; the pictures will be noisy, but might be good enough. Sorry to all the folks that let me take their pictures to be posted, but the pictures just don’t look nice (so I don’t end up posting them)…

Another note, in case you’re wondering… It takes a bit of time to upload pictures, process them, crop, resize and upload them to a blog… just a bit too cumbersome for an occasional blogger like me. Sigh…

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