Today marked the end of yet another amazing ATI Regional Conference! Does this picture look familiar?

4678_--_Canon EOS 40D, 23 mm, 1-40 sec at f - 3.5, ISO 800

It is very similar to the group shot I took of the Indianapolis crowd last year, but this one is better, I think. I reviewed the steps of action that I learned last year but found out there was more to it when I took it this year. Here is my sequal to last years post:

    1. Turn off the stage lights. Then you don’t have to deal with light shining directly into the lens.
    2. Fill the isles with people from the back. You can’t tell if the rows in the back are thin, but in looking at the two pictures, the second one looks like the auditorium is so much more full.
    3. I forgot to do it this year, but perhaps it would make it so much better if I had thought to communicate to the front row to stand up straight and put their hands to their sides. I could do this without saying a word by using actions as I stand at the top of the ladder. No one would have a problem seeing me.
    4. Use perspective clone in Photoshop. As I was stitching the picture together afterward, I used a neat little feature I hadn’t used much before to edit out some distracting stuff on the wall. Under Filter/Vanishing Point… the process for cloning things prospectively isn’t that hard to figure out.

And here are a few random shots from other events at the Conference.

4711_--_Canon EOS 40D, 200 mm, 1-200 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 1000

Dad sharing before prayer during a General Session

4869_--_Canon EOS 40D, 200 mm, 1-500 sec at f - 4.5, ISO 200

ALERT Cadets aim for the photographer during the Water Events

5043_--_Canon EOS 40D, 116 mm, 1-100 sec at f - 4.0, ISO 400

A child in the Children’s Institute

5069_--_Canon EOS 40D, 17 mm, 1-6 sec at f - 2.8, ISO 1600

Behind the scenes where I worked part of the time editing pictures
for the program presentation slideshows.

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