Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney

Last night I had the amazing opportunity to learn from the folks at Nikon school while shooting photos at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney.
Even more amazing was the fact that I won my spot in the master class! (Remember my tips to win giveaways - here). I saw a post on the Nikon Australia facebook page just over a week ago that said to email them and let them know in 25 words or less where you get your fashion inspiration... so I did and on Wednesday I received a congratulations email inviting me along to the Saturday night master class. Unfortunately with the short notice it didn't leave a lot of planning time and I already had other commitments (still dog sitting) so I decided to make it a super speedy trip up and back to Sydney from Canberra in the one night. It was a little exhausting but I'm so glad I didn't just put it in the too hard basket because I had a load of fun.
The master class started straight on 7pm as we were handed media lanyards and ushered straight to the runway room. We were quickly introduced to international photographer Christian Blanchard and Nikon school photographer Ben Halcomb who started explaining how runway photography worked and what we needed to be aware of to get the best shots possible. Both these guys were really nice, approachable and super helpful. You could tell that they genuinely wanted every single photographer there to walk away with the best photos possible. Ben had a whole heap of lenses on hand for people to try out and I ended up getting to shoot with a 70-200mm.
Before we knew it, it was show time. Ben and Christian were there to help the whole time. After firing off a couple of quick test shots, Ben instantly noticed that my exposure was off and helped it fix it up. Then it was really just up to me to keep shooting and see what I ended up with.
Overall, It was a great experience to learn about a form of photography that was totally foreign to me and I loved learning from Nikon experts who were able to teach me new tips and tricks for working with my camera!
My favourite outfit of the show!
Disclaimer: I won my place in the Nikon Master class. I was not asked to write this review. All opinions are my own.

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