People with Cameras event in Melbourne
Fujifilm hosted a photography event in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon called “People with Cameras”, it was open to anyone with any type or brand of camera and any skill level. All you needed was an interest in taking photos and be able to work within a group to take on a photography theme challenge and present a picture to the judges an hour later.
I attended the “People with Cameras” Sydney event in February (mentioned in my “Busy Couple of Weeks” blog post), which was a lot of fun, so I was keen to do it again in Melbourne. Thankfully this time I only had a 45 minute drive in to the city, rather than 9 hours on the Hume Highway to Sydney!
The 300 or so attendees met up in the Fitzroy Gardens at 4:30pm. After some introductions, a group photo and other formalities we were asked to form groups of five or six. I got together with four people I’d never met before, Corey, Lana, Steven and Josh. We were then given a theme of “Light and Shadows” and told to be back a 6pm with one image from the group to be presented to the judges. That gave us around an hour to find our locations and subjects, but only around half an our of sunlight.
Our group headed towards the city and were soon joined by Wilson, Lana’s friend who was running late. As we chased the light, we ended up in a multi-storey car park where the setting sun produced lots of light and shadows. We tried a few different ideas, but ended up mostly taking portraits of each other.
It turns out that Corey is a pro wedding photographer, his skill and creativity really helped us out. Some pros would have taken over, but he was great and encouraged everyone in the group to have a go. He even handed over his speedlight remote flash for others to try.
Our group took lots of photos in the short time we had, but we all agreed to submit Corey’s photo of Lana standing in a lift doorway to the judges. Our group was one of the final five. In the end we didn’t win, but it was fun.
The Winning Photos
So what about the winners of “People with Cameras”. There was one winning photo, and one runner-up. They each received prizes from Fujifilm and other sponsors, and their groups were invited to dinner with the organisers.
The winning photo was an amazing shot of a shadow pointing to the stars. I have no idea how you could achieve the shadow on a building with it’s arm extending into the sky, but it’s well done. I knew it would take something very different to get the judges attention!
The runner-up photo, on the other had, was really simple. A leaf with the veins and details highlighted with the light from behind.
Well done to the winners, the organisers and everyone who attended.
I attended “People with Cameras” in Melbourne yesterday hosted by @fujicamerasaus with a host of other sponsors. They gave us a photo challenge based around “light and shadows”. We paired off into groups and headed out to capture some light ?. This was my photo …. I WON first place ☺️?. Thank you to all the sponsors for the Amazing prizes and the lovely dinner afterwards @fujicamerasaus @thinktankphoto @luckystraps @mindshiftgear @teds_cameras #cameralane #michaelscameraandvideo #digitalcamerawarehouse #digiDIRECT #camerahouse #harveynorman #borgesimaging #lightstalking #photoinsomnia #ozlensrentals #fstoplounge #joejonguephotography #shotkit #instagramersmelbourne #capturingpassion #creativephotoworkshops #paulpavlinovich #shoottheframe #peoplewithcameras #visitvictoria #melbourne #visitmelbourne #fujifilm #fujifilm_xseries #fujifilmxt1 #xshooter #xseries #wandervictoria
So tonight I attended a fantastic event run by @fujicamerasaus called “People with Cameras” which was essentially a live competition held in Fitzroy Gardens with about 400 participants where we had to shoot and then present our best photo within 1 hour based on the surprise theme of “Light & Shadow” which was first judged by the other participants to get to a finalist stage. Stoked (and surprised) to say that I won the Runner Up prize for this image (straight from camera including the monochrome finish). Thanks to all the sponsors and to all the great people I have met today who share this passion! There were so many AMAZING images! It’s also really interesting to present and be judged on an image that is unedited, for me to post an image here I haven’t ‘fixed-up’.. kinda satisfying for a change… You can see the uncropped version on my Facebook page ‘Emily Cannan Photography’ #peoplewithcameras #visitmelbourne #wandervictoria #85mm #tropical #blackwhite #emilycphotography #winning #epic #onthespot #raw #fujifilmcamerasaustralia #luckycamerastraps #fujicomp #thanks #fauna #nature #shape #form #abstract #contrast #simple #findyourlight #fitzroy #igersmelbourne #agameoftones #melbourneiloveyou #shoot2kill #lifeofadventure #createexplore
Playing around with one of my prizes from yesterday #peoplewithcameras @fujicamerasaus event, this was my winning image. Crazy to think this went from my camera to my phone and to the #instaxshare printer all so easily using wifi. As someone trained in traditional darkroom printing this is pretty darn neat. Thanks Fuji! #wandervictoria #instax #instant #blackwhite #instawow #realphoto #fujifilmcamerasaustralia #fujiinstax #wow #melbourne #igersmelbourne #photography #technology #showingmyage #Fuji #cameras #shadows #visitmelbourne #fitzroygardens
After the “People with Cameras” winners and organisers headed off to dinner, the photographers who stayed a little longer in the Fitzroy Gardens were treated to a spinning fire display. This presented another challenge to photographers, using a longer exposure to capture the movement of the fire balls as they spun around.
I’m not sure when or where the next “People with Cameras” event will be, but I’d love to do it again.