If Great British Chefs are involved in an event (or perhaps anything), it’s been my experience that it’s worth going to.
In case you didn’t know (and if you don’t, I don’t blame you), it’s Social Media Week. So if you happen to be in one of the cities where events are happening for this week, you may notice a greater number of people bent over their smartphones, twittering and 4squaring away. Or you might not, to be honest, because you don’t need to be a social media consultant or communications officer to fiddle away the time checking Facebook, looking for people on LinkedIn, scrolling through your Instagram feed and so forth.
But if you’re interested in upping your game in the vast and dizzying world of social media, it wouldn’t hurt to check out stuff that might be relevant to what you’re into. You can see some videos of social media seminars all over the world, or try and make it to some events today or tomorrow.
Last night I went to a food photography workshop at Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea, featuring Great British Chef photographer David Griffen, whose Mobile Phone Food Photography site is full of much of the information he shared with us. Although I brought my trusty Canon digital SLR to the event, I opted to focus primarily on using my iPhone to take photos of the food presented to us to practice our techniques with (and later eat).
Because of my fondness for taking pictures of food and drink, and also my interest in street art and abandoned things for my Abandoned in London blog, I now have a whole page devoted to camera apps. Yeah, I know, I’m sad.
I should clarify that you don’t need an excessive number of apps to take good photos on your phone. David Griffen mentioned the three he uses: ProHDR, Filterstorm and Snapseed. However, I happen to be more comfortable with Camera+, although I’m keen on playing around with Griffen’s recommendations more, considering his amazing results with them.
Here are the muses we took photos of for the evening:
As you can see, I apparently tend to favour my food subjects in the right-hand side of the photos… hmmm.
There’s another event tonight that Great British Chefs are hosting, and that’s an interesting seminar called How Social Media & Collaboration Change the Way We Eat. It should be good, considering the line-up of speakers featuring food writers, business owners, food activists and people just excited about food.
In the meantime, anyone have any favourite camera apps to share?