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Post-Roadshow Report Card - London Strobist Group

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There should be a picture of the day here, but I forgot to take one. Instead, Emma had the genius idea of creating a montage of people's Flickr icons, so that's what I've done.

In keeping with other roadshow dates (and despite this not being a college) I felt I ought to write a report card for yesterday's London Strobist Meetup. There was a slightly lower turnout than expected on the day, but we still raised £340 for the street Football league - good work people!

  • Student Turnout (well, sort of students) - 8/10. Despite chipping in cash there was still half a dozen or so people who didn't show up, but the others made up for it.
  • Number of questions asked - 8/10. Better than most colleges, and very technical free questions too, mainly focused on business, copyright, making money and so on. All good to hear.
  • Amount of Nudity - 0/10. Thank god for that frankly. After what happened last weekend I got slightly apprehensive about what Paulo would hand in for the assignment.
  • Quality of Tea and Cakes - 2/10 and 10/10 respectively. The Tea and Coffee is free at Calumet, so no complaints there, it's just a bit rank, unfortunately. More than made up for by Paulo (Teacher's pet) bringing Indian and Turkish sweets with him. Blimey they were sweet. My teeth still ache slightly now, and I can feel diabetes developing.
  • Ability to handle the assignment - 7/10. Pretty good overall, though some work needed on clarification on the invoice - leaving bits blank won't get you much money! On the technical side though, you lot would put many colleges to shame.
  • Amount of shoe shopping done by the group on the day - 8/10. The West End must have thought the Sex and the City Girls were in town, although I don't think you could mistake Rams for Sarah Jessica Parker.
All in all, very good fun, I hope it was as much fun for everyone taking part as it was for Myself, Emma from Vue and Dave from Nikon who were putting it on. Thanks go to Andy and Paulo for organising the day, and Calumet for letting us have the room for free. As Dave pointed out to me just after we'd finished, he and I planned the first roadshow (2008-2009) about 5 yards from the room we were in yesterday, so there was a satisfying feeling of coming full circle about the day for the two of us!

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Dan Korkelia said...
February 7, 2010 at 5:23 PM  

Those sweats should come with dentist warning label. But I guess it's the thought that counts :).

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Paulo Rodrigues said...
February 7, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

I enjoyed every minute of it. When I first read about the seminars on the blog I thought they would be an amazing opportunity and now that I have done one, I can say that I wasn't disappointed. Thanks so much for doing this for us

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Photosmudger said...
February 7, 2010 at 10:01 PM  

My pleasure gents, they do say you get out what you put in, and you lot made a very good collective effort!

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Warrenism said...
February 8, 2010 at 12:34 AM  

Tom - Thoughtful to include the nudity rating factor. I'm glad that Paolo wasn't too creative in interpreting the subject of hat (Think Robert Palmer - Leave your hat on) and once again mentally scarring us all.

Thanks to you and Emma for putting on the workshop and reviewing portfolios even whilst in the pub.

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Photosmudger said...
February 8, 2010 at 9:02 AM  

I'd already had the Robert Palmer mental image, and it's not one I'm keen to refresh!

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A War Without Reason said...
February 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM  

Thanks Tom and Emma for hosting the talk on Saturday, it was a real treat and insight into the professional editorial photography world. The assignments were fantastic and I found them to be reasonably challenging (which is a good thing)!

Hope the both of you have a great week,
Duncan

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Ramstech said...
February 8, 2010 at 9:33 PM  

Tom,
Great workshop !
We all really enjoyed the talk about the business side of things and what we should (and shouldn't!)be charging.

Thanks again for giving up your Saturday for us and if you ever need a hand in your home or garden you have some new friends who will help !

My thanks also to Emma who was a star - she gave me some great insight into the world of advertising & marketing.

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Photosmudger said...
February 9, 2010 at 10:28 AM  

Very glad everyone enjoyed it, and wonderful to have so much feedback - you lot are more lively than most colleges!

Keep up the good work in the group, we may catch you later in the year.

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