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Vivienne Gucwa with Sony at PhotoPlus Expo 2013

To say that last week was a transformative week on many different levels would be a bit of an understatement at this point.

I have spoken at smaller conferences before but I had never spoken at a trade show or done any public speaking on that level. When Sony asked me if I would give a presentation on the Sony Stage at PhotoPlus Expo earlier this year, I said yes without hesitation. And when I was asked if I would also be on a panel about Disruptive Technology, I said yes without hesitation as well. While the thought of both the panel and giving a presentation all three days of the Expo terrified me beyond belief, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

Something I believe in wholeheartedly is embracing whatever it is that you fear the most. It’s the only way to come to peace with yourself and allow yourself to live fully without regret.

My life has been such a roller-coaster ride of epic proportions. There have been so many deeply disheartening lows peppered with a few interesting sparks of awesome. “Vivienne, you should write a book” is a phrase I hear often (still trying to determine if that is good or bad?) if you catch me on a good night and I start to talk your ear off about everything that has transpired in my life.

When I fell in love with photography a few years ago for the first time, I never would have imagined in a million years that I would be standing on a stage representing Sony talking about my photography to an audience of incredibly inspiring photography enthusiasts at a trade show attended by 25,000+ people. This definitely goes down as one of the best experiences of my life so far: one of the brightest sparks of awesome that has occurred.

My presentation was titled: Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities. I spoke about my own traditional client workflow and how I conceptualize the places I photograph as well as how I merge that with client expectations. And then I spoke about how I have been able to incorporate my love for mobile photography with my client workflow using the Sony QX100.

The panel I was on was titled: Disruptive Technology which covered photography and new media and included Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.

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I want to give special thanks to Sony for making all of this possible. Even that seems inadequate somehow. If I could somehow hug Sony collectively, I would.

Thank you to everyone who spoke with me after my presentations as well. You have no idea how inspiring all of you are and how great it was to hear your feedback.

Additionally, there were so many inspirational conversations I had and so many inspirational people I met last week. I am grateful for all of it.

I have a bad habit of thinking that good or even great things that transpire in my life will somehow immediately diminish and disappear in a puff of smoke. I am learning to embrace these moments of transcendence and wrap myself in them for a longer amount of time. Thank you to my friends who have been there for me and who help me to relish the good moments that occur for all of us. You know who you are.

A good friend and colleague, Me Ra Koh, gave me great advice about embracing public speaking that she had gleaned from elsewhere and it was to: “fill the space” in a physical and metaphorical way. At the time, I didn’t fully grasp what that meant until I started to give my first presentation.

And when I realized what that meant while finishing the first sentence of my first presentation, I smiled.

I hope I keep filling the space in the best way I know how.

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Photo Credits (in order of photos as they appear in the photo-set:

Scott Wyden Kivowitz Sara Collaton Michael Bonocore Frank Storm

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What do all of these photos have in common?

Any guesses?

Stumped?

Ok. I will help!

All of these photos were taken with my phone and the QX100!

And all of these photos will figure heavily in a presentation I will be giving at PhotoPlus Expo on the Sony stage all three days of the Expo. My presentation is called Mobile Photography: A World of Possibilities.

I will mainly be talking about how far mobile photography and the modern photographer’s workflow has come. If you will be there, stop by the Sony booth to get a listing of presentation times!

I will also be on an incredible panel on Friday, also at the Sony Booth, called Disruptive Technology with Rick Smolan: a former Time, Life, and National Geographic photographer, best known as the creator of the “Day in the Life” book series; Matt Kloskowski: the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and Editor-in-Chief of Lightroom Magazine; Brian Smith: a Pulitzer Prize winning celebrity portrait photographer; and Alex Garcia: whose time at the Chicago Tribune as a photographer has earned him many accolades and awards deeming him “one of the world’s best photojournalists” by HarperCollins.

Super excited and hope to see you there!

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P.S. - Since I will be super busy with the Expo for the rest of the week, I will mainly be posting to my Instagram here if you want to follow along: Travelinglens on Instagram

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Sony QX100 with an iPhone.
Yup! I think my excitement is palpable here… ;)
This is the ‪Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera‬ . It officially releases to the public at the end of this month in limited quantities but I was fortunate to get my hands on one.
I have only been playing around with it for the last few hours and I am basically in love with this device. The image quality is insanely good since it has a 20 MP sensor with a Zeiss f/1.8 lens attached. I plan on taking tons of photos with it all over NYC this week.
For the curious, there is another version of this device called the Sony QX10 Smartphone Attachable Camera which has a different lens and sensor and ships at a lower price)
If you haven’t heard of this device yet, it’s a lens and sensor all in one that you can literally control with your smartphone. It’s also device agnostic and works on most Android and iOS devices which is how I am using it with my iPhone here.
There is an attachment that allows you to put it on the back of your phone but you can also hold it like this or at different angles and you can even put it on a tripod or sit it down while using your phone to take photos with it.
You also have an option of sharing photos you take with this to your phone’s library for easy sharing to Instagram, Facebook, or wherever or you can share directly to Twitter via the interface.
I plan on writing a lengthy post about the QX100 this week including screenshots of the interface and more photos. I think this device has the potential to create a shift in the world of mobile photography. Exciting times!Update: Here are Sony QX100 photos taken from the top of the Empire State Building:Sony QX100 Photos
Update 2: Here is my post about the QX100’s menus, interface, and shooting modes with screenshots:Sony QX100 Interface, Menus, Shooting Modes

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My photography portfolio, My Gear List, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Sony QX100 with an iPhone.

Yup! I think my excitement is palpable here… ;)

This is the ‪Sony DSC-QX100 Smartphone Attachable Lens-style Camera‬ . It officially releases to the public at the end of this month in limited quantities but I was fortunate to get my hands on one.

I have only been playing around with it for the last few hours and I am basically in love with this device. The image quality is insanely good since it has a 20 MP sensor with a Zeiss f/1.8 lens attached. I plan on taking tons of photos with it all over NYC this week.

For the curious, there is another version of this device called the Sony QX10 Smartphone Attachable Camera which has a different lens and sensor and ships at a lower price)

If you haven’t heard of this device yet, it’s a lens and sensor all in one that you can literally control with your smartphone. It’s also device agnostic and works on most Android and iOS devices which is how I am using it with my iPhone here.

There is an attachment that allows you to put it on the back of your phone but you can also hold it like this or at different angles and you can even put it on a tripod or sit it down while using your phone to take photos with it.

You also have an option of sharing photos you take with this to your phone’s library for easy sharing to Instagram, Facebook, or wherever or you can share directly to Twitter via the interface.

I plan on writing a lengthy post about the QX100 this week including screenshots of the interface and more photos. I think this device has the potential to create a shift in the world of mobile photography. Exciting times!

Update: Here are Sony QX100 photos taken from the top of the Empire State Building:

Sony QX100 Photos

Update 2: Here is my post about the QX100’s menus, interface, and shooting modes with screenshots:

Sony QX100 Interface, Menus, Shooting Modes

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Oh hey! That’s me!

Here is an interview I did last week with Frederick Van Johnson of TWiP - This Week in Photo talking all about shooting NYC with Sony cameras. 

I had a great time! I was super nervous because I am very, very comfortable talking about emotional photography, the art of photography, blogging, writing, social media, and even shooting tips but I never really get to talk about the cameras I use. However, it was a fun interview (so many smiles!) and I even spilled the beans on my upcoming venture ;).

Hope you enjoy! ♥