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Catalyst 2010 – Atlanta

Craig Groeschel - Catalyst 2010

Craig Groeschel – Catalyst 2010

I had the privilege of attending all three days of the Catalyst Conference 2010 in Atlanta (October 6-8) at the Gwinnett Arena. Catalyst is a leadership conference that is geared towards the Christian community. While many of the attendees work for a church or ministry, there are a number of people who attend for the leadership focus of the conference. As a result of the my 2009 Catalyst photos being picked up on the Catalyst Blog, I was provided an “all access” pass for this year’s event. The pass allowed me to go anywhere for photography purposes.

Part of a Team

There was a team of about ten photographers shooting the event so I was not alone (thank goodness!). While most of the other photographers were down at the stage or shooting in the staging area/green room, my goal was to capture the event more from the participant perspective. Many of my shots are taken from a seat or from within the crowd. I did take advantage of my access pass and went down to the stage on a couple of occasions.

Event Shooting

Shooting an environment like Catalyst can be challenging. Most of the time I was shooting at ISO 3200 as my preferred lens (Nikon 18-200mm VR) is a 4-5.6 lens, which is not very fast. I did pull out my trusty 50mm 1.8D lens a few times when I was next to the stage which allowed me to drop the ISO down to 1600.

Over the past year, shooting events like Catalyst and North Point Community Church, I have learned to ‘dial-down’ the exposure on my camera. Basically, the camera is seeing all this black in the background and attempts to compensate for that by increasing the exposure. The results are speakers/musicians that are over-exposed. Therefore, I typically ‘dial-down’ my exposure 1 or 2 stops when shooting events.


While there was a lot of great music, the noise that I encountered was the type you find on digital images. Because of the high ISO, there is going to be noise. Fortunately, the Nikon D90 is pretty good at 3200 and so when I process the photos in Adobe Lightroom 3, I slide the Luminance slider to 20 which removes most of the noise.


Catalyst will be using some of my photos over the next few months on their website and in their emails. I have also been able to share my photos on Flickr and Twitter which has helped gain more than 6,500 ‘views’ of my Flickr Catalyst photos (you can also view them on this site’s Catalyst 2010 gallery). In addition Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst, even Tweeted my “Human Cannon” photo which has garnered more than 600 individual views.

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The Power of Flickr

Sunrise Spectators, Tybee Island, GA

Sunrise Spectators

Thursday was just another day in the MR MARK photography world and all of a sudden an email arrives from the Photo Department of TravelandLeisure.com (a subsidiary of American Express). They requested the use of “Sunrise Spectators” from my recent Savannah, GA vacation.

Where did they find my photo? Through my Flickr account.

How significant is that? Well, in my opinion, it wasn’t by accident.

What do you mean? When I post photos on Flickr, I do it to share photos with my friends, family and anyone else in the world. How I do it is another story. I learned pretty early that with a little care, you can make your photos rise to the top of similar subject photos. Appropriately naming your photo, providing the location and listing relevant tags (i.e. keywords) will give your photos a better opportunity to be “found” on Flickr.

What’s the benefit of having a photo ‘found’ on Flickr? Flickr, as the largest photo sharing website, is a place that many companies search for great photos. This is not the first time a company or individual has found a photo of mine and requested permission to use it. Sometimes its an individual blogger, other times it has been magazines and several times it has been businesses. Each of them have contacted me for permission or purchased rights to use an image on their website or in their printed materials.

TravelandLeisure.com will provide credit and a link back to this website. And for that, any budding photographer is thrilled! I’ll let you know when its on their website.

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