On 16th of October Fujifilm orgaized their first Blogger meet at Park Hotel in Delhi. Event was specially designed for some of the premier bloggers in the city and had a launch ceremony during the end. Let's check out this Photo Journey to know more about the meet..
I took half day leave from office and reached Park Hotel at 2:50pm. Event had to start at 3:00pm. I was the first blogger to reach the venue and stand-up comedian Rajneesh Kappor was there. i had attended one of him performance at India Habitat Center, Lodhi Estate(Delhi). Talked to him and he was more interested in knowing the kind of people coming for the evening.
Planned start time 3:00pm in Delhi means that starting will not happen before 3:30pm and there can be delay of 1 Hr. So I had enough time to see Fujifilm Digital Cameras which they had placed on some of the counters around conference hall. Whole hall was full of round tables placed beautifully. Checked some of the Fujifilm Mirrorless cameras and SLRs. I was surprised to see DSLRs Fujifilm had. They had no option to change lenses. All of them had fixed lenses with amazing zoom of about 600mm. At one place I found it bad but looking at mass market, probably this is one of the good approach for home use or amateur photographers.
More bloggers started joining on first floor of Park Hotel. Arvind Khanna is trying Mirrorless cameras at Fujifilm Blogger Meet. Fujifilm had great range of mirror-less cameras and I personally liked the results. They created a shooting area with some objects lying under good light. In Poiint-n-shoot, Fujifilm has good range. Anyways, it was time to move ahead and proceed with other parts of event.
Bloggers started joining in and it was one of the great moments when you meet fellow who you follow online. Thanks to all such events and we bloggers keep meeting to discuss new ideas & news in detail.
While catching up with Bloggers, I noticed one of the familiar faces sitting there. He is there on my Facebook account. After putting some pressure on my mind, I could recall his name and other relevant details :) . Hemant Sood, who is a photographer and popularly known for his fashion work. I had a quick chat with him and it was a nice interaction. He was there to share Fujifilm Camera reviews with bloggers.
After a brief chit-chat with fellow blogger over a cup of coffee there was a call for everyone to be seated and start the evening. Fujifilm Marketing folks welcomed all bloggers and shared some interesting facts about Fujifilm and technologies they share with customers or other businesses. During his talks he shared about X series cameras, what is so special about those and Fujinano lenses. Then some bollywood movie-examples were shared which were shot with Fujifilm Lenses. Movies like Dabang & Slumdog Millionaire etc.
As the event started, there was an announcement for every blogger to start tweeting about the event & Fujifilm with hash-tag #fujifilmxisin and one of the blogger would win a Fujifilm Camera. Initially I has hesitant about it as I always avoid to use Twitter. I have linked my Twitter account to pick automatic updates from the blog and that's it. After looking around for 5 minutes, I also thought to give it a try.
At the time, there was another announcement about being attentive to the details makreting folks were sharing. A quiz was planned after the talk and winners got T-Shirts. I also managed to get one :). Some of the other bloggers on my table got multiple and ours table was winner of-course :) Sangeeta, Arvind and Kriti rocked the show !
After a quick quiz Mr Rajneesh Kappor came to the stage. He is a popular standup comedian in Delhi and goes to various parts of country for big comedy shows. He was really good, although I felt that people sitting there were not that supportive :) ... I loved the way he make fun of day to day things and he is awesome with Delhi Jokes :)
Most of the bloggers were carrying cameras but I didn't see any Fujifilm camera with any of them. Most of the bloggers were having Nikon or Canon DSLRs. DSLRs and Phone-Cameras are most popular these days. And slowly it's becoming hard to see point-n-shoot cameras. During one of the talks Fujifilm folks also mentioned about the same that Point-n-Shoot market is facing good competition from Smart-Phone Cameras.
Environment all around the conference hall was quite friendly by the end of Rajneesh's session. It was really great and some of the marketing folks in the back were quite involved in whole comedy session. Their laugh was completely different from rest of the hall.
Soon after Rajneesh's performance, Hemant Sood joined us on stage. He shared some great thoughts around Photography and basic tips for bloggers. I must say that he was quite honest about some of the basic facts about photography. I found him quite open about the role of importance of Equipments in Photography. He talked in detail about basic functions of Camera and then kept things open for bloggers to focus more on visuals rather than rules we see on web or books.
During the end some celebrity was expected to join and announce the winner of Twitter contest. She came to the stage and it was extremely difficult for me to recognize her. When Fujifilm folks introduced her, then we got to know that she is Minisha Lamba.
As expected she talked about Fujifilm cameras and winner was declared. @Photojourney_TC was the winner and this is our handle on twitter. Thanks Fujifilm for inviting and liking our tweets.