A take on Portraiture

Hey guys!

I have a new found interest in Portrait photography and was wondering if anyone here shares the same interest. Perhaps we could have a meetup on doing some portraits? Could be good for everyone to have a go and gauge whether or not it's something they'd be interested in. Also a good way to share tips and learn something in the process.

Now, hopefully we're photogenic, but of course if we know of anyone outside of our group willing to model for us, that'd be just as good :)

Keen?

UPDATE: 21 March 2013
Now that we have quite a good number of people interested in attending this meetup, here's what we'll need (some bits could be optional):

  • Camera (most important!)
  • Flash
  • Diffusers or something of that nature to play with lighting (optional)
  • Props - for creativity
  • Some form of extra clothing - as we would be photographing each other most I think
  • Friends / models - especially for those who aren't comfortable with photos being taken of themselves

 

That should do the trick for now. Please post questions / suggestions as required.

 

UPDATE: 19 April 2013
Ladies and gentlemen!

I have had a look at the weather and it looks like it's going to be wet and partially windy. In light of that, I have to change the time and location of this meetup.

The new location is Alberton : http://www.historicplaces.org.nz/placestovisit/auckland/alberton.aspx

Venue hire is $250. Now this isn't so bad considering about 30 people are keen to attend at the time of this post - so that's $8.33 per person. We get the entire venue open to us, indoors and outdoors (if we get a break in weather).

As for time, I'd say let's meet at 14:00? That would give us a solid 2.5 hours worth of shooting time. I intend to call the guy at Alberton and confirm by 15:30 - so any quick feedback would be awesome!

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  • Shikhar B.

    Thanks for the transfers everyone, all accounts are now settled.

    Glad many of you could make it. As for requests for an encore of this session, I shall plan something and put it up - keep an eye out for it :)

    May 9, 2013

  • Peter J.

    Transfer completed this evening, thank you Shikhar.

    1 · May 8, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Hi all, apologies for having to post this but here's an update on the accounts and balances regarding this meetup:

    Paid:
    Julie
    Zoe
    Ed
    Trevor
    Cameron
    Marina
    Karl
    Peter+1

    That's a count of 10 people - including myself.

    This means, 3 people who haven't paid still:
    Tim
    Tim H
    Bruce

    Could I request the people in the second list to transfer:
    $19.23
    To:[masked] ASAP - would be very much appreciated.

    To all others, again, apologies for having to post this.

    Cheers :)

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Tim H.

      I paid at the time, at the end of the afternoon, $20 cash. Hope you remember, Tim H.

      1 · May 8, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for reminding Tim H. :)

      Thanks Bruce, received :)

      May 8, 2013

  • Kevin L.

    I really think this was such an awesome idea , I really wish I hadnt missed it ... how about a repeat :) ( or some varation on potraiture)

    1 · May 7, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Kevin, it was a great meetup indeed. You're not the only one who want to have a repeat :)

      I shall organise something for us all, keep an eye out!

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    To all,

    A request from Zoe - if you have taken photos of her two girls, please ensure to not upload them to any site outside of this meetup page.

    Thanks :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Alright folks, here are the accounting details:

    Venue cost: $250
    Attendees: 13
    Cost per person: 250 / 13 = $19.23

    My bank account details are:
    Name: Shikhar Bhagat
    Account#:[masked] (or 00)

    Thanks all :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    It was a good day and good too meet you all. Thank you Shikhar for putting it all together.

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      No worries at all Trevor. I'm glad to hear that you had a good time :)

      April 22, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    So I was just sorting out the count of attendees and I have the following names (and faces) that I can recall:
    - Karl
    - Trevor
    - Marina
    - Zoe
    - Tim
    - Tim H
    - Julie
    - Peter (+1)
    - Andy
    - Cameron
    - Bruce
    - Myself

    That's a total of 13 attendees. Have I included everyone?

    Once people can confirm that I haven't left anyone out, I shall post my bank details and the individual amount here :)

    April 21, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      So we're 12 people then - anyone else who I might have counted and wasn't there (or was was there and I haven't counted)?

      April 22, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Ah it was Ed who I haven't got in the list - OK we're back at 13 attendees.

      April 22, 2013

  • Julie J.

    Really great day out and the location was fantastic. Glad that the weather held off and it was good to hear about the history of the place as well. Zoe, thank you so much for volunteering your daughters as models. They did so well and I'll be posting my shots very soon. Shikhar thanks so much for organising and I think you did such a good job for your first meetup.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Hello and thank you all to those who attended! Hope you had a good time, liked the location and learnt lots! This was the first meetup that was organised by me - hope everything worked out well :) Look forward to meeting you all again at another meetup!

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      I would also like to encourage people to share the photos taken of other people via email to one another :)

      April 21, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Absolutely Bruce. Uploading here is most certainly recommended. In addition to that emailing the photos to the respective models would be a good thing to do as well :)

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Shikhar. Didn't realise it was a time and venue change can't make it that early sorry.

    April 21, 2013

  • Sea

    we have similar tour photo activity this afternoon, and try to come late, and also i introduce some asian chinese will come. enjoy.

    April 21, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Just a general comment, suggest people to layer up with their clothing to introduce a variety in clothing. Also, props would be handy.

    Examples of props that I'm planning on getting with me:
    - Diary
    - Pen/Pencil
    - Flashlight
    - Keys
    - Watch

    Clothing can be:
    - Trendy
    - New-age
    - Formal-ish
    - Old-school
    - A mix of sorts

    Either of these is not a necessity at all but would just make things more interesting :)

    April 21, 2013

  • Olly

    I'm really sorry but can't make it this time. Unforeseen change of plans:( Have fun today!

    April 21, 2013

  • Alistair M.

    Sorry - a family commitment has arisen and I won't be able to make it. Next time.

    April 20, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      No worries Alistair. See you next time.

      April 21, 2013

  • Tim H.

    No guests, and I am coming from 2 other things so I will try hard to be there at 2pm, but may be late.

    April 21, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Tim, no worries at all. Look forward to seeing you there.

      April 21, 2013

  • Andy

    Shikhar - Keen to come along but may have to work. If I am free is it OK if I just turn up? Depending of location and your plans of course.

    April 18, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Andy,

      Yes it is OK to just turn up - especially considering that you've told me now :)

      I will update the time / location tomorrow evening and you can plan accordingly.

      April 18, 2013

    • Andy

      Thanks Shikhar... Will do my best to get there on time.

      1 · April 21, 2013

  • Brendan M.

    I am out of hospital but still having daily treatment so quite possibly won't be able to make it. I will do my best but can't guarantee anything.

    1 · April 20, 2013

  • Steve

    Unfortunately I have an open home on at 2pm- catch you guys next time

    April 19, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Ah fair enough. See you next time indeed Steve :) Happy house hunting!

      April 19, 2013

  • Gerard De S.

    Apologies. Won't be able to atend. Enjoy the day.

    April 19, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      No worries and thanks Gerard. Hope to see you next time :)

      April 19, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Question for all: Would altering the time and location for the meetup be OK for people?

    Time to around 14:30.

    Also if, just if, location B costs a minor bit, would it be alright?

    April 17, 2013

    • Phil E.

      Hi Shikhar, I'm sorry to say I'm going to have to miss the portrait shoot this weekend as I've got to go to Oz for a client (I'd much rather do the shoot!). So huge apologies mate but unfortunately work calls. But I'll catch you at the next one.

      April 19, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Phil, work on a weekend is no good! Definitely hope to see you at the next meetup :)

      April 19, 2013

  • Christine

    Hello, I'm new to the group and interested in coming this weekend. As an alternative location, would the the Auckland Art Gallery be suitable? Photography is permitted, and general admission is free!

    2 · April 19, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Christine :) Welcome to the group!

      Thanks for the suggestion! The Auckland Art Gallery is a good option too, though there are restrictions around the use of flash and carrying bags (well at least I have a camera backpack to carry my stuff).

      We can always use this as a location for another meetup - definitely added to the list :)

      Look forward to seeing you at this meetup!

      April 19, 2013

  • Julie J.

    So do we have a definite location yet? Just to let you know, I not sure if we'll be able to take photos in Britomart. I remember asking them previously if I could take some photos, mainly movement shots so I'd have my tripod, and they said I would have to apply by email. We could give it a go and see if we get thrown out :)

    April 17, 2013

    • Brendan M.

      They didn't mind me using mine, in fact they actively encouraged it when I offered to snap a photo for them of a guy from a distance who was getting really aggro and refusing to pay a train fare. Ah, the benefit of telephoto lenses. I suppose it depends on numbers, if we spread out and also the guards working on the day. I don't plan to take a tripod for a portrait photo anyway.

      April 17, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hey Jules, we don't have a Plan B location yet. While Britomart seems like a good place, it seems we could run into problems. So I'm thinking I'll check out the Imperial Building on Queen Street tomorrow evening. If that's not an option, I'm thinking Alberton would be a good place - without imperial clothing Brendan ;)

      1 · April 17, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Hey everyone!

    Just thought I'd put it out there - the weather is looking rather miserable for the weekend (as of now anyway). Considering how hard it was to settle on a date and time for this shoot, I am thinking we should start thinking of alternate - read indoor (or near indoor) - locations for the shoot.

    I am hunting for alternate places where we can hold this meetup. Do people have any ideas? Any assistance on this front would be much appreciated :)

    April 16, 2013

    • Brendan M.

      Alberton sounds good, with all those covered verandahs we could still get some outside shots with some natural light. Some sepia shots in top hats and tails and silk ballgowns could also be an option. ;-) Parking can be a little tight there though.

      April 17, 2013

    • Tim M.

      Britomart would be good but we would probably need to ask permission. I've taken photos there before and been questioned by a security guard. if there is a whole bunch going then we will definitely attract attention. If we say what we are doing they should be OK with it - what they don't want is for us to be taking commercial images there.

      1 · April 17, 2013

  • Phil E.

    Hi Shikhar, is there an option to hold the meeting earlier say 1pm or something like that...and use the greenhouses at the Winter Gardens? I believe they shut them at 4:30pm

    April 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Hi Phil, Cameron, I think it is indeed an option; though I hope changing the time won't upset too many people's plans who are keen to attend this meetup!

      In regards to the location, I was told that we can use the greenhouse and all, would it have enough space for us lot? - taking bad weather and other visitors into account.

      The original idea was to use the gardens and the surrounding area; but if it rains, then we'll all have to be inside.

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm moving house that weekend so can't make it. Sorry.

    April 13, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Well hope it goes well for you.. see you next time Brian!

      April 14, 2013

  • T S.

    Hi, Sorry - Won't be able to make it after all. Hope it's a nice afternoon.

    April 11, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Ah.. hopefully next time you can make it!

      April 14, 2013

  • Clint

    Sounds great, won't get a decent camera till later this year so "modelling" will be a great way to learn.

    I put modelling in air quotes because you will have a hard time making me look good lol ...challenge set... :)

    2 · March 9, 2013

    • Clint

      Thanks, I've seen parallel imports. I'm starting from scratch, so by the time I get a couple of simple lenses, and make sure the family can still eat lol, I hope to stretch to the 7d

      http://www.digiparall...­

      March 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Guys, I am new here,You guys are into Canon I see, I hope that my Sony Dslr will be acceptable :)

      2 · April 8, 2013

  • Phil D.

    Anyone got access to clothes/props for the model. Maybe a bit of a theme to give it a bit of interest?

    1 · March 18, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      I was contemplating and figured that since most of are going to be the model already, we could bring something with us to change our look just that little bit.

      As for theme, well, I suppose we can get creative on the day itself and pre-determine some ideas here or just in our heads.

      Suggestions are always welcome of course :)

      March 20, 2013

    • Brendan M.

      I have a few caps and a hat or two I could bring along.

      1 · April 6, 2013

  • Brendan M.

    Good location for me. I was wondering though if we couldn't split up into pairs and take turns at taking photos of each other if we can

    March 17, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      That sounds like a very good idea Brendan.

      Also, Shazanah believes she can bring a couple of friends with her who can model for us, and I've asked my friend to model as well (pictures of her on Flickr - feel free to check them out).

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • Brendan M.

      If I take photos of anyone, models or other photographers, I don't mind giving them digital copies of anything I take for anything they want to use them for.

      April 6, 2013

  • Trevor H.

    Do you relise that Walkabout has Nigth shoot with light painting is on that night at 7pm

    March 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Trevor, this is unfortunate. However, it's been hard enough hunting for a date that works for people and I am much inclined to not changing the date now - unless there is a dire need for this of course.

      1 · March 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The WA shoot starts at 7 and is around the bays so no problem with timings. Ill be attending both

      April 6, 2013

  • Jo M.

    Hi Shikhar,
    I think the Wintergardens close at 4:30pm from 1 April. They usually close the courtyard gates as well. Hope I'm wrong, but might pay to check ahead.

    1 · March 29, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks for the heads up Jo, shall definitely check closer to the day. We can also just be outside the gardens - there's quite a few settings there

      March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, two of my friends are willing to model for this meetup. I've shot them heaps though so if we could get more that would be great :)

    This is them http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/396708_10150532025353077_1952869068_n.jpg

    1 · March 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Thanks Shazanah, that would be awesome! More people that we have to shoot, the better :)

      March 20, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    Sorry, but we just booked a weekend of out town on the Coromandel, so we won't be able to attend this. I look forward to seeing your photos though.

    March 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      Awww, would have been awesome if you could've made it Veronica - next time then!

      March 20, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    Alright folks, I am adding a date/time and location to officialise this meetup. Hopefully people can make it on the day!

    I had a chat with the folk at Cornwall Park and the most beautiful trees that I'd have wanted to use as a backdrop aren't going to be blossoming till about September/October :(

    March 16, 2013

    • Shikhar B.

      So the location is just a gather point for us. We could start taking photos in the vicinity itself or make our way down to Garden Road, which via Google Maps, seems good too - shall check out other locations this weekend and (maybe) update accordingly.

      March 16, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    From the Brenizer Method meetup, the suggestion of Cornwall Park sounds rather appealing. I was thinking we could potentially have the Brenizer Method meetup as a "follow on" from this meetup, and therefore the same location, but perhaps a different area within the park. The colours and lighting on a late afternoon / early evening could work out great!

    Of course, other ideas are welcome. Also, regarding the setting, would people prefer a more outdoors-y or indoors-y-ish setting?

    As for the date/time, how does the weekend of April 14 around 4pm onwards sound?

    March 13, 2013

    • matt

      Thats the weekend of the itm400 at puke, so no good for me.

      March 14, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    depending on date/time, etc

    March 10, 2013

  • Shikhar B.

    That's a really positive response people!

    Can we have a little suggestion thread going as to when we are most free? Would be awesome if we can narrow down to a date/time when everyone is available.

    Phil: As for the venue, working on it. The Auckland Domain could be one place, the park on this hill to the right side of Tamaki Drive could be another. Mount Eden domain potentially another option. Then there's Victoria Park if people are willing to head towards Devenport.

    An urban setting could be cool too, just not too sure on what fits the bill here. A cafe or bar area could be interesting with the lighting and setting? - such as the Viaduct or Wynyard Quarter.

    Lastly indoors, this is the one setting about which I have no idea.

    For both, date/time and location, suggestions are more than welcome!

    March 12, 2013

  • Phil D.

    any thoughts about a venue?

    March 11, 2013

  • T S.

    Very interested!! Hope I can make it.

    1 · March 10, 2013

  • Andy

    YES, but depends on date and time

    March 10, 2013

  • Tim M.

    I will be keen date and time permitting

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    definitely interested, but depends on date and time

    March 9, 2013

  • Brendan M.

    Tentative, depending on date, time and location.

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Definitely interested in this!

    1 · March 9, 2013

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