Been reading about photography lately and there's this method of photography called the Brenizer Method.
The idea is that you focus on and take photos of the subject and the surrounding area in parts, with the focus locked on the subject. Consequently, the photos are fixed up (if necessary) and then stitched in Photoshop (or equivalent software such as GIMP). The end result is a photo with the subject in sharp focus with other bits not so much or out of focus, yielding a high-def, crystal clear photo.
Some more info here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F50dXkIe25c (2 parter)
Now I'm aware this requires more than just photo taking and will be a time consuming activity. In addition, we would require laptops and photo processing tools. If people would be keen though, we could have a long-ish session where we first take our photos and then get together later with a bunch of laptops and get to work on our photos!
Not your typical meetup but this method looks like fun and something worth trying out.
1) Improve on your photography
2) Learn a new method of photography
3) Get a feel of post-processing photos - shooting in RAW highly recommended!
4) Fun and great photos!
UPDATE - 11 June 2013
I've found a free, simple and very easy to use photo stitching software called Microsoft ICE (sorry I'm a Windows user and not entirely sure if there is something free and equivalent for Mac and Linux users). This app be found at:
As for the date - thinking later this year (third-ish quarter) would be a good time, and location - to be confirmed. Will keep you all posted as more concrete plans surface :)
UPDATE - 25 June 2013
Here's some words of wisdom from the man himself!