We're going to try something a bit different this time.
I've had some requests for help learning how to shoot better, and operate cameras, so we'll take a photographic hike today and learn something about how to get better shots. We'll look at composition, camera settings, and have several discussions on technique. If you don't have a camera, but want to learn how to take better photos w/ your iPhone or Android then please join in. What I'll share will be applicable for everyone.
If you've been wanting to improve what you do w/ your camera (or cell phone), then this is the hike for you. I can guarantee you will learn from the time we spend together.
As a short bio, I've been shooting since I was 16 yrs old, and am now 22, so that's a solid 7 yrs of experience! ;-) OK, I did start shooting at 16 anyway, so that probably gives me just a little experience, and I've taken many photography classes in college. I've shot weddings, concerts, and special events for companies. If you go to my profile pg and look at the photos you'll get an idea of what I do.
We'll do about a 6 mile hike that will give us the opportunity of shooting landscape, wildlife, and portraiture, while taking in some really great views and scenery. If you already shoot and do it in the city, then is your chance to get out into nature and see what you can bring back (in photos that is).
Here are some examples from one of our hikes - not exactly portfolio quality, but they'll give you some ideas to consider.
Portrait - consider what depth of field you might use (to blur the background). Here I used an exposure that emphases the beard.
Landscape - How can you create a foreground to add interest to your shot?
Framing - what produces the most pleasing landscape?
Please Note: I realise not all these topics may apply to cell phone cameras, but most of what I'll cover will.
If you have topics you'd like me to cover, post your idea(s) as a comment and I'll do my best to get you what you're looking for.
This event is posted on several Meetup sites including here...
From Hwy 101 take Hwy 12 East and when it hits the street, keep going straight about 2 miles 'till it T's at Summerfield Dr. Turn Right there and go 3 blocks and turn Left on Carissa, which you'll follow up the hill to the clearing and park there. GPS [masked],[masked]
What to bring:
~Camera or Cell Phone (Manuals are helpful)
~Vino - we can't have an outing w/out it!
~Lunch and food to share - dried fruit/nuts, chips & dip, use your imagination.
~Layered clothing, hat, and sunscreen.
~Snacks for along the way.
~A liter of water - Fill 1/2 water & 1/2 ice.
~$10 admin fee
Your sense of humour is an absolute must!