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Prime Lens Photography - Deep Depth of Field (Wide Angle)

Purpose: To learn / experience the advantages (and disadvantages) of using a prime lens which will force you to move your body in order to change the perspective of your image.

We will shoot using only prime (fixed focal length, non-zoom) lenses.  Any type are welcome but for this event, you will be more successful achieving your goal if you use a WIDE ANGLE lens (the wider, the better).  Typically, a wide angle lens (in full frame format) in considered to be 35mm or less.  Again, bring what you have, and we can show you additional ways to maximize your depth of field.

We will concentrate on keeping everything in your image in sharp focus, using the three main elements for controlling depth of field. 1) a wide angle perspective, 2) small aperture, and 3) the distance you are from your subject.  There is a lot more to wide angle photography then just "getting it all in".  We will also introduce you to near-far photography (please Google) which brings your main subject close (and in focus) while keeping the rest of image in sharp focus as well.

Bring your favorite SHORT Prime Lens(es), and if you don't HAVE a prime lens, feel free to join us anyway as I will have some gaffer tape that you can use to lock your zoom (temporarily) from moving.

When in the park, just follow the signs to Lake Pointe Hall. We'll meet behind Lake Pointe Hall facing the lake. There are tons of places to shoot here.  Most of all, we'll have some fun at this event and if we are not careful, we may all learn something new!

Although this is a FREE event for all members, please RSVP, especially if your plans change and have to cancel. Members may bring a guest to use as a model or assistant.

Steve will be there to assist our members from 6:00-8:00pm.  After the shoot, we will continue at Mario's Pizza to wind down, cool off and discuss the evening's event.

 

** HEAVY RAIN CANCELS EVENT **

 

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  • Kelly Poole H.

    So jealous I missed that sunset you ordered Steve!! Everyones photos are beautiful!! Hate I missed it!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron,
    Just click in this link and you go straight to the pictures:
    http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Photographers/photos/16853192/

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Denise L.

    Can't say enough good things about yesterday. It was worth the drive.

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • SENTHILKUMAR V.

    It was a amazing evening...this is the first time I took my camera out to shoot something...most of the pictures didn't turn as good as I expected, but the only thing I can say is where I went wrong. this gave me an opportunity to learn from my mistakes. thanks for the tips and little guidance. I m looking forward for more of these.

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was really a wonderful sunset with white geese, a little cute girl with her pinkish dress, outstanding photographers, and the results are just fantastic.
    Congratulations to you all that have already posted these BEAUTIFUL pictures. Hey Dee and Arghya, please check my comment on the 2nd picture, in which Sharelle is captured. (lol)
    It was so NICE TO MEET YOU ALL!!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Dee G.

    Hey, Ron, you're so right! Every time I get to this park I wonder if I would find something to shoot at and every time a thing or two pop out. It's always amazing to me what other folks find on their own, too and that's the best thing about this meetup. An eye opener!

    August 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for scheduling that awesome sunset, Steve!

    1 · August 22, 2013

  • Francisco V.

    It is always nice to see the creative things Steve comes up with, I had fun even without my camera, it was nice to see all of you.

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Nishanth

    Something just came up at work....had to start late from office...Wont be able to make it this time:(

    August 21, 2013

  • Steve L.

    The sun is out and the Meetup is on.

    August 21, 2013

  • Christen

    Just barely out of the city. Traffic is insane! :( trying my hand at some of my own prime lens shots close to home. Have fun guys!

    1 · August 21, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Maybe next time, then.

      August 21, 2013

  • David P.

    Weather too iffy for my distance.

    August 21, 2013

  • David P.

    Weather too iffy for my distance.

    August 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunny, or rain, or thunder... I need to turn in my assignment today, no matter what. I will be there around 6:30pm, please text me if anything changes. Thanks!

    August 21, 2013

    • Steve L.

      I'll be there. Thanks!!

      August 21, 2013

  • Christen

    Can't tell if there will be "heavy rain" in Matthews tonight...any thoughts?

    August 21, 2013

    • Steve L.

      I will be there regardless to check it out, and we can take the meeting directly to Mario's if the weather is bad. Wide angle pizza shots, perhaps?

      2 · August 21, 2013

  • Dee G.

    Chances of T Storm are 40 % right now. Bring at least a plastic bag for your equipment!

    1 · August 21, 2013

  • Jacob T.

    I was planning on attending this as my first meet with you guys, but unfortunately I won't be able to make it. I look forward to meeting all of you soon though!

    August 21, 2013

  • Kelly Poole H.

    Sorry, something came up and I cant make it on time tonight! But please Steve post or email me the assignment page so I can keep up with everyone....hate to miss but hope everyone has a good time!!

    August 21, 2013

  • Linda

    Homework and coference call tonight...ill miss you guys.

    August 21, 2013

  • Tim N.

    Would love to see the pictures from the event. Take care!!

    August 21, 2013

  • Tim N.

    Due to family needs, I'm unable to attend tonight. Hopefully next time.

    August 21, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Still out of town Steve, hopefully next month

    August 19, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Dan, you and your wit will truly be missed.

      August 20, 2013

  • Brandy

    :( not able to. can't wait to see the pictures everyone takes!

    August 15, 2013

    • Steve L.

      We will miss you Brandy. That's two in a row!

      August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My only evening class at the college. I am sad I am going miss this one.

    August 17, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Joanne, you will be missed.

      August 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll bring my new 14mm (21mm equivalent) and my Fuji.

    August 14, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Would that be a Nikkor 14mm?

      August 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No, unfortunately not. It's the Fuji 14mm. Stunningly sharp and not a bit of distortion. Also, much cheaper.

      1 · August 15, 2013

  • Linda

    Ill be there, but ill be wide angleless, ill gmjust have my trusted 50 mm ....

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    camera out for repairs.... Bummer

    August 8, 2013

    • Steve L.

      You can still come out and kayak around for us!

      August 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Funny you mention that, as I am hosting kayaking clinic also............ maybe I can borrow a 50D

      August 11, 2013

  • Scott J.

    Looking forward to it. I only have a 50mm on a APS-C camera (=75mm)

    August 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    will bring Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L wide angle zoom and you can help me duct tape the bad puppy

    August 5, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Not sure if I can make this event, have a 50 & 35 mm to use, may still be out of town.

    August 5, 2013

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