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Prime Lens Photography - Flash (On / Off Camera)

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 attempt to incorporate flash within your images.  

The goal is to be able to balance your ambient (available) light with your light from your flash.  

Pro Member Joshua Steinke is kind enough to volunteer to help me assist our members with this event.  The goal is for YOU to leave this event with the basic knowledge to be able to repeat the techniques learned when you are out on your own. 

Bring your Flashes, Modifiers, Pocket Wizards, "Poverty Wizards", or whatever you have to use.  We will also have some extra gear for those that would like to try off camera wireless flash photography.  Placing your light off the axis of the camera, allows for more creative/dramatic lighting than just the direct light coming straight from the camera's position.

When in the park, just follow the signs to Lake Pointe Hall. We'll meet just 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 hopefully 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 and Josh will be there to assist our members from 6:00-8:00pm.  After the shoot (8:15pm), we will continue just down the road to Mario's Pizza to wind down, grab some food and drink, and display some of the images from this event on their large screen TV.

 

** "HEAVY RAIN" CANCELS EVENT **

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! It was so nice to meet you all and also new photographers. All the photos are SO nice and beautiful. Amazing talent. Steve and Joshua, thanks again for the opportunity to learn more about Photography.

    1 · September 21, 2013

  • Heather W.

    What an awesome first meetup experience! I definitely had fun and learned a lot!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Big thanks to Joshua Steinke for taking the time to helping out at this event!

    September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      My pleasure!

      September 20, 2013

  • ron h.

    Steve it was a wonderful event. Thanks for all your help. Looking forward to your next session.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Kelly Poole H.

    Great time Steve! You always seem to know just what I need instruction on!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Kelly Poole H.

    Great time! Thanks Steve, it funny how you can learn something even when you don't have your own flash! Thanks Brandy and Nicole for all your help in instruction...its going to open a whole new learning experience for me as a new grandma!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Brandy

    Had an awesome time! Learned TONS!! :) Thanks Steve!

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • Francisco V.

    Great as usual, Once again Steve did a great job making us understand how different lights affects your images by changing your settings. It is always nice to see familiar faces in this group.

    1 · September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Who had fun tonight? Did you learn something?

    3 · September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's the flash and the trigger. The flash already has a built in receiver.

      September 19, 2013

  • Rick

    Another fine event, fun evening using off camera flash which makes for some amazing portraits, especially at sunset! Am sure only a few are familiar with high speed synch, lesson for another day! Thanks Steve, fun to see the photos on the screen at Mario's.

    2 · September 19, 2013

  • Terry W.

    Not going to make it....again....too much going on at work.

    September 19, 2013

    • David P.

      Great lenses, Terry. I have the first two in Nikkor and the thrid in Sigma. Which 35 do you have?

      September 19, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Next month, then!

      September 19, 2013

  • ram

    I am looking to learn Lightroom
    Is there a course for this
    I am interested in 1-on-1 for a fee
    Rk

    September 19, 2013

    • Francisco V.

      There is a Lightroom beginners workshop tomorrow from 5:00 to 8:00 in south Charlotte, if you need info about it email me at [masked]

      September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, not going to make it

    September 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running few mins late

    September 19, 2013

  • Q

    Sorry guys - too much work going on for me as well. I am relatively new in town and was looking forward to meet you fellow-shutterbugs. Soon though....!

    September 19, 2013

  • David P.

    I'm kinda achy today and will have trouble moving about, so I'm gonna bow out tonight. Plus the learning curve on the physical details of the Qflash with radio control is reallllllly steep.

    September 19, 2013

    • David P.

      Thanks, John. I could use some help. I ordered one reconditioned QF8N from Quantum and it arrived fine, along with a Pilot which works well, too. I ordered a used QF8N from B&H but they sent a QF8NB which does not have radio, and they are closed until after our holidays, a week from Sunday. They have no more used so I'm guessing they will want the item back for a refund. Hard to find these things used as they are very popular and scarce. Maybe we could spend some time just playing with the Pilot and one off-camera flash. What days are good for you? Prolly best to communicate via email, [masked].

      September 19, 2013

    • Steve L.

      Ok David, maybe next time, then.

      1 · September 19, 2013

  • Steve H.

    Sorry Steve... a work obligation will prevent me from attending. I was really looking forward to this.

    September 18, 2013

  • Heather W.

    I'm really excited about this class and can't wait to attend! Will you guys be providing tips to use manual flash on camera? I opted for a yonguo speedlight which doesn't have TTL feature, and is a bit more challenging to use (to put it mildly, lol)

    September 14, 2013

    • David P.

      Let's also not forget the degree to which getting flash right is a bit of trial and error. There are lots of rules for guidance, but still some surprises. That's why god, in her wisdom, invented Polaroid for film users.

      BTW, I still have five Nikon speedlights but have two Quantum Trios and their Pilot arriving today, as I am thinking of upgrading to the higher power and quicker recycle of Qflash. Unfortunately, they seem to be a bit less versatile and a little kludgy with external battery packs required, but there are always tradeoffs. Maybe I'll just keep a bunch of each and use according to occasion. Of course, there is nothing non-kludgy about setting up five speedlights, no matter how sleek and light they might be.

      September 18, 2013

    • Charlotte G.

      Qflashes rock, that's what I used at the beach all summer!

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • Linda

    Life happened, wont make it.

    September 18, 2013

    • Steve L.

      You will be truly missed....sorry to hear.

      1 · September 18, 2013

  • Kelly Poole H.

    Don't have a flash yet, but I'm coming!

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will have my very inexpensive setup to share and explain tonight.

      1 · September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I mean tomorrow night. Got my days mixed up.

      September 18, 2013

  • Linda

    Life happened, wont make it.

    September 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What about the pineapple cake? Will that make it?

      2 · September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some things to keep in mind for the Meetup of you're new to using Off Camera Flash:
    1. Know your cameras flash sync speed.
    2. Know how to put your camera in manual mode.
    3. Familiarize yourself with setting ISO, shutter speed and aperture. These may seem like alien ideas, or a bit daunting, but I assure you that it will all seem more palatable when we're done. I would encourage those with experience in Off Camera Flash, to share their knowledge with those who are learning

    .

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • charlescab

    Whats the difficulty level for this (Im a new to the SLR arena)

    September 10, 2013

    • Steve L.

      I would consider this beginner to intermediate level. Even if you do nothing else but observe, you will get a lot out of this.

      September 10, 2013

    • Linda

      If i can do it, anyone can...lol come on out,

      2 · September 10, 2013

  • Dan C.

    Wish I could attend, but had to change my plans, it's those Hurricane Sandy Grandkids, LOL

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • Linda

    And maybe a pineapple upside down cake for steve...shhh its a surprise...lol

    2 · September 4, 2013

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