Do you have a dslr or mirrorless camera? A sturdy tripod?
DSLR - check
sturdy tripod - check
Do you know the basics of the camera settings and how they relate to each other?
What type of photos are you interested in taking?
Timelapse, long exposure
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Recently moved to NY from South Africa. Looking to meet new people and practice my photography skills!
This group is for people who want to expand into different areas of photography such as timelapse/hyperlapse, light painting, trick photography (compositing), HDR, Off camera flash, etc... That is the experimental nature of this group, to try things you may not have done before but want to try. For this reason it is important that you already know the fundamentals of photography and know how to use your camera. This is not a beginners group. The idea of the group is to expand our skill levels in photography by experimenting in specific areas, to take photos and videos that are out of your comfort zone. (Does the photo on the right look like fireworks? It is, taken on June 2013 at Astoria Park using a varifocus technique that I wanted to try out). Probably the biggest difference between this group and others is the amount of planning and prep work that goes on by individual members before the meetup. It is really important to know the different features of your camera.
Some forms of photography require two people or more people working behind the scenes as well as some equipment to effectively pull off a shot. A camera that can be controlled using manual settings and a sturdy tripod is the most basic pieces of equipment (both photos shown required sturdy tripods). (Below - HDR of Eiffel Tower at twilight, using bracketed 2 - 8 second time exposures)
Also, flashlight(s), flash(s), wireless triggers and sometimes other equipment are necessary to put together something really creative (such as in light painting). Lastly, software has really changed the way we develop photos. Probably the #1 program that has helped photographers make amazing shots is Adobe Photoshop. If you haven't learned it yet, I suggest you spend some time with this amazing program. There are also many free programs available that one can learn to help achieve the effect you are looking for.
So bring what equipment you have and we can pool our resources to come up with some cool shots.
If you have a great idea for an unusal photo, come to our group meeting and let us know, we may choose to make it a group project.