What is your experience level in photography? (This will help me plan future Meetup activities.
On a scale of 1-10, i'd place myself at a 6
What kind of landscape based activities are you interested in: (A) General get-togethers, (B) Day trip photo shoots, (C) Day trip instructional sessions - fee based, (D) Weekend educational workshops - fee based, (E) Weekend trips to photograph
This photography group is aimed at those photographers like myself who love getting out of the city and into the landscape to chill out and photograph. In addition to Meetups we will schedule day and weekend trips and workshops into the landscape. Should be a blast for those that love to photograph wide open spaces!
This is not your typical photography Meetup group. I really try to go beyond their group "blind leading the blind" shoots and casual get togethers. With over forty years of photography experience AND a similar amount of time teaching photography I want to help you "fast track" your way to improving your photography. I have taught at a number of very prestigious photography programs (Art Center, Otis are two examples) as well as The Ansel Adams Workshops, The Friends of Photography, The Victor School and others. I lectured nationally on lighting techniques for Broncolor and large format techniques for Sinar.
While most of my professional work is digital I still love black and white film and maintain my own darkroom. Most of my personal work originates as black and white negatives shot on 4x5 or 8x10 film.
Our activities willm include evening Meetup get-togethers, day long photo shoots and weekend workshops. I have over forty years of experience photographing the landscape so I know a lot of very exciting locations to share. More important perhaps is that I have over thirty years of experience teaching landscape workshops to help other photographers to grow their technical skills and creative vision. While the weekend workshops will usually have a tuition fee attached I really try to keep my fees reasonanble. Typically my 2-3 day workshops are about 1/2 to 2/3 the tuition of similar programs from others as well as my programs sponsored by an outside source.
What is YOUR responsibility? The Meetup is open to photographers at every level of experience. I really love to help you expand your skills. What I ask of you in return is that if you do RSVP with a "yes" that you commit to attending and paying the fee if there is one. If you RSVP "maybe" I ask that you remember to update your RSVP to "yes" ( and pay) or to "no" if you cannot attend. Since many of the landscape activities involve some travel I do need to prepare by making the necessary reservations and carpooling arrangements. I also limit the trips to 8-12 attendees so if you RSVP with either a "yes" or "maybe" you are taking up a spot that will not be available to someone else. PLEASE be considerate to your organizer (that's me) and your fellow photographers by monitoring your RSVP to be accurate.
As an example, I organized a day trip (free) to Joshua Tree NP last April to photograph wild flowers. I had 10-12 who responded with a "yes." I organized carpooling for all of those photographers that requested it. Then only 1 person showed up. This is an ongoing problem with all Meetups. Consequently I have instigated a small fee for day trips as I find that if you pay even a small fee you will show up. :)
So, again please be considerate to your organizer and fellow photographers! If you are a no-show for two events I will be removing you from our group.