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Basics for Beginners: Timing

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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This short series of lessons will examine the attributes of photography, those controls that are specific to the art form: (1st) Focus; (2nd) Timing; (3rd) Lighting; and (4th) Selection. We will learn about these elements and how the camera controls affect them, and then practice them to help present your subject matter and message. The meet will begin with a short lesson - from your hosts Dionysios and Berge - that will then serve as the drive for the exercise during our walk-about.

This series is intended for members who have started out with photography and wish to practice in a group for mutual support and exchange. If you are more of an intermediate or advanced photographer and feel you know all you want to know about the topics listed above then please allow for those who feel they are still learning to attend these Meetups. We expect those attending to participate in the lesson and pay attention. It is important that you know how to navigate the basic functions of your camera before attending this Meetup as there is such a large variety of cameras these days, and the organizers have no way of knowing how to use all of them. We do not want to discourage anyone from attending but do keep in mind that this particular Meetup will have an instructional format. We will be hosting other Meetups in the near future that will concentrate on a topic.

In this lesson we will look at how to alter mood and meaning with visual characteristics such as emphasis, clarity and abstraction, and how to convey the suspension of time, the sense of motion and the passage of time, through the use of shutter-speed and camera movement. We will set our cameras to shutter-speed priority for this lesson so please know how to do that before coming to the Meetup – a quick glance at your camera’s manual will be a great help!


The Walk-about
We will explore the hustle of the West End beaches were we can catch some runners, roller-bladders, bikers, sk8ters and volley-ball players. We will meet at Sunset Beach Park in front of the concession stand (see map) at 16:00 (4:00 pm), spend about 10 minutes on the lesson and then set ourselves loose to have fun and take photos. We will take a couple hours to explore and at the end spend a little time sharing what we saw and learned.

At half-time, 17:00 (5:00 pm), we'll regroup at the Inukshuk at the end of English Bay Beach (@ the intersection of Bidwell and Beach).

We'll then continue on the bicycle route and end the meet at English Bay Beach (the entrance at the intersection of Beach and Davie) at 18:00 (6:00 pm).  From there we'll make our way to The Calling Public House (1780 Davie St. @ Denman) where we can catch up for drinks and conversations.


The Aim
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others who might be on the waiting list the chance to participate.


The Après-Meet
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.

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  • De R.

    A beautiful sunny day accompanied by a great instructor and nice fellow photo enthusiasts, what more can
    one ask for? The lessons were very well delivered. The material and the way it was instructed was great! Thank you for taking the time to teach and to check in with each one of us on our progress. A good teacher indeed. I look froward to the next meet up! Thank you Dionysios! --Red

    July 14, 2013

    • Richard W.

      Yes, thanks Dionysis for taking us around and helping us. Much appreciated.

      July 15, 2013

  • Deeps

    It was a great opportunity to try my hand at panning and meet fellow photo enthusiasts. Thanks to Dionysious for organizing and everyone do helpful tips. Looking forward to the next time.

    July 14, 2013

  • Dionysios

    It was such a nice day out! For the handful that showed up, thank you for coming out to play. I had fun with you all and am glad we could have one-on-one discussions. So post some images up; the ones you like, and even the ones y don't; and ask questions about them so we can get a discussion going so we can help each other out.

    À la prochaine!

    July 13, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Since we are going to be practicing using fast and slow shutter-speeds, bring a tripod with you. If you don't have one it's okay, we'll also practice the "photographer's stance".

    July 13, 2013

  • robert

    called to work

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry something has come out.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In Kelowna, sorry cant join you guys

    July 9, 2013

  • Karlos A.

    Hello! I´m a spanish filmmaker living in Downtown. I love photography. I had worked with Canon 5d markII but now I haven´t camera. I´d like to ask about the possibilty to go to this meet up without camera, just for listen and learn.

    July 8, 2013

  • Jay

    I want to learn about blur effect. I am not good with that on manual...

    July 7, 2013

  • Sally W.

    RSVP'd hoping to be in town

    July 3, 2013

  • robert

    I will be a Little Late If that is O'kay !!!

    July 3, 2013

  • Hella

    Sorru I can't make it :( Have fun!

    July 2, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I really enjoyed the first class, and was looking forward to the next one, but I will be in Oregon that weekend. I will start looking forward to #3 instead!

    July 2, 2013

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