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!
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 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.
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.