If we consider that the camera is a tool for expression and that photographs are made, then the right camera is the one you have with you. Camera phones can be considered just like the old el-cheapo film toy cameras that removed much of the technical control of making a photograph, had dubious image quality but had character, and where fun to use because we spent time on the most important part of photography, which is the composition and the message.
Here we are not concerned with image quality. We are concerned with composing with what we have; how to best use the capabilities of the camera to express our ideas.
When trying to make your art, careful reaction to your perception is important to its accomplishment. We'll practice how to compose and look for interesting juxtapositions, humor, insight, graphic qualities, idealization or movement.
A few suggestions to consider: remove any grid-lines because composition depends on intent; and no chimping, which is where you constantly inspect the screen and interrupt your flow. And as always, slow down, scan, be mellow, be attentive to your surroundings and happenings, interact, and move around to find that a-ha moment when the subject is framed in a meaningful way to you.
Bring your phone-with-camera with a very easy to use camera application installed; one without exposure controls. Here's an example with no bells and whistles, the one I recently installed because it makes images like my old toy cameras, Lomo Camera.
We'll explore Mt-Pleasant. We'll meet at the bow of Gene Café (see map) at the intersection of Main and Kingsway at 16:00 (4:00 pm), make introductions, ask questions about the topic and composition, and then set ourselves loose to have fun and make photographs.
July is the anniversary of my official move to Vancouver and I spent my first month in this neighborhood. It's quirky, has low architecture, poor hipsters, deviant art, colorful walls, an alternative feel, smells often of pot, is young, light industrial, partly messy and partly kempt, growing in deliciousness and it's being gentrified. I think we can find some interesting frames here.
We can't tour the whole neighborhood in a couple of hours, but we'll make a couple of loops. The first will be essentially along Main, 4th, Scotia and back to start. We'll regroup at our starting point at 17:00 (5:00 pm). From there we'll make our second loop, essentially along 8th, Quebec, 11th, Watson, Kingsway and back to start. We will end the Meetup at 18:00 (6:00 pm) back at the Starting point. From there we can make our way to Our Town Café (245 East Broadway @ Kinsway) where we can catch up for a cup 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.