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Shoot from the Hip!

  • Dec 14, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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Sometimes we can be too concerned with immediate gratification and not be in the present, which is how we make memories. And I think we would all like to sometimes play with strangers, with whatever toys we might have with us; that's how we get to know people.

Like memories, with our photography we of course wish to have captured a special moment and to create a memorable photograph. And like play, we wish to experiment with our various cameras to figure out what different, curious and cool images we can produce with them. What can interrupt our play or our flow is being too concerned with detailed settings and verifying the image on the camera screen. Putting that aside, being attentive to our surroundings and our body movement can surely be enjoyable and produce wonderful candid images.

Shooting from the hip is a way to give you a different perspective and a different outlet for photographic expression, and is a way to be creative by freeing yourself from the viewfinder. You are making frames with your mind's eye. It truly is free-style photography and we at Van City Free Capture Photography genuinely like that.

Above: from the hip by Sharon Wish

To do it we let the camera hang at waist level or hold it at your hip nonchalantly, and with one hand on the shutter release and the other on your lens to direct the camera, you point slightly upward and shoot, inconspicuously like. People typically don't notice and you get cool candid shots. As you wander, be attentive to your surroundings and happenings, be mellow and interact, look ahead, try to interpret the scenes and take the time to let the shot set itself up.

We'll explore Gastown because it offers lots of opportunities to capture candids of people interacting, cobblestones, interesting backgrounds and textures, the alleyways and more. So let's experiment and play - together with your co-hosts Dionysios and Sharon - to get to know how to move with our camera by our side, take it easy, be sly and also learn how to interact with our surroundings.

There are different ways to set the camera exposure to make picture taking effortless, either keeping the lens in auto focus or to use zone focusing. In any case, first evaluate the light condition and make an exposure selection, and then let the camera down. You can even practice to and from work. Here are a few links to inform and inspire you: Ken Heyman's Hipshot, How to Shoot from the Hip by Eric Kim, How to Shoot From The Hip by Expert Photography and The Ultimate Guide to Zone Focusing for Candid Street Photography.

NB: This is a covered-screen event. If you don't tape up your camera screen we WILL do it!

The Walk-about

We'll explore Gastown (between the tracks, Columbia St, Cordova St and Granville St). We'll meet at Waterfront Station (601 W Cordova St) by the west wing next to the A&W terrace at 13:00. We'll make introductions, discuss the subject a little, ask questions, then set ourselves loose to have fun and photograph. At half-time, 14:00, we'll regroup at the Steam Clock (at Cambie St and Water St) and share thoughts. We'll end the Meetup at 15:00 at the statue of "Gassy" Jack (at Carall St and Water St). After that we will head to The Lamplighter Public House (92 Water Street, corner Abbott St) where we can share photos 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.

Here's a few photos to make you more enthusiastic that Sharon and I took from the hip over the week-end. So yes, it was sooo much fun!

From the Hip by Sharon Wish

From the Hip by Dionysios Psychas

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  • Rome

    Really enjoyed shooting from the hip and stayed true to the concept and not looking through the viewfinder.

    December 16, 2013

  • Garry J.

    Dionysios & Sharon; I have to tell you that I enjoyed this experience tremendously. A valuable photographic learning experience. Lets do this again! Thanks for organizing this. Garry

    December 15, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Really made me think about how I've approached photofraphy in the past.

    December 15, 2013

  • Gary T

    I had a great time today. It was a fantastic idea. Thank you, Dion and Sharon for putting this all together!

    December 14, 2013

  • Gerry H.

    Thanks, Dionysios and Sharon, I had a lot of fun!! I wish I'd looked at my images and made adjustments as I went along. I had way too many images where my aim was off and not checking meant I didn't realize it until I'd missed a lot of shots with potential.

    December 14, 2013

  • Maxime S.

    Great event. It was a really good and fun idea!

    December 14, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Wowwee, that was so much fun! Thank you all for coming out to play. I hope you all found a new, interesting way of making photographs and expressing yourselves. And as always a big thank you to Sharon for making our photography adventures special.

    So let's see your stuff; post up to 8 images. Tell us what you like about them, or don't like; ask questions; bring up issues; and we'll try to help each other out. À la prochaine!

    December 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun!!

    December 14, 2013

  • Ala

    I am here. Where is everybody?

    December 14, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    sorry guys, the delivery truck is now going to be later than expected and I it's right in the middle of the walk. :-(
    I look forward to the photos. Have fun! I hope the rain holds off for you.

    December 14, 2013

  • Darrell M.

    Doesn't look like I'll get a spot so I've changed my RSVP

    December 13, 2013

    • sharon

      Hey Darrell...there are 4 spots open, feel free to join :)

      December 14, 2013

    • Darrell M.

      I'd like to but now my kids have decided to torcher me by taking the Christmas shopping at Richmond Center.

      December 14, 2013

  • Doris F.

    Hi guys, regretfully, I have to change my RSVP to no. Have fun and see you soon.

    December 14, 2013

  • Jess

    Im sick can't attend :(

    December 14, 2013

  • Belinda

    Sorry I will miss this one. Woke up this morning feeling sick... Might be coming down with a flu:( I have changed my RSVP accordingly

    December 14, 2013

  • sharon

    Hey and good morning everyone! It looks like a great day for shooting! Are you all ready? I am! So let's make sure batteries are charged, cards empty because we are going to have some crazy fun! See you all there! Oh...and for those that have not signed up but want to, there are 4 spots now open.

    1 · December 14, 2013

  • Nuwan

    I am not feeling well today.. So I have to change my RSVP. Looking forward to seeing all your captures!

    December 14, 2013

  • De R.

    Salut Dionysios, I was looking forward to this "hip" outing.....
    but worked showed up and regretfully, I must cancel.
    A la prochaine fois--Alla prossima volta.....! Have F U N!!!
    Ciao,
    Red

    December 13, 2013

  • Dionysios

    Hi folks, how are y'all doing? Let's not be deterred by a little rain. Think about how much fun this event can be. Because we're holding our cameras with one hand to our hip, it means that we can hold an umbrella with the other. So let's go out and play! À demain!

    3 · December 13, 2013

    • Gerry H.

      That's what I was thinking! Brightly coloured boots and raincoats and umbrellas, lights reflected on wet sidewalks and in puddles, Christmas decorations... It should be great if you dress appropriately!

      December 13, 2013

    • kelly

      I REALLY wanted to attend this, but am heading out to a couple of engagements right after it. There is no time to go back home....I don't want to be cold and wet for the rest of the evening...Have fun all...keep dry! Looking forward to seeing the pictures.

      December 13, 2013

  • Brigitte

    Unfortunately, I will have to miss this event. Family issue. I have changed my RSVP so that someone else can take my spot.

    December 13, 2013

  • Gary T

    I just joined this group. I would love to participate some of the group activities and explore the city, however, I am an amateur shooter with just a point-and-shoot camera. I hope this won't diminish or embarrass the integrity of the group!!

    December 13, 2013

    • Dionysios

      Hi Gary, and welcome to the group. The right camera is the one you have with you, so a PaS is good. It's the composition and the message that counts anyway, not the sophistication of the toys used to make the photograph. In any case, you can always come to us with any questions; we like helping each other out in this group.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • kelly

    It looks like rain...so I'm going to bail and give someone else a chance.

    December 12, 2013

  • Enrica

    Nice shots Sharon and Dionysios!

    3 · December 11, 2013

  • Shannon L.

    I have some furniture being delivered on the 14th and may be a bit late. I tried to change the time but to no avail.

    December 8, 2013

    • sharon

      No problem Shannon...we'll see you when you are able to arrive.

      1 · December 9, 2013

  • Gerry H.

    I've been thinking about this and my experience shooting this way. Covered screen could be extremely frustrating and counter-productive to those who have never tried this. If you have no chance to experiment with settings, you could easily end up with 2 hours worth of crap and have learned nothing.

    I suggest allowing people to experiment, play with settings, and learn what works for the first hour, then do the second hour covered. Does this make sense to others?

    December 2, 2013

    • Dionysios

      One of the ideas here is to be engaged and play with chance, not be insulated and produce lots of calculated shots. It'll be fun and the resulting images can be surprising and delightful.

      1 · December 3, 2013

    • Doris F.

      And there is the option to shoot on some automatic exposure setting, non? For those that must...then they could concentrate on getting to see like the camera and at least get some decently exposed results. Shooting on manual and maybe even manual focusing could be another session. And I am happy to be of assistance having learned that way.

      2 · December 3, 2013

  • Garry J.

    I'm thinking; lengthened neck strap, cable/remote shutter release and keeping my hands in my pockets.

    December 3, 2013

    • Gerry H.

      Gonna be tough to aim...

      December 3, 2013

  • Doris F.

    Almost like shooting film when you can't see your results right away...what a novelty. And I agree with Gerry, you have an opportunity to learn to see like your camera. Exposure can be measured beforehand and then adjusted to changing light, if necessary...almost like using a handheld meter. This gets us away from relying on the camera too much.

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Gerry H.

    I've done some of this technique and I've learned that practise helps to improve your aim, correct camera settings are trial and error, and it takes time to learn to see what your camera sees when it's 2 feet from your face. You end up with a lot of deletes, but every once in a while you get the right settings, great timing, a great subject, and that magical ingredient you can't control. Serendipity!

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Rome

    This will be a challenge as you can through perfectionism out the window and see what we create via much chance & luck!

    December 2, 2013

  • Brigitte

    It looks like SantaCon starts at 11:00 at No 5 Orange. Gastown will be alive with hundreds of Santas !

    2 · November 28, 2013

    • Dionysios

      So Santa loves strippers eh? A mob of salacious Santas should add a nice piquant to our photo creations.

      4 · November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies - I just realized I had double-booked myself for this date.

    November 28, 2013

  • Mike C

    Hey, this will be my first attendance with this group...what is meant by the "covered screen event"

    November 26, 2013

    • sharon

      Hi Mike, welcome! Basically there will be no peeking as to what you shot until the meet up is over. We are shooting from the hip, not through the view finder, not looking at the results until later.

      2 · November 28, 2013

    • Mike C

      Not a problem, I've had to do this before in order to avoid being hassled by locals in places like Marrakech

      November 28, 2013

  • K F.

    Time to use that gaffer tape =)

    1 · November 25, 2013

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