Membership of our group is TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE and ideal for all those of you who are passionate about photography and interested to learn and share techniques, knowledge and ideas through friendship.
Our group's motto is very simple and straight forward: Connecting People Through Photography.
Our regular members take our events seriously and enjoy having fun learning photographic trade-craft. We are very passionate about photography and an enthusiastic and fun group. All of us are helpful, interested to share our knowledge and give good advice to newcomers and existing members alike. We enjoy learning and sharing our experiences. We do not like jokers, troublemakers or people who only ever complain.
As the saying goes: “You get what you give”. What you put into our group is what you get out of it as well.
Just as you expect me to commit myself to organising interesting and fun events for you, I also expect you to commit a certain minimum effort. While you might not believe it, I invest a lot of voluntary work and time into planning and organising our photography events. For example, I make all kinds of phone calls and write emails to institutions and authorities on behalf of our group, requesting special permission and access to venues and places that are usually off limits or do not permit photography groups. I also continuously scout for new and interesting locations that will be of interest and also serve the needs of our respective group.
I organise and manage our group on a purely voluntary basis and I do not ask for your money. In return for my voluntary endeavours I, however, do kindly request and require everybody (and I really mean everybody) to properly answer our questions and comply with our simple and reasonable group rules.
Please ensure your profile contains a valid picture of yourself, with your face clearly visible. This helps our members associate your name with your face during events.
Please answer all of the questions properly. Proper answers help me to estimate your experience, needs, interests and equipment when planning and organising our events.
Please send me your contact details (including email and mobile number), so I can contact you in case of unexpected sudden event changes. I do not want to leave anybody standing in the cold. Your contact details will of course be handled with great discretion!
Please un-RSVP at least 24 hours prior to our events taking place, whenever you are unable to attend.
Please read, understand and comply with our LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY at the bottom of this page.
Please do not spam or post unnecessary messages to our group. If you want to send a message, recommendation or suggestion to all members of our group, you must contact the group organiser directly. I will be very happy to communicate your request in your name and on your behalf. If you need or want to send a message to a specific person, please contact them directly via their member profile.
Please always be respectful, polite and helpful towards our group's members, especially when discussing lively topics in our group’s discussion forums.
Please carefully read your camera's user manual, so you know what all the basic functions are called, what they are supposed to do and where to find them when you need them.
Please give me useful input and constructive criticism, so I can ensure an optimum learning experience for yourself and all our members.
Please enjoy yourself, be helpful, enthusiastic and have lots of fun learning about the joys and wonders of photography!
While I am a very friendly and patient person, I and our group will not tolerate time-wasters or trouble-makers. We are interested in good and sociable exchanges with committed and interested Fellow Photography Enthusiasts. We would rather be a small and committed group than a large and disorderly one. Therefore, I will not hesitate to ban members who do not adhere to our above listed rules.
I will remind you politely once to comply with our rules, before removing you from our group. There is no excuse not to comply with our reasonable rules and they are also clearly visible on our group’s About page.
For Your Information: Meetup.com automatically sends reminder emails, which are a great way to get people to say they really are attending or remind them that they said they will attend.
By default, approximately one week before, people who have RSVP'd 'Attending' or have not yet RSVP'd will receive an automatic event reminder. One day before the event members get a reminder if an event has 2+ RSVPs. These are standard settings established by Meetup.com and I do not intend to change them.
To contact me, or if you have any questions, please write directly using the group's contact form.
I very much look forward to meeting you at our next event!
Thank you for your interest and cooperation!
With best regards,
Alexander Beck (Group Founder)
About the Group's Founder:
I am a professional British reportage photographer (LRPS), born in Hamburg Germany and based in Zurich Switzerland. I was introduced to photography by my grandfather aged seven, when I was given my very first camera; a Kodak Instamatic Pocket 100. Curious by nature, I have taken pictures ever since.
Having studied photography, photo-media, printing and the history of art at Art School and holding a degree with honours from the Humanities Department at King's College London, University of London, I love the diversity traditional non-digital photography offers the artist. Over the past five years I have also partially moved to the world of digital photography. Being a purist, I never crop images and prefer using available natural light. Furthermore, I enjoy reading about the history and philosophy of art and photography.
More than 90% of my bookings come through personal recommendations. A fact that speaks for itself. I specialise in: International Reportage Assignments, Portraits, Weddings and Events.
As an experienced and widely travelled photo-journalist and photography tutor, I enjoy meeting new and interesting people who are interested in learning about the art of photography.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
Events can be inherently dangerous and accidents may and do happen. You accept all risks, and all others arising from participating in this group and these events, even if arising from the NEGLIGENCE, GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR NEGLIGENT RESCUE by those associated in any way with the “Zurich Expat Photography Group” and events you may be involved in, the venues at which these events take place or by those organizing, officiating, or participating in these events, including their respective officers, directors, founders, employees, agents, servants, volunteers, participants and representatives (the “Releasees”).
You understand that all applicable rules for participation must be followed and that SOLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY REMAINS WITH YOU, including your physical and emotional preparation and fitness to participate in all events.
You undertake and agree to remove yourself from participation if you sense or observe any unusual hazard or unsafe condition, or if, at any time or event, you feel unable or unfit to safely continue for any reason.
You understand that the “Zurich Expat Photography Group” may, from time to time, take photographic, digital or video images of event participants for educational, advertising and marketing purposes. You hereby agree to allow “Zurich Expat Photography Group” to use those images for that purpose without expectation of privacy or remuneration.
When Organizers charge for their events, this is between you and them, or between you and the direct company charging for event fees. This has NOTHING to do with “Zurich Expat Photography Group”. Also, the people who post ideas/suggestions and ask for money are NOT associated with “Zurich Expat Photography Group”, so pay at YOUR OWN DISCRETION. These financial transactions are between you and them and NOT “Zurich Expat Photography Group” and/or its Releasees. “Zurich Expat Photography Group” is NOT responsible for any possible monetary losses / financial disagreement.
You give, a FULL RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY AND ALL CLAIMS that you have, or may have in the future, against the “Zurich Expat Photography Group”, AND ALL OTHER RELEASEES from all liability for any loss, damage, injury or expense that you may suffer as a result of your participation in any part or parts of the events or your presence at any venue at which they may take place, due to any cause whatsoever including the forms of negligence set forth in paragraph 2 above or from any breach of contract or statutory duty or other duty of care including any duty of care owed on the part of the Releasees.
YOU AGREE NOT TO SUE AND YOU FURTHER AGREE TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, WAIVE, HOLD HARMLESS, INDEMNIFY AND SAVE HARMLESS the Releasees from all liability, expenses, fees, , claims, demands, losses, damages, suits and proceedings or damage award or cost of any type whatsoever arising from your participation in these events.