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Pushing your portrait photography

A great portrait shot holds your attention and captivates your mind. You are drawn deep into the personality of a subject and held by their fascinating expression. But how do you achieve such a shot? Some of us are natural born portrait photographers (jealous) and some of us need a little practice.

This event is all about having fun, working together and pushing your abilities to the next level. Lets experiment with perspective, focus, candid, thirds, lighting, closeups and comfort zones! We will also be improving your directing skills by challenging you to pose each other and learn, for example, which 'to the left' the photographer actually means, haha.

This an enjoyable and entertaining exercise. After a brief introduction we will split up into groups and explore the surrounding area for great locations to experiment and shoot in. After an allocated amount of time we will gather up, rearrange the groups and wonder off to play with our cameras again. At the end of our shooting day, we will all get together at a suitable viewing location (pub, ha) and compare and critique our best shots.

Prizes!

The best shots in each category will win free entry to one of our walkabout events and the overall winner will get a free walkabout entry and free entry into Tom Ang's seminar taking place on 06 September.  That is a seminar that shouldn't be missed!

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  • federica

    Hellooooo!!! it was very super nice to meet you all and it was great fun. I really look forward to the next event!!!

    July 13, 2014

  • Tolu

    Awesome meetup, really learned a lot & am pleased I managed to get a good ratio of decent shots. Would love to post my best few photos but am having a real nightmare uploading anything!

    1 · July 11, 2014

  • Zsuzsa S.

    One of the best Meetups, loved that it was all about practice and creative activities, and the organizers encouraged us to view out of the box. Also as we were changing groups for the different photo tasks, we had a chance to get to know almost all the attendees. Personally I received great tips from those 'photo-buddies' who are more experienced. Keep up with the good work Alex and Al and for sure you'll see me more on your Meetups:-)!

    1 · July 9, 2014

    • Al V.

      Hey, thank you very much!

      July 10, 2014

  • Pat C

    Still waiting for the winning shots!

    July 9, 2014

  • John M.

    Hi folks, Pat and I had to leave early - not sure where to find the winning shots :) Are they posted yet? It was a very enjoyable day by the way :)

    1 · July 8, 2014

    • Al V.

      Im hoping Alex has a second to put the collection up soon.

      July 8, 2014

    • John M.

      Cheers Al, I shall post some of mine tonight :)

      July 8, 2014

  • Celia B.

    sorry guys. I uploaded the wrong picture. Doh! How do I delete it from the collection? (Peter looking through the gap in the door) Ta

    July 8, 2014

  • Marie F.

    Creative

    July 6, 2014

  • sherion

    Hi Alex, sorry wont be able to make it now , was on the train there too!
    But need to return home. Hope everyone has a good day and will see you soon again I hope

    July 6, 2014

  • Hazel

    Hello, I have a Canon G12 would this be suitable?

    July 5, 2014

    • Jason R.

      Any camera will be fine.. and that one has plenty of options to play with for Portraits..

      1 · July 5, 2014

  • Al V.

    Hello guys, just so you know, there will be 3 portrait challanges on the day. And we all know props can tell a story so if you want, pack a few fun things, hats? glasses? is there something you might want your subject holding? Bring bits along... but remember we are moving about.

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Pat C

    Am looking forward to this session, my first one. What lenses do you recommend please?

    July 4, 2014

    • Jason R.

      I would suggest lens longer then 50mm, as portraits taken with a lens like this will look much better.. that said it might be worth having a wide angle one for at least an option..

      July 4, 2014

    • Al V.

      the shoot challenges are quite open and creative, so Im not specifying any particular lens for the day. I will have a 24-70 and probably a 50mm on me. But bring what ever you have, it all about having fun and playing about.

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • pradeepa

    Hi Alex,

    I am a beginner. Am I still eligible for this meetup or is this for advance/medium level?

    thanks,

    June 29, 2014

    • Alex L.

      Hi Preeps all levels are welcome.

      June 30, 2014

    • Al V.

      you are more than welcome to come along. This is all about having fun, learning a few more things and working together to create fun shots.

      June 30, 2014

  • Marie F.

    Hi Alex Unfortunately I now cannot attend this meet-up. Would it be possible to transfer the fee to another meetup please?

    June 23, 2014

    • Alex L.

      Marie change your rsvp to no and I'll refund.

      1 · June 29, 2014

    • Marie F.

      Sorry to mess you about Alex - now sorted my childcare so I will be able to come Look forward to seeing you all on Sunday Marie

      1 · June 30, 2014

  • Celia B.

    Hello Alex. I have a friend who may be free to attend next Sunday if there are spaces left. Are you at the limit yet? Thanks C

    June 29, 2014

    • Al V.

      not yet Celia, the more people the shots we can create ;)

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Would love to join you all for this portrait session - particularly as it is an opportunity to work again alongside the firebrand that is Al Veryard - but I'm away from London until July 9th. :(

    June 12, 2014

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