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SOLD OUT ~ Special Photographers Night ~ Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Oct 21, 2012 · 5:30 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

UPDATE 10/20 ~ This event is completely sold out. If you did not already buy your ticket, you will not be able to buy a ticket online or at the door. Sorry.

Join us for a special night of photography at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Now is your chance to take the photos you have always wanted. Back by popular demand, on this night, the Aquarium will be available to photographers for the sole purpose of getting their dream photos without having to worry about the general public either getting in their shots or being bothered by their equipment.

Take your time, set up your shots, and enjoy. In order to create the best environment for our photographers, we will be limiting ticket sales. We highly encourage you to purchase your tickets ahead of time to guarantee a spot or you may be turned away at the door.

Normally, lights begin to dim as 9:00 p.m. approaches, but on this night, the lights will remain on in all the exhibits in order to provide the best opportunities for photography.*

Cost: $24.95 per person, $18.95 for Aquarium members. No other discounts or special offers will be accepted for this evening.

Equipment

Our partner Tuttle Cameras will have limited items for sale, such as memory cards, rubber lens hoods, and other small items. Canon will be on sight with lenses and bodies available for free check-out with a valid driver’s license.Canon will have printers on hand for printing demonstrations from your memory cards. If you wish to print upto an 8x10, make sure to bring your digital file as a JPG on an SD card or thumb drive. You may also print something you take that night, just make sure to have a JPG version (many digital cameras allow you to shoot in dual mode to allow you the flexibility of having a RAW file as well as compressed JPG file).

Click on the link below to buy your ticket. Don't delay as it always sells out.

http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/photographers_night/

Workshops INTRODUCTION

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

The Introductory Photography Workshop will be offered at this event and will be mandatory. There will be two sessions with capacity limited by our Pacific Theater. When you make your reservation, you will be asked for a time, either 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. Each workshop is about one half hour and will consist of tips, tricks, and guidelines for the night. You must attend one of these workshops prior to entering the rest of the Aquarium for the rest of the night. You will not be allowed to enter prior to your scheduled workshop to shoot in the Aquarium and you will not be able to change your time on the date of the event due to capacity restrictions.

LEARN MACRO AQUARIUM PHOTOGRAPHY WITH YOUR DSLR

Genaro Arroyo, Canon
In this 30-minute session, you will learn how to utilize your personal Canon DSLR camera by learning to capture macro aquarium photographs. Arroyo will be covering topics such as camera settings, techniques, and tools of the trade. Many of the topics can also be used on non-Canon based cameras, so camera owners of all brands are welcome to attend this class. Genaro Arroyo has been teaching technical classes for Canon for the last five years and has a Bachelor of Science in Video Productions from The Art Institute of Los Angeles.

Share your photos!

We love to see what you come up with, so please share your photos in our Aquarium of the Pacific Flickr Group after the event. You need to have a Flickr account first (they’re free). Then join the group and share your shots. Tag them with aopnite1012.

Photo contest

In addition to offering this unique night, anyone who wishes to participate is automatically qualified to enter a special photo contest. This is a great opportunity to share your best shots of the night with the Aquarium of the Pacific. Simply upload your favorites to our Aquarium of the Pacific Flickr Group and tag them withpnc102012 to enter. Aquarium staff will judge entries. Entry deadline is midnight November 4, 2012. Grand prize will be a behind the scenes tour for four with particular focus on great photo ops.

Rules and Guidelines

By purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by the following:

  • Tripods are allowed on this night only.
  • You are allowed to bring flashes, soft boxes, and strobes. Power outlets are available on a first come first served basis throughout the Aquarium.
  • You may bring screens to block off reflections or to control lighting.
  • Please be considerate of other photographers. If you are shooting a popular exhibit, please limit your time and share.
  • Please refrain from using flash or any lighting on the two sea dragon exhibits (they are marked with “no flash” signs).
  • Please refrain from placing anything directly on the acrylic/glass that can scratch or burn. If you need the acrylic cleaned, see a staff member for the proper cloth.
  • Please do not direct hot lights at the exhibits for extended periods of time as this can permanently damage the acrylic. All hot lights must be at least five feet from the acrylic.
  • Photos taken are to be personal use only, no commercial photography. If you wish to use one the images for commercial purposes at a later date, you must contact the Aquarium for permission. This includes online
  • No videography.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    My first Meetup experience. Outstanding!

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Text me when you arrive at[masked]

    October 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron, do you think it is worth bringing a heavy tripod or monopod or studio lights? Did you use flash or just high ISO?

    October 19, 2012

    • Ronald T.

      28mm

      October 21, 2012

    • Ronald T.

      28 to 55mm the shorter focal length will help in the low light and stabilizing the images

      October 21, 2012

  • Ronald T.

    The monopod would be the best choice for this evening, and with this being a group that event maybe there could be some sharing of equipment post what to bring for the event and set up a meeting spot and shoot as a group.

    October 19, 2012

  • Ronald T.

    I would not bring a heavy-duty tripod because you will be moving around competing with a lot of other photographers trying to get the right spot and medium tripod would be all you need for that night.

    October 19, 2012

  • Ronald T.

    Bringing a tripod on the Metrorail would be a good thing but I still would have it in a cover that would not attract too much attention. Same way as I suggest that the camera should be in an unusual bag, using public transportation always be better safe than sorry.

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ron, the question is do YOU think a tripod is worth bringing on the Metro/Blue Line trains...

    October 19, 2012

  • Ronald T.

    For this special event the Aquarium will be allowing all photographers to bring tripods and monopods, in addition the Aquarium will be offering free rental s of lenses provided by Tamron for Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Pentax camera bodies. http://www.examiner.com/article/special-night-of-photography-at-the-aquarium-of-the-pacific-long-beach

    October 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It appears that this event is now sold out. Both times...

    October 19, 2012

  • Ronald T.

    For those who are planning to attend the special night of photography at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific you going to enjoy all the energy that comes with capturing the exhibits that will be available at this event.
    On this night you may find that your ISO will be one of your most important tool for capturing great images, because you will be allowed to use a higher shutter speed. And with the upgrading of image editing software like Lightroom or Aperture that tends to smooth out the problems with noise your images will still be in high quality state for your printing.

    1 · October 19, 2012

    • Jaime

      Great advise! Thank you

      October 19, 2012

  • Connie L

    Does anyone want to carpool from Valencia?

    October 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It appears that the 5:30pm tickets have sold out. The 6:30pm tickets are still available. I'm pretty sure this will sell out, so if you haven't bought your tickets yet, get on it if you are serious about attending this event.

    October 8, 2012

  • ~ v.

    Looking forward to attending this meet up.
    Thank you

    October 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's a few tips for aquarium photography...
    http://tinyurl.com/8tfyua8

    September 29, 2012

  • RJ C.

    OK. Being freelance and almost no work for now I can only plan a few hours in advance. Let's see what happens. :-)

    September 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It will probably be sold out by that time. Or you might have to take the later workshop if tickets are still available.

    September 11, 2012

  • RJ C.

    Can I buy the ticket around noon that day?

    September 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Be sure to buy your ticket right away for the 5:30pm workshop which is mandatory. Otherwise, you'll get stuck in the 6:30 class and one hour less shooting time...

    September 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rubber lens hood are highly recommended to eliminate glare. This is a special event where you can bring studio strobes, tripods, flags, reflectors, etc. I just ordered 3 different sizes for my lenses on ebay for $2.77 each. They come from China so it takes a few weeks to arrive, so if you need cheap rubber lens hoods, order them right away.

    September 9, 2012

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