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Photographic Hike ~ This will be a nice combo of exercise and learning

  • Feb 2, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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We're going to try something a bit different this time.

I've had some requests for help learning how to shoot better, and operate cameras, so we'll take a photographic hike today and learn something about what we can do to get better shots. We'll look at composition, camera settings, and have several discussions on technique. If you don't have a camera, but want to learn how to take better photos w/ your iPhone or Android then please join in. What I'll share will be applicable for everyone.

If you've been wanting to improve what you do w/ your camera (or cell phone), then this is the hike for you. I can guarantee you will learn from the time we spend together.

As a short bio, I've been shooting since I was 16 yrs old, and am now 22, so that's a solid 7 yrs of experience! ;-) OK, I did start shooting at 16 anyway, so that probably gives me just a little experience, and I've taken many photography classes in college. I've shot weddings, concerts, and special events for companies. If you go to my profile pg and look at the photos you'll get an idea of what I do.

We'll do about a 6 mile hike that will give us the opportunity of shooting landscape, wildlife, and portraiture, while taking in some really great views and scenery. If you already shoot and do it in the city, then this is your chance to get out into nature and see what you can bring back (in photo that is).

Here are some examples from one of our hikes - not exactly portfolio quality, but they'll give you some ideas to consider.

Portrait - consider what depth of field you might use (to blur the background). Here I used an exposure that emphases the beard.

Landscape - How can you create a foreground to add interest to your shot?

Framing - what produces the most pleasing landscape?

Please Note: I realise not all these topics may apply to cell phone cameras, but most of what I'll cover will.

If you have topics you'd like me to cover, post your idea(s) as a comment and I'll do my best to get you what you're looking for.

This event is posted on several other Meetup sites including here...


From Hwy 101 take Hwy 12 East and when it hits the street, keep going straight about 2 miles 'till it T's at Summerfield Dr. Turn Right there and go 3 blocks and turn Left on Carissa, which you'll follow up the hill to the clearing and park there.

What to bring:

~Camera or Cell Phone (Manuals can be helpful)

~Vino - we can't have an outing w/out it!

~Lunch and food to share - dried fruit/nuts, chips & dip, use your imagination.

~Hiking Boots/shoes

~Layered clothing, hat, and sunscreen.

~Snacks for along the way.

~A liter of water - Fill 1/2 water & 1/2 ice.

~$10 Admin fee

Your sense of humour is an absolute must!

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  • Leonie D.

    Thanks for a great day, Chaz!

    February 2, 2013

  • Larry G.

    Would anyone be interested in riding together from Contra Costa/Solano county. I live in Concord

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I need ride from the city - Nob Hill San Francisco. Can I join someone who is coming? I would really love to come to this hike. thanks

    February 1, 2013

    • Leonie D.

      Would love to but live in Novato.

      February 1, 2013

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