January 5, 2009
From a fellow photographer attending a portrait? photography class at Miami-Dade College. My first Meetup membership was with the "South Dade Photography Group".
Typically a Nikon D3s (with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens most often). I absolutely love it. I also have a small (waterproof) Canon PowerShot D10 for wet shooting, and a Canon VIXIA HF S21 camcorder. I really need to spend some time learning video.
I want to learn and grow to become a better photographer. I find that I'm TECHNICALLY pretty good, but I have MUCH improvement to make in my composition and creativity. Also, it is a really great side benefit to meet so many nice people and make friends too. Shoot Miami has some really talented, FRIENDLY people as members. It has been a lot of fun.
Personally I like indoor events, shooting with available light and NO flash. (The D3s really helps out in those conditions.) Outdoor events and sports are fun, but a little less challenging... except when you're doing it at night! Sometimes architectural photos interest me. In my work (I do environmental management, clean-ups and emergency response) most of those are "documentation" and legal work.
You could measure it in decades. When I was in high school I would take my 35mm Minolta SRT 101 with me occassionally... then shoot a roll of pictures of me and my friends, and whatever we were doing that day. Looking back I am SO glad I did. It's the only record.
Greetings folks, I am a native Miami guy. I've been taking photos ever since high school. Right now photography remains a hobby, but an very active one at that. I look forward to working with the members and developing into a better photographer.
A large number of friendly folks, VERY HELPFUL PEOPLE. Most use DSLRs, but you'll find point-and-shoots, and some film cameras too. If you're new to photography, or just need to understand YOUR camera better, the group has members with about every brand and model imaginable. You can hook up one-on-one with a person familiar with your equipment (Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc.)... and really learn a lot, with a supportive "teacher". During a "shoot" you can stay with the main group as they move along, that's fine. If you want to stray a bit to find your own special "Pulitzer Prize" photo, you can do that too. I always look forward to the next opportunity to see / take photos with the Shoot Miami group.