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Lighting Basics: Light, Character and Awesomeness

The art in photography is substantially about light.  It's not all there is to a great photo, but it is often the defining element between what is shot and what is shot well.  So... let's take time this evening and discuss light.  We'll talk about the nature of light, the way light directs the image and work with some speedlights, modifiers and so forth.  Our plan is to set up a studio light portrait workshop to follow.  

We will be working with speedlights as well as studio lights to illustrate our concepts.  

We ask for donations are $5 for regular meetings and $10-$15 for meetings with speakers. Every meeting costs money, so the donations are appreciated as always.  Donations are voluntary but requested.

We will be meeting at Cork'er Cafe - a new venue for us.  Like any venue, please be sure to come ready to buy a cup of coffee, snack or in this case a great beer on tap.  We'll have more space and lots of fun.

Each meeting involves a little bit of show and tell.  We used to run contests every meeting, and we'll do that sometimes - but mostly we'll have projects and get to show and discuss our work.

This month's project! Bright Light/Dark Shadows.

Our image, whether black and white or color, should involve the contrast of light and dark to help define our subject.  

SUBMISSIONS: Send your photos directly to me at [masked] - Down rez them (remember, the projector's resolution is limited to about 1200 x 800), turn them into jpegs and place their quality at 80 percent. This will give us healthy, but not too massive files. Remember the rules ... see below!

Photo must be taken after the assignment - so you have between now and the Feb meeting to give us some greatness.

Prize: for contests... the winner gets something. For non-contests, we'll try to award a token to a few people to thank them for their submission.


* Each participant should submit one or two photos.  For contests the rules will vary. 
* The pictures must be taken RECENTLY. This is to make sure it's not a "my best picture ever contest" but not so rigid as to trip over ourselves. 
* Pictures may be processed/edited and worked on.  HDRs and composites are fine.
* Rules and prizes can be changed at our whim. There is no contract here, just fun for all!

Ok folks - photo submission time! See you soon,

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  • Mark

    I had fun! Thanks for coming out.

    February 14, 2014

  • Dave W.

    Looking forward to applying what I learned.

    1 · February 13, 2014

  • Onnie H.

    mark did a very good job of making what can be a very complex subject easier to understand with both powerpoint and hands on methods of teaching ... really enjoyed this one!

    February 13, 2014

  • Sam W.

    Can't believe I missed this. Had work.. How was the meeting? What did you guts cover?

    February 12, 2014

  • Richard

    Learned a lot tonight

    February 12, 2014

  • mark d.

    This will be a great opportuinty .i look forward

    February 6, 2014

  • mark d.

    This will be a great opportuinty .i look forward

    February 6, 2014

  • Linda R.

    That's a long time off! Will we be doing anything this year?

    November 18, 2013

    • Diana M.

      Yes. I do boudoir photography and sailboat racing photography. I have a wedding in photographing on Feb. 1st.

      January 16, 2014

    • Diana M.

      I had back surgery 6 months ago, so I've been recovering. Can't wait to get back at things as soon as I can!

      January 16, 2014

  • Diana M.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone. I have a trip planned to Ireland in May, so I'm hoping between now and then to get some good tips on travel photography to hone my skills for the trip!

    November 18, 2013

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