What we're about

Welcome to the top-rated photography Meetup group in the country! I started this group over nine years ago with the goal of helping others learn people photography while inspiring them on their photographic journey.

This group is for photographers of all skill levels who like to photograph people. Our meetups are on a variety of topics including portraiture, editorial and themed. Some of these meetups are educational while others focus mainly on shooting - all are a lot of fun! If you're a beginner looking to learn or an experienced photographer looking for new opportunities to shoot people, this is the group for you!

Every event you attend will be well-organized with friendly people and you'll never find yourself "lost and alone" - I'm always there to help you learn and get your best images. You'll get to work with the latest professional equipment as well as professional models and stylists. I look forward to seeing you at one of our many events!

Tim Babiak, CPP

Exquisite Photography

www.exquisite.photo

2014 & 2015 Photographer of the Year - Austin Professional Photographers Association

Bronze Medalist – 2015 & 2016 PPA International Print Competitions

PPA Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)

Upcoming events (2)

Swimwear / Bikini Workshop and Shoot

Bull Creek District Park

$99.00

Some of you said you missed the last time we did this workshop so here's your second chance! For this workshop, we will head down to the creek bed at beautiful Bull Creek Park to work with a professional model and pro lighting gear to get top results. Topics covered: - Location scouting - Wardrobe selection - Hair/makeup - Posing - Lighting using combined ambient and flash We'll be joined by a Ujena Swimwear model, Kym, so you will be able to practice what you learn. You can see Kym's work on Instagram at @kym_model. Your enrollment includes photo release for promotional/portfolio use so you'll not only learn about swimwear photography but you'll also have the opportunity to add to your portfolio. Plan on wearing comfortable walking shoes for this workshop. At times, we may walk on uneven, rocky surfaces and even IN the water. The weather is perfect! Don't miss this one! Note: Please check your camera's firmware to ensure it is up-to-date. We will be using Godox flash - we've had a few people have technical issues at past workshops due to out-of-date firmware. If you would like to attend this workshop and need help updating your firmware send me a private message.

Using a Handheld Incident Light Meter for Better Photography

(This workshop has been rescheduled to June 8, 2019.) As you may know, your camera has a light meter in it and, while this light meter can do a remarkable job, many times this light meter can be fooled and your images don't turn out quite right. Maybe you've noticed working professionals using handheld light meters. These handheld light meters are different than the light meter in your camera because they measure the light falling on the subject (incident) instead of the light reaching your camera (reflected). The result is that the handheld light meter allows for more accurate, reliable and repeatable results compared with the camera's light meter. In this class, you'll learn everything you need to know about using a handheld incident light meter to make better photos. Topics include: • Understand how your camera sees light • Understand how your camera can be tricked • Functions and modes of the handheld light meter • Using the handheld light meter for ambient (available light) exposure • Understanding use of the handheld light meter to improve image contrast • Using the handheld light meter for flash photography (OCF) • Understanding use of the handheld light meter for blended ambient plus flash exposures (outdoor flash or indoor environmental portraits) This class is oriented for for all levels. While bringing a light meter is not absolutely necessary, most people find that bringing a light meter is extremely helpful. 1 - Image #1 shows the result using the camera's light meter with matrix (evaluative metering). The camera has been fooled by the largely dark scene and has overcompensated and overexposed the image. 2 - Image #2 shows the result using the camera's light meter with spot metering on the subject's cheek on the highlight side of the face under his eye. This image is an improvement over the first image but it's still not quite right. 3 - Image #3 shows the result using the handheld incident light meter with the camera on manual mode. This image has perfect exposure - especially compared with the first two images. While the exposure is perfect, some people may feel the image is too dramatic and that the contrast should be reduced. 4 - Image #4 shows the result of introducing a bounce card on the shadow side of the subject's face then using the handheld incident light meter to evaluate the exposure on both the highlight and shadows side of the face. The resulting image is balanced with an intentional shadow to highlight ratio.

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