What we're about

If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. Our leader travels to great places where you can join him and make fun photos while being guided by a professional photographer. Our meetings cover the broad area of photography, designed to up your skills. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos.

Upcoming events (5+)

Free online Photoshop cloning seminar

Online Webinar

If you know nothing else about Photoshop you should know how to do Content Aware cloning. Photoshop is a complex monster that is extremely intimidating but if you learn one little thing then this is it. In this free online seminar I'll start by showing you how to open an image in Photoshop while you are in Lightroom. Or you can open it directly in Photoshop. If you have Lightroom Classic you are paying for Photoshop, even if you haven't downloaded it. Then I'll show you how to remove distracting objects from your photo in a couple of easy steps. Taking the buildings out of the background in this scene from Chile took about 30 seconds. I'll show you the new Content Aware Fill and how you have much more control than before. So even if you have done cloning in the past with Photoshop, the new controls will amaze you. The beauty of the Photoshop/Lightroom sisterhood is that a copy of the improved photo will go right back into your Lightroom catalog. The seminar will be recorded and you'll have unlimited access to review it. Join Loren online on Jan. 17 promptly at 7 p.m. for this free seminar. Loren uses the Zoom platform for all his online workshops, so you will see Loren's screen and you'll be able to ask questions. If you haven't used it previously, sign on 10 minutes early to make sure everything is working for you. Login from your computer or mobile at https://zoom.us/j/563244434 One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# US (San Jose) [masked],,[masked]# US If you don't have audio on your computer you can dial in with your phone by your location [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US Meeting ID:[masked] Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adBVUQsgKB

Water Drops and Splashes Photography Workshop

Needs a location

This is a paid workshop, don't RSVP until you have registered and paid at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/water-drops-and-splashes-photo-workshop/ There is a special beauty to seeing liquid frozen in time, especially when a collision is involved. Join professional photographer Loren Fisher as he shows you how to make magical photos of liquid drops colliding and splashing. This is a hands-on workshop where you use your camera and Loren’s special equipment to create your own unique and exciting photos. Loren has a special device to make drops and synchronize the camera and flash, which creates exciting splashes and collisions. The coolest are when a second drop hits the splash of the first drop, crazy shapes are created. By using controlled lighting, gels, backgrounds and liquids, unique looks are created with every shot. No two splashes look the same. Loren will also show you how to make drop photos without the device but it isn’t nearly as easy. This workshop is limited to four participants so everyone will be able to shoot every splash. For the first 30 minutes Loren will show you the techniques used to get these interesting shots. Then for the next two hours you will be shooting non-stop. We’ll use different liquids as they make different amazing splashes. Milk looks different than water and Loren will add elements to the water to make it splash differently. We’ll also change lighting setups to give different effects. What you need to bring: Camera with macro lens, a tripod and wired remote shutter release. You must have a macro lens in order to focus your lens close enough to get the shot. If you don’t have a macro lens, check your zoom lens, it may have close focus capabilities. You need to be able to focus within a foot with your lens. Your lens should be at least 50mm (or it will get wet) and in the 100mm range is best. You also must have a wired remote shutter release. Please don’t try to use a wireless release, you’ll be disappointed with your results. Location: The workshop will be in Bridgewater, NJ. You’ll get the address once you register. Jan. 19,[masked]:30 a.m. until Noon Price $119.00 $99.00 Previous clients and Premium Members Limit of 4 participants For more information and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/water-drops-and-splashes-photo-workshop/

Macro Photography Workshop

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This is a paid workshop, don't RSVP until you have paid and registered at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/macro-photography-workshop/ There's an old saying in photography that if your pictures aren't good enough you aren't close enough. That is why I love macro photography! I'll start off showing you examples and talk about the tricks and methods I use to really get great close-up photos. We'll talk about lighting, lenses and shooting angles. I'll give you some things to try and warnings of what hasn't worked for me. We'll talk about equipment like the difference between 50mm, 100mm and 200mm macro lenses, extension tubes, macro focus rails and focus stacking. Then I'll have four macro studios set up, complete with lighting and fun things to shoot, to give you an opportunity to shoot your own photos from many different perspectives. You'll shoot cool oil in water photos, bubbling fruit, weird refractions, and I'll show you how to properly mist a flower to give it added pop. You'll come away with many ideas to try on your own! Bring your camera, a macro lens or close focus filters and a tripod. If you don't have a macro lens, I'll have a Nikon and Canon macro lens you can use. I also highly recommend using a wired shutter release. If you use a camera, like Sony or Panasonic, that doesn't have a traditional hot shoe (that place on top of your camera to slide on a common flash) you need to get an adapter or you won't be able to hook into my flashes. Location: The workshop will be in Bridgewater, NJ, next to the NJ Transit Raritan Valley Line train station, an easy ride from NY Penn Station. Full directions will be sent after you register. Jan. 19,[masked]:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Price $149.00 $129.00 if you register before Jan. 1. $109.00 Previous clients and Premium Members Limit of 12 participants This workshop sells out fast so don't wait to register. For more information and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/macro-photography-workshop/ Photographers not in this Meetup group will be in attendance.

Learn Lightroom: Three sessions, Live Online

Online Webinar

This is a paid workshop, don't RSVP until you have paid and registered at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/learning-lightroom-3-sessions/ There are plenty of tutorials, videos and books that will show you how every little detail of Lightroom works. They’ll show you how to get photos imported into Lightroom and show you how to use all the sliders, but they don’t tell you why or when you should be using Lightroom’s powerful controls to organize or how to get the most out of your photos. I’ll show you not only what the modules do, but the why’s and why not’s, no matter if you are making prints, posting on the Internet or sending photos off for publication. I’ll show you time-saving techniques that will help you find your images and export them quicker and make them look better. You can attend in person or live online. The service I use for online teaching has great quality of voice and image, so it is just like being in the classroom, except you don’t have to leave home. You’ll see everything on my computer screen and be able to talk with me and other participants and to ask questions. All sessions will be recorded so you can watch as many times as you like or catch up if you need to miss a session. There will be three sessions, you may attend any or all. If you are new to Lightroom or you’re not getting the most out of the program, then you will want to attend all three sessions. Session 1: Jan. 23, 7:00-9:30 p.m. – Getting started Now that there are three versions of Lightroom, there is still plenty of confusion about which one to use. I’ll talk about the three versions, Version 6, Classic CC and CC and show you the differences and help you decide which is best for you. I’ll be doing most of the demonstrations with Classic CC since it is the most used version and is similar to Version 6. Then I’ll show you the best way to get your photos organized, where and how to store them and how to import. I’ll show you how and why to add keywords, captions and other metadata. We’ll talk about creating catalogs and best practices for backing up and whether you should be using multiple catalogs. I’m not real fond of the Book, Web or Slideshow modules, but we’ll talk about what they do. Session 2: Jan. 30, 7:00-9:30 p.m. – Staying Organized and Starting to Develop We’ll look at how to keep track of your photos once they are imported, the different ways to find and sort them, including using collections, filtering, flagging and mapping. We’ll talk about when, why and how you should export your photos and how to make the best prints. We’ll get started with the Develop Module, which is where you make your images really come to life. Session 3: Feb. 6, 7:00-9:30 p.m. – Making Your Photos Pop In this session, I’ll show you how to get the most out of your images using Develop Module controls like white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and saturation. We’ll dig deep into how and why to use cloning, healing, cropping and masking. I’ll cover sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction, effects and camera calibration. You will see how I transform your images and get them to pop more than you expected. I’ll be demonstrating with the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC but most things will be applicable to all versions whether you work on a Mac or Windows. The workshop will be at Loren’s Photo Education Center in Somerville, NJ. You’ll get full directions once you register. If you are attending online, you’ll receive an email detailing log in instructions. $129 for all three sessions $49 for one session Previous clients and Premium Members $115.00 for all three sessions $45.00 for one session Limit of 15 in person participants For more info and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/learning-lightroom-3-sessions/

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