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Welcome to the Calgary Amateur Photographers meetup group!

This group is a safe and welcoming place for all photographers, with a strong focus on helping amateur and new photographers develop their skills and confidence. There is a great photographer in everyone, but learning to master your camera and take great photos, takes time and experience. By participating in the meetups in this group, you will find a friendly network of people.

In this group, all members are expected to be helpful towards other members and share advice, constructive criticism, and treat each other with respect. We have excellent event hosts who work hard to put on interesting meetings, and as a member, anybody, of any skill level is welcome to host a meeting.

It's all about fun, learning, and the love of photography.

Most of the meetups are free, but we also post some classes, presented by the amazing instructor - Don Orchard, of Image Masters. Some of the money form the classes go towards the costs of running this meetup group, so I hope you consider taking one of our classes to support us.

Thank you for visiting and hope to see you at a meetup.

Cheers!

Upcoming events (5+)

Sunrise on the River

Tim Hortons

This is free meetup hosted by David Watson. In this meetup we will greet the sunrise at fish creek and hopefully get some nice misty sunlit shots, if nature cooperates. We will start in the area where I took this photo and then look for similar shots and photos along the river. It can be slippery and icy and cold at this time of morning, so I advise you dress accordingly and tread carefully. We will meet at Tim Hortons in Douglasdale [masked] St SE Unit 400, Calgary, AB T2Z 4C9) at 7:40am and leave there by 7:55am. From there we will proceed to Douglasbank Park parking lot and then gear up and head to the bridge other the Bow River to setup for the first shots. Sunrise will be at 8:22am and we should all be in position to take photos at that time. After spending some time on the bridge, we can move along the banks of the river to look for shots. No experience required, but recommend you know your camera as this is not a teaching experience. I will give some advice about the setup to use however. Recommended gear A good quality and sturdy tripod is required For lenses, it is pretty open, but you never know what you are going to see. There will be wildlife around, so a long focus lens like[masked]mm or[masked]mm would be useful. A wide angle lens 14-35mm range will be good for wider scenes, and a midrange zoom, like[masked]mm will also be useful. If you have a cable release, it may be useful too, but you can get by without it if you use the camera's built in timer. Safety Everyone should stay within visual/shouting distance of the group. Assess the terrain carefully and do not get too close to the river. Stay off the ice and just exercise good judgement if wandering off the path. Please note: By participating in this event, you assume all risk and responsibility for any damages or personal injury that may occur, for any reason. You agree to waive the leadership team, including organizers, and event organizers from any liability or injury, loss, or damage to personal properties associated the activities or location of this event.

Snowy Owl Photography Workshop

Chapters-Dalhousie Station

CA$60.00

Snowy Owl Photography meetup. This workshop will take you onto the prairie to photograph the beautiful Snowy Owl. Your day will start at 11:00 am and end at 4:30 pm. We will meet at Dalhouise LRT Station and carpool from there to an area northwest of the city. Upon registration you will receive a 'Snowy Owl Photography Guide' that provides background on the birds as well as camera settings and techniques to help you capture your own images of the 'ghosts of the prairies' as they are affectionately called. It is strongly recommended that participants have a lens with a focal length of 200mm or more for the outing. A welcome note will provide all the additional details you need in terms of gear and techniques as well as how to prepare yourself for the day. If you want to try a significantly longer focal length lens than you currently have, I recommend Vistek or The Camera Store as they offer weekend rentals at the same price point as single day rentals. If you go this route, book as soon as you can because supplies are limited. I would recommend a Sigma[masked] or a Canon or Nikon[masked] or[masked] respectively. All cost $75 for the weekend at Vistek with pick-up Friday and return Monday. Our route for the outing will take us past washroom facilities and food services but it is recommended you bring a lunch and liquids so we can spend the most amount of time possible on the photography. If you have questions prior to registration please contact Don Orchard at [masked]

January Photography Academy Part 1 - Fundamentals

Eau Claire Market

CA$35.00

Fundamentals In this 2.5 hour session, you will practice: - Camera Controls and handling - Exposure Fundamentals - Exposure Modes with exercises - High Speed Shooting Techniques Please read all details below before signing up Please note: You may RSVP by credit card or Paypal. If you don't have PayPal, then select the 'Pay by credit card' option. To participate you should have a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a standard kit zoom lens or equivalent ( 18-55 mm ) Please make sure your battery is fully charged and that you have a memory card. Who it is for: This class is perfect for new photographers or those who have not used their camera for a while and gotten a little rusty. Even more experienced photographers will learn something from this series of classes. Experience Level: No experience required. Location: Downtown - Eau Claire Market Meetup Location Notes: We will meet inside the North doors at Eau Claire Market Parking Information: Affordable parking on-site Transit Information: Easy to get to. See Calgary Transit schedule and maps (http://www.calgarytransit.com/schedules-maps) Arrival Time: Plan to arrive five or ten minutes early if possible, so that we can get started without delay. If you are late: You may need to search for the group. The group may head upstairs for a while before going outside. Also keep your eye on the messages posted below and watch for updates. RSVPs and Waitlist: You must RSVP to attend. Do not RSVP unless you truly intend to come. There are no refunds offered or credit towards other classes, due to the complexity of trying to administer/track such requests. Location Risks and Accessibility: The location has been selected so that the class can proceed regardless of the weather. If weather permits, we will head outside to practice skills. All areas will be easily accessible for people of all levels of fitness and mobility. Liability Waiver By participating in this event, you assume all risk and responsibility for any damages or personal injury that may occur, for any reason. By attending this meetup, you agree to waive the leadership team, including organizers, and event organizers from any liability or injury, loss, or damage to personal properties associated the activities or location of this event. Refund Policy Refunds will be issued in the event that the class is cancelled or rescheduled. If you need to cancel for some reason, then there is a $5.00 admin fee deducted to issue a refund. You must provide 72 hours notice of cancellation in order to receive a refund. There are no refunds for 'no shows'. You cannot apply credit to other meetups (non-transferrable). Please refer to our Refund Policy. https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Amateur-Photographers-Meetup/pages/22186532/Payments%2C_Refunds%2C_and_Transfer_policies If you have any questions or concerns, please notify the Group Organizer. "Thank you Don for hosting the meetup last Sunday. You are an excellent teacher:)!” - Yan "Thanks very much for an excellent class on Sunday. We will look forward to taking more classes with you in the future.” - Fred "Thank you for two great sessions on Sunday. I found the material very interesting and I know it will be useful.” - Tania "Don I just wanted to thank-you for that class it was so informative”. - Wayne "A note to let you know how much I enjoyed your courses this weekend. I must say I learned a lot, but now I need to practice, practice, practice!!!” - Cathie

January Photography Academy Part 2 - Taking Control of Your Camera

Eau Claire Market

CA$35.00

In this 2.5 hour session, you will practice: - Metering Modes and Solutions - Exposure Compensation - Leveraging Contrast - Histogram Use Please read all details below before signing up Please note: You may RSVP by credit card or Paypal. If you don't have PayPal, then select the 'Pay by credit card' option. To participate you should have a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a standard kit zoom lens or equivalent ( 18-55 mm ) Please make sure your battery is fully charged and that you have a memory card. Who it is for: This class is perfect for new photographers or those who have not used their camera for a while and gotten a little rusty. Even more experienced photographers will learn something from this series of classes. Experience Level: No experience required. Location: Downtown - Eau Claire Market Meetup Location Notes: We will meet inside the North doors at Eau Claire Market Parking Information: Affordable parking on-site Transit Information: Easy to get to. See Calgary Transit schedule and maps (http://www.calgarytransit.com/schedules-maps) Arrival Time: Plan to arrive five or ten minutes early if possible, so that we can get started without delay. If you are late: You may need to search for the group. The group may head upstairs for a while before going outside. Also keep your eye on the messages posted below and watch for updates. RSVPs and Waitlist: You must RSVP to attend. Do not RSVP unless you truly intend to come. There are no refunds offered or credit towards other classes, due to the complexity of trying to administer/track such requests. Please refer to our Refund Policy. https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Amateur-Photographers-Meetup/pages/22186532/Payments%2C_Refunds%2C_and_Transfer_policies Location Risks and Accessibility: The location has been selected so that the class can proceed regardless of the weather. If weather permits, we will head outside to practice skills. All areas will be easily accessible for people of all levels of fitness and mobility. Liability Waiver By participating in this event, you assume all risk and responsibility for any damages or personal injury that may occur, for any reason. By attending this meetup, you agree to waive the leadership team, including organizers, and event organizers from any liability or injury, loss, or damage to personal properties associated the activities or location of this event. Refund Policy Refunds will be issued in the event that the class is cancelled or rescheduled. If you need to cancel for some reason, then there is a $5.00 admin fee deducted to issue a refund. You must provide 72 hours notice of cancellation in order to receive a refund. There are no refunds for 'no shows'. You cannot apply credit to other meetups (non-transferrable). Please refer to our Refund Policy. https://www.meetup.com/Calgary-Amateur-Photographers-Meetup/pages/22186532/Payments%2C_Refunds%2C_and_Transfer_policies If you have any questions or concerns, please notify the Group Organizer. What other members say about our classes... "Thank you Don for hosting the meetup last Sunday. You are an excellent teacher:)!” - Yan "Thanks very much for an excellent class on Sunday. We will look forward to taking more classes with you in the future.” - Fred "Thank you for two great sessions on Sunday. I found the material very interesting and I know it will be useful.” - Tania "Don I just wanted to thank-you for that class it was so informative”. - Wayne "A note to let you know how much I enjoyed your courses this weekend. I must say I learned a lot, but now I need to practice, practice, practice!!!” - Cathie

Past events (248)

Snowy Owl Photography Workshop

Chapters-Dalhousie Station

CA$60.00

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