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The Florida Center for Creative Photography is THE HOME of FREE photography and Lightroom classes. FCCP offer over 100 FREE, in-person classes every year. Classes are offered most Monday and Thursday nights and Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Join NOW for FREE and register for our next series of FREE Beginning Photography CLASSES starting January 4, 2020.

Link for Registration for first Beginning Photography class of 2020. (https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/264177302/)

FREE Adobe Lightroom Classes start Summer of 2020.

Link for Registration for first Adobe Photoshop class. (https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/gdtjzpyzgbcb/)

Registration for all the FREE classes are OPEN. Seating is limited, register now so you don’t get left behind.

It's said that a photo is worth a 1,000 words. So let me save you a lot of reading and me a lot of typing. If these are the types of photos you want to learn how to make, then the Florida Center for Creative Photography is the group for you!

There are a lot of Photography Groups that are FCCP wannabes. But none have the history of FCCP, founded in January of 2003 at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. None have leaders with the credentials of FCCP (working and retired pro's, working and retired photography teachers). Don't get fooled by other groups, that just started a few weeks, months or a year or two ago. Join the group with the best leaders, FREE classes and the most opportunites to make photographs.

FCCP is FREE to join and their are no mandatory dues or limited time, or trial memberships. Join FCCP today and get started having fun and improving your photographs!

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FCCP is FREE to join and their are no mandatory dues or limited time, trial memberships. Join FCCP today and get started having fun and improving your photographs!

The Florida Center for Creative Photography (FCCP), with over 7,400 members here and in our Facebook Group, is the largest photography related organization in the Greater Tampa Bay area. We have over 400 photography related activities already planned and on our calendar for 2019. Join the fun group that promises to take your photography to new levels.

Since 2003, FCCP has served as a voice for the photography community of the Florida Gulf Coast. Whether you are a photographer, a collector, a student, or are just interested in new trends in photography, FCCP is the home for you. Join the FCCP community today!

Are there any rules? Well, not really, except have fun and do some learning. We don't keep attendance, we don't punish you or kick you out for missing an event, we love kids and encourage them to come to all our activities, we don't require you to post an actual photo of yourself to join (heck pick your favorite photo, we don't care) and we don't require you to attend an event right away.

FCCP is the fun group that is truly open to everyone with an interest in photography and a desire to learn.

FCCP members range in ages from 13 to 96 and include people just starting out in photography and photographers with 50 or more years of experience. Everyone, with all levels of interest and experience, is welcome at all of our events. Our organization is family friendly and children are welcome at almost all the events. After all, what better way for the next generation to get exposed to photography?

What kind of places do you go to on the PhotoWalks? We have on average 4 to 5 PhotoWalks, field trips, per week. We've been to many of the Pinellas County Parks, Hillsborough County Parks and many city parks. Destinations include Lowry Park Zoo, MacDill Airfest, Bok Tower, Heritage Village, Florida Botanical Gardens, Sarasota Classic Car Museum, Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Brooksville Raid Civil War reenactment, Kennedy Space Center - Shuttle Launch, Village of the Artists - Bradenton, Florida Aquarium, American Victory Ship - Tampa, and hundreds of other great locations.

So what's it like going on a PhotoWalk with a 100 other Photographers? Well, we wouldn't know, because our PhotoWalks generally have 10 photographers or less. Because we offer so many opportunities, photographers get to pick and choose the types of walks, classes and workshops that interest them. Check out our Upcoming (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/?scroll=true) and Past Events (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/past/?scroll=true) and you'll see a great photographer/member to leader ratio. We even do PhotoWalks for just two or three members, no cliquishness or last minute cancellations here (except for dangerous weather, your safety always comes first with FCCP).

Are all the PhotoWalks elaborate or expensive? No, most of our PhotoWalks are to local parks and area destinations. Most parks are free as well as the Street Photography we do in places like Tarpon Springs, Gulf Port, Ybor City, Clearwater Beach and area Farmer's Markets. A few charge for parking, but most are absolutely free for all members. We get to practice macro, portraiture, landscape, wildlife, bird photography, HDR, B&W and so much more.

What other kinds of events and activities do you do? FCCP has free weekly morning meetings every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings We meet at the Independent in Tampa (http://www.independenttampa.com) and O'Keefe's Family Restaurant (http://www.okeefestavernonline.com) in Clearwater for Coffee and snacks. Our Wednesday Lunch Bunch meets for lunch at local area restaurants to talk photography, computers or whatever the hot topic of the day is.

How come you charge for a few of your classes when many clubs don't charge? FCCP has many free learning opportunities, not just one or two per month. Every Wednesday morning, every Tuesday morning, you'll have an opportunity ask questions and get answer from "real" teachers, not a couple of guys sitting around that got their photo education from reading a book or watching a Nation Geographic video/.

Every Monday night there is a free Adobe Lightroom workshop and every Tuesday evening there is a free photography discussion/class. These free educational opportunities allow you to get "real" answers to your photography, computer and software questions.

Jeff taught photography for 4 years at Montana State University and for 5 years at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. He has 5 decades of photography experience he wants to share with you. You spent a lot of money on your camera outfit, so spend just a little on your education and learn from the best.

I've been to other photo classes and workshops and they're packed. There's no opportunity to ask questions or even talk to the instructor. The classes have a great instructor to student ratio. We limit class sizes to 20 or less and some of the advanced classes are limited to as few as 5 students. Most of the other local clubs offer few educational opportunities and when they do, the classes are huge or fill up so quickly few members can register. Our classes aren't just offered once or twice a year, but repeat on a regular schedule. You'll have the chance to learn at your pace and have a wide range of classes, such as HDR, Beginning and Advanced Photo classes, B&W, Infrared, Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and much, much more. New classes, Bootcamps, workshops, In-the-Field Mini Workshops and webinars are being added all the time.

What if I can't make it to a class or workshop? Try our Webinars and Webcasts. We're the only local photo group that offers classes over the internet and via email. You get live interaction with the instructors and students with the convenience of being at your home, or even your office. We've even had students take webinars in their pajamas, how cool is that?

It's cool going out and shooting and learning all this stuff, but what do I do with all the thousands of photos I'll have? I'm glad you asked, because FCCP has a strong commitment to you and our community by getting your photographs publicly displayed. We have an ongoing, permanent display of our members photos in several local community organization buildings.

We also offer our members several additional opportunities throughout the year, to display their work as well. More chance to show your work means more chances to get exposure and recognition for the great photos you'll be taking. Heck, you may even sell a few along the way.

Want to learn more, or even help out? Great, we have a committee of over 25 members that oversee all of our exhibits and gallery shows and they welcome any help they can get.

So far, so good, but what's the catch, what is all this going to cost me? Most all of our activities are FREE. In fact over 95% are free. The PhotoWalks, social activities, even some of the classes, workshops and webinars are free. Sure, you have to pay your own admission fees when we go to places like the zoo, aquarium and others, but we get great group rates that saves us bucks in the long run.

What's all the stuff about Dues, FCCP Supporters and Basic Members? The dues are optional (http://www.flccp.org/pages/Florida_Center_for_Creative_Photography_Membership/) and will get you great discounts and perks. FCCP Supporters get free camera and sensor cleanings (that alone will pay for your membership and more), discounts on classes, workshops and webinars the rest of the year. FCCP Members get some great perks (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/pages/Florida_Center_for_Creative_Photography_Sponsors/) from merchants (like B&H Photo and Adorama), discounts on software (Adobe, NIK, OnOne, Topaz Labs and Photomatix), discounts on lens rentals and much more. Come to a PhotoWalk or meeting and ask one of the leaders for more details. Basic Members aren't totally left out, they get some cool perks as well, but hey it's free.

So who organizes this stuff, leads the PhotoWalks and teaches the classes? Jeff Donald, (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/messages/boards/thread/5989143#23919264) the guy in the photo over to the left, organizes the group. But he's not superman, though sometimes he thinks so, he's got the help of a bunch of great Co-Organizers (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/members/?op=leaders), Assistant Organizers and Volunteers. They help with the PhotoWalks, Webcasts, website, and they even teach a few classes or workshops.

But Jeff is the main guy. He's got over 30 years experience in photo retail, teaching, computers and photography. He's taught at Montana State University, the Dunedin Fine Art Center and the Digital Photo Academy, he's worked for national companies like Apple Computer and Ritz Camera, and owned his own business, IMPACT Video Productions. If you get a chance ask him over a beer about his travels to Africa, the Philippines, and other cool places (really cool places like Churchill Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capitol of the World).

Jeez, is he like 100 years old or something? No, he just looks it, he's only 62.

Ok, so what happens next? Watch the video (http://www.meetup.com/fccp-photo/about/) and get a feel for what the group is like. Ted, he's an Assistant Organizer, put the video together and he's got some other great videos on the site as well. When you're ready, click the Join button (http://www.flccp.org/join/?rg=joinus2) in the upper right. In a day or two Jeff or one of the Assistants will email you a getting started kit. But the rest is up to you. Sign up for an upcoming PhotoWalk (the partial list is below the video and to the right) and get out and take some pictures. RSVP for a class or webinar, or go to the New Member Mixer, there are two every month and they're free.

So what if I want to learn more about the group? You've gotten this far, so go ahead and click the button (http://www.flccp.org/join/?rg=joinus2), you know you want to. Check out some of the links below or better yet come to one of the many PhotoWalks and get a real feel for the fun you're going to have as a member of FCCP.

See all the activities class, workshops, webinars and PhotoWalks on our calendar. (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/calendar/?scroll=true)

See our leadership team here (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/members/?op=leaders) and if you have a skill to share or just want to help out, send Jeff an email. (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/suggestion/)

Learn more about FCCP Supporters here. (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/pages/Pro_Membership_FAQ)

See our New Member FAQ here. (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/pages/New_Member_FAQ/)

Learn more about our Sponsors and Perks here (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/pages/Florida_Center_for_Creative_Photography_Sponsors/). (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/pages/Florida_Center_for_Creative_Photography_Sponsors/)

Learn more about PhotoWalks here. (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/pages/FCCP_PhotoWalk_FAQ/)

Learn about our Image Critiques and Portfolio Reviews here. (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/pages/Image_Critiques_and_Portfolio_Reviews/)

Still undecided, give Jeff a call or an email. (http://www.meetup.com/clearwater-photo/pages/Contact_Information/) He's always happy to discuss photography, cameras and FCCP.

Are you still not convinced? Read what over 300 of our Members are saying about FCCP. (http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/about/comments/?op=all)

OK, since you've come this far, check out some more our recent photos made on FCCP PhotoWalks.

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Upcoming events (5)

FCCP Biweekly Photo Assignment: Letters in Our Environment.

Online - Not an in person Meetup

The Swallow Tail Kite photo above = "V" FCCP events are designed to motivate members to take photos more frequently. Assignment topics are chosen to encourage members to photograph subjects they may not normally photograph. Members may have to use techniques that they don't normally use and in return, they'll gain new insights and skills in photography. We can find our alphabet in the world around us. Letters are everywhere we look, in different sizes, shapes and colors. Sometimes repeated, sometimes alone, sometimes hidden. The letters may appear as your main subject or as part of the negative space. This Assignment will repeat every two weeks, so you may want to look for ways to challenge yourselves. There aren't a lot of rules, other than waiting until the Start time to upload. The idea is to go through the alphabet, at your own pace and in any order you like. You can upload one letter or all 26 at the same time. - If you post one letter every two weeks, you'll complete the alphabet in a year. - You might want to limit yourself to nature photos. Look for letters in everything from tree branches to the clouds and insects. - You might want to limit yourself to automobile makes, street signs or any other subject that's of special interest to you. - You might want to upload random letters as the opportunity arises, just don't upload to the next album, until the Start time. -The second "C" in FCCP is for "Creative," so you're encouraged to make up your own challenge, but please let us know what you're doing, in the caption or first comment. At this point, we're just trying to get people to look more closely at their environment. If there are enough people interested, we might assign some specific challenges in the future. This challenge should be fun and help us see our surroundings a bit differently. Here are a few "Letters In Our Environment" photos ( https://tinyurl.com/y3l7wslh ) to get you thinking. Good luck and good shooting. - - - - - Upcoming 2019 FCCP PhotoTours Yellowstone/Tetons Wildlife with Fall Colors — September 2019 Fall Colors & Lighthouses, Acadia National Park/Portland — October 2019 Polar Bears & Northern Lights, Churchill, MB — Oct/Nov 2019 - - - - - My Recommended Retailers Where you buy your gear matters. You expect to get what you ordered and you want to pay a low price for it. The retailers I recommend below are the ones I trust for my own purchases. B & H Photo and Video ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Great-Deals/ci/16478/N/4280521071?BI=4308&KW=&KBID=4736 ) Adorama - The Photography People ( http://www.adorama.com/?kbid=64386 ) Lensrental.com — Rent the Best Cameras & Lenses Available ( http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRktHSkJGS0dJS0xCRkpOSkVN ) - - - - - You might want to Bookmark the following page! No matter what I want to do on Meetup, I go to this page first as it has links to our Calendar and all the other pages FCCP has on Meetup. ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/photos/ ) - - - - - FCCP Membership Options: Bringing you the activities and this site is now a full time job (typically 60-80 hours per week). Thus, I depend on membership fees and on the commissions received from you using the links on this site to make any purchases. My family and I are grateful for your support! - Jeff

FCCP Weekly Photo Assignment 112: Rows of Things

Online - Not an in person Meetup

FCCP events are designed to encourage members to take photos more frequently. Assignment topics are chosen to encourage members to photograph subjects they may not normally photograph. Members may have to use techniques that they don't normally use and in return, they'll gain new insights and skills in photography. With Assignments, it's OK to start taking photos as soon as the event is posted. However, if you find yourself unable to take a photo during any week, it's OK to upload one from your archive, but please indicate that it's "From My Archive," in the caption or the first comment. Here are a few "Rows of Things" photos ( https://tinyurl.com/y9aso2su ) to get you thinking. Once you have completed the assignment, upload the one best shot taken to the Meetup Album created for the event. Please don't upload your one best photo before 5:00 PM, Thursday 10/22/2020. You're welcome to upload any additional photos taken for an Assignment to our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FLCCP/ Good luck and good shooting. NOTE: You can't RSVP for an event after it starts, but if you leave a note on the RSVP, we can add you to the Attended List. Don't wait to be added, go ahead and upload your photo. - - - - - PhotoTours 2020 Polar Bears in Churchill, MB — Polar Bears, Eskimos and much more October 14 through October 21 - - - - - Jeff's Recommended Retailers: Where you buy your gear matters. You expect to get what you ordered and you want to pay a low price for it. The retailers I recommend below are the ones I trust for my own purchases. B & H Photo and Video ( http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Great-Deals/ci/16478/N/4280521071?BI=4308&KW=&KBID=4736 ) Adorama - The Photography People ( http://www.adorama.com/?kbid=64386 ) Lensrental.com — Rent the Best Cameras & Lenses Available ( http://www.pjatr.com/t/TUJGRktHSkJGS0dJS0xCRkpOSkVN ) - - - - - Bringing you the activities and this site is now a full time job (typically 60-80 hours per week). Thus, Jeff depends on membership fees and on the commissions received from you using the links on this site to make any purchases. My family and I are grateful for your support! - Jeff FCCP Membership Options: Reminder to Pay Your Monthly/Ann­ual Optional Dues ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/events/240801300/ ) - - - - - You might want to Bookmark the following page! No matter what I want to do on Meetup, I go to this page first as it has links to our Calendar and all the other pages FCCP has on Meetup. ( https://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography/photos/ )

FREE Beginning Photography Class, part 3 of 4 — ISO & Exposure

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please RSVP as attendance is limited to 20. If you find after you have RSVP'd that you can't make it please mark yourself as "unable to attend" so someone on the wait list may attend. Thank you for your understanding in this time of change. Part 3 of our 4 Part Learn Your Camera Series Learn the Ups and Downs of ISO's — with Jeff Donald This is part three of a four part series. todays two hour class will explain what ISO is, how it affects exposure, aperture, shutter speeds and the overall appearance of your photos. By the end of the evening, we guarantee you'll be an expert when it comes to ISO. ISO is not only an integral part of the Exposure Triangle, but is one of the factors that controls one of the most important aspects of your photos, noise and it's affect on color saturation and apparent sharpness of your photos. During the class Jeff will use actual photos and other visual teaching aids to insure that your understanding of ISO is complete. The entire class is recorded, with audio, and will be available to download or stream for FREE for those that attend. Students will also be provided with a link to download all the slides used in the Keynote in PDF format. This will simplify note taking for some students. What FCCP Members are saying about the class. Jeff explains Lightroom patiently, in a logical sequence, and with strict clarity. He continually checks for understanding, and dignifies all questions. His sense of humor puts everyone at ease . . . . . . Cade Great class and great studio! I love learning in depth how a program works, so this class was spot on. I will be there next week! . . . . . . Kelly Great group of people, great teacher & a comfortable, quiet meeting site! . . . Jane I have had good instructors in the past, but Jeff Donald is by far the best. He speaks clearly and loudly, he knows his subject, he knows what is important to cover, he stays on task, he repeatedly asks for questions, he is friendly, he has a sense of humor, and he is everyone’s idea of a leader. . . . . . John There will be lots of learning and laughter. Jeff Donald will teach each session and he's a certified Photographic Counselor by PMA. He taught photography for 4 years at Montana State University and started the Digital Photography program at the Dunedin Fine Art Center in 2002. Jeff worked for Apple Computer, Ritz Camera Center, and several regional camera retail chains and has worked with 1000's of customers and students during that time. Experienced members will be on hand to share tips & tricks and more. My Recommended Retailers Where you buy your gear matters. You expect to get what you ordered and you want to pay a low price for it. The retailers I recommend below are the ones I trust for my own purchases. B & H Photo and Video (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Great-Deals/ci/16478/N/4280521071?BI=4308&KW=&KBID=4736) Adorama - The Photography People (http://www.adorama.com/?kbid=64386) Bringing you the activities and this site is now a full time job (typically 60-80 hours per week). Thus, I depend on membership fees and on the commissions received from you using the links on this site to make any purchase. My family and I are grateful for your support! - Jeff

Advanced Composition — Part 2 of 4

O'Keefe's Family Restaurant

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, please RSVP as attendance is limited to 20. If you find after you have RSVP'd that you can't make it please mark yourself as "unable to attend" so someone on the wait list may attend. Thank you for your understanding in this time of change. Composition is perhaps the hardest part of photography. This course will explain composition in a new way and teach many of the advanced techniques that the masters have developed and used for centuries. The classes are presented in the form of a Keynote (Powerpoint) and have dozens of visual examples to reinforce the topics being presented. At the end of the class the students will be given an optional assignment. Assignments will be shared online in a safe and private group just for the students in this FCCP class. This will allow extra interaction with instructors and fellow students. The class is being held 4 Saturday mornings at O'Keefe's Family Restaurant in Clearwater. Topics covered will include, * Learning to Pre-visualize * Focal Points * Introduction to Formats * The Use of Space and Negative Space * The Power and Use of Shape * The Power and Use of Color * The Power and Use of Rhythm * Perspective and Angle of View * and much, much more . . . The classes are being recorded and will be made available to those students that attend the classes. Following the class is an optional Q&A lunch. This will allow students extra time to ask questions and interact with the instructor.

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FCCP Friday Morning Photowalk at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Florida Botanical Gardens

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