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This group is intended as a fun, enjoyable environment to learn and practice the craft of photography, digital and film. Learning the craft from other photographers is the best way to further hone your enjoyment of the art of photography. All ideas and suggestions are more than welcome, as this forum is meant to increase your love of photography. Whether you are an amateur, professional or somewhere in between all are welcome.

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Monthly themes and critique - DSLR Camera Functions

Salem Church Library

Monthly Topic is DSLR camera functions by Ed Episcopo and David Boyd. If there's interest, we could start by having a general question and answer period as a group for questions that are not brand related. We haven't covered this topic since last year, so this would be a good time to bring your camera or other photography equipment to ask questions. Since we have a wide range of experience in this group, we can all share what we've learned and help others with their questions. We’ll split into two groups - Nikon and Canon. We’ll start by covering any questions that you may have about your camera. Then we will discuss major functions and settings of the camera. We will cover things like how to use the different histograms, focusing modes, highlights/blinkies, exposure delay, automatic bracketing, live-view, etc. This will be a guided discussion, so your participation is encouraged. If there’s time after that, we will go over questions about other types of equipment. Even if you don’t have a Nikon or a Canon, it is likely that your DSLR camera has the same functions that we plan to cover. Please bring your camera to the meeting no matter what brand you use. It will be a useful introduction into DSLR camera functions. We hope that our speakers expand or refresh your knowledge of photography. It's not the destination but the journey that challenges the mind and soul. Monthly Critique: We usually skip the critiques for our hands on meetings, so we have more time to cover questions and to share information about our equipment. We will not have the critique this month. See you there... The leadership team.

4th Friday Photowalk - Fredericksburg Battlefield Cemetery and Sunken Road

Fredericksburg Battlefield Visitor Center

4th Friday Photowalks will be held once a month in various locations around the Fredericksburg area. They will be an opportunity to get out with your camera and take pictures with other photographers. Sometimes they will have a specific theme, sometimes not. The main goal will always be to plan a time to get out and shoot, then share what we've made on the Meetup site. --- In November, we'll be photographing at the Fredericksburg Battlefield (Cemetery and Sunken Road). I will come with several photo prompts that may lead to taking photos we may not have previously considered. We'll meet in the parking lot behind the visitor center. First, we'll walk uphill to the cemetery, then come back down the hill to photograph the stone wall, outside of the Innis house, Kirkland monument, and anything else that peaks our interest. Here's the NPS website: https://www.nps.gov/frsp/learn/photosmultimedia/sr.htm The group will not be doing the visitor center this time, but if you've not gone before, it is very informative. On my last visit, walking around and seeing the exhibits was free, and there was a $2 or $3 charge to see the movie about the battle. There are two restrooms, one next to the parking lot, attached to the gift shop and the other one is in the visitor center, basement level. Any camera equipment you choose can be used for this photowalk. The hill to the cemetery is moderately steep. The walking surfaces include paved areas, grass, and small rocks. Comment below if you have any questions, I'm happy to help. --- If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

The Truck Graveyard in Columbia, Virginia

Truck Graveyard, Columbia, VA

Please note: This event has been limited to 20 people at the request of the property owner. The truck graveyard is a large group of vehicles from the 1920’s to the 1970’s. Some are in sheds while others are out in the fields. There are old firetrucks, milk delivery vehicles, 1930’s era gasoline trucks, heavy duty trucks, cars, pickups, etc. All are in assorted stages of decay and covered in varying amounts of vegetation. The hood ornaments alone are fun to photograph. There are also old Coke machines, oil cans, etc. There are several trucks parked in a pasture across the road. We may access those trucks, but must be sure to close the gate. It is a working pasture, do not let the livestock out. Do not bother the livestock. There will be plenty of opportunity for tripod, long exposure and HDR work. You may want a flash or remote light for fill inside the sheds. There are also many detail and macro opportunities. Some of the areas are overgrown, and there are thorny vines in many areas. Long pants and protective shoes are recommended. We should have milder weather then, a long-sleeved shirt will help to protect from thorns. This is a working business location. The owner has asked that we be mindful of a few things: 1) We are responsible for our own safety. 2) Do not move or remove any objects. 3) Do not leave any doors open on the vehicles. 4) If a vehicle is marked “do not open”, then do not open. If you are looking into trying something a bit different for your portfolio, this is it. Bring a tripod and flash for low light shots or vehicle interiors. You may want to bring snacks and something to drink, since the graveyard location is somewhat remote. There are no bathrooms at the site, but there may be a place to stop around the halfway mark. Raymie is checking to see if a there is another location with food and a restroom in the vicinity. If that works out, information will be posted on this page. NOTE: Please don't go to the Truck Graveyard on your own, since it's private property and you have to get permission, before you can get access. Andy Sentipal has gotten permission from the owner for us to access the truck graveyard on the day of the event. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please read our disclaimer for this event: If you RSVP with the intention of attending this event, please be sure to change your RSVP, if you later decide you will not be able to attend. All event hosts are volunteers and often spend a lot of time researching and setting up the event. Please be courteous and change your RSVP as soon as you know that you will not attend the event. By sending in an RSVP and joining this meetup event hosted by the Fresh Start photography Meetup, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations (where applicable) of the event location and I am also agreeing to the terms of the following release and waiver of liability, which shall be binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, successors, and assigns. In consideration of my (and my guests) participation in the Fresh Start Photography Meetup, I do hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the Organizer, its members, officers, directors, employees and the leader(s) of this event from any and all liability by reason of any damage, loss, expenses, or injury arising from my (and my guests) participation in this event, including that caused solely or in part by the fault of any and all of the above-named parties.

Monthly Topic - Holiday Party

Salem Church Library

Monthly Topic: Holiday Party This will be a good time to reflect on what you've accomplished this year and think about what you'd like to work on next year. We can talk about our goals and how we might achieve them. For the first hour, we'll eat and mingle, something we usually don't have time to do. You can bring your camera and ask questions or share something you've learned. Please plan to bring a dish to share and be sure to post the dish on this page in the "comment" section, so we don't end up with ten desserts. Please RSVP no later than December 17 - if possible - so we'll know how many plates, cups, etc. to bring. For this meeting, you can bring up to six of your favorite photos for 2018 to show what you've been working on. Please bring them on a flash drive. PS: Everyone is encouraged to share photos. Sharing our work and getting constructive criticism helps us all grow as photographers. Hope to see you there! The Leadership Team

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