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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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Monthly themes and critique - Four mini-topics will be covered in this meeting

Monthly Topics: Andy Sentipal and Ed Episcopo cover four topics in this meeting. It can be difficult to find speakers willing to speak for over an hour, so we will be covering mini-topics in some of our meetings. Each mini-topic will take 15 to 20 minutes. Truck Graveyard Mini Course: (Andy) We will discuss details of what to expect at the truck graveyard shoot later in the year. Equipment to consider bringing and specific shooting considerations will be reviewed in this presentation. We will discuss shooting options to allow us to get the most of our time on site shooting entire vehicles, portions of vehicles, hood ornaments, etc. A variety of images will be presented to better understand what we will be working with. Fall Foliage Mini Course: (Andy) We will review different types of images we can take to record fall foliage. Filters and their use will be discussed along with locations both close to home and far away for amazing fall color. I see this as a great opportunity for meetup members to share their thoughts on this topic that is so important for nature photographers. Images presented will hopefully inspire you to get out and record fall colors. Shooting in Winter: (Andy) Shooting in winter with thoughts on protecting your gear. How do I check to see if my sensor needs to be cleaned?: (Ed) If you've ever gotten dust spots in your photos, you know how tedious it can be to remove them in post processing. We will discuss how you can check the condition of your camera sensor by taking test shots and by viewing sensor dust spots in LightRoom. We can also cover how to clean your sensor, if time allows. Monthly Critique: You can submit photos from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: three photos per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs) PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :)

4th Friday Photowalk - Alum Spring Park

Alum Spring Park Playground

In October, we'll be going to Alum Spring Park, a beautiful natural area, not far off Route 3 in Fredericksburg. Potential photo subjects include water, rocks, and trees. Any camera & lens will do. Bring a favorite, or challenge yourself to try something different. A tripod (and filters if you have them) could be useful for slow shutter shots if the spring is flowing well. Wear shoes with good traction. Surfaces can be uneven, and include tree roots. I visited on October 15th, and the water was very low, and trees were almost completely green. Hopefully, rain and cooler nights will bring better conditions by the 25th. I hope there will be no more insects to bug us by then, but there were still a few out yesterday. Note: Access to the parking area requires crossing Hazel Run (about 2 inches deep yesterday, but I've seen it about 8 inches deep at times). There is enough space for a couple of cars before crossing the water. Park admission is free. Meet by the building at the end of the parking area (restrooms). Event will go on in sun, fog, or mist, but not if we have significant rain that morning. https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Alum-Spring-Park-2 --- 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. --- 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 themes and critique - DSLR Camera Functions

Salem Church Library

Monthly Topic is DSLR camera functions by Ed Episcopo and David Boyd. 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: You can submit photos from a recent meetup, related to the monthly meeting topic or any other photograph you want critiqued. Limit: three photos per member. (You can bring a couple more, in case we have more time to view photographs) PS: everyone is encouraged to share a photograph. Please bring it on a flash drive to the meeting. It is by sharing our work and getting constructive criticism that we grow as photographers... :) 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.

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