What we're about

Keeping it friendly - Keeping it fun.

This meetup is for anyone interested in photography. All abilities are welcome and the emphasis will be on sharing our knowledge in a fun and relaxed way, learning as we explore London and beyond.

It makes no difference whether you have the latest expensive camera gear or a camera phone, come along and we'll find plenty of interesting things to photograph.

Our events will take us to some of the most iconic locations where you can find that “postcard" (or Instagram) shot but we will be looking for more than that, your professional guide will encourage you to use your imagination and get creative with your photography. If you are new to photography you will have the opportunity to understand the subject better and improve your picture taking.

Keep an eye out for our special "Photography Experience Days" where we'll be collecting up to 7 lucky photographers from a central London location, transporting them to a unique event and instructing on how to great shots, including using our own professional gear! Just bring a blank SD card! Our Experience Days are not only amazing photographic opportunities but are also difficult to get to - hence we provide the transport!

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon.

Dion Hitchcock


Upcoming events (3)

World Zombie Day! - (Shoot Zombies in Central London Photowalk!)

Join us as we brave the streets of central London, armed only with our cameras, as Zombies from all walks of life arise from their crypts to startle the unsuspecting populance in aid of charity. Always an amazing and memorable day of street photography, we'll meet an hour prior to the start of the Zombie Walk to have a social chat, view photos from past years, and discuss setting and compositions. Sadly, the organisers have announced that this is the last year they will be hosting the event so don't miss out! This year's charity is City Harvest, whose mission is to rapidly rescue surplus food and use it to feed those who need it most. 100% of funds received from this event will be donated to City Harvest on your behalf. Along with our RSVP, you'll need to register for the event via this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/world-zombie-day-london-end-times-tickets-65855735277 Note: For those not dressing up in costume (feel free to though!) you'll need to register as Photographer/Press. Please be aware of event organizers' FAQ and conditions for attendance. Recommended equipment: Walk around/kit lens (eg 18-55mm,[masked]mm) Telephoto lens (eg[masked]mm) Flash (eg speedlight) - optional Note: This tour is also suitable for "phone only" photographers The meeting place is Yet To Be Announced as the Zombie Walk route has not been realeased. We'll message attending members a pub or cafe location once the Zombie Walk route is known. As people spread out quickly in such events and stay for different lengths of time we won't have a post-walk meeting place. Note: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so I'll update RSVP numbers accordingly (ie myself +3 will mean 3 members from other groups attending).

Photography Experience Day - Red Squirrels!

Starbucks Euston Tower


Join us on a trip to photograph the amazingly cute, elusive, and delightful red squirrels in the only walk-through squirrel enclosure in the UK! We'll travel early(ish) so we can arrive in time for when they're at their most active - feeding time! There we'll have an information session from one of the resident keepers at the centre. Following our squirrel adventure, we will move on to different native species of the UK, including pine martins, pole cats, Scottish wildcats, badgers, hedgehogs, and red deer. Also keep an eye out for dragonflies and damselflies on your travels. Check out the lovely photos taken by some of our members at the previous (sold out) event! https://www.meetup.com/land-wild/events/264531679/ Squirrel and venue information: A native species of the UK, the red squirrel is unfortunately now classed as "Threatened" due to the introduction of the grey squirrel in the 1870's. It is estimated that only 15,000 red squirrels survive in England compared with upwards of 2 million grey squirrels! Our destination, the British Wildlife Centre, plays an important part in the breeding and reintroduction of the red squirrel back into the wild to re-establish new colonies, along with other native species breeding and reintroduction programs. "In the heart of the East Surrey countryside, the British Wildlife Centre is home to the UK’s finest collection of native species, many rarely seen in the wild. Our animals live in large enclosures, landscaped to reflect their natural habitats. Here you can visit Britain’s first walk-throughred squirrel enclosure and stroll among free-ranging red squirrels in their own copse." Recommended equipment: Walk around/kit lens Telephoto lens 50mm f/1.8 or other low light lens We'll have dedicated camera bodies and lenses to borrow on the day - just bring a blank SD card. Note: This tour is also suitable for "phone only" photographers Included: Entry to British Wildlife Centre (£12). Travel to and from central London (from Starbucks, Unit 1A Euston Tower, NW1 3DP), in our comfortable 8 seater vehicle, including a TV featuring videos about our tour subject and hand selected photographic magazines to learn from and inspire en route. Photographic tuition throughout the day. Camera and lens setups to borrow if required (bring a blank SD card) Battery charging facilities if required (just bring your USB or wall plug charger) Not included: Food and drink (tearoom/lunch/snacks available at venue) Note: Please dress for the weather. Dress in layers, a light waterproof jacket/umbrella, hat & sunscreen if required, and wear appropriate footwear for walking. Where we'll meet: We'll meet at Starbucks Coffee, Unit 1A Euston Tower Podium, Regents Place, London NW1 3DP, at 8.30am (opening time) and we'll talk about what to expect on the day and to go through previous photos and discuss settings, composition, etc. We'll be leaving Starbucks at 8.45am and expect to return back to London between[masked]pm. Please make sure you check TFL to arrive at the meeting point on time as we will have to leave exactly at 8.45am sharp. Unfortunately, due to having to purchase the tickets, refunds will unable to be given if you are late, hence our meeting time is a full 15 minutes before our departure. Please be sure you can attend before RSVPing yes, as refunds can only be given if your place is taken by another participant. Thank you. Note: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so I'll update RSVP numbers accordingly (ie myself +3 will mean 3 members from other groups attending).

Lake District Workshop - Sponsored by Kase Filters! (incl transport & accom)

Join us on this unique 7 day/6 night tour to explore the picturesque Lake District in colourful autumn with a small group (maximum of 5 participants only) guided by two professional photographers, and including all transport and accommodation! As a bonus - as if the amazing scenery isn't enough! - the best filter company in the business, Kase filters, is kindly sponsoring our workshop & will be providing multiple sets of their Pro filters just for us - so you can get the most out this amazing workshop! Guide Dion Hitchcock will be joined by Phil Buckle, a highly regarded landscape photographer who lives on the edge of the Lake District and specialises in running workshops in this gorgeous part of the country. Sample itinerary: Day 1 (9th Nov) – Journey to The Lakes We’ll collect you from central London & begin the journey to our lovely accommodation in central Keswick. As always on our tours we'll have photography-related entertainment & information on our flip down TV screen, along with assorted photographic magazines to browse through to inspire & learn on our journey. We'll also take occasional breaks at notable attractions en route to stretch our legs. We'll aim to check in, freshen up, then head to our first sunset opportunity at the spectacular Castlerigg Stone Circle. Day 2 (10th Nov) – Ullswater We’ll begin our first morning with sunrise at the iconic Duke of Portland boathouse looking down Ullswater towards the distant fells. From there we’ll pay a visit to Hallin Fell with a gorgeous view down two valleys, with Beda Fell in all its autumnal glory dividing them. During the day we will visit the powerful Aira Force, the most famous of the Lakes’ waterfalls, falling 70ft below a slate bridge into a rock pool & surrounded by Victorian landscaping. Day 3 (11th Nov) – Derwent Water Crow Park will start our day for sunrise looking down Derwent Water with Borrowdale Valley and the surrounding Fells beyond. Nearby is Isthmus Bay where you will find the remains of some concrete jetties looking towards the Cumbrian Mountains. Other options for later in the day are Ashness Jetty or Tewet Tarn. Day 4 (12th Nov) – Buttermere This morning we will head for Buttermere and once again put those Kase ND filters to work capturing the famous lone tree with tranquil views across the lake, followed by a short journey up the lake where we will have views of Char Hut and the autumn colours on the mosaic slopes of Haystacks. Later in the day we will explore the Southern shore of Crummock Water with several composition options of rocks or trees to choose from. Day 5 (13th Nov) – Great Langdale We’ll start the day at the River Brathay near Elterwater hoping for a touch of mist at sunrise with a couplet of oak trees and a small copse reflecting in the calm water. Later we will head down the Great Langdale Valley towards Side Pike & Blea Tarn both of which have gorgeous views towards the Langdale Pikes. Day 6 (14th Nov) - Lowther Castle! Our last full day will see us visit the incredible Lowther Castle, deservedly winning Cumbria's Attraction of the Year in 2018. We'll explore the beautiful & uniquely cultivated gothic ruins & have a chance to find wild red squirrels and red deer. Day 7 (15th Nov) – Return Journey For our final day in the stunning Lake District we will begin with a visit to Tewet Tarn, or even Castlerigg Stone Circle for sunrise with views towards Blencathra and Skiddaw fells. We'll then say goodbye to Keswick & journey back to London with full memory cards and many happy memories. Price: £795 pp (£50 deposit, balance via Bank Transfer to secure place) Single supplement - see below. Includes: Return transport from London, & in Lake District. Accommodation: An entire beautiful house! (self catering - restaurants & shops 1 min walk!) 2 x single rooms (King bed) £100 supplement each (on 1st come/1st served basis) 2 x twin share rooms 2 x Professional photo guides, tuition, + Kase filters! Not included: Food & drink.

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SOLD OUT! - Photography Experience Day - Red Squirrels!

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