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 โ€œpostcard" (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

http://www.dionhitchcock.com

Upcoming events (5)

Richmond Park Deer! - (incl Pro cameras/lenses to borrow!)

Richmond Park

ยฃ30.00

Join us for a magical morning in Richmond Park photographing the deer! Home to over 600 freely roaming wild deer, Richmond Park is the largest enclosed space in London making this an ideal environment to learn wildlife photography. We'll go through the settings and techniques at the beginning of the workshop and we'll be on hand to give expert advice throughout. ๐ƒ๐จ๐งโœ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐ฐ๐ง ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ? ๐๐จ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐›๐ฅ๐ž๐ฆ! We have 3 dedicated telephoto setups for you to borrow if required (just bring a blank SD card) or you can borrow our Nikon (F mount) & Canon (EF mount) lenses to use with your own camera body. We also have Canon and Nikon branded extenders (1.4x & 2.0x) that can help you get the shots you want using your own lenses. Sony E-mount cameras aren't forgotten as we have an adapter to mount our Canon lenses, including autofocus. We'll contact attendees two days prior to let them know which gate will be our meeting point. Anyone requiring a (free return) lift from West Acton station (Central Line) or North Ealing station (Piccadilly Line) at 7.15am can message me for more information. ๐’๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ: From the Royal Parks website: "Throughout the year, visitors are advised to: always keep at least 50 metres away from deer; never touch or feed the deer. Deer are wild animals, not pets; avoid getting in between two deer; and never photograph the deer at close range, use a long lens and consider taking photos at off peak times such as early mornings and weekdays." In short you will need to remain alert, look out for those shooting with you and don't get too close - which is why our super-telephoto lenses are just the thing to both stay safe & get amazing shots! ๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ: Telephoto lenses ~200mm+ eg[masked]mm,[masked]mm, or greater. Don't have a telephoto lens? We'll have at least 3 telephoto setups for you to borrow! (+ antiviral wipes for the equipment) Tripods not usually required but monopods can be handy with the larger telephoto lenses. Equipment - 1 x Canon tele lens: available 1 x Canon camera/tele lens: available 1 x Canon 1.4x extender: available 1 x Nikon camera/tele lens: available 1 x Nikon camera/tele lens: available 1 x Nikon 1.4x extender: available 1 x Nikon 2x extender: available 1 x Sony adapter + lens: available Please check the weather and wear appropriate clothing. Given the time of year we suggest multiple layers including bringing a light waterproof top and waterproof boots or walking shoes. We also recommend long trousers plus thick socks pulled up high to minimises chances of insect bites which the park now cautions visitors. We will be near a cafe, or you can bring your own food and drink (no toilets at our likely location but are elsewhere in the park). ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ: We've completed Visit Britain & Visit England's Covid-19 assessments & have been approved as "Good To Go". In keeping with government guidelines and current evidence, our risk minimisation measures include: โ€ข Ask participants to maintain 2+m distance from each other on location โ€ข Instructor will wear a mask if needing to come closer to help with camera โ€ข Antiviral hand sanitizer available at event โ€ข Cleaning of all equipment with isopropyl alcohol wipes โ€ข Participants confirm that they have followed current government guidance, including self isolating if they (or their contacts) have tested positive or suffer any symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ A full refund will be given if a participant has to cancel due to them or a contact testing positive or requiring to isolate. ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so RSVP numbers such as myself +3 means 3 members from the other groups attending.

Bubble Photography Workshop - Awesome Abstracts! (2 places per workshop max)

๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ฅ๐ฒ! ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ! Join us for a unique practical workshop in macro photography โ€“ with all the special equipment provided. Thanks to the wonders of physics we are able to capture an amazing assortment of natureโ€™s random abstract masterpiecesโ€ฆand weโ€™ll show you how it is possible! During our workshop, these stunning otherworldly images are within the grasp of ๐„๐•๐„๐‘๐˜๐Ž๐๐„ with a DSLR/mirrorless camera and a kit lens! See more of these amazing shots that you'll be able to achieve on the day here: http://dionhitchcock.com/bubble-photography-workshop/ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ค๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ ๐ฐ๐žโœ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ ๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก: โ€ข Why the phenomenon occurs โ€ข What ingredients we can use to make the different mixtures and which special additives can enhance the colour and longevity of our bubbles. โ€ข Lighting techniques (the tricky part โ€“ but weโ€™ll provide all the expertise and lighting equipment required, including triggers) โ€ข How to turn your kit lens into a macro lens (weโ€™ll provide the attachments) โ€ข Post processing techniques (including us processing your choice of your own images) so youโ€™ll be able to make those amazing images POP! All youโ€™ll need to start is to be able to change the settings on your camera as weโ€™ll be shooting in manual mode. ๐„๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐: โ€ข A DSLR or mirrorless camera with at least a kit lens. A macro lens is even better if you have one or a lens between[masked]mm full frame equivalent (but not essential). If by chance we donโ€™t have adaptors for your specific camera/lens weโ€™ll supply you with a pro-grade camera/lens combo to use (at no extra charge). โ€ข Spare batteries and memory cards. โ€ข We recommend a remote trigger if you have one but it is not essential. โ€ข You can bring your own tripod if you wish but we have several you can use at our studio. โ€ข Laptop optional if you want to process some of your photos whilst we demonstrate our post processing techniques. ๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ข๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: London, W3 (full details given on booking) โ€“ our studio is in a picturesque mock-Tudor setting and is just 5 minutes walk from West Acton tube station (Central Line) and North Ealing tube station (Piccadilly Line). ๐…๐ซ๐ž๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐ข๐ง๐ . ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ: We've completed Visit Britain & Visit England's Covid-19 assessments & have been approved as "Good To Go". In keeping with government guidelines and current evidence, our risk minimisation measures include: โ€ข Participants to maintain 2m distance from each other on location and wear masks โ€ข Reduced numbers of participants to maintain spacing โ€ข High volume laminar fresh airflow through workshop area โ€ข Hospital grade hand sanitiser and equipment/surface antiviral cleaner will be readily available at all times Note: This workshop has been tailored especially with Covid-19 good practice in mind. Weโ€™ll have only two participants in each workshop and each will be positioned apart for fresh airflow between them though a large open door and windows. Masks will be compulsory (a light, comfortable, hospital grade 3-ply surgical mask given if required) and both equipment sterilizer and hand sanitizer is readily available. (Anyone unable to wear a mask please contact me directly before booking). By RSVPing participants confirm that they have followed current government guidance, including self isolating if they (or their contacts) have tested positive or suffer any symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ A full refund will be given if a participant has to cancel due to them or a contact testing positive or requiring to isolate. Please take your own personal health circumstances into account before considering attending any event given Covid-19 is endemic in the community. Risk can be minimised but not eliminated. Please err on the side of safety if in any doubt.

Milky Way & Geminid Meteor Shower! (Saturday evening)

West Acton Station

ยฃ75.00

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ! We'll be heading to a location to set up our cameras for the meteor showers, plus some excellent Milky Way photography due to the dark skies with the new moon. So pack your tripod plus some snacks and blanket or a chair and once set up, we'll spend a relaxing evening gazing up at the shooting stars. ๐ˆโœ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ. 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Canon fit 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Nikon fit 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Sony E mount fit ๐‘ท๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’๐’•๐’†: ๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’๐’˜. Updates will be given the day before & confirmation of event on the day. RSVPs will then open and payment can be made. We'll obviously be at the mercy of both the weather on the day and any government restrictions that apply due to the coronavirus. ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  - ๐Ÿ) Drive yourself to our designated meeting point (fully encouraged - please contact me for the meeting point & a reduced price). ETA at location will be ~7.30pm. ๐Ÿ) Meet at West Acton tube station (Ealing Broadway branch of Central line) at 6pm Saturday 12/12/20. We'll then transport a maximum of five participants in our vehicle to the chosen location. Please see our Covid-19 policy below. Return drop offs - first stop near Warren Street station in central London & second stop West Acton station. Our intended location has 360 degree access so we should have the opportunity for pics of both the meteor shower & of the Milky Way on the same night. ๐„๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐: - Tripod - Cable release trigger (a must to be able to take continuous photos - or a timelapse mode on your camera) - Spare batteries - Head torch (with red light option) or standard torch. - Lens choice - for both the Perseid meteor shower and the Milky Way a wider angle is preferred, such as 16-35mm, 18-35mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm... Message me with your options for advice. Facilities at location - none (we're going to a remote location at night!) ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ: We've completed Visit Britain & Visit England's Covid-19 assessments & have been approved as "Good To Go". Our risk minimisation measures are listed in previous events. Please note, individuals will need to take their own personal health circumstances into account before considering attending any event given the current scenario as the virus is endemic in the community. Risk can be minimised but not eliminated. Please err on the side of safety if in any doubt. ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so RSVP numbers such as myself +3 means 3 members from the other groups attending.

Geminid Meteor Shower Peak! Up to 140/h!!! (late night event)

West Acton Station

ยฃ75.00

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ข๐ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐จ๐ซ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ซ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฆ๐š๐ณ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ ๐ฆ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐จ๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ! We'll be heading to a location to set up our cameras for the meteor showers, plus have some excellent Milky Way photography opportunaities due to the dark skies with the new moon. So pack your tripod plus some snacks and a blanket or a chair and once set up, we'll spend a relaxing evening gazing up at the shooting stars. This is a late night event as the peak is expected in the early hours of Monday morning. ๐ˆโœ๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ซ๐๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ ๐ซ๐š๐ฉ๐ก๐ฒ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฏ๐š๐ข๐ฅ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ. 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Canon fit 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Nikon fit 1 x Samyang 14mm f/2.8 Sony E mount fit ๐‘ท๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’”๐’† ๐’๐’๐’•๐’†: ๐‘ฐ๐’‡ ๐’š๐’๐’– ๐’‚๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’๐’•๐’†๐’“๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’†๐’… ๐’Š๐’ ๐’‚๐’•๐’•๐’†๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’—๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’„๐’๐’Ž๐’Ž๐’†๐’๐’• ๐’ƒ๐’†๐’๐’๐’˜. Updates will be given the day before & confirmation of event on the day. RSVPs will then open and payment can be made. We'll obviously be at the mercy of both the weather on the day and any government restrictions that apply due to the coronavirus. ๐ƒ๐ฎ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  - ๐Ÿ) Drive yourself to our designated meeting point (fully encouraged - please contact me for the meeting point & a reduced price). ETA at location will be ~10.30pm. ๐Ÿ) Meet at West Acton tube station (Ealing Broadway branch of Central line) at 9pm Sunday 13/12/20. We'll then transport a maximum of five participants in our vehicle to the chosen location. Please see our Covid-19 policy below. Return drop offs - first stop near Warren Street station in central London & second stop West Acton station. Please check your transport options from drop off points thoroughly (many night buses from Central London plus Uber) Our intended location has 360 degree access so we should have the opportunity for pics of both the meteor shower & of the Milky Way on the same night. ๐„๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐: - Tripod - Cable release trigger (a must to be able to take continuous photos - or a timelapse mode on your camera) - Spare batteries - Head torch (with red light option) or standard torch. - Lens choice - for both the Perseid meteor shower and the Milky Way a wider angle is preferred, such as 16-35mm, 18-35mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm... Message me with your options for advice. Facilities at location - none (we're going to a remote location at night!) ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ— ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ: We've completed Visit Britain & Visit England's Covid-19 assessments & have been approved as "Good To Go". Our risk reduction measures are listed in previous event details. Please note, individuals will need to take their own personal health circumstances into account before considering attending any event given the current scenario as the virus is endemic in the community. Risk can be minimised but not eliminated. Please err on the side of safety if in any doubt. ๐๐จ๐ญ๐ž: This event is combined with 2 other photography Meetup groups that I run so RSVP numbers such as myself +3 means 3 members from the other groups attending.

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