What we're about

This is a collective of people who share a passion for night and long exposure photography.

This Meetup is about gathering in groups, small or large, to capture the night and share the outcome with each other. Online events for image studies, goals review, training, as well as self-assigned challenges round out the program. Education, respectful and constructive feedback, exhibition of images and socializing during and after our gatherings are all part of our activities.

We explore old, new, popular and exotic places in the greater Boston area, southern New Hampshire and Maine, Rhode Island, northern Connecticut and central Massachusetts and there are occasional field trips to places such as New York or Maine. Inner city nightscapes are as much part of our portfolio, as will be dark sky star, astro-landscape and Milky Way shoots or light painting opportunities.

With about 500 events over seven years, this is the only continuously active Meetup group dedicated to night and long exposure photography in New England. We average one event every ~6 days, and we keep it alive throughout the winter. Browse our "past meetups" to see what we have been doing.

Most standard meetups are free, membership dues will cover Meetup.com costs, minor group expenses and promotional means, invited lectures and trip organization expenses. There are also some paid events, as announced in those meetups, to provide paid services to learn from professionals in smaller groups with formal instructions, or to cover venue costs. You can sign up for this group for free and see if this is for you during the trial.

Night photography is exciting, presents the world in a truly different light and is serene and calming in many ways. However, it is also very different from daytime shooting, sometimes physically taxing and requires to watch out for yourself and others. The meetups here will always be conducted with adult and mature members, who provide safety through numbers, but you will always be responsible for your own safety.

Before you get started, please read the group policies: https://www.meetup.com/GBNight/messages/boa... (https://www.meetup.com/GBNight/messages/boards/forum/16103532) and please take a moment to answer some questions about timing and gear under MORE - POLLS in the menu.

We are looking forward to seizing the night with you!

Jürgen, GBNP Organizer

Upcoming events (5)

Lunar Eclipse Travel Suggestion

San Diego

If you have a chance to travel, try to catch some of May's Lunar Eclipse. You will not be able to see the total eclipse anywhere in the US, but you can see 95% of it in San Diego, CA. The full eclipse is only visible in Hawaii, New Zealand, Eastern Australia, Antarctica and the very southern part of Chile.

In Massachusetts, we will only see the beginning of the penumbral phase, which slightly dims the moonlight, but doesn't show as a shadow. The further south-west you travel, the more you will see.

Here's more information about it:
https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/lunar/2021-may-26

To create photos like the individual frames in the above image, you need a long lens. 2000 mm focal length fills a full frame camera sensor. A 400mm lens will give you a nice 10th of the frame, enough to crop in and enjoy it.

Urban Night Photography Lecture

Online event

Following up on May's presentation on how to scout out locations, our June lecture will be all about shooting night photos in urban environments. Bright lights galore, but what can we do with it?

We will cover these topics:
...* Brief recap on how to do night photography (for new members)
...* Technical aspects, specifically for bright (n)light photography
...* Light sources, colors, white balance and why it is important
...* Examples of what you can shoot at night, in the city
...* Using the Element of time
...* Taking advantage of vantage points (go low, get high, legally)
...* Urban star trails, baby!
...* Just plain creative
...* Editing considerations, tips & tricks in LR & CR

Photography Goals for 2021 - Q2 Review

Online event

Following up on our first meeting we had in January, we will review our photography goals that we set out to do at the beginning of the year.

You do not have to have been part of the original meeting, you can join anytime! It's never the wrong time to formulate some goals, but they will help you plan better and become a better photographer.

We will loosely discuss these topics, and every attendee can share, but it's also OK to just sit in and listen.

---- * - Review progress on your goals that you set out to do
---- * - Share new goals you might have created (also for new attendees)
---- * - Ask for help or suggestions on challenges you encountered
---- * - Tell us what you are currently working on (projects, skills etc.)

This is a fun forum to share your plans, your progress and find inspiration. This is a quarterly repeating event, but only for active GBNight members, please do not pass on this link.

Photography Goals for 2021 - Q3 Review

Online event

Following up on our first meeting we had in January, we will review our photography goals that we set out to do at the beginning of the year.

You do not have to have been part of the original meeting, you can join anytime! It's never the wrong time to formulate some goals, but they will help you plan better and become a better photographer.

We will loosely discuss these topics, and every attendee can share, but it's also OK to just sit in and listen.

---- * - Review progress on your goals that you set out to do
---- * - Share new goals you might have created (also for new attendees)
---- * - Ask for help or suggestions on challenges you encountered
---- * - Tell us what you are currently working on (projects, skills etc.)

This is a fun forum to share your plans, your progress and find inspiration. This is a quarterly repeating event, but only for active GBNight members, please do not pass on this link.

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