What we're about

If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. We travel to great places where you can make fun photos while being guided by a professional photographer. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos. Professional photographers Ron Lake and Loren Fisher are the organizers.

Upcoming events (4)

Lightroom: Getting Started with Developing

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This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered and paid at http://lorenphotos.com/mevents/lightroom-getting-started-with-developing/ There are plenty of tutorials, videos and books that will show you how every little detail of Lightroom works. They’ll show you how to use all the sliders, but they don’t tell you why or when you should be using Lightroom’s powerful controls to get the most out of your photos. I’ll explain not only what the sliders do, but the why’s and why not’s, no matter if you are making prints, posting on the Internet or sending photos off for publication. We’ll dig deep into the Develop Module, where you really make your photos pop. I’ll show you the best time to use controls like white balance, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and saturation. You’ll learn how and why to use cloning, healing, cropping and masking. I’ll cover sharpening, noise reduction, lens correction, effects. I’ll show you how to use multiple photos for HDR and creating panoramas. I’ll use real examples using my photos, you will see how I transform images and get them to pop more than you expected. I’ll be demonstrating with the latest version of Lightroom Classic and it doesn’t matter whether you work on a Mac or Windows. This is an online workshop, you’ll be able to ask questions and see my computer screen. We’ll use my paid Zoom service to assure you have easy access and get quality sound and video. Login instructions will be sent after you register. The session will be recorded and you’ll be able to access it whenever you like. Date: Saturday, Jan. 24, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EDT The workshop is part of my Lightroom three part series. The other parts are Lightroom: Getting Organized on Jan. 16 and Lightroom: Getting the Most Out of Your Photos on Feb. 7, which is for photographers with some Lightroom experience. You can sign up for individual sessions or get a discount for all three. Regular registration $89 Previous clients: $75 All three Lightroom sessions: $170 For more info and to register go to http://lorenphotos.com/mevents/lightroom-getting-started-with-developing/ There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Lightroom: Getting the Most Out of Your Photos workshop

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered and paid at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/lightroom-getting-the-most-out-of-your-photos-workshop/ This four-hour advanced Lightroom workshop is for photographers who have some experience with Lightroom but seek to get the most out of their images. You know the basics of Lightroom but know there is still more that you can get from Lightroom. I’ll show you insights into advanced image processing that will make your photos like they were made by a professional. You’ll learn how to visualize how photos can be improved, even while you are taking the shot, which is where it all begins. Look at the image to the right and move the slider. If in less than two minutes you can’t make the “after” look like the “before” then this class is for you. We’ll be working in the Develop module where real magic happens. I will use many of my photos to show you how I make images look like what I saw in the field, which isn’t what you get in the RAW files that cameras capture. All photos need some amount of work, some more than others. It could be just adding some black to make the image pop or it could be a good deal of work to make the sky look the way it did when you made the picture. Lightroom is the easiest, fastest and one of the best ways to bring the most out of your photos. Some photographers think Lightroom only makes a difference for landscape or nature photos, but I’ll show you how to improve your people pictures too. There is a lot more than just making colors pop, I’ll show you how to get skin tones right so your prints look great. I’ll be demonstrating with the latest version of Lightroom Classic CC and it doesn’t matter whether you work on a Mac or Windows. We will cover a lot of material but I’ll have handouts that help you remember what we talk about and your photos will look better the next time you use Lightroom. Some of the things we will cover: • Snapshots and History functions • Painter feature • Creating and using brush presets • Creating and using post production presets • Adjusting multiple photos • In-depth use of global and local adjustment tools • Hue, Saturation and Luminance (HSL), • Creating High Dynamic Range (HDR) images • Creating panoramic images with impact • What the new texture slider does • Black and white processing techniques • Fixing lens distortions This is an online workshop, you’ll be able to ask questions and see my computer screen. We’ll use my paid Zoom service to assure you have easy access and get quality sound and video. Login instructions will be sent after you register. The session will be recorded and you’ll be able to access it whenever you like. Sunday, Feb. 7 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST The workshop is part of my Lightroom three part series. The other parts are Lightroom: Getting Organized on Jan. 16 and Lightroom: Getting Started with Developing on Jan. 24. You can sign up for individual sessions or get a discount for all three. Regular registration $89 Previous clients: $75 All three Lightroom sessions: $170 For more info and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/lightroom-getting-the-most-out-of-your-photos-workshop/. There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Photoshop for Photographers online workshop

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This is a paid workshop, please register and pay at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/photoshop-for-photographers-online-workshop/ before RSVPing. Photoshop is the ultimate image editing tool and is a complex beast. Learning it is intimidating and can be frustrating due to its extreme power. But most photographers don’t need to know everything Photoshop does. There are several tools that are extremely beneficial, a few things that wouldn’t be bad to know but aren’t essential and then there is a ton of stuff that few photographers really need but graphic designers would use. This workshop is for photographers, showing you some of the things you can use to improve the look of your photos. The four hour workshop is not all comprehensive, there are some tools and techniques we won’t cover but I feel those things are for advanced users. This workshop is designed to take the fear out of Photoshop and help you get going with the software. I will show you things you can’t do in Lightroom or can do much better in Photoshop. We won’t be dealing with many things that can be done in Lightroom, like Camera RAW, basic developing, cropping, color balance and organization. I’ve been using Photoshop for at least 25 years and I still have little floppy discs of Version 2! I’ll show you many of the tools, techniques and tips that I have picked up over the years. This online workshop will be in two sessions to give you time to absorb all the info. The sessions are Monday, Feb 15 and Wednesday Feb. 17 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST. Here is what we will cover: • Layers • Adjustment Layers • Replacing colors • Placing text on photos • Masking • Clipping masks • Refining the edges of masks • Content Aware fill • Borders • Getting unwanted objects out of your photos • Focus stacking • Dodging • Burning • Blurring There is a lot more Photoshop can do and we can’t cover everything, so if it isn’t on the list we probably won’t discuss it in this workshop. This is an online workshop, you’ll be able to ask questions and see my computer screen. I use a paid Zoom service for my online classes to assure you have easy access and get quality sound and video. Login instructions will be sent after you register. Both sessions will be recorded and you’ll be able to watch the video again as much as you like. Monday, Feb 15 and Wednesday Feb. 17 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST Registration Registration $129.00 Returning clients $119.00 For more info and to register: https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/photoshop-for-photographers-online-workshop/ There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Vietnam Photography Workshop

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A Vietnam photography workshop is certainly alluring. The mystery, ancient culture, wondrous landscapes, small villages and recent history all make Vietnam a location that photographers relish. Stunning scenes, friendly people and careful planning assure this will be a not to be missed trip. Our 14 day photo tour to northern Vietnam starts in Hanoi and we work our way down to the old Demilitarized Zone that separated the North and South during the war. We’ll photograph all that Vietnam has to offer: temples, fishing villages, women making conical hats, beautiful ocean beaches, ancient sites, remnants of the Vietnam War and a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage area. We’ll cruise up a river and even photograph backstage at a unique puppet show that exemplifies the Vietnamese culture! We’ll spend time in Hanoi and the surrounding area and then fly south to Hue where we explore the middle of the country. We’ll be on the go but have planned free time for relaxing, shopping or shooting on your own. You’ll probably be exhausted when we are done but it will feel great! This is sure to be a photographic journey that none of us will forget. Loren is working with fellow photographer Sarah McGarghan, who has been to Vietnam several times, and a local Vietnamese tour company that is experienced in leading photographers in Vietnam. They have handpicked our guides, all of whom speak great English and love to share their culture with insight and passion. We have an action packed itinerary planned but we are always looking for more opportunities and will make last minutes changes if needed. To see full itinerary: https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vietnam-photography-workshop/ Who should attend: Anyone interested in the Vietnamese culture and stunning landscapes will find this to be a memorable trip. Your photographic experience doesn’t matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you’ll come away with amazing photos. There will be some walking involved, especially if you want to explore the towns and villages, but there won’t be long, exhausting hikes. Rest stops, restroom breaks and meal times have been carefully planned. Loren and Sarah will be available at all times for professional photography instruction. The weather This is Vietnam, which is mostly jungle, but we planned the trip to be when the temperature is most moderate and not during the rainy season. It seems like it is always humid in most of Vietnam, so plan on doing a little sweating, but we’ll be in air conditioned vehicles and hotels. In the north expect plenty of sunshine and clear blue skies with little, if any, rainfall and an average temperature of 78 degrees. In the central part of the country the average temperature is 82 degrees and there are usually sunny skies in March. But we always want to be prepared for rain, especially for our camera equipment. It won’t be hot or humid enough to have any concerns or need for special precautions for your camera gear. What’s included: • Professional photography instruction with two professional photographers and local guide • Transportation while you are in Vietnam, which includes flights and travel in air conditioned vans and buses • Single occupancy lodging (a $500 discount is available for couples traveling together) • Breakfast each day, lunch and dinner as listed in itinerary • Entrance fees to locations on itinerary • Pre-trip planning assistance including flight suggestions and help with visa requirements. • Tips and gratuities Not included: • Flight to Vietnam • Alcohol • Lunch and dinner not listed in final itinerary • Personal items • Snacks Rates Registration is $5900. Previous clients: $5450. If you are a couple or have a roommate, there is a $500 discount per person for a double room. Maximum group size: 10 For complete info about the trip and to register go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/vietnam-photography-workshop/

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Lightroom: Getting Organized workshop

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