• Houston, Downtown @ Night (Trial Run)
    This is our yearly "Trial Run" of the Downtown @ Night photowalk. If you weren't able to join us for the Scott Kelby Downtown @ Night photowalk, you can join this one instead! Here are the details: For those interested, you can join us for a bite to eat before the photowalk (details to be posted later). Otherwise, join us on the balcony of the University of Houston – Downtown to shoot the sun going down over the city skyline. We will also have an amazing vantage point of the i-10 and i-45 intersection, offering plenty of “light trails” shots along the highways. And you will have a straight shot down Travis street, to shoot cars as they pass under the streetlights. Once the sun goes down, we will start walking along Main Street, shooting the interesting places, people and activity along the way. We will end our journey at Bombay Pizza, to compare images over drinks and food. Tips Info: This event has a $2 RSVP tip, payable in advance via paypal. Your tips help the organizers pay for their meal, gas money and other expenses related to creating events. THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support of HoustonPhotowalks.com and encouraging our organizers to keep posting great events! Ending Location Want to show off some images on your camera? Or just get to know people you’ve met along the way? At the end of our photowalk, we will join up at Bombay Pizza (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/index.html) (914 Main Street (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/locations.html)). They have taken care of us the last 5 years in a row. Its always amazing food and a great chance to rub elbows with fellow photographers for a while. You can check out their food on their website menu (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/menu.html). Parking Parking can be a challenge downtown, but I have a way to make it really easy on you. The photowalk map will include a set of parking locations that are very close to a Metro Rail center. You will find a parking spot with no problem, then ride the rail up to University of Houston. Its a safer and much more convenient way to get to and from your car. What to Wear/Bring/Expect Wear good walking shoes, and loose, comfortable clothing. I suggest bringing a good tripod since the majority of the photowalk will be after dark. If you don’t already have one, I cover tripod purchasing in my low-light photography class if anyone is interested in taking it. The type of lens to bring depends on what type of photography you like to do. I usually bring a long lens and a fast prime. Don’t bring your entire camera and lens collection, you will be miserable for the weight, and won’t use the majority of what you bring. Other stuff Your favorite flavor of DEET or OFF! (But spray at your car, not near people’s camera lenses)A small flashlight. Most of downtown is well lit, but you might drop something in a dim area and need that bit of light.Money. Bring a few bucks. You may need to pay for parking, but the rail ride will be a couple of bucks. Also a few single bills will help you say “thank you” to anyone on the streets that agree to let you take their picture. A lot of folks who live downtown aren’t there by choice, and they will be very grateful if you give them a couple bucks. If you are interested, I can do a night-photography class at HoustonPhotowalks.com — just let me know if anyone is interested. Weather info will be posted closer to the event date. Note HoustonPhotowalks.com is a “rain or shine” group. We get some AMAZING images when shooting wet streets, if it sprinkles or massive thunderstorm, come anyway. We only cancel if the mayor says evacuate the city.

    University of Houston Downtown

    One Main Street · Houston, TX

    $2.00
  • Houston, Downtown @ Night, Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk Day
    It's that time of year again! Scott Kelby's World Wide Photowalk is happening in October, and we will be doing our 8th yearly Downtown at Night Photowalk. IMPORTANT: You *MUST* sign up at the Scott Kelby website in order to participate. They will not let us use Meetup to take RSVPs. That's how Scott wants it so, we're going to follow their rules. **** TO SIGN UP, CLICK THIS LINK: **** http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/houston-downtown-night/ Here are the details: We will begin our event with a quick bite to eat downtown, then walk up to the balcony of the University of Houston – Downtown to shoot the sun going down over the city skyline. We will also have an amazing vantage point of the i-10 and i-45 intersection, offering plenty of “light trails” shots along the highways. You will also have a straight shot down Travis street, to shoot cars as they pass under the streetlights. Once the sun goes down, we will start walking along Main Street, shooting the interesting places, people and activity along the way. We will end our journey at Bombay Pizza, to compare images over drinks and food. Ending Location Want to show off some images on your camera? Or just get to know people you’ve met along the way? At the end of our photowalk, we will join up at Bombay Pizza (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/index.html) (914 Main Street (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/locations.html)). They have taken care of us the last 5 years in a row. Its always amazing food and a great chance to rub elbows with fellow photographers for a while. You can check out their food on their website menu (http://www.bombaypizzaco.com/menu.html). Parking Parking can be a challenge downtown, but I have a way to make it really easy on you. The photowalk map will include a set of parking locations that are very close to a Metro Rail center. You will find a parking spot with no problem, then ride the rail up to University of Houston. Its a safer and much more convenient way to get to and from your car. What to Wear/Bring/Expect Wear good walking shoes, and loose, comfortable clothing. I suggest bringing a good tripod since the majority of the photowalk will be after dark. If you don’t already have one, I cover tripod purchasing in my low-light photography class ($20 for 2 hour class) if anyone is interested in taking it. The type of lens to bring depends on what type of photography you like to do. I usually bring a long lens and a fast prime. Don’t bring your entire camera and lens collection, you will be miserable for the weight, and won’t use the majority of what you bring. Other stuff Your favorite flavor of DEET or OFF! (But spray at your car, not near people’s camera lenses)A small flashlight. Most of downtown is well lit, but you might drop something in a dim area and need that bit of light.Money. Bring a few bucks. You may need to pay for parking, but the rail ride will be a couple of bucks. Also a few single bills will help you say “thank you” to anyone on the streets that agree to let you take their picture. A lot of folks who live downtown aren’t there by choice, and they will be very grateful if you give them a couple bucks. If you are interested, I can do a night-photography class at HoustonPhotowalks.com — just let me know if anyone is interested. Weather info will be posted closer to the event date. Note HoustonPhotowalks.com is a “rain or shine” group. We get some AMAZING images when shooting wet streets, if it sprinkles or massive thunderstorm, come anyway. We only cancel if the mayor says evacuate the city. Roster Information If you are not sure if you are on the roster or not, log into the Kelby web site to check. You can request a new password if you have lost yours.

    University of Houston Downtown

    One Main Street · Houston, TX

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  • Class: On-Camera Flash - Or....Avoiding the "Studio 54" Look
    The inspiration for this class started when someone in the group asked "what do you do when you can't take your flash off the camera?". The motivation behind the question was "how to avoid the drivers license or mug shot look" We'll discuss the various techniques of how to get better on-camera flash images, flash modifiers to consider and......do some hands on work. You'll definitely want to bring your camera, flash (maybe extra batteries too), what (if any) flash modifiers you use. We definitely want to make this a hands on learning class. FYI, the flash modifiers I'm bringing include a couple of Flashbender 2's, Flashbender XL Pro, and Westcott Pocket Box Max. We definitely need people who use other systems like MagMod, Gary Fong, LumiQuest, Lastolite, etc. Weather permitting, we'll head outside to try things like high speed sync, etc.

    Becks Prime

    115 West 19th Street · Houston, TX

    $20.00
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  • Fall Photography Contest and Review at the Woodlands Photography Club
    The Woodlands Photography Club has invited us to join them for their Annual Fall Photo Contest. The event takes place at the South County Community Center, next to the library. Contest winners are announced at 1pm including a live Q&A Feedback with the judges. I am honored to be invited as a judge this year, and they gave me permission to invite my friends from HoustonPhotowalks to attend the event. Come join in and show our North Houston some photography support. If you're not already a member, consider joining The Woodlands Photography Club ... and then submit your images for their fall contest! For details on the contest and the contest rules, check out this page on their official website: https://www.thewoodlandsphotographyclub.com/Website-Pages/n-QGBCsx/Contests

    South County Community Center

    2235 Lake Robbins Drive · The Woodlands, TX

  • Photowalk: Pinball and Arcade Expo of Houston
    This is a very rare chance to photograph vintage video and pinball games -- and folks playing them. All arcade and pinball games will be on "free play" for Friday and Saturday, so bring the family! Since 2009, Keith Christensen at Archadecenter.com has invited HoustonPhotowalks to come enjoy the expo with our families. We also have permission to photograph games and gamers. Two things to note this year: - The location has moved, be aware of the new location. - Discount tickets are available until October 4th. After that, you have to pay at the door. You can buy tickets at: http://www.arcadecenter.com/index.php/tickets/ Also, I'm not sure where to schedule a dinner meetup for this one yet. Since it's a new location, I will need to scout out dinner options and let you know. Check out some of the pictures we took when attending this event previously: https://www.meetup.com/HoustonPhotowalks/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=27420997 Hope to see you guys there!

    Houston Marriott Westchase

    2900 Briarpark Dr · Houston

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