Past Meetup

Class: 12 Ways to Improve your Photography (Part 1): Camera Settings

This Meetup is past

20 people went

Price: $20.00 /per person

Becks Prime

115 West 19th Street · Houston, TX

How to find us

Order your dinner and head upstairs to the meeting room!

Location image of event venue


(Please note, there is only enough room for 20 people in this meeting room.)

This class is great for both NEW CAMERA OWNERS as well as SEASONED CAMERA LOVERS.


The "12 Ways To Improve Your Photography Series" walks you through 12 important photography concepts that will help you create beautiful artistic images -- and master your camera. These concepts are not camera- or brand-specific, and do not require you to "buy new and expensive gear" to master.

This session, "Camera Settings", will help you understand key skills needed for correct exposure, artistically controlling focus, how to get a "Blue Sky" rather than that washed-out white background, and many other important key concepts.


Rather than a scratch-the-surface class about exposure, we will look at the reasons we use the different exposure settings.

Joe will share not only the "definition" of camera terms, but some out-of-the-box reasons for making specific adjustments. For example

• You may have been taught to always use the lowest possible ISO. But a High ISO can have improve your FOCUS!

• An image "freezes" time, but if your story includes motion, you can create "Movement" in still images with a minor camera adjustment!

• Aperture is the most important part of composure (not exposure!)


To get the most out of the class, you will want to bring some materials.

• Pen and paper for taking notes

• Your camera and one lens

• (Hopefully) Your camera manual in case you need help finding camera-specific info


Join us for this 2-hour class where we beat subjects to death in the typical Joe's OCD classes style (not scratch-the-surface). Perfect for the beginner to advanced camera owner.

We will not go over every advanced system in your camera, we will focus on 12 important areas.


We are meeting in the Beck's Prime in The Heights. The room is large enough for about 20 people.




(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

Why can't I just pay when I get there?

You can pay organizer tips before, during and after the event.

For events that require an entry fee, etc, we collect the money in advance to speed up check-in and not make everyone wait for transactions. Its also not ideal or safe for organizers to carry around a wad of cash. Organizers won't have change for your $20 bill.

Most importantly: the vast majority of people that promise to "pay when I get there" never actually show up. This means the organizer has to pay the venue for them (out of the group's budget), and someone on the waiting list didn't get to attend.

Advance payment is always required for pay-to-attend events.

When do I pay?

Before midnight tonight. After midnight, your RSVP may be removed, especially if the event is only a few days away or if there are people on the waiting list.

How do I pay?


I need to change my RSVP (or) I had to no-show. I need a refund.

Sometimes things happen and someone has to no-show or change their RSVP at the last minute. Unfortunately the group still has to pay for their seat/entry. Refunds are not available.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

It bites that you can't make it, but someone on the waiting list can take your spot. Please give them plenty of notice by changing your RSVP within 48 hours of an event. RSVP changes within 24 hours are considered a no-show.

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely. Many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list often moves rather fast. A long waiting list also tells the organizer that we should repeat the event again soon.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope. Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please.

I'm on the "Waiting List", how will I know if I get promoted up to "Going"?

Make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group. Make sure that my email address is not in your "spam" filter. That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No. The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis. Also, if the location says we can bring 20, and then 10 extra waiting list folks show up, they will think we lied about how many people are attending. The end result is, we get asked to go home. Please respect the RSVP list. Unexpectedly showing up typically results in a 'no-show' for that event.

I just got an email saying my RSVP has been removed, what's up?

If your RSVP doesn't reflect as "Paid" by midnight the day you RSVP, you may be removed from the RSVP list to allow someone else who is willing to pay. Once you are removed, you can rejoin the waiting list.

(NOTE: I'm REALLY flexible. If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot -- not after.)

What if I cannot pay Midnight?

Contact the organizer to let them know you need more time.

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope. I love you like family. And just like family, I hate drama. The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted. Its the only fair way.

I have a complaint and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email. If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP. The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- [i]if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me via personal email.

An exchange of conflicting information posted in comments can lead to photowalkers being confused about the event's details. Send your comments directly to the organizer if you need to address them with a comment or question.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event. I don't understand what to do next.

No problem. A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates". This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup. If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal. What are my options?

Start using paypal. RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment. If you had your buddy the money and he pays on your behalf, I'm ok with that.

What if I have Paypal "Issues"?

We can be flexible, but need to hear from you. Send the organizer an email. Payment needs to be secured within 48 hours of the event, so don't wait until Friday to say you're paypal account is currently frozen by the NSA.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here:

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really. I wrote it and didn't bother reading it. But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link: