What we're about

Are you afraid to take your DSLR camera out of Automatic mode?
Is your camera lying around gathering dust and suffering from neglect?
Do you want to achieve that beautiful, blurry background in your pictures?
Are YouTube tutorials keeping you INSIDE the house instead of OUTSIDE putting skills into practice?

My name is Matt Forero (Instagram: @matt.forero) and I created this group to offer instruction for beginner photographers. I have been a photographer for 16 years and a Santa Monica resident for the last 4. We live in one of our country's most photogenic locations and I want to help build up a community of photographers. I want you to get to know your camera, learn new techniques, get some fresh air and make new friends in the process. All of my workshops center around HANDS-ON exercises.

What you need:
-A digital CAMERA with LENS (must have Shutter, Aperture, Manual modes)
-Comfortable walking shoes
-RSVPs are required for attendance

An Instagram profile is highly recommended for participation. We’ll be sharing our progress via the #LABeginnerPhotography hashtag and networking within the group.

Sample Workshop Topics:
-Beginner Workshop - Learn Exposure and Camera Modes with Hands-on Exercises
-Adobe Lightroom
-Night Photography - Long Exposure
-Portrait Photography
-Additional workshops in the future

Don't have a camera yet? Below are two kit recommendations I have compiled for beginners. The Sony kit is my first choice and includes mirrorless cameras which have many advantages and are generally more cutting edge. The Canon kit is great for those trying to maximize their budget due to a huge second hand market. Canon lenses are very highly regarded and great deals can be found on pre-owned gear. Either one you choose, these cameras have the additional benefit of capturing high quality video for family events, YouTube or even short films.


Many members have asked and I do offer private instruction! Send me a message through Meetup or http://www.mattforero.com with date and number of participants for more information.

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LA Beginner Photography Workshop - Santa Monica Pier

Camera Obscura

LA Beginner Photography Workshop - Santa Monica Pier

Camera Obscura

LA Beginner Photography Workshop - Santa Monica Pier

Camera Obscura


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