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Want to take your photography to the next level? Want to learn the latest tricks and techniques, have a great time and not break the bank on expensive lessons? This is the group for you.

Our mission is to help photographers grow their skill sets in a small group workshop environment, and (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)practice those new skills on some great photo walks. The organizer of the group is Jeff Carsten, a retired studio photographer with 14 years experience in portraits, weddings, and commercial. (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)

Workshop modules will include: (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)

I. Basic Camera Techniques: Buttons, Dials, and Settings.

II. Advanced Camera Techniques: Learning to shoot in Manual Mode.

III. Introduction to Lightroom and the optimum workflow.

IV. Lightroom v.2. Tips and tricks to make your pictures pop, including Photoshop and HDR.

V. How to take the perfect portrait with on-camera flash: indoors, outdoors, and at the beach.

VI. Fundamentals of Composition

The Photowalks are open to all, and are structured loosely. Photographers can work one-on-one with the organizer or each other, or go off to explore and create on their own. Southwest Florida is a gold mine of shooting opportunities, and the photowalks will give you the hands-on experience you need to create stunning images (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)

We believe that Meetups should be an opportunity to learn and grow your skill set, have fun, and meet some new friends. We encourage the sharing of techniques and approaches, with the emphasis on creativity, all in a non-threatening environment. (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)

We love photography, and love helping people discover their creativity. We love to give back, and we're not in it for the money. In this meetup group, all the workshops are free, as are the photo walks. There are no hidden financial agendas. At the same time, we try to keep our costs to a minimum, so we have sourced free meeting rooms in t (http://jeffcarsten.smugmug.com/Florida)he Lee County Library System.

Join us for a great experience!

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