What we're about
Interested in photography? Looking for a friendly, sociable group?
Our members range from novices to professional photographers, all with a shared interest in photography and exploring different aspects of London. As everyone has such diverse interests - eg portraits, abstract, architecture - most of our sessions don't have set themes, allowing us see what inspires us each time. All types of cameras are welcome, from smartphones to DSLRs.
If you'd like to read more about the group and how it works, please do read About This Group (http://www.meetup.com/Simple-Street-Photo-Meet/pages/About_This_Group/), which hopefully covers every question which people might ask!
As Meetup charges me to run this group, I do have to pass on the cost to the members, which is a nominal £3 per event, or more for workshops and classes.
Our sessions are suitable for all levels from beginners to professionals. They include:
regular general sessions which are suitable for all, and usually involve exploring a specific area or event
adhoc classes, aimed at novices and less experienced photographers, which cover camera basics, 1:1 tuition and portfolio feedback
workshops, which cover specific skills or techniques
performances, such as Lucha Britannia, cabaret and any other shows we might be invited to (subject to interest)
theatrical or performance-based shoots, eg studio and location work with dancers, circus artists and more
day trips outside London
We're also a very friendly group, which is important, as street photography is best enjoyed with other people! Because we're all coming from different parts of London (or beyond), we meet in a cafe or pub beforehand, so that not only do we have time to wait for everyone to arrive, but people can also compare cameras, get feedback on what settings to use, any other advice and generally chat, and we also finish up in a pub or cafe to catch up with each other afterwards, and look at each other's photos etc. The groups are always a mixture of regulars and newcomers, so everyone's welcome!
Informal tuition is available during the general sessions, either from myself or other members, who are always happy to help each other; if you want more structured tuition, then please attend one of the classes or workshops.
Lens cleaning is also offered - I'm a bit obsessive about lens cleanliness (thanks to this group), so dusty and dirty lenses will be subjected to a spring clean. You have been warned!
The locations are sometimes suggested by members, or selected for certain members - hence those profile questions when you join the group!
We're currently doing:
weekly weekend afternoon shoots, mostly on Sundays but also on Saturdays (we only do weekend mornings on special occasions, or where an afternoon start isn't feasible)
weekly midweek sessions on Wednesday evenings
The frequency is subject to change, as and when more events crop up.
You can also find us online at http://www.simplestreetphoto.com , which has links to our Facebook and Flickr groups, as well as our Twitter account - share your photos and join in the conversation!
Now for the rules:
Street photography involves taking candid shots of people. Therefore, if you attend our events, there is a good chance you will be photographed and your photo posted on here. By attending our events, you give consent for this to happen.
This group is not to be used for self-promotion, or for recruiting group members for your own purposes. Anyone caught doing so will be warned, and then barred.
Group members are not to be used for 1:1 tuition or for careers advice. If that is what you are after, please attend one of our classes instead.
Please avoid taking photos of kids. This is a societal rule, not a group rule.
Please only post a small selection of your photos from each event; 5-10 is recommended, with no more than 25. Anyone posting too many photos will be asked to remove their photos and only post five of them.
Please respect other group members and their photography. Therefore, please avoid blocking their shots or getting in their way, etc. We're street photographers, not paparazzi!
If you attend a meetup, you are required to pay for it. This includes if you RSVP for it, turn up and post photos of it but don't actually join the group.
Abusive, obnoxious, aggressive and generally rude behaviour will not be tolerated from anyone, whether towards myself or other group members. Punishments - as discussed and agreed with other group members - will range from financial penalties to banning and blacklisting.
Note: Meetup sends out a lot of notification and reminder emails; if these bother you, then please update your notification settings to reduce the number of emails sent on behalf of this group.
PS I get an obscene number of emails from Meetup, so I can be slow at responding to messages. Also, if a group is underway, I will not respond until after the event has ended. Please do not expect or assume otherwise.