• Take Your Travel Photos to the Next Level!
    Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco discusses the importance of using a definitive plan and a shot list for creating a varied set of images from any destination. He’ll define what a great shot list is and explain how to effectively develop and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of photos from your travels. Ralph will also reveal his "number one photo tip"; guaranteed to bring your photography to another level, whatever your experience. To visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand and easy-to-implement tips and concepts, he’ll be using stunning images from his recent trips to Turkey, Romania, Vietnam, Iceland, the Adriatic, Tuscany, Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and more. Ralph and Frederick will also be discussing their upcoming Vietnam: North to South trip scheduled for November 2 - 15, 2016, a trip that Frederick will be leading.

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    Aperture Gallery

    2290 N First Street, Suite 102 · San Jose, CA

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  • Your Photos - Animated!
    We like to move it, move it! Modern living means a life surrounded by screens. Our lives are increasingly dominated by smart phones, tablets, HDTV's and computers. While shopping, we encounter restaurant menus on screens. We pay for our gas via a screen. Some screens display new products at retailers and on our drive home, a screen in our car gives us directions, controls our stereo and even lets us see what's behind the car as we back up. Welcome to the age of screens. In this transformative conversation led by Lumix Luminary Giulio Sciorio (http://giuliosciorio.com/about/), you’ll learn new and exciting ways to have your work stand out in the age of screens by adding a new dimension to your portraits - Animation. Note: Intro to Animated Portraits is an evolving conversation on one possible future of photography. In this special TWiP edition we dive into the latest in mirrorless camera technology, the Lumix GH4 — and demonstrate how, with just one shoot, photographers can now truly create a multiple media! Topics will include: Why do photographers need to shoot motion? The difference between shooting motion like a photographer, versus filmmaker. What exactly is an Animated Portrait? (Hint: It's not an animated GIF). Basics on how to light, direct, and finish a Cinemagraph (animated still). What's the difference between file formats? And when to use them. What is 4K and how to make high quality prints from video. Identifying the current market and future market demand. How to begin marketing animated portraits. How to deliver animated portraits to clients. What's next?! Examples: http://player.vimeo.com/video/86754835 And to get you in the mood for this meetup! http://www.youtube.com/embed/hdcTmpvDO0I

    Aperture Gallery

    1875 S Bascom Ave · Campbell, CA

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  • DSLRs vs Mirrorless - Does Size Matter?
    What's the Big Deal about Mirrorless?! Doug Kaye, my co-host on our "All About the Gear" show, will walk us through his exploration of a variety of cameras; from DSLRs to the smaller body mirror-less cameras. Mirror-less cameras have been generating buzz in the photography industry for the past few years. So what’s the big deal? Should we toss our full-frame DSLRs for a point-and-shoot or an iPhone? Can we get the same quality out of those little cameras? And will anyone take us seriously? Doug Kaye will explain the differences between the various sizes of sensors and bodies, and talk about the specific advantages and disadvantages of cameras from Sony, Panasonic/Lumix, Fuji film, Olympus and Leica as compared to Nikon and Canon’s more traditional (and larger) mirror-based cameras. Doug will demystify sensor size, crop factors, pixel density, depth-of-field, low-light performance, autofocus, image stabilization, lenses and more. About Doug Kaye After his first careers in theatrical lighting design, cinematography and filmmaking, Doug Kaye ( http://dougkaye.com ) spent the next 26 years in computer software, and eventually retired during the Internet/dot-com bubble. It was then that he picked up a DSLR and returned to his love of still photography. Today Doug is a street, travel and architectural fine-art photographer living in Marin County, California with his wife of 43 years. He teaches photography and post-processing, and runs the Advanced Photoshop Special Interest Group (SIG) for the Marin Photo Club. Doug is the co-host of the All About the Gear podcast ( http://www.ThisWeekinPhoto.com/Gear/ ) and a frequent guest on This Week in Photo. Doug was also recently selected as one of the 20 original “Masters” to teach in Trey Ratcliff’s Arcanum project

    Aperture Gallery

    1875 S Bascom Ave · Campbell, CA

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  • Photo Walk - Downtown San Jose
    This is a last minute meetup. I will be hosting a photo walk exploring downtown San Jose. There are a lot of great areas to explore downtown. For this one we will focus on the area around Plaza de Cesar Chavez. There are a lot of interesting photographic opportunities in this area: • Plaza de Cesar Chavez • Tech Museum • Montgomery Theater • Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph • San Jose Museum of Art • San Jose Convention Center • Broadway San Jose The list goes on and on. We will meet in the plaza behind Morton's Steakhouse next to Specialties Cafe and Bakery. Sunset is at 6:08pm, so we will wrap it up and then meet at a local bar to compare photos and talk photography.

    Specialty's Cafe & Bakery

    115 S Market Street · San Jose, CA

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  • Picture Perfect People Photography
    In this Meet Up award-winning photographer Mikkel Aaland (http://www.mikkelaaland.com/) will share his insights into the art of shooting candids and formal portraits. Both approaches are challenging and Aaland will discuss subjects ranging from proper photographic technique, choosing equipment, lighting, model releases as well as questions of privacy. If you ever wanted to hear from a professional on the topic of effectively photographing people, you won't want to miss this meeting. And once again we will be meeting in the beautiful Aperture Gallery in Campbell, CA and seating will be slightly limited... so RSVP early! Mikkel Aaland is best selling author, photographer and popular workshop leader. He has been taking pictures of people professionally since 1974.

    Aperture Gallery

    1875 S Bascom Ave · Campbell, CA

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  • Metallic Body Paint
    This event was canceled.
  • Basics of Studio Lighting and Portrait Photography
    This is an introduction to studio lighting. At the end of the class you should have a good understanding of lighting techniques and be comfortable using studio lights. Here are a list of some of the topics that will be covered. Studio Strobe Basics, how to set power, trigger them, etcHard vs Soft lightingLighting ModifiersSingle light setupsMultiple light setupsHigh-key vs low-key lightingUnderstanding the inverse-square law of light (don't worry no math is involved).Butterfly, Clam-shell, Loop, Rembrandt, and Split lighting.

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    $45.00
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  • OPEN CALL! Mixer (Sponsored by SF THREADS)
    This is an event being hosted by the South Bay Digital Photography Meetup Group These events are a great networking opportunities for those of you who work with models. Even if you don't but are interested, it's a great place to meet like minded photographers. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- PHOTOGRAPHERS - MODELS - MUA - STYLIST This month is sponsored by SF Threads and who is currently looking for new models for commercial projects. Please bring a model who might be interested in doing a test shoot. SF Threads will be giving away gifts to models who test... I felt it important to start having a local venue to share our industry passion. Please come out and play with others who share your interest in the art of photography, Modeling, Hair, MU, Clothing Design and Fashion. This meetup forum is for both displaying your work and networking with local talent (MUA-Photogs-Stylists). It is also for allowing us all to share some tips and tricks that we’ve learned working with with others… Please bring your PortfolioThis Mixer is low key, fun and informative. This is a venue for both beginners and pro photographers - Models - Hair - MU. For you Pros and Wana-B-Pros this is a time and place to share your insight inspiration and experience with other struggling to learn the in-and-outs of getting that great shots. The only requirement is an interest in meeting and learning and/or helping others learn and succeed. We are always open to Suggestions..... so feel free....... C U There!!!! Brian - For Questions: [masked]

    The Attic Studios

    12 South First · San Jose, CA

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  • Wedding & Portrait Photography — To the Big Day and Beyond!
    For our next meeting, we'll be back in the Aperture Gallery! For this months presentation, we invited Evan Chung to give a insiders look at a local wedding photography business. Wedding and portrait photography can be the most rewarding type of photography there is. But how can you make a living doing it? What are the best business practices that keep you busy with new work but also keep you sane? Bay Area wedding and portrait photographer, Evan Chung, will be sharing industry secrets and shortcuts that will help you build your business and stand out in a crowd. From establishing the client relationship and shooting the big day, to marketing your work and increasing sales, Evan will cover all you need to know to successfully grow your photography business. If you've ever wondered how to run a successful wedding photography business in the Bay Area, this talk is for you.

    Aperture Gallery

    1875 S Bascom Ave · Campbell, CA

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  • Siren's Call - A Mermaid Shoot
    This event was canceled.