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Tri-County Meetups’ mission is to provide both an excellent shooting experience combined with an excellent learning experience to enable attendees to become a self-sufficient independent photographer. We are unique as compared to most meetup groups that the instructor is actively working with the students individually and collectively; looking at the students playback and histograms to insure success from both an exposure, but also a compositional and design aspect. Attending a Tri-County Meetup event you can be assured that the instructor does not just point at the subject and announce “There it is; start shooting and I will return in three hours.” Students do not have to compete with the Tri-County Instructor for shooting from the best place or time. All priorities are given to the student. Our master photography instructors seldom shoots any photos. If the instructor does shoot, it is usually to provide a better teaching situation for the student to review a composition in the playback of the camera that the student may not have understood. Our meetups help build a stronger portfolio for both the beginner or the professional. We encourage the asking of questions and because we specialize in small size groups, the mandate of one-on-one assistance is easily accomplished.

We have state of the art studio facilities and offer group shoots on location and outdoors as the season permits. We also offer meet-ups with open computer time to edit and print your best images. Critique sessions or portfolio reviews are offered usually on the second Friday night of every other month co-Sponsored by Midwest Photography Workshops.

Upcoming events (4+)

Applied Digital Processing and Printing (Sandbox) #206

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$70.00

This 3 1/2 hour work session enables people to bring their best images or their problem images into our computer lab and make up to 13x19 inch prints. This event is ideal for camera club members desiring to print their competition prints on professional printers with the help of instructor Bryce Denison. He will assist with printing profiles, color balance, sizing, sharpening and all aspects of the editing process. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of editing principles as this is not a teaching event but a mentoring event. If some of your best work was shot long ago; back in the days of film, you can use this time to scan high resolution images of your slides, negatives and prints from either color or black and white in order to edit and print them later. We have a Nikon ED 8000 film scanner (4000 DPI and makes a 130 Mb file size from a 35mm slide and a Microtec 8900 flatbed scanner which can accommodate up to an 18x12 print or 4x5, and 8x10 film; even a medical X-ray; perfect to scan your family archives and photo albums). 13x19 inch prints is the most common size of print to exhibit in camera clubs or develop into a portfolio. It is a size large enough to frame and put on the wall as fine art. Access to our mounting, matting and framing equipment is also available (Fletcher 2100 matte cutter and a Fletcher 3000 matte and glass cutter, a Seal 30x40 Vacuum dry mount press and more). Attendance is limited to eight people. Location is at our Southfield Campus located at 29260 Wildbrook Dr. (just east of Telegraph and just north of 12 Mile Rd.)

Tuition for this workshop is: $70.00

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Beaver Island Landscape and Milky Way Photo Safari #314

Needs a location

$1,500.00

August 12, 26, 27, 28, September[masked]

Join us for this five-evening - three-day photo safari to travel to Beaver Island (just off the coast of Charlevoix Michigan). The first evening (August 12 at 6:00PM) is a three-hour orientation at the MPW Wildbrook Campus to provide information about what equipment to bring, dark sky shooting etiquette and the techniques of using computer and cell phone apps to plan your shoot by knowing where in the sky the milky way will be and when there will be no light pollution from the moon. We will also provide the recipe of camera settings of shutter speeds, f/stops, ISO and lens selection to maximize your shoot. A light meal (bar-B-Que) is provided during both the orientation meeting and the follow up processing meeting a few weeks after our return.

The actual shooting begins on Beaver Island on Friday August 26, 27 and 28. The first night starts with dinner on the island then a sunset shoot leading to a milky way shoot (weather permitting). Plan on taking a nap during the day as you will be up until 1:30-2:00AM shooting the Milky Way. Sleep late the next day and students will meet for Lunch and an afternoon of Landscape photography. Beaver Island has lighthouses, marinas, beaches and wildlife photography opportunities. The second night will be shooting more sunset and milky way photos from a different location; and if fortune smiles upon us, the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) will be included. (Weather Permitting). We will catch the last ferry or airplane to the mainland on Sunday August 28 and head back home to process our images.

On Friday September 16, Students meet again at the Wildbrook Campus to prepare for an evening of processing the images captured on Beaver Island in the MPW computer lab. Starry Night and Landscape Stacker software will be available for students to process the images captured. Again; a small Bar-B-Que is included.

Class size is limited to 12 students and travel, lodging and meals are not included to or from Beaver Island. There is a car ferry and an airplane access to Beaver Island. Call (313)[masked] for details! Non Shooting spouses are welcome to attend at no extra charge. Beaver Island is only six miles long, but has jet ski, ATV, Bicycle and kayak rentals available for the family members not wishing to join us for the photography. We have booked eight rooms on the island during the busiest part of their season.

Meetup acknowledgments will not be considered until a deposit is placed upon the class.

Fee for this workshop is: $1,500.00

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Studio Flowers #409

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$100.00

Learn how to compose, light, and expose for fine art images of flowers in the studio! We will cover the use of different color temperature lights, (even at the same time!). Students will photograph many flowers using our state of the art studio lights including both flash and hot lights. Learn about inexpensive extension tubes compared to purchasing expensive true macro lenses. Learn focus stacking and custom white balance techniques. Bring your macro lens if you have one, if not, we have some for you to use. If you don't have a macro lens, extension tubes will work just fine (we have some of those too). Bring your tripod; if not, MPW even have a few you may use. We will also explore the difference between capturing the image with maximum sharpness as compared to capturing the ethereal soft focus impressionistic view of the flowers.

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Tuition for this workshop is: $100.00

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Sunsets & Swimsuits Sports Illustrated style #502

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$100.00

This Friday evening workshop will provide not only a wonderful shooting opportunity but also instruction on how to use the late evening golden quality of light to enhance the texture and bring out the warmth available at that time of evening. Learn to use reflectors rather than harsh flash to fill in shadows, and how to expand or compress the scene simply by changing lens focal length. Learn how to pose the model to look like the professional calendar models or those gracing the covers of your favorite magazine. Bring telephoto lenses and a flash. Students are expected to meet at the Kensington Metro Park Maple Beach shelter by 6:00pm. We will shoot until we run out of light. Rain date is the following week. Park admission not included in fee.

Students are expected to bring: camera with ample media cards, wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod and a lens hood for each lens. Just like you go to a restaurant, it is common and appropriate to give your waitress/waiter a tip or gratuity, such is the case here. You are welcome to provide a gratuity to your model at the end of a successful shoot.

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Tuition for this workshop is: $100.00

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Past events (595)

Portfolio Review and Tech Time with Bryce #205

Needs a location

$15.00

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