What we're about

We are a social group of professionals, non-professional, and amateur photographers interested in gathering to share knowledge and take photos of local events, nature, people, and anything of interest. You will not find a more active, enthusiastic, fun and sharing group of photographers. We are THE premier photographic Meetup group within 100 miles of the Triangle.

In order to cover the cost of the Meetup platform, speakers, contests, meeting space, and other general club activities, there will be $10 annual membership dues beginning in 2020. (Additional costs may be required for specific activities, such as admission, lodging, etc. as noted in posted Meetup events.) All of the fees go to the running of the club and no money goes to the organizers. Meetup funds received are accounted for and transferred from one organizer to the next. The financial state of the organization are reviewed during the meetings and available to any member upon request.

If you are undecided about what you are paying for, that’s okay. We get it. We want you to feel like the club is of value to each and every member. Non-members are invited to attend up to 3 meetings prior to registering. (Events are generally restricted to members / member guests only. Individual exceptions must be approved in advance by the specific event organizer.)

All participants should come with a spirit of cooperation and with a sense of flexibility as events can change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.

All participants and their guests accept and understand that participation in any of this group's activities are done at their own risk. They should come appropriately dressed, have all necessary provisions and supplies, and have the proper equipment in order to fully participate and enjoy the designated activity.

In addition, we require all event attendees to agree to the following terms before RSVPing to an event; that you will read the following waiver before an event commences; and anyone not willing to abide by these terms will not be allowed to attend:

I understand that participation in activities/events may involve or result in the risk of personal injury, death or illness or of damage to or loss of personal property, or other risk or loss, including, without limitation, injury, illness or loss caused by the actions or failure to act of third parties. I understand that in order to protect its members, leaders, and assets, and in order for me to participate, Triangle Photography Club (TPC) requires that I execute this Agreement.

In consideration and part payment for my right to participate in this Activity, I hereby RELEASE, ACQUIT AND DISCHARGE TPC, its officers, directors, members, agents, employees, successors and assigns of and from any and all loss, liability, claims, cause or causes of action which I may have or hereafter acquire arising out of, or in any way related to, my attendance or participation in this Activity (collectively the “Released Claims”). I further assume for myself all risks in connection with the Activity.

I further hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless TPC, its officers, directors, and members of and from any loss, liability or damages, whether now known or hereafter arising and including all litigation costs and attorney’s fees, arising out of or related to the Released Claims.

This Release and Indemnity Agreement shall be binding upon the undersigned (both individually and, if applicable, in a representative capacity), and my heirs, personal representatives, successors, and assigns.

The laws of the State of North Carolina shall govern the meaning and interpretation hereof. I have read this Release and Indemnity Agreement and have been fully informed of its terms before signing.

Upcoming events (4)

Pledge Drive for $35 Dollar donations

Needs a location

$35.00

This event is for members who can generously donate $35 to help keep our club running and to provide for professional speakers, assets, Meetup dues and venues.

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of the event, once you RSVP, the event will end after 14 days.

And for your generous donation, you will receive one free rental from the club's inventory for up to two days. For example, you could rent the mini carbon fiber tripod to get low to the ground for novel angles that would be impossible to get otherwise.

Please write in the comments (example below) which two days you would like to rent. I will then PM you for your contact details and give you specifics about the item and our policies. Check out the club's inventory of items here.

Thank you for your support! (❁´◡`❁)

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Pledge Drive for $60 Dollar donations

Needs a location

$60.00

This event is for members who can generously donate $60 to help keep our club running and to provide for professional speakers, assets, Meetup dues and venues.

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of the event, once you RSVP, the event will end after 14 days.

And for your generous donation, you will receive two free rentals from the club's inventory for up to three days. For example, you could rent the mini carbon fiber tripod to get low to the ground for novel angles that would be impossible to get otherwise or the Spyder calibration tool for making sure your colors are WSYWIG.

Please write in the comments (example below) which two items and which three days you would like to rent. I will then PM you for your contact details and give you specifics about the items and our policies. Check out the club's inventory of items here.

Thank you for your support! (❁´◡`❁)

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Pledge Drive for $115 dollar donations

Needs a location

$115.00

This event is for members who can generously donate $115 to help keep our club running and to provide for professional speakers, assets, Meetup dues and venues.

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of the event, once you RSVP, the event will end after 14 days.

And for your generous donation, you will receive three free rentals from the club's inventory for up to five days. For example, you could rent the mini carbon fiber tripod to get low to the ground for novel angles that would be impossible to get otherwise and the Spyder calibration tool for making sure your colors are WSYWIG and the macro slider that has a pinpoint focusing rail to change your depth of field.

Please write in the comments (example below) which three items and which five days you would like to rent. I will then PM you for your contact details and give you specifics about the items and our policies. Check out the club's inventory of items here.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2024!!!

Needs a location

It looks like Chris and I got the same shot of the total solar eclipse back in 2017. I was on Lake Marion in South Carolina where the path of totality ran right through the middle of the lake—I was on a dock, and the path was about 20 yards behind me. I can't believe we get another opportunity to experience this again; twice in a lifetime! I am cross-posting Chris' Photography Adventure's meetup so we can get a good turnout.

Not sure what I will be doing in 2024, but it is not that far away. How time flies. I have set the location to Texarkana Texas since the line of Totality seems to go through this location. We have almost three years so expect the exact location to be determined later.

You will need a telephoto lens and ISO[masked] solar filter glasses and filter. Never look into the sun directly without proper solar filter glasses, and do not point your camera directly at the sun without the proper filter. You can pay a lot of money for a solar filter, or you can make your own for $10 bucks:

https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Filter-Telescopes-Binoculars-Cameras/dp/B00DS7IFQS/ref=sr_1_5?crid=FGEEFNX6K63G&dchild=1&keywords=solar+filter+for+camera&qid=1630950880&s=electronics&sprefix=solar+filter+%2Celectronics%2C171&sr=1-5

Also, I used a relatively cheap telephoto lens in 2017. Something like this:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HFNMCQY/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0

Just get out and practice on the actual sun before the event. You don't want to be screwing around with settings when the big moment arrives.

Here is Chris' post:

Let's get out and photograph the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024!! Yes, this is advance planning :)

The last total solar eclipse for North America was in 2017, and the one previous to that was 38 years before then. So, this is somewhat rare, and it will happen right here in our backyard.

I photographed the 2017 event and must say, it was truly an amazing experience. The image on this event is one I made in 2017. This is a bucket list item and everyone must experience it at least once in a lifetime.

We will finalize the exact location later, but it we will be somewhere in Texas, and in a place where we will be in the path of the total solar eclipse, giving us 4 minutes and 28 seconds of totality.

When photographing the eclipse, things happen fast, and it takes solid photo technique to get it right. So, I will run a series of training workshops, to make sure everyone has the right equipment, knows the process steps intimately, and will execute the actual image capture in a well-managed way. We will all be out together in the field making our images, and I will be on hand for support.

Finally, I want as many people as possible to truly experience this event. So, there is no cost for this event, at all, i.e. no cost for organizing the event, the planning, training workshops and the in-field support, and post-processing/editing (you will need to pay for your own travel, accommodation, equipment, food, etc.). We will just be a huge group of friends, family, and photographers, making awesome images.

See you there!

Here is TPC's small print:
Who knows where we will be with COVID in 2024 and Texas is its own country with a rebel governor. Regardless, this will be a COVID safe meetup where facemasks, social distancing and hand sanitizer will be encouraged.

When you RSVP, you will be asked to agree to our terms and conditions posted on our about page: https://www.meetup.com/Triangle-Photography-Club.

Even though this will be an outdoor event, we may be in close contact. Please be respectful to folks who may or may not agree with the following:

  • Wear facemasks outdoors is optional but highly recommended
  • Social distance when possible
  • Use hand sanitizer

Please read our terms and conditions on our About page. You will be asked to agree to these and your response is mandatory. I will take a blank as meaning "yes" you agree.

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