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.

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Indoor Fun with Fluidzz

Online event

Finally, we are getting a short-lived break the this nasty humid, rainy, warm, steam-bath cycle; and it seems if one went outside you sweated profusely (COVID weight gain? old habits die hard? Never workout, procrastination, etc., etc.) a combination of all/none/one, is enough to keep me at least indoors using as mucho air conditioning—da** I can't wait to see my electric bill.

Never fear, this cycle will return this coming week as we get on the backside of a high-pressure system. Also, if you remember, last year the hottest day was in October.

Meetup lets you schedule the start date for any event as far out into the future as you want. But once started, it cuts off RSVPs, and gives you two weeks to complete. The significance to members is that you can RSVP any time up to the start of the event to post your creations. Once the event starts you have an additional two weeks. So I have placed the start date as November 1st, and the end date as November 14th.

Time for another indoor project.

How about some abstract Oil and Water creations?

This will be easy enough to set up on your kitchen table and you only need a few common household items.

Post your creations to this meetup event (more than one is ok), and if you like, our Facebook group. I will judge the winner based on creativity and what wow's me the most, also Facebook likes will help.

First place will receive some goodies, e.g. ebooks and brochures on everything from editing to posing and lighting models.

Here are the items and materials you will need:
·· A camera with a macro lens
·· A tripod
·· Something to weigh down the tripod to avoid it
from tipping over
·· A light source
·· A clear dish, with a flat bottom
·· Something to prop up the dish – This can be as simple as a few glasses of similar height, some wooden blocks, or two tables of the same height. You want to create some room between the dish and the background. Increasing and decreasing that distance can create some interesting effects as well.

·· Oil. Any kind of oil: canola oil, olive oil, WD-40?
·· Water – plain old tap water will do.
·· Dish soap – this is an optional ingredient
·· Some interesting backgrounds – This can
be almost anything from a colorful placemat
to some colorful wrapping paper. Have fun and grab different patterns, colors.
·· A skewer, or stir-stick, for moving the oil and
water around.

Setup

The first step in the setup involves pouring a layer of water into your clear dish. How much depends on what you would like to photograph and the effect you would like to create. If you use a small amount of water, scratches and markings on the dish you are using will be visible through the oil and water. This can actually look quite interesting. As oil is less dense than water, causing it to float, using more water creates distance between the oil bubbles and the bottom of the dish. Adding more water will make any markings in the dish become background
blur and are less visible.

Key Lesson: Make sure that your dish is clean and clear of hard watermarks. Check carefully for hairs/bits of fluff, as all of these will influence the quality of your photos. I like to use microfiber cloths to clean and dry my dish, as they leave no lint.

Pledge Drive for $100 donations

Research Triangle

$100.00

Support the Triangle Photography Club financially by RSVPing to one of our event drives. Your donations will go towards providing honorariums for professional speakers, purchasing club assets, prizes for contest winners, covering our Meetup dues and securing venues. In short, your donations will help keep TPC an active and enjoyable photography club through 2022.

Last year, these events gave the club a healthy balance going into 2021—they were very successful. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of these events, which I placed way into the future—December 18th. RSVPs/donors will be recognized in January at our first Thursday presentation for 2022.

For your generous donation of $100, you will receive the same PDF links as the $25 and $50 donation events, which are listed again here:

All downloadable links from the $50 donation event

- A Color Temperature graphic from Masting Labs that shows color schemes corresponding to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions—useful when you want to override your auto white balance.
- “Exposure Bracketing, Can it Save Your Photos?”
- “Mastering the Shadows”
- “The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Portrait Photography” — a $40 value

All downloadable links from the $25 donation event:
- “Fundamental Editing Checklist”
- “The Rules of Composition And How to break them” by Joel Grimes—a $27 value
- “Introduction to External Flash”
- “Ten Rules For Portrait Photography”

In addition, for your generous $100 contribution, you will also receive the following:

- Quick Capture Cards by Joshua Dunlop founder of ExpertPhotography.com. They cover everything you need to know, starting with the basics and composition, to preparing for a shoot along with various shooting styles - a $40 value

- “The Feminine Portrait Guide” — A 57-page guide by Amanda Diaz.
It is a study guide to help you when you are in the field, you can start with a pose and then work on your own specific style. She covers different styles of posing. From "sitting poses", "standing poses" and so on. For each image, she adds information on how to train your eyes without imitating the pose. Color pallets are added to help give ideas when putting your own shoots together with complementary color families that will make your portraits that much more appealing, as colors and toning can play an important part in your images.

Plus, and this alone is worth at least $100,

A link to download a free copy of the Nik plugin, which consists of a group of software programs called “Nik Tools”. If you have never used this plugin, it will take your post-processing to a whole new level. The paid and supported version was purchased from Google by DXO and cost $100 https://nikcollection.dxo.com/.

Here are the tools with adjustable presets:

Nik Viveza
Nik Analog Efex
Nik Color Efex
Nik DFine
Nik HDR Efex
Nik Perspective Efex
Nik Sharpener
Nik Silver Efex

Thank you for your continued support!

Pledge Drive for $25 Donations

Research Triangle

$25.00

Support the Triangle Photography Club financially by RSVPing to one of our event drives. Your donations will go towards providing honorariums for professional speakers, purchasing club assets, prizes for contest winners, covering our Meetup dues and securing venues. In short, your donations will help keep TPC an active and enjoyable photography club through 2022.

Last year, these events gave the club a healthy balance going into 2021—they were very successful. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of these events, which I placed way into the future—December 18th. RSVPs/donors will be recognized in January at our first Thursday presentation for 2022.

For your generous donation of $25, you will receive PDF links to:

“Fundamental Editing Checklist”
“The Rules of Composition And How to break them” by Joel Grimes—a $27 value
“Introduction to External Flash”
“Ten Rules For Portrait Photography”

Thank you for your continued support!

Pledge Drive for $50 donations

Research Triangle

$50.00

Support the Triangle Photography Club financially by RSVPing to one of our event drives. Your donations will go towards providing honorariums for professional speakers, purchasing club assets, prizes for contest winners, covering our Meetup dues and securing venues. In short, your donations will help keep TPC an active and enjoyable photography club through 2022.

Last year, these events gave the club a healthy balance going into 2021—they were very successful. Thank you to everyone who donated!

Please Note: you can donate any time up to the start of these events, which I placed way into the future—December 18th. RSVPs/donors will be recognized in January at our first Thursday presentation for 2022.

For your generous donation of $50, you will receive the same PDF links as the $25 donation event:

“Fundamental Editing Checklist”
“The Rules of Composition And How to break them” by Joel Grimes—a $27 value
“Introduction to External Flash”
“Ten Rules For Portrait Photography”

In addition, you will receive PDF links to:

A Color Temperature graphic from Masting Labs that shows color schemes corresponding to indoor and outdoor lighting conditions—useful when you want to override your auto white balance.
“Exposure Bracketing, Can it Save Your Photos?”
“Mastering the Shadows”
“The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Portrait Photography” — a $40 value

Thank you for your continued support!

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