What we're about

We love Photography and Vermont! All ages, abilities, and skill levels welcome, even beginners!

Participants only need an interest in photography and a desire to improve their skills or help others.

Join similarly creative and passionate individuals who love Vermont and seek opportunities to show off this beautiful state. Our members range from novices to professional photographers, each bringing different perspectives, experience, and knowledge.

Together, we gain photography experience, enjoy Vermont's uniqueness, and best of all, make new friends!

We offer beginner and advanced meetups at least once a month to expand member knowledge, talk and share stories, photograph unique locations, catch dramatic sunsets or sunrises, mountain views, architecture, or events in cities and towns close to Burlington and throughout Northern and Central Vermont.

During and after each event, you're welcome to (optionally) post your photos to social media and photo sharing sites.

Some events wrap up over food or drink at a local restaurant, with discussions recounting the day, sharing photos, (optional) constructive critique, and exchanging photography tips and knowledge.

Membership is FREE and the majority of our events will be FREE to our members and their guests.

All members can also receive discounts from our sponsors (http://www.meetup.com/VTPhoto/sponsors/), who also occasionally supply FREE giveaways at some of our events. We might occasionally offer some optional workshops and classes which are fee-based due to their higher costs or complexity but we strive to keep their cost low and affordable. Since Meetup.com charges us to host our group, we occasionally might do a fundraiser or ask for donations (https://squareup.com/store/vpm) to offset the cost. We greatly appreciate and thank you for any support you may offer.

We encourage anyone with an interest in photography to join and will welcome you regardless of your skill level or equipment.

Since, everyone starts with an inexpensive camera, or one that was already at their disposal, any type of camera is welcomed with open arms and without judgement...even camera-phones and pocket-cams!

Our group's organizer and leader:

The group is lead by Vermont Photo Tours (http://www.vtphototours.com/) founder and Instructor, Steve Mermelstein (http://stevemermelstein.com/) and is a marriage of Steve’s passion for photography with his love for Vermont. Steve’s award-winning photography has appeared in magazines, newspapers, calendars, ads, and web sites. In 2013 and 2014, Samsung USA named Steve one of the Top 50 US Photographers and contracted him as a Samsung Imagelogger.

About RSVPs:

When you RSVP "Yes" to an event please follow through with your commitment to attend. If you can't make it, please change your RSVP to "No" at least 48 hours prior to the event. "No Shows" hurt the trustworthiness of the group and can disrupt our plans. If it's a limited attendance event, it could also prevent other Members that can attend from RSVPing "Yes" or not correctly move members on the waitlist to attending! We understand if emergencies and last minute situations happen, but please be diligent of your RSVP status. Thank you!

Upcoming events (5)

Lightroom and RAW-Workflow Workshop (ONLY Online)

Location visible to members

$249.99

IMPORTANT CHANGES: Due to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 we are limiting workshops to online or by phone. Day/Time: Most afternoons or evenings are available. You may specify date/times desired in notes section during checkout and we'll work with you to set a mutually acceptable date/time. ----- Don't know how to edit photos or not sure you're doing it right? Spending more than 10 minutes editing a photo? You could get way better results in significantly less time!! Learn the editing secrets of top professional photographers and a proper RAW-Workflow. See how to CORRECTLY, SUPER QUICKLY, and EASILY import, cull, keyword, edit, and export THOUSANDS of photos in MINUTES instead of hours. WITH EVEN BETTER RESULTS! Many of Lightroom's newest features offer extraordinary time savings thanks to recent improvements and the addition of highly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence! But most users aren't even aware of these tools, where they've hidden them, or how to use them to their full potential. We will show you how to access and use all of Lightroom's most powerful and important tools, when/when not to use them, with super easy to understand step by step instructions anyone can follow! This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get started with image editing or needs to learn or brush up on Adobe Lightroom's newest features. This is NOT a disguised sales pitch for plugins, presets, other services, or software! We have helped many novices. Even experienced photographers and Pros, who have been using Lightroom and Photoshop for years and they were all extremely surprised by how much they been missing or misunderstanding. You'll be amazed at how incredible your photos can look! ****You're guaranteed to kick yourself for not learning this information sooner!**** With decades of photography and editing experience, plus constant continuing education, we will give qualified and informed answers to all your photography, photo workflow, and editing questions. We'll help solve editing issues, and can also give edit recommendations. Past attendees rave about how enthusiastic we are about sharing our knowledge and experiences. Requirements: • A working camera; any make/model with RAW capability, Aperture Priority (A or Av), Shutter Priority (S or Tv) and Manual (M) modes. Unsure? Need a recommendation? Ask in the comments below. We're happy to help. (Most cameras upwards of $500 and even many camera phones have these capabilities with a camera app downloaded from the app store.) • You're welcome to use our computers OR bring your own computer with Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC, or Lightroom 6 installed. Cost: $249.99 per person. Price includes class fee and all materials. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED IF THERE ARE FEW (or zero) RSVPs SHOWN ON THIS PAGE. All our meetups are advertised to several different clubs and web sites. More people have likely signed up for this workshop using those other methods. Those other methods are completely independent of this page/group and are more active. We will automatically close the meetup to new sign ups once it’s actually full. In the rare and unlikely event we don’t fill up, the workshop will still go on as long as there is at least one paid signup. ONLNE ONLY. Once you have paid for the workshop (link below) we'll contact you to setup a mutually acceptable date/time. Walk-ins NOT accepted. You must preregister and make payment by 11:59pm on the day before this workshop. IMPORTANT: To register and secure your space at this workshop you must sign up and pay at: https://book.vtphototours.com/product/group-lightroom-workshop/62?cs=true

Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Location visible to members

$249.99

IMPORTANT CHANGES: Due to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 we are limiting workshops to two individuals or one family at a time and will clean/sanitize all surfaces between each. -------- NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome! Even beginners! Rain, snow, or shine -- we will plan the workshop accordingly. We promise you'll have fun even if it's raining or snowing! On this group workshop you will: • Experience the natural beauty of Vermont on back-road photography workshop and tour with a seasoned Vermont photographer and world-renowned Photography Instructor. • Learn how take make portfolio worthy pictures every time you go out! • Learn more about your lenses, your camera, when [and when not to] use specific functions, how to adjust the settings for different light conditions and different subjects. • Receive many opportunities to make memorable and breathtaking photographs of Vermont. • Be driven in style and comfort in one of our luxury SUVs to Vermont's best shoot locations for the light and weather conditions of the day. No climbing or hiking required! • Lightroom instruction and portfolio consultation (if desired) in the classroom after sunset. Depending on the weather conditions, we'll stop to shoot: waterfalls, covered bridges, barns, and churches, farms, farmers, antique trucks, cars, tractors, cows, sheep, sheepdogs, views of Mt. Mansfield, Camel's Hump, other mountain ranges, and adjust length of workshop to include Sunset, if desired. We might see black bear, moose, white tailed deer, red fox, porcupine, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, and more! DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED IF THERE ARE FEW (or zero) RSVPs SHOWN ON THIS PAGE. All our meetups are advertised to several different clubs and web sites. More people have likely signed up for this workshop using those other methods. We will automatically close the meetup to new sign ups once it’s actually full. In the rare and unlikely event we don’t fill up, the workshop will still go on as long as there is at least one paid signup. Workshop departs from Generator, 40 Sears Ln, Burlington, VT 05401. Free parking at Champlain College Miller Center or along Sears Lane. Requirements: • An interest in photography. All skill levels from beginners to long time photographers welcome. • A working camera; any make/model with RAW capability, Aperture Priority (A or Av), Shutter Priority (S or Tv) and Manual (M) modes is suggested but not required. Unsure? Need a recommendation? Ask in the comments below. We're happy to help. (Most cameras upwards of $500 and even many iPhone and Android phones have these capabilities with a camera app.) • Charged batteries for above. • Blank memory cards for above (or free space if using your phone.) • Tripod recommended but not required. • Closed toe shoes, sneakers, or boots and appropriate dress for the forecast (https://darksky.net/). COST: $249.99 for first person in your party, plus $100 for each additional person in your party. (Note: Per CDC recommendations, we're maxing registration to two individuals or one family at a time and will clean/sanitize all surfaces between each workshop. We will automatically close the meetup to new sign ups once it’s actually full. This workshop is also subject to common travel restrictions: http://www.vtphototours.com/faqs/information-on-coronavirus-covid-19/ ) Walk-ins NOT accepted. You must preregister and make payment by 11:59pm on the day before this workshop. Fully Private Workshops which are limited to you and the family/friends you invite are also available: http://www.vtphototours.com/workshops/private/ IMPORTANT: To register and secure your space at this workshop you must submit payment at: https://book.vtphototours.com/product/sunday-group-landscape-photography-workshop/56?cs=true

Drones 101 Workshop for Adults (ONLY Online)

Online event

$99.99

IMPORTANT CHANGES: Due to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 we are limiting workshops to online (or phone). Day/Time: Most afternoons or evenings are available. You may specify date/times desired in notes section during checkout and we'll work with you to set a mutually acceptable date/time. ----- Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein! This paid workshop is designed to give everyone the knowledge needed to become a capable and safe drone pilot. This course will also fully prepare you for the upcoming FAA testing for hobby/recreational drone pilots. Following a very informative classroom session, paid attendees receive a free training quadcopter they can keep! All skill levels welcome! Even beginners or someone who has been flying! This class covers a wide range of essential and important information. Following our advice will help you avoid common mistakes and significantly decrease the risk of costly crashes. Everyone will learn a lot of new and critical practices, procedures, and skills which are not touched upon in any manual or online video or course. Walk-ins NOT accepted. You must preregister and make payment by 11:59pm, the day before. ONLNE ONLY. Once you have paid for the workshop (link below) we'll contact you to setup a mutually acceptable date/time. Cost: Family: $269.99 (Includes One Adult and One Child. Each additional Adult is $99.99. Each additional Child is $79.99.) Adult: $199.99 (Each additional Adult is $99.99.) Child: $179.99 (Each additional Child is $79.99.) These non-refundable fees includes, the class, registration and material fees. Each paid attendee will also receive a free training/practice quadcopter. (Quadcopter will be available for pickup at VTDrone after stay-at-home order has been lifted by VT Governor.) Adult classes typically run about 3 to 4 hours (or 2 to 3 hours for Children/Family) but may run longer depending on the number and complexity of questions received. Optional add-ons: Battery and Charger Kit: $40 This optional kit includes 5 extra batteries and a 5 battery charger. Tiny Whoop FPV Racing Kit: $175 This optional kit includes FPV Goggles, FPV Camera, 5 extra batteries, and a 5 battery charger so you can modify your practice drone into a Tiny Whoop Racer! IMPORTANT: To register and secure your space at this workshop you must sign up and pay at: https://shop.vtdrone.com/product/drones-101-workshop/31?cs=true ---- Full or partial payment constitutes acceptance of the VTPhotoTours.com Workshop/Tour Contract Terms and Conditions at: http://www.vtphototours.com/terms/

Drones 101 Workshop for Children/Family (ONLY Online)

Online event

$269.99

IMPORTANT CHANGES: Due to CDC recommendations for COVID-19 we are limiting workshops to online (or phone). Day/Time: Most afternoons or evenings are available. You may specify date/times desired in notes section during checkout and we'll work with you to set a mutually acceptable date/time. ----- Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein! This paid workshop is designed to give everyone the knowledge needed to become a capable and safe drone pilot. This course will also fully prepare you for the upcoming FAA testing for hobby/recreational drone pilots. Following a very informative classroom session, paid attendees receive a free training quadcopter they can keep! All skill levels welcome! Even beginners or someone who has been flying! This class covers a wide range of essential and important information. Following our advice will help you avoid common mistakes and significantly decrease the risk of costly crashes. Everyone will learn a lot of new and critical practices, procedures, and skills which are not touched upon in any manual or online video or course. Walk-ins NOT accepted. You must preregister and make payment by 11:59pm, the day before. ONLNE ONLY. Once you have paid for the workshop (link below) we'll contact you to setup a mutually acceptable date/time. Cost: Family: $269.99 (Includes One Adult and One Child. Each additional Adult is $99.99. Each additional Child is $79.99.) Adult: $199.99 (Each additional Adult is $99.99.) Child: $179.99 (Each additional Child is $79.99.) These non-refundable fees includes, the class, registration and material fees. Each paid attendee will also receive a free training/practice quadcopter. (Quadcopter will be available for pickup at VTDrone after stay-at-home order has been lifted by VT Governor.) Adult classes typically run about 3 to 4 hours (or 2 to 3 hours for Children/Family) but may run longer depending on the number and complexity of questions received. Optional add-ons: Battery and Charger Kit: $40 This optional kit includes 5 extra batteries and a 5 battery charger. Tiny Whoop FPV Racing Kit: $175 This optional kit includes FPV Goggles, FPV Camera, 5 extra batteries, and a 5 battery charger so you can modify your practice drone into a Tiny Whoop Racer! IMPORTANT: To register and secure your space at this workshop you must sign up and pay at: https://shop.vtdrone.com/product/drones-101-workshop/31?cs=true ---- Full or partial payment constitutes acceptance of the VTPhotoTours.com Workshop/Tour Contract Terms and Conditions at: http://www.vtphototours.com/terms/

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