What we're about

If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. We travel to great places where you can make fun photos while being guided by a professional photographer. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos.

Upcoming events (5+)

Venice, Italy, Photography Workshop During Carnival 2019

You do not register for this workshop on Meetup, you must go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/venice-italy-photography-workshop-during-carnival/ The photographic allure of Venice is well known, throw in the spectacle of Carnival and it becomes a visual wonderland. Join professional photographers Ron Lake and Loren Fisher for a magnificent photography workshop as we explore the wonders of Venice, Italy, during the most colorful event of the year. There will be models wearing masks around every corner waiting to be photographed. Bridges over the canals are lit and make for brilliant color night photos. Amazing Venetian architecture is everywhere, the pillars holding up the Basilica have crazy troglodytes and nomes sculpted into the bases. Throw in the sunrise or sunset over the water toward Giudecca island, add a gondola or two, reflections in the water and, holy moly, you’re going to be on visual overload! Each day we will go to a different area of Venice where you can shoot landscapes, architecture, vibrant color, macro, street photography, portraits, reflections and more. As the light dims at the end of the day, we’ll shoot the beauty of Venice during blue hour and spend a couple of evenings doing light painting and night photography, so you’ll want to have a tripod. Ron and Loren will show you great locations, many are off the beaten track, and help you improve your photography as you relax and enjoy seven days of photography. If you have questions about your equipment, Ron and Loren have used just about everything out there. We will go to off-the-chart restaurants as well. There are no fewer than four not-to-be-missed Ron favorites in Venice and they just happen to be right near a few places we will be shooting. What’s included: Two professional photo guides and instruction Double occupancy lodging in one of Venice’s nicer hotels, right off St. Mark’s Square Breakfast at the hotel Dinner the first night Tickets for the week on the water taxis Ron’s humor Not included: Flight to Venice Other meals, snacks and beverages February 28 through March 6, 2019 Deadline for registration is Dec. 1 Price $3,200 includes double occupancy lodging, transportation and professional instruction. $2,700 for returning clients Rate is for double occupancy. Single supplement: $750. Maximum group size: 12 Who should Attend Anyone with an interest in Venice – the beauty, architecture and Carnival! Your photographic experience doesn’t matter, you will come away with some great, memorable photos. Since there are no cars in Venice, we’ll be walking or taking water taxis, so there will be a good deal of walking, it could be 3-4 miles per day. Loren and Ron have led enough workshops to know not to wear people out, so we take breaks throughout the day. Photo Equipment You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter. Since we will do some night photography, you’ll want a sturdy tripod, but you may not want to always carry it with you (although Loren and Ron will!). We also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos and a way to have a backup, either on the original cards or an external hard drive. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems. Itinerary (subject to change) Day 1, Feb. 28, 2019: We’ll meet at the hotel at 4 p.m. and shoot in St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) until 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. we get together for a relaxed dinner where everyone will get to know each other better and we’ll talk about the week’s fun. Day 2, March 1: We will start early and catch the morning light spilling across St. Mark’s square. There will be masked models and mimes around every corner. Before the crowds arrive we will see Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace (a masterpiece of Gothic architecture) and the Bridge of Sighs. There will be parked Gondolas with the Giudecca island in the background and morning sun streaming in. Then we’ll move on to the quiet canal streets behind the Basilica. Lunch will be at the amazing Osteria Sepa and then back to the hotel for a midday break. In the afternoon we go near San Marco and shoot toward Palazzo Ducale for golden hour magic and sunset over the lagoon. While here, along the edge of the Riva degli Schiavoni, be sure to take a peak in at the Hotel Danieli and see staircases three floors high lined with mannequins and live masked models. Day 3, March 2: We’ll start the day using the lovely Vaporetto boat taxi system. We will start the day with an early morning shoot at Rialto bridge and the market. We will also work the the wonderful backwater canals before heading over to the lesser known neighborhood of Cannaregio and the Jewish Ghetto. Here we will see the Ponte dei Tre Archi and the bridge with no parapet (that’s three bridges joined together and then one with no sides or railings). From here by way of the grand canal we can access San Polo on foot and then back to the boats and see the magnificent Santo Maria Glorioso dei Frari and the amazing facade of Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Day 4, March 3: Early we go for a little walk over the Rialto bridge to the open walkway Fondamenta Nuove leading to the outer lagoon. Then we head to the amazing Burano, the land of lace, fishing boats and pastel houses lining the water. Lunch will be at Trattoria da Romano, one of Ron’s favorite trattorias in all Italy. On the way back, we’ll stop in Murano, famous for its blown glass. We’ll head back to the hotel, since you’ll probably have packages to unload after doing some shopping. You’ll have the afternoon to rest or tour the nearby Saint Mark’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace or visit the Peggy Guggenheim collection. In the evening we’ll shoot golden hour from Accademia bridge and San Marco square. Later we will do night photography of the beautiful bridges and practice our light painting and long exposures. Day 5, March 4: Since we are staying up late the night before, you get to sleep in today. We’ll start at 10 a.m. exploring the six Sestri (neighborhoods) of Venice and Giudecca. We’ll see the beautiful church San Giorgio Maggiore and Venice from Giudecca and Punta della Dogana and Santa Maria della Salute with their magnificent views. After a midday break we will explore from Academia to San Polo and photograph Palazzo Balbi, Palazzo Grassi and Museo Fortuny to name a few. While aboard the Vaporetto boats we will shoot from the water of the Grand Canal. We get off at the San Angelo ferry stop and walking south we will see the not-to-be-missed Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo (a miniature leaning tower of Pisa) and several other notable sites such as the Fenice theater before going back to the hotel. Day 6, March 5: Today we stay a little closer to our home base and explore San Marco, a neighborhood with hidden gems and backwater canals. Starting with churches Chiesa di San Moise and Santa Maria del Giglio, we will weave our way to the square Campo San Stefano then the quiet canals near Sant Angelo square for beautiful reflections. Lunch is at the amazing Trattoria Alla Rivetta (near San Marco). After lunch we’ll shoot a nearby quiet special neighborhood. Then we’ll take a midday break followed by the golden hour then blue hour and night photography in Palazzo San Marco. Carnival ends with the explosive Mardi Gras celebration featuring fireworks over the lagoon, which will make amazing photos. Day 7, March 6: This is our saddest day as our time together ends but we start the day photographing sunrise in St. Mark’s Plaza. When you are heading to the airport you may want to keep your camera out for the scenic boat ride. For more information and to register for the workshop, go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/venice-italy-photography-workshop-during-carnival/ You do not register for this workshop on Meetup, you must go to the link above. There will be photographers attending who are not members of this Meetup group.

Advanced Lightroom Workshop - Live Online

This is a paid workshop, do not RSVP until you have paid and registered at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/advanced-lightroom-workshop/. This three-hour advanced Lightroom class is for photographers who have some experience with Lightroom but seek to improve their images and workflow. When you attend online, you'll have the same experience and the in person attendees except you won't get any of my M&Ms! You will still be able to ask questions and see my computer screen. I use a paid service for my online classes to assure you have easy access and get quality sound and video. You know the basics of Lightroom but know there is still more that you can get from Lightroom. I’ll show you insights into advanced image processing that will make your photos like they were made by a professional. You’ll learn how to visualize how photos can be improved, even while you are taking the shot, which is where it all begins. We’ll start with a few things in the Library module that can save you a ton of time but we’ll spend most of the seminar working in the Develop module where the real magic happens. I will use many of my photos to show you how I make images look like what I saw in the field, which isn’t what you get in the RAW files cameras capture. All photos need some amount of work, some more than others. It could be just adding some black to make the image pop or it could be a good deal of work to make the sky looks the way it did when you made the picture. Lightroom is the easiest, fastest and best way to get the most out of your photos. Many photographers think Lightroom only makes a difference for landscape or nature photos, but I’ll show you how to improve your people pictures too. There is a lot more than just making colors pop, I’ll show you how to get skin tones right so your prints look great. I’ll be demonstrating with the latest version of Lightroom Classic but most things will be applicable to all versions whether you work on a Mac or Windows. We will cover a lot of material but I’ll have handouts that help you remember what we talk about and your photos will look better the next time you use Lightroom. Some of the things we will cover: • Techniques for backing up your catalog and images • Smart Previews • Stacking • Exporting to social media and websites via plug-ins • Printing workflow • Snapshots and History functions • Painter feature • Survey feature • Collections and keywording • Creating and using brush presets • Creating and using post production presets • Adjusting multiple photos • In-depth use of global and local adjustment tools • Tone curve • Hue, Saturation and Luminance (HSL), • Creating High Dynamic Range (HDR) images • Creating panoramic images with impact • Jumping to Photoshop • Using Photoshop actions from Lightroom • Black and white processing techniques • Fixing lens distortions $129.00 $109.00 Previous clients To register you must go to https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/advanced-lightroom-workshop/. Clicking RSVP here does not get you registered.

NYC Photography Weekend

Needs a location

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have paid and registered at https://bit.ly/2TsbX1P Join professional photographers Loren Fisher and Ron Lake as we take over New York City for a fun photography weekend workshop. You’ll be transported around the city during the workshop in Loren’s 12 passenger Sprinter van, so all you need to think about is what great images you’ll make. Loren and Ron will make sure you are in great locations and will make suggestions for angles and help with any photography quandaries. We begin the weekend on Friday afternoon by shooting in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn and photographing the Empire State Building as it is framed by a Manhattan Bridge tower. We’ll go up on the Brooklyn Bridge to get incredible views of Brooklyn and Manhattan including the Statue of Liberty. Then we’ll grab a quick dinner and the van will take us to photograph old pier pilings in the foreground with lower Manhattan as it lights up after the sun goes down. We’ll end the day after getting back in the van and moving to the north side of the Brooklyn Bridge for night shots of the classic bridge leading into Manhattan. We’ll be done at 9:00 p.m. Saturday the photography starts at 10:00 a.m. on the High Line, a former elevated railway that has been turned into one of the most unique parks anywhere. We’ll walk about a mile of the High Line and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the streets below and a rare opportunity to photograph the people and architecture of New York. Then we are back in the van and off to one of New York’s special events, the Tartan Day Parade. We’ll go to the staging area where we’ll photograph the Scottish parade marchers as they get ready. There will be lots of men wearing skirts! OK, kilts, but it will be a visual feast. We then scurry down to Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village for one of the stranger events in New York, which is saying a lot. It is the annual pillow fight, where hundreds come out to smack each other with fluffy pillows. There will be plenty of characters and scenes to photograph while we are in the Village. We then hop back in the Sprinter and go to the World Trade Center where we will photograph the reflecting pools and Oculus, the new train station with its unique architecture as the sky gets dark. We’ll be done by 8:30 p.m. Sunday morning we start shooting at 9:00 a.m. as we explore Central Park beginning at Strawberry Fields then walking across the park past the boathouse and going to Bethesda Fountain, the nearby tiled ceiling and Bow Bridge. We’ll get back in the van and go over to Grand Central Terminal to photograph inside the splendid beaux-arts landmark. I have attained special permits to allow you to use a tripod, which you normally can’t do. Our workshop ends at 1:00 p.m. Each day as the workshop begins the van will pick participants up at NY Penn Station or in Bridgewater, NJ. You will be returned at the end of the day. If you live out of the area you can either stay in New York or you can commute a little over an hour with Loren back out to New Jersey where I have blocked off rooms at a nice Hilton Garden Inn in Bridgewater for $111 per night plus tax. You must make your reservation before March 15 to get this rate. Lodging is not included with the workshop fee. You can drive to New York or New Jersey or take the train to New York and then commute with Loren or stay in New York. Loren will help you make whatever arrangements work best for you. Who should attend: Anyone interested in photographing New York City and getting around town the easiest way possible. Your photographic experience doesn't matter, even if you shoot entirely with an iPhone you'll come away with amazing photos. While the van will get you as close to all shooting locations as possible, there will some walking each day, especially on the High Line and in Central Park. For more info and to register: https://bit.ly/2TsbX1P

NYC Bridges Photography Workshop

Needs a location

This is a paid workshop, before RSVPing please register and pay at https://bit.ly/2V295cv Join professional photographers Loren Fisher and Ron Lake as we welcome spring and go on a special urban landscape photographic exploration of five of New York’s magnificent bridges. It will be a day packed full of fun photo opportunities at little known locations Loren and Ron have discovered and also at some popular spots. You will transported all day in Loren’s 12 passenger Sprinter van, so you don’t need to worry about how to get around. You’ll be taken to the closest possible drop off for each location but there will still be plenty of walking involved. Our photography will start at the George Washington Bridge at the little known Little Red Lighthouse, which sits right under the bridge. The lighthouse was there 10 years before completion of the bridge and is one of the smaller lighthouses you’ll see at only 40’ tall. Getting there is a bit of a hike but our van will drop you off as close as possible. The area is now a park, although this is a place you might not want to go alone, especially at night. We’ll hop back in the van and go to the other side of Manhattan to the Queensborough Bridge, which is one of the more striking big bridges with its tan paint that captures the light in unique ways depending on the angle you view it. You’ll be taken to a couple of hidden spots that offer special views of the bridge that most people don’t see. From there we are off to the Williamsburg Bridge and a lovely park on the Manhattan side. This bridge is a bit more industrial and there are some great places to make graphic shots. We’ll walk under the bridge and get shots of the piers in the water. The tall columns holding up the roadway leading to the bridge are next to tall residential buildings which make for interesting images. Now we are on to Brooklyn where we’ll go to a spot where you can photograph the Empire State Building framed by one of the Manhattan Bridge towers. It is a fun shot and you have to know the exact spot to be to get the shot. While in DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) we’ll get great shots of the Manhattan Bridge, which was the world’s longest bridge when it was finished in 1909, beating out the Brooklyn Bridge by four feet. There are lots of great angles to shoot it from and you can even get the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan’s tall buildings in the background. The van will then take you over to the stairs leading to the Brooklyn Bridge and we’ll walk up on it for great shots of the bridge, Manhattan and surrounding area. That will put us right up on the pedestrian area of the bridge. You do need to watch for bicycles if you walk in the bike lane, you’ll get yelled at and clipped if you encroach in their space. By the time we come down from the bridge, the sun will be setting and we’ll go to a park along the Hudson River to shoot the lights of Manhattan shining as the sky darkens and blue hour sets in. A wide angle shot of the Brooklyn Bridge with a glowing Manhattan in the background is a must for every photographer! What a great way to end the day. This is a workshop for any level of photographer, even those who prefer shooting with an iPhone! Not only will you be transported to great locations, Loren and Ron will make sure you are getting the best shots possible and help you with any photographic needs. There are three places where you can join the tour: the Bridgewater, NJ, train station, Penn Station in New York or Grand Central Terminal. Pickups are at 10:30 a.m. in Bridgewater, 12:00 p.m. at NYC Penn Station or 12:30 p.m. at Grand Central. Exact locations will be sent after you register. You will be transported to the great locations so there won’t be a tremendous amount of walking, but you still will need to walk two or three blocks in some locations. For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/2V295cv

Past events (83)

New York City Bridges Photography Workshop

Needs a location

Photos (111)