What we're about

A group for photographers of all levels from novice to pro. We are about meeting up and sharing some fun & learning with our cameras!

*COVID SAFE - We take care to guide all participants to meet in a framework that complies with government rules and legislation. It is every member's personal responsibility to adhere to the law and keep themselves and everyone else safe.*

A big part of our focus will be on taking your camera and using full manual mode with studio portrait learning & practise. Over a number of weeks you will have the opportunity to become confident in using pro lighting to take great pictures. We regularly take lighting outside for street photography also with a professional model. (Please note meeting in small Bubbles mid COVID there will be restrictions in sharing kit including lighting). We are developing plans to resume studio work in a safe way.

Please sign up to an event on the site. If there is not one immediately shown coming up don't worry as the next meetup will be posted soon. Once signed up to an event, if for whatever reason you are subsequently unable to come and have to cancel please update the site ASAP, so that we can reallocate your place to someone else wherever possible. Please carefully read the refund policy upon booking, *This is particularly relevant at the moment, as in normal times with many participants there is room to allow 1 or 2 non attendees. In these COVID times where a Meetup has to conform to government "Rule of Six" there is no such margin, and refunds can be issued only if a replacement attendee is found or if that member has symptoms and is not attending in order to have a COVID test.

I have really enjoyed being a part of this group, where in an informal setting a group of friendly photographers share learning & experience with each other in a non judgemental way. The positive atmosphere encourages photographers from novice onwards to feel comfortable about their current level wherever that is, ask questions and receive help getting to their next level. This is practical, hands on and about trying new things you could not do on a formal course. You can really see the progress from one Meetup to the next. This is about hands on practical learning, the type you get from sharing experience with photographers, rather than from a book. It's about you helping to shape what we do and I will be asking you what you want to try out. It's also about sharing good company! See you there!

We have a lively Facebook group, which acts as the main forum for attendees to complement this site and display their Meetup images and make new friends. You can apply to join here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1124600527564847/

I am Mark Kenwood. I am a self taught professional photographer. You can see my work here: www.hoofprints.art

You can also follow me on Facebook. If you visit FB and like my images please do like my page!

Upcoming events (2)

Halloween Fashion Bubbles 06 and 07 at UCB

University College Birmingham

£36.50

We are delighted to bring back MUAs and Hair Stylists to our creative team! We have secured exclusive access to University College Birmingham outdoor sets (We have security working weekend overtime to grant us access to the sparkling new and deserted campus!) We will have a model in Halloween theme and a model in Beauty Fashion booked for each of our two Bubbles. MUAs will be working in a COVID safe environment including full PPE. There is FREE parking available in the staff car park. You will need to message me your registration number and vehicle colour upon booking to qualify for this. We have 2 outdoor sets with a half time switch round for variety. Scheduled shoot time is from 11am to 2pm sharp due to security working hours. Water, tea & coffee, crisps and biscuits will be provided at each set. Toilets are available near to each set. We are sorting out lighting and plan to have this available for you at least in one of the 2 sets. This is likely to be in the sectioned courtyard, which is a big space including several undercover spaces. In the event of inclement weather we may move both bubbles down here as there is lots of room. However, 'Plan A' is to feature the very cool roof garden as the 2nd set! This space has of course lovely natural light and also ivy covered backdrops as well as cityscape rooftop views! We will also be looking to add pinned up additional backdrops for variation for our portfolios. We are outside and in two Bubbles of just 6 participants each to conform to the government "Rule of Six", despite the fact that the Uni has a training exemption. The building areas we use will be deep cleaned both BEFORE and AFTER our shoot for everyone's safety, as part of a comprehensive COVID Risk Assessment. This does mean sadly that you are NOT allowed to bring any guests. We will have your Photographer Host, 3 photographer participants and minimum 1 model or both models that we have booked for you (max 6). This means a shooting ratio of 1:4 (guaranteed) and 1:2 (likely). If all models become unavailable due to COVID or other reason the Bubble will be cancelled, and this may be at short notice. So far this has not yet happened but these are the difficult times we are operating in, so we appreciate your understanding! Upon booking please msg me your email address or Facebook profile. I will then be able to send you the Safety Briefing with all the info including maps, parking and locations etc. You will need to have a camera with you of course, ideally with a hot shoe for lighting trigger and we do recommend bringing a flash as well. We are a very friendly group as you will see from previous feedback and all levels of photography experience are welcomed. We will include consideration of metering a shoot (when using lighting) and also posing a model, with some materials including the most popular App to assist you in doing this. I will be sharing some tips and there will be attendee PDF handouts afterwards as usual in our online resource. The fee for the hosted session (including Paypal fee of £1-50) is £36-50 which is terrific value! Previous images have won awards online in Purpleport, won competitions and been published internationally. There is a refund policy. Please note that due to COVID your place can ONLY be refunded if the event is cancelled OR postponed OR you have symptoms and are having a COVID test OR that we can find a replacement attendee for you. We DO recommend bringing a flashgun too for fill in flash and to add to your lighting options. As it includes outdoor shooting please do consider bringing a brolly and appropriate dress! Mark N.B. IF you intend to bring your own LIGHTING please discuss this with me BEFOREHAND and it is usually OK. Please note that as always you are responsible for your own kit so do be careful where you leave it. N.B. Changes to the model line-up may have to be made due to circumstances beyond our control, but we always work hard to provide lots for your lens!

MUA Magic

SS Creative Studios, Telsen Centre

£10.60

*As you will have seen from this week meeting indoors with other households in Birmingham is currently prohibited as a 'Tier 2' area. We have no choice therefore but to further postpone this shoot* If things change for the better we can bring it forward or add in additional dates. We are still looking at options outdoors and at the University, with whom we have agreed protocols for working COVID safe both indoors and outdoors. **We certainly still hope to run other events before this date and you will have seen that we have run recent outdoor Mini Meetup Bubbles. We are adapting all events to conform to new government regulations before putting in the diary** *Govt Covid rules are now changing very rapidly. Until the rules are clear for January this event is now closed for further bookings* *As always if you have booked this event you can retain your place OR use your deposit for another event OR receive a refund* We hope to resume our placement scheme very soon now with University College Birmingham with an extended Make-up & hair styling area. The MUAs & Stylists will provide some elegant beauty fashion and cool creative looks for us with mini themes to show off their talent! We will have some dazzling colour, probably including a Cleopatra look and perhaps even some Halloween style horror? - More info on these looks particularly both here and on Facebook as we develop them! 😃 There will be lots of portrait opportunities with another talented cast. In this huge space we will have a number of models against both studio and industrial backdrops in the whole building. We will be using full size lighting with different modifiers and battery packs by the caged lifts for some moody and dramatic BW shots 😃 We are aiming for a good number of MUAs/Hair Stylists and plenty of models. This should ensure that we are above our published ratio of 1:5 photographers and our preferred ratio of 1:4 (Last time was 1:2!) There will be lots of shooting time as usual! Doors do not open until 11am. Both Sara and I will be providing refreshments as usual. We are a very friendly group as you will see from previous feedback and all levels of photography experience are welcomed. We will commence each session with our popular "Speed Friending" so you will soon feel part of the group! We will include consideration of metering a shoot and also posing a model, with some materials including the most popular App to assist you in doing this. I will be sharing some tips and there will be attendee PDF handouts afterwards as usual in our online resource. Refreshments (tea, coffee, crisps, jaffa cakes & BISCUITS!) will be provided for you. Feel free to bring your own snack or meal. The venue facilities for our Meetups are factored into the cost along with any professional fees, studio lighting & kit, props & indemnity insurance etc. The fee for the 3.5 hour session is £35 which is terrific value! Previous images have won awards online in Purpleport, won competitions and been published internationally. There is a refund policy including up to 5 days beforehand so please read this on RSVP. Please note that the initial fee of £10.60 is a DEPOSIT to secure your place. The full cost for this event is still £35 with the balance due at the event. This amount to RSVP 'Yes' is a deposit of £10 and a Paypal transactional fee of 60p. (If you wish to pay the balance by PAYPAL it is £26-50). We DO recommend bringing a flashgun too for fill in flash and to add to your lighting options, also acting as a trigger. We want to get you used to setting a DSLR to full manual mode and controlling the light for your images. Of course, don't worry if you don't have studio lights as these will be provided for use on the day. You can learn a lot and maybe get some ideas about what to buy. We will use: Lencarta studio and portable Safari pro strobes & trigger/receivers (your camera WILL need a hotshoe to use the trigger), Atom 360 high powered flash, light modifiers, light meter, colour passport, backdrops Mark N.B. IF you intend to bring your own LIGHTING please discuss this with me BEFOREHAND and it is usually perfectly fine. There will be mains operated and portable lighting used and other lighting MAY be restricted to allow fair access to the models for all participants. Please note that as always you are responsible for your own kit so do be careful where you leave it. N.B. Changes to the line-up may have to be made due to circumstances beyond our control, but we always work hard to provide lots for your lens!

Past events (80)

Weekday Custard!

Gibb Street

£29.50

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