Next Meetup

Reprise: Your Picks of the Best of 2018!
We are going to have a simultaneous series of studio and natural light sets with mixed mini themes reflecting the pick of 2018 shoots! It was another very successful year with lots of great feedback, so do get in touch and make suggestions for your favourite look to see again or perhaps you missed out on this past year? We will take these into account for both this shoot and the 2019 series of themes for you. With an extended studio Make-up area again we are going to create LOTS of colour and drama for our model line-up! There will be lots of portrait opportunities with another large talented cast 😃 In this huge space we will have a number of models against both studio and industrial backdrops in the whole building for some varied and dramatic images. We will be shooting with pro strobe & continuous lighting in our favourite studio at SS Creative, at sets inside the 1930s building including cage lifts. So we have an exciting range of looks again for us to expand our portfolios and learn to capture new looks. I will be updating both here and our Facebook page as the creative looks are developed for you! We are as usual aiming for several MUAs and models with a number confirmed already. This should ensure that we are above our published model ratio of 1:5 photographers and our preferred ratio of 1:4 (Last time was again 1:2!) There will be lots of shooting time as usual! We will be using high powered Superfast Lencarta 600 strobes with fast recycling time to enable multi shooters in and around the studio space. We will again be using the old metal caged lifts and dark stairwells with moody portable lighting. There are additional sets for portraiture with a range of costumes. We will have some props as usual for you to include in your images. If you have a suitable prop yourself do please bring it along. MU starts at 930am and the event start time is 1130am to allow set up and MAKE UP time! Doors open at 11am. If you wish to come along early and get some MU shots as the looks develop that is perfectly fine. Both Sara and I will be providing refreshments as usual. We will be delving into all aspects of studio photography in these sessions. We are building learning all trying new techniques during a studio model shoot with pro lighting. We are a 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, jaffa cakes, crisps & BISCUITS!) will be provided for you. Feel free to bring your own snack or meal. The venue facilities are factored into the cost along with any professional fees, kit, props & indemnity insurance etc. The fee for the 3.5 hour session is £35 which is terrific value! All models will sign release forms which permit you to use your pictures afterwards (even commercially if desired). Previous images have been awarded in Purpleport and published internationally. After discussion with attendees I have decided like most Meetups that I need to collect at least some of the fee up front. At the moment this is just a deposit of £10 rather than the full amount. There is a refund policy including up to 5 days beforehand so please read this on RSVP. Please note therefore 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). Bring along your own gear as we feel it's best to really get to know your equipment as part of improving your own photography (yes time to get out the manual!). We recommend bringing a flashgun too for fill in flash if you want to add to the lighting options. 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 flash or 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 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 are averaging TEN models per shoot! We always do work hard to provide lots for your lens!

SS Creative Studios, Telsen Centre

55 Thomas Street · Birmingham


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    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! 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 will take lighting outside for street photography also with a professional model.

    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!

    Don't forget we also have a discussion forum, which presents opportunities to discuss all sorts of photography issues, swap notes and ask for guidance from other members. Check it out from the Discussions link on the home page.

    We now also have a Facebook group, which acts as a forum for attendees to complement this site. You can apply to join here:

    I am Mark Kenwood. I am a self taught professional photographer. You can see my work here: You can also follow me on Facebook & Twitter (links via the website or FB search "wetakegreatpictures" and Twitter @WeTakeGreatPics). If you visit FB and like my images please do like my page!

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