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Party in the Park with Live Music
So we are back again in the lovely and varied Botanical Gardens! We again have our base at 2 booked Marquees in the heart of the gardens. We will have a lovely range of beauty fashion including the Japanese Yukata silk Kimono and Asian Bridal looks that we lost due to the World Cup change last time! You can use the pretty backdrops of lake, aviary, woodland, flower beds again and we will specifically be using the Gazebo and Japanese ‘tsubo-niwa’ garden, where plants are chosen for shape and texture and as an aid to peace and serenity. We will have more flowers and summer dresses too. There will be live music at the bandstand through the afternoon as well. So we have an exciting range of looks again for us to expand our repertoire 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 will make the most of the natural light and elegant backdrops of the Gardens, and again will have portable 360 lights with diffusers and beauty dish to fill in light and lower the ambient light. I will again be trying to provide an outstanding ratio to model for us to shoot with in the wide range of lovely settings these gardens provide (2018 average 1 model per 2.3 photographers last time 1-2-1!). We will ask our female and male models to bring a couple of outfits each for a different range of formal and casual beauty fashion & summer looks for your cameras. Event time 1230pm is a little later than sometimes to allow set up time and MU. Doors open at 10am, so if you wish to come along early that will be fine. You can get an early start round the attractions. You can also get some MU shots as the looks develop. Your entry to the Gardens is included for the WHOLE day, so if it is new to you do consider bringing a macro lens for some of the wonderful plants and flowers. Plus the seasonal Butterfly House is OPEN! For refreshments there is a nice cafe too. Or make a day of it and bring suncream and a picnic and even the family! There is lots for them to see whilst you are on your shoot. If one of your children wants to shoot I will not charge them extra, just let me know beforehand (N.B. Only YOUR entry to the Gardens is paid by me lol!) 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! For anyone who missed the previous sessions there will be a recap on light setups, so you don't need to have attended previously to benefit! 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. We will be sharing some tips and there will be attendee PDF handouts afterwards as usual in our online resource. The venue has great facilities including cafe with meals, snacks, drinks and ice creams, or you can bring your own refreshments, and even enjoy a picnic by the bandstand afterwards if you wish! Your entry to the Gardens is included in the cost. The fee for the 3.5 hour session is £35 which is great value! All models will sign release forms which permit you to use your pictures afterwards. (*PLEASE NOTE that this is a portfolio shoot. If you wish to offer images for sale commercially an additional permit can be obtained from the Gardens at your own cost). This arrangement will suit most members and the additional £900 group commercial cost would not have done, and would of course have ruled out the shoot taking place! 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. I hope in this way that it allows me to effectively plan and try to cover session costs, without members feeling aggrieved at potentially losing all the fee if not able to attend at the last minute. Attendees last time understood and supported this view so I hope you do! Please note therefore that the initial fee of £10-60 is a DEPOSIT to secure your place. The full cost for this event is £35 with the balance due at the event. The cost is still VERY cheap for this kind of shoot, This amount to RSVP 'Yes' is a deposit of £10 and a Paypal transactional fee of 60p. When you bring along your own gear if this includes lighting please speak to me beforehand. 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 and we will be mainly using natural daylight. We will use: • Lencarta 360 high powered flash • Light modifiers - soft boxes, umbrellas, beauty dish • Light meter, colour passport Mark

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR · Birmingham

Respond by: 8/5/2018
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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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