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 professional photographers. 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 (4+)

Photoshop for Photographers online workshop

Online event

This is a paid workshop, please register and pay at https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/photoshop-for-photographers-workshop/ before RSVPing.

Photoshop is the ultimate image editing tool and is a complex beast. Learning it is intimidating and can be frustrating due to its extreme power. But most photographers don’t need to know everything Photoshop does. There are several tools that are extremely beneficial, a few things that wouldn’t be bad to know but aren’t essential and then there is a ton of stuff that few photographers really need but graphic designers would use. This workshop is for photographers, showing you some of the things you can use to improve the look of your photos. The four hour workshop is not all comprehensive, there are some tools and techniques we won’t cover but I feel those things are for advanced users. This workshop is designed to take the fear out of Photoshop and help you get going with the software. I will show you things you can’t do in Lightroom or can do much better in Photoshop. We won’t be dealing with many things that can be done in Lightroom, like Camera RAW, basic developing, cropping, color balance and organization. I’ve been using Photoshop for at least 25 years and I still have little floppy discs of Version 2! I’ll show you many of the tools, techniques and tips that I have picked up over the years.

This online workshop on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST.

Here is what we will cover:
• Layers
• Adjustment Layers
• Replacing colors
• Placing text on photos
• Masking
• Clipping masks
• Refining the edges of masks
• Content Aware fill
• Borders
• Getting unwanted objects out of your photos
• Focus stacking
• Dodging
• Burning
• Blurring

There is a lot more Photoshop can do and we can’t cover everything, so if it isn’t on the list we probably won’t discuss it in this workshop.
This is an online workshop, you’ll be able to ask questions and see my computer screen. I use a paid Zoom service for my online classes to assure you have easy access and get quality sound and video. Login instructions will be sent after you register. Both sessions will be recorded and you’ll be able to watch the video again as much as you like.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST

Registration

Registration $119.00
Returning clients $99.00

For more info and to register: https://lorenphotos.com/mevents/photoshop-for-photographers-online-workshop/

There will be attendees who are not members of this Meetup.

Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photo Workshop

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/may-milky

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

May 28-31, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/may-milky

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photo Workshop

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/june-milky

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

June 25-28, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/june-milky

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photo Workshop

Focus, A Vermont Gallery

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/july-milky

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

July 28-31, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/july-milky

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

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