What we're about

Image Editing can make or break a digital image. All too often we rely on quick fixes in Lightroom or Photoshop or, to make matters worse, we rely entirely on the software that came with the camera or that we downloaded for free on the Web. But our story does not start - or end - there.

True image-making is a concerted effort that begins even before you release the shutter. It involves planning and foresight, although happenstance can and often does work in your favor.

But beyond that, we have to understand what makes a good exposure and a good composition, how to control depth of field and blur, whether we want soft backgrounds or motion blur, whether we want the image exposed properly or we'd like to imbue the shot with a high key or low key mood. And we have to have a feel for lighting and understand how it affects our images, how it can help us to convey a sense of mystery or create an ethereal atmosphere, how it can subdue or elevate a mood.

And then we come back to image editing and everything it entails. You can use Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One, DxO PhotoLab or any of a number of other imaging applications to achieve a usable image. But hopefully we'll be able to work together to make that image not only usable but worthy of hanging on your wall, or maybe even the wall of a gallery.

So, let's explore photography together, and have fun. You can't succeed at something if you don't enjoy the process.

Join our merry little group of weekend snapshooters, photo enthusiasts and aspiring pros as we take our cameras where they've never gone before!

Use any type of camera: DSLR, mirrorless, point & shoot, or even a smartphone camera, as long as it lets you take pictures that let you express the photographer in you. You don't need to buy new lenses. First learn to use the lenses you own. Your photo gear will then grow as your photographic experience grows.

Also, you're invited to post pics to our group's Facebook page, once you join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/86413943702... (https://www.facebook.com/groups/864139437028727/)

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A few words about me: I'm a photographer and photo book author who has contributed to numerous publications over several decades. You can see my work here:

My websites: www.jackneubart.com (http://www.jackneubart.com/); www.pixelPERFEXION.net (http://www.pixelperfexion.net/)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jack.neubart

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Membership is subject to Terms & Conditions below. Please read Terms & Conditions before joining. When you join you are stipulating, signifying and acknowledging that you have read. fully understand, accept and agree to these Terms & Conditions without reservation or qualification. Adults only.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Membership & Guests. All adults are welcome to join, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, or legal alien status. Adults only. No one under age 18 will knowingly be allowed to join. Guests, which may include adults and/or minors, may be invited to join an event on a one-time basis when accompanied by an adult member and only when guests are stipulated for an event, or with special permission, and included in your RSVP. Minors may be barred from certain events (please check with the Organizer prior to the event).

Your Responsibilities, Disclaimer & Liability Waiver. You understand, accept and acknowledge that all activities undertaken by the group, including, but not limited to, photo outings, walks, workshops, adventures and travel (hereinafter collectively "event" or "events") are undertaken with the understanding that you are solely responsible for yourself, your property, and your guests. You are expected to conduct yourself in a respectful and polite manner with regard to fellow members and others around you and to follow instructions and stay with the group and to respect public and private property, meaning taking no action to trespass or damage property, knowingly or unknowingly. When you join any event, you affirm that you are of legal age to do so on your own behalf (and on behalf of those in your care) and that you (and they) are physically fit to participate in the event, and you accept and acknowledge and understand that there is always a chance of personal injury or illness or theft or loss of or damage to personal property, and you release, discharge and save harmless organizers, event hosts, event leaders, event guides and those acting on their behalf and property owners/managers and the Meetup organization (hereinafter collectively "host/organizer") from any and all liability and claims, past, present and future, involving any incident, damage, loss, theft, illness, injury or accident, even if caused by negligence or an act of omission on the part of the host/organizer or others that may occur at any venue or event or en route to or leaving/away from any venue or event. You further acknowledge and accept responsibility and liability for any damage you may cause to any venue or property, whether caused by you personally or your guests.

RSVPs, Change of Venue/Date/Time, Timely Departures, Cancelled Events. You are expected to be on time and to notify the host/organizer in a timely fashion if you are running late or have changed your plans and will not be attending. You understand, accept and acknowledge that the host/organizer is not responsible for delays or cancellations that may prove an inconvenience to you or for starting an event in your absence, should you be late. You further understand, accept and acknowledge that venues/dates/times may be changed at the host/organizer's discretion without your prior approval. Should this occur, an email will be sent out to members, giving notice of such changes, but you are responsible to subscribe to organizer emails so that you receive this information in a timely manner. The host/organizer is not responsible for any failure to communicate such changes to you or for your failure to receive such notification.

Cause for Removal from Group. The organizer reserves the right to remove from the group "no-shows" (those who fail to show up for a planned event or to notify the host/organizer in a timely fashion of their planned or unplanned absence or who fail to offer a reasonable explanation for such absence) or those who act contrary to the aims or moral character of the group or who post material that the host/organizer deems objectionable on our Meetup site or social media (including but not limited to the group's Facebook page) or elsewhere, without further explanation and without refund of dues or other monetary contributions.

The Organizer further reserves the right to remove any member at any time or to refuse membership without explanation or obligation. Failure to pay membership dues after the trial period may subject the member to removal, at the organizer's discretion.

Posts, Photos/Video and Privacy. You understand, accept and acknowledge that photographs or video taken of you may be posted on our Meetup site or the group's Facebook page or other social media, but you do have the right to request removal of such posts if you feel they invade your privacy or for whatever reason. You are solely responsible and liable for any and all material that you post or share. You release, discharge and save harmless the host/organizer and Meetup from any and all claims and liability, past, present and future, involving any posts or material posted by the host/organizer, members, their guests, or third parties or which you may post.

The organizer reserves the right to update, change or add to these Terms & Conditions without prior notice. Meetup terms and conditions otherwise apply.

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Magic Hour Landscape Photography Workshop - Navy Pier & Offshore Rooftop

Capture breathtaking scenic views over Lake Michigan from this brand new venue as well as lake-level views - all during Magic Hour. And learn to do it all without a tripod, taking advantage of image stabilization in your camera or lens and proper handheld-camera shooting techniques. Already know how to shoot handheld under any conditions? That's fine. Join us and have fun taking pictures. A newbie to lowlight photography? Then you'll definitely want to join us. What you'll need: any camera or smartphone. Lenses: 28mm or wider; zoom for telephoto views of the distant skyline. What you won't need (or can't use): flash, tripod, monopod, selfie stick

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