What we're about

Everyone can snap a picture, but the difference between a simple snapshot and art is the thought behind the shot and the work you put into creating the final image.

Whether you shoot with DSLR, mirrorless, point-and-shoot or smartphone, you'll want to join this fun-loving group of enthusiastic photographers. You don't need fancy lenses or a fancy camera to capture the beauty that surrounds you. You just need a willingness to see what stands before you, the patience to wait for the moment, and the wherewithal to capture what you visualized at that moment.

Join me on this adventure as we explore Chicagoland. And have fun in the process.


I'll bring my photographic experience to each photo adventure and workshop that I lead. I'm always happy to answer questions and offer advice, whether it's on how to take better pictures or what camera, lens, flash, or tripod to buy, what software works best, and how to use that software. There's practically no area of photography that I haven't explored, and I plan to share all that with you.

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

The group's Facebook page (you're welcome to join and contribute): https://www.facebook.com/groups/864139437028727/


Membership is subject to Terms & Conditions below. Please read Terms & Conditions before joining. When you join this group or any related event 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.



Membership. All adults are welcome to join, regardless of race, creed, ethnicity or sexual orientation. Adults only. No one under age 18 will knowingly be allowed to join.

Guests. 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 from the event Organizer/Host, and included in your RSVP. We try to keep Meetup events to a manageable size, so please do not bring more guests to an event than stated in your RSVP. Minors may be barred from certain events (please check with the Organizer/Host prior to the event).

Your Responsibilities as a Member, Disclaimer & Liability Waiver. You understand, accept, agree 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 "Organizer/Host" or "Host/Organizer") from any and all liability and claims, past, present and future, involving any incident, damage, loss, theft, illness, injury or accident, even leading to fatal consequences, even if caused by negligence or an act of omission on the part of the Organizer/Host 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 by your guests.

RSVPs, Change of Venue/Date/Time, Timely Departures, Cancelled Events. You are expected to be on time and to notify the Organizer/Host in a timely fashion if you are running late or have changed your plans and will not be attending. You understand, accept, agree and acknowledge that the Organizer/Host 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, agree and acknowledge that venues/dates/times may be changed or cancelled at the Organizer/Host's discretion without your prior approval or consent. 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.

Posts, Photos/Video and Privacy. You understand, accept, agree and acknowledge that photographs or video may be taken of you or your guests and that these photos/videos 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 and it is your obligation to notify the Organizer in writing to such effect. You are solely responsible and liable for any and all material that you post or share. You release, discharge and save harmless the Organizer/Host and Meetup from any and all claims and liability, past, present and future, involving you and your guests in any posts shared by the Organizer/Host, members, their guests, or third parties or which you may post.

Photo Shares. Absolutely no shared photos, shared illustrations or other shared artwork may be posted on our site without the expressed permission of the photographer/illustrator/artist who created them and without a proper credit line acknowledging the source and creator/originator of the material. Such sharing constitutes a violation of a person's right of property and copyright infringement, whether on legal, ethical or moral grounds. A shared photo, shared illustration and shared artwork is defined as any material sourced from or created by sources/creators other than yourself. Such photos will be removed without further explanation. Repeated offenses subject the member to removal from the group, at the Organizer's discretion.

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 Organizer/Host 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 or social norms of the group or who otherwise conduct themselves in a manner which the Organizer/Host, in his/her discretion, deems rude or offensive or otherwise objectionable or who post material deemed objectionable or in poor taste or contrary to societal mores or Meetup as a whole or which action constitutes infringement or potential infringement on the right of property and copyright or a violation or potential violation of the right of privacy, whether on legal, ethical or moral grounds, on our Meetup site or the group's Facebook page, without further explanation and, where applicable, 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. Where applicable, failure to pay membership dues after the trial period may subject the member to removal, at the Organizer's discretion.

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

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Composition & Design Photo Challenge: SILHOUETTE (not an online event)

Copyright 2021 Jack Neubart.

Silhouettes constitute some of the most dramatic photographs when executed correctly and, for the most part, when created intentionally. But what exactly is a silhouette? How do you define it? And, most importantly, how do you create a successful silhouette?

A silhouette is a featureless foreground positioned in front of a contrasting, often feature-rich backdrop. The foreground element may be the subject of the picture or it may simply be a supporting graphic element. For example, a person in silhouette in the foreground would likely be the subject; a fence or railing in silhouette in the foreground would likely be a supporting element - unless the eye is drawn to it as the focus of the picture.

By "featureless," we normally mean black, with no light hitting or bouncing off the subject in a measurable way. In other words, the subject is wholly underexposed, whereas the background has the proper exposure for the scene.

So, how do we create a silhouette?

Expose for the background, letting the foreground go dark. You can point the camera at the background, lock in the exposure, and, if needed, refocus on the silhouetted subject. But if the backdrop is the focus of the picture, as in a sunset, focus would also be trained on the sunset sky.

And avoid any fill-in lighting of any kind from illuminating the foreground.

Normally, a very bright background, such as a sunrise or sunset, is enough to silhouette foreground elements. In this case, the correctly exposed sunrise or sunset becomes the subject - unless it's not (see next paragraph). But to avoid underexposing the sunset as well (and creating a dark blob where much of the detail is lost in the background), you may need to open up the exposure by a half-stop to one full stop. You would do that by using the Exposure Compensation dial or menu setting - but only when shooting in autoexposure mode. The Exposure Compensation setting, for this example, might be +1 stop/step (or, EV = exposure value). When shooting in manual mode, manually use a larger F-stop or slower shutter speed that is the equivalent. For example, if your camera exposure was f/8 at 1/250, you might use f/5.6 at 1/250 or f/8 at 1/125 - either of which would increase the exposure by one full stop. If you find that this is too much, reduce the amount of exposure compensation, so you don't lose the rich color while recapturing detail in the background - all while leaving the foreground in silhouette. (Which setting do you change: F-stop or shutter speed? Depends on what's important to the picture: F-stop for sharpness front to back - depth of field; shutter speed to control blur/freeze movement.)

For instance, a gull flying in the foreground and silhouetted against that warm backdrop might be the subject, depending on your intent. If the gull is just a minor aspect of the scene, then it simply becomes a supporting element. If, on the other hand, it forms the focus of the scene, it becomes the subject, with the sunrise/sunset constituting the supporting element - although still properly exposed to bring out the richness of color and detail. And if we take this a step further, if the gull is the subject, then the shutter speed is likely of prime importance, so if you compensate exposure, you would sacrifice depth of field by using a larger F-stop, namely f/5.6 instead of f/8, in our example.

Create a silhouette. You can post old or new photos (no more than 6), in color or b/w. In the comments...
- identify what the subject of the picture is
- provide exposure details (ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, exposure compensation used)
- let us know what was the main light source
- provide a sense of time and place
- provide a backstory (what inspired you to take this shot?)

All members are invited to submit photos (no RSVP needed) & comment. Critique should be of a positive nature. Objectionable material will be removed.

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