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This has been an annual event that EVERYONE has a blast doing. The idea is that you will be given a list of diverse items to find and creatively photograph throughout the Old Town community. A major part of being a photographer is first seeing and noticing photo opps. This is a wonderful way to look at things from a new perspective and see things that you wouldn't normally see. Or rediscover them. You will be teamed up with 3-4 people. It's even more fun if you approach this with a team spirit. Take a look at last years gallery to get a feel for it. https://www.meetup.com/lansingphoto/photos/28021489/462992164/ We will meet at the back of the back of the Brennke Fish Ladder parking lot at the intersection of Turner and Grand River. We will be back near the Fish Ladder and spillway and go from there into Old Town. Mark Chamberlin SmarterPics (http://smarterpics.com) Organizer/Sponsor
• What we'll do HDR and Panoramics are two very useful techniques used for expanding the traditional limits of our digital cameras. HDR is an abbreviation for High Dynamic Range. “Dynamic Range” is a term used to describe the brightest highlight and deepest shadows in your image. Typically your camera can only record a limited middle piece often times leaving overly bright areas blown out and deep shadow areas muddy. HDR is a technique where you can shoot 2-5 images or more at different exposures and then sandwich them into one master image resulting in MUCH wider dynamic range. This is useful when shooting a landscape with bright skies and dark foliage or a room interior with good view outside a window. I will be demonstrating how to create an HDR using Lightroom and Photoshop as well as Photomatix ($39) Panoramics are a good option when we want to take in more of a scene than our widest lens will allow for. This might be an amazing landscape or even the a large room. In this case we can shoot from 2 to 10 (or more) images side by side and then “stitch” them together into one continuous image called a panoramic. This part of the class will show you how to setup and shoot a good shot series that can be converted into a panoramic and provide tips on getting good alignments and consistency in the image. We will use Photoshop and Lightroom to demonstrate how easy it can be to create one of these beautiful images. Cost: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring OPTIONAL: Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop CC installed. • Important to know
Do you want to CREATE PHOTOGRAPHS and not just TAKE PICTURES? Do you not feel confident about controlling the outcome of your photos? Are you frustrated and confused sometimes about what everything does and means? Do you often use the Auto or other Program modes? This is THE most popular class we offer at SmarterPics. We guarantee you will walk away with some solid understanding and hands on experience. Feel free to talk to me or email me with any questions. [masked] ([masked]) Briefly the curriculum involves four general areas: 1. Basics of owning a camera including care, safety, exchanging lenses, understanding what focal length is, and brief overview of accessories. 2. Exposure covers the three basic controls: ISO/Aperture(f-stops)/Shutter Speed. How does each element impact your image and when/how to make adjustments. 3. How to use the pop up flash effectively. 4. Knobs and Dials on a digital camera are overwhelming until you get introduced. We will go over ALL of them and when to/not to use them. 5. Composition. Once we understand some of the technical fundamentals its time to put that knowledge to work. Usually the last couple of hours are spent outside roaming Old Town and getting some practice. We also learn to refine how we see a photo and how "making" a photo differs from just "taking a picture." If the weather is challenging, we have excellent indoor alternatives. Contrary to most of the Meetups, I am going to have to charge something for this because of the time and resources involved in offering it. We have a no-host working lunch at one of the Old Town restaurants. NOTE: This same class is offered on 3 Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 (First three Mondays of the month) Cost: $75 Payable at the time of class.
• What we'll do You understand the basics of controlling ISO/Shutter Speed/F-Stop for getting a proper exposure. But there are built in tools as well as some tips and tricks that will better ensure an absolutely accurate reading. In this course we will discuss: • Understanding how a light meter reads and calculates a scene’s lighting • What can go wrong with automatic metering and how is it fixed • Metering Modes – Average/Center/Spot • Exposure Lock • Exposure Compensation • Understanding Histograms – What does the graph mean? • When to use Manual Mode • Metering Landscapes and Sunsets correctly • And MORE! Cost: $30 Payable at time of class • What to bring • Important to know