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 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 photographers, photo enthusiasts, aspiring pros & weekend snapshooters 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.
Membership is subject to Terms & Conditions below. Please read Terms & Conditions before joining. When you join you are stipulating and acknowledging that you have read and fully understand and accept these Terms & Conditions without reservation or qualification. Adults only.
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.
Places and events we've visited include: Chicago Cultural Center; MagMile Lights Festival fireworks; Navy Pier fireworks; Millennium Park, including The Bean; Forest Preserve in Morton Grove; Bahai; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; Field Museum; Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory; Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool; North Park Village Nature Center; Shedd Aquarium; Chicago Riverwalk; Magnificent Mile; Old Water Tower; Open House Chicago; Emily Oaks Nature Center; fall foliage; focus on black-and-white; focus on shadows.
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.
COVID-19 ADDENDUM. In order to ensure the safety and welfare of our members and their guests and that of the general public, members and their guests attending our events must comply with the following. This is an interim measure and we look forward to relaxing these stipulations as COVID-19 protocols are relaxed nationwide and statewide.
Valid Proof of Vaccination. You and your guests must show valid Proof of Vaccination either at the time of the event or when signing up for an event (via email - showing only that portion of the Proof of Vaccination that shows your name and the particulars of the vaccination - do not reveal other personal/private information). Valid Proof of Vaccination consists of the card you were given when vaccinated or digital proof to that effect in a form that is legally acceptable in the State of Illinois or a copy of said Proof of Vaccination on your smartphone. Full vaccination compliance consists of 2 Pfizer or 2 Moderna vaccination shots or 1 Johnson & Johnson vaccination shot. When and if other vaccinations are in place, those too will be accepted without specifically being stipulated as such, provided they are so named on your Proof of Vaccination. Failure to show valid Proof of Vaccination. This simply means that you will have to wear a mask - covering both mouth and nose - at all times while with the group - and observe social distancing, as recommended or mandated by the Federal CDC or local equivalent. Future pandemic events. These stipulations will take effect and remain in place for any and all pandemic events and instances of highly contagious infectious diseases as recommended or mandated by governmental bodies.
Failure to comply. Failure to comply with any of the above stipulations means that you and your guests forfeit your right to join an event. When you put others at risk by your actions or inaction, you are solely liable for the consequences and release the Organizers, Hosts and those acting on their behalf and the Meetup organization from any and all liability now and forever. All other stipulations as stated above remain in full force.
Joining an event. When you join an event you fully understand and are also agreeing to, accepting and acknowledging your compliance with all the Terms and Conditions as outlined herein.
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.