What we're about

We're a digital photography group heavy on fieldwork and light on Lightroom & Photoshop. If you're interested in Street Photography, Social Documentary, Photojournalism, Environmental Portraits, Photo Stories, or Long-term Projects, come hang out with us!

EATING

Most of our meetups start and end at a restaurant or bar. It's a great way to interact with other photographers, share tips & tricks, discuss photography ideas, and help out with any technical questions about the exposure triangle and beyond.

SEEING

In between all the eating and drinking, we head out to SEE & RECORD! We don't necessarily stick together since this photography is usually better-done solo, but we see each other before & after and can keep in touch with the Meetup Mobile App!

LOOKING
After photographing we meetup at a restaurant or bar and use a portable 11" monitor to see what images we all found. We have adapters for HDMI, mini-HDMI, micro-HDMI & Apple Lightning that can show pix from pretty much any Canon-Nikon-Sony-Fuji-Pentax-Olympus-Leica-Hasselblad, etc camera, and from iPhones.

MANUFACTURED IMAGES
We live in a world of manufactured images. The average American sees 6,000 advertising images a day! These images are great for marketing and they do speak of our hopes & dreams. But manufactured images can also leave us feeling inadequate & depressed.

Nonfiction Photography presents life as it is actually lived. Nonfiction Photography celebrates the diversity of life and experience and helps us realize that we are not alone.

JOURNALISTIC ETHICS
We don't have any formal rules as to what qualifies as "Nonfiction Photography". That's up to you. You will apply different rules to different situations. "News" images have very different criteria from "magazine" or other types of images. In case you'd like to know what some of the higher standards are, here are the National Press Photographers Association Code of Ethics:

https://nppa.org/code-ethics

WHERE CAN I SHOOT?
"The general rule in the United States is that anyone may take photographs of whatever they want when they are in a public place or places where they have permission to take photographs. Absent a specific legal prohibition such as a statute or ordinance, you are legally entitled to take photographs. Examples of places that are traditionally considered public are streets, sidewalks, and public parks." -- "The Photographer's Right", Bert P. Krages II, Attorney at Law: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

"Taking photographs and video of things that are plainly visible in public spaces is a constitutional right—and that includes transportation facilities, the outside of federal buildings, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties." -- ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/pho... (https://www.aclu.org/issues/free-speech/photographers-rights)

Legal Handbook for Photographers: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/168203286... (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1682032868)

DUES & FEES
None.
You will never be asked to pay to attend a Nonfiction Photography Meetup.
You will never be asked to pay to be a member of the Nonfiction Photography Group.

PHOTO PERMISSIONS

By attending a Nonfiction Photography meetup event we grant each other permission to photograph us. We also grant each other the right to publish photos in our portfolios and in other non-commercial ways.

Past events (21)

Contact Sheet

Veggie Grill

EAT PRAY LOVE

Runaway University, Los Angeles

Documenting Anne Alimov's 10-20 part Layer Cake Workshop

Runaway University, Los Angeles

A Day at Dog Beach!

Huntington Dog Beach

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