What we're about

• and a bit of Travel, Landscape, Sports, Live events, etc.

Let's get together to look at, discuss, and critique work!

We might have the occasional Photowalk, but Nonfiction Photography is often best-done solo. So let's focus our meetup time on looking at work we are shooting.

We live in a world of manufactured images. 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.

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:


"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 Photogrpher'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)

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.

When we meet at food/drink places, it'd be nice if most of us can buy a drink or a snack to help patronize the venue. Other than that, Nonfiction Photography Meetups are always free. You'll never be asked to pay a model or studio fee because it's Nonfiction Photography! No models! No studios! That, and, even if there were, there still wouldn't be any fees.

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

We should all strive not to be jerks, and not publish unflattering photos. Please be kind to each other. The general context of this group is that photography is always allowed. If you do photograph another group member, please make a copy of the image available to them if they'd like it. It'd be great to give groupmates a Camera RAW file if they'd like to process it themselves. Let Glenn know if you think any of this wording should be different or could be improved. Play nice! Have fun!

Upcoming events (4)

SOLSTICE IN LA: new LA photography from the Nonfiction Photography Workshop

It's time for the annual Nonfiction Photography LA Gallery Exhibition! WHO You! All members of the Nonfiction Photography Workshop are invited to participate. WHAT Prints that meet 3 criteria: (1) photographed between 23 June 2018 and 22 June 2019. (2) photographed somewhere in the County of Los Angeles. (3) the work should be "Nonfiction". WHAT IS "NONFICTION"? • Modifications with software like Lightroom to adjust exposure and contrast, and to dodge, burn, and crop are all acceptable. • Modifications with software like Photoshop such as cloning, stretching, and compositing are not. • Candid images as typically captured in Street Photography, Documentary, and Photojournalism are acceptable. "Street Portraits" where you ask someone to pose for you are also acceptable. • Studio photography, work with models, etc, is not included. • Photography that "extends human vision", such as Astrophotography, Microphotography, using a slow shutter speed so that someone dancing with an LED hula hoop can trace out an LED image not normally visible to the human eye, or a slow shutter speed that allows a different perception of bodies of water are all acceptable and included. HOW Any size & format of your choice. Prints can be mounted or framed and hung on the wall, or they can be raw prints pinned to the wall. INSTALLATION: 10 AM - 5 PM Come by Gallery Xue anytime between 10 & 5 and find space to hang your work. RECEPTION: 6-8 PM You and anyone you'd like to invite are welcome to enjoy photography and good company on this long summer night. CLEAN UP: 8-9 PM Claim your work and take it home.

Guitar Center Photo Challenge

Guitar Center

Like the "Ikea Photo Challenge," our mission is to turn a retail superstore into our own awesome photo studio! IKEA CHALLENGE Apparently, there's an "Ikea Challenge" out there which is to try to live overnight in an Ikea! :P That's not the one we're doing! We're looking at the Ikea "Photo" Challenge, which is to use Ikea as your photo studio. That's pretty cool... but why take pix in fake kitchens & living rooms when you could be a fake rock star playing guitar or drums! So our mission will be to visit mega-music store Guitar Center Sunset Blvd in Hollywood and shoot pix of each other with cool microphones, DJ consoles, and whatever else we find. CAN WE DO THIS? At Ikea, the actual store policy is that photography is not allowed. Apparently, some stores do enforce this and some do not. Jordan Matter & Eva Igo were busted at Ikea Minneapolis: https://youtu.be/OQ9JNu7wMG0 But Chelsea Northrup & Samantha Annette didn't have any problems at an Ikea in the Northeast: https://youtu.be/HX8AvcFhDxM I don't actually know what Guitar Center's photo policy is. When I go to Guitar Center Hollywood with a backpack on my back and a camera slung over my shoulder, they ask me to check my backpack, and never say a word about my camera. My guess is that if we're not bothering people, we might be ok. It should make for a fun story at least. And maybe some cool pix. THE PLAN: • NOON - Meetup @ Blackwood Coffee Bar • 1 PM - Head over to Guitar Center & take turns photographing each other • 2 PM - Regroup @ Elderberries Threefold Cafe for food, drink & sharing photos. I'll bring a portable 11" monitor & a cable with HDMI, Mini-HDMI & Micro-HDMI connectors that should fit everyone's cameras. Blackwood Coffee Bar - NOON 7509 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA[masked]http://www.blackwoodcoffeebar.com Guitar Center Hollywood - 1 PM 7425 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, CA[masked]https://stores.guitarcenter.com/hollywood Elderberries Threefold Cafe - 2 PM 7564 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA[masked]https://www.elderberriescafe.org NONFICTION PHOTOGRAPHY? Is this "Nonfiction Photography"? Oopsy! Not so much! But... hey... it should be fun anyway! :P

House-Tree-Person Challenge

Stamp Proper Foods

In today's Nonfiction Photography Challenge, you have one hour in the Los Feliz district to find 3 pictures: • a house • a tree • a person Then we'll regroup and look at everyone's results THE PLAN 10 AM - STAMP PROPER FOODS 4500 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)[masked]http://www.stampproperfoods.com Meetup. Social. Answer any questions. 11 AM Head out for 1 hour of shooting to find your House, Tree & Person. NOON - MESSHALL KITCHEN 4500 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90027 (323)[masked]https://www.messhallkitchen.com (Stamp & Messhall are right around the corner from each other at the corner of Hillhurst & Los Feliz. The entrance to Stamp is on Hillhurst & the entrance to Messhall is on Los Feliz) We'll regroup at Messhall Kitchen for some lunch and photo sharing. I'll bring an 11" monitor and a cable with HDMI, Mini-HDMI & Micro-HDMI connectors that should fit everyone's cameras.

Writing Fiction about Nonfiction Photos - let's caption each other's pix

Intelligentsia Coffee Silver Lake Coffeebar

I just got a copy of Geoff Dyer's fantastic book "The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand". In the book, Dyer selects a series of Winogrand images and then writes his own Captions or Short Essays about the images. Let's try it! Bring a few of your Street Photo or other images. And your laptop, tablet or phone. We'll pass around images, and select something from each other to write captions for. We can optionally publish the collection on our Nonfiction.photography website and/or our Meetup page.

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