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!

Past events (14)

The Exposure Triangle & Other Basics

Taco Libre

Venice Glow Flow

3400 Barnard Way

Photos (131)