Future Ideas

OregonVelo 9:50pm, 29 January 2008
This topic was in another post, but it had a few topics in it. So while the fire is burning, I thought I would see if there were more ideas out there for future planning. I took what was in the other thread and consolidated. I also added a few ideas. I gave a broad topic for each assuming that they would all cover a variety of subtopics for each (i.e. posing, lighting, equipment, and etiquette)

• Truly understanding High Key/Low Key… aka Overexposure/Underexposer are not high key/low key
• Pinup photography (Each decade or era?)
• Artistic nude (B&W, Body Paint, etc)
• “Trash the Dress”
• DIY Show and Tell
• Sport Photography (Cycling, Soccer, Football, Sport Portraits, etc)
• On Location/Theme (In the woods, Victorian, coast, Mountain, Ghost Towns, etc)
• Landscape Photography
• Lightroom
• Photoshop
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
yeah the group can go a million different directions, which is why the premise of the group is so fun. And once summer rolls around, we can get outside and start doing some outdoor location shoots.
Boring Boy Scott 10 years ago
On Location/Theme and Trash the Dress are of most interest to me.
Rosborough Photography 10 years ago
On location/Theme sounds fantastic. I did not go to the first meeting but enjoyed the structure/group/location/time way of running the day.

I think it might be nice to sign up for location/time so that the groups change with each location/time but that might be harder to organize. The idea being that you could learn/share with more people throughout the day.

When is the next one.... ha ha, I just had so much fun I'm all juice for the next meeting. Can't wait to get outside!

Schona Kessler 10 years ago
Trash the dress and on location sound the best to me. Can't wait to meet up!
Stereoblind 10 years ago
"How To Shoot ".

Like, "How To Shoot Weddings" or "How To Shoot Product".

Shown by those who are already making money doing it?

(I needs to pay for the equipments somehow...)

Boring Boy Scott 10 years ago
I shot a Trash the Dress last October before getting into off-camera flash work.

Bride was brave for going into that river in October :-D
thinkable straw [deleted] 10 years ago
How about studio product?

I was talking to metakephoto yesterday about it (he invited me to PDX strobist over a smashing lens [you're going to LOVE it, and I wish I didn't have to get rid of it!] gotta give him credit) and we were talking about watches and flatware in the studio. I have a fair amount of studio product and quite a bit of 4x5 experience, so it might be a good idea if anyone has had to shoot small items or anything of the sort. You can't create a photograph of a box head on and still the side without shifts and tilts!
Auzigog 10 years ago
In order of interestingness:

On Location/Theme
DIY Show and Tell

How long will it be until we set a date for the next shoot/meet? I'm already getting excited for it since I had to miss the one this past weekend.
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Things have gone quite. It looks like theme, location, product and trash the dress are the most popular. I think that trash the dress will take the most planning and would be best for the May - Sept time frame. I think we may want to stay indoors for the next two or three months. So product would be a good idea and may a theme. Theme being more indepth model makeup/outfit with a backdrop? Did the models that attend have any other suggestions that they would like to see?
jack satta (fnb) 10 years ago
One of the hardest challenges is lighting multiple items and large products, or large products in general (think: cars, and such).

How about a motorocycle or similar prop (OK, it doesn't have to be an automotive device), and model, or both, etc.?
Stereoblind 10 years ago
Object lighting that mixes ambient and strobe (since larger objects don't oft fit in a studio) would be helpful.
jack satta (fnb) 10 years ago
Oh, sigh. I have to push the envelope ya know. :)

BTW, Strobist has an article on that topic.
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Any one have any connections with the Japanese Garden?
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
You need to have a photography membership to shoot at the Japenese Gardens
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Yes, I was reading about that. But they also have some acceptions for those teaching classes and so on... I just thought if we had someone with connections that we might be able to be an acception and have a group meet there. Just an idea... what better place than the Japenese graden to learn landscape and creative lighting?
I have some rather not nice opinions about the Gardens. 150$ a year to shoot in there is... insane..
Boring Boy Scott 10 years ago
I have mixed feelings about the $150 fee... someone justified it to me like this: if you are a professional and take an image in the garden and sell it - wouldn't it be worth the $150 fee...

.... Maybe.

I personally like early morning light, and they don't give you many times (in good months) to enter the garden early. They have many evening times during the summer, but the morning times are March, April, May, and October... gee, what months do we get a lot of rain? :-D

So I flip-flop back and forth about getting a "pass" to shoot there... pretty area but $150 can pay for access to some other things too....

But this is just a side rant.... not exactly on-topic.
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
Trash the Dress sounds like a blast...Has anyone heard of the "Brides of March" put on by the Portland Cacophony Society? Is it similar to Santacon but with Brides? Because that would be a great resource for finding Brides that may be willing to trash their dress
The_Nothing 10 years ago
how about something completely different?

I work at a reptile shop in Tigard. I could likely talk the owner into allowing us in a few hours before opening on a sunday (regularly opening at 12) . We've done similar things before for the Film Packers of Vancouver and other things. There's always been an hourly charge involved, but if people could through down a few bucks each, I'd be willing to cover the rest. He'd also, most likely, like copies of some of the better shots to use on our website - don't figure credit would be difficult...
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Jeff - were you thinking of using their even as a day to shoot or as a good way of contacting people?
metakephoto PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
@OregonVelo: I was thinking as a possible day to shoot and contact people, but i don't know enough about the "Brides of March" schedule yet, besides that it's March 15th.
OregonVelo 10 years ago
Did you want to head that up or did you want someone else to take the lead on that. I wouldn't mind having a schedule that is at least two months out since we are hoping to have this be a monthly meetup. I got the impression from other people’s messages that they would like to make the monthly meetup and scheduling out a bit would help with that.
Personally I like to be spontaneous, but the reality is if they don't get planned out far enough ahead, I will end up scheduling other things.
metakephoto PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
@OregonVelo: The group could always use volunteers that will help in acquiring models, ideas, locations, planning, etc...This site isn't my site, it's the communities. Currently planning 2 months in advance is fine, but i don't feel necessary. And since the weather is getting nicer, it'll be easier to do location shooting..and all we'll have to worry about is aquiring models and thinking up fun shoots.
Stereoblind 10 years ago
Future possibility:

A new model (fresh out of modeling school) contacted me for portfolio work and practical experience.

She's under 18 but her mother accompany's her to all her shoots and they're both very, very nice to work with. I can post a picture if it's of interest.

It's my first experience working with a minor and I was kinda freaked out but it's been a very positive experience and I can comfortably recommend her for a Strobist event.

If there are reasons why that shouldn't happen let me know otherwise I'd be happy to help set that up for a future Sunday shoot.
OregonVelo 10 years ago
I was thinking of an evening meetup at a mini golf course. I thought it would be fun shooting our models playing golf with all the lights going on at night and interesting backgrounds. Is there any interest from our photographers and/or models?
greenwoodimages 10 years ago
How bout some sports action. Like a night up at Mt. Hood, or a day shooting downhill mountain biking, or down at Burnside or another skate park.
audreywalker 10 years ago
Eastbank Esplanade at night...the city would make a great back drop.
Pittock Mansion grounds.
Old Pioneer Cemetary.

just some thoughts.
Funny about the Japanese gardens. A friend and I were shooting there a few weeks ago. I had no idea that they charged a special fee to be able to take pics. Doesn't seem to be common knowledge though as just about everyone there had a camera attached to their face.

I like Audrey's ideas. Along the esplanade you get quite a variety of possible backdrops as well. Pick a bridge, any bridge.
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
Are you guys ready to have our next shoot outside?
Or should I wait until May?
OregonVelo 10 years ago
On April 6th there is a mountain bike race that is at a beautiful location. I am not proposing as a full blown meetup, but more of a mini meetup for those of you that might be interested. It isn't a day that I would suggest models. It would be for those that are interested in cycling and event photography.

I do think that the location in the future would be awesome for a full blown meetup. If people are interested, I can talk to the owner.

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The_Nothing 10 years ago
I was thinking this AM that the Autobon Societies lil park would be a fun place to shoot. Means you have to pack your stuff in and out, but they have a couple neat little locations
greenwoodimages 10 years ago
I'd be interested, however are there any other dates of races?
OregonVelo 10 years ago
@greenwoodimages: The will be a xTerra race out there in May, I am not sure I will be going to that. There will be a cross race out there in the fall also.
Cinetique Femme 10 years ago
I second Audrey's idea.
I am all for the east bank as well. Let me know the night and time. :)
metakephoto PRO 10 years ago
I can't do a night shoot with the strobist group in April, cause i'm booked every Saturday night teaching my "Night Photography Class" over at Newspace Center for Photography
kenneth barton PRO 10 years ago
I think we should wait until May to shoot outside simply because the odds of being in line with the weather God's are better. So let's look at indoor ideas for April.

Squirrel de la Zuz 10 years ago
last Sunday was lots of fun, i'd be definitely interested in 'pinup photography' 'DIY Show and Tell' and any 'On location/theme'.
i can't wait for the next meet up!
thinkable straw [deleted] Posted 10 years ago. Edited by thinkable straw (member) 10 years ago
@ OregonVelo-

I'm interested, and as far as I know, open on the 6th.

Is it shooting the bike race it's been over a year since i've last shot a competition and it seems like it'd be a ton of fun!

Also, I agree that waiting till may is a good idea for the outdoors.
greenwoodimages 10 years ago
@ OregonVelo
I'm interested in the Xterra race if that seems like something you'd be going to!
jimmyhickey1 10 years ago
On location or sport sound great to me, actually anything that doesn't have a 21+ age requirement sounds good:P
coupeowner Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
I thought a corporate office location would also be fun for an inside shoot. Something w/ a conference room, cubicles, vending machines, etc.

And I love the Esplanade idea too. I was walking down there a couple of weeks ago and thought the same thing. There are cool concrete stairways, the typical Portland graffiti, the bridges, all very cool areas to focus on.
metakephoto PRO Posted 10 years ago. Edited by metakephoto (admin) 10 years ago
I like the corporate office idea, that could be a fun shoot. We could come up with concepts ahead of time and try to achieve them as a group. I'm thinking stereotypical office shots, but with a strobist flair.

1.) Breakroom Shot: Tired/Depressed worker in button up shirt and tie..staring blankly off into space.

2.) Watercooler shot: possible 3 guys standing next to the watercool checking out the hot looking co-worker walk by.

3.) Cubicles: cant figure anything out for this one yet..

4.) Conference room: this would be a good one for our group shot and we can have a someone stand at the head of the table and photoshop David Hobbys head over our fearless leader :)

*we should start brainstorming this one...cause i'm sure someone in this group has access to an office for us to shoot in. any takers?
Whoowl 10 years ago
3) Cubicles? Come on that is easy... Never heard of prairie dogging?

I visit lots of corporate sites throughout the week. Maybe I can get one of the ones in the WTC to let us work there, I noticed someone else had some pics of them doing photos on the bridge level. Today there was someone doing portraits in one of the cubes here too, said his name was Vern and didn't know what Strobist or Flickr was... said it sounded too technical (although he was using off camera strobe with PW)
pdxblazer503 10 years ago
The other day, I happen to pass by PSU football ground at night,
the holigan light shed on the massive green playground looks
awesome. I was thinking about taking some after dark shots there
would be great, just food for thought
Hilleri Elizabeth 9 years ago
I would love to be at the next meet up! It has been to long since i have been and now i have a new hair color!!!

Lets play :)

Thanks everyone,

Hilleri Elizabeth
DougBPhoto 9 years ago
Note: I like all of the ideas in the OP, and while not shooting, the idea of sharing post-processing techniques in PS would also be very useful.
kenneth barton PRO 9 years ago
Yes I'm interested in seeing how others use Photoshop. I have a lot to learn in that department and of course I'd be happy to dimistify any of my own photos for the benefit of others.

GeoFX 9 years ago

How about a field trip far far away? I already plan for trip down to Winston Safari in the other group. Park administration just called me and mention Pro Photo Supply will have one similar on May 30. Check it out if you are interested.

OregonVelo 9 years ago
I love road trips. I think I will wait until this summer though. :)
DougBPhoto 9 years ago
Shame that Wildlife Safari event on the 30th is Canon only.

Some sort of a traveling road trip would be cool, especially if there were a few locations.

However, while we're still dealing with less than great weather, it would be a fantastic time to do a Photoshop sharing event.
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