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Ideas for indoor shoots

crowded sail [deleted] says:

I am looking for ideas for an indoor shoot... The shoot will be for a group of people (this group) so it should not be small... Admission should be a very small fee if any since with fuel everyone is now on a budget....

This would be a Cold Day shoot for the winter time... Lehigh Valley area only...

I am looking for the next meet to be maybe in January, February at the latest... Gradually we would probably meet no less than 2 times a month once we get going but I am shooting for weekly meets down the road but that is far away yet...

Ok, any ideas on indoor shoots lets hear them here...

My first thought would be "The Lehigh Valley Mall"
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secret bicycle [deleted] says:

the lehigh valley mall would be a great place now that they have both indoor and outdoor stores. i considered the promenade, but i think it would be a little too chilly since its mostly outdoor.
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gargladdy says:

you also have to think about the whole group of people in a public place carrying around dslrs... not good

i've been given weird looks / kicked out by cops / hassled by security plenty of times just becuase i have a "professional camera"

just a heads up.
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secret bicycle [deleted] says:

haha.. i forgot about that.. i've had many people tell me "hey you cant take pictures in here!"
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crowded sail [deleted] says:

We would have to get permission for it of course.. I thought about that too... Anyone remember the guy in Nazareth the got busted because he was taking pictures of the bank by the square? Talk about freedom....
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robotbrainz is a group administrator robotbrainz says:

I've taken a few pictures in the Lehigh Valley Mall without any problems. I think it would be way too packed in December to try it though. It might be cool to go to a farmers market or something a little more representative of the valley.

On a tangent:
I have a friend who was taking pictures of the oil tanks in south philly for a school photo project, and someone saw her there, and reported her license plate to the police. The next day, her parents, in California, got a call asking why she was taking pictures.
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jefg99 says:

I think the Allentown Farmers' Market sounds like a great idea for a shoot sometime. In fact, I'm headed there in 15 minutes. Would anyone like a photo of the cheese case? Mmm..."May I try that piece as well?"

I've recently read of photographers being questioned and told to cease whenever they take pics of tall buildings. It creates a conflict of security concerns versus individual rights. It's really a tough call. For me, I'd defer and walk away.
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purple number [deleted] says:

indoors might be difficult w/a bunch of people wandering around w/cameras....it is the land of the free, but we aren't really free a lot of times to do as we wish since the events of 9/11, I'm sure security would be called if 20 of us show up taking photos inside the LVmall....

Kutztown Farmers Market, Allentown Farmers Market, Art Museums

Here's another idea, what about a trip to a museum to see some photography?

1st Friday's in Bethlehem the galleries are open to view
I guess I can put a plug in for the Jan. 4th 1st Friday...I'm having a showing of my "Leaf Study" at Fox Optical on 3rd Street, it opens Jan 4th & goes to the end of the month.....

February 10 – April 20, 2008
Memphis Blues: Photographs by Ernest C. Withers
Payne Hurd Gallery
www.allentownartmuseum.org/gallery/exhibits/memphis_blues...

International Center of Photography NYC
www.icp.org/

Philadelphia Museum of Art
www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming.html
The Art of Lee Miller
January 26, 2008 - April 27, 2008
This exhibition celebrates Lee Miller (1907–1977), one of the most original and ambitious photographic artists of the twentieth century. From model to photographer to war correspondent, her extraordinary career is chronicled in this first complete retrospective, exploring her transformation from artist's muse to ground-breaking artist.


Just some other things to think of......
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geekninja says:

This is where the photo badges that were being kicked around for Musikfest would come in handy; never underestimate the power of a thin sheen of authorization. That and a call ahead would probably take care of it.

I'd go for the Promenade over LV Mall, simply due to the fact that it's more spread out, more room to work, and therefore less stressful. You'd also have the backdrop of South Mt. for your north facing exterior shots, misc fire pits they light up... cool backgrounds and shot possibilities. The Farmers Market would be cool, if a bit snug for a group. And I'd be down for road tripping to Museum Row in NYC or Scranton for Steamtown.
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shamal1 says:

baschmoyer is correct about security. last year while sitting on the trunk of my car in the lv mall parking lot with my camera, i was approached by security and told that photography is not allowed inside or outside of the mall.
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jefg99 says:

Got out today for 90 minutes of shooting some of Allentown. I had no problem in the Farmers' Market, but then there was only one of me with a P&S and no flash. Posted todays' shot a few moments ago.
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purple number [deleted] says:

if anyone likes dogs there is the shows at Lehigh Univ. next weekend, very crowded but fun photo ops.

www.raudogshows.com
go to judging panel & then click on the Delaware Water Gap KC for Sat show & then Lehigh Valley KC for Sun shows, to view your favorite breed & when they will be in the ring.
I'll be there both days showing my Berner Boy Flurry

Then in Jan, the Lehigh Valley KC has their Canine Learning Experience over at Ag Hall in Allentown, it's a match show, w/lots of people, vendors & dogs.

Just another idea & lots of people will be there w/cameras anyway.
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Peachhead (5,000,000 views!) is a group administrator Peachhead (5,000,000 views!) says:

I haven't ever had problems with a P & S (Point and Shoot) but I have had problems over the years with an SLR setup. Maybe I look like a terrorist or criminal???? LOL!!! I like my middle-aged housewife disguise......... ;-)

Actually I do prefer the P & S because I can hang it around my neck on a strap and stuff it in my purse or jacket pocket at a moment's notice.

Being a female alone for lots of my shooting makes security a priority. Many times I have been extremely nervous about theft when I have a couple thousand bucks worth of camera equipment on or around me. I have a Nikon strap but I don't use it because I feel it advertises a brand name and makes me an easier target.

Going as a Group would probably eliminate any security issues. I always feel more secure if I am with someone else anyway, especially with expensive equipment. I shoot a lot downtown in Easton and several times recently I have felt I was cased out as a crime target. I try to be aware of my surroundings at all times and use common sense.

Anybody else have any security problems or concerns?
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StudioSmith Photography says:

Portraiture and lighting techniques are something of interest to me. Are any of you willing to have a small get-together to use either still life objects or a model to explore this area of photography?
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crowded sail [deleted] says:

Yes we will be covering all that you request "Sebby"... As soon as we get our..... lets say meeting next month with a person that is going to work with us we will start all that and more...

Ric
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