umbra photo 3:43am, 19 November 2007
Ok gang,

At our last PDXS get-together we discussed having a monthly group shoot where we work on particular areas that people are interested in. Due to Portland's fine winter weather we thought we'd start these off indoors.

For this first shoot we're going to work on creating "interesting" backgrounds using nothing but light on ho-hum bare surfaces. We thought it would be fun to use cookies, gobos, refraction, etc to add character.

There was also some interest in working with a model or two and playing around with an AlienBee ABR800 ringflash. Some people also expressed interest in playing with the Wacom tablet.

If you'd like to attend all you have to do is show up (however, it would be nice to get a general headcount of who's going to attend). Please post here or send me an email letting me know your intentions.

The When:
12PM ~ 5PM(?), Sunday, December 16th

The Where:
smashbox photography / Compass Rose / Ballyhoo studio located in The Boxlift Building
333 NE Hancock St
Portland Oregon 97212
maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=333+NE+Hancock+S...
NOTE: The main door will most likely be locked. Just call me on my mobile phone and someone will let you in (503.913.0455)

What to bring:
All you REALLY need to bring is yourself and your camera. However, it would great for you to bring along any equipment you have that you would like to experiment or teach with. Examples include:
* Your flashes!
* Stands (if you want to use your own)
* Homemade gobo's or light modifiers
* Food and/or beverages

This is my studio and I have a fair amount of equipment. You don't *need* to bring anything if you don't want to but it's nice to practice/experiment with your own gear as that's all you'd realistically have "in the real world". If you're on the fence about a piece of gear or curious as to how it works this is your opportunity!

I'll provide the location, a model or two and some misc. equipment.

Note: We're all learning as we do this so people of all experience levels are encouraged to attend. If you're a seasoned professional we'd love to learn from you. If you're a photography virgin with your first DSLR we'd love to help you get started.

I look forward to meeting more of you at our next event. Please let me (or Jeff) know if you have any questions or ideas. We'd love to hear them!

-M
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LukeOlsen PRO 11 years ago
Awesome! Thanks for setting this up.
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kenneth barton PRO 11 years ago
Dear Smashbox,

It was nice meeting you, PhotoInference and Metakephoto last weekend. Thanks for being willing to do this and I will be there.

-ken
SA Wedding Photo 11 years ago
I have to attend church service.
I will try catch up with you guys after 1
Thanks for setting this up!
umbra photo 11 years ago
Thanks for the notice soobumim. I look forward to meeting you. My guess is that we'll be there for the majority of the day playing around with one thing or another, so anytime will probably work.

I think I'll arrange for the model(s) to arrive around 1PM or so. That'll give everyone time to acclimate and experiment with basic lighting "stuff".
umbra photo 11 years ago
Sorry for the change, but I've pushed the event back 1 hour to start at 12 noon instead of 11AM. I'm sure most people will benefit from the late start. :-)
Mr. Monroe 11 years ago
Just wondering, but would make it any sort of sense for this lil' get-together to be videotaped and then linked up on YouTube and the main Strobist site? Mr. Strobist himself -- David Hobby -- had a recent posting on the importance of YouTube, Google, links, tags, etc., and so it might be worth a bit of time and energy to actually record some of the in-front-of and behind-the-camera antics. Myself, do I have a video camera? Heck no... But I'm just sorta' tossing the idea out to the Portland Strobist community.

Matt
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
I'll be there of course... i'mexcited to check your ringflash out in person.
umbra photo 11 years ago
Matt - I'm not opposed to it but I'm not sure anyone would *want* to watch a bunch of chimps playing with strobes! ;-)
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
i agree with smashbox.....lets have some good solid meetups first..no reason to be filming when you can be photographing.
dibesh 11 years ago
Hi. I'm new to this group but would like to attend this event. I have alos have an ABR800 with 56" Moon Unit with various diffusion fabrics. Please let me know if you would like me to bring the ABR800 etc.
DennisGoetz 11 years ago
Hi - i'm also new to this group but I'm always looking for more experience and I hope to get out to this event. It will be great to meet some of you. i have a Nikon D200 and some flashes but not really any stands or backdrops.
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
Smashbox Studios has Seamless Paper and a black wall..so bring your camera and flashes..and as for the flashes you could just hand hold them or set them on a table or chair...
umbra photo 11 years ago
We also have an assortment of light stands and other "stuff".
Neruzz 11 years ago
I would also like join you all for this event. i have a popup reflector with stand, couple of flashes etc. I am also new to this group and I am looking forward to this meetup.
dependent match [deleted] 11 years ago
I'd love to join ya'll later, but I prolly won't make it till 4pm... after party? heh heh heh. I always work on Sundays. Bah. Thanks for hosting, MB!
umbra photo 11 years ago
Do you guys think a model is such a good idea? I've been thinking about his for the last week or so and think it may be a little too busy/complicated/etc. for us to be shooting a model.

Thoughts?

-M
fumbling ear [deleted] 11 years ago
Go Portland!!
maginashun 11 years ago
If someone has the time, please make a short video of your shoot. That's sweet that you are making this monthly.
MikePerrault 11 years ago
If I can get up to Portland(I'm in Eugene), I'll be there.

Mike
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LukeOlsen PRO 11 years ago
@smashbox: It might be depending on how many people show up. Chaos is the word I would use if too many people show up. I don't know. Would it be better if people RSVP by a certain date?
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
I think it would be nice to have a model so we could could have someone too photograph. Unless someone in this group is willing to step forward and be our test subject for pictures (please speak up now, if so)

And if we are going to get a model I would do it after 2pm, so we can meetup at Noon and talk about the direction we want to take the group and setup our gear in preparation for the shoot. Plus this will be our first official meetup at Smashbox Studios and it would be nice to meet everyone before we go on a shooting rampage.
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kenneth barton PRO 11 years ago
I'm on board with metakephoto. A model would be an inspiration for shooting, but a bit of time to talk and get to know eachother and plan a bit may be good before she (and I do mean she) shows up.

-ken
umbra photo 11 years ago
By not having a model I think it would allow us to focus on what we're doing instead of her/him/them. I'm sure we can all take turns shooting each other. However... if people really want something pretty to shoot I'm sure I could find someone.

Your choice! (just let me know).

Re. RSVP:
I'm not sure we really need to do anything formal. If you think you're going to make it just post it here. Right now I think we're in the 10-15 range. I'm sure people will come and leave throughout the meet-up. It may be crowded but we can always (and probably should) spill out into the hall and down the steps.
umbra photo 11 years ago
lol, alright. I'll find a model. (I'll be sure it's a "she" for you Ken!)
PhotographyThomas 11 years ago
I'm just starting out, have a camera and a few things but few photos or experience yet. I've at school at corvallis but i'll see if I can drive up for this.
DaveWeav 11 years ago
I would love to come. I am in Wilsonville and I have a Nikon D50 with (2) SB-800, SU-800, (2) lightstands, (2) Convertible umbrellas and a couple of homemade panels and snoots that I can bring. Any suggestions on what food or beverages I can bring?
rcoder PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by rcoder (member) 11 years ago
It sounds like there's a fair bit of Nikon CLS lighting about, but I personally would be pretty excited to shoot with some radio triggers and go for the full Strobist experience, instead of the d-TTL I'm used to. Does anyone lurking in this thread have even a set of eBay triggers?

I've got about the usual amount of gear...D200, SB-600 and SB-28 (the latter having no built-in remote triggering, unfortunately), and some cables and stands. I'd love to come shoot for a while, and would even be willing to rent some gear if there were particular items folks felt were missing.
dibesh 11 years ago
Yeah, I"ve got the 16channel e-bay trigger that works great that I can bring to trigger my ABR800.
mikebitton 11 years ago
Hey! I want in! I have a Canon 30D and a few lenses, plus some Norman portable studio lights I'd LOVE to learn how to use! Results kinda sketchy so far...See you there!
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
Sorry "mikebitton", no CANON people allowed (just kidding)
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ShutterCraze (NUEL) 11 years ago
I'm on-call that weekend but will try to make the event around 1:00. I do have a couple questions about workflow. How many sets are available on location to shoot on? How many people are we expecting in a group and if we can shoot at the same time (limited space)? How will we be sharing our results and providing each other realtime feedback? Will we have computers and monitors setup to download and view our work? I have been to David's workshop and saw the value of reviewing work realtime and making corrections etc.

List of gear I will bring (everyone is welcome to try my stuff):
5D with 85L MK II, and 70-200 f4 IS
Canon Speedlights and PocketWizards
Homemade snoots and grids (and supplies to make new ones!)

and the below if anyone is interested:
Macbook PRO (lightroom, aperature, and CS3) and 24" monitor
Epson 3800 and various papers
umbra photo 11 years ago
@ShutterCraze: Hope to see you there! The studio itself can really only handle 1 set at a time. There are some common areas in the lofts, however, that we can use as well as a bitchin' "boxlift" in the (super wide) stairwell.

Feedback/results. There are no computers or monitors in the studio except for what you bring. I may have my 15" PowerBook and I'm sure others will bring their laptops as well but there's no guarantee. Maybe someday we can get corporate sponsorship! (I can dream, right!?)

Thanks for bringing/sharing your gear!

@rcoder: I've got CLS, PocketWizards & AlienBee wireless remotes. I'm sure we'll see all kinds of gear! Definitely no need to rent anything, between everyone I'm sure we'll be fine.

@EVERYONE: I've updated the model discussion: www.flickr.com/groups/pdxstrobist/discuss/721576034056284...
mikebitton 11 years ago
OK, Jeff, no Canons. But I still wanna be there. Maybe I can carry some of your Nikon gear in for you? =) See ya soon!
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ShutterCraze (NUEL) Posted 11 years ago. Edited by ShutterCraze (NUEL) (admin) 11 years ago
@smashbox: Thank you for hosting this event at your studio, I have never shot in studio. I am looking forward to learning differences (if any) of shooting off camera indoors compared to outdoors (I really enjoy shooting outdoors). I have a quick question about our modeling subjects. Do you have a dog of your own that you have brought to your studio and is comfortable there with strangers? If so may I try shooting him/her on a side set? I want to tryout my new homemade snoots and grids specific to my pet photography. I thought I'd ask if you had the real deal, or if not that is OK too I can work around.

FYI, I'll be bringing the chocolates and wine!
umbra photo 11 years ago
@ShutterCraze: I think with the # of people attending that we better refrain from bring dogs. The artist that has the space next to us often brings her 2 dogs into the studio with her. If she happens to be around and has her dogs with her she met let you "borrow" them. No promises though.
fumbling ear [deleted] 11 years ago
too bad this isn't next weekend -- i'll be driving through on next saturday.
umbra photo 11 years ago
Sorry to hear you wont be able to make it Og. Maybe next time!
MikePerrault 11 years ago
I thought there was chance I'd get off work, but here I am at the Knight Library( @ UO) during WINTER BREAK!! I still can't figure out why they need two people working over the break. Grumble....

I hope it goes well for you all. Maybe next time!
Boring Boy Scott 11 years ago
I had a really good time tonight - next time I will bring my PWs along so I can shoot more - but just setting up the lights was a blast!
Cinetique Femme 11 years ago
Hello everyone,

I just want to say it was great working with you all today, and I hope to see you around and work with you again!

Tara (cinetique_femme)
fumbling ear [deleted] 11 years ago
smashbox - I certainly would like to try to make for the next one. A little NW mix-up would be totally cool.
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kenneth barton PRO 11 years ago
That was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone for being so open and helpful and a special HUGE thanks to Mike for all the effort it took to make this happen and for the willingness to let so many of us occupy his studio.

-ken
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LukeOlsen PRO 11 years ago
I second what Ken said. It was a lot of fun. Another thanks to Mike for letting us use his studio and also to Tara, Jasmine and Audrey.
feigned seat [deleted] 11 years ago
Absolutely, many thanks to everyone for being so helpful and open. I learned so much and I'm sure it would have taken a long time without such an event. I have no idea how to post photos to the list or if I even should.

Special thanks to Tara, Jasmine, and Audrey for modelling.
Jeff
Neruzz 11 years ago
That really was a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone for sharing their knowlege and time, and the equipement. Special thanks to Tara, Jasmine, and Audrey .
DaveWeav 11 years ago
I really enjoyed today and wanted to say thanks to everyone and another thank you to Tara, Jasmine, and Audrey for all of your patience with us.
David
Stereoblind 11 years ago
I had a great time today too. It was great meeting you all. I learned a lot I think. Now that I have an active account I'll have to update my profile. My internet connection has been up and down all weekend, this is one of the up moments. I'll post any pictures worthy of critique soon.
I also wanted to say thanks again to everyone and really hope to make it again to the next meeting. Thanks for all the info and help!

Ryan
audreywalker 11 years ago
Thank you everyone. This was such a great idea and a lot of fun. :o) Hope to see you all again soon!
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metakephoto PRO 11 years ago
Thanks definitely goes out to smashbox, ballyhoo and compassrose for letting us invade their studio yesterday.
groovenerd 11 years ago
Drat -- missed it. I just joined the PDX group today. Oh well, hopefully I'll make the next meet -- sounds like it was great! I went to David's seminar in Seattle earlier this year, and I'm glad to see some Strobist activity closer to home! =)
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