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June Field Trip - Back to Basics

For this trip we'll be exploring what we learned in the June 7th meeting and applying it to our images.

To properly expose an image you need to balance your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. In this trip, we'll shoot in bright conditions, dark conditions; we'll switch up the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in your own images. Knowing what each feature does in their most extreme cases will hopefully make it easier to understand the basics of exposure and get you off of Auto mode forever.

We'll be shooting a lot of basic camera techniques, explaining in the field how to produce different looks by knowing what the differences are when shooting fast or slow; with a large aperture or small aperture; high and low ISO. We'll end the night with a beautiful Everglades sunset.

If you are unable to attend the June 7th meeting, a Powerpoint file will be uploaded to the Members Resources tab of the website after the meeting. You can review that before coming on the field trip.

For you new-comers, and for those who easily forget, we'll be in the Everglades, its basically a swamp, full of lots of BUGS. Mostly deer flies and mosquitoes. Come prepared. Check out the article I wrote on how I prepare for the Everglades.  We will be on pavement and the boardwalk so very slim chance for an encounter with gators or snakes, but never rule it out completely. Just be sure you come prepared for the bugs. Because they will make you miserable if you don't.

What to bring:

  • Camera (DSLR or Mirrorless)
  • Lenses (bring what you have - we won't be far from the vehicles)
  • Tripod
  • Remote Shutter Release (recommended - but not necessary)
  • Snacks
  • WATER! (Maybe even a small cooler full)
  • Bug Spray (and any other insect repellent you have - bug jackets, ThermaCells)
  • I urge you all to wear closed toe shoes and long pants and long sleeve shirts. It helps with keeping the bugs away from the skin.
  • Notepad or something to take notes if you're so inclined.
  • Chair - just in case you'd like to sit and relax during the sunset shoot. I always keep one in the back seat of my car.

Please be sure to RSVP so we know who is coming. And in this RSVP, let me know your skill level. Don't be shy. The more truthful you are with yourself and us, the better equipped we are to help. Write us at to RSVP. Also, if you have ANY questions about what to bring, or the conditions we're going to be shooting in, anything at all, please just ask.

We'll see you all there!!