I'd like to start a Strobist Group
If you're unfamiliar with the term follow the link. This site is no longer updated but the technical/how to is timeless. The equipment recommended has been upgraded so many of the recommendations are no longer valid.
The group would be open to all skill levels of Photographers.
To begin all you'd need is a camera that has a hot shoe mount for an external flash. Sony users with a non standard hot shoe would need to purchase an adapter that goes from Sony to standard hot shoe
Subjects we'd likely cover:
• Camera setup and operation in manual, TV, Av modes
• Metering modes, exposure (difference between a proper exposure and a creative exposure)
• Flash setup and basic operation
• Light quality (hard, soft, diffused, dappled, flat)
• Types of light modifiers (umbrellas, softbox, grids, etc)
• Moving the flash off the camera how and why
The above are just a few of the areas we'd likely have to cover.
My idea is to use a mentoring system; if possible we'd pair up photographers with knowledge of using manual mode with those that have not yet moved from scene/P modes.
We'd meet once or twice a months and during the better weather we'd actually move to locations for shoots/meet-ups.
I have some equipment like wireless triggers, Softbox, umbrellas, meters, flashes, and diffusers/reflectors that we could initially use. Eventually those that wish to continue would have to buy some of their own equipment. It's not expensive if you buy it a few pieces at a time.
Cost would be free unless we decide to hire models for shoots. That cost could be shared among the group.
Another thing I've been thinking about is an eventual outing to NYC and head to 2 of the largest and better known photography stores in the world, B&H and Adorama, with a little shooting time before we return..
All of this is open for discussion these are just my ideas. If you're interested leave a message let me know. If you know others that might be interested tell them about it.
I'm no longer a user of facebook (hacked and to much spam) so I can't post this to the Jeff Co photography club if you can then please do so.