I’ve started attending a Leeds based photography meet-up group.
I say ‘group’ as opposed to ‘club’ because it’s a very loose relationship with no commitments or membership fees. Basically it’s a group of photography enthusiasts from Leeds whom are drawn together through an Instagram page and a Facebook group.
About once a month the organisers suggest a meeting place, date and a time in Leeds, so far these have been on a Thursday evening with the last one starting from just inside the entrance to Leeds Railway Station.
People, and there was about 20 of us at the last meet-up, then set off walking with their cameras and tripods along a predetermined route taking photographs of buildings, people or whatever takes their fancy – swapping ideas, techniques and gossip along the way.
Walks last about 2-3 hours depending upon the weather, people’s ability to set aside the time or maintain their interest- I say this as I’ve noticed that as the evening progresses, people do tend to tail off!
Togs then share their photographs online within the group’s Facebook group or on Instagram against the Hashtag #leedsphoto
Everything is very informal and I’ve found that everyone is welcoming without any signs of the pretentiousness or gear snobbery that I’ve encountered in the past within more formal photography clubs. Experience within the group is wide ranging as is the level of kit which ranges from people with top end DSLRS, mirror-less compacts, point-and-shoots and iPhones. But hey ho! That’s okay by me. We’re all there to indulge our passion and stretch our skills and creativity.
The shot above of Bridgewater Place from along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal is an example from the walk I did earlier this month. Taken using a Fujifilm Xe-2 compact mirror-less camera and a tripod. Others can be seen with the personal project gallery here.