I'm a self-taught photographer, and sometimes being self-taught is a little lonely. No one else to laugh at your mistakes with you, or congratulate you on your best shot ever. No one to swap camera lenses with, or practice poses.
I mean, yes, I have the online community here which I appreciate more than I can ever say. I'm certainly beholden. And I have my wonderful Evan, who is always happy to tell me when my photos aren't quite up to snuff, or even (sometimes) that they are. And I've had a few brave the odd photowalk with me. But usually I'm on my own, off in a corner, taking 20 shots of the plant. And other people think, "What can the picture be in that??"
Well happily this past weekend I got to hang out with some other like-minded photographers that I found courtesy of Meetup! We all got together in Bill McClaren's studio in Oakland, and shot a couple of models in 3 kinds of light: natural (my favorite, and where I'm most comfortable), fluorescent (my least favorite, generally speaking), and with some strobes (a fairly new experience for me). It was good fun, and I met a couple of other photographers who were great. Hopefully we'll all go shooting again soon!
A couple shots of the photo crowd:
And here's a quiz for you. I named three kinds of light above, can you guess which is which? 50 bonus points to the commenter who gets the right answer first. (Bonus points are redeemable for my good favor. And warm weather in the summertime.)