Skill Level & Group Divisions
It’s risky to assume the skill level of participants (you know the old adage…), so we’re not going to do that here. It’s a safe bet that we’ll have a beginner or two at each shoot and we want them to feel welcome and comfortable. To that end, as the group grows and matures it’s feasible that we’ll have members of varying skill levels turning out to shoot. Lots of members.
When needed, we’ll split into smaller factions and distribute the wealth of knowledge accordingly. We’ll always have at least one experienced strobist per group (not necessarily as shoot leader, of course). By proxy the shoot leader will need to be more flexible when dealing with splinter factions, as in willing to bounce back and forth between groups and lend a hand where needed.
Division of Time
It’s only logical that there be a limit to the number of participants for each shoot. Some groups, of course, work faster than others, so there’s no static number we can pin to the wall and hope to maintain. It’s best if everyone has a job on location: photographer, 1st light, 2nd light, random stranger buffer, bodyguard, street sweeper, etc. We certainly don’t want people to feel left out or miss a chance to shoot or light because our group was unreasonably large. This is something the shoot leader will have to do his best to sort out prior to game day.
Don’t be afraid to use the Seoul Photo Club’s forum to post strobist-related information. That’s where most of us met and that’s where this group began to take shape, so we need to be willing to give back and share with the community.
If you’ve got shoot notes, image examples to share or ideas on where to find the best soju post-event, please share it with the rest of us in the discussion threads. You know you wanna. Anything that helps us prepare before we hit the field is a good thing.
Oh, don’t forget: Lighting 101. Read it. Learn it. Carry a copy with you. You’ll be one of the cool kids if you do.