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    most pp in outings / gatherings are mostly friendly.
    the only thing you need to be scare of is their poisoning attempts. they are VERY venomous
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    Firstly, what wrong with shooting alone? I spend most of my time shooting and learning while I'm out alone.

    If you want to join any outing but shy meeting with strangers. Think back the your first day of school, the first day you enter army, your first day reporting to your current work. You will realize that you can actually overcome the shyness.

    You just need to overcome the first step.

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    There are some who actually prefers to shoot alone, peace of mind and with one who's able to think better.

    If it is any easier, i think for gatherings/outings, you won't be the only "new" ones there. Just keep shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leong23 View Post
    Firstly, what wrong with shooting alone? I spend most of my time shooting and learning while I'm out alone.

    If you want to join any outing but shy meeting with strangers. Think back the your first day of school, the first day you enter army, your first day reporting to your current work. You will realize that you can actually overcome the shyness.

    You just need to overcome the first step.
    yes, and no one said that you have to be the light of the party wherever you go.

    there is a place for everyone, some people prefer to take socialisation slowly, some people can just blend in right away. today's society seems to dictate that the latter is more desirable, but people are different. so don't give yourself undue pressure in this aspect, if you are.

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    There are many roads to the same destination. Outings is one of them and I have to say one of the less productive ones. It requires at least enough reading on your own and some experimentation before you can get the full benefit.

    What I find more beneficial is to find mentor(s).

    But agree that shooting alone is the best. Unwavering focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    There are many roads to the same destination. Outings is one of them and I have to say one of the less productive ones. It requires at least enough reading on your own and some experimentation before you can get the full benefit.

    What I find more beneficial is to find mentor(s).
    Can you be my mentor pretty pleaseee??
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    Quote Originally Posted by afiyy View Post
    Got myself N d5000 few months back and now been playing it all alone and just random trial and error few shots and play around.

    Majority of the Cs-ers advice beginners like me should go for outing to learn more from them .
    But the main thing I'm scared , I tend to be the silent one and such . As in shy.
    Hmm any advice guys ?
    Quote Originally Posted by afiyy View Post
    because i'm less type of outgoing person . i don't interact that well with person i just met for first time because im kind of shy . LOL !
    different people learn things differently.
    some will learn better in interacting with others.
    some prefer learn on their own as they can focus better.

    so as long you know which way work for you better, to join or not to join an outing is not an issue.

    to me, joining an outing is more like socialize with fellow photographers, if I shoot along I will be more productive.

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    Since you are so shy, ask someone you know and perhaps share same photography hobby as you for a shooting session. Else, see what you like to shoot most. If is animals or birds, go zoo and bird park alone to shoot. If you are also shy to meet the animals and birds, just walk around your neighborhood and see any interesting non-living things to shoot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afiyy View Post
    Got myself N d5000 few months back and now been playing it all alone and just random trial and error few shots and play around.

    Majority of the Cs-ers advice beginners like me should go for outing to learn more from them .
    But the main thing I'm scared , I tend to be the silent one and such . As in shy.
    Hmm any advice guys ?
    I can understand your hesitant in joining the group outings, since I am also not really keen in going out in group outings. Not just cuz I can get shy and all quiet, but also cuz frankly speaking, I'm not too confident about my shots. One advice I have for you is to find another photographer/photography enthusiast within your own personal friends, and go out for shoots together. I do that sometimes, and I find it useful to have one other person looking at my shots, at the same time, I'm learning from his shots. Not that you can't go for shoots on your own, of course. The peace and quiet is quite appealing, really. It's just, to have someone with you means you have someone to share opinions, mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xhui

    Can you be my mentor pretty pleaseee??
    Sure when I have time. Need to catch me at the very limited timings I have available. A few of the shooters here are very good at catching and joining me when I want to shoot

    But seriously, I am also quite beginner. I use a lot of shortcuts in my shooting. And I feel my pics not up to par yet compared to some of the other seniors here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Sure when I have time. Need to catch me at the very limited timings I have available. A few of the shooters here are very good at catching and joining me when I want to shoot

    But seriously, I am also quite beginner. I use a lot of shortcuts in my shooting. And I feel my pics not up to par yet compared to some of the other seniors here.
    Hey thanks for the willingness to "pass it on"! Let me know when I can catch you. Will try to if i'm able to! yay.

    ok, hope TS won't let the notion of "socialising" = photography.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    There are many roads to the same destination. Outings is one of them and I have to say one of the less productive ones. It requires at least enough reading on your own and some experimentation before you can get the full benefit.

    What I find more beneficial is to find mentor(s).

    But agree that shooting alone is the best. Unwavering focus.
    Agree with this.

    For myself, I'm also not very good at mixing around. Tried joining couple of mass photo outings only to find out I enjoy myself more and can focus better when shooting by myself.

    To TS: If you don't feel comfy joining outings then don't force yourself, just shoot by yourself or with your close friends and maybe you could post up some photos here in the critique corners for comments. Enjoy the hobby

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    ^^ I'm also a shy person not outgoing to stranger, I posted my first message and the fellow bros N sis kept asking me to join the outing, yea, I totally agree with them that you will learn many more when someone is there to teach you compared to learning alone.

    Realize there might be old bird "act" newbie joining the newbie outing, that will/might result in an unbalance mindset to newbie.

    I hasn't join any yet at the moment, maybe because I am only free on Sunday and P.H. Searching for a suitable outing that will meet taste (like landscape/nature ect.) Really hope to finally join at least one outings soon ^^

    I hope you too will, and open out to the fellow Bros & Sis.

    Just to let you know, at least here I am, had the same kinda feelin like you. You're not alone.
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    if you expect to be spoonfed in the outing, then you probably will reap the least from it. Learn to read up and self study. Going for an outing gives the opportunity to interact with other fellow photographers. It provide an opportunity to observe what the better photographers are doing. I was kinda shadowing a "master" and "tou shi" (secretly observing and learn). Basically, the "master" just show what he did and briefly explained what he was trying to achieve. I have to follow up with reading and trying it out myself to fully understand and learn from it.
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    Every person learns differently. If you are shy, then I suggest you start by asking whether any of your muslim friends who are also into photography can help you along. Sama sama orang. Your confidence will increase with increasing knowledge.

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    Personally, I think shooting alone gives you maximum flexibility and freedom in terms of location & time. You can go anywhere you want at any time without the need to care about others. While shooting in a group, some may tend look at what others are shooting and attempt to capture the same scene with the same composition. If they're attempting to "reverse engineer" the shot and re-create the same image and effects on their own, thats a helpful learning process. If they're just copying the composition then its pretty pointless, everyone ends up with the same photos without learning anything.

    I'm lucky to have a group of friends from CS with the common interest in photography whom we share knowledge amongst. We're from all walks of life with some being hobbyist, some freelance and some professional photographers. We would usually sit down together as a group for coffee/beer on weekends and show each other our photos, this is when we gather comments & suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by afiyy View Post
    Got myself N d5000 few months back and now been playing it all alone and just random trial and error few shots and play around.

    Majority of the Cs-ers advice beginners like me should go for outing to learn more from them .
    But the main thing I'm scared , I tend to be the silent one and such . As in shy.
    Hmm any advice guys ?
    Hi,

    I've recently just got my Canon 500D (18-55, 55-250) and I've yet to go on an outing with the CSers yet. But, so far I have been shooting alone.

    Actually, I didn't find solo photo shooting that too bad. You get to experiment with some shots or some techniques first hand. (If you are expected to be spoonfed for anything, you will gain nothing from it)

    Shooting alone does have it's frustrating moments like for instance "Why the shot is so different from what I'm seeing." This is when you will have to play around with some combination of changing the angle of shot, some camera settings, ISO, shutter etc...At times, you may not even get it on the spot and have to go back home and do research (if you can't find the answer from Google, you can try posting in CS and ask the Seniors) and return to "re-shoot"

    *I'll be going back Orchard Road to re-shoot, cos I didn't know abt the Center-Weighted Metering and the other mode of Meteting which resulted THAT X'Mas tree underexposed. Gotta try that again soon*

    This is also the moment that you will actually learn alot more/faster (IMO) that going for outings. You can probably get your answers fast by asking Seniors during outings, but you will forget it fast if you don't use it often.

    IMO, OTOH, for solo shooting, once you got the picture you wanted, you will feel more sense of achievement than when you ask Seniors for answers and re-shoot.

    Still, at the end of the day, It's like what all the CSers who replied to this thread said, it will come down to the level of comfort.

    End line: If you like shooting alone, then do alone lar.
    Else, just go with the rest of the CSers.
    If still not comfortable, go along with your friends (They do not need to be holding DSLRs, a P&S can also do relatively well)

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by afiyy View Post
    Got myself N d5000 few months back and now been playing it all alone and just random trial and error few shots and play around.

    Majority of the Cs-ers advice beginners like me should go for outing to learn more from them .
    But the main thing I'm scared , I tend to be the silent one and such . As in shy.
    Hmm any advice guys ?
    just pay and join the workshop first. learn diff settings like removing auto-iso, d-lighting, etc so that u can realize full potential of using ur D5000 on manual mode.

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    If you got a friend who is also into photography, go with him.

    I'm an introvert and I can understand how you feel ^_^;; But once you go for one, you'll get used to it and eventually join more and more. (recently joined a strobe lesson and was pointed out to self-introduce to the rest, oh the goosebumps X_X)

    But learn to be realistic as we live in a world where everyone else live too. There'll be bound to meet different people, some of which you might not get along... but most importantly, your passion for photography will triumph your fear.

    Most important however, is your 1st step out of your comfort zone, will you take your 1st step?
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    i get much peace and clarity in thoughts when shooting in solitude.

    group outings can be or not be useful depending on what you want to achieve, and probably how the outing is conducted in order to fufill the aim. Most of the nasty keyboard warriors online are usually much nicer in person. nice to get to know more folks too.

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