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Find a community
Rob Ouwehand tend can contact each other
Communities through the site, and even re-
view events. If a group in your
Wishing for community is all area for your interest does not
well and good, but actually get- exist, you can request to be no-
ting out and connecting is the tified when somebody forms
hard part. one.
Especially for expats who live is free for users.
PHOTO CHALLENGE — Gwanaksan Night Light — The view from Gwanaksan, behind Seoul National University, is not as well known as the views from Namsam or outside of the usual foreigner However, to run a group costs a
Bukhansan, but is just as impressive on a beautiful evening. Xu Xiaoqing hideouts (Itaewon, Haebang- monthly fee. The nominal fee
chon, etc.), and work five or six turns out to be a good thing, be-
days a week, it gets hard meet- cause it’s easy to get lazy and let

In focus: manual mode

ing anyone other than cowork- a group go defunct when you
ers or other foreigners in the don’t have to pay for it.
neighborhood. Unfortunately, However, not many will pay a
the expats nearby don’t always monthly fee to run a group and
share the same interests. then do nothing with it.
The Photo Challenge is spon- manual mode and because we Meanwhile, those elusive kin- It’s true that not all Facebook
sored by Hyosung Camera want everything in our picture to dred spirits are often scattered groups are washouts, and I’d
(English: 010-7203-9599) and be nice, clean and sharp, select a all over the map: a lonely expat love to hear from the ones that
Babo Shirts (www.baboshirts. small aperture (big number) and in Jamsil might need to search do plan regular meetings.
com). Winners of the weekly com- the lowest ISO value. from Ilsan to Bundang, from However, for a site with a very
petition receive a 50,000 won Now concentrate on your Nowon to Gimpo, to find others strong “let’s meet in real life”
store credit at Hyosung Camera the camera works to compen- shutter, taking the same picture interested in rock climbing, and drive, gets the edge
and a Babo Shirt. To take part sate. In manual mode, you have at different shutter speeds. You if the interest is a little more ob- over Facebook.
in the competition, simply up- total control over both. The cam- will see points of light at faster scure, say, guerilla theater en- has meetup in-
load your photo at era lets go of the controls and shutter speeds become beautiful thusiasts or Gundam toy collec- dexes for about 50 different says “It’s all yours, pal,” and to stars with lovely long rays as tors, the search might stretch cities in Korea, meaning that
hotoclub — Ed. someone quite new to photogra- you slow the shutter down. We all the way from Gangwon right unlike Facebook, where search-
phy, it can feel a bit like flying are varying our speeds quite a to Jeolla. ing “Korean food club” might get
By Aaron Raisey blind. Thankfully though, at lot, but because we are in man- When an expat only has one you search results from New
least the camera can still do the ual mode, our aperture isn’t or two days off a week, and must York, Sacramento and Munich
In the previous three weeks, focusing for you. changing as it would in shutter maximize that free time, what — as well as Seoul and Busan
we have looked at why we need priority. It’s staying small to is to be done? — narrows the
to stop being automatic and Q: I thought manual cam- keep the picture nice and sharp One way to bring groups to- search geographically.
twist that dial on the top of your eras disappeared about 50- at all distances. gether via the internet is by If no groups in your area exist
DSLR a bit more. odd years ago. What gives? Ever wondered how they do forming a Facebook group; yet, it’s not expensive to start
We looked at what the aper- A: True. The need to set those night shots with rivers of however, for every Facebook one, and it works: I have been a
ture is and how we can use it everything on the camera by light painted on the roads but group that actually has a lively member of a few
creatively, what shutter speed hand started to become obsolete not a car to be seen? It’s done in (spam-free) discussion board groups and there are 29 in the
can mean to our photography and unnecessary back then. And exactly the same way. It’s very and regularly planned meet- Seoul area.
and this week we’re going to indeed, these days the vast ma- simple, fun and it’s an excellent ings, there seem to be five that As always, if you know of, or
turn it a little further and click jority of serious photographers way to learn more about your have gone defunct because, are part of, a group or communi-
into manual mode. Most casual — both amateurs and pros — camera while producing some though the idea might be great, ty that helps expats in Korea
photographers find manual prefer to shoot in aperture pri- impressive results. though interests may be get connected with others, send
mode a little scary as there is no ority mode. But having indepen- Once you get your head around shared, they never meet. an e-mail to Rob at
safety net for your image, but dent control over your aperture it, shooting in manual mode can There is another website — with the
like most things, if we under- size and shutter speed does still be a very creative and rewarding — dedicated word “community” in the sub-
stand it a bit more, it becomes have some uses, particularly in adventure. Good weather is on to bringing hobby and interest ject line, and tell me why I
less daunting. some special circumstances. the way, so I recommend spend- groups together. The site will should feature your group.
ing a few nights out there with a host an interest group, create a
Q: What is manual mode? Q: Like when? tripod sometime. space to chat and most impor-
A: In aperture priority and A: One situation that you can Next week we will look at a tantly, to plan meetings and More of Rob Ouwehand’s writ-
shutter priority modes, you and very easily try yourself is shooting couple of other daunting, but get-togethers. ings can be found on his person-
the camera share control of the at night. Grab yourself a tripod very important features of your Mass e-mails get sent out, al blog, at roboseyo.blogspot.
exposure. You work as a team — and head for the hills (or a high DSLR — the histogram and ex- new members are free to join, com, and at the community blog
you make your choice of aper- window). Set yourself up looking posure compensation. PHOTO CHALLENGE RUNNER UP — A man hangs wishes on the site helps the organizer he co-founded,
ture size or shutter speed, and over some nice lights. Click into ( lanterns in Jogyesa, near Insadong, Seoul. Rika Yunarti plan events, and those who at- — Ed.

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