Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups, otherwise referred to as SIGs, are member groups that share common photography interests. The groups focus on a variety of topics to improve skills such as: using cameras, post-processing software, and ways to improve and present images.


SIGs are independent and meet with the guidance of a “Program Facilitator” whose job is to schedule meetings and generally lead the topic of the day. Each member is encouraged to actively participate in the monthly meeting’s topic. The principle purpose of any SIG is to function as an information exchange forum for a wide variety of photographic interests and experiences.


For new members, the SIGs are an excellent way to become acquainted with other Club members who have similar interests while at the same time learning more about photography. SIGs offer a comfortable environment with friendly, knowledgeable and helpful people. The SIGs are member-driven activities based on common interests. Join one and experience an in-depth look into the world of photography.

Upcoming SIGs

    • March 01, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The SIG will explore various photo editing apps and plug-in filters. Anything to do with photo editing is open for discussion and presentations from members is welcomed. We’ll be looking at other ‘new’ apps such as Affinity, Photo On1, Luminar and Topaz Studio along with Adobe Elements, Lightroom and Photoshop. PC, Mac and Android apps are fair game.



    • March 05, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Studio Lighting: The Studio Lighting SIG is devoted to demonstrating how to use light in a studio setting to creatively enhance portrait and still life photographs. This is an interactive hands-on group in which members are able to use various studio lighting techniques, backgrounds and equipment similar to those used in a professional photographer’s studio. Within this group are members who have considerable experience in lighting applications as applied to fixed location photography.


    Please contact a facilitator if you have a specific project you would like to photograph during the meeting?


    Studio Lighting, Meets 1st Monday @ 2-5 P.M.,


    Facilitator: /


    Last meeting in April, resumes in October.


    • March 07, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    The Creative Eye: Composition and learning how to look at a subject of interest from different points of view is a necessity for producing interesting and different photographs. 


    "The Creative Eye" goal is to learn how to "see the world around us" in a photographically creative way. Some of us have a natural ability to take what we see with our eyes and mental filters, and get the camera to ‘see’ in that similar way. Others have to work at it. This is not a lecture series; rather the sharing of images with a common theme that we will take, bring back, and share with each other. We will have different 'projects' each month that we hope will train our eyes.


    From simple topics like 'Starts with T' to more challenging ones such as 'Surprise' or 'Explore,' the variety of subjects is a constant brain teaser. Not only does the routine test imagination and creativity, it also provides an opportunity to try out a variety of camera settings and photography techniques.


    It is refreshing that this is NOT a competition; there are no rules, no winners or losers. It's a challenge that is entirely personal.


    The Creative Eye, Meets 1st Wednesdays @ 2-4 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    March 7, 2018                  Clouds

    April 4, 2018                     Photojournalism

    May 2, 2018                     Something Worn Out, Trio or Wet Objects



    • March 08, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Canon DSLR: Users of all models of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are welcome to participate in a variety of discussions and hands-on learning experiences regarding function and operation of their respective camera models, lenses and accessories. The format is non-structured with wide and free ranging exchange of information regarding Canon equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


    Please contact or if you have a specific topic or question you would like to discuss during the meeting?


    Canon DSLR, Meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley , Alternate: Dan Jacob

    Continues through the summer.


    • March 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Studio

    The iPAD SIG is a working group that discusses a variety of iPAD uses, applications and how they work with regard to image capture, editing and sharing. The meeting agendas include: getting to know your iPAD, how to import photographs into the iPAD, and how to use various apps to enhance your images. The following iPAD apps are suggested to take advantage of a range of importing and editing software. "Photogene", "Handy Photo" and "Snapseed" are recommended and can be purchased from the Apple App Store for a nominal cost.


    iPAD , Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 1-3 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Jerry Weinstein

    Continues through the summer.



    • March 20, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The Basics: This SIG is intended for those new to digital photography. Discussion will include basic workflow, composition considerations, simple editing using free software, how to prepare images for SIG reviews and the club's monthly slideshow. There will also be optional local photo shoots to apply skills discussed.


    The Basics, Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 3-5 P.M.:


    Facilitator: 


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


    • March 22, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Wildlife: Here, wildlife photography is the principle area of interest and how to capture images in digital form. This group is non-structured and topics vary widely from meeting to meeting. Discussions center on how to take interesting images of various birds, mammals and creatures that are part of our everyday lives, travels and experiences. Presentations of the type of camera equipment one might need for wildlife photography are a frequent topic of discussion as well as methods needed to capture animal subjects in situations that allow for quality imaging. At each session, members with selections of photographs they have taken, are presented and discussed with regard to how and when they were taken, any specific information regarding camera settings and how the image might be improved.


    Wildlife, Meets 4th Thursday @ 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    Continues through the summer.


    • March 22, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Mirrorless Cameras: For those who have recently purchased one of the newly marketed small mirrorless cameras, this is a new SIG that will be entirely devoted to your needs. Participants will cover various operating characteristics and advantages of this new entrant into the camera world. The principle group meeting format will be information exchange and experiences with their cameras.


    Mirrorless Cameras, Meets 4th Thursday @ 1 - 3 P.M,


    Facilitator:  


    Last meeting in April, resumes in October.


    • April 04, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    The Creative Eye: Composition and learning how to look at a subject of interest from different points of view is a necessity for producing interesting and different photographs. 


    "The Creative Eye" goal is to learn how to "see the world around us" in a photographically creative way. Some of us have a natural ability to take what we see with our eyes and mental filters, and get the camera to ‘see’ in that similar way. Others have to work at it. This is not a lecture series; rather the sharing of images with a common theme that we will take, bring back, and share with each other. We will have different 'projects' each month that we hope will train our eyes.


    From simple topics like 'Starts with T' to more challenging ones such as 'Surprise' or 'Explore,' the variety of subjects is a constant brain teaser. Not only does the routine test imagination and creativity, it also provides an opportunity to try out a variety of camera settings and photography techniques.


    It is refreshing that this is NOT a competition; there are no rules, no winners or losers. It's a challenge that is entirely personal.


    The Creative Eye, Meets 1st Wednesdays @ 2-4 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    April 4, 2018                     Photojournalism

    May 2, 2018                     Something Worn Out, Trio or Wet Objects



    • April 12, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Canon DSLR: Users of all models of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are welcome to participate in a variety of discussions and hands-on learning experiences regarding function and operation of their respective camera models, lenses and accessories. The format is non-structured with wide and free ranging exchange of information regarding Canon equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


    Please contact or if you have a specific topic or question you would like to discuss during the meeting?


    Canon DSLR, Meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley , Alternate: Dan Jacob

    Continues through the summer.


    • April 17, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Studio

    The iPAD SIG is a working group that discusses a variety of iPAD uses, applications and how they work with regard to image capture, editing and sharing. The meeting agendas include: getting to know your iPAD, how to import photographs into the iPAD, and how to use various apps to enhance your images. The following iPAD apps are suggested to take advantage of a range of importing and editing software. "Photogene", "Handy Photo" and "Snapseed" are recommended and can be purchased from the Apple App Store for a nominal cost.


    iPAD , Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 1-3 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Jerry Weinstein

    Continues through the summer.



    • April 17, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The Basics: This SIG is intended for those new to digital photography. Discussion will include basic workflow, composition considerations, simple editing using free software, how to prepare images for SIG reviews and the club's monthly slideshow. There will also be optional local photo shoots to apply skills discussed.


    The Basics, Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 3-5 P.M.:


    Facilitator: 


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


    • April 26, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Wildlife: Here, wildlife photography is the principle area of interest and how to capture images in digital form. This group is non-structured and topics vary widely from meeting to meeting. Discussions center on how to take interesting images of various birds, mammals and creatures that are part of our everyday lives, travels and experiences. Presentations of the type of camera equipment one might need for wildlife photography are a frequent topic of discussion as well as methods needed to capture animal subjects in situations that allow for quality imaging. At each session, members with selections of photographs they have taken, are presented and discussed with regard to how and when they were taken, any specific information regarding camera settings and how the image might be improved.


    Wildlife, Meets 4th Thursday @ 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    Continues through the summer.


    • April 26, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Mirrorless Cameras: For those who have recently purchased one of the newly marketed small mirrorless cameras, this is a new SIG that will be entirely devoted to your needs. Participants will cover various operating characteristics and advantages of this new entrant into the camera world. The principle group meeting format will be information exchange and experiences with their cameras.


    Mirrorless Cameras, Meets 4th Thursday @ 1 - 3 P.M,


    Facilitator:  


    Last meeting in April, resumes in October.


    • May 02, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    The Creative Eye: Composition and learning how to look at a subject of interest from different points of view is a necessity for producing interesting and different photographs. 


    "The Creative Eye" goal is to learn how to "see the world around us" in a photographically creative way. Some of us have a natural ability to take what we see with our eyes and mental filters, and get the camera to ‘see’ in that similar way. Others have to work at it. This is not a lecture series; rather the sharing of images with a common theme that we will take, bring back, and share with each other. We will have different 'projects' each month that we hope will train our eyes.


    From simple topics like 'Starts with T' to more challenging ones such as 'Surprise' or 'Explore,' the variety of subjects is a constant brain teaser. Not only does the routine test imagination and creativity, it also provides an opportunity to try out a variety of camera settings and photography techniques.


    It is refreshing that this is NOT a competition; there are no rules, no winners or losers. It's a challenge that is entirely personal.


    The Creative Eye, Meets 1st Wednesdays @ 2-4 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    May 2, 2018                     Something Worn Out, Trio or Wet Objects



    • May 10, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Canon DSLR: Users of all models of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras are welcome to participate in a variety of discussions and hands-on learning experiences regarding function and operation of their respective camera models, lenses and accessories. The format is non-structured with wide and free ranging exchange of information regarding Canon equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


    Please contact or if you have a specific topic or question you would like to discuss during the meeting?


    Canon DSLR, Meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley , Alternate: Dan Jacob

    Continues through the summer.


    • May 15, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Studio

    The iPAD SIG is a working group that discusses a variety of iPAD uses, applications and how they work with regard to image capture, editing and sharing. The meeting agendas include: getting to know your iPAD, how to import photographs into the iPAD, and how to use various apps to enhance your images. The following iPAD apps are suggested to take advantage of a range of importing and editing software. "Photogene", "Handy Photo" and "Snapseed" are recommended and can be purchased from the Apple App Store for a nominal cost.


    iPAD , Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 1-3 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Jerry Weinstein

    Continues through the summer.



    • October 16, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The Basics: This SIG is intended for those new to digital photography. Discussion will include basic workflow, composition considerations, simple editing using free software, how to prepare images for SIG reviews and the club's monthly slideshow. There will also be optional local photo shoots to apply skills discussed.


    The Basics, Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 3-5 P.M.:


    Facilitator: 


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


    • November 20, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The Basics: This SIG is intended for those new to digital photography. Discussion will include basic workflow, composition considerations, simple editing using free software, how to prepare images for SIG reviews and the club's monthly slideshow. There will also be optional local photo shoots to apply skills discussed.


    The Basics, Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 3-5 P.M.:


    Facilitator: 


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


    • December 18, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    The Basics: This SIG is intended for those new to digital photography. Discussion will include basic workflow, composition considerations, simple editing using free software, how to prepare images for SIG reviews and the club's monthly slideshow. There will also be optional local photo shoots to apply skills discussed.


    The Basics, Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 3-5 P.M.:


    Facilitator: 


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


 

 

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