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

    • February 19, 2019
    • 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: and 

    Continues through the summer.



    • February 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    Image Critique: For those photographers who wish to improve the quality of their images through a friendly critique program, this is the perfect forum.  You are encouraged to bring one to three photos for the critique on a flash drive. Images should be in JPEG format.  It is recommended that they be the same resolution we use for our competitions of 1400 x 1050 pixels. These may be images you are considering entering in a competition or that you have entered and you want suggestions for improvement, or whatever your reason is for wanting to share them.


    Please understand that the critique we give or receive is only the opinion of those giving the critique. Opinions vary and if it is your image, your opinion is the one that matters the most, but it is valuable to hear the opinions of others and then we can act as we see fit. These sessions also tend to lead to discussions of techniques to improve our images. We can all benefit from that.


    We may provide some images from recent competitions to discuss why we believe they did well. Hopefully we can all learn from this also.


    Image Critique, Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


    Facilitator:  and




    • February 28, 2019
    • 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:


    Meets September - May.


    • February 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Mirrorless Cameras: For those who have purchased one of the Sony mirrorless cameras, this SIG 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.


    • February 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Landscape: Members of the Landscape SIG are a very active group with a basic interest in landscape photography. Participants discuss a variety of elements associated with producing great landscape images, from sweeping vistas to expansive shorelines, and all manner of visually appealing natural venues. Discussions include various how-to solutions related to landscape photography, equipment, in addition to methods for post-processing images. Voluntary “Home Work” is frequently used as a tool to encourage members to consider what they need to do to enhance their photographic skills.


    Landscape, Meets 4th Thursday @ 3 – 5 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    • March 06, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 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 @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    March, 2019                    In a Tree

    April, 2019                      What’s Cooking

    May, 2019                       Small and/or Fluffy




    • March 13, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Seekers and Sojourners: Seekers and Sojourners is designed for Intermediate photographers relatively comfortable with their cameras and with basic photographic terminology. Meetings focus on members expanding their curiosity about the art of photography by creating, sharing and discussing images. Short excursions/sojourns now and then provide opportunities to exercise skills as a small group and compare results at the next SIG gathering.


    Seekers and Sojourners , Meets 2nd Wednesday @ 1 - 3 P.M,


    Facilitator:


    Last meeting in May, will resume in September.


    • March 14, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    Micro 4/3rd: Users of all models of Micro 4/3rd 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 Micro 4/3rd equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


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


    The Micro 4/3rd SIG meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,


    Meeting monthly from September - May


    Facilitator:  

    • March 18, 2019
    • 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: and 

    Continues through the summer.



    • March 20, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    Image Critique: For those photographers who wish to improve the quality of their images through a friendly critique program, this is the perfect forum.  You are encouraged to bring one to three photos for the critique on a flash drive. Images should be in JPEG format.  It is recommended that they be the same resolution we use for our competitions of 1400 x 1050 pixels. These may be images you are considering entering in a competition or that you have entered and you want suggestions for improvement, or whatever your reason is for wanting to share them.


    Please understand that the critique we give or receive is only the opinion of those giving the critique. Opinions vary and if it is your image, your opinion is the one that matters the most, but it is valuable to hear the opinions of others and then we can act as we see fit. These sessions also tend to lead to discussions of techniques to improve our images. We can all benefit from that.


    We may provide some images from recent competitions to discuss why we believe they did well. Hopefully we can all learn from this also.


    Image Critique, Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


    Facilitator:  and




    • March 28, 2019
    • 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:


    Meets September - May.


    • March 28, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Mirrorless Cameras: For those who have purchased one of the Sony mirrorless cameras, this SIG 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.


    • March 28, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Landscape: Members of the Landscape SIG are a very active group with a basic interest in landscape photography. Participants discuss a variety of elements associated with producing great landscape images, from sweeping vistas to expansive shorelines, and all manner of visually appealing natural venues. Discussions include various how-to solutions related to landscape photography, equipment, in addition to methods for post-processing images. Voluntary “Home Work” is frequently used as a tool to encourage members to consider what they need to do to enhance their photographic skills.


    Landscape, Meets 4th Thursday @ 3 – 5 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    • April 10, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Seekers and Sojourners: Seekers and Sojourners is designed for Intermediate photographers relatively comfortable with their cameras and with basic photographic terminology. Meetings focus on members expanding their curiosity about the art of photography by creating, sharing and discussing images. Short excursions/sojourns now and then provide opportunities to exercise skills as a small group and compare results at the next SIG gathering.


    Seekers and Sojourners , Meets 2nd Wednesday @ 1 - 3 P.M,


    Facilitator:


    Last meeting in May, will resume in September.


    • April 10, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 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 @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    April, 2019                      What’s Cooking

    May, 2019                       Small and/or Fluffy




    • April 11, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    Micro 4/3rd: Users of all models of Micro 4/3rd 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 Micro 4/3rd equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


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


    The Micro 4/3rd SIG meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,


    Meeting monthly from September - May


    Facilitator:  

    • April 16, 2019
    • 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: and 

    Continues through the summer.



    • April 17, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    Image Critique: For those photographers who wish to improve the quality of their images through a friendly critique program, this is the perfect forum.  You are encouraged to bring one to three photos for the critique on a flash drive. Images should be in JPEG format.  It is recommended that they be the same resolution we use for our competitions of 1400 x 1050 pixels. These may be images you are considering entering in a competition or that you have entered and you want suggestions for improvement, or whatever your reason is for wanting to share them.


    Please understand that the critique we give or receive is only the opinion of those giving the critique. Opinions vary and if it is your image, your opinion is the one that matters the most, but it is valuable to hear the opinions of others and then we can act as we see fit. These sessions also tend to lead to discussions of techniques to improve our images. We can all benefit from that.


    We may provide some images from recent competitions to discuss why we believe they did well. Hopefully we can all learn from this also.


    Image Critique, Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


    Facilitator:  and




    • April 25, 2019
    • 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:


    Meets September - May.


    • April 25, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Mirrorless Cameras: For those who have purchased one of the Sony mirrorless cameras, this SIG 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 25, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Landscape: Members of the Landscape SIG are a very active group with a basic interest in landscape photography. Participants discuss a variety of elements associated with producing great landscape images, from sweeping vistas to expansive shorelines, and all manner of visually appealing natural venues. Discussions include various how-to solutions related to landscape photography, equipment, in addition to methods for post-processing images. Voluntary “Home Work” is frequently used as a tool to encourage members to consider what they need to do to enhance their photographic skills.


    Landscape, Meets 4th Thursday @ 3 – 5 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    • May 01, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 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 @ 3-5 P.M.,

    Facilitator: Mel Whaley /Howard Lonn,

    Last Meeting in May with return to schedule in September.


    Month                             Topic/Challenge

    May, 2019                       Small and/or Fluffy




    • May 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Seekers and Sojourners: Seekers and Sojourners is designed for Intermediate photographers relatively comfortable with their cameras and with basic photographic terminology. Meetings focus on members expanding their curiosity about the art of photography by creating, sharing and discussing images. Short excursions/sojourns now and then provide opportunities to exercise skills as a small group and compare results at the next SIG gathering.


    Seekers and Sojourners , Meets 2nd Wednesday @ 1 - 3 P.M,


    Facilitator:


    Last meeting in May, will resume in September.


    • May 09, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    • 45

    Micro 4/3rd: Users of all models of Micro 4/3rd 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 Micro 4/3rd equipment and newly available upgrades or innovations.


    Members with other brands of cameras are welcome to participate.


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


    The Micro 4/3rd SIG meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3-5 P.M.,


    Meeting monthly from September - May


    Facilitator:   

    • May 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio
    Image Critique: For those photographers who wish to improve the quality of their images through a friendly critique program, this is the perfect forum.  You are encouraged to bring one to three photos for the critique on a flash drive. Images should be in JPEG format.  It is recommended that they be the same resolution we use for our competitions of 1400 x 1050 pixels. These may be images you are considering entering in a competition or that you have entered and you want suggestions for improvement, or whatever your reason is for wanting to share them.


    Please understand that the critique we give or receive is only the opinion of those giving the critique. Opinions vary and if it is your image, your opinion is the one that matters the most, but it is valuable to hear the opinions of others and then we can act as we see fit. These sessions also tend to lead to discussions of techniques to improve our images. We can all benefit from that.


    We may provide some images from recent competitions to discuss why we believe they did well. Hopefully we can all learn from this also.


    Image Critique, Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


    Facilitator:  and




    • May 21, 2019
    • 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: and 

    Continues through the summer.



    • May 23, 2019
    • 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:


    Meets September - May.


    • May 23, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Landscape: Members of the Landscape SIG are a very active group with a basic interest in landscape photography. Participants discuss a variety of elements associated with producing great landscape images, from sweeping vistas to expansive shorelines, and all manner of visually appealing natural venues. Discussions include various how-to solutions related to landscape photography, equipment, in addition to methods for post-processing images. Voluntary “Home Work” is frequently used as a tool to encourage members to consider what they need to do to enhance their photographic skills.


    Landscape, Meets 4th Thursday @ 3 – 5 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


 

 

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