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

    • May 24, 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.


    • May 24, 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 24, 2018
    • 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:


    • June 13, 2018
    • 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.


    • July 11, 2018
    • 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.


    • October 04, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • 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.


    • October 18, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    ProShow: The ProShow SIG is an interest group that focuses on presentation software used to develop slide shows that are of near professional quality.  Programs used by members are an entry level program (ProShow Gold) and the advanced application, ProShow Producer.  A variety of topics are part of every meeting.  Items include slide show enhancements such as appropriate music, timed and stylized transitions from slide to slide as well as creating title slides, and captions.  Other available actions that make a so-so slide show into something quite extraordinary are frequent topics.  Members provide examples of their work for the group to view, critique, and enjoy.  This is a fun group that delights in the creative side of photographic display and production.


    ProShow, Meets 3rd Thursdays @ 10 A.M.- 12 P.M.,


    Facilitator:


    Last meeting in April with return to schedule in October.


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

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • November 15, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    ProShow: The ProShow SIG is an interest group that focuses on presentation software used to develop slide shows that are of near professional quality.  Programs used by members are an entry level program (ProShow Gold) and the advanced application, ProShow Producer.  A variety of topics are part of every meeting.  Items include slide show enhancements such as appropriate music, timed and stylized transitions from slide to slide as well as creating title slides, and captions.  Other available actions that make a so-so slide show into something quite extraordinary are frequent topics.  Members provide examples of their work for the group to view, critique, and enjoy.  This is a fun group that delights in the creative side of photographic display and production.


    ProShow, Meets 3rd Thursdays @ 10 A.M.- 12 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 06, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • 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.


    • January 03, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • February 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • March 07, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • April 04, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


    • May 02, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Photo Club Studio

    Creative Editing Techniques: Learn to use the tools of editing programs such as Photoshop, Elements, Affinity Photo and Topaz filters to add a touch of creativity and extra bang to your photos by joining us the first Thursday of each month for a session in instruction and class interaction using the software to enhance photos.


    Creative Editing Techniques:, Meets 1st Thursday @ 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M., October - May


    Facilitator: Dik Salsbury


 

 

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