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 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 06, 2019
    • 1:00 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 @ 1-5 P.M.,


    Facilitator: /




    • 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
    Getting the Most From Your Digital Images: For those photographers who wish to improve the quality of their images, this is the perfect forum. You are encouraged to bring one to three images on a flash drive for review and discussion. Images should be in JPEG format. It is recommended that they be the same resolution as used for the member slide show, 1400 x 1050 pixels. These should be images which you would like suggestions for improving and that you would then consider sharing with others.


    Please understand that the suggestions given are only the opinion of those making them. Considering the opinion of others is always valuable but the final decision is that of the photographer. These sessions also tend to lead to discussions of techniques to improve our images which is also of value to those participating.


    The facilitators may also provide some images from recent competitions to discuss why they did well.


    This SIG Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.


    Facilitator:  and




    • May 16, 2019
    • 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.


    • 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.


    • June 03, 2019
    • 1:00 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 @ 1-5 P.M.,


    Facilitator: /




 

 

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