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 The Photo Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ


Special Interest Groups (SIG's)

Special Interest Groups or SIGs offer members opportunities to share their enthusiasm for photography in a casual way.

While a SIG facilitator does guide each monthly meeting, it’s the registered participants who encourage learning by suggesting topics and sharing their related images, knowledge, creativity and support.   Friendly discussion always energizes these very positive gatherings.    Interactive and welcoming, SIGs also provide a comfortable social atmosphere.

Due to COVID-19 all of our SIG meetings are virtual. Members wishing to participate in a virtual SIG meeting must register to obtain the meeting URL, id number and password. Click on the Upcoming SIG page for additional meeting information and to register. Note, you can also click on the event on our Home page calendar to register.

Special Interest Group (SIG) Descriptions

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.  Meets 1st Monday @ 1-5 P.M.  Facilitator 

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. This interest group devotes time to discussions on how to take photographs of a variety of subjects in innovative ways. The group focuses on different approaches one might take to photograph a subject or scene that would add color or content to images which would otherwise be common or boring. If you are interested in developing a sense of how to view your subject through your viewfinder, this is the action group for you.  Meets 1st Thursday @ 3 - 5 P.M.  Facilitator 

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.  Meets 2nd Wednesday @ 1 - 3 P.M. 

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.  Meets 2nd Thursdays @ 3 - 5 P.M. Facilitator 

iPad SIG: The SIG is a working group that uses iPad apps to enhance your pictures. 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 editing/enhancing your pictures . “Touch/Retouch”, “Union” and "Snapseed" can be purchased in the App Store.   Meets 3rd Tuesday @ 1-3 P.M.   Facilitator 

Getting the Most From Your Digital Images: Pressing the shutter release is just the first step in creating a great image – you have to finish the job in post processing. Share your images with other members of the group as we discuss how editing can deliver the vision you had when you took the picture. Demonstrate your favorite editing applications/software/tricks. Successful images from recent PSA/ACCC competitions may be shown as we discuss what makes a good image. Watch as we go through the editing process with “problem” photos.  Meets 3rd Wednesday @ 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.  Facilitator 

Digital Productions: The Digital Productions 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 programs and the advanced applications. 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.  Meets 3rd Thursdays @ 10 A.M.- 12 P.M.  Facilitator 

Wildlife: This SIG focuses on wildlife photography and how to capture interesting images of it. The group is non-structured, and topics vary widely from meeting to meeting. Discussions center on how to take unique images of various birds, mammals and creatures that are a part of our everyday lives, our travels, and our experiences. Members share their photographs of wildlife and discuss camera equipment, exposure settings and methods used to create beautiful wildlife art.  Meets 4th Thursday @ 10 A.M. – 12 P.M.  Facilitator 

Sony 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.  Meets 4th Thursday @ 1 - 3 P.M.  Facilitator 

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