Monthly TOPG Meetings

General Photo Group meetings are typically conducted monthly on the first Monday of each Month. Meetings consist of presentations, a review of past and upcoming events. Photo competitions are also conducted monthly according to guidelines described on our Photo Challenges Page.  

Monthly Meeting Information:

Time: 6:00 PM


Grant R. Brimhall Library (Thousand Oaks Library)
Marvin E. Smith Community Room
1401 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks CA 91362

Park in the library parking lot. Use the main entrance. Enter the glass doors and immediately turn left. The meeting room is on the right.

In the event that our normal meeting days falls on a public holiday, or if the library has a scheduling conflict, our monthly meeting will be rescheduled. In the event of a schedule change, we will publish updated meeting information as soon as it becomes available. 

Steering Committee and Board of Directors Meeting

The Photo Group Steering Committee and Board of Directors meets monthly, typically on the 3rd Monday of the month, for planning purposes. The Steering Committee and Board of Directors Meetings are open to all club members. Your inputs and participation are what keeps TOPG running. In 2019, the following dates have been reserved for Steering Committee meetings: January 21, February 19, April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21 and November 18. There is no Steering Committee Meeting scheduled in December.


6:00pm – 7:30pm, Photo Steering Committee
7:30pm – 8:00pm, Board of Directors (as necessary)


Goebel Senior Adult Center
Chaparral Card Room
1385 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362


Landscape Photography Special Interest Group

37Open Kit Wang 1 A New DayThe Thousand Oaks Photo Group has started a special interest group (SIG) in Landscape Photography. The goals of this group will be to:

  • Share knowledge and experiences about Landscape Photography
  • Jointly improve our skills in this activity
  • Potentially plan and go on field trips together

This special interest group is open to all TOPG members.

Monthly Meeting Information:

When: 2nd Wednesday of the month

Time: 6:30 – 7:30 (or 8:00) PM

Location: Goebel Adult Community Center

This is NOT a workshop, and you should not attend if that is your expectation. It’s a SIG or Study Group. ALL participants will be expected to contribute and do some of the work.
Agendas topics for the SIG’s meetings will be developed by the participants over time. Typical agenda topics could include:

  • Introductions
  • “How I Made This Image/Print”. One member will take 15 to 20 minutes and will show a print or computer image and discuss: (a) where taken; (b) why you were interested in that location; (c) how you go there, time, date; (c) camera setup; and (d) post.
  • Moderated Q&A, open discussion
  • Other topics of interest

The Landscape Photography SIG is led by Pete Scifres. For more information contact Pete at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thousand Oaks Photo Group Program Meeting

All About Travel Photography and More
Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Goebel Center

Presentation by Sharon Lobel

Sharon Label photography

TOPG will host award-winning travel photographer Sharon Lobel in a presentation entitled “All About Travel Photography and More” on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Sharon will share her “Suitcase for Success,” packed with key elements for capturing stunning images while you are on the road.

Her illustrated talk will include landscape tips, lighting, and ideas for photographing all kinds of subjects, from insects to mountains. She will cover her best tools and tricks in the field, as well as how to pack camera gear using simple tools.

For anyone planning a trip this year, or even just dreaming about one, Sharon’s presentation will inspire them to dig deep into their passion and discover what motivates them to become a successful travel photographer.

Always ready to set off to find another adventure, she has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Mexico and the United States.

Sharon Lobel is a National and State accredited Master Photographer and Photographic Craftsman, active in three professional photographers’ organizations, with multiple awards in each of them.

In the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County, she was named twice as Nature Photographer of the Year. She is a double International Silver medalist with the Professional Photographers of America. Her awards in the Professional Photographers of California include Animal Photographer of the Year for 2016, and in January 2019 she was presented with the prestigious Evans-Kingham award for her outstanding service to the photographic community.

If that is not enough…her energy and enthusiasm spill over into a workshop and adventure business that she co-founded, called “Image-Adventures.”

For more information and images, go to

Don’t miss out on how to capture amazing images while traveling locally and abroad!

Photo Group General Meeting
Monday, July 1, 2019

Print Competition
Challenge Topic: Water in Motion
Judge: Robert Fields (Website at  (change in judges)

Meeting Host: TBD
Scheduled Presentation: Using Point of View
by Nancy Lehrer

As always, digital photo entries must be received by NOON two days before the meeting. Digital images must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To ensure that your entry is eligible, review the Rules and Guidelines for submitting entries for the Print Competition night, which can be found in “Contests and Challenges.” Files must be labeled according to Print Competition rules. Prints should be brought in at least 15-minutes before the meeting to ensure they are properly registered and posted on the display wall.

Note: The maximum digital image resolution for competitions is 1400 x 1280 pixels (width x height).

Thousand Oaks Library
6:00 PM