Welcome to the Thousand Oaks Photo Group
Based in Eastern Ventura County, our camera club serves photographers who are interested in sharing, talking, and learning about photography. We are a creative and supportive group organized to meet the needs of photographers whether they are beginners, highly skilled amateurs or professionals. We conduct meetings, webinars and special interest focus groups every month.
We are back to using Meetup for scheduling our field trip and event registration. Connect with us via the Thousand Oaks Photo Group Meetup. If you are not a member of our group yet, look for the Request to Join button. It's simple to join and follow the Thousand Oaks Photo Group Meetup.
There is still time to share your opinion
2024 Member Survey
In order to better serve you and plan the events that you want to attend; we need to know what you are thinking about what we have been doing, and what you want us to do. Please take some time and answer our TOPG Member Survey.
Let your opinions be known! Please take the survey by February 15. It should take about 5 minutes to complete.
Thank you Richard Webb for putting our survey together.
February Photo Challenge Recap
For those of you who did not attend our last photo review meeting and want to view the video replay or see a gallery of the high merit images, please select the following links:
Assigned Topic: Texture
Judge: John Grusd
TOPG Webinar Series - Online via Zoom
Improving Your Landscape Photography
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Host: Pete Scifres
In this information filled webinar, Pete Scifres will present a variety of tips and techniques that will help you produce better landscape images. Additionally, Pete will also provide demonstrations in Lightroom and Photoshop and other related applications to show you how it's done. Note this is NOT a comprehensive landscape photography webinar.
Time and interest permitting we will look at participant images (we will collect these during the webinar so no need to submit them in advance)
Monthly Photo Challenge
Monday, March 4 at 7:30 PM
Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Judge: Dan Holmes (About Dan Holmes)
Website at https://www.danholmesphoto.com/
Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/danholmesphoto/
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dan.holmes2/
Our topic for March: Wide Angle – Taken in camera, stitched, cropped, fish eyed or otherwise showing a broad subject perspective. Even if you do not have a wide angle lens, there are ways to communicate the feeling of wide angle. (Composition)
- Competition Rules: Thousand Oaks Photo Group Photo Challenge Guidelines for 2021 (They remain unchanged for 2024.)
- Entry Closing Date: Submit your images by Wednesday, February 28, no later than 10 PM.
Critique and Judging will take place via Zoom at 7:30 PM. See our calendar for details.
TOPG In-Person Discussion Series
Should You Use AI in Your Photography?
Wednesday, March 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM
- at the Wild Lilac Room of the Goebel Adult Community Center
Host: Steve Friedman
Details: Everybody has an opinion, and we've seen demonstrations of the use of AI in photography. The tools are there, but should you use AI? How much AI is good for your photography? Any? How much is too much? Are there any limits? Does your intended end use affect your decisions.? Some may say, "who cares." But we all should care and understand how it affect photographers today.
Steve Friedman will attempt to lead a discussion of this controversial topic. Come with your opinions, and be prepared to listen to others. Cookies will be provided, but please bring your own water.
Note. Space is limited for this event to 25 people.
The Goebel Center is located at 1385 E Janss Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. It's the same building where we had our holiday party.
Best Images of 2023 Recap
We are so sorry about the mix-up with the meeting link. Many of you were no able attend. So, without further adieu, we will provide you with the link,
Christopher Broughton returned to review what he felt were the best and/or most interesting mages from our 2023 photo challenges. Nearly 250 images received merit ratings last year, and Christopher selected 55 images for review..
Our Judge: Christopher Broughton (Chris's bio)
Website at https://www.christopherbroughton.com/
Instagram at hhttps://www.instagram.com/chris_broughton/
Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/christopher.broughton.73