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.
Membership Dues Payment Reminder
Membership fees for the Thousand Oaks Photo Group’s (TOPG) are due annually in September. Individual dues are $36.00, and additional members in the same family unit are $10.00 per person, the same as last year. Please see our Membership Page for ways you can renew.
Have you forgotten to renew? It seems many club members have not renewed this year. The TOPG's membership, email, and Meetup databases will be purged of non-renewing members on November 1st.
S4C 2022-2023 Year-end Competition
Congratulations to TOPG Members!
Congratulations are due to TOPG members who received recognition in S4C’s year-end photo competition. All the best images (all images receiving High Merit or Award designation) from the 2022-2023 competition season were judged by a panel of internationally ranked photographers. TOPG did quite well, receiving 73 total recognitions including:
- 46 Honorable Mention
- 7 Bronze
- 9 Silver
- 7 Gold
- 4 Gold - Best of Show
Congratulations to TOPG photographers Bridget Bourgon, Steven Friedman, Rich Greene, Hutch Hutchison, Crystal McAbee, Terry Miranda, Michael Reyburn, Peter Scifres, Debora Suterko, and Leonid Shectman. They all did quite well. Special recognition to our Best of Show recipients:
- Debora Suterko for “Coming to America” (Pictorial – Creative)
- Terry Miranda for “Vintage Bouquet” (Pictorial – Arranged Color)
- Pete Scifres for “Delicate Arch Framed” (Photo Travel – General)
- Hutch Hutchison for “Sliding Home” (Photojournalism – General).
Note, the 2023-2024 S4C Competition Season is just beginning. Images for the first month of competition are due on October 7. Competitions continue monthly through April 2024. If you have not competed in S4C monthly competitions yet, now is the time to get started. It is not hard, and you get compared against other beginners, not seasoned pros. See Hutch Hutchison's S4C Competition Orientation for how to get started. Who know, perhaps your name will be on next year’s recognition list!
TOPG Webinar Series - Online via Zoom
Photoshop 2024 - New Features
December, 11, 2023 at 7:00 PM Rescheduled
Host: Debi Aquino
Details: Adobe has released some fun new features for Photoshop and camera raw. AI is out of beta and easier than ever for use. Join us on November 2 as Debi Aquino shows off those features and gives us information on how they work.
TOPG Field Trip
Neighborhood Christmas Lights
Saturday, December 16
On Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, the TOPG is taking a field trip to the Gemini Ave. Neighborhood Christmas Lights in Camarillo.
We will then walk around the Gemini Ave neighborhood to photograph the Christmas lights. The Gemini Ave. Neighborhood Christmas lights go back over 30 years. Displays feature tons of cartoon character decorations made from plywood.
This event also draws good crowds for street photographers.
Further details about the field trip can be found at our Meetup site where you can sign up for this field trip. To participate in this or any TOPG sponsored field trip, you must be an active TOPG member and register for each sponsored event. Find out more about specific field trips at our Meetup page or contact our Field Trip Coordinator,
TOPG Webinar Series - Online via Zoom
Monday, February 15, 2023 at 7:30 PM Rescheduled
Host: Mike Macartney
Webinar description: Color
Details: How do you see color? Like a painting? Like a Movie? Like a rock concert? Like the stars over the desert? All of the above, probably depending on the day… The webinar provides a few thoughts on the history of color in art, movies, and photography, and a few tools using Camera Raw and Photoshop to put your color vision into your photographs. Nobody does it quite like you… Mike Macartney will explore many aspects of color and color perception.