Meetings

The Thousand Oaks Photo Group conducts several meetings each month including monthly photo challenges as well as Special Interest Groups. There are other planning meetings, scheduled as needed to keep the club going such as our monthly Steering Committee meeting.

Most of our meetings are currently being conducted via Zoom. We hope to conduct more in-person meetings in the future

Monthly Photo Challenges

Our monthly photo challenges have moved online and are conducted via Zoom. Meeting times are typically 7:30 pm on the first Monday of the month. Check the website's homepage for links to each  meeting.

Special Interest Groups

Currently, we have two Special Interest Groups (SIG) that meet on a regular basis to discuss theme-oriented subjects. The Street SIG, delves into all aspects of street photography. New for 2023, "Let's Talk Photos," is an informal get together to discuss photos. More information about our SIGs are found on our Special Interest Group page.

In-person Meetings

In-person meetings are occasionally conducted throughout the year to enable face-to-face interaction, to share prints, and conduct business that cannot be conducted online. Details about those meetings are posted well in advance on the homepage of this website.

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 via Zoom. Linking details are found within the calendar section of this website.

Time:

7:30pm – 8:30 pm 

 

TOPG's Special Interest Groups

37Open Kit Wang 1 A New DayCurrently, the Thousand Oaks Photo Group has two Special Interest Groups or "SIGs," one specializing in Street Photography and the other is for general image sharing. A third Sig, Landscape Photography, is currently in hiatus. The goals of all our SIGs are quite similar:

  • Share knowledge and experiences the particular area of interest or specialization
  • Jointly improve our skills in this activity
  • Potentially plan and go on field trips together

TOPG SIGs are NOT workshops, and you should not attend these meetings if that is your expectation. A SIG is a focus or study group focusing on a particular topic. ALL participants will be expected to contribute and do some of the work to support the growth and maturation of the group. Agenda topics for each SIG’s meetings will be developed by the participants over time. 

TOPG Special Interest Groups are open to all TOPG members.

For specific Information about each of our Special Interest Groups, please refer to the detailed description for each SIG:

Return to Meetings Overview

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


All recent photo challenge galleries can be found at our Competition Winning Images page. Older galleries are in our gallery archives.

 

Monthly Photo Challenge
Monday, March 4 at 7:30 PM

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Zoom Link:  
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)

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
Webinar Link:  
Details:  Sep Basin BirdEverybody 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

ChristopherBroughtonWe 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

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