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.

Photo Group General Meeting
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Print Competition
Challenge Topic: Bokeh
Judge: Cat Gwnn 
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Meeting Host: TBD
Scheduled Presentation: TBD

Digital photo entries must be received by MIDNIGHT, five 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

Landscape Photography Special Interest Group
September 11, 2019

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The Landscape Photography Special Interest Group (SIG) meets monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM in the Goebel Adult Community Center. For more details about this group, refer to the Landscape Photography SIG description article.

Scheduled Topics:

  • How I Made this Image: Mike Reyburn 

Goebel Adult Community Center
6:30 PM

Thousand Oaks Photo Group Program Meeting

Shooting Locally
Presentation by Larry White

Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Goebel Center

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Do you think you need to travel to exotic places to take award-winning images? Come hear our own Larry White tell us about “Shooting Locally.”

Larry will share his techniques for finding interesting places and events as well as sharing a few of his beautiful images. Blah, blah, blah. You need to fill in a few sentences here.

Come prepared for an interesting evening with a prize-winning photographer. The meeting begins at 6:30 PM at the Goebel center and will include time for audience questions.

Plan on attending these Program Meetings in the coming months:

  • October 17, Nature Photography Paul Abravaya
  • November 21, Post-Processing, Hutch Hutchison
  • No Program Meeting in December. Back in January.


Thousand Oaks Photo Group Program Meeting

Nature Photography
Presentation by Paul Abravaya

Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Goebel Center


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Come learn all about nature photography with one of our club's noted nature photographers, Paul Abravaya

Paul's interest in nature photography is that of a hunter with a camera. He looks for all types of animals from the smallest to the largest to shoot. Of course birds are the most commonly found, and Paul will show you some of his photos and talk about techniques that he uses for shooting our feathered friends; birds in flight, high speed multi-flash photography and more. Paul will bring some of his equipment to demonstrate usage. He dabble a bit in macro photography of insects and occasionally butterflies and frogs. This is a learning experience for everyone, and Paul would also like to hear from those of you who are like minded and would like to share your knowledge of technique and equipment.

Plan on attending these Program Meetings in the coming months:

  • November 21, Post-Processing, Hutch Hutchison
  • No program meeting in December. See you in January.


Thousand Oaks Photo Group Program Meeting

S4C 2019/20 Workshop
Presentation by Hutch Hutchison

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00 PM at the Goebel Center

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Why does your image look flat? You have the composition down. The focus is great. But, the image just doesn't pop or might have minor distractions. Maybe you need to do more with post production techniques. Whether you use Lightroom or Photoshop there are lots of very simple ways to improve the look of you photo, once you understand the tools and how to use them. Hutch Hutchison will demonstrate basic post processing techniques along with some simple enhancements to improve your images

Plan on attending these Program Meetings in the coming months:

  • No Program Meeting in December, See you in January.