Covid-19 Modifications to Meetings

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. 

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 Landscape Photography and the other in Street Photography. The goals of both 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:

TOPG Images of 2022 Review Recap

ChristopherBroughtonChristopher Broughton was asked to share his favorite images from the best of TOPG's images for 2022 based on our monthly photo challenges. We sent Chris a copy of every image that received a score of 8 or 9 over the past year, and he has painstakingly reviewed them. They are not necessarily the best images, but they are definitely images that Chris found to be notable to discuss with us. This was a daunting task. Of the 481 images submitted last year for our monthly photo challenges, 195 images (40%) received a score of 8 or 9. Within that group of 195 images, 128 were in the assigned category, while 67 were from the open category. Since the division of images submitted for review between assigned and open was roughly 72% assigned and 28% open,, we asked Chris to find approximately 40 images to discuss with the relative breakdown between open and assigned based on the percentage of submissions. Chris selected 22 images from the assigned category and 12 from open. As usual, Chris is an excellent speaker and he knows how to communicate the subject matter so well. We are very appreciative!

Chris started out with an excellent review of Figure/Ground, and then went in the image review. 

For those of you who track these things, 37% of all images submitted last year in the assigned categories received a score of 8 or 9, while 50% of images submitted in the open category received an 8 or 9.

Images of 2022     
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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February Photo Challenge
Monday, February 6 at 7:30 PM

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Assigned Topic: Shadows and Silhouettes    Meeting ID: 881 1955 2594 Passcode: zzzz
Judge: Paul and Nancy Speaker (bios for Paul Speaker and Nancy Speaker)
    Website at https://www.spkrphot.com/
    Instagram at unknown
    Facebook at unknown

Our topic for February is "Shadows and Silhouettes"  Shadows and silhouettes can be strong elements in a photography. Use shadows and/or silhouettes in your composition to tell a story. (Thematic)

Critique and Judging will take place via Zoom at 7:30 PM. See our calendar for details.