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 2nd 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:

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April 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: It's All Wet
Judge: Greg Cooper


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

Camera's and Coffee
Wednesday, April 24 at 1:00 PM

barbecuePlease join us for Camera’s and Coffee at Stonehaus in Westlake Village on April 24th. It will be a group of TOPG photographers gathering to chat and have coffee or tea and share information. Come for a late lunch if you want. They have excellent food. The Stonehaus is located at 32039 Agoura Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

Going forward, this will be a monthly event on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 1 PM. Put it on your calendar! See you soon! 

Monthly Photo Challenge
Monday, May 6 at 7:30 PM

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Zoom Link:  
Judge: Joanne Stolte (About Joanne Stolte)
    Website at https://www.pbase.com/joannestolte
    Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/mediacooper
    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/joanne.stolte/

Our topic for May: Low Key or High Key, but no NO Key – Produce a high key or a low key image, the choice is yours. A high key image will possess a lot of whites and light tones – a whole range of them - with minimal mid-tones and blacks. A low key image, is the opposite of a high key photos and uses a lot of darker tones, shadows, and blacks with minimal amounts of mid-tones and whites. (Composition and Technical)

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

Coming Soon! TOPG Picnic and Barbecue
Saturday, June 3 at 2:00 PM

barbecueSaturday, June 1, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Conejo Community Park - Picnic Area 1 (next to T.O. Botanic Garden)

Join your fellow camera club members for another barbecue, We will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, including buns and toppings, plates, napkins, flatware and water. You bring something to share: chips, salad, dessert, a side, and/or drinks,

After signing up, please go to the event comments section and leave a message. Tell everyone what you're bringing from the following suggested categories: salad, chips, drinks (No alcohol), and deserts.

After lunch, we can do a photo walk in the Conejo Valley Botanic Gardens for those interested. Say from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm.

For the most convenient access and parking use the W Gainsborough Road / Jeaunine Drive entrance (opposite Tarantula Hill)   Map of location from Google MapsConejoCommunityPark PicnicArea1

Please note, attendance is limited to one club members and their guests. Please register for this event at eventbrite 200px so we know how much food to buy. After signing up, please go to the event comments section and leave a message. Tell everyone what you're bringing from the following categories: salad, chips, desserts, or drinks.