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

Location:

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.

Time:

6:00pm – 7:30pm, Photo Steering Committee
7:30pm – 8:00pm, Board of Directors (as necessary)

Location

Goebel Senior Adult Center
Chaparral Card Room
1385 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

 

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:

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2021 Photo Review Recap

Annual Photo Review (2021 Images)
Judge: Christopher Broughton

Once again, Christopher Broughton reviewed the best images from the previous year of photo challenges. In 2021, 226 images received scores of 8 or 9 during our monthly challenges. Of that group, he selected 21 images from the Assigned themes category and 19 images from the Open category. Chris stated that he had a tough time selecting images for this review since there were so many great images to choose from. He felt that all 226 images, having already been culled by our monthly guest judges, were "the best of the best." He explained how he tagged and labeled all the images that he would like to talk about, and then he selected images that were not similar to each other, stating that "if there's two images that are similar, one is stronger than the other." The images were not ranked or ordered in any fashion, and Christopher described the compelling features of each image as we went through the set of 40 images.

For those of you who did not attend the meeting and want to view the video, please select the following link:

All past photo competition galleries can be found at our Competition Winning Images page.

February Photo Challenge
Monday, February 7 at 7:30 PM

Standard Photo Challenge Rules (Assigned and Open classes)
Assigned Topic: Animals  
Judge: Paul and Nancy Speaker (bios for Paul Speaker and Nancy Speaker)
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For February, our topic is "Animals." Whether they are at home, at the zoo, or in the wild, we want to see all types of animals – that is all types of animals except humans.

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