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Class: 12 More Ways to Improve Your Photography (Part 2) (Creativity)

This is Part 2, with 12 MORE Ways to Improve Your Photography.   In part one, we focused on the "Technical" side of photography.  For this session, we will discuss concepts to help you capture creative images. 

This class is great for both NEW CAMERA OWNERS as well as SEASONED CAMERA LOVERS.  


The 12 Ways classes walk you through 12 Important photography concepts that will help you create beautiful artistic images -- and master your camera.  These concepts are not camera- or brand-specific, and do not require you to "buy new and expensive gear" to master.

This session (Part 2) has a primary focus on artistic and composition techniques and subjects.   Part 1 is *NOT* required to take this class, they are an exclusive set of photography concepts.

This class is limited to 65 people.  A waiting list will be available after the 65th person.  The venue is a theater with 65 seats.

Class payment is required before midnight the day your RSVP.  DON'T GET DROPPED!


We will look at 12 more subjects that have a direct impact on the quality of your photographic life.  These are 12 subjects that you may have read about before, but discussed in a different way.  

You will be challenged with each of the 12 steps to exercise your skills to grow as a photographer.  


To get the most out of the class, you will want to bring some materials.

• Pen and paper for taking notes

• Your camera and one lens

• Excitement about learning new material.


Join us for this 2-hour class where we beat subjects to death in the typical Joe's OCD classes style (not scratch-the-surface).  Perfect for the beginner to advanced camera owner.


We are renting the Museum of Printing History's theater so we have a large screen for slides.  There is only room for about 65 people.  




(This is the "read this before posting a question" section)

Why can't I just pay when I get there?

You can pay organizer tips before, during and after the event.  

For events that require an entry fee, etc, we collect the money in advance to speed up check-in and not make everyone wait for transactions.  Its also not ideal or safe for organizers to carry around a wad of cash.  Organizers won't have change for your $20 bill.

Most importantly: the vast majority of people that promise to "pay when I get there" never actually show up.  This means the organizer has to pay the venue for them (out of the group's budget), and someone on the waiting list didn't get to attend.

Advance payment is always required for pay-to-attend events.

When do I pay?

Before midnight tonight.  After midnight, your RSVP may be removed, especially if the event is only a few days away or if there are people on the waiting list.

How do I pay?


I need to change my RSVP (or) I had to no-show.  I need a refund.

Sometimes things happen and someone has to no-show or change their RSVP at the last minute.  Unfortunately the group still has to pay for their seat/entry.  Refunds are not available.

Even though I can't get a refund, I have to change my RSVP for the event that starts in 10 minutes.

It bites that you can't make it, but someone on the waiting list can take your spot.  Please give them plenty of notice by changing your RSVP within 48 hours of an event.  RSVP changes within 24 hours are considered a no-show. 

The "Waiting List" is huge, should I even bother signing up?

Absolutely.  Many (MANY) people sign up but never pay, so the waiting list often moves rather fast.  A long waiting list also tells the organizer that we should repeat the event again soon.

I'm on the "Waiting List", should I go ahead and pay now?

Nope. Wait until you are promoted into the "Going" list before trying to pay please. 

I'm on the "Waiting List", how will I know if I get promoted up to "Going"?

Make sure you have edited your email settings so that you are receiving all email from the group.  Make sure that my email address is not in your "spam" filter.   That way, when a spot opens up, you will receive an email.

I am on the "waiting list", can I just show up anyway?

No. The waiting list folks will get moved in on a first-come-first-promoted basis.  Also, if the location says we can bring 20, and then 10 extra waiting list folks show up, they will think we lied about how many people are attending.  The end result is, we get asked to go home.  Please respect the RSVP list.  Unexpectedly showing up typically results in a 'no-show' for that event.

I just got an email saying my RSVP has been removed, what's up?

If your RSVP doesn't reflect as "Paid" by midnight the day you RSVP, you may be removed from the RSVP list to allow someone else who is willing to pay.  Once you are removed, you can rejoin the waiting list.

(NOTE: I'm REALLY flexible. If you need a few extra days for your payment to paypal to complete, just send me an email BEFORE you lose your spot -- not after.)

What if I cannot pay Midnight?

Contact the organizer to let them know you need more time.

I am on the "waiting list", but we're good buddies and I've been in the group for years, can you move me up on the list, good-ol'-boy style?

Nope. I love you like family. And just like family, I hate drama. The wait-list will move in order of first-come-first-promoted. Its the only fair way.

I have a complaint and I want to post it in open-air comments?

Please address your comments / complaints / gripes to me via personal email. If you think something's not right and I agree, it will get addressed ASAP. The "comments" section is for things you think would be interesting to the entire group -- [i]if you have something *I* need to know, address it to me via personal email.

An exchange of conflicting information posted in comments can lead to photowalkers being confused about the event's details. Send your comments directly to the organizer if you need to address them with a comment or question.

I'm seriously new to the group / This is my first event. I don't understand what to do next.

No problem. A couple of nights before each event, I send out the "last minute updates". This email contains a lot of extra info not posted on the open meetup. If you are horribly confused after reading that email, reply back and I'll walk you through your questions.

I don't use PayPal. What are my options?

Start using paypal.  RSVPs are secured by your paypal payment.  If you had your buddy the money and he pays on your behalf, I'm ok with that.

What if I have Paypal "Issues"?

We can be flexible, but need to hear from you. Send the organizer an email.  Payment needs to be secured within 48 hours of the event, so don't wait until Friday to say you're paypal account is currently frozen by the NSA.

How does the RSVP policy work?

The RSVP, Paid RSVP, and No-Show policies are posted here:

There were too many words in this FAQ, so I didn't bother reading it, is that a problem?

Not really. I wrote it and didn't bother reading it. But if something goes screwy, we both will be referring to it for answers.

I have another question not listed here, how do I contact the group organizer or host?

Information about how to contact a Meetup group organizer can be found at this link:

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  • Denis W.

    Great tips, I always learn something new from your classes, Joe. Thanks for taking the time to organize the class and for preparing the e-book.

    April 29, 2014

  • Mary B.

    Great class to spur me on to practice and get more out of my photography by sharing and learning at the same time. Thanks Joe

    April 28, 2014

  • Jackie C.

    Very informative...I am glad that I went. Looking forward to the ebook and taking another class!

    April 28, 2014

  • Debbie H.

    Thanks Joe for your time and sharing your knowledge it was very informative can't wait till the next one and start practicing what we learned

    April 27, 2014

  • Wanda

    They tips on editing really helped. I am don't feel like I need to keep everything I shoot.

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry i missed the first one

    April 27, 2014

  • Scott W

    Good pointers and tips from Joe! Well done

    April 27, 2014

  • Ann Z.

    Great class! Good information and exercises. I am looking forward to the next class.

    April 27, 2014

  • Paula

    Once again Joe, thank- you for sharing both your time and knowledge. I'm looking forward to getting out and shooting.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Kaaren C.

    I always come away from one of these seminars inspired to make my photography better or different. Joe you gave us a lot of challenges tonight to help me accomplish those goals.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Janet M.

    Oh how I hate to do this but I won't be able to attend. Sorry if this causes any inconvenience, Joe!

    April 26, 2014

  • Joe N.

    I do not have one

    April 25, 2014

    • Joe L.

      You don't have one ... what?

      April 25, 2014

  • Debbie H.

    Hi Joe,
    Can you bring a photo vest in blue or green thanks.
    Debbi hale

    April 25, 2014

  • Joe N.

    To Joe Lippeatt: There was an issue with the login to the page. I am signed up. Thanks,

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • Joe L.

      I sent you an email, hope that helps.

      April 14, 2014

  • Joe N.

    To Joe Lippeatt: I am a new member and would like to sign up for the April 26 class. But when I hit RSVP for the class, it does go to the payment screen. How do I sign up otherwise? Thanks for your help!

    April 13, 2014

  • Monique

    I hope there will be other chances to have this class. I will be out of town on this date :(

    April 11, 2014

  • Rachel G.

    Sounds awesome! Are there any copies of the materials from the workshop? Maybe slides or something? Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    April 5, 2014

  • Brenda Whitmire S.

    No, no, no! I have a family wedding on the 26th!!! Guess I'll have to wait till the next time! :-(

    April 4, 2014

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