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May Monthly Meeting

The theme, as announced at the April meeting: Choose an inspirational photo by a professional photographer. The photographer or photo doesn't have to be famous, just an example of an image that you would like to be able to capture. Look at the photo critically--technically, compositionally, emotionally--and then try to recreate it. For some more reading, check out this blog post by photographer Laurence Kim. This might be a good place to create a collage or diptych (the topic at the Feb meeting) to show the inspiration photo and yours side by side.
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Here's the rundown on how the monthly meeting goes.

1. "Pick Three" slideshow:
Members are asked to submit 3 photos in advance of the meeting to share with the group. The photos are combined into a slide show. Then as the photos are presented you'll have an opportunity to introduce yourself and talk a little about your photos. The group also has an opportunity to offer up praise, constructive criticism, or ask questions about your pictures.

2. Technique Presentation and Discussion:
Each month, we will present a short (10-15 min) presentation on the monthly topic. After the presentation, we will take some time to engage the group about the topic and techniques and answer any questions. This is an opportunity for you to share your knowledge and experience too.

3. General Discussion:
When we are done sharing everyone's photos, we will open up the group to general discussion. This is where you can have your questions answered by a large diverse group of photographers. Sometimes we will continue the discussion over drinks nearby.

When to submit your pictures
The week before the monthly meeting, we will reminding those of you who RSVP'd to submit your photos.

Where to submit your photos
To submit your photos post them to our Flickr group (http://www.flickr.com/groups/madphotomeetup/) and make sure to tag them "May2013Meeting" or they might get missed. For help posting to Flickr and to the group, see this thread from the discussion board.

What to take pictures of
As for the subject of your pictures, this is very open. The monthly techniques are intended to be somewhat of a homework assignment for you to practice over the following month, so submit these pictures if you were able to participate. Otherwise anything goes (but please keep it PG-13). If you have a picture you just love, send that. If you have a picture that didn't turn out right and you want help, submit that too. In the end, what is really important is that you just go out and shoot, and show us what you did.

When to take your pictures
The goal of this "show and tell" is to make sure people are getting out and taking pictures. So we would prefer if the pictures were taken since the last meeting. If you are new to the group, then by all means pick a few from your portfolio you are especially proud of, but we really want to encourage you to get out and shoot something new.

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  • Matt J

    Glad to have met you...I enjoyed learning about perspective and depth of field...see next time...

    May 4, 2013

  • Vijaya K.

    It was a really good meeting and I also liked all the photos that were presented.

    May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Adam and everyone who puts this together. It was a great meeting.

    May 3, 2013

  • Douglas H.

    Here's what went on in the surrounding businesses in Middleton during the May Monthly Meeting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/douglashoyt/sets/72157633396353905/

    May 3, 2013

  • Eileen W.

    Sorry, couldn't make it tonight!

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I got stuck at work and won't be able to get there after all tonight.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to bail :( BUT: I have an appt. tomorrow to get some Zofran, so should be at June. Are all the photos going to be on Flickr, so I can check them out?

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    May 1, 2013

  • Douglas H.

    That same night in Middleton the Wine Enthusiasts are doing the wine walk (go from business to business and sample wines). If you want you can step out of the library and take pictures of us sloshed Middletonians.

    May 1, 2013

  • Brian S

    Would be nice if people would still post to the flikr group the photo(s) they took so we can see all those there. Not the originals.

    April 30, 2013

  • Adam C.

    Please submit photos to my for this challenge by email. Send me the photo you took and the inspiration photo in an email so we don't have to worry about posting other peoples stuff.

    If you took multiple pictures based on the same images, or tried this challenge multiple times thats great. Send me up to three shots that you took.

    April 30, 2013

  • Brian S

    Instead of picking 3 photos are we doing it differently this time? Should we only post two photos: the one we are imitating and the one we took?

    April 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time attendee. Will be there to observe.

    2 · April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be out of town - have a great meeting! Wanted to share this article on the Stahl House, which was the setting for the photo Kris showed last meeting: http://joncrispin.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/stahl-house-case-study-house-22/

    1 · April 24, 2013

    • Kris H.

      Thx for sharing, Maren!

      April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to try to go! I've been pretty sick at night, hence missing a few of these in a row (oh, the joys of pregnancy). Might not have a picture but can't wait to see what others bring!

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This assignment was more challenging than the last one!!

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lightroom class tonight.

    April 18, 2013

  • Matt J

    my first meetup

    1 · April 15, 2013

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