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May Monthly Meeting - Architecture Photos & Guest Speaker

The theme for this month is Architecture. Go out and practice the ideas and techniques we talked about.

I wanted to let you know that we will be having a special guest speaker at this months meeting. Don Mendenhall, a local photographer, and teacher at CPM will be giving a presentation on finding your signature style. This is a great opportunity to hear from a very talented teacher on an important topic.

More details to follow.


For those of you that are new or are just confused of the format I'll give a quick rundown on how the whole monthly meeting goes.

Meeting Timeline

Pick three slideshow:

I will present a persons pictures, after which I will ask that person to introduce themselves, and then talk a little about one or two of them. Next I will give the group an opportunity to offer up praise, constructive criticism, or ask questions about that members pictures. Then I will move on to the next members photos.

Technique Presentation and Discussion:

Once everyone has arrived, I or someone else will give a quick (10-15 min) presentation on the monthly topic. After the presentation I like to take some time to engage the group about the technique and answer any questions and get others to give their insight and experiences.

General Discussion:

When we are done with everyone's photos I will open up the group to general discussion.This gives people a good opportunity to get questions answered by a large diverse group of photographers.

When to submit your pictures

As to the source of the slideshow photos, the week before the meeting I will begin pestering those of you who RSVPed yes to send me your stuff. There are several ways to do this, which will be detailed in the email.

Where to submit your photos

There are two ways to submit your photos, either through flickr or by email. If you would like to post them to flickr for others in the group to see, post them to our flickr group: and make sure to tag them "May2012Meeting" or they might get missed. If you would prefer to email them to me this is also fine. Send your pictures to me at [masked]

What to take pictures of

As for the source 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 by all means 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. In the end, what is really important is that you just go out and shoot, so 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 I would prefer it if the pictures have been 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 I don't want to see the same pictures month after month.

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  • Vijaya K.

    I was very impressed with the monthly meet. It was my first one too. The group presented nice pictures, and I was also impressed with the constructive feedback provided by everyone.

    May 4, 2012

  • Beth

    the speaker was informative and gave us some questions about ourselves to ponder... and adam as usual, kept the "threes" on a timely manner with plenty of room to comment and ask questions. the nitty gritty afterwards, for the 9 or 10 of us that went, allowed us to sit outside and "talk shop" while enjoying a round of drinks! we toasted adam and wished him the best of luck in his upcoming wedding !!...overall, it was a great night !

    May 4, 2012

  • Marlene J.

    Food for thought - what is my signature style?

    May 4, 2012

  • Adam C.

    Pretty good meeting, a little bit faster than I would have liked, but that was due to my traffic.

    Nice to have a different perspective about photography.

    May 4, 2012

  • Bill

    Don's presentation was a little vague, but it had to be. He couldn't possibly present a signature style for everyone present. I look forward to the next meeting to see everyone's signature. I've got a couple that I use, can't narrow it down to just one; at least not right now.

    May 4, 2012

  • Brian S

    I enjoyed the speaker and seeing everyone's photos.

    May 4, 2012

  • Kris H.

    Don Mendenhall's presentation on developing your personal style was fascinating, thought-provoking and interactive. I will definitely look into taking his class sometime. Putting those principles into practice for the next meeting will be a fun challenge!

    May 4, 2012

  • Adam C.

    Should be there. At 7

    May 3, 2012

  • Adam C.

    Massive traffic on the intrrsate I'm going to be late. Talk amongst yourselves

    May 3, 2012

  • Maria T.

    Darcie - I'm coming from the north side of Madison, taking County M. I could always swing by the UW and pick you up. Where are you located?? Text me if you'd like. I'll be heading out in about 15 mins or so. [masked]

    May 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey is anyone traveling from the UW Hospital or Capital area to this meeting who would be willing to give me a ride? The Lib is technically accessible by bus but that area of Madison is a bit of a drag to get to by public transpo. Worst comes to work I'll catch the bus just thought I'd put it out there. It would certainly be appreciated!

    May 3, 2012

  • Adam C.

    If anyone is interested I have a Samsung TL500 that I am thinking about selling for $200.

    This is a top of the line fixed lens camera. It has full manual controls, a largest in class sensor, and a fast 24mm-75mm f[masked] lens.

    This would be a great camera for those looking to step up from a basic point and shoot, without getting into all of the cost involved with an SLR. I will have it at the meeting for anyone interested.

    Here is a pic from it;

    May 3, 2012

  • Adam C.

    The section Where to submit photos details how to send in your pictures for this meeting.

    May 2, 2012

  • Adam C.

    I already reserved us a room at the Alicia Ashman library yesterday, so thats where we will be this month. I can look into possibly doing it somewhere else next month.

    April 10, 2012

  • Marlene J.

    How did everyone like the Fitchburg library? Or could we try the one on Tokay?

    April 9, 2012

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