RPEG's focus is on photography and photo editing, but Meetup's focus is on getting people together face-to-face. Are you able to attend at least some of our meetings and tutorials? Do you sincerely plan to do so? If so, please continue!
Yes, I plan to do so whenever I get a chance. I believe post-processing is important as well as the initial picture taking process.
Experience isn't required for membership, but we do ask that your main reason for joining be an interest in cameras and photo-editing. What editor (if any) are you using? If Photoshop, which version? Beginner, intermediate, advanced or expert?
I'm probably an intermediate in photo editing. I have both Photoshop Elements 9 and Apple Aperture. I hope to take some of the techniques that you use and apply it to my software programs.
If experienced with your program(s), how did you LEARN the program along the way? Books? Videos? In a formal school curriculum? On the job? Please be as specific as possible
Books, primarily. I like Scott Kelby's books.
If experienced, what areas of photo editing do you consider your strengths? Portrait touchups? Compositing? HDR Imaging? Web? Artistic? Photo Repair? Other? Please specify.
Still trying to find my niche.
What are the areas where you'd especially like to increase your skills?
Portrait touching; bringing out the details in photos without overdoing it.
I've enjoyed photography for many years. I am ready to take it to the next level. I've already taken the first step and got a DSLR for Christmas. I look forward to learning from those more experienced than me to improve my skills.
What Tom K is saying about this Meetup Group
I like it a lot. Steve Drew does a nice job of pulling things together. People are very friendly in this group. Highly recommended!