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Art Director’s Photo Critique + Photo Website Focus Group

Please join Harald Johnson (and the partners of PhoozL) for this interesting weekday-evening meetup. (Note that food & drink will be provided… Yay!) There will be two parts to the meeting: (1) a live photo critique of YOUR *projected*  images by art/creative director, photo contest judge, and photo exhibition curator Harald Johnson; and (2) a “focus group” to run future PhoozL ideas by you and get your feedback/inputs. There is no fee or cost to participate.


6:15 - 7:00: Settle in and start eating, drinking & mingling

7:00 - 8:00: Photo Website Focus Group (~ 1hr)

8:00 - 9:00: Art Director’s Photo Critique (~ 1hr)

+ photo bag giveaway at end

Minimum of 3 and maximum of 12-13 attendees for this meeting.

Attendee Requirements

We want to talk to photo enthusiasts (18+) who are into photo-internet use, who share or upload photos online, and who are hopefully interested in entering an online photo contest. Your photo equipment preferences and skill level do not really matter, but you should be interested in web- or app-based photo activities.

Image Preparation

If you want to have your images critiqued, please submit them *IN ADVANCE*  to: [masked]

IMAGE SPECS: After testing the projector, I changed the image specs to this: send larger-size images so details can be seen. Suggesting pixel dimensions anywhere between 2400x to 3600x (on the longest side); 1200x is the minimum size (longest side). If square, try to get around 1800x or more. File size should not matter as long as you are at these pixel dimensions.

IMAGE SUBMISSION LIMIT: 3 max per person

IDENTIFICATION: To make sure your images are grouped together, please use a common file name prefix; something like your name is good.

Food & Drink

Yes! We will have pizza (various types) and beer plus sodas and water.


One (1) Think Tank photo bag will be raffled off if enough attendees. Must be present to win. ($60 value)

This event is open to all CPI Supporters, Members and the public. You do not have to be a paying member of the CPI to participate in this meetup but will need solid RSVPs.

If you are unsure if you can make it to this event, please do not RSVP. If you RSVP Yes, be sure to follow through with your reservation.

***NOTE: because we are providing food & drinks, we need to estimate how much to buy and bring. Thank you.

Parking at the CPI (LINK)

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  • Christian D.

    Well done last night Harald - thanks for the great presentation!

    October 16, 2013

  • Harald J.

    Thanks to you all for coming to the event last night (and for your interesting comments here). I hope you enjoyed it; I know I did!

    It was great to meet you and to share in your photography. And I thank you for offering your thoughts and opinions in the focus group session about our new site: As we mentioned, it's a work in progress, and if you have any more comments or suggestions about what you would like to see on, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at: [masked]. Thanks.

    Some of the links I mentioned:
    — Paid photo critique site:
    — YouTube Video about Platinum printing:
    — And, of course:

    See you next time!

    October 16, 2013

  • Becky V.

    I really enjoyed last night's meet up. I am very much looking forward to checking out Phoozl. Great and interesting conversation all around. It was not only beneficial to hear critiques of my own photographs, but others as well. I would definitely be into more meet ups like this, or as someone mentioned, small get togethers to provide support and feedback to one another. Thanks again!

    October 16, 2013

  • Jema L.

    So glad I was able to attend (on waiting list). I did not have time to submit photos but really wish I had. Harold's critique's were interesting, and gave me more to strive for in creating my own photos. Also good to see so many members at a gathering. Thank you to Harold and your partner (sorry don't remember his name).

    October 16, 2013

  • Deb S.

    Great exchange of information, increased my awareness of Phoozl and it's website, and great critiques!

    October 16, 2013

  • Gina Elliott P.

    Thank you for a great meetup. It was great to see everyone's work, and now I feel I have a website: Phoozl, that I will be adding to my regular reading schedule while online. I will also be changing the color of my watermark from white to grey -- AND -- making the text on it smaller.. Thanks for the knowledge and good fun!

    October 15, 2013

  • Joan M.

    Very useful and informative. Thanks Harald! (great pizza too :)

    October 15, 2013

  • Peter C.

    Brand newbie member - alas am third on wait list - may send images anyhow!
    fingers crossed

    October 14, 2013

  • KAS

    Just changed my RSVP from "yes" to "no." I'm sorry that I won't be able to come, but I'm glad that someone will be able to take my place. Hopefully something like this will happen again, at some point. ;-(

    October 13, 2013

  • Harald J.

    We're now 48 hours out from the Oct. 15 event! Updates:

    1. RSVPs & WAIT LIST: If you think or know you cannot attend, please change your RSVP (to "no") so those on the Waiting List can move up and attend.

    2. CRITIQUE IMAGES: I have now received images from 8 of you. If you have not sent me images (and want to be critiqued), it's now or never. Please send to me: [masked].
    (image specs are above)

    Thanks. Look forward to seeing you all on the Tuesday night!

    ***NOTE: Please arrive *before* 7:00 so we can start promptly at 7:00. Doors open (and pizza arriving) at 6:15. Harald Johnson
    event organizer

    October 13, 2013

  • Harald J.

    2 Weeks to Go!

    It's exactly 2 weeks until the Oct. 15 event. I'm getting excited but also noticing that NO ONE has sent me their images for critiquing! I need to have these in advance no later than Sunday, Oct. 13 max; need to check and organize the images. So PLEASE send images (3 max) to me at email address shown in signature below ASAP, OK? We will not be able to accommodate camera memory cards onsite, and USB thumb drives will also be a hassle with limited time. SEND IMAGES IN ADVANCE BY OCT. 13. Please. (see image specs above)

    Thanks. Look forward to seeing you all on the 15th!

    Harald Johnson
    event organizer

    P.S. There are several of you who are on the Waiting List. If someone changes their RSVP to "No" the Wait List moves up automatically (I think). We'd like to accommodate everyone but we don't have time to adequately critique more than 12 folks' photos in an hour. Depending on how things work out, maybe we'll add another session in the future.

    October 1, 2013

    • Harald J.

      @Paul: if you want photos critiqued, please send them (x3 max) to me this week. Thanks!

      October 9, 2013

    • Harald J.

      @Becky: You're in! Now send me those photos ;-)

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • Harald J.

    1 Week to Go! Updates...

    1. CRITIQUE IMAGES: I have received images from only 3 people: Gina, Joan, and Chris. PLEASE send me your images IN ADVANCE (via email) by SUN, OCT. 13. If you don't, I will spend a lot of time on Gina's, Joan's, and Chris' images! ;-) (image specs are above and my email address is [masked])

    2. RSVPs & WAIT LIST: To be fair to all, I am leaving the current system as it is. Which means: RSVPers are welcome; Wait Listers will have to wait. SO… ***If you're an RSVPer and do NOT think you will be able to come, PLEASE change your RSVP to "No" so people on the Waiting List can move up.

Thanks. Look forward to seeing you all on the 15th!

    Harald Johnson
    event organizer

    P.S. We will be videotaping during the Focus Group. Please note that this is only for internal record-keeping. The video will NOT be posted, shared or in any way distributed. It's only a backup if we forget to write something down.

    October 8, 2013

  • Harald J.

    If you can only get to the event just before 7:00, that's fine. But try to make it by 7:00, as we'll have a lot to cover.

    Any questions? Looking forward to it!

    September 18, 2013

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