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Tucson Photography Meetup Group - Main Meetup

  • Nov 16, 2013 · 11:00 AM
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* TRIAL RUN: Going to try and blend critique with challenge submssions.  After the challenge members that submitted entries will be given a chance to have their images critiqued.



** Donations: Each month we pass the hat for an appreciated, but not obligated, suggested donation of $2.00 per person which goes towards church usage fees, meetup site yearly dues, equipment & consumables to run the meetings and helps make other events possible.   You are also welcome to contribute at any time by using the below Paypal Donate button:


** Prize!: Challenge Winners Receive 20% Off Their Meal @ Our Social & Lunch
(must be redeemed same day at our Social & Lunch following this meeting)

** This Months Challenge: Candle Light, chosen by our winners Craig McDonald & Alan Kearney, congratulations!  No further description for this one.. shoot what it means to you, just has to have some connection to candle light. 

** This Months Seminar/Tutorial: Photography Myth Busting!

Personally I dislike only knowing something because I was told, I like seeing, knowing, feeling and understanding "why".  Knowledge is power they say.. and I totally agree.

I plan on taking some of the most illusive common photography related statements, rules, guidelines, etc and PROVING them to the point we all "know".   Here are a few for this meeting.

* Do you need a better lens to get sharp pictures OR do you need to understand lighting?  I'll show you how tremendously lighting effects sharpness, you just may stop busying lenses and start studying lighting instead.  It's much cheaper!

* White Balance and perfect colors, the flying unicorn of photography!  Wait until you see this demonstration, you'll never view the world the same way again!

* When is a picture so different from the original scene it "isn't a picture of the scene" anymore.  Boy, is this an old debate or what?   We are about to understand the workings of creating a picture of a scene that next time this debate comes up you'll just smile, nod your head politely and hide your yawning over this one!

I'll do this by showing the all too often confused concept of "picture style" setting in your camera.  Natural, Standard, Landscape, etc.

We will also learn the step by step process of how a digital image is created, only 4 steps.  Once you learn this you'll have a better understanding TONS of your common questions will be answered automatically.  Again, knowledge is power!   Brace yourself for this one, you just might find your camera and lens is only about 20% of the picture quality / look, and the software used to create the viewable image about 80%...  this one is shocking for most people.

If you are serious about wanting to understand photography you really should not miss one.


(we normally finish up around 12:30pm, but can run earlier/later depending on the turn out)

* New members are offered to introduce themselves and share little history on their connection to photography.

* Gadget show and tell: Anyone, bring photography related gadgets to [briefly] explain and/or pass around. This is pot luck and we do 1-3 items. If we don't get yours this time, we'll catch it next time!

* Mention any new note worthy group news or changes (if any).

* Members are offered to share upcoming photography related opportunities

* Members are invited to share recent photography achievements (published, won award, etc).

* Monthly Challenge: (see intro for topic and suggester)
The Challenge has two divisions: No & Light (including right from camera) and Heavy post processing. Members may submit ONE image to each division, it is up to the member to decide which division an image belongs. IMPORTANT: Files must be renamed as follows: yourname_challenge_light.jpg or yourname_challenge_heavy.jpg (see intro for email address and deadline).  Images are to be taken within the time period the topic is announced (since the previous meeting/30 days).

* Before-n-After: Send two images which are before and after (a little or a lot of) processing. Be ready to give a brief explanation of the processing. IMPORTANT: Files must be renamed as follows: yourname_before.jpg and yourname_after.jpg (see intro for email address and deadline).

* Critique: You're invited to send up to TWO images for group comments/feedback. IMPORTANT: Files must be renamed as follows: yourname_critique1-2.jpg (see intro for email address and deadline).

* Portfolio: Send up to 10 of your images to share with us and tell us a little about how you took them. IMPORTANT: Files must be renamed as follows: yourname_portfolio1-10.jpg (see intro for email address and deadline).

--- 10 minute break ---

* Seminar/Tutorial: (see intro for this months topic and host)
Each month we have from 20 minutes to an hour seminar, tutorial, demonstration hosted by members and/or outsides companies. We'd love to have you host one, got and idea? Email it to an organizer or mention it at the meetup.

* Put tables/chairs back (all help much appreciated) and head over to the SLAW (Social, Lunch and Workshop). The SLAW is a separate event and posted individually to our calendar, be sure to RSVP for it!

See you there!

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  • Pearl B.

    I thought the critiquing of the challenge photos worked out really well. I may even enter the challenge. Roger's lesson was great. I learned quite a bit about light and how the camera works, especially the raw vs jpg aspect. I really did enjoy the gadget sharing too. Perhaps that is something we could do two or three times a year as a special section in place of the seminar time.

    November 17, 2013

  • Ellen B.

    Thanks for everyone's comments on my simple pumpkin pic. I've submitted better challenge pics but yesterday I felt more included in the meeting.

    November 17, 2013

  • Roger DiFiore (Roger D.

    yep. gadget ran longer than anticipated. I think the critique /submission blend is going to be a keeper with some tuning up how many/long we critique each image. Always a work in progress. thank you all for attending and your feedback.. it's appreciated.

    November 17, 2013

  • Alan K.

    I have to agree with Gerry and Wes, the gadgetry did go on too long, and I'm one of the people responsible ;`(. It won't happen again, at least not from me! Roger tried to tell me (and I won't listen) "save some for another meetup". I really should have listened Roger, if I had I may have been able to stay til the end of the day. Sounds like I missed some very interesting stuff. Alan

    November 17, 2013

  • Gerry C.

    I agree with Wes. The gadgetry does take too long.

    November 17, 2013

  • Wes S.

    I liked the new Challenge/Critique format. I agree with Ernie, however, that the early part of the meeting (gadgetry) dragged just a bit, which cut into the time for the seminar part of the meeting. Nevertheless, the seminar was---pardon me---"illuminating." As a retired EE who did a lot of testing in a laboratory, I appreciated the test setup(s) and the presentation of the test results. Good stuff... Well Done!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Alan K.

    Roger put on another great session, darn I wish I didn't have to leave early!

    November 17, 2013

  • Ernie S.

    This was my second meeting to attend and I enjoyed most parts of the meeting. The Challenge combined with the Critiques was very effective. I liked the interaction and participation by those in attendance. However, I thought the meeting ran too long, which probably caused Roger D to rush through his tutorial on lighting, color balance, camera settings and RAW vs JPG. A slower pace would have made Roger's information more useful for me.

    November 17, 2013

  • Roger DiFiore (Roger D.

    Today's challenge submissions have been upload, just click on the album link above to view them. Feel free to tag/comment if you'd like.

    Based on all the super positive feedback both here and and in direct emails the new format offering to critique challenge submissions was a huge success. Looks like a keeper!

    and thank you all for the positive feedback and of course your participation. and "good to see all of you".

    November 16, 2013

  • Rosalind

    Thanks, Roger, for the illuminating demo. Great idea to critique challenge entries.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Gerry C.

    Great seminar and I liked the new critique format

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Crystal

    My first meeting enjoyed the feedback that they provided for photos that were submitted. I gained some insight for my next photo shoot.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • BILL G.

    Great seminar..learned much.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Isabel N.

    Terrific seminar!

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • John K.


    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Russell L.

    Excellent program today. Enjoyed the new critique method and also the class.

    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Dean


    1 · November 16, 2013

  • Alan K.

    Hey Roger, didn't you say at our October meeting that the new projector used a different default size? I remember something like 1600 x 1200 pixels, is that correct?
    Alan Kearney

    November 7, 2013

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