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AZ Shutterbugs West Pages

Welcome to Az Shutterbugs West

You have found our outstanding Digital Photography Group.

This group is for digital photographers of all skill levels. We come together to learn, share and shoot. From beginner to advanced, we share our enthusiasm and joy of getting out there and shooting together!

We invite you to join us if you would like to participate in any of our list of activities:

· Regular monthly meetings at our clubhouse in Phoenix
· Show off your work at monthly meeting gallery
· Possible one-on-one Mentoring
· Use of a photographic book library
· Digital imaging resources
· Expert speakers
· Tips and advice
· Field trips with others in the group
· Host or attend workshops on topics such as composition, lighting, technical setup, and much much, more
· Enter regular photo contests with themes
· Quarterly competitions
· Share information and knowledge
· Meet new people and shoot the world around us
· And best of all... make new friends while taking pictures and having FUN!

You can find us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook....

Policy & Procedures for AZ Shutterbugs West

We’re glad you found us! This group is about digital photographers of all skill levels coming together to learn, to share, and to shoot. On behalf of AZ SHUTTERBUGS WEST, we welcome all members and visitors to our site. We were an affiliate of the original AZ Shutterbugs of Mesa, AZ but are an independent group.

We believe that photography is an art, a science, a craft, a joy, a challenge and a never-ending journey into light and shadow and color. It's a lot like life itself in that it is everything you can see and things you don't. The success of a great photograph is being able to capture the "perfect" image. What makes a photographer great is being able to capture those "perfect" images time after time after time.

This group is here to enjoy the journey and share it with others, whether we become the next great photographer or not. Below you will find the details of how we work and how to join us. Please feel free to look around.

If you have questions, please contact any member with a Title after their names for help. They should be able to get an answer for you.

Monthly Meeting

We have a monthly meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. We usually meet at the Black Bear Diner on Bell Rd., on occasion we do meet elsewhere, the details of which are posted on the detail page for each date page. The meetings last about 2 hours.

We also have a monthly Workshop Meeting on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 9 a.m. Please check the calendar for the details, as these can be held at many different places.

At the monthly meeting we have a variety of activities. Each month we attempt to have at least 1 of the following along with sharing information:

Monthly Show n Share
Bring your favorite photo to the meeting and we will hang it for everyone to admire during the meeting or email it to the organizer to share. This photo Show n Share is for us to admire each others work, not for critiquing each others work.

Monthly Challenge
Every month we have a photo challenge, the topic is posted on the months detail page, the winner gets a ASW bean bag and gets the front page photo spot from one month to the next.

Digital imaging resources, Expert speakers, Tips and advice
When possible, the monthly meeting will include a speaker or a mini workshop or a show & tell for tips and advice.

Group field trips
Any member can suggest a group field trip. A member can post the idea on the message board to get the feedback of the group, suggest the idea at a monthly meeting, or gets the help of an Asst. Organizer in bringing the idea to the group. We have no restrictions on where a field trip can take place. Please check the message board to see examples.

We have workshops on topics such as composition, lighting, how to work with photo editing software such as Photoshop or Elements, and many other subjects.

We encourage all members that have an idea for a workshop to post it on the message board or suggest it at a monthly meeting.

Workshops can be held at the clubhouse, a rented studio, a member’s home, or an appropriate public place.

We encourage members with experience in a subject to host a workshop.


While guidelines and policies are kind of a bummer they do let us all know where we stand and they create some resemblance of a finely tuned Organization. All of the pages in the "About Us” section are subject to change without notice. Important changes will be emailed to members.

Please check from time to time for updates. This group is based on participation.
The FUN factor is directly proportionate to your involvement.


Anyone with an interest in photography may join the group, and there are no minimum gear requirements for joining. Members have a variety of cameras, everything from point-and-shoots to professional. New photographers can benefit from membership since they can ask others for tips and info.

The basic requirements are a keen desire to have fun, meet friends, learn about digital photography, and share with others what you know and learn.
Before joining the group we ask you to review our group guidelines and policies. Please note that requests to join will be denied if you have not completed your profile or do not have an email address available. If you block your Email button, your membership will be closed.


We only have a few rules/steps that are easy to follow:

Answer the Membership Request Email that you received from the Organizer.

  • Join
  • Fill out this group’s Join us information
  • Send the Organizer 1st and last name as well as a phone number where you can be reached. Your number will only be used when needed by one of the organizers.
  • Please fill out all the profile questions and add a picture. We understand that you may not wish to place a photo of yourself; we suggest that you use a picture you have taken, as long as it contains no nudity or anything that may be offensive.

Your request to join will be processed as soon as possible after receiving your acknowledgement email. If approved you will be sent a Welcome E-mail.


To be an active member of this group you MUST do the following:

· Sign into the group web page every 30 days by entering your email address and
password. does keep track.
· Attend at least 4 meetings a year.

Participate in at least 4 Group events a year (an event is any function where we go as a
Group). (A year is from the date you signed up for the Group)
· RSVP to Group meetings and events
. The minimum is to post photos in any of the Open Albums at least once every 4 months.

Make sure that the email address you have provided to us is correct and active. Closing off the meetup email can get you removed from the group. Some people have more than one email address so please make sure it is one that you use all the time. You will be emailed when a new Meetup is posted, event reminders to RSVP, changes about events and monthly challenges. These items help keep you as an active member in the group. The organizer will always start a title with "ASW" when sending email messages.

If we do not hear from or see you for 90 days, we will assume that you're no longer interested in the group and we will consider you a non-active member and you will be removed by the Organizer.
If for any reason you cannot be active for a period of time, please email the Organizer.
We understand that life can get in the way. If you are removed, you will be notified. There are no hard feelings here. You will be welcome to rejoin the group at any time. The only way this group will be fun and exciting is to have active members.


Setting your RSVP is part of being an active member. Yes or No lets us know you are choosing which meetings, events or workshops you can or cannot attend. We depend on your answer when we arrange meetings, events and outings. We respect your choice.

It is courteous to accept or decline an invitation within a few days of receiving it. The same goes for adjusting your RSVP if your plans change. You should update your RSVP as soon as your plans change. If that's within 24 hours of the event, you should personally contact the Organizer via email or phone to tell them about the change.

· If you RSVPed Yes, show up to the event. If you can't show up, you need to change your RSVP accordingly
· If you RSVPed No, you must contact the organizer to verify space availability if you later plan to attend
· If you RSVPed yes but do not show up 3 times, you will be removed from the group.


The foundation of this group is respect for each other, respect for each other’s personal privacy, and the fostering of respect for all things in general.


We have put together a Lending Library of photography books, magazines, etc.

The Library is stored at the Clubhouse. It works on the honor system for borrowing and returning items.
The following criteria applies for use of the Library:

· Please put down your name, phone #, e-mail address, date, and the name of the item that you are checking out. (The forms to be filled out are with the items)
· You are allowed to keep the item(s) for one month and it is YOUR responsibility to bring it (them) back by the next meeting.

Your cooperation is imperative to make this honor system work.

If you would like to help the Library please feel free to donate resources. Items you have owned and have benefited from can benefit someone else. Pass it on.

Please contact our Librarian (Diana Gunning) either in person at a meeting or by e-mail if you have something you would like to donate to the library so we can put it on our inventory list. All items belong to AZ SHUTTERBUGS WEST Library after donation.


An Event Coordinator takes responsibility for a single event, such as a yearly trip.

The criteria and responsibilities for Event Coordinator are as follows:
· A desire to lead a Group Event.
· Communicate and clear Event ideas and dates with the group's organizers prior to posting to the group’s calendar.
· Commit to a date and itinerary for your chosen event and follow through as planned.
· Check information about location being used for the event, such as fees, parking, etc.
· Manage communication with and generally care about the wellbeing of members who RSVP -- before, during and after the event.

If you would like to be an Event Coordinator please contact the Organizer or an Asst. Organizer.

An Assistant Organizer is responsible for coordinating with the other Asst. Organizers and the Organizer to add or change group information. They also organize and manage a variety of meetings, events and outings. They basically run the group.

Any member is eligible to become and remain an Assistant Organizer.

The criteria for becoming an Assistant Organizer is as follows:
· A desire to lead Group Events.
· Communicate and clear Event ideas and dates with the group's organizer prior to posting to the groups calendar.
· Commit to a date and itinerary for their chosen event and follows through as planned.
· Manage communication with and generally care about the wellbeing of members who RSVP -- before, during and after the event.

The criteria for remaining as an Assistant Organizer for the group is as follows:
· Continue to lead events using same criteria as above.
· Lead events for the group at least 4 times a year.
· Perform and manage non-Event based tasks, such as greeting new members when they sign up, etc.


In an effort to pass on knowledge and help each other, we have started a mentoring program. A group of our experienced members have agreed to work with members who would like help with different areas of digital photography. This one-on-one mentoring can be for up to 3 months.

To find a possible mentor, please check the “Message Board” or ask an Asst. Organizer for information.

The criteria for becoming an mentor is as follows:
· Be an active member for at least 4 months.
· Have a comfortable level of experience in an area of digital photography.
· Be willing to share that experience with 1 or more members, one-on-one by email or in person for a maximum of 3 months

The criteria for being mentored is as follows:
· Fill out your “Bio.”
· Be an active member for at least 2 months.
· Be willing to work with the Mentor for a Maximum of 3 months.


Our calendar page is where you will find a monthly listing of meetings, events, outings and information tied to a date. The organizer and the assistant organizers post items to the calendar.

If you have an event or an outing idea you would like to add to the calendar, please contact the organizer or one of the assistant organizers


The photo page is great place to look around. Photos are being added all the time.

Every active member can post photos to the Photo page in one of the albums. Please keep others in mind when posting.

· We use it to show off our work, whether from a monthly challenge, group outing or individual adventure.
· We use it to display our monthly challenge winners. The shot of the month becomes the Album cover.
· We use it to display a photo that we are discussing as a group.
· And we use it to share fun shoots!

You are welcome to check it out. So look around and see how much fun we are having!


The message boards are our way to communicate with each other at any time. We share ideas, advice, ask and answer questions, pass on information about classes, and a whole bunch more.

We encourage our members to share but please keep in mind we all have different opinions, ideas and experiences, so when posting please respect others and their opinions. Remember, what you say today you must live with tomorrow.

We also use it to post ideas for possible photo activities. If you have an idea for a photo activity, you post it. Then members will let you know what they think.

It is also used to coordinate times and places when an activity is planned.

Additionally please adhere to the following policies:

Crude or fowl language will not be tolerated and will be removed by the organizers.


Regular and participating members can let each other know if they have any photography related items for sale or trade on this open Discussion Message at the top of the Message Board page.
We also have a section on the COMPANION PHOTO SITE to place photos of these items.

Members are free to announce photography events in the community or other photography related organizations on the message boards for the benefit of the group.

Message Boards & Commercial Advertising
Use of the message boards for personal or political exploitation, or commercial advertising (whether by the operator of an organization, or by others on behalf of an organization) is discouraged and is subject to deletion by the organizer. Anyone wishing to advertise a business or an external event is welcome to bring it up at a monthly meeting to discuss the benefits to the group. Please inform the Organizer of the month of your intention to mention the subject at the meeting.


We have a Share Our Stuff Page where members list items they are willing to lend to other members. The member lending and the member borrowing decide the details of the arrangement. The group has no responsibility for these transactions.


This is a page of links that everyone in the group can use to add information that could be helpful to the group, such as links to Product Review sites, Where to Shop & Buy sites, Support sites, and Workshops & Tutorials sites.


This section of the site is used to send mass E-mails to the group. This feature is restricted and used mostly by the Organizers to send messages to all members at one time.

When responding to a Mailing List message, keep in mind that any reply will go to all the members of the group.


Q) Does this group cost money to join?

Q) Who can join?
This group is for digital photographers of all skill levels who are willing to share.

Q) "I am a beginner photographer, will I fit into this Club?"
ABSOLUTELY! We have beginner to advanced experience level members. We have a Mentoring program to help beginners.

Q) What does my membership include?
Participation in all group activities.

Q) Do Hosts get anything for hosting an event?
A huge Thank You!

Q) Hosting isn’t enough power. I want to be an Assistant Organizer. How can I become one?
Please read the details above in the ASSISTANT ORGANIZERS AND EVENT COORDINATORS section.

Q) I don't want to Host or be an Organizer, but I do have an idea for an event. How can I make it happen?
Post it on the Message Board or Talk to any Asst. Organizer.

Q) Where are events held?
All over the valley and the state, sometimes even out of state.

Q) How do I find an Asst. Organizer?
On the "ABOUT " page and on the Membership list.

Q) Will there be at least one shoot every month?
In general, we will have at least 1 monthly "shoot” where we go somewhere or set something up at the clubhouse or at a member’s house.

Q) Will there be photography workshops, to teach me more?
Yes, we intend to have all kinds of workshops.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
SHARE PILE March 12, 2009 2:04 PM KC
RSVP POLICY March 12, 2009 1:49 PM KC
MEETING NOTES March 12, 2009 1:47 PM KC
MENTORING PROGRAM March 12, 2009 1:45 PM KC
NEWS and INFORMATION UPDATES March 12, 2009 1:22 PM KC
About AZ Shutterbugs West September 20, 2012 5:14 PM KC

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