The Vancouver Photography Meetup Group
The Vancouver (Canada) Photography Meetup is a group looking to meet often and learn about all aspects of photography and photographic art. We aim to regularly seek information and share our knowledge freely, collaborate to create excellent experiences for learning, to make friends, and to help each other realize our own creative potential.
Our membership ranges from new beginner photographers, through the full range of amateurs and hobbyists, to pros, (all with a respect and appreciation for manual and digital technologies), AND we have members with an interest in photography from various perspectives... such as designers, artists and models. The greatest part of this is we're all proud to be part of this diverse group.
What We Do
Based on feedback from the entire group through our Polls
, our activies include:
- Go out on field trips with others in the group for recreation
- Host workshops on topics such as composition, technical setup, and gear demos
- Regular photo challenges with themes
- Share information and knowledge amongst ourselves on our Message Boards and event comments
- Network with other photographers and those interested in photography
- Meet new people, learn about each other and the world around us
- And best of all... make new friends, get out and about in Vancouver, and have FUN!
Membership & Participation
Anyone may join the group, and there are no minimum gear requirements for joining. In fact, membership is not limited to photographers but may include anyone interested in photography or photographic art. New photographers may benefit from membership as they may ask others to help with their first camera purchase. Models, artists and designers (and others, including art historians and photography lovers) are all welcome to become part of our group. The basic requirements are a keen desire to have fun, meet friends, learn about photography and photographic art, and share with others what you know and learn.
There are no requirements for remaining active. A member may be removed from the group for inactivity if the Meetup.com site purges the member's account based on an inactive email address (which they do from time to time). Should the system remove a member because of inactivity, that person may sign up again at any time.
Photo Albums, Compliments & Critiques
Members submitting photos are subject to the general policies by Meetup.com for the nature of content posted to any Meetup group site. Members of The Vancouver Photography Meetup group are encouraged to post their own personal photos to the Photo Albums on the group site to share with other members, and the members viewing these photos should respect the copyright of those submitting the photos.
The various photo albums on our Group site are set up for specific purposes and the photos posted in these albums should conform to the purpose laid out. For example, photos may be posted to an album that is created as a result of a group Meetup event by members who participated in the event. Photos posted in response to group "Photo Challenges" should adhere to the instructions of the individual challenge. Photos submitted to the monthly Miscellaneous Members' Photos album must be taken by the person submitting the photo.
With respect to posting comments as feedback on photos posted by other members, as decided by the group in August 2010 (see Message Board thread
), the following shall form the guidelines for all members posting comments:Compliments
This group encourages all members to provide encouragement and compliments to each other about the photos they post, remembering that many members are very shy about posting their photos. First and foremost this group wishes to create a safe and supportive environment for members to share their photos on the site.Critiques & Criticisms
In order to maintain a safe environment for members to post their photos to the site, all members of this group are required to refrain from posting ANY "critiques" or "criticisms" of other members' photos that are posted on the site -- unless the photos are posted to the "Critique Requests
" Album. This will be the ONLY exception. (See below for guidelines on "Using the Critique Requests Album".)
If the person posting the photo asks a specific question about "how to improve a photo", general comments "in context" of the specific question can be made, but a more appropriate response to a request for advice would be: "Gee, that's an excellent question! Why don't you post your photo with that question to the the Critique Requests album?"Using the Critique Requests Album
The purpose of the "Critique Requests
" album is to provide members of the group with a forum to ask questions and receive advice from other members, in a safe and controlled environment. The following shall form the policy for using this album:
Photo Limits & Restrictions in Albums
- Any member may add a photo to the Critique Requests album. The photo must be the work of the person posting the photo and may be from that person's archive.
- Members are encouraged to continue to post photos to albums related to group events and challenges - and if members wish to ask for advice on a photo, they are encouraged to leave the original photo in the album it was originally posted to, and that they add the photo again to the Critique Requests album. We ask that members do not use the Move feature between albums.
- Members may post up to one photo per week, per person to the Critique Requests album.
- Each photo added to the Critique Requests album MUST include a specific question in the Caption of the photo. If general comments are desired, the appropriate Caption question would be: "I'm not sure what's wrong with this photo, but I think it could be better. What do you think?". Members responding to photos in the Critique Album that do not have a question in the Caption are encouraged ask the member posting the photo to state the advice desired in the photo's Caption before providing a critique of the photo.
- Any member may give advice in response to a comment on a photo posted to the Critique Requests album, as they see fit. Discussions with the person who posted the photo in the Critique Requests album, and between those giving advice is encouraged, but should be contained to be "in context" with the original question in the Caption.
- The general tone in the Critique Requests album shall be respectful between all members. Any concerns about disparaging remarks should be brought to the attention of the Organizer who will deal with the matter directly with those involved. The final decision to resolve disputes will be at the discretion of the Organizer.
There are no restrictions for the number of photos that can be posted to the Monthly Albums by members (within reason!). The photos must be authored by the person posting and can be taken during the month or from the member's personal archive. The photos for the current month's album is intended for photos uploaded during that month and not necessarily "taken" in that month.
Members should respect the instructions laid out in the Virtual Challenges for number of allowable photos that can be posted to the challenge's album from personal archive and taken during the challenge start and end dates. Each challenge may have a different limit for photos, so please check the instructions before posting. Any photos that do not meet the intention or instructions for the challenge will be moved out of the challenge album to the monthly Misc. album without notice.
The organizer is responsible for the fees for the group to Meetup.com (which amounts to about $15 per month). Other costs as they arise are also the responsibility of the organizer. The optional annual membership fees collected from members will contribute to the costs associated with the group. All monies collected will be used to benefit the group, at the discretion of the organizer.
Respect & Personal Privacy
The foundation of this group is respect
; respect for each other, respect for each others' personal privacy, and the fostering of respect for all things in general.
Any racist, religious, sexist or otherwise inappropriate (e.g., negative, argumentative or bullying) remarks posted anywhere on the site by a member (or guest) that are directed at the Organizer, another member, a member's contributions of comments or photos, or at the group, its web page or events, will be dealt with harshly and in a timely manner, at the discretion of the Organizer.
Further, this particular group is interested in exploring and supporting personal privacy in the world of photography vis a vis the delicate and controversial issues around snapping pictures of people without their permission. This group is not about having fun while exploiting photos taken of people (and posting such photos on the Internet), or playing games of "paparazzo", or otherwise supporting the notion of carefree snapping of people whether of group members or of the public, without due respect.
Assistant Organizers & Event Organizers
The group organizer is responsible for appointing Assistant and Event Organizers based on members' desires to help out.
Members are encouraged to become an event organizer and remain in this role as long as they are willing/able. The critieria for becoming
an event organizer is as follows:
- A desire to lead Meetup Events that are included or aligned with the group's Poll Results, and Field Trip suggestions
- Communicates and clears Event ideas and dates with the group's organizer prior to posting
- Commits to a date and itinerary for their chosen event and follows through as planned
- Manages communication with and generally cares about the well being of members who RSVP -- before, during and after the event
- Uses the group's tools appropriately for communication around events as set out with the assistant by the group's organizer
The criteria for remaining
as an event organizer for the group includes:
- Continue to lead events using same criteria above
- Lead events for the group at least once every three months, or as arranged with the organizer.
Message Boards & Commercial Advertising
Use of the group site, comments or 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 external event is welcome to contact the organizer to discuss benefits and the best method of communicating it to the group.
Members are free to announce photography events in the community or other photography related organizations in comments and on the message boards for the benefit of the group. Members may also advertise (shamelessly!) their own businesses or brag about anything else on the Shameless Advertising thread on the message board.
The Fine Print
- The Vancouver Photography Meetup Group is not a democracy. The Organizer of this group is in charge, pays the fees to Meetup Inc., and provides this group as a forum for all of our fun activities.
- By joining this group, you agree to abide by the Group Guidelines which are strictly enforced by Organizer.
- If you sign up to join an Event in this Group, you are making a commitment to show up on time and to update your RSVP to "No" if you change your mind. If you have RSVP'd "Yes" for a popular event and you do not show up -- you will be marked as a "No Show", and risk being denied attendance at other popular events. Those who have three "No Show" marks will be removed from the group at the discretion of the Organizer.
- By signing up for Meetup.com, you agree to the Meetup Terms of Service. Section 6.2 of this agreement releases the organizers and event hosts from any liability related to incidents that occur at Meetup gatherings.
- Waiver of Liability: By joining as a member of the Vancouver Photography Meetup Group, or joining a group event, you assume responsibility for yourself, your equipment, your guests, and your pets.