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Meet fellow shutterbugs near you! Come to a Photography Meetup to talk about the latest gear, swap tips and techniques, share your images and stories, and have fun doing it!

From beginner to pro we welcome all brands and think that everyone can learn from each other. We have a group of great diversity and that brings out new perspectives.

Come to enjoy, learn, and participate, but leave your ego at the door.

Please note, we are not affiliated with any other area photography group. As far as we know we're one of the oldest and largest of the Charlotte regional groups.

We have rules and policies on group usage, we ask that you please become familiar with them before broadcasting to our group: http://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Photographers/about/

We are a very friendly group with a few monthly meeting to gather and share lessons & tips, reports from our special interest groups, and a foundation for the month ahead. We encourage you to come if you can but if not find an event or meetup more central to you. We encourage everyone to participate to help make the group the best it can be. We're only going to be as good as our membership so your help is appreciated.

With a group of our size and activity level, Meetup.com requires us to utilize an annual dues structure. However we want you to make sure this group is right for you before having to pay in. That's why we offer a 60 day trial membership so you can check out our events and activities. After that 60 day period annual dues are required to attend any of our events.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Sunday School: Critique

Fenix Fotography: Charlotte Business Headshots and Advertising Photography

Feedback is a critical (pun intended) component in growing as a craftsman/woman or artist. In the photographic world we refer to formal feedback as a critique. I'm sure many of you have posted photos to various websites and groups only to hear everyone glow and sparkle over how much they love your pictures. While that may be great for the ego it isn't necessarily productive for someone trying to get better at what they do. We need constructive criticism in order to hone our skills. To that end we have created an ongoing critique session. The Sunday Morning Critique will be held as often as possible in an effort to give people ongoing, helpful criticism so that they may improve their work. Photos can be brought in either print or digital format. Prints should be large enough that we can all see gathered around a table. Digital files must be in jpeg format and on a thumb drive or SD card. There will not be web access for downloading. Please bring 1 photograph to be critiqued. If the group is small, we may consider a second one. While the object isn't to hurt people's feelings, sometimes objective comments can be taken wrong way. Comments will always be kept honest, and helpful. If you think that you trend toward the thin skinned then these events may not be for you. Coffee /water provided. In the interest of time this event has an attendance cap. Due to that, CPG's attendance policy will be in effect and enforced. If you RSVP to the event then you are expected to attend. If for some reason you can not attend you are expected to remove yourself from the RSVP list no later than 3 hours before the event begins. If you are on the waitlist then you should keep a close eye to see if you have been moved onto the RSVP list. Meetup.com does not always send out list notification emails in a timely manner so it is your responsibility to keep an eye on this.

CPG Movie Club: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. (NSFW)

Fenix Fotography: Charlotte Business Headshots and Advertising Photography

In anticipation of the upcomming Mapplethorpe biopic starring Matt Smith, I figured it'd be good to do a little academic prep. Thus, this installment of movie club. (108 min) "In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to "Look at the pictures," while denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality and fetishism – and ignited a culture war that rages to this day. More than 25 years later, the HBO Documentary Films presentation Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures does just that, taking an unflinching, unprecedented look at Mapplethorpe's most provocative work. From acclaimed filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (Inside Deep Throat; HBO's Wishful Drinking and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), and produced by Katharina Otto-Bernstein (Absolute Wilson), the film is the first feature-length documentary about the artist since his death from AIDS in 1989 (at age 42), and is the most comprehensive film on Mapplethorpe ever made. The film goes inside preparations for two landmark Mapplethorpe retrospectives, at The J. Paul Getty Museum and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), utilizing the exhibitions as a jumping-off point to tell the complete story of Mapplethorpe's life and work, and to explore the interplay between his personal and professional lives. A fresh, fascinating and candid look at an iconic and divisive figure, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures shines a light on a controversial artist who helped turn contemporary photography into a fine art." ----------------------------------- We meet about once per month to watch a film about photography: sometimes a documentary about photography or a photographer, sometimes a film in which photography is central to the plot, sometimes an engaging instructional film. After the film, we can discuss it for a bit. If it's a biopic we may have examples of the photographer's work ahead of time. Complimentary movie refreshments will be on hand. Getting here: Fenix Fotography isn't hard to find. Generally, trust your GPS. Most of them get it right. However . . . . It's located in Noda, just about two blocks off the main drag in "The Colony." From the intersection of 36th and North Davidson, head north up North Davidson Street (toward the Johnson and Mecklenburg Mills). The Colony is on the right across from Mecklenburg Mill. Turn right on to Patterson and the right again onto Chagall. You'll feel like you are entering the back of the building. Park along the street on Patterson or Chagall, or in the group of NON-RESERVED spaces to the left of the building at the end of Chagall. Just don't park in a space marked "Reserved." Because of space, this event has an attendance cap. Accordingly, CPG's attendance policy will be in effect. Your RSVP “yes” is a commitment to attend. If plans change and you cannot, please remove yourself from the RSVP list no later than 8 hours before the event. If you are on the waiting list, keep a close eye to see if you have been moved to the “yes” list. Meetup.com does not always promptly send out list change emails, so it is your responsibility to monitor your status on the waiting list. We need also to prepare for the right size group. Thanks in advance for cooperation.

Silver & Suds

Salud Cerveceria

This is a recurring social event for analog photography enthusiasts. We'll meet at different breweries around the city to discuss photochemical photography. Silver and Suds is an opportunity for the more eccentric shooters among us to get together and geek out on what we enjoy best. Analog Photography! We'll show off images, talk about darkroom techniques, look at prints, discuss film tests. It's a place to talk alternative processes, home development, and show off parts of your camera collection. Ask questions! Get opinions and critiques! Organize other photography events! All is welcome as long as it's about photochemical photography. Don't be afraid to grab a chair and find a way into the conversation or bring up your own questions. This is a free-form gathering and as such has an element of intended chaos.

January Monthly Contest - Hope

Flaming Chicken Studios

This is a non-event. No one can RSVP for it and no one can attend it. Its sole purpose is to serve as a place to upload your contest entry for the month of January, 2019. You can even upload from your mobile device. The contest prompt for January is below: Assignment: Hope Simply upload your contest entry just as you would add a picture to any other event. Upload it to this event using the "Add photos" button link near the bottom of the event description. Our contest is open to all current members of CPG in good standing. Photos must be made in January, 2019. Limit: one entry per member. Contest entries close at 11:59 p.m., 02/02/19. Pictures posted after this time and date will be ineligible for competition. Winners of last month's contest are ineligible for the current month's contest. If you wish to participate in the assignment with additional photos or are otherwise ineligible (officers and board members, last month's winner), simply add them to our Flickr site with the tag CPMG0219SA. Here's a link to our Flickr group. https://www.flickr.com/groups/charlotte-flickr-meet/ There are additional details on our message board in this discussion. https://www.meetup.com/Charlotte-Photographers/boards/thread/51869448 If you have any questions about how this works please post them in the comments below.

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