What we're about

Free, high-quality beginner, intermediate, and advanced creative photography classes, meetup events, and monthly contests. Ongoing weekly constructive commentary and feedback on your work.

ASK YOURSELF

1. Are you interested in improving your photography?

2. Would you like to study and work with other motivated and talented photographers?

3. Are you ready to graduate from boring snapshots to impressive and memorable images?

4. Does being part of a stimulating and supportive group offering sensitive and constructive comments about each others work interest you?

5. Have you ever thought about photography as an art form along with a visual vocabulary to enhance it?

WHAT WE OFFER

• This high-quality program, held at the Broward County Main Library, will help you realize your photographic/artistic potential.

• For newer photographers, we offer an INTRODUCTORY (beginning) program concentrating on camera craft, design and composition.

• For photographers with some or more experience, we have an INTERMEDIATE (ongoing) program that emphasizes the incorporation of light, shadow, mood, space, graphic design and creative camera technique.

• At the ADVANCED level, we have a wonderful group of experienced photographers who meet weekly in order to share their artistic vision. Many have known each other for years. They say it's worth traveling from as far as Miami and Palm Beach and points in between to create a stimulating synergistic experience. New, experienced photographers are always welcome to join us and participate.

• Although only in Fort Lauderdale since 2015, this program began in 2003 at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art, at a considerable cost to the student.

• If you are serious and really love photography, this opportunity is yours at no expense to you other than your willingness to share your knowledge and experience.

• Classes are instructed by Jack Wild, formerly the head of photography at the Boca Raton Museum School of Art and the Delray Beach Center for the Arts.

• CLASSES ARE ONGOING ON A WEEKLY BASIS. IF THERE IS ANY CHANGE OF PLANS, WE WILL POST IT AND EMAIL ALL MEMBERS.

FREE CLASSES

• Introductory Learning How to See
Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

• Intermediate Creative and Artistic Expression
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

• Advanced Salon: Exhibition, Contest, and Publication Level
Saturdays 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

LOCATION

Broward County Main Library 5th Floor
Downtown Ft Lauderdale
100 South Andrews Avenue

PARKING

We don't know if there is free parking somewhere. Here is what we recommend.
1. Drive to the multi-story parking garage at 150 SE 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL ( just east of the library).
2. Park on the 2nd floor in the NW corner.
3. Pay $1.25/hour (using cash, credit card, or app). Consider paying extra so you don't have to leave class early.
4. Put the ticket on your dashboard.
5. Walk across the 2nd floor breezeway connecting the garage and library.
6. Enter the library and walk past the librarians' desk.
7. Take one of the three adjacent elevators to the 5th floor.
8. Walk to 10 o'clock (the NW corner) where our classroom is.

NO NEED TO SIGN UP OR REGISTER.

• We ask only that you be interested in and love photography.

• We appreciate it if you arrive a little early and politely stay until the end.

MAC USERS

Please read our album called "How a Mac User Should Format a USB Flash Drive." You can find it here: https://tinyurl.com/FormatAFlashDrive

NOTE

• We keep our site free of solicitations of any sort.

• We keep our site free of sexually explicit and suggestive images.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT INSTRUCTOR JACK WILD AT 561.414.3588.

Upcoming events (5+)

Enjoy Fine Art Photography Talks by BOB & SUZANNE SCHWARTZMAN (4/20 at 11:00 AM)

BOB and SUZANNE SCHWARTZMAN's fine-art photographs have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and libraries and have won many awards. It is high praise when instructor Jack Wild says that your work could be "a Schwartzman," meaning it makes wonderful use of light and shadow. BOB SCHWARTZMAN has been involved in photography for fifty years. In New York, he taught camera use and darkroom printing and had his own darkrooms. Upon moving to Florida, he became active in many camera clubs and pursued his love of photography. When the camera industry changed, Bob bought a digital camera and learned Adobe Photoshop. He joined the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and attended numerous workshops to maximize his understanding and proficiency. Bob taught Photoshop in community schools, Old School Square, and privately. He attributes his talent in fine-art photography to Jack Wild’s tutelage. SUZANNE SCHWARTZMAN's passions are travel and photography. She is happiest when she is creating images to document her travels, looking at beautiful images, learning from others, and using her expertise to help new photographers. She enjoys photographing people, architecture, urban decay, and street photography. Her mantra is "Look for the Light", which she learned from her teacher Jack Wild. For a glimpse of Suzanne's photos, see https://500px.com/suzanneschwartzman It's a privilege to have Bob and Suzanne show and discuss their fine-art images during our Intermediate class. (Everyone is welcome, not just members of the Intermediate class.) Please arrive before 11:00 a.m. to be courteous to our speakers and to get a good seat.

Join Us for Fine Art Photography Talks by DIANE & JACK KLEIN (4/27 at 11:00 AM)

DIANE DEQUEVEDO KLEIN Is an award-winning, fine-art photographer and world traveler. Her artist's statement follows. Eight years ago, I walked into Jack Wild's class for the first time and my life as a photographer began. Like every one of his students, I was told I could do anything. I was encouraged to do everything. THAT was a revelation. Jack taught us about light and shadow, about the elements of composition; he taught us to appreciate the different ways that a photograph could be beautiful or compelling, or even fail to cohere. And he told us to go out into the world and use these tools to become photographers. This was the greatest gift I'd ever been given--permission to find out who I was and who I could be. No time frame, no parameters, just an open door. An invitation to explore the artist I could be. My method of doing photography is to make photos without pretense and without forethought, images that will show how we are as ordinary human beings. I didn't know it was my method, except in retrospect. Recently, I find myself on a secondary road towards design and architecture. I don't know how to reconcile these two diverse themes, and I won't try to. When I walked into that classroom, I didn't know what my future would be. I didn't know that I was starting a journey. I didn't know how important photography would become for me. And I didn't know that the journey itself was the destination. I am still on the journey. I can't imagine what my next photograph will be, but I can't wait to go out and make it. ​ For a taste of Diane's work, please: 1. Visit her website: https://www.theworldmylensandi.com/ 2. Visit her show in Boca Raton through April 28: https://www.meetup.com/The-Art-Of-Photography-US/events/259332690/ 3. Read my comments: https://www.meetup.com/The-Art-Of-Photography-US/messages/boards/thread/52063665 JACK KLEIN is also a fine-art photographer and world traveler. Additionally, he is an author. His biography/artist's statement were not available for this post. To me, Jack Klein's specialties are making artistic staged photos of female nudes and psychosocial candid photographs of relationships and groups. We look forward to seeing and hearing about Diane and Jack Klein's fine-art photography on Saturday, April 27. Join us!

Attend Our Free "How to Use Your Digital Camera" Class

Broward Main Library

This FREE class will help you understand how your digital camera's controls, functions, and settings operate. Your instructor Rafael Perdomo has had many years of teaching experience helping new photographers get started on the road to better digital photography. If you have questions about your digital camera, then this is the class for you.

Invitation to the Reception for Judy M. King's "Life Force" Photography Show

North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch

I hope you'll visit my first one-woman show, chat with me (Judy M. King), and enjoy some refreshments. Not to brag, but I'm an award-winning, fine-art photographer and organizer for this Meetup group. Reception for "Life Force" Photography Exhibition by Judy M. King Tuesday, April 30,[masked]:00 - 7:30 p.m. North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library 6901 Kimberly Blvd North Lauderdale, FL 33068 DESCRIPTION OF THE "LIFE FORCE" SHOW I like the luxury of lingering over fleeting movement. My camera gives me that super power when I slow its shutter speed. In this show, you'll see active acrobats, dancers, and jumpers with fresh eyes. Their life force is obvious. Thanks to the magic of the zooming technique, I can force life into empty shoes, make the sound of a tuba visible, and morph a woman into a spirit-world leader. Panning stills an arm in a whirlwind of movement. Intentional camera motion transforms a stationary and sober server into a staggering drunk. Exhibition Dates: April 2 - May 31, 2019 Library Hours: Mon-Tue 12:00-8:00 p.m., Wed-Sat 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., closed on Sun. Location: In North Lauderdale, just east of the NE corner of Rock Island Road and Kimberly Blvd Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//6901%20Kimberly%20Boulevard,North%20Lauderdale,%20FL%2033068 Please indicate if you are coming to this event. I want to order the right amount of food and beverages. I look forward to seeing you!

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