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Photo Challenge: Meaningful Expressions
It's not only people who can have meaningful expressions, although it's often easiest to capture human expression. Animals can also have meaningful expressions. These expressions can be as simple as a facial expression or involve the tilt of a head. Let's see your facial expressions. But please, no selfies. Say something about each picture you post. Pictures may be new or old, color or black-and-white.

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What we're about

We're gonna have fun expanding our understanding of and experience in photography, while expressing individual points of view photographing people on the street, nature & wildlife, architecture & skyline, butterflies & flowers.

At the same time we'll be exploring photographic composition, lighting, flash photography, and how best to use the camera. And we won't overlook the role software plays in developing our photographic vision - Lightroom, Photoshop, Capture One Pro, DxO Optics Pro, and the various plug-ins.

Use any type of camera: DSLR, mirrorless, point & shoot, or even a smartphone camera, as long as it lets you take pictures that let you express the photographer in you. You don't need to buy new lenses. First learn to use the lenses you own. Your photo gear will then grow as your photographic experience grows.

Also, you're invited to post pics to our group's Facebook page, once you join: (


Membership is subject to Terms & Conditions below. Please read Terms & Conditions before joining. When you join you are stipulating and acknowledging that you have read and fully understand and accept these Terms & Conditions without reservation or qualification. Adults only.


I'll bring my photographic experience to each photo adventure and workshop that I lead. I'm always happy to answer questions and offer advice, whether it's on how to take better pictures or what camera, lens, flash, or tripod to buy, what software works best, and how to use that software. There's practically no area of photography that I haven't explored, and I plan to share all that with you.

Some of the topics we'll explore include: street photography; night and low-light photography; shooting landscape, wildlife, and nature; photographic exposure, lighting, and composition; handheld photography; Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, and other software; black-and-white photography; close-up photography of butterflies and flowers; photographing interiors and architecture; flash photography; outdoor portraiture and portrait lighting; photographing birds and other wildlife; close-up photography.

Places and events we've covered include: Chicago Cultural Center; MagMile Lights Festival fireworks; Navy Pier fireworks; Millennium Park, including The Bean; Forest Preserve in Morton Grove; Bahai; Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum; Field Museum; Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory; Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool; North Park Village Nature Center; Shedd Aquarium; Chicago Riverwalk; Magnificent Mile; Old Water Tower; Open House Chicago; Emily Oaks Nature Center; fall foliage; focus on black-and-white; focus on shadows.

On the agenda for 2017 (partial list - subject to change):

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Museum, Chicago Design Museum, Chicago Riverwalk, Emily Oaks Nature Center, Forest Preserves of Cook County (Morton Grove), Grosse Point Lighthouse, Harold Washington Library, Holy Name Cathedral, Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory, Maggie Daley Park, Magnificent Mile, Millennium Park (including Cloud Gate aka The Bean), Moody Church, Museum of Contemporary Photography, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture, National Shrine of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, North Park Village Nature Center, North Shore Ctr for Performing Arts and Old Orchard Mall (Skokie), Old Water Tower & St. James Chapel at Magic Hour, Open House Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (live butterflies), Shedd Aquarium, Walking tour of Evanston (incl. Northwestern Univ.).


A few words about me: I'm a photographer and photo book author who has contributed to numerous publications over several decades. You can see my work here:

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Membership is subject to Terms & Conditions below. Please read Terms & Conditions before joining. When you join you are stipulating and acknowledging that you have read and fully understand and accept these Terms & Conditions without reservation or qualification. Adults only.



Membership & Guests. All adults are welcome to join, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, or legal alien status. Adults only. No one under age 18 will knowingly be allowed to join. Guests, which may include adults and/or minors, may be invited to join an event on a one-time basis when accompanied by an adult member and only when guests are stipulated for an event, or with special permission, and included in your RSVP. Minors may be barred from certain events (please check with the Organizer prior to the event).

Your Responsibilities, Disclaimer & Liability Waiver. You accept and acknowledge that all photo adventures, outings, walks, and workshops (hereinafter collectively "event" or "events") are undertaken with the understanding that you are solely responsible for yourself, your property, and your guests. You are expected to conduct yourself in a respectful and polite manner with regard to people around you and to follow instructions and stay with the group and to respect public and private property, meaning taking no action to trespass or damage property, knowingly or unknowingly. When you join any event, you affirm that you are of legal age to do so on your own behalf (and on behalf of those in your care) and that you (and they) are physically fit to participate in the event, and you accept and acknowledge that there is always a chance of personal injury or illness and theft or loss of or damage to personal property, and you release, discharge and save harmless organizers, event hosts, event leaders, event guides and those acting on their behalf and property owners/managers (hereinafter collectively "host/organizer") from any and all liability and claims, past, present and future, involving any incident, damage, loss, theft, illness, or injury, even if caused by negligence or an act of omission on the part of the host/organizer or others. You further accept and acknowledge responsibility and liability for any damage you may cause to any venue or property, whether caused by you personally or your guests.

RSVPs, Change of Venue/Date/Time, Timely Departures, Cancelled Events. You are expected to be on time and to notify the host/organizer in a timely fashion if you are running late or have changed your plans and will not be attending. You understand, accept and acknowledge that the host/organizer is not responsible for delays or cancellations that may prove an inconvenience to you or for starting an event in your absence, should you be late. You further understand, accept and acknowledge that venues/dates/times may be changed at the host/organizer's discretion without your prior approval. Should this occur, an email will be sent out to members, giving notice of such changes, but you are responsible to subscribe to organizer emails so that you receive this information in a timely manner. The host/organizer is not responsible for our failure to communicate such changes to you or for your failure to receive such notification.

Cause for Removal from Group. The organizer reserves the right to remove from the group "no-shows" (those who fail to notify the host/organizer in a timely fashion of their planned or unplanned absence or who fail to offer a reasonable explanation for such absence) or those who act contrary to the aims or moral character of the group or who post material that the host/organizer deems objectionable on our Meetup site or social media (including but not limited to the group's Facebook page) or elsewhere, without further explanation and without refund of dues or other monetary contributions.

The Organizer further reserves the right to remove any member at any time or to refuse membership without explanation or obligation.

Posts, Photos/Video and Privacy. You understand, accept and acknowledge that photographs or video taken of you may be posted on our Meetup site or the group's Facebook page or other social media, but you do have the right to request removal of such posts if you feel they invade your privacy or for whatever reason. You are solely responsible for any and all material that you post or share. You release, discharge and save harmless the host/organizer and Meetup from any and all claims and liability, past, present and future, involving any posts or material posted by the host/organizer, members, their guests, or third parties.

We reserve the right to update, change or add to these Terms & Conditions without prior notice. Meetup terms and conditions otherwise apply.

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