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The Colorado Photography Learning Group (CPLG) provides an open, friendly learning environment for photographers, from beginners to experts, through classes, workshops, lectures and location shoots.

CPLG was started by Colorado Springs photographer, Mike Pach, in August of 2010 and has grown to include chapters in Colorado Springs, Denver and Pueblo. The group currently has 1,850 members and is well on its way to becoming the premier Colorado location for photography-related learning due to the quality and integrity of its organizers, instructors and members.

CPLG is the only group in the area that has worked with some of the top photographers in the industry through Canon’s Explorers of Light program, including George Lepp, Hanson Fong, Rick Sammon and Jennifer Wu. We are committed to helping those in the community improve their skills and increase their appreciation of this art form while having fun and making friends along the way.

CPLG consists of and is lead by members of all experience levels, from working professionals to beginners, and includes a tremendous amount of talented individuals who are willing to share their knowledge with others. We encourage anyone with an interest in photography to join and will welcome you regardless of your skill level.

Membership is FREE, and members are offered discounts on various products that our sponsors offer. We occasionally have FREE giveaways at our events. Some of the classes hosted are fee-based, but we offer plenty of free workshops and photo shoots to our members and their guests.

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Upcoming events (5+)

Night Sky Photography Workshops in Westcliffe

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2019 Night Sky/Milky Way Photography Workshops in Westcliffe Join us for one of our night sky photography workshops in Westcliffe, CO. You will learn techniques for capturing the night sky, post-production tips and light-painting skills. Westcliffe is the first town in Colorado and one of only 15 in the world that's designated as an International Dark Sky Community by the International Dark Sky Association, so it is an excellent place to view and photograph the night sky and the Milky Way. The workshops are conducted on private property, and the dates are listed below. Visit http://www.3peaksphoto.com/westcliffeworkshops.html for more information and to sign up for a workshop of your choice. RSVP'ing on Meetup does not mean you are officially registered. The number of students is limited to 10. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dark Skies, Inc., a nonprofit organization that maintains the dark-sky designation in Westcliffe/Silver Cliff. May 4-5 June 3-4 July 2-3 July 31 - August 1 August 29-30 September 26-27

4th of July Fireworks and Tailgate Party

City Parking Garage

We'll celebrate the 4th of July while photographing the fireworks from the top of the city parking garage on the corner of Nevada and Colorado. We'll start gathering at 6:30 pm on the top level of the garage in the south-east section. The entrance is on Nevada, just south of Colorado. There is a $1 fee to enter. The fireworks displays around town will begin around 9 pm. Please ask for help if you need instruction on photographing fireworks. What to Bring: Camera Lenses (I have shot the fireworks from this location with my[masked],[masked] and[masked].) Tripod Remote* Wide Angle and Telephoto Lenses Food (Please bring something to share) Non-alcoholic Beverages (Alcohol is not allowed) Lawn Chairs A couple of extra coolers with ice and tables for setting out food *If you do not have a remote, you can use your timer, but investing in a remote is a good idea if you plan to do night photography. This is a good opportunity to meet other group members. Family members and friends are welcome.

Night Sky / Milky Way Photography Workshop at the Paint Mines

Paint Mines Interpretive Park


RSVP'ing on Meetup does not register you for this workshop. To register and pay, go to http://www.3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html . The Paint Mines in Calhan, CO is an excellent place for night photography, however, permits are needed to be there after dark. We have secured permits for overnight photography workshops to capture the stars and the Milky Way once per month between March and October. The cost of the workshop includes hands-on instruction in the field and a full evening/morning of shooting. The workshops will start about 10 pm and end just after sunrise (we plan to stay up all night). A portion of the proceeds will go to support El Paso County Parks nature centers. RSVP's are limited to 6 students. 2019 Dates are: March 6-7 - Full April 5-6 May 11-12 June 9-10 July 9-10 August 7-8 September 5-6 October 5-6 More information can be found at http://www.3peaksphoto.com/paintminesworkshops.html

Coal Mine Dragon Show New Entries And Reception

Coal Mine Dragon

Hey everyone. I apologize for not getting the last swap scheduled but sometimes life gets in the way of life. Anyway, it is time to swap out the photos at our quarterly show at the Coal Mine Dragon on 8th Street! Up to 20 members are allowed to bring one piece to be put on display for three months. Wall spaces will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. This is also the date for picking up the work that has been hanging since our last change, and the date for the reception. If you will be joining us for dinner, please let us know by answering the question when you RSVP. You do not have to bring a photo to put on display in order to come out and dine with us and enjoy some good company. If you have work in the current show and are unable to attend this event, you will need to pick up your items earlier in the week or have a friend or family member do so. Please be sure to contact the restaurant and let them know when you are coming. If the need arises I will take pieces home that are left behind and will contact the owners to make arrangements to get them to you. Please make sure your piece has a wire on the back and is ready to hang. Canvas wraps are OK, there are no size restrictions and no commissions will be taken on sales. Please, no nudes. Also, make a display card that has the following information: The Colorado Photography Learning Group, Your Name/Business, Title, Price, Contact Information (optional). The card should be no larger than 3"x5". I will have some blank cards on hand for those unable to make one at home.

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