Suggested Hobbies & Passions Groups near California
Photography Walks & Workshops in San Francisco by Casey
San Francisco, CA
Let's explore San Francisco by taking pictures (and videos) and learn new techniques along the way. Plus get outside for fresh air and exercise too! About me: I have been doing photography for over 35 years and used to shoot weddings, portraits, commercial work for decades. I am an expert in still photography having started with the Nikon F4 film camera plus the Hasselblad 503cx medium format film camera in the 90s, then transitioned to digital with the Nikon D1x and D2x in early 2000, and more recently changed to all Canon gear with the Canon R5 and 90D and M50 digital cameras. I also actively use the Canon XF400 and G60 camcorders for creating online content for my YouTube channel "Casey On Location". I am also an expert in lighting and exposure as well. Because I enjoy photography and filming, I can also share my knowledge with others who share the same passion. I am a long-time resident of San Francisco since 1980 so I know quite a bit about The City by the bay. So join the group and we can shoot images and videos together at interesting spots in San Francisco, learn a thing or two from each other, and hopefully get in some sunshine and exercise too. IMPORTANT: This group is geared towards users with cameras that have (as a minimum) the "M" mode setting for full MANUAL exposure. You must have a camera whereby you can independently change the exposure values for the aperture (f-stop), shutter speeds, and ISO. This means if you only have and use a smartphone for a camera (ie: iPhone or Android phone), this is not acceptable and you will not be approved to be accepted into this Meetup group. Those members who were previously accepted initially into this group early on and only have and use a smartphone for a camera have a limited grace period to get an acceptable camera to remain in this group.
Let's Read! Fremont Ladies Book Club
There's always room for one more book enthusiast in the Fremont Ladies' Book Club!
We are a group of women who love to read and love socializing with others who share our passion for books. If this sounds like you, we'd love to have you join us.
Everyone gets to contribute to the book selection process. This allows us to read a wide variety of books that we may not have otherwise pick up. We read fiction, non-fiction, biographies, literary fiction, popular fiction, classics and once, a graphic novel.
Most of our members are in their 40s - 70s, but there is no age limit. We meet TWICE a month on zoom for regular meetings -- usually on the second Monday of each month at noon (known as the DAYTIME Group) and once on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 pm (known at the EVENING group). We have members who attend only one meeting a month and members who attend both. It depends on your schedule. A few people attend every meeting, but we always have new members at our meeting. There are no attendance requirements, even if you don't finish the book you are welcome!
We are also arranging some more social events, still around books in addition to our regular meetings so look out for those too.
Come to laugh, share stories and make new friends. Browse the site to see the books we will be reading and those we have discussed in the past.
Looking forward to meeting you!
San Francisco, CA
MODELS and PHOTOGRAPHERS: Add to your portfolio. Experiment with new ideas. Talk with an expert. Free. Open to all experience levels
PracticeShoots is a group of models and photographers who collaborate to improve their knowledge and skills based on the teachings of several well-respected contemporary portrait photographers. The events are free to all participants—beginners, experts, amateurs, and professionals. Attendees may participate in multiple roles taking turns as models, grips, and photographers. Models receive images from multiple photographers within days of each event.
WHEN. We meet at locations around the San Francisco Bay Area on the FIRST SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH from NOON to 4:00 PM. Note: At 12:00 PM we leave the meeting point to walk the area. We may be hard to find, so don’t be late.
EVENTS. We walk neighborhoods, find settings, and practice shoots. We learn to work with varied lighting conditions to create great portraits. Handouts range from topical cheat sheets to extensive notes, referencing specific sections in the study materials.
When we find an interesting location, we discuss the light in detail, form teams, and coach each other through a shoot. Each team has a photographer, model, and up to three grips; one to add light, one to subtract light, and one to add highlights. Depending on the circumstances we may focus on composition, lighting, or posing.
Then, we scout for a new location and repeat the process. We stop at 4:00 PM. At any time, a team may leave the group and work independently.
CURRENT EXPERT PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHERS
ROBERTO VALENZUELA. Portrait and wedding photographer in Hollywood. Published several books that teach lighting and posing techniques. We use his books "Picture Perfect Lighting" and "Picture Perfect Posing", which are available through online sellers. Many of his books are used as texts in schools.
FELIX KUNZE. Adds special lighting techniques to enhance skin tone and texture.
SUE BRYCE. Teaches a more glamor oriented portrait style, with some special flow-posing techniques.
VINCENT VERSACE. Portrait photographer for the stars, as well as San Francisco Presidio photographer who teaches subject emphasis using blur and color to guide the viewer’s focus.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Please bring a 40" reflector, a 30" reflector, and an incident light meter. Optionally, bring a 40" diffuser, a ColorChecker Passport Photo 2, and a smartphone with PhotoPills installed. None of these are required. There will be plenty to share. Please do not bring flashes, soft boxes, umbrellas, other lighting modifiers, light stands, or tripods, unless requested for a specific event. Bring at least a "normal" lens (Full Frame: 50mm, APS-C: 35mm, Micro 4/3: 25mm). If you only have a kit lens, it covers the normal focal length for your camera. For head shots, or if there is sufficient space, you may choose a short telephoto (Full Frame: 85mm, APS-C: 58mm, Micro 4/3: 42.5mm) or a little longer.
MODELS: Please bring
1. dark, form-fitting pants, jeans, tights, or a skirt so the curves in your legs show well
2. a dark, form-fitting top that shows light between your arms and body and exposes your collarbone
Avoid white, small patterns, glamour makeup, and large jewelry. If you have long hair, wear it down. Within these guidelines, anything will work -- a little black dress, tights and a tank top, business slacks and a blouse, or anything in between. You may want to download and read JandJFAQ.pdf at http://jeffspublicdrive.com > Photography.
ZOOM REVIEWS. About the middle of each month, on a Wednesday evening, we hold a review Event. Recordings of the Event can be downloaded at jeffspublicdrive.com > Photography > Zoom Reviews.
INFORMATION. You may find all the study materials at http://jeffspublicdrive.com > Photography : handouts, notes, PDFs of books, and lots of videos. To see specifics on gear, see the Amazon Wishlist at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2MGMT7ZZ65HE5 .
If you have questions about your equipment or want to discuss anything about photography, message Jeff through Meetup. We can talk about camera basics, equipment, lighting, posing, white balance and ColorCheckerPassport, model releases, wardrobe, jewelry, makeup, critiques, portfolios... If you have questions about your gear, have your manual handy.
ROBERTO VALENZUELA. https://www.robertovalenzuela.com
FELIX KUNZE. https://www.felixkunze.com
SUE BRYCE. https://suebryceeducation.com
VINCENT VERSACE. https://versacephotography.com
ColorChecker Passport Photo 2: https://www.xrite.com/categories/calibration-profiling/colorchecker-classic-family/colorchecker-passport-photo-2
East Bay Ladies Book Club
NOW MEETING ON ZOOM DUE TO COVID-19! Please see location of each event for link :)
Thanks for joining a special group of ladies who love to read and discuss books with a glass of wine. This group was initially started quite a few years ago because our fearless leader is a book junkie who was looking to join a book club in the area and found none. We read mostly contemporary lit, but do mix it up every so often with a classic. This is the book club for anyone who has read/watched "The Jane Austin Book Club" and thought it would be great to connect and share my thoughts with fellow readers. If you want to be more than an attendee and build relationships with other women this is the club for you. Believe it or not we love e-mail, so please reach out to us if you have any questions.
Peninsula Ladies Book Club (25-40)
San Mateo, CA
This group is for Peninsula women 25-40 years of age interested in reading a variety of books from the NY Times Best Sellers list. Please join if you are looking to read new books and connect to individuals in your area. All meetings, due to COVID-19 concerns, will currently be held for 1.5 hours over Zoom until otherwise advised. Meetings are typically held on weekdays (Monday through Thursdays) at 7 pm via Zoom.
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA
Novel Lovers of Sonoma County, CA (originally Novel Lovers of Sebastopol) is a book discussion group where we talk in depth about contemporary literary fiction. Yes, we really discuss the book for two hours! We assume that you’ve read the book and are eager to talk about it. We’re friendly and welcoming – not stodgy at all -- but we do take our book discussions seriously!
We read contemporary novels, almost exclusively those that have received critical acclaim and/or won literary awards. We try to schedule a few books ahead so you can get the book and plan your time. To participate in this process, comment on our message board, especially the current Book Recommendations thread.
Please RSVP “yes” when you know for sure that you’ll be there, and please change your RSVP if your plans change. Don’t RSVP “yes” if you mean “maybe,” and please don’t be a no-show. As a courtesy to the wait list, our host, and me, please change your RSVP if you can't attend, even at the last minute.
Each time I announce a book, the RSVP list fills quickly, and we often have large wait lists. Almost everyone does get in (people's plans change, emergencies and illnesses happen, etc.), so if you're on the wait list, read the book. If you get in, even as late as the day of the meeting, you'll be ready.
Bring a snack to share if it's convenient, and a couple of dollars towards the organizer dues.
We look forward to talking books with you!
Questions? Email Joan Price, organizer.
8/16/20: I realize I haven't updated our group description since we moved our meetings online in March 2020. Here's what we're doing now:
* Novels: During the pandemic, we're still reading one novel a month, meeting online for 1.5 hours.
* Short Story Group: Our book club has been reading contemporary novels, and we also created a short story spin-off group that met monthly before the pandemic. After we started taking our meetings online, we switched the short story group from monthly to weekly, one story, one hour. We have a core group that meets each week. We're open to new members who want to discuss short stories in depth.
Books & Brew (Oakland Bookclub)
Welcome! This group is for anyone who is interested in discussing books while having a brew or two (...or three). We will meet once a month to discuss the selected book at breweries around Oakland and The East Bay. We aim to be a diverse group of readers who gather together for libations and lively discussion.
If you enjoy reading books, meeting new people, enjoying a drink, having a good time, and expressing your opinions, this group is for you! Check us out.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ <br>1. Members can recommend books that they are interested in discussing/reading as a group and they will be added to a master list.
2. Each month I will randomly pick THREE books from the list and create a poll.
3. The book with the most votes will be the winner and the next book we discuss!
- To recommend a book send me the name of the book in a message and I confirm when it has been added to the list.
Richmond SF Book Club 25-40
San Francisco, CA
I'm new to the neighborhood so I'm starting this group to meet people and discuss interesting books! We'll read a mix of fiction and non-fiction and meet at parks/cafes/restaurants around the Richmond neighborhood.
Please feel free to suggest books and/or locations.
Tri-Valley Ladies Book Club
If you are looking for a warm, friendly, informal and low-key book club for ladies, you've found the right place!
How the book club works:
1. The book club meeting locations are central to the Tri-Valley, including Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville.
2. Members take turns hosting at their home on a voluntary basis.
3. The book club meets every month on the second Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 PM. If the date conflicts with a major holiday, meeting is moved to the second Saturday of the month.
4. It’s a potluck with each attendee bringing a dish and/or beverage (we drink wine!).
5. For the book selection, each attendee comes with a book in mind to be entered into a drawing and at the end of the meet, four books are drawn, which is then posted on the meetup site for a general vote. The winning book is the book with the most votes!
6. A guideline to use in choosing a book to be entered into the drawing is -- generally fiction, approx. 400 pages and under $16.
7. Reading the book is not a prerequisite for attendance - you are welcome to just join the fun!
8. Outside of the book club meetings, approximately every other month there are fun social outings such as dinners, movies, wine tasting & etc.
Ellie's Thoughts on Book Discussions:
#1 - We are here to enjoy our time in the company of ladies from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
#2 - Our book discussion is for the purposes of furthering and enriching our exploration and understanding of the book and the author from the lenses of our personal experiences and beliefs.
#3 - To that end, the objective is to share our thoughts and points of view and to thoughtfully listen and learn of others'. Note, it's not a debate.
#4 - Different points of view (POV) are welcomed and highly encouraged, but never through personal attacks or insults. Note, it's not a debate and discussion is not for the purposes of changing someone's mind or POV.
#5 - We are engaged in a dialogue -- please participate in facilitating and furthering a rich discussion.
#6 - If you need to leave early, please say that you need to be somewhere and leave, but please do not rush the book discussion to an ending because you need to leave.
#7 - If by chance a faux pas is committed (which I have a tendency of because I am still growing & maturing) -- please do your best to clean it up if not there immediately, then by sending messages to members/group.
#8 - Definition of a successful meet -- is if everyone in the group laughs really loud with abandon at least 3 times!!! Let's have fun ladies!
Sierra Thunder Chapter Harley Owners Group Rocklin CA
This meetup is for dues paying members of Sierra Thunder Harley Owners Group, Chapter 4058, affiliated with Harley-Davidson of Rocklin, CA.
We love to ride and enjoy socializing together. We are currently meeting at 6:30 PM, the 3rd Thursday of each month, at Mountain Mike's Pizza, 5505 Whitney Blvd #2f, Rocklin, CA 95677, Come early to eat and socialize. Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend our meetings.
Having a National HOG membership (https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog.html) is a pre-requisite for maintaining membership with Sierra Thunder HOG.
Let's practice photography!
My name is Mia and I am a bay area photographer who knows quite a bit about my Canon T6I and 5D3. In this group, we aim to expand our creativity by exploring boundaries and doing whatever it takes to push them. I strive to maintain a judgment free, fun experience. Future shoots include indoor and outdoor themed shoots with an emphasis on fashion and nature. In our studio workshops, we experiment with props, lighting, and posing. Above all we come together to network and collaborate as we put our creative minds together. Welcome and thank you for joining the family. ❤
Oddizens - Queer & Gender Diverse Creative Gamer Geeks
San Jose, CA
We are a queer-inclusive and gender diverse group of geeks, gamers, and crafters based in the South Bay Area, California. We play and teach tabletop games with a newbie-friendly mindset, hang out and craft at local, independent cafes and shops, enjoy leisurely outdoor activities, and collaborate with queer-positive organizations in our area to provide a comfortable, welcoming space for people of marginalized identities to socialize with like-minded peers.
Our Values: We hold these statements to be self-evident and strive to uphold them by word and by example. We reserve our right to remove people from our events and membership who willfully act or express beliefs contrary to our values.
1. Queer genders are valid. You can identify as a gender that is neither male nor female, as multiple genders, as a spectrum of genders that changes in composition and/or intensity over time, or not identify with gender at all.
2. Queer attraction is valid. You can be attracted to one gender, to multiple genders, or romantically attracted to different gender(s) than you are sexually attracted to. You can experience only romantic attraction, only sexual attraction, or not experience attraction at all. You can be romantically and/or sexually intimate with one person or multiple people who knowingly consent, and are of legal age to consent, to that interaction.
3. Your gender identity is valid whether or not it matches the gender you were assigned at birth, the gender marker on your official documents, or the gender people think you are based on your physical traits, mannerisms, or sense of style. You are not required to take hormones or have surgery to affirm your gender unless you deem it necessary to do so.
4. We show our respect for the identities of others by using the names, pronouns and terms they tell us to use. Adjusting our language to accommodate them takes a negligible amount of effort and reassures them that we accept them as they are.
5. We believe that dominant social groups (such as able, cisgender, heterosexual, male, neurotypical, and white people) benefit from greater accessibility, opportunity, safety, social influence, wealth, and other privileges than marginalized groups (such as disabled, transgender, gay, non-male, neurodiverse, and Black people) do not.
6. We oppose the stigmatization of mental illness and neurodiversity. We welcome people to speak openly about these topics when they can do so safely, so that the challenges of living with atypical brain chemistry are recognized, acknowledged and addressed.
7. Regardless of how we identify, we are still capable of excluding, discriminating against, perpetuating harmful stereotypes about, or using outdated, offensive terms to refer to marginalized groups we do not belong to. We remain receptive to corrections and continued learning about the diverse identities our community represents.
8. Each person is affected by a different set of triggers and has different levels of tolerance for being exposed to those triggers. We use content/trigger warnings as a courtesy to allow people to opt out of subject matter they find disturbing or traumatic.
9. We respond swiftly to allegations of hate speech, harassment, and abuse. We take these matters seriously when brought to our attention, and always prioritize the safety and well-being of the victim(s) when formulating our response.
Code of Conduct: All Oddizens members (and their guests) are expected to abide by our Code of Conduct when participating in our events and communications.
Read the full text of the Code here: https://bit.ly/oddizens-info
Bay Area Book Geeks
Mountain View, CA
Do you love books!? Well you have come to the right place. We totally geek out on all types of books. There is a discussion group for many genres of books. Just pick one to attend or pick them all. This is a group effort and we are open to people doing their own organizing if they wish. Either way there is plenty to read and do.
1. This group is a fun, safe space for people to discuss their opinions, make friendships, read amazing books, and have great discussions. Harassing and threatening members will not be tolerated.
2. This is a group to meet people, even people you might potentially want to ask on a date. This is natural and acceptable, however many members attend for the reading and socializing alone. It is highly encouraged that any member not treat this group like a dating site.
3. If a well loved book is suggested as reading for the group, please be advised that not everyone will share the same opinion. This group encourages debate because it is what makes a good discussion. Respecting other opinions is highly recommended.
4. Group organizers are responsible for keeping an eye out for internal problems. If a member feels uncomfortable or disrespected please bring it to our attention.
5. We are happy to have so many members with the Bay Area Book Geeks and with the popularity of all our book clubs growing. Since the meetings are starting to have a consistent wait list that is sometimes nine people long, we are implementing a new policy to make it fair to all our members. To encourage members to keep their RSVP’s current we will start taking note of any no shows at all meetings. If three no shows turn up on your record then the next time you RSVP for a meeting and the meeting has a wait list you will be automatically moved to the wait list for that event. If you keep your RSVP current, then this will not happen. It is standard to update your RSVP at least 24 hours before the event if you will not be able to attend. We cannot track this and so I will trust everyone to try their best to abide by the 24 hour limit. We understand that emergencies happen, and if one comes up at the last minute, let us know as soon as you can, and we will adjust your record accordingly.
San Jose, CA
Hello and welcome to Protagonistas!
This book club is open to women in the South Bay who are craving literature (and cocktails). Each month, we pick a new book and location. Suggestions and requests for certain titles or meeting spots are always welcome! We meet the last Tuesday of the month as a book club, and usually throw in some fun extra credit events throughout the month as well!
We now have a strong core of regularly attending members and we are real friends. We meet up for drinks, hikes etc. Since we've been asked to specify RE: membership, we'll say here that we are hoping to meet likeminded friends who are in similar stages in life; that is, women in their late 20s to mid 30s who are new-ish to the area.
Let the reading commence!
Geek Girls Silicon Valley
San Jose, CA
We are a group of adult women (18+) focused on providing a non-judgmental social environment to bring geek girls together for friendship and fun. We welcome all types of geekdom, whether you are a gamer, bookworm, arts and crafts enthusiast, movie buff, anime nut, tech geek or a huge fan of something niche!
We do our very best to provide a wide variety of geeky activities, while bringing business to our local comic stores, conventions, costume shops, game stores, libraries and restaurants.
Some of our regular events include*:
Monthly sci-fi and fantasy book club!
Monthly non-fiction book club!
Monthly Harry Potter trivia!
Monthly crafting get-together--bring your own project!
Monthly group heart-to-heart talks!
Monthly puzzle meets!
Alternating Monthly Member Dinners!
Quarterly Geek Girls party with creative themes & prizes!
We also schedule plenty of other activities as we go, such as:
Art studio projects
Brunches & dinners
Conventions & fairs
Exploring local attractions
Fun runs, hikes, and other fitness activities
*Currently all of our events are online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to cautiously resume in-person meets after Santa Clara County deems it safe to do so.
Join us and (after your membership is approved) you will be able to join in on these fun events, and many more! We have suspended our $5 membership fee for the foreseeable future, and will reevaluate reinstating dues if/when the pandemic ends. We welcome both cis and trans women in our group.
A note about the application process:
Generally what we're looking for through the application is some idea of your personality and how you self-identify as a geek. For best results, please answer all application questions (a short sentence per answer is fine) and make sure your application and Meetup profile include at least three of the following criteria:
A user name that looks like a real, human name
A photo of yourself
Creative application answers (questions 1-3)
Specific geeky activities you want to do with us (question 4)
Refer to yourself as female in some way
Belong to other meetups that are female-centric
Have geeky activities in your Meetup interests
If you do decide to reapply, also consider revealing a bit more about yourself on Meetup.com. Having your real-life photo, list of Meetups joined, or list of Meetup interests visible gives us more to work with when judging whether you are a fit for our group. (Essentially we're trying to avoid bots.) Thank you for your interest!
The Leadership Team reserves final judgment on whether to approve or decline an application.
More group info here: http://www.meetup.com/Geek-Girls-Silicon-Valley/about/
Bay Area Sewists
Bay Area Sewists is a sewing community with members from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond — now that we are meeting virtually. We are mostly focused on garment sewing. (See the FAQs below for more info.)
Members share inspiration and techniques, and see what each other is making at our Show & Tell meetups. Our virtual meetups often have guest speakers to talk about fabric, sewing patterns and tools, and techniques. Past guest speakers have included Britex Fabrics, Hello Stitch, Needles Studio, The Sewing Room, Stitch Buzz, and Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics.
Before the pandemic, we met in person, sewing and shopping together and swapping patterns and fabric.
Member benefits include:
• 20% off at Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics on some of our meetup days
• 20% off at Piedmont Fabrics (must show your active membership via the app or website)
• 20% off store products and 10% off classes at The Sewing Room in Alameda
• 10% off regularly priced fabrics for Britex Fabrics meetup attendees
Chuleenan, Bay Area Sewists Organizer
Can anyone join Bay Area Sewists?
Sure! If you have an interest in sewing - whether you are just learning to sew or you are an expert costumer - you are welcome to join the group. Our members range from people who have been sewing for less than a year to people who teach sewing professionally.
Do I need to live in the Bay Area to join?
No, all are welcome. In-person meetups are mainly for people in the Bay Area because those events will be taking place there. BUT during the pandemic, we are meeting virtually so anyone can participate. You just need to be a member of the group.
Can I submit an idea for a meetup?
Yes! We welcome suggestions for activities and venues! Just message Chuleenan, the organizer, via the Meetup page.
You used to charge dues. Will you charge dues again?
It is free to be a member of Bay Area Sewists. Dues had been charged in the past to cover the fees Meetup charges to use this platform. Members are welcome to contribute via Chuleenan's PayPal (@chuleenan) or Venmo (@chuleenan-svetvilas) accounts. Once we start meeting in person, a fee may be charged for a specific meetup to cover the cost of a venue.
Is this a group for quilters?
We are focused on garment sewing but some quilters are also members of this group. If you are looking for a group focused on quilting, you may want to check out other meetups.
When did the Bay Area Sewists get started?
The group was founded by Meghan Hunt of Made by Meg in 2012 who was the organizer until the end of 2013. In January 2014, Chuleenan Svetvilas of C Sews became the group's organizer and has organized more than 80 meeutups since then.