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True Colors Queer Women's Meetup Monterey Bay

Monterey, CA

Welcome! This group is for all queer women. If you self-identify as a queer woman, this group is for you :) 🏳️‍🌈 

As the Admin and Organizer of this group, one of my primary objectives is to create well-defined boundaries so that the members of this community feel safe. With this in mind, you are welcome to become a member of True Colors if you are a lesbian, bi female, or an MTF trans lesbian. 

Established mid-October of 2020, this social club offers adult (18+ years of age) women, of all colors, single & partnered, an opportunity to create new and meaningful friendships and participate in common interest activities in the Monterey Bay Area.

Activities, adventures, and events will include but are not limited to hiking, biking, walking, running, kayaking, ropes courses, ziplining, backpacking, camping, frisbee in the park, book clubs, photography, coffee and tea, breaking bread, pub nights, farmer's market meetups, dancing, escape rooms, board and dice games, cards, tours, concerts, movies, parties, BBQs, trips, travel, whitewater rafting/tubing, skiing/snowboarding. The sky is the limit!

On average we offer about five meetups each month, usually one meetup per weekend, and then an occasional meetup on a weeknight. Often our weekend meetups are short local hikes or coffee & pastry get-togethers although occasionally we turn it up a notch and run a bigger, less local meetup such as whale watching, kayaking, or an e-bike ride. Our weeknight events have been brewery meetups so far, while we do have a full moon hike coming up in July and we'll add monthly Twilight Cycling at Laguna Seca when they get up and running again. 

We primarily hold our meetups in the greater Monterey Bay (Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Marina, Seaside, Salinas, Santa Cruz). We've talked about putting together trips to Guerneville and the Mendocino area this coming summer or fall. 

Everyone will be given a warm welcome. An ethos/culture of mutual respect, courtesy, warmth, dignity, 'positivity', and inclusivity for all members is expected. We endeavor to create an environment where members can feel confident, comfortable, and happy being their true selves. Our group vibe is warm, friendly, welcoming, inclusive, casual, and social. 

Feel free to suggest any ideas you have for events; your ideas are always welcome ;) After coming to a few events, you will likely also have the opportunity to become an Event Organizer and host events, if you wish. 

This Club is non-commercial/non-profit. Membership is free.

Please add a profile photo before applying to join our group. 

Note: Unless otherwise stated, True Color events are for queer adult women only. Just to be super clear, no pets, kids, or allies are invited to attend unless specified for a one-off event. If specified, the event will clearly state "+ dogs" or "allies welcome" in the event title or near the top of the post. 

120 members · Private

Little Boxes Theater: Art-Dance-Photo workshops & events: SF

San Francisco, CA

We would like to invite you to our unique underground creative space devoted to art & movement. We're set up with a 1300sqft sprung floor for dance rehearsals, performances, we've recently hosted a film crew here with choreographed fight scenes! We have a wall of windows which shows us beautiful streaming beams of light in the afternoons, perfect for natural light photography and live nude figure drawing & painting. There are many usable vintage props, wardrobe costuming options, an operable claw foot bath tub, piano, projector, lighting equipment and what not at our studio. Feel free to heck out some images of our studio Little Boxes Theater:

Little Boxes Theater also has in-house artists, dynamic duo A-K Arts:

As a pair, we love to explore artistic concepts; we're multifaceted individuals who enjoy the creative collaborative adventure with professionals and amateurs alike. Our favorite photo shoots are those where we are covered in dead sea mud, body paint, flour & ash while making shapes with our physical forms together in dynamic discoveries. We look forward to having you at our next Meet-up! please feel free to contact us directly with any interests & inquiries about our upcoming events, booking our studio for your dreams and our individual & combined modeling rates:

394 members · Public

San Diego Photo Artists

San Diego, CA

San Diego Photo Artists

The purpose of SD Photo Artists is to attract, train,
and support individuals with all levels of skills
from beginner through advanced that have a keen interest
in advancing their photography for any reason,
including having their works merit the term "fine art".

Whether the goal is to win contests, sell art,
or just enjoy accomplishments in the quiet of home,
the aspiring photographer who wants to know
what photo art is and be able to recognize it,
learn how to create it, and learn what it takes to show it,
is welcome in and would benefit from this meetup.

SD Photo Artist Goals

1. Learn how to properly use your camera
    to get the results you want (get out of auto-mode)

2. Learn what a good photograph is and why

    This includes:
        Viewing & discussing the works of great photographers
        Learning how experts decide what a good photograph is
            (composition, balance, etc)

3. Gently experience what others think about your photographs
        This learning by peer review is structured to be a positive experience,
         constructive, and purposely pain-free (it's not a competition)


-- How to master your camera so you can take good photos
-- Composition, Creativity, & Personal Style
-- Some Post-Processing (importing, cropping, processing techniques)
-- Some Advanced Topics including mounting, gallery presentation, websites (WordPress), etc

Periodically, we will schedule a field trip
This may involve extra cost, but we still strive for the lowest cost possible

This meetup is currently free to everyone to join.
Many events are free, some are charged per event.

261 members · Public

PhotoArts Marin

San Rafael, CA

For well over fifteen years I have dreamed of creating a top quality photography program in Northern California and this is the first “baby step” in that process.  PhotoArts Marin will serve as the resource. to connect qualified  photography teachers and students.  As many photographers saw their business decline, they decided to teach to help pay the bills.  Being a good photographer doesn't suggest that that person is a good teacher. A passable photographer who is personable and friendly doesn't mean that that they know enough about the craft and or art to teach it.  Over the past two years, I have talked with far too many frustrated students who have been “taught” or found  misinformation on the web that is working against / preventing their success.  PhotoArts Marin will only offer a quality educational experience from a friendly, supportive, experienced, qualified educator.  

It is my goal to have a wide range of offerings from a wide range of photographers, artists and teachers. This MeetUp group will help begin to make those connections.  Teachers will be screened and their classes or workshops reviewed before they are posted. The reviews which students will post re: the classes and workshops will help prospective students make informed choices.  These classes will include Craft, Art, iPhonography, Photoshop, Lightroom, Presentation, Landscape or whatever the teacher can present in a professional and worthwhile format.  

This is PhotoArts Marin's commitment to you:

From the most basic to the most advanced classes or field workshops, students will be led by someone who is fully qualified to provide a relevant high-quality educational experience. You will be taught how to create not just imitate.

However, if a person takes anything beyond a basic class or goes on a field workshop trip, it is their personal responsibility to understand how to use their camera and its manual setting.  Participants should not depend on the teacher to cover those basic issues because it is not fair to the teacher or the other attendees to depend on them to do that.  Of course you can take an hour to get an image using exposure compensation etc. Or the Auto machine gun approach and take 20,000 photos in a week and then spend months praying to find a good one. Personally I would rather go in for a twenty-four hour long root canal. This experience will only be successful if you know your camera and an understanding of the basics of good photography.

Check out twitter for links to upcoming classes and legitimate information on the web

368 members · Public

PhotoXplora - The Best Camera Is The One You're Holding

San Francisco, CA

PhotoXplora was founded by Bill Ulrich in Jan 2015.  In Sept 2015 I, Dan Cheng picked up organizing duties.  The members are photo enthusiasts who just like to shoot and have a good time doing it. Equipment and dogma is not our forte, community is and I welcome all. From the casual cell phone photographer to seasoned gray hairs.  Variety is the spice of life and we can be spicy at times.  Don’t be shy! Check us out; see our past events, contact a current member, ask a question.

Want to see what Xplora Members are creating? Check our event albums at

Take the plunge and join us at an event or two. I’m even hosting online meetings known as the Xplora Saloon.

Got a question send me a msg via MeetUps.

Guiding Principles

Events are Experienced based not Result Based. Did you have a good time? Did you make new friends? Did you learn a new technique or two?  My hope is that, the answers are yes. Pictures didn’t work or what you expected, well that’s ok too. How was the experience? Didn’t have a great time? Well, send me a message and let’s talk.

I am about community I want great community of people not just “photographers”, photography is our glue. I hope membership means more to you than just a button click, more than just another group to join.  I would like members to invest in some time and energy.  But “How much time and energy?” you ask.

Well, that’s a valid question, and here’s a nebulous answer: As much or as little as you feel xPlora is worth.  I envision xPlora as a community where we all can converse, lead, and act – be it photographically related or not. A community where it’s not just one person doing everything but everybody being involved, meeting, and contacting each other.  Maybe it’s a simple  “Hey how ya doing haven’t heard from you in a while?”

“Did you get that new camera?”

‘How do I ’fill in the blank’ in ‘fill in blank’ ? ”

“Hey anyone want to join me at 'fill in the blank', for a shoot?”

“Hey how did you get that shot?”

Does this all make sense to you?

Some more guiding principles

Hear, Listen & Think, before speaking.

Be open to new ideas, techniques, and SHARE them.

Be helpful to others.

Go ahead and Suggest/Ask Questions.

Be Brave and Willing, to suggest and host a meet up. I will help you.

Experiment and learn, try something new if it doesn't work that's ok. Did you learn from the failure? If yes then that's success.

Finally please leave the ego in the closet...;-)

Getting Involved – 5 “S”s

"Show-up" – Can’t have fun if you don’t show up, eh?

Get "Stoked" by what you see.

"Shoot" (awesomely) "Stuff".

"Socialize" at the shoot and after.  While the Meet Ups is only one event…don’t be surprised if there’re after event shoots or get-togethers…Sometimes we eat, shoot some more, or even have a brew or two…(this will make your meetup experiences so much better not to mention the shooting.)

"Show-off/Share" (your shots as this is where we all learn from each other).


Dan Cheng


Who Am I?

Nope, nah, nadda;not a “professional photographer”.  Photography does not pay my bills.  I am an enthusiast, starting my photography journey back in the day of Fleetwood Mac and Elton John, with b/w film.  Like many of my age, I began in high school learning the b/w basics, joining the school newspaper and yearbook staff etc…Then life happens and I got older; college, career, home and family were the prime focus of my life for many years.

Then 2006 happened, that was the year DSLRs became affordable.  I am a proud Pentaxian and my first love is Pentax.  However,  I left my love, being seduced by the Canon 7D and it's autofocus. I drank the Canon kool aid and have been a Canon shooter ever since. For you gear heads, I live in the Canon and Adobe ecosystem.  I shoot raw, and process with mostly Lightroom but have experimented with other post processing tools.

Philosophically my photography is a journey to capture memories, create/make images from a vision I have, and just to have fun. Like all journeys there are unexpected twists, turns, and maybe even a pothole or too. Occasionally I’ll round a corner and I am in a photographic nirvana such as being surrounded by a herd of mustangs. But I’ve also gone out and got nada, nothing, bumpkus,  etc… but it’s all good. A bad day’s shooting beats a great day in the teleworking eh?

And that’s who I am…please feel free to contact me, in fact I welcome it.  Even if you have a complaint or two….

873 members · Public