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Proposed Focus Groups

These groups are looking for enough people interested in being members to get started. Contact the group facilitator to express your interest in joining a group.

Feed Back on Photos
Group type: critiquing
Description: Each member to bring in a few images to be critiqued by the group. The members will identify strength of each image and may suggest editing tweaks to help bring the images up to their full potential. This is NOT a competition associated group.
Size of group: Minimum: 4
Frequency of meetings: monthly
Proposed by: William Brydon

Focus Groups

Focus Groups are small, special interest groups that meet outside of regular club meetings to share a particular focus on photography.

Basic types of groups:

Peer Interest Group: An group of members that meet to explore a particular focus on photography without a designated mentor.

Mentored Interest Group: A group of members that meet to learn about a particular focus on photography in a group run by a knowledgeable mentor. You do not have to be the mentor to propose a group of this kind. The club will try to find a person to mentor the group.

Critiquing Group: Could be a competition preparation group that meets once per month. Each member to bring in a few images to be critiqued by the the group to aid in selection for a competition and to suggest editing tweaks to help bring the images up to their full potential. Will be the most effective if the members are at a variety of skill levels.

Short term event group: A group to organize and run a special event for the club. For instance a scavenger hunt shoot. The group would set the rules, time frame and topic list, and handle all the logistical tasks to make it happen.

Time, location, and frequency of all types of focus group meetings are determined by the group as a whole.

The Group Facilitator is the person responsible for organizational tasks involved in the running of the group including communication regarding the group, moderating meetings, and handling requests for membership in an on-going group.

Starting a New Group
Any club member may submit a proposal for a Focus Group to the Focus Groups Coordinator for a focus group of any type. The membership as a whole will be emailed a description of the group and may sign up for the group if interested. If there are enough interested people, a first meeting will be scheduled to work out the logistics of the group. Once the group is established, it will be listed on the club website as an ongoing focus group.

To contact the facilitator for any group, on-going or proposed; look up his/her contact information by going to Club Info/Members on the menu at the top of the page. You must be logged in to access this information.

Currently Active Focus Groups

Pre-competition Critiquing Group
Group type: critiquing
Description: A critiquing group that meets about 2 weeks prior to a club competition. Each member of the group will bring in a few images to be critiqued by the group to aid in selection for a competition and to suggest editing tweaks to help bring the images up to their full potential.
Size of group: Minimum: 5, Maximum: 8
Frequency of meetings: monthly
Facilitator: Jen Kano

iPhone Photography
Group type: Peer
Description: The iPhone is a very different camera than most of us are used to. Its short focal length (4- 6 mm) and ISO as low as 20 are a few of the more obvious differences. The purpose of this group is to share knowledge on how to best exploit iPhone camera capabilities.
Size of group: Minimum: 4 Maximum: 10
Frequency of meetings: TBD
Facilitator: Bob Olshansky

Photoshop
Group type: mentored
Description: Photoshop help sessions with presentations by experienced Photoshop users. Topics to be determined by the group as a whole.
Facilitator: Claudine Reilly

Getting the Most out of Lightroom
Group type: Peer
Description: No one person knows all of the capabilities of Lightroom, so the idea would be to get together on a regular basis to share what we know and don't know about the program. Have questions about how to organize in the library? Questions about how to use some of the Develop module features? Need help configuring Printing? This is the place to find out.
Size of group: Minimum: 4, Maximum: 15
Frequency of meetings: monthly
Facilitator: Walter Knox

Monday (or Tues. or ?) Photographers Group
Group type: Peer
Description: Modeled after the Falmouth Art Center's Monday Morning Painters, this Photo group would meet at frequent intervals at a local venue to photograph that day's location. We all know those spots -- Main Streets of local areas, beaches, the Canal. Practicing the art of photography with a small group can be very helpful in learning techniques and figuring out how to use a camera to its fullest. The idea would be to have at least a small group at each session, not necessarily the whole group.
Size of group: Minimum: 4, Maximum: 20
Frequency of meetings: weekly
Facilitator: Walter Knox



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