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Upcoming events

    • 06 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Meeting

    Join us on Wednesday, July 6th, 7pm, for a presentation by our own CMPG member, Paul Biederman. Paul's presentations to our club have always been informative and his work, beautiful! No matter the type or genre of photography you enjoy, you'll take away something from Paul's talk. 


    Up until the present “selfie” era, flowers were the most photographed subject.  As photographers we need to create images beyond the “snapshot’ with lasting impact. We need to create something that people (other than our family) want to put on their wall and pass by and admire daily. Our flowers never die but we do not want them to collect dust in an old shoebox, CD disk or SSD drive. 

    What attracts us to flowers is a combination of physical and emotional factors. Their variation of colors, shapes and emotional meaning(s) - love, friendship, joy, beauty, death, etc. have a universal appeal that transcends all of humanity. 

    We commonly see sunflowers, tulips and daisies either in a field, as a bunch, and individually; wildflowers in woodland settings; roses in a bowl; orchids in a corsage; Irises in a tall vase; etc. 

    Normally we do not see flowers that have died, or right before blossoming. To be different we need to see flowers differently. In the act of blooming, when they have died or dried up, taken from the back or the side, when they are hosting insects or birds, when they are blowing in the wind or their seeds are in a flight, under the water or embedded in ice, and transilluminated. Many flowers have human forms and faces. 

    In modern photography our cameras range from in-phone to very technical and costly devices. Many of the venues where there are beautiful collections of flowers are crowded and do not allow camera stabilizers (tripods/monopods) or artificial lighting (flash/continuous light) or holding flags. Those that do have restricted times are usually overcrowded with similar photographers further limiting time. How can we mitigate this to allow for the best possible outcome? 

    In the short presentation I plan to show some “different” floral images and demonstrate some methods to overcome shooting issues.

    A Zoom link will be emailed to all on our mailing list a few days before the event.  Email cmpguild@gmail.com, if you'd like to be sent a Guest Pass link!

    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Meeting

    John Schuster has put together a presentation on Lightroom’s new masking updates. You won’t want to miss this, as the update has some great features!

    A Zoom link will be emailed to all on our mailing list a few days before the event.  Email cmpguild@gmail.com, if you'd like to be sent a Guest Pass link!

    • 03 Aug 2022
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online Zoom Meeting

    A Zoom link will be emailed to all on our mailing list a few days before the event.  Email cmpguild@gmail.com, if you'd like to be sent a Guest Pass link!

    • 07 Dec 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • TBD
    Registration is closed

    Join us for our December General Meeting, on Wednesday, the 7th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM! This is our annual Holiday Party!

    Location and Details TBD

    So we may plan accordingly, we'll need a head count, so please register now! (Nov 1) You may bring a guest as well!

    • 01 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    Join us for our February General Meeting on Wednesday, the 1st, at 7pm. Our speaker will be Nic Stover, on “Looking Upon the Landscape With New Perspective”.

    There are 5 types of scenes that are most commonly encountered by nature and landscape photographers.  This presentation focuses on the techniques used to capture these images, what the vision was for the scene, and processing these images taking into account the variables that make each scene a little different than another.  

    Through this presentation you will learn ways to help you to discover how you could look at these distinct areas differently, see some simple ways to discover new places, and have greater confidence to express yourself in new ways.  

    We will review best practices for these 5 distinct types of scenes.  

    1. Exploring Arid Lands (Desert Photography)

    2. Discovering the Wispy & Magical (Seascapes Photography)

    3. Empowered by Grandeur (Grand Landscapes Photography)

    4. The beauty of the small (Intimate Landscapes / Small Scenes photography)

    5. Things that go Click in the Night (Night Photography)

    For each of these different scenes we will review some best practices of in field capture, talk about processing methods, review special considerations for scene specific captures, review the challenges in fainter light and higher detail scenes, and so much more!  

    The last portion will be a demonstration of the power of the local adjustments’ vs the global adjustments and how can you align depth, texture, luminosity, sharpness, and focus on your processing and by using the tools in Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw.  

    These things we will review will help you to discover how you could be looking at these distinct areas differently, see some simple ways to discover new places, and have greater confidence to express yourself in new ways.  

    About Nic Stover  

    Nic Stover Photography exists to help nature photographers, who are interested in deeper connections, to create more impactful images, so they can confidently and consistently express themselves. Through his classes, webinars, tutorials, and presentations Nic works with people of all ages, backgrounds, experiences, and desires focused around a dialog on how we can thrive in our own unique creative and artistic process.  

    Stover is based in San Luis Obispo, California and focuses on nature photography classes and workshops encouraging his class participants to Develop their skills, Explore their capabilities, and to Create meaningful work

    Additional information can be found at www.stoverphoto.com

    A Zoom link will be emailed to all on our mailing list a few days before the event.  Email cmpguild@gmail.com, if you'd like to be sent a Guest Pass link!

Past events

16 Jun 2022 CANCELED: June User Group Meeting
05 Jun 2022 CMPG Get Back Picnic
01 Jun 2022 June General Meeting: Lewis Katz, "Perspective & Perception"
19 May 2022 May User Group Meeting
04 May 2022 May General Meeting
21 Apr 2022 April User Group Meeting: Giving Back Through Photography
06 Apr 2022 April General Meeting: Bryan Peterson, "Learning to See Creatively"
17 Mar 2022 March User Group Meeting: Mark Winter, Bird Photography
02 Mar 2022 March General Meeting: Hazel Meredith, Textures & Overlays
17 Feb 2022 February User Group Meeting
02 Feb 2022 February General Meeting: Jeff Voigt, Aerial Photography
20 Jan 2022 January User Group Meeting: Lightroom's New Masking Tools
05 Jan 2022 January General Meeting: Betsy Wilson, "Capturing Motion"
18 Dec 2021 Tour the Baltimore Christmas Market
01 Dec 2021 December General Meeting: LIVE Holiday Party
03 Nov 2021 November General Meeting: Mel McNamera, "Book Making"
21 Oct 2021 October CMPG User Group: DSLR vs Mirroless Discussion
16 Oct 2021 CMPG NYC Meet Up by Train!
06 Oct 2021 October General Meeting: Eddie Kang, Elevate Your Skills Through Competitions
16 Sep 2021 CANCELED: September CMPG User Group:
01 Sep 2021 September General Meeting: Lewis Katz, Live B&W Critique
01 Sep 2021 MPA's 5th Annual Photography Contest Submission Information
19 Aug 2021 August CMPG User Group:
04 Aug 2021 August General Meeting: Lewis Katz, "From Capture to Print: The Art of Black and White Photography"
15 Jul 2021 July CMPG User Group:
07 Jul 2021 July General Meeting: Larry Scherer - Sports Marketing Images
17 Jun 2021 June CMPG User Group:
05 Jun 2021 CMPG Outing: Evening in Annapolis
02 Jun 2021 June General Meeting: Robert Fawcett, "Chasing The Stars" - Capturing The Night Sky"
22 May 2021 May Meetup at Brookside Gardens
20 May 2021 May CMPG User Group: Virtual Exhibit & Open Discussion
05 May 2021 May General Meeting: Wayne Wolfersberger - Our National Parks
15 Apr 2021 April CMPG User Group:
10 Apr 2021 Outing to Trolley Trail #9
07 Apr 2021 April General Meeting: Cole Thompson - Why Black & White?
18 Mar 2021 March CMPG User Group: Virtual Gallery, Getting Started
03 Mar 2021 March General Meeting: Michael Oberman - Nature Photography
18 Feb 2021 February CMPG User Group:
12 Feb 2021 CMPG Happy Hour
03 Feb 2021 February General Meeting: Jamie Turner - Spirit Photography
21 Jan 2021 January CMPG User Group:
06 Jan 2021 January General Meeting: Kelly Schneider - Dodging & Burning in Portraits
02 Dec 2020 December General Meeting: Annual Holiday Party Happy Hour
04 Nov 2020 November General Meeting: Matt Hanson - Food Photography and Cookbook Creation
15 Oct 2020 October CMPG User Group Meeting: TBD
07 Oct 2020 October General Meeting: Cam Miller - Masking in Photoshop
17 Sep 2020 September CMPG User Group Meeting: Frequency Separation, and more!
02 Sep 2020 September General Meeting: Geoffrey Baker - "Inside the World's Toughest Endurance Event You've Never Heard Of: The Barkley Marathons"
20 Aug 2020 August CMPG User Group Meeting: Open Forum
05 Aug 2020 August General Meeting: Irene Hinke-Sacilotto - A Passion for Wildlife Photography
16 Jul 2020 July CMPG User Group Meeting: Share Your Work
01 Jul 2020 July General Meeting: Eddie Kang - Making Your Mobile Phone Photos Stand Out
25 Jun 2020 CMPG Social
18 Jun 2020 June CMPG User Group Meeting: What is Your Workflow?
12 Jun 2020 Trip to Cascade Falls
03 Jun 2020 June General Meeting: Janet Little Jeffers, "Frame of Mind - Creativity, Perception, and Mental Focus"
21 May 2020 May DSLR User Group Meeting: Tips & Tricks You've Learned During Covid-19
13 May 2020 Tony Sweet: Shoot Where You Live - Finding Inspiration At Home
06 May 2020 May General Meeting: Paul Biederman - Flowers to Floral Images
23 Apr 2020 Matt Kloskowski: "How to Edit Photos Like A Pro In Lightroom & Photoshop"
16 Apr 2020 Online Meeting!: April DSLR User Group Meeting
13 Apr 2020 CMPG Virtual Happy Hour
01 Apr 2020 CANCELLED: April General Meeting: Paul Biederman - Transforming Flower to Floral Images
19 Mar 2020 CANCELLED: March DSLR User Group Meeting: Lightroom Q&A
04 Mar 2020 March General Meeting: Ginny Robertson - "Getting Out of Your Own Way?"
20 Feb 2020 February DSLR User Group Meeting: Introduction to Water Droplet Photography
05 Feb 2020 CANCELED February General Meeting: Nick Hanyok - Finding Your Style
16 Jan 2020 January DSLR User Group Meeting: TBD
11 Jan 2020 Fashion Photo Shoot Workshop
08 Jan 2020 January General Meeting: Les Picker - Photographic Printing
04 Dec 2019 December General Meeting: Annual Holiday Party & Pop-Up Gallery
23 Nov 2019 November Outing: Bird Photography at Conowingo Dam
06 Nov 2019 November General Meeting: Steve Talabac - Photographing Birds-in-Flight
02 Nov 2019 November 2nd Outing: Sultana Downrigging Festival
24 Oct 2019 Photo Plus Expo via Service Photo Bus
17 Oct 2019 October DSLR User Group Meeting: Speedlights & Strobes
02 Oct 2019 October General Meeting: Let's See Your Travel Photos
28 Sep 2019 September Outing: New York City
19 Sep 2019 September DSLR User Group: NYC Outing Info
04 Sep 2019 September General Meeting: Bruce Press, Portrait Photography
15 Aug 2019 August DSLR User Group: Photographing NYC
08 Aug 2019 August General Meeting: Sean Simmons, Wildlife & Landscape Photographer
27 Jul 2019 A CMPG Wildlife and Nature Photography Outing
18 Jul 2019 July DSLR User Group Meeting
16 Jul 2019 July Photography Outing
11 Jul 2019 July General Meeting: NOTE Date Change!!!
29 Jun 2019 June Outing to Covered Bridges of Fredrick County
20 Jun 2019 June DSLR Users Group: Matting & Framing Images
05 Jun 2019 June General Meeting: Kelly Schneider - Fine Art Photography
16 May 2019 CANCELLED: May DSLR Users Group
01 May 2019 May General Meeting: Padma Inguva - Floral Photography
27 Apr 2019 in Need of Volunteer Photographers for RTHC
18 Apr 2019 April DSLR User Group Meeting - Printing your images
13 Apr 2019 All Day Annapolis Photo Walk
03 Apr 2019 April General Meeting: Chris Paulis - Product Photography
30 Mar 2019 March Outing to Cascade Falls and Thomas Viaduct.
21 Mar 2019 March DSLR Users Group: Image Review
06 Mar 2019 March General Meeting: Board Elections and Headshots!
23 Feb 2019 February Outing to the Rawlings Conservatory
21 Feb 2019 February DSLR User Group Meeting: What makes a great photo?
06 Feb 2019 General Meeting: Emulating the Masters with Anne Looney and Steve Clark
17 Jan 2019 CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER January DSLR User Group Meeting
17 Jan 2019 Nations Photo Lab Field Trip
12 Jan 2019 January Outing to B&O Museum
02 Jan 2019 January General Meeting: Walter Calahan - Innovation: The Myth of Thinking Outside the Box
05 Dec 2018 December General Meeting: Annual Holiday Party with Pop-Up Gallery
23 Nov 2018 November Outing: Conowingo Dam
07 Nov 2018 November General Meeting: Eddie Kang - Creative Lighting
20 Oct 2018 October 20th Outing: New York City
18 Oct 2018 October DSLR User Group: Developing FILM with Caffenol
03 Oct 2018 October 3rd General Meeting: Chris Spielmann, Architectural Photography
20 Sep 2018 September 20th DSLR User Group: Photographing NYC
05 Sep 2018 September General Meeting: Landscape Photography with Vincent Ferrari
25 Aug 2018 August 25th Outing: Baltimore Basilica and Eutaw Place
16 Aug 2018 August DSLR Users Group: Topaz Labs Image Editing Demo
08 Aug 2018 August 8th Outing: Howard County Fair
02 Aug 2018 August General Meeting: Street Photography with Larry Cohen
19 Jul 2018 July DSLR Users Group: Photo Editing with the Eye of an Artist
05 Jul 2018 July General Meeting: Patty Hankins on Adding Depth to Your Photos
21 Jun 2018 June DSLR Users Group: Wacom Tablet, Monitor Calibration, Tripods and more!
06 Jun 2018 General Meeting: Paul Biederman Landscape Critique
02 Jun 2018 Tony Sweet Workshop: Compelling Composition
01 Jun 2018 Tony Sweet: Compelling Composition: Creating Visual Pathways
26 May 2018 May Outing: Landscapes at Centennial Lake
17 May 2018 DSLR Users Group
02 May 2018 General Meeting: Landscape Photography with Paul Biederman
21 Apr 2018 April Outing #2: Sherwood Gardens
19 Apr 2018 DSLR User Group: Lightroom
14 Apr 2018 April Outing: Light City
04 Apr 2018 General Meeting: Peer Critique / Show & Tell
28 Mar 2018 General Meeting
17 Mar 2018 March Outing: Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
28 Feb 2018 General Meeting
03 Feb 2018 February Photo Outing
24 Jan 2018 General Meeting
18 Jan 2018 DSLR Users Group Meeting
13 Dec 2017 General Meeting: Holiday Party
17 Nov 2017 Snow Geese Outing to Prime Hook
15 Nov 2017 General Meeting - John Casper: "Social Media For Photographers"
11 Nov 2017 Alpaca Fleece Festival Outing 11th - 12th November
27 Oct 2017 October Outing: Sultana Downrigging Festival
25 Oct 2017 General Meeting: Panel Discussion of Member Websites
27 Sep 2017 General Meeting
23 Sep 2017 September Outing: Antique Steam Train
23 Sep 2017 October Outing: Parade of Sails
24 Aug 2017 General Meeting
27 Jul 2017 General Meeting
22 Jun 2017 General Meeting
24 May 2017 General Meeting
20 May 2017 REVISED May Outing:Battle of New Market reenactment
26 Apr 2017 General Meeting
09 Apr 2017 Susquehanna State Park photo outing
02 Apr 2017 Opening of the "Iconic Columbia" Exhibit Reception
22 Mar 2017 General Meeting
12 Mar 2017 Moon Over Washington
22 Feb 2017 General meeting
18 Feb 2017 National Gallery photo trip
25 Jan 2017 General meeting
21 Jan 2017 Blackwater NWR Photo Trip
19 Jan 2017 DSLR Users Group meeting
14 Dec 2016 General meeting
11 Dec 2016 National Portrait Gallery tour-CANCELLED
16 Nov 2016 General meeting
26 Oct 2016 General meeting
28 Sep 2016 General meeting
27 Jul 2016 CMPG Monthly Meeting

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