"We advance the art and science of photography through technical and aesthetic educational programs and through public service photography."

Upcoming events

    • 05 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Join us for our August General Meeting. Our speaker is wildlife photographer, Irene Hinke-Sacilotto. Irene has spoken to us before and was so good, we invited her back. We are fortunate to have her again!

    A Passion for Wildlife Photography, the Stories Behind the Images 

    This talk is based on Irene's more than 35 plus years’ experience photographing wildlife and covers the knowledge, strategies, techniques, and equipment required to capture engaging animal images. Included is information on locating, attracting, and approaching animals along with prime locations for wildlife photography, the use of photographic blinds, and stalking techniques. She will also share her motivation behind her passion for wildlife photography including the rewards, insights, and joy she gets from sharing her experiences with others. The program is interwoven with some entertaining stories behind some images.


    About Irene

    For nearly 40 years, Irene has shared her photographic images, experiences, and love of nature through more than 300 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad including Kenya, Iceland, Newfoundland, the Falkland Islands, Patagonia, and the Brazilian Pantanal. U.S. workshops include the South Dakota Badlands, Bosque del Apache NWR, Chincoteague NWR, Assateague National Seashore, and Tangier Island. Program sponsors include zoos, nature centers, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation, the Baltimore Zoo, and the Assateague Island Alliance.  

    As an award-winning photographer, she is a frequent judge and speaker at camera clubs with programs on wildlife, bird, and garden photography as well as on the Pantanal, Assateague Island, Chincoteague NWR, and Tangier Island. Multiple times, she has lectured at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions. Her “How To” articles on nature photography have been published by Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography, Outdoor Photographer and Birding.  Irene’s images have appeared in magazines, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, National Geographic, Audubon, and Sierra Club. Credits include the book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure.”


    • 20 Aug 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

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    • 02 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Join us for our virtual September General Meeting. Geoffrey Baker will be speaking.

    You can see some of his beautiful work on his website: 


    Check back soon for more information! Zoom link will be emailed to those on our mailing list, a day or so, before the meeting.

    • 17 Sep 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD

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    • 07 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD

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    • 07 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD

    Matt Hanson will be sharing his process for transforming "old family recipes" into beautiful heirloom cookbooks!


    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • TBD

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    This is the last CMPG User Group meeting of 2020. Our meetings will resume on January 21, 2021.

Past events

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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