After last month’s successful PhotoWalk through Baltimore’s Federal Hill and Inner Harbor, we met this month to do a constructive critique of some of the pictures taken as well as other member-submitted images. We had more new members this month so obviously everyone had not participated in the walk. No worries! We still had a lot of fun.
It is July so of course there was watermelon as well as yummy cupcakes from Caroline’s Cupcakery.
We started with introductions and welcomed several new members to the group. Our extremely organized leaders Liz and Ryan had slides labelled, index cards and envelopes numbered and ready for critiques. Ryan even had mood music playing during the slide show.
After written critiques were done and gathered, we critiqued each picture after the photographer told a little back story behind their image. We were given the option to not claim the image and have the critique be completely anonymous but everyone generously came forward and claimed their work.
Some images had surprises (“all three people in that image are you?!”), some benefited from a little back story and some, like this image from Marcella Treybig, were just gorgeous and hard to critique. Members commented that they found this session extremely helpful in not only critiquing their own work but learning what makes a good image and what can make a good image even better.
After the critiques we discussed some of the latest SmugMug developments like the SmugMug Vault price drop and the web site customizing options. And then another great SmugMug meeting came to a close. Luckily it was inside, have you ever been to Baltimore in July? It’s hot and muggy!
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Our Knoxville SMUG meeting combined the talents of many of our members with others from our local photographic community. Our local community has grown rapidly over the course of a few months. New life has been breathed into relationships between seasoned photographers and those new to the field.
Originally slated to be a photowalk, we had to move the meeting back to our regular meeting place due to the weather. Not to be deterred, members brought in studio equipment and set up several stations giving everyone an opportunity to experiment with lighting as they photographed some of the models in attendance.
That’s what I love about my SMUG. Even if the weather doesn’t go the way we want it, we’re all so flexible that we find something else to do. Stop by the next SMUG, even if the weather tries to stop us, because you’ll never know what we’re going to do instead!