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Southern Maryland (SOMD) Critique Special Interest Group 


BRIEF DESCRIPTION:  With an emphasis on photography in Southern Maryland, the purpose of this group is to promote photography as a hobby, providing a forum for exchanging knowledge of the subject and inspiring amateur photographers toward improving their art. This group will explore what makes a good photograph, both technically and artistically, and may see some editing demonstrated in Lightroom, Photoshop, DxO/NIK, Topaz software, etc., to show how to implement suggested changes to their photos, etc.


SIG LEADER:  Joanna Macaulay



PREREQUISITES:  A desire to improve general photography skills, both technical and artistic, in an informal, small group setting; a willingness to present photos to the group for critques; and a willingness to plan and lead informal presentations to the group as well as field trips.


MEMBERSHIP:  The group will be limited to a maximum of 15 participants. To become a member of this SIG, contact Beth Fabey,, to advise her of your interest in joining the group and to provide her with your contact information (email and mobile number). Since the number of participants is limited, members should renew their SOMD SIG membership in January of each year by contacting the SIG Leader.


MEETING SCHEDULE:  Regular monthly meetings are planned. Meetings are held on the 1st and 2nd  Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. and last several hours via Zoom.  The meetings will include:


(a) review and critique members' photographs;


(b) have a presentation and/or a discussion planned and/or led by a group member;


(c) have a mini-competition, separate from the general CCC competitions, to gain more feedback from a judge as to how to improve a photo; 


d) have field trips planned and led by group members in order to have opportunities for informal mentoring in the field and for building members' photo libraries. Trips may be planned last-minute to take advantage of good weather forecasts and special events not advertised far in advance. ***Field trip participants must be dues-paying members of CCC,   provide "In Case of Emergency" contact information to the trip leader and have a signed Release of Liability form on file with the CCC***   


EXPECTED OUTCOMES:  Members should gain confidence in evaluating photos and improving their photographic skills.


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