Upcoming events

    • 10 May 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 2500 University Ave Suite S8 W , St. Paul MN 55114

    Critique Night

    Host: Corinne Standish

    We start the evening with conversation, light snacks and beverages.

    Next is a tutorial and discussion on “Western Art Composition Conventions as they

    Relate to Photography.”

    Then we constructively critique work that has been submitted. Submissions may be

    anonymous or named - as you prefer. Unlike salons, this is a give and take critique

    involving the audience as well as the host.

    We discuss and evaluate:

    1) Technical aspects: camera type and model, lens, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc

    2) What we like about the image

    3) The composition and what it conveys

    4) What we wish we had done differently, or alternatives that might have made the

    image stronger, or worth experimenting with

    5) Possible Lightroom or Photoshop edits

    6) End on a positive note

    One image per participant; additional images if there is time.

    1.5 hour group

    Preferably send your image in advance, to aid in tutorial prep, to Corinne at

    cjstandish.com by way of a lossless FTP server such as WeTransfer or Hightail. Or

    Dropbox. All images will be permanently deleted after the class is over. You may also

    bring your image on a flash (aka “thumb”) drive. It will be displayed using an overhead

    projector so that we all may see it.

    Corinne Standish studied art and digital photography at the Art Institutes International -

    Minnesota and MCTC colleges. She has taught photography classes at Mpls Photo

    Center. She currently works for Minnesota Opera, National Camera, and has various

    retouching clients.

    • 11 May 2016
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Twin Cities Photography Group 2500 University Ave, Suite S8, St Paul MN 55114

    Introduction to Digital Photography

    Workshop: Introduction to Digital Photography with Moira Lennox

    Twin Cities Photography Meet-up Group (Minneapolis/St Paul, MN)

    Join us for an exciting photography class designed for digital SLR camera enthusiasts, hobbyists, and aspiring professionals.

    This class is to take you beyond just clicking on auto mode. You will learn about the power of your digital DSLR camera.  First we will review the basics of exposure then we will translate that to all those buttons, features and menus on the camera that control it.

    Topics that will be covered:


    • §  Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO and understanding the relationship
    • §  Checking your exposure: how to read the histogram
    • §  Adjust it when the camera gets it wrong
    • §  Using Exposure Compensation to correct for over- or under-exposure
    • §  Metering Modes
    • §  Understanding Histograms
    • §  White Balance (Color temperature)
    • §  RAW vs. JPG

    Camera Overview

    • §  What is the right camera for you
    • §  The Camera: Camera Features, Buttons and Menu
    • §  Lens

    The instructor will have a Canon camera to use as a demo but please bring any make or model. Please bring your manual as well; they can be very helpful when looking for features and settings.

     What People are saying about Moria's workshop 

    Great class, Moira did a very good job of going over materials and provided excellent examples and hands on learning. Highly recommended!

    Like · Reply · January 14 · Mute



    Brilliant workshop! Moira explained things in a way that made sense and made it easy to understand.

    Like · Reply · January 14 · Mute

    Cindy Carlsson

    As noted, this was a really great class. Moira is a funny and engaging instructor with a really well throught-out class and examples. It was brief, but comprehensive. This could easily be expanded to a full day too. It's worth noting that, while the focus was on the use of photoshop, there was a lot of information on photo editing in general that is directly applicable to other editing programs. A really good class by a really good instructor. I hope to see her offer more classes.

    Like · Reply · January 31 · Mute

    Donna Monson

    This was a fabulous class. Our trainer was amazing. Patient, knowledgeable, thorough...she knew exactly what we should be doing as beginners and was able to answer every question with authority. She was supportive, and encouraging...everything you'd want in a teacher/mentor. If I see her name on any other meet ups...I'm there. Thanks for a great experience!

    Like · Reply · January 31 · Mute

    Loren Swanson

    Moira took a very complex topic and condensed it down to elements that even I could understand. There were so many facets of this topic that I may not be able to repeat many of the procedures that she taught us but she did do a wonderful job of organizing things well and keeping the process on track at a fast pace! Thank you Moira!

    Like · Reply · January 31 · Mute

    • 14 May 2016
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Arden Hills Army Training Site - MN National Guard Readiness center 4761 Hamline ave, Arden Hills, MN 55126

    Audubon Minnesota - Urban Birding Festival

    Arden Hills Army Training Site – MN National Guard Readiness Center 4761 Hamline Ave, Arden Hills, MN 55126 – 

    Saturday May 14, 2016 Bird/Photo walks begins at 8am – 10am  Please be prompt because we need to stay in a group (they usually lock the gate behind us). 


    I'll be hosting a basic bird photo walks in the Arden Hills Army Training Site for Audubon Minnesota’s Urban Birding Festival. My walk will focus more on bird photography than the other bird walks.  Come join me and bring your camera with the longest glass you can comfortably carry for 2 miles on gravel roads.  Good binoculars and bird book/app may come in handy.  I’ll share what I know about how to photograph birds while we walk through the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (now known as the Arden Hills Army Training Site, AHATS).  This is not a workshop so no classroom stuff so ask lots of questions. There are all sorts of birds we may encounter including: common loons; trumpeter swans; osprey; various woodpeckers; bald eagles; turkey vultures; kestrels; harriers; hawks; various sparrows; warblers; meadowlarks; bluebirds; three different kinds of swallows, turkeys and more.  I haven't had time to train any of these animals to pose for us so there are no guarantees.  ;-)  Keep in mind, we'll be walking about two miles on gravel roads so you might want to leave the 600mm f4 and tripod at home unless you are really fit.  (NO old buildings remain on the AHATS site so if you are thinking about sneaking off to do some urban exploring, this isn’t the spot.)

    There are bathrooms in the Readiness Center and water will be available but I suggest you bring what you need to stay hydrated and a snack, especially if it's really hot.  Bring sunscreen and bug juice.  You may pick up ticks if you walk through the grass.

    We'll meet in the parking lot of the National Guard's new Readiness Center.  It's on Hamline Avenue and Ben Franklin Street in Arden Hills a couple blocks north of Ramsey County Road 96.  Take 35W North to the Ramsey Co. Rd. 96 exit (the next exit just north of 694).  Go east on Co Rd 96 a couple miles.  Take a left (North) at the stoplight at Hamline Avenue and stay on Hamline until you can't go any further (a gate will stop you so you can’t go too far) OR FOLLOW THE BIRD WALK SIGNS AS PLANS MAY CHANGE.  Park in the MN National Guard Readiness Center lot or where directed at the time. 

    Minnesota National Guard Readiness Center - 4761 Hamline Ave, Arden Hills, MN 55126 - Google maps seems accurate.  Bing map is not accurate.

    For details on all sorts of birding events that weekend visit the websites with each area or www.urbanbirdingfestival.org More info on the AHATS here: http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/ardenhills/index.php


    • 16 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Twin Cities Photography Group , 2500 University Ave W, St. Paul MN 55114
    We invite you to come share in a presentation of beautiful immigrant portraits by Peter Beck. 

    Peter Beck travels the world  and photographs people on location for both  corporate advertising and editorial communications.  His diverse and extraordinary environmental   portraits are both stunning and awe inspiring. 

    Peter's website

    • 24 May 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • twin cities photography group, 2500 University Ave, St Paul MN 55114

    Using photographs to represent the complexities and diversity of everyday life of the people who live, work and play in Minnesota. This is essentially a large documentary effort that is presented in a variety of smaller topics that help to tell the story.

     It is also designed to challenge us as photographers and storytellers.  We will all need to consider how to explore each topic in a series of photographs.

    Hal Tearse will be heading up this project

    On Assignment  is an on going photo project documenting everyday life in Minnesota.  Each assignment last approximately   60 days .   If you are interested in being part of a select group of committed photographers who can work on specific projects with reasonable deadlines please join us .

    Bring a Snack to Share! 

     soda will be provided. 

    Come join us and bring your Art to a new level. 

    • 06 Jun 2016
    • 25 Jun 2016
    • 6 sessions
    • 2500 University Ave w, St. Paul MN 55114

    This is a week long  photography Summer camp for ages 9 to 12 years old. Beginning on June 6 ending on June 10, 2016 . 

    Parents will be invited to a reception on June 26, 2016 at the Hamline Library to celebrate their child's photographic accomplishments. 

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    • 13 Jun 2016
    • 17 Jun 2016
    • 5 sessions
    • 2500 University Ave w, St. Paul MN 55114

    This is a week long  photography Summer camp for ages 13 to 16 years old. Beginning on June 13 ending on June 17, 2016 . 

    Parents will be invited to a reception on June 26, 2016 at the Hamline Library to celebrate their child's photographic accomplishments. 

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    • 18 Jun 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Minnesota State Fair grounds

    The Back to the 50s Car Show is one of the premier car events in Minnesota. For the past 40+ years this car show has showcased thousands of cars. Even though the name says "50s", the show hosts cars spanning from the earliest models up to 1964 production cars. 

    THE PLAN: The Car Show runs June 17-19, hours 7am-10pm on Friday/Sat and 6am-3pm Sun. Let’s meet up at 4pm at (location TBD) before to gather up, socialize for a few minutes and discuss plan of attack. We will head in about 4:30pm, shoot for a 2 hours (we can go longer if people want?) and then meet up again after at (sit down food location TBD) to review, socialize, talk photography, etc. 

    There’s a good chance we will get separated because of the size of the event and the number of people in attendance. We can setup a buddy system and mini meetup time/locations during if need be. 

    The cost $10 to get in per day. 

    There are various shuttle buses. There is a visitors guide somewhere on the website but I haven't found it yet and will post when/if I do find it. 

    Official Back to the 50s Car Show website. Click here for directions to the fairgrounds. (Note, this link is from the State Fair website, so directions should be the same but specific parking info may be different. 

    I have always parked on a side street during the car show, so I can't be sure the lots adjacent to the grounds will all be available). Here is a link to the 

    FAQs page. 

     Visitors guide here. H

    This is an opportunity to shoot not only cars, but street (sort of), people (this event attracts all kinds), there are a few action events, etc. This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet new people, socialize, talk photography and talk cars not only with people in our group but with others at the event. In the past I have shared my contact info and images of cars I have shot with the car owners. I have never been asked not to shoot someone or something but be aware there may be a chance for that. Prepare for the weather as needed. Here are some helpful tips, if you have never been or never shot cars before. 1) This is sorta like a trip to Disney. You walk a lot, on pavement. Wear good walking shoes. 2) Pay attention to the forecast. Be prepared be prepared for rain all the way to scorching heat and prepare to purchase fluids or bring your own. 3) Have pen and paper handy to give out contact info. Like I said above, I have talked with some car owners and shared my images with them in the past. 4) I recommend a camera bag. Equipment, pen and paper, water bottles, gear. It helps. 5) If you are into shooting details/macro type stuff, make sure to at least take a photo of the whole car and/or the accompanying sign that says the year, make and model. Then you know exactly what the car is (especially if someone asks) and so that you can appropriately tag your work when you post it. It will help get views. 6) Don't be afraid to try crazy angles and get down and dirty. Some cars are polished to the 9s and that includes the engine compartments and undercarriages. Some car guys go crazy over seeing the under-body work, especially if its clean and done well. You will likely get weird looks and maybe even some owners asking why but when you show them that BOSS image, they get it. 7) Take the time to talk to owners about their rides. Cars are an extension of people’s families, some treat them like a child of their own and no doubt they have at least 30 fantastic stories to tell about how it came to be or why they chose that model. THEN it will help you tell your photo story better AND you will remember that car and it's story FOREVER. 8) Check out the swap meet and the little side events/activities. There's a ton of interesting things there. 9) Rat Rods are a thing. And they are awesome. Some like the clean shiny look of a 50s Bel Air, others like the dirty, rusty attitude of a 30s Ford Rat rod and put just as much effort into making them the sweetest ride on the road. Even though some look like hunks of junk, they're not. 10) Details, details, details. I am obsessed with auto details right now and you should get your nose right up to these rides to see how much work goes into the details.

    • 19 Aug 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 21 Aug 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Red Cliff
    • 16

    Hi guys ,

    Sorry wrong copy of this event went out.  Here is the updated version with more details about the weekend. This is a fabulous opportunity.

    We need to  secure the ships with payments.  Many people signed up but few have paid. Please submit your payment Today otherwise we will lose our 3  reserved sailboats. 

    We have on reserve 3 Sailboats .  18 of us can go on tour of the Apostle Island.  What makes this tour so much fun is that it is interactive. We are not just passengers we will be the sailing crew as well.  We will be instructed and expected to help sail the ships. What better way to spend the Tall Ship weekend than being a sailor. 

    below is the weekend schedule. 


    1. Meet in  Duluth to tour the  tall ships. we will have dinner together and then head to Red Cliff

    2. Wine reception and a surprise local  fire side presentation at Red Cliff

    Participants have a choice of sleeping on the boat (bring your own sleeping bag , pillow and toiletry item) or  making reservations on your own  at  the casino hotel, in Bayfield or in the camp ground. 


      1 .Breakfast will be  provided along with an          before daybreak  departure  to arrive to  Raspberry to photograph the lighthouse.

      2.   Anchor in the bay and hike to the light house where sailors have the option of taking a tour.

     2      Lunch will be provided  onboard the ship as we sail to Sand Is.

      3. At Sand Island We will then  Take  the  dingy and photograph the sea caves.

     4.  Photographers will then head to shore for other photographic opportunities.

       5.  Return to Red Cliff, clean up and head to Big Top Chautauqua.  The weekend entertainment at bigtop is as follows 

    From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy – sometimes in a single song. Her two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Fosterand 2012’s Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations. Her latest release, Promise of a Brand New Day on Blue Corn Music, earned her a third Grammy nod in 2015. Ruthie performed at the Big Top twice before, blowing the roof off the tent with her amazingly soulful voice and blues artistry. 

    Room 2 Groove takes inspiration from Michael Franti, Citizen Cope, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh to name a few. They proclaim their mission is to make the world, and specifically Northern Wisconsin, a more vibrant place to live by playing positive music that gets people up and dancing.

    Sailors have the option of purchasing  food from the various vendors at the big top venue.

      Return to marina. 


    leisurely morning, pack and disembark vessels. 

    TCPG organizers will return back to  Duluth to tour the  tall ships with members once again/

    Organizers will provide a lunch time meeting place for members who want to dine together before heading home.

    Head home 

    Participants have the option of making arrangements in the casino hotel, in Bayfield or in the camp ground. They can also sleep on the boat by bringing their own sleeping bag and air mattress. 

    Legendary Waters Casino, Resort, Marina and Campground, Red Cliff Wisconsin

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