The PhotoForum Camera Club of Louisville
We don't talk photography -- we DO it! 


Membership Application and Dues

Membership in The PhotoForum is $25 per year. Your annual dues payment covers a membership term from January 1 to December 31 (the calendar year).If you join the club as a first time member after Memorial Day, you will be entitled to dues prorated at $15).

Your payment of individual dues will extend membership privileges to your household(spouse/significant other, minor or resident college-student children).

To join the PhotoForum, download and complete the attached Membership Registration form and bring it to any meeting along with your $25 annual dues payment, in cash or check made payable to The PhotoForum.

Membership Brochure, click the following link to view and print a copy of our membership brochure.

 

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The PhotoForum of Louisville is an organization dedicated to advancing photographic expression. As a means to further this goal, the PhotoForum meets regularly for the purposes of sharing the experiences of members in achieving these objectives. As our mission statement declares, “We Do Photography.”

Founded in 1995 by a small group of inquisitive and talented photographers from Louisville, Kentucky, the PhotoForum is a diverse group from many different origins and professions, all engaged in a common photographic endeavor; we work to extend our photographic skills.

We are a mixture of photographic abilities and specialties. Some members use point and shoot cameras, some have elaborate cutting-edge digital SLR systems, and others use film and traditional large format cameras. Most of our members are amateurs. Whatever your photographic equipment or abilities you will find ways to improve your photography at The PhotoForum.

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The following people have been elected as members of the Board of Directors for the calendar year 2018...

Deborah Montgomery, President

Nathan Mann, Vice President

Sherry Lindle, Secretary

Lynn Lloyd, Treasurer

Ron Bailey, Digital Darkroom

Steve Johnson, Member at Large

Deborah Montgomery, Webmaster

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We hold two meetings each month, except December.  We meet at the Springs at Stony Brook, 2200 Stony Brook Drive, Louisville, KY 40220. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for Map and Directions.

Our meetings are open to everyone -- interested photographers (and wannabees) from the Louisville area and visitors from other regions. No invitation is necessary -- just show up, meet and be met, learn -- and join!

The General Meeting, held on the fourth Wednesday of the month (except December) is devoted to photographic instruction, education, displays of members’ images, and fellowship. A typical meeting may include a short club business session, announcements of upcoming events or field trips, and occasional presentations by guest speakers.

Members are encouraged to share their photographic creations with attendees. Members may present photographic prints, slides, and digital images. Guidelines for these presentations are simple and are designed to give members of all skill levels an opportunity to participate and grow in skills and confidence.

The Digital Darkroom, held on the third Wednesday of each month is devoted to digital capture and processing of images. If you find post-processing for digital photography to be a bit daunting, we have answers.

Participants are introduced to techniques for cataloging, editing, and publishing digital images using a variety of software tools.  Particular emphasis is given to Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Elements, and photo-editing tools by a number of other manufacturers. 

One thing that most digital photo editing/management tools have in common is an overwhelming array of features.  The Digital Darkroom meetings are designed to help you identify the most cost-effective products, reduce the learning curve, and zero in on the functions and tips that will produce the most "bang for the buck" for your creative talents.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop and software, as well as sample images that could be made better with a few "tweaks".

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We members of the PhotoForum are a varied lot — from people who are just getting started in photography, to skilled hobbyists, all the way up to long-time active or retired professionals. Our youngest member has been under fifteen and our oldest member has been over 90. There are over 60 members including several out-of-state members who wish to stay connected with their Louisville-area colleagues.

At our Digital Darkroom meetings the third Wednesday of each month, except December) we explore the use of programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop, and other editing software used in the processing of digital images. If you have a troublesome image that you just can't seem to get right, bring it, we will work on it with you and see what we can do! Participants are encouraged to bring laptops, if they have them, and learn through hands-on exercises. On average, the Digital Darkroom session has about 12-15 attendees.

On our General meeting night the fourth Wednesday of each month, except December), we may have a guest speaker, a member spotlight, and/or a quarterly print contest. At any General meeting, we encourage members to bring their own images, as prints or as digital files on a USB drive, to share as time permits. This is a great way to receive some helpful critiques to further your photography skills. We usually have between 20-30 attendees at our general meetings, depending on vacation schedules and planned activities.

More important, however, than meetings are experiences in the field! We believe the best way to improve is to get out there and practice — and what better way to do that than with friends, fellow photographers, and a few pros who really love to further the art of photography for this and the next generation. We try to have at least one field trip a month — and we try to mix it up a bit thematically and location-wise (so we are not always doing long-distance driving). Watch our web calendar — it is kept up-to-date with schedules, details, any last-minute changes, or updates for any outings we have planned. In addition, we try to post a few "FYI" notices about other events or contests of interest for the club members, even if they are not officially club-sponsored activities.

Print Competitions focusing on announced themes are held quarterly, in March, June, September and December (at our Christmas Party). Entrants can submit up to three photographs for each competition. Entries should be at least 8x10 in size, mounted and/or matted at the entrant's option; however, no frames or glass will be allowed. Entries should be completely free of any identification of the photographer. All submissions are placed face-down on a display table before the meeting, and each will be assigned an entry numb

er. All attendees will have an opportunity to view and vote on the entries. After the vote is completed, each image will be displayed, the photographer will be identified, and winners announced. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be given, generally in the form of a gift card from a local vendor.

Our membership fee is $25 per calendar year, payable in January. The fee entitles all members of a household to participate in all club activities. New first time Members joining after May 31 will be charged $15 for the remainder of the current year. Your annual membership pays for such items as: web hosting fees, fliers, club-owned projectors and other equipment, and clerical supplies. Also, the cost of our annual picnic and Christmas party are subsidized, in whole or in part, by membership dues. While workshops and field trips are generally low-cost or no-cost, membership fees may occasionally be used to keep the expense down for members.

If you have any further questions, or if you would like to be included on our email list (we don't send many emails) please let us know. We use “Mail Chimp” for our email distribution.

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Whatever your photographic equipment or abilities, you will find ways to improve your photography at The PhotoForum.

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