Monthly Photo Themes

Each month club members are encouraged to produce images based upon a specific photo assignment or Theme. The images are shared on flickr® where they can be seen and commented upon by other members. The public can view the Monthly Photo Theme images but non-members cannot post images.

The Monthly Photo Themes purpose is to get club members to take new pictures, not to find images that satisfy the assignment in existing photo files. So get up, get out there, and shoot away.

The Monthly Photo Themes for 2017 are:


You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard


Looking Through a Window – July’s Theme

Fort Point, S.F. | Photo by George Ziegler

Sometimes it is necessary to shoot through windows, such as those on an airplane, in hotels, in your car, or your own home’s picture window, in order to get that striking photo that no one else can. Here are some tips when shooting through glass: (1) Look for single-glass windows vs, double pane glass to cut down reflections; (2) Clean the window; (3) Time your shoot so that the window is not lit; (4) Use a large aperture; (5) Shoot from as close as possible to the window; (6) Beware of vibration if touching the glass; (7) Shoot perpendicular to the glass as much as possible; (8) Do not use a polarizing filter; (9) Turn lights off and move away bright objects; (10) Wear dark clothing; (11) Use a rubber hood to press against the glass; and, (12) Use a dark cloth to hold over your head and camera.

Upload up to five of your images to the club’s Monthly Photo Theme flickr® group.
Recent examples of monthly photo theme images taken by club members:

See more Monthly Photo Theme images on flickr®.