Information for Speakers

Flatirons Photo Club meetings are being held in the Frasier retirement community theater at 305 Ponca Place in Boulder and via Zoom. Zoom meeting invitations are emailed in advance of the meeting. Please check in at the reception desk before proceeding to the theater. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to flatirons [at] [email protected] with the subject line ‘Mailing list’.

Meeting and Presentation Information

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM. In-person social time begins at 6:30 PM. Your program begins a little after 7PM.  Guest speakers should arrive at 6:45 and the presentation should last about 50 minutes.  There will be a 10 minute Q&A following the presentation.

We have a projector for in-person presentations and you can run your presentation on the club projectionist’s laptop, but you may also use your own laptop. It’s easiest to have your JPEG files on a thumb drive, so you can advance images as desired.

* * * If questions, please contact our projectionist (flatirons[at], subject ‘Projectionist‘) a few days before the presentation to ensure a smooth presentation.

After your presentation, you’ll judge Club Members’ photos – if you like

After your presentation, the club members will share some of their photos in a competition or just friendly discussion – depending on the month. There are only digital photos. We have 4 photo categories, judged separately:

  • Special Monthly Topic.  See Special Topics for the list of special topics.
  • Nature (traditional style images of the natural landscape and wildlife)
  • Open (looks like a traditional photo)
  • Creative (looks like a digitally manipulated photo)

See Competition Overview for more information.

Judging for Monthly Competitions

The judging portion of the meeting is scheduled for about an hour, from 8PM until 9PM. We’ll ask you to critique and score the entries. Scores range from 1.0 to 5.0 in tenths, so for example a score of 4.2 can be given.  Judging should be generally positive and offer constructive feedbacks, so club members can learn and benefit from your experience.

1 = Significant technical defects or serious content problems.  2 = Minor technical defects and/or content not handled well. 3 = Skillful technique and intentional use of some of the following elements: color, light/contrast, action, composition.  4 = Very strong/interesting subject, techniques, story, mood or expression. 5 = Technically and aesthetically exceptional/memorable.  We usually have about 30-40 images to judge from 10-20 photographers. We keep the names of the photographers anonymous, unless their images receive the highest scores (top 20%).  Photographers whose images have the highest scores will have the opportunity to talk about their photos after judging.