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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) ABOUT WWPS

Q. What is the purpose of WWPS?
A. Helping members enjoy the art and fun of photography, share knowledge and learn, improve photographic skills, and support the arts and community.

Q. Who are the members of WWPS? Amateur and professional photographers of all ages and all experience levels who are interested in any aspect of photography

Q. How many members does WWPS have?
A. There are over 175 people who are involved with WWPS and there are usually about 60 people at each meeting.

Q. Do I have to be a good photographer to be part of WWPS?
A. No, not at all. In fact, one of our primary objectives is to help people learn photography and improve their skills. So, if you don’t know anything, WWPS welcomes you. We teach lessons on photography at every meeting. Our members’ experience levels range from none to retired professionals. We’ve had some members who didn’t even own a camera but were interested in learning about photography so they could make a good decision about what kind of camera to get. We try to teach lessons on photography at various levels so there is something for everyone regardless of experience and knowledge level.

Q. What if I am an experienced photographer? Is there something for me at WWPS?
A. Absolutely. Because we have such a wide range of skill levels in our group, there are other members with skills similar to yours. We always appreciate our experienced members, because they can help us teach the others. In addition, we try to present programs and teach classes that appeal to all levels of knowledge and skill. As you well know, you never stop learning about photography. The group has a number of professionals and retired professionals, some of whom are world-class photographers. Some of our members are very active in state and national professional photography organizations, like PPA and PPO.

Q. Is there an age limit for being part of WWPS?
A. No, everyone is welcome regardless of age. We’ve had members as young as 10 years old who came to every meeting with a parent. One brother and sister started coming to meetings when they were pre-teen and are now late teen and adult with fine photography skills.

Q. When and where are WWPS meetings?
A. WWPS meets the second Thursday of each month, 7:00 PM, at Boulevard Church in Lawton, Ok (5319 W. Gore Blvd), directly across Gore Blvd from Eisenhower High School. Phone: (580) 248-2371.

Q. Do I have to be a “member” to attend meetings?
A. The meetings are free and open to the public. No reservation needed—just show up. You can come to all the meetings without any cost or obligation.

Q. Are dues required to be a WWPS member?
A. Dues are not required to attend meetings. But, if you pay dues, you get extra privileges. You can check out books and DVDs from the WWPS library, check out photo equipment, show your photographs in the WWPS booth at the Arts for All Festival and the St. Paul’s Art Show, be eligible for doorprizes at the meetings, use the WWPS work room with mat cutter, shrink wrapper, laminating machine, etc., and buy available matting materials at cost from WWPS.

Q. How much are dues and when are they due?
A. $10 per year or $15 per family. Dues are due in January.

Q. How do I join WWPS as a dues paid member?
A. See the treasurer (Clark Smith) at any monthly WWPS meeting.

Q. Do I have to attend every meeting?
A. Come whenever you can. The more you come the more chances you have to learn and enjoy photography. But everyone has life demands and schedule conflicts. So we’d like to see you whenever you are able, but we don’t keep score or attendance. It’s really up to you.

Q. When is the next meeting?
A. They are always the second Thursday of each month. For more information about the upcoming meeting, see the homepage of the website: www.WichitaWildlight.org

Q. How will I know if a meeting is cancelled?
A. See the homepage of the website: www.WichitaWildlight.org. Cancellations, though rare, are posted as soon as a decision is made, but could be just before a meeting if the situation warrants (e.g. power outage). Always check the website just before coming to the meeting.

Q. What is the program for the next meeting?
A. See the homepage of the website: www.WichitaWildlight.org

Q. Who may check out materials from the library?
A. Only members with their dues paid and current for the year may check out library items. New members may not check out materials at their first meeting, but may as of their second meeting.

Q. When can I check out or return materials from the library?
A. Checkout is done only at meetings which are held on the second Thursday of each month. Return can be done at any time by dropping the item in our 24-hour drop box located in the garage door of the President’s house at 323 NW 35th St., one block north of Comanche County Hospital on 35th street.

Q. What if I miss the meeting at which I was planning to turn in a library item?
A. Do not wait until the next meeting. Remember other people may be waiting for the item. If you miss the next meeting also, then they’ll have to wait another month. That’s not fair to everyone else. Instead drop the item in our 24-hour drop box located in the garage door of the president’s house at 323 NW 35th St., one block north of Comanche County Hospital on 35th street.

Q. What equipment is available for members to borrow?
A. WWPS loans to dues-paid members equipment including: a complete studio light kit with 3 lights, light stands, and umbrellas; a light meter; camera tripod; background stand; several backgrounds; Canon and Nikon external Flash units; on-camera flash diffusers; 18-inch soft box with stand; ring flash; umbrellas; a digital camera sensor cleaner; and a table-top light tent kit for small item photography.

Q. Who may check out equipment?
A. Only members with dues paid and current for the year may check out equipment. New members may not check out equipment at their first meeting, but may as of their second meeting.

Q. For how long can equipment be checked out?
A. Equipment is loaned for 10 days and must be checked in by contacting the WWPS president at email: clemwehner@sbcglobal.net

Q. How do I arrange to check out equipment?
A. The preferred method is to check out equipment at a meeting by asking one of the club officers. A limited amount of checkout can be done between meetings by contacting the WWPS president at email: clemwehner@sbcglobal.net.

Q. How and when do I return equipment that I borrowed?
A. Check in of equipment is done between meetings by contacting the WWPS president at email: clemwehner@sbcglobal.net. Do not wait until the next meeting to check in equipment, unless directed to do so by the president. Equipment is due 10 days after checkout.

Q. How often can I check out equipment?
A. Occasionally. When the frequency or length of use gives the impression that the equipment is being used primarily to make money for the user, then our status as a non-profit could be questioned. We have to be careful of appearances of impropriety and limit use of the equipment by any one person to OCCASIONAL USE ONLY.

Q. Can I use WWPS equipment in my business or in a money-making photo project?
A. WWPS is a not-for-profit organization because of the "educational" nature of our organization. We encourage WWPS members to use the equipment to learn and improve their skills, but not to run a business. Philosophically, learning occurs when doing photography work for hire. So, it’s permissible to use WWPS equipment in a money-making activity if the primary purpose is learning the craft. But when, the frequency of use gives the impression that the equipment is being used primarily to make money for the user, then our status as a non-profit could be questioned. We must avoid the appearance of impropriety and limit use of the equipment by any one person to OCCASIONAL USE ONLY.

Q. Is there a list of all WWPS members?
A. Yes, see the members list page of the website: www.WichitaWildlight.org

Q. Why are dues only $10 a year?
A. Dues are only $10 a year because we raise money to support WWPS in another way. As a member group of Lawton Arts For All, we get our annual funding in proportion to how much volunteer work we do to help raise funds for the arts. We earn money for the club by helping with fund raising activities, setup/teardown at the AFA Festival and Gala, serving breakfast to the festival artists, and manning booths at the Arts for All Festival. Our members support the AFA Gala photo booth and volunteer to help setup and tear down afterwards. The more we do, the more funding we get to pay for the things the club offers the members. Since we only ask for $10 a year in dues, consider your volunteering as the rest of your dues since it raises money to support the activities you enjoy.


Q. What is the Photo Challenge?
A. Each meeting will include a “photo challenge” in which the president will give an objective of the month and ask members to photograph something that meets the objective. Bring a print of any size to the meeting for display. We’ll all vote on the image that best meets the objective of the month. The winner will receive a very nice “people’s choice” ribbon. The image will then be placed on the website for all to see and admire.

Q. What is the photo Challenge theme for next month?
A. See the homepage of the website: www.WichitaWildlight.org