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WIFT and Zoom

THIS PAGE IS OBE as of June 9, 2020

What is the WIFT?

The WIFT (Weekly Individual Field Trip) is a cousin of the WIP (Weekly Image Potpourri).  Both are intended to be activities for photographers to share their photos created outside a physically proximate group activity.  So, given with the current coronavirus situation, the WIFT and the WIP will allow us to engage in physically separate group activities and share the results over Zoom.  The most significant negative about the WIFT is the lack of after-photo lunches – we must all offer sacrifice to the social-distancing god.  😉   Please see the note below regarding Virginia Governor Northam’s Executive Order.

The WIFT will have themes similar to the Competitions and the Photos of the Month.  However, the themes will be flexible – some folks’ travel may be restricted by choice or circumstance, some may prefer to photograph in areas with few or no people, some may want to photograph in areas that do attract other people.  Thus, unless one theme could cover all these travel conditions, we may opt for multiple themes in one week.


NOTE: Please see Virginia Executive Order Fifty-Five

Please heed Virginia Governor Northam’s March 30, 2020 Stay at Home Order (or most current Order) to “…stay home except in extremely limited circumstances. Individuals may leave their residence for allowable travel, including to seek medical attention, work, care for family or household members, obtain goods and services like groceries, prescriptions, and others as outlined in Executive Order Fifty-Three, and engage in outdoor activity with strict social distancing requirements.”  Extracted from Governor Northam’s news release of March 30, 2020.



Zoom, Definition and Instructions (Draft)

“Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides remote conferencing services that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. [1]

The OPC will use either Zoom’s meeting or webinar service.  These services allow collaboration among individuals at dispersed locations over the web through implementation of

  • a Hollywood-squares-style live video stream,
  • the sharing of a participant’s own device’s display with all other participants, and
  • additional features.

For OPC activities prior to OLLI formalizing the process, members will use the Zoom “meeting” service by registering for a Zoom account and downloading Zoom software onto their device.

  • Register for a Zoom account.
    1. Go to
    2. Click “Sign up, it’s free” in the upper right of the screen.
    3. Follow the screen instructions (I entered a personal vice work email).
    4. You should have an account at the end of this process.
  • Install the Zoom “Desktop Client” onto your computer.
    1. Go to
      1. In the Apple ecosystem, one might have to load the installer from the “App Store.”
    2. Follow the instructions to install the client.
    3. This page also has the installer for mobile and tablet devices.
  • Run the client and join a meeting by invitation.
    1. On a Windows PC, press Start, type “Zoom,” press Enter.
    2. On an Apple PC,
    3. On an iPhone,
    4. On an iPad,
    5. On an Android phone,
    6. On an Android tablet,




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