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Do camera clubs cramp a photographer's style?


KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 1:50PM
All too formal for me.

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thewilliam e2
6 4.9k
19 Feb 2013 2:09PM

Quote:Just get a few regular photo friends and go out taking photos.... who needs a club?


Not everyone has friends who are photographers. Whereas in a camera club, you get to meet other enthusiasts and then you can decide which of them become friends.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
19 Feb 2013 3:14PM
Photography is a solitary pursuit most of the time that has the beneficial effect of allowing you to concentrate.
Clubs have their use that cant be denied while I rejected what I should or shouldn't do in my early years belonging to a club. There are supremos among them while the bottom line is how you see your subject with composition and exposure being the fundamental rules you need.
My frustration there was never any meeting allowing the members to openly discuss images which was restricted to be the province of a judge.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Feb 2013 4:35PM

Quote:: Just get a few regular photo friends and go out taking photos.... who needs a club?


As in, form a club Wink
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
19 Feb 2013 10:54PM

Quote:: Just get a few regular photo friends and go out taking photos.... who needs a club?

As in, form a club Wink



....but with no "rules" Wink
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Feb 2013 10:59PM
You just made one. Wink
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
19 Feb 2013 11:25PM
RULE 1 - NO ONE TALKS ABOUT CAMERA CLUB Wink
Hi Ian, nice to meet you, thanks for the vote. With you 100% about CC's, here's how to win for free; shop lift a large pink sock, kidnap a 1 week old kitten, stuff it's a**e into sock, capture on ipone, put in projected image comp, wait for all the ah's to die down and listen to judge give you 20/20. Simples! Like the look of your wrk, back later when more time. Best regards, Si
Geoffphoto e2
8 13.5k United Kingdom
6 May 2013 8:53PM

Quote:here's how to win for free; shop lift a large pink sock, kidnap a 1 week old kitten, stuff it's a**e into sock, capture on ipone, put in projected image comp, wait for all the ah's to die down and listen to judge give you 20/20.


Not if I'm judging !!! Grin
iancrowson e2
4 211 129 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:12PM
I'll give it a try, I understood to win you needed to think like a judge, they really must be special!
Ian
brian1208 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 7:35PM
That's one way of doing it Ian, but a few thoughts may change your mind:

- I've had the same image judged by the same judge at different time in a season and it got very different marks each time

- I've had the same image in a Round Robin, judged by 6 different judges and its received beween 4 and 10 marks (out of 10)

- even when the judge is wrong they are always right (as in, "this image has clearly been photoshopped" when it was untouched, "that bird is the wrong colour = 4 marks" when they had mistaken the species etc)

- who cares what the judge thinks anyway, take pictures for your own pleasure and submit ones that will confuse the judge, I love it when they say "I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at here", even more so when they score it a maximum Grin
peterjones e2
12 4.0k 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2013 8:34PM
shoot for show
shoot for dough
shoot for camera club judges
shoot for yourself

All the above views are wrong or right depending on you; if you let camera club style over influence you then they may well cramp you as you chase marks and seek to please judges or else you can choose the camera club style to be just a part of what you do.

Personally I do what I do.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
11 May 2013 6:33AM
I'm amazed anyone can shoot stuff aimed to please the judges. All I can say is that you must have much more consistent judges than we seem to get at my club. Usually if a judge gives you a terrible mark in one competition then you might as well put it in another comp as it is bound to win.
ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
12 May 2013 12:09PM
if you were a judge, what criterion would you use to score shots....

it can't be easy

not sure it could be that enjoyable really

are they on a power trip ?
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
12 May 2013 7:39PM
It's the free ale Ade.Smile

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