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Wow you guys really do reply to questions here on this forum and i very much appreciate it, thank you to everyone above for taking the time to reply. It's been enlightening to read and now makes me want to at least go and see whats going on at my local club.
Thanks very much again for your time and hopefully i will find a good club which will help me become a better photographer cheers all Sam
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You'll only find the right one for you when you've tried a few.
I've tried four clubs over the years and each one had a completely different feel to it. I ignored the one that was hell bent on winning gongs, and the one where your equipment was a measure of your talent and if you were female you were patronised or ignored, as well as the one where every member had one foot in the grave, mentally and physically.
My club is small, very friendly, everyone talks to everyone else and there's a good cross section of knowledge and experience. We go on outings, have talks and competitions and club nights where we talk about each other's work.
Quote: My advice? give a local club a trial, but stick with EPZ.
Yep go there and come here for the times when they seem dull.
Because everyone belongs a different camera club but all come together here as the biggest and dare i say best. And as I am sure has been said before (Hotel California) phrase.(Junior section please Google) or ask Fran
Yep Graham i think you are right, i'm going to join my local club and keep visiting here aswell and see how things go ? Thanks again
remember the club rules (the ALL clubs rules)
5% want to be the BOSS and lord it and delegate (mrs bouquet style) spot them!
5% do the work ALL THE WORK
the rest just attend & agree cos it aint worth the arguing!
I'll keep that advice in mind cheers lol
LCC (Local Camera Clubs) vary considerably, and the only way to see if it suits you is to try out your local one. Most allow a guest to attend FREE once or twice before they ask for a subscription/membership fees. A lot of activity can be centred around entering photo competition locally and nationally, as well as putting a panel together for submission to something like the RPS.
I will agree that the club comps are a fast track to improvement (if you are of a competative nature)
Thanks guys .... i'll let you know how i get on !! hoping to join one next week
Join a camera club you will learns lots
when i first visited my local camera club, the first question i was asked was what camera have you got.so i told them i was using a %$£&@ the chap replied we use %@&$. you can go and sit over there then was his reply.....
RAY; when I went to my last ever cc I was asked the same............ took out me leica,
then (the smartarse) said a lot of us use 2 1/4 sq I took the 2.8 rollei
only the youngsters talked to me.............
BUT they probably wanted to learn!
went to one, had a similar bad experience, including being asked to provide a portfolio of my work to see if I was of a suitable standard to join!
Then found my current club, which I have been with for many years - the difference was incredible, they were sociable, friendly, couldn't care less what kit you have (and always willing to share kit and knowledge) and worked together to improve our skills whilst having fun.
The best bit - we now frequently out-perform the first club in various inter-club and area comps
So - its always worth having a look around and sample a few until you find one that suits you
Thanks for the tips here guys i'll be watching what is said and how i'm treated before making any move to join.
I found that a camera club is really just a bunch of people who can get on for a evening once a week, enjoy sharing about photography and are prepared to all get involved and make it work for everybody. I'm now recognising our chairman and the team continually give of themselves to make it happen each week and they do this for the love of photography and their ability to hold a group together. Thinking about it now I'm very grateful for how they integrated me into the group, provided topics each week and improved my photography way beyond my expectations.
Thank you LCC.
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