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Zoom only camera club memberships

Inspired_images Avatar
30 Jul 2020 10:34AM
Zoom only camera club memberships

Dear all, as the early signs are that the Covid - 19 crisis may further develop into wave two, Iím considering joining a camera (s) club on a Zoom (or any other similar platform) only basis for 20/21 and possibly beyond. Iím not particularly interested in competitions, but rather listening to some really excellent speakers who will provide interest, learning and motivation. Since I want this to be Zoom (or any other similar platform) only, I would not be limited to a specific region / county. I wondered if any member (s) on this site know of such clubs offering this type of membership and programme.

With thanks,

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pink Plus
20 7.5k 11 England
30 Jul 2020 2:17PM
My Photo Society has been holding its meetings via Zoom since March, so well tried and tested.
Take a look at their programme and see what you think;

Nottingham & Notts PS

Inspired_images Avatar
30 Jul 2020 4:26PM
Thanks Ian, that looks impressive, are they planning to offer a Zoom only membership?
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Nick_Hilton 18 599 2 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2020 9:17PM
Southport PS has committed to use Zoom until Jan 2021 and then will review the situation.
Subs will be £25 for the year. I can can dig out a link for the syllabus if you want or view it at

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pink Plus
20 7.5k 11 England
31 Jul 2020 6:44AM
I am not sure at this moment if they are planning a Zoom only membership, I suggest you keep an eye on the Website as all news will be posted on there.
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sausage 19 704 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2020 8:43AM
New City PS in Milton Keynes have had temporary membership on Zoom with weekly speakers for £25. They have finished for the summer break now but keep an eye on their website for details when they may be starting again.
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Big Bri 22 16.7k United Kingdom
31 Jul 2020 9:10AM
I just joined a Facebook group for UK Camera Club members to keep an eye on what other clubs are doing. Most of the current talk on there seems to be about Zoom and the clubs' response to COVID.

We've been using Zoom since before "official" lockdown, as many of our members would be considered as vulnerable. We have no plans to return to meeting in person this year, and looking at the FB group, most other clubs seem to be doing the same.

We haven't specifically looked at offering "zoom only" membership - our subs are usually due in April and we initially waived them while we weren't meeting in person, as our main cost is the hire of the room we use. However, we've recently requested subs from members for the remainder of the year, as we use a pro Zoom membership (although this is only around £15/month) and we need to cover the cost of guest speakers.
We don't have a huge amount of speakers, and we are trying to stick to our normal programme as much as possible.

If you're on FB, you can see the camera club group here: (you don't have to join the group to read the posts)
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LenShepherd 15 4.7k United Kingdom
31 Jul 2020 7:01PM
A little on and a little off topic to run traditional meetings at a Club Room the room owner has to be ready to hire out the room (as yet many Church Halls and no local hotels are doing this locally) and there has to be a Covid Safety policy with visitors allowed to touch only their own chair, cleaning down chairs etc after the meeting, bring your own mug for tea and coffee - and a guest speaker should wear a mask!

This is probably why many clubs are having on line meetings only for the remainder of this year and reviewing what happens next later.

From a speakers perspective with a zoom meeting there is no obvious audience feedback - and "someone" has to pay zoom about £100 a year to have meetings lasting more than 1 hour.
Stevetheroofer Avatar
31 Jul 2020 10:02PM
Hi Chris
What area do you live?
I think it would make sense for the long term to join a club more local to you, so when club life can resume you can go along with your new zoom made friends.
I have found the zoom meeting at our club very good and it has given me the chance to listen and join in conversations that during a normal club night I may not have heard.
I feel I have got to know some of the members better having only been in the club less than a year. I am in Stafford photographic society which have been a very friendly and welcoming club

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14 6.4k 58 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2020 11:44PM
What a great idea, i used to love the Laleham club but never seemed to engage with the Woking club when I moved. A weekly hosted how to session sound most interesting - are any camera clubs expanding their geographic remit?
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User_Removed 20 44.5k 270 England
1 Aug 2020 1:24AM
Zoom for camera club sounds interesting. I use Zoom quite a bit these days.

I gave up on camera clubs some years ago when it was all elderly gents wanting to show off their faded slides from the 1960s etc.bored-light.jpg

Not really practicable on Zoom (phew!) 9207_1446516808.jpg

Inspired_images Avatar
1 Aug 2020 10:15AM
Thanks for all your comments, they are very helpful. To answer a couple of points, I live in Wiltshire and Devon (itís complicated!) and associated with two local camera clubs. Iíve attended a few external clubs Zoom sessions that have been excellent. Whilst I never really know week by week where Iíll be, joining a club via Zoom only (very happy to contribute financially) to listen to a cracking set of speakers any where in the UK would be good, I donít really need to meet physically.

Again, many thanks for your comments and suggestions they have been helpful and followed up




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