Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by PeteE, Jun 12, 2019.
My latest VIDEO 'Should I Join a Camera Club/ '
My wife is doing her hardest to make me join one in September. She was speaking to the guy who runs it last week (he values the cameras that come into the Oxfam shop she volunteers in). He is an ex copper too, and I've found out that there is another ex cop also in the club, who I know of old. She might actually win.
Depends on your reason. Companionship or competition?
Something to do is her idea!
If I do, it will be more companionship than comp I think.
I've tried a couple in the past. Just not my cup of tea.
I might go along to ours come September to see what happens.
I think that I would prefer a photographic society rather than a camera club.
I've always found there is a clique of founder members who are utter bores, feel they know best and are terribly put out if they don't win all the judges praises.
Things might be different for you though. My experience only.
Haha! She just wants you out from under her feet. (Only kidding).
I think 'something to do' should be something entirely different to anything you would normally turn to. Art, metalwork, help build something book club for example.
Regional activities of the RPS seem far-flung. The "Societies" are more commercially oriented. What other photographic societies are there?
I have never joined one and given all the stick they get on this and other forums, probably never will. But if I should join, even if I avoid getting sucked into competitions, I will probably learn something, which is tempting. If it is full of ex-coppers would be an added bonus!
Sounds similar to the one I had the misfortune to join, was only there for a few weeks before deciding it was not for me.
The one she is trying to get me to join is a photographic society. Is there a difference?
Only if you are a snob
Like Dave I was secretary of our school photographic society. In my case for two years while in the sixth form. We had a darkroom with an enlarger which had been donated by an old Leodiensian.
As I say in Video -- there is NO DIFFERENCE between 'Camera Clubs', 'Photographic Societies' or 'Photographic Clubs' -- Our School Photo=soc got an enlarger - it was a 'Gnome Universal' - teh lens had 2 stops -- f 11 and f16 so was DIM BUt I managed to do a Half Plate Print of my Mum taken on the Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Box on the ex-RAF film I mentioned and i took it home wet in 2 sheets of School Graph paper -- it still has the GREEN LINES on it ----
My First ENLARGEMENT ! by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
1st Contact Print I ever did at East Ham Grammar School Photo-Soc -- I am in foreground holding an oar with hand up to eye.
My first 'Contact Print by Peter Elgar, on Flickr
After years of not wanting to join a club, I joined BMBCC last year.
Friendly bunch, willing to help others, and more than a few are possibly certifiable. I’ve learned a lot in twelve months and seen some serious quality photography.
Should have done it years ago.
Depends on where you live: once outside of urban areas, you nearest club might be a long way from home, much like galleries and photographic shops. But for me urban living is too high a price to pay for having all these things near to home.
I have belonged to two. The first was really good with friendly helpful members but unfortunately folded due to shrinking membership. There second one fitted Kate's description in post #8 . After my move I have not been keen to find another
I went to my local camera club to see what I thought. Never went back.
You have joined this one.
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