Should I .....


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 16:23
....Join the local camera club?

It meets about 5 mins walk away, costs not a lot but does have practical evening's as well as lectures etc.

This weeks practical is portraits, another week its to the local birds of prey centre, so these could be good.


“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 16:25
Go for it - what have you got to lose ?

If you find after a few weeks that you don't like it - just walk away
let the education continue

proud owner of a couple of cameras and a few bits and bobs


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 16:33
I think as long as you are not completely ignored by a bunch of equipment posers who seem to clique together you will be ok.
My first and last experience was rather off putting especially when they observed my Spotmatic 1000 and continued to chat about their Canikons.
No welcome,no conversation,no advice - just " look at what we`ve got ".

PUF is the nearest I will ever get to a "club" photographic,chefs,classic car or golf !!

As tech says - no like , walk away.......................
K20D,*istD ( now a dedicated M42 digital ),K100D,MZ5N,P50,ME Super,Spotmatic 1000,Spotmatic,ESII,ES,H2.18-55 II,18-55,75-300 FAJ,35-80 FA,80-200 F,28-105 FA,Sigma 24-70 AF Aspherical,Sigma 28-300 Hyperzoom , Praotor II 500 M42,Centon 500mm mirror,and a few Pentax M42 Taks,super-Taks,smc Taks,A and M lenses.Benbo trekker,7dayshop monopod and a Lowepro rucksack.

I am now on Flickr which is nice !


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 16:40
Give it a try for a few weeks, if your made to feel welcome then its signs that its a good club, even so it might not be for you.

One thing I will say is dont expect too much on the portrait night other than the chance to chat to the members while others are having their turn with the model, do take your gear along though as you may well be invited to have a go, but dont be surprised if you dont get a look-in though, these things can be a bit of a free for all sometimes, especially if their not very well organised.

let us all know how you get on


No welcome,no conversation,no advice

If its like this then just walk away, the clubs not worth the effort.
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Last Edited by fatspider on 02/04/2010 - 16:42


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 16:50
I have been a member of 8 or 9 clubs over the years and on the whole it has been a beneficial experience. It helped that a work colleague invited me to my first Club so i had someone that i knew there. It happened to be a competition night and i took my 3 transparencies along with the spot duly in the bottom right corner and won first and second place! So naturally i kept on going!!
In my experience members are`nt necessarily being stand off-ish, Just that some find it difficult to approach strangers. I always used to make a point of approaching newcomers but we are all just human and everyone is different. Don`t judge by one single visit, Give it a couple of weeks and do your best to join in!

Regards - Pete


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 20:55
Thanks all, will post an update next week.

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)


Link Posted 02/04/2010 - 21:06
It can't do any harm to go and check the club out and it may be of great benefit to you. Give it a try.
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