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« on: July 06, 2005, 07:08:19 PM »
How many people here are members of a real life Camera or Photo Club ... you know, bunch of old farts meeting up once a month in a town hall with a slide projector .... or something like that

I would like to add a link to a 'List of Clubs' to my website, I know Jessops used to have a directory of them, but I think they stopped?  

(its that time of the month when i update my links pages)

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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2005, 08:58:48 PM »
I voted no. To be honest, and harsh, many 'photographers' I've met tend to treat cameras as phalus extensions and seem to have no idea what they're actually meant to be doing. The idea of being a photographer is to get photos you like, surely, not stroke your lens? I honestly wish my camera was invisible.  Anyway, what I mean is, taking shots with other noisy people just got on my tits once too often, so I don't do it. I can imagine a load of 'old farts' sitting around talking about how their respective brand of camera is somehow better than yours would have much the same effect on me.

They're not all like that, I hasten to add.

The best thing, though, is if you have nearby friends who like something you like. I'm lucky, I have one for each hobby. And now there's this forum, which isn't so bad. Not much bitching occurs here. In fact, I think I just did all the bitching for a month. :)
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2005, 10:55:24 PM »
well, i might as well confess. I am actually on the committee of South Manchester Camera Club as their Publicity Bod, which basically means I run the web site for them which you can see at http://www.smcc.org.uk

We have a quite a large club and are lucky enough to have a range of ages. Have to be careful what I say here as I know two members of this forum are also members of the same club  :D  :D


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you know, bunch of old farts meeting up once a month in a town hall with a slide projector .... or something like that


close, but we meet once a week and view slides, prints and digitally projected images. we also have a digital group who meet twice a month to enhance their digital darkroom skills. So hopefully we don't come across as total old farts  :roll:
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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2005, 09:10:42 PM »
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well, i might as well confess. I am actually on the committee of South Manchester Camera Club as their Publicity Bod, which basically means I run the web site for them which you can see at http://www.smcc.org.uk

We have a quite a large club and are lucky enough to have a range of ages. Have to be careful what I say here as I know two members of this forum are also members of the same club  :D  :D


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you know, bunch of old farts meeting up once a month in a town hall with a slide projector .... or something like that


close, but we meet once a week and view slides, prints and digitally projected images. we also have a digital group who meet twice a month to enhance their digital darkroom skills. So hopefully we don't come across as total old farts  :roll:


Cool, I'll add a link to your club site.  And a new links section: Clubs. Actually I was after a few links too.  Once I've had a bit of a browse around.

Mentioned the old farts line.  My one night at a camera club was back in 1996/7 somewhere neat Burton or Derby?  Can't remember?

They were most pleased that someone young had turned up.  Which did an excellent job of scaring me away!!  Actually they were probably being freindly, I looked at the pics on the wall and heard a 'pro' commenting on a bunch of slides, but back then I wasn't actually interested in feedback on my images, just curious to waht a camera club did.  

I said no to an invite in 2001-ish becuase the guys I knew knew that I could design website and use PhotoShop to some degree ... so I figured after a 2s view of their clubs website, in Wiltshire, that the reason i got the invite was because their website was PANTS!  And I didn't feel up to the challenge of runnign a learn photoshop course to mainly darkroom boys.  If I'd known them a bit better or had the time at the time I would have joined for fun and taken the project on.  But I up sticks and move every 3-4 years so a little unfair on them to abandon their website a few months later!!  Darn, that means I'm due another move soon.  Mmm, never been to Scotland - maybe there next, I could do with learning how to shoot landscapes.

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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2005, 09:18:46 PM »
nice to be able to up sticks every 3 or 4 years..... if i had the chance to do that i'd probably be in canada right now
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« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2005, 08:45:28 AM »
The camera clubs round here tent not to be Minolta friendly. You either have to have the newest most expensive ?canikon ? with a 10-1000mm 1.4 apo vr iis HDTV cnn html std isdn etc etc lens. Or a 2 million year old Leica user  that hates digital as much as slide or colour film your whole house needs to be one big dark room and you sit around smoking Gauloises arguing about with developing mixture works better with which film although you may not have been outside to take a photo in the last decade.

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« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2005, 08:57:59 AM »
so I take it your aren't a member then?
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« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2005, 06:37:14 AM »
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"Anyway, what I mean is, taking shots with other noisy people just got on my tits once too often"


...often literally so. Tits tend to fly off branches when there are noisy people around.

I agree with the hostility towards non-Canikon users as well. Heck, a camera is a camera. I've taken great shots even with a point and shoot (I always carry a 'spare'). People just love the whole "My camera is better than your camera!" routine, and will invent new ways to emphasise.

In any case, I like shooting by myself for practical reasons if nothing else. I'm not much of a people person, and when I'm shooting I prefer to scout around myself.

On the flip side, I guess more eyes and ears result in spotting more photographic opportunites.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2005, 07:42:34 AM »
at the club I'm in, we rarely go out as a club to take pictures. what we do as a club is view the image and provide constructive critique. this is where, i think, a club is very good. People with lots of experience can help those just starting out by pointing out where and how they could have improved the picture. ok, it's just their opinion and sometimes their opinion might clash with your whole idea about the picture, but 9 times out of 10 you'll get some useful feedback.

When I started photography a couple of years ago, I joined a club almost straight away, it's helped a huge amount. I've still got a long way to go until I would class myself as a good photographer but I don't think I would have got quite as far as I have without help from people at the club.
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