What to Look for When Joining a Camera Club
A camera club is a great way to improve your skills and socialize with like minded people. But it’s important to find the club that’s right for you. This article will review what to look for when joining a camera club ensuring you make the right decision.
Type of Club
There are two types of camera clubs, competitive and noncompetitive. The competitive type will involve members helping others boost their skills. A competitive club may have similar benefits, but the members will regularly compete and win rewards for their efforts.
To determine which is right for you, you must think of what you are looking to achieve by joining. If you are hoping to make friendships and learn from others, a noncompetitive club may be best. If you are looking to take your skills to the next level and get recognition for your work, competitive may be the preferred option.
What Does a Camera Club Offer?
In addition to get-togethers and possibly competitions, the club you join may offer events like speaker nights, workshops, seminar, filed trips and so on. Find a club that provides activities you enjoy.
Is There a Fee?
Most clubs will require a membership or annual subscription fee. It goes without saying that this fee should be affordable. You should also be getting good value for your money.
Location, Location, Location
The club should be located close to your home. That way, you won’t have to travel far to partake in the activities.
Members Who are Passionate About Photography
A photography club will be most beneficial if the other members share your passion. This is something you may not be able to determine until you attend. Fortunately, some clubs will allow you to tag along for a free trial before joining. Once you try it out, you can decide if you want to move forward.
Your club may follow a certain theme, or it may not. For example, you may find a club that specializes in abstract or portrait photography. Other clubs may welcome a variety of photography genres. Both have their pros and cons.
For example, if you join a club that specializes in your genre, you are likely to learn skills that will appeal to your field. If you join a club that caters to multiple genres, you can go outside the box and find out about different themes and techniques.
Mission and Vision
The mission and vision of any organization can seem like a bunch of words. But they can go a long way, especially in a photography club. Choose a club that’s dedicated to seeing their members evolve and/or support the community. These will be preferrable to ones that are just looking to make a profit.
A photography club can inspire you and help you take your skills to the next level. Now that you know what to look for when joining one, you can find an organization that best suits your needs. Which kind do you feel is right for you?