Camera Clubs and improving your photography

We present travel photography seminars often at Camera/Photo clubs.  We love these opportunities because they give us a forum to share our passion with many like-minded people.  Another reason we take every occasion to present at clubs is because we LEARN from those that attend – we learn about shooting locations, we learn tips & tricks, we learn about gear, we learn techniques, and we recharge our batteries to keep the passion and continue our pursuit of awesome images.

Canon 5D MarkII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 105mm, ISO 500, 1/500, f/8, Clik Elite pack, Lexar Digital Film

We have put together a list of benefits of belonging to and participating in a camera club.  It does not cover all the reasons/benefits but it is a great start and will surely put you on a path to better familiarize yourself with what joining a club may do for you.  Here you go:

  1. Do you ever have photo questions you can’t answer?
  2. Would you enjoy getting critiques or suggestions on your photography?
  3. Would you enjoy judging other’s photography work?
  4. Do you want to see many different brands of photographic equipment at once?
  5. Do you enjoy photo outings with other photographers?
  6. Do you appreciate having photo professionals give you pointers in live presentations?
  7. Do you like seeing new photography gadgets when they come out?
  8. Can you benefit from learning proper use of filters, tripods, and other photo equipment?
  9. Do you like to compete?
  10. Would you like to learn where the most photogenic sites near you are?
  11. Do you like to travel, and see images created by others while they travel?
  12. Do you need photography instruction?
  13. Can you provide others with photography instruction?
  14. Would you like discounts at your local photo retailer or even on national tour company trips?  M&M offers significant discounts to camera clubs we work with!
  15. Do you want to make new, like-minded friends who will last forever?

Canon 5D MarkII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/90, f/8, Clik Elite pack, Tiffen Polarizer, Lexar Digital Film

We have several photo clubs that we deal with often and appreciate the opportunity we have to work with them – The Sun City Camera Club (http://www.scpdcaclubs.com/activities/clubs/camera/home.htm), Nevada Camera Club (http://nevadacc.org), Colorado Nature Camera Club (http://www.coloradonaturecameraclub.org),  Livingston (New Jersey) Camera Club (http://livingstoncameraclub.com), Wasatch Camera Club (http://www.wasatchcameraclub.com), Ogden (Utah) Camera Club (http://ogdencameraclub.blogspot.com), and the 56 clubs of The Florida Camera Club Council (http://www.f3c.org) are clubs we have worked with recently.

If you’d like information on a club near you please shoot us a note at mikeg@mmphototours.com and we’ll be glad to send you information on a club near you.  We can also advise if your club receives discounts on our trips/workshops AND we can help you get our offered discounts if your club does not currently receive them.

Bottom line is – get out and shoot.  Try new things, new styles, new gear/tools/gadgets – do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone.  Camera clubs can help expose you to many ideas and shorten your learning curve if you are a new photographer and can recharge your batteries to look at new things if you are a seasoned photographer.

Canon 5D MarkII, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS @ 24mm, ISO 500, 1/90, f/4, Clik Elite pack, Lexar Digital Film

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