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Carrot vs Stick: Camera Etiquette, Last Minute cancellations, Etc.

From: user 1.
Sent on: Thursday, February 2, 2012 7:55 PM

Hi all

A Carrot:

Congratulations to those who submitted their images at the last Bi-Weekly event. The standard of photography from everyone that submitted has clearly visibly risen. I was impressed, and there's been some great offline commentary since. It's fantastic to see how our members have developed.

Antone, Sarah, Anu, Venu and so many others who showcased their talent, keep up the great work!

Andy, fantastic work! This project is exciting ;)

Bi-Weekly meeting update

Due to a scheduling conflict at the Pavilion, we are moving our next Bi-Weekly to our backup venue at Healthcare City. We'll meet in Building 16 at Caffe Diemme on the 7th. There's free parking in the basement, in B2. The food's a LOT better than the Pavilion, and way better priced. Building 16 is next to Building 24. Weird, I know. We'll post maps and coords beforehand.




You may know there are incredible developments within the group, from our own studio facilities, to professional calibrated printing facilities, framing, training and courseware, outings and camps. And amazingly, most of it costs our members nothing. However, dedicated people are putting in time, their money and effort to produce the things they make happen which they give away to us so freely. Please respect that. This drive and energy is what makes us the most organised, successful, creative, social, amateur photography group out there.

Treat these events as if you'd paid for them, because it's costing someone to make it happen.

Last-Minute Cancellations

It happens to all of us, something comes up and we have to cancel, or we're going to be late. For some events it's no big deal, for others it can be hugely detrimental. Don't click the button if you aren't sure you can make it. Work, family, accidents, things get in the way. Most of the time though, in my opinion, the reasons are the equivalent of "The dog ate my homework".

I am expected to be committed and reliable. This is a two-way street, I'm expecting it of you.


Camera Etiquette

At the recent National Geographic talk, I literally couldn't hear the speaker correctly at times due to people taking photographs all around me. Not only that, besides the LOUD shutter mechanisms at work, I had to be subjected to electronic beeps, clicks and even tunes playing as cameras were started up and shut down, and started up again, like a demented cellphone. It was a presentation by an amazing photographer, it needed silence. SLR cameras are LOUD.

  • We all have an opinion, this is mine: Leave the camera at home.
  • Here's a requirement: Turn off the beeping noises on your camera. They're not cool, really. And use quiet release mode if it has one.


A Carrot:

Those who want to benefit from the Aramex Shop and Ship discount we receive, please send me an email. Our arrangement expires at the end of the month, so act now to get AED100 off the normal subscription fee of AED165.



Inactive Members

We consider members inactive if they haven't been involved after 2 months. We regularly remove accounts. We want members and participants, not a random number in the member count. If you haven't been to one event after we've hosted 50 of them, you're not keen. Really.

Jump into the activities now while the weather holds out.


Future Events

Since cancellations are such fun, I've cancelled the Liwa overnight trip and the free Level 1 4x4 Desert Driver training. I'll reinstate these events, however have respect for the time, effort, coordination and actual expense that goes into these events. Don't click the RSVP button randomly. Your casual RSVP or cancellation has ramifications for us on occasion, and I'm happy to pass some of the grief that results in your direction.


That's it from me today. Have a great weekend!



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