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Re: [photo-740] Future of the Eagle River Camera Club

From: kristie l.
Sent on: Monday, May 13, 2013 8:48 AM
Bob is right! By the way Bob, I didn't realize you were only just a "couple" of years ahead of me with photography with Marco ;) 

I've really gotten in to newborn photography lately. I know there are a lot of newborn photographers out there, but I've come to find out its not as easy as it looks! I'd be glad to share what I am learning. 

- Kristie 

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On May 13, 2013, at 12:31 AM, Bob Martin <[address removed]> wrote:

Hi, everyone!

This discussion has been great to follow - I really appreciate everyone pitching in. It is "our" club and we all benefit by taking ownership.

 For those of you who are reluctant because you are afraid that you are new and have nothing to share, I would like to encourage you to find a niche that interests you and follow that vein. 

 I bought my first digital camera in 2008 after having been away from photography for almost 20 years. I took a class from Marco on macro photography and I just lit up. I bought books, watched on-line videos, took other classes and in the end, I found that one of the best ways for me to learn macro photography was to teach it. 

 And there are so many niches! I've seen people do some amazing things by combining textured backgrounds with their images. I've seen colorful night photography and stop-action shots and so many many other fascinating ways to play with this medium.

 Not to mention what you can do afterwards! How best to make note cards with our images? What about calendars and quality prints? What about the digital aspect of showing our images online through Facebook or Flicker or SmugMug or??

 So if you have any interest in putting together a presentation for the club and want a hand putting it together, I'd be happy to help. Share your passion because in the end, everyone wins!


On May 12, 2013, at 1:20 PM, Marco Gutierrez wrote:

Hey everyone!


A while back we decided to cease holding club meetings during the summer months: June, July, August.  A few minutes ago I removed those club meetings from our calendar.  You should receive an email that is a notification of each cancellation.


As a club, we need for members to step up and help make things happen.  I no longer have the time to coordinate, plan, and present nine to twelve meetings a year.  We created the club with the intent that it is a community of photographers (beginner to expert) sharing experience, techniques, and vision.  The key part of this is “community”.  We need everyone to participate to ensure the survival of the group.


About five weeks ago I sent a message to everyone asking for nine people to volunteer to be responsible for putting together one meeting in the coming year (September 2013 to May 2014).  I also asked for input from the group on subjects or topics for meetings.  So far the response has been less than encouraging.


No one has volunteered to take on a meeting.


I received two meeting suggestions: HDR shooting and studio lighting.


As it stands right now we have no meetings planned for the future


Please consider volunteering to organize one meeting in the coming season. It is not necessary for you to be an expert in a particular subject.  You don't have to lead the meeting yourself.  Some of our best meetings have involved guest speakers or guest presenters.  You can arrange a subject matter expert to attend the meeting or arrange for the group to shoot at a special event or location.  Putting together one meeting a year is not a big deal.


Perhaps it is time to create a slightly more formal club structure by selecting a couple of officers.  Please share your thoughts with the group.


I hope to hear from you all soon.



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