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Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Photo uploads

From: John B.
Sent on: Monday, July 2, 2012 7:50 AM
My reply is to the post from Jeff Dutton. While I respect the opinions of others, I have to heartily agree with Jeff. The reasons I joined this group was to 1) meet new people with an interest in photography, 2) learn new techniques and 3) make some new friends with a common interest. These have been met and continue to grow with each meetup I attend. Though I have been interested in photography for many years, I gain knowledge and confidence from those within this group. No, I am not a pro and perhaps may one day be but for the time being, I am enriched by what I see and learn from each person I meet. Whether that person be "newbie" or "pro" in irrelevant. The point is that each person is an individual and their work presented is a reflection of who they are and what they want to convey to the group.
 
John


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From: Jeff Dutton <[address removed]>
To: Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup-list <[address removed]>
Sent: Mon, Jul 2,[masked]:10 am
Subject: Re: [Mid-CT-Photography-Meetup] Photo uploads

I think the thing not to lose sight of is that we are foremost a
social group and secondary is the communal interest in photography.
The reason I say that is that for many, myself included, we can do our
photography anywhere and at anytime.  The fact that there is a group
means that we, collectively, want more than shooting solo and want to
be with fun, like-minded people.  Members, also such as myself, use
these meetups to go places and shoot subjects I otherwise may not have
known about.  I do as much photography as I can to learn and increase
my skills and to develop a better eye.   I acknowledge there are
others in the group like me as well.  I also know there are many who
simply want to do a bit of traveling and to socialize and to feel the
comfort of shooting with a group in places they might feel awkward
shooting alone.  To tell the casual members they need to elevate their
game and be selective and behave like a pro submitting to an editor is
complete garbage.  It is an insult in the least and it makes the group
seem snobbish, elitist, and non-inclusive of all who would want to
participate.   I would rather be with people who want to be at a
meetup, regardless of their motivations, than to be shooting alone
because in order to really participate we require members to act like
a pro submitting images to an editor.  Screw that.

A few key points about the photos.  In my opinion, the more rich and
diverse the photo section is the less intimidating it is.  I honestly
believe if a prospective member looked over one of the larger shoots,
like Coney Island or Capture the Wind and sees loads of photos from a
diverse group of shooters the group is more accessible to them and it
is less intimidating to go on a meetup and put up your work.  There
are many people who go to a meetup, shoot, go home download to the PC
and upload to the site without editing a thing.  That is fine.  The
shoot was all they wanted it to be - a good time with good people and
they post the fun they had.  I think limiting the posting is counter
to that members reason to do this for fun.  A second reason, in my
opinion, for the diverse photo collection is a newbie can look over
the past meetups and if their desire is to learn and not just
socialize they can see if there are people to connect with that might
help them elevate their photography should they want to.  A third
reason, in my opinion, is exactly why I joined Mid-CT.  The amount of
shots helps a newbie decide if an annual trip of some distance is
worth the trip.  In my opinion, the more the better to help me decide
if I am willing to go a couple of hundred miles and lose an entire day
for a shoot.  Mid-CT has a strength that few other meetups have with
respect to mega meetups like Boston Buffet, the trip to the Hudson in
the Fall, the botanical garden in Philadelphia.  These are far from
typical meetups in the groups I belong and the resulting shots
heighten the chance that more mega meetups will be organized and
participated in by members.  Lots of shots from lots of people make
the group stronger not weaker.  Personally, I would love to see
hundreds of pictures of Coney Island, hundreds of Boston, hundreds
from the parks of NYC, and hundreds from OpSail 2012.  Isn't that why
we belong to a photography group?

This is the first group I have been in that an organizer asked it
members to limit uploads.  usually it is the opposite - post more!  It
seems to me that the request to limit uploads is akin to saying we are
welcome to participate in Mid-CT but only to a certain extent.  I am
also interested in hearing from Sue.

Thanks.

Jeff



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