With the many photography groups available through meetup.com, it can seem confusing to someone who is new to these groups or new to photography in general. I thought it might be helpful to shed some light on how these photography groups work and how My Photo Group compares.
WHAT ARE GROUPS FOR?
- Most photo groups are social gatherings where like-minded individuals come together.
- Events are designed and presented to appeal to a wide range and levels of photographer.
- Photographers come together, have fun and later post their results to the group.
- There are photo groups that deal with education while others deal with just shooting events. Larger, well organized groups will have a mix of the two.
Regardless of the type of group, the one thing in common is the sharing of information among peers. We are all in these groups to learn, to share and have fun.WHICH GROUP DO I JOIN?
Do a search and you will notice there are quite a few photography groups here in Connecticut. Each offers a wide variety of shooting events, workshops and meeting opportunities. There is no rule saying you can't join more than one. I encourage you to join as many groups as you would like as it will offer you a variety of events to choose from.ABOUT "MY PHOTO GROUP"
was started to expand on events being offered by other groups. I also wanted a venue to explore techniques that challenge and interest me. It's also more fun to do it in a group than alone.
Since our inception we have gone through some changes, mostly due to member requests and interests. Our focus is now turning to workshops and educational events.DO I FIT IN?
This group is open to, and encourage, a wide variety of photographers from newbies to professionals, however it is primarily geared to dSLR camera owners. While most of our lectures and workshops are geared to interchangeable lens cameras, other camera users may benefit from some of the lessons.WHAT LEVEL AM I?
So how do you determine at what level you are classified in? Here is a short list that may help.
- Newbie is someone who knows absolutely nothing about photography or how to use their camera. They rely on the functions of the camera but require help for such things as uploading their photos to their computer.
- Beginner will understand the basic functions of their camera and can compose a good image. However, advanced camera use and photography theories are beyond them.
- Amateur photographer has advanced to bigger, better equipment and can function away from the camera's auto modes. Image composition is technically correct but the image lacks sophistication.
- Semi-Pro has mastered the use of the equipment, can compose a good image and is able to sell some work but does not yet make a living from photography.
- Pro eats, sleeps and lives for taking pictures. Photography is his business and his passion. Although he'll grumble about it to no end, like any job.
I hope this answers some questions and we hope to see you at an event soon.