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Is this group for me?

With the many photography groups available through, 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.


  • 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.

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.

Originally MPG 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.

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.

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.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Photography Laws November 18, 2014 6:48 PM former member
Photo Contest Winners May 14, 2014 10:21 AM former member
Models needed December 29, 2011 11:42 PM former member
Model-Photographer: Terms of Use Agreement October 5, 2011 12:04 PM former member
Is this group for me? September 22, 2014 12:11 AM former member
About "My Photo Group" April 17, 2017 1:43 PM former member

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