Victoria Photo Meetup Group Guidelines & Policies
As you may or may not know, the meetup.com group was founded after the 9/11 attacks in the US as a way of creating communities of people who felt alone and divided. The intention was and is to bring together people who share common interests. This group is open to everyone who has an interest in photography in any form, whether you’re a seasoned professional or someone who has just been given a new camera, whether you make images with your cell phone, DSLR, medium format, large format... We welcome people who shoot film, people who shoot digital, people who use pinhole cameras to create paper negatives and people who are interested in archaic forms of photography. The door is open!
There are only a few things to know:
• As a member of this group, you have a voice. Use it well. It’s expected that everyone in the group will behave as responsible people and treat everyone else with the same respect.
• Please keep in mind that this is a photography
group - not a hiking group or anything of that nature. All members are advised that when we organize a meetup at a given location the group's organizers and event host(s) are not responsible for getting members to or from the meetup location or their behaviour or circumstances during the meetup. Members looking for ride-sharing may post a question in the comments for that meetup. Those present take full responsibility for themselves, their equipment and any minors under their guard. Should someone suffer an accident or something of that nature during a meetup, individual members present may
render assistance if they have received proper training to do so under long-standing 'good Samaritan' provisions.
• Membership with meetup.com requires a small monthly fee. The organizer pays it. If you feel you want to contribute, feel free to contact the organizer.
• Please use your full first and last name with your membership rather than initials, pseudonyms or nicknames. If you’re hiding from the police you may not wish to do so, but if that’s the case would you really want to be around so many cameras? Meetup is about building community and if there are six members whose names are ‘Bill’ or ‘Alice’ it can become very difficult to find people.
• Please post a recognizable image of yourself with your profile rather than your pet, your car or your favourite landscape. Many people don’t like having their photo taken but if you’ve been in any urban area in the past number of years you’ve already appeared on more security cameras than you can count. When you come out to a meetup we’ll get to see your beautiful face anyway, and if you’re not planning to come to any meetups, why are you joining the group?
• Our meetups generally fall into four categories: there are meetups where we get together to make photographs, meetups where we have someone come to speak on specific topics (or go to them), meetups where we critique each others' work (online or in person) and more social meetups where people share images and/or swap stories and information. Members will be notified of upcoming meetups and/or are welcome to visit the group’s meetup page for upcoming events. Members can register as Yes/No for each event.
• Some of our meetups have limited attendance, and others require arranging for space, equipment and speakers. For these meetups especially an attendance list will be made. Now, things happen, and sometimes things happen at the last minute. If you can’t make a meetup, change your RSVP to No before the meetup starts, or leave a comment afterward. Doing neither will mean that you will be listed as a ‘No Show’. Collect two No Shows and your membership will be rescinded. You’re welcome to join again, but please reconsider your time and commitment first.
• Similarly, people’s time, availability and interests change and sometimes people move away. For members who had had no contact with the group for six months or more we’ll assume you didn’t have time to say goodbye and will remove your membership.
• Only the group organizers can schedule meetups, but all members are encouraged to offer ideas and/or to be meetup hosts. There’s a thread in the Discussions where you can post ideas, or feel free to contact any of the group’s organizers.
• Remember, the only stupid question is the unasked one. There are members here with a wide range of experience in a variety of areas. Don’t be shy! If you have information to share it is always appreciated. Come to a meetup with your questions or feel free to post a thread in the Discussions.
• Please do not post personal information (phone number, e-mail address, etc.) in the Discussions or the comments for a Meetup or Photos page, etc. as these pages are public and thus open to anyone, anywhere at any time.
• As much as possible, keep the Discussions topics within the realm of photography. There’s great latitude there. Discussions are not a place to post advertisements for your business, but there’s latitude there as well for special events, etc.
• Please keep the tone of the Discussions positive. It’s not expected that everyone will fawn over every image posted but one can critique without being critical. If you specifically want/don’t want critiques of your images, let people know.
• Flames, insults and childish behaviour in the Discussions will not be tolerated. However, child-like behaviour such as creativity, laughter and spontaneous joy are encouraged.
• Always remember rule #5 (Have fun).
NB: Several people have written to ask about the 'Membership' aspect, asking to be kept as members, or reinstated. It's really quite simple. Physical presence isn't required to maintain your membership (although it would be lovely to see you). All you need to do is to connect with the Photo meetup group page at least once every six months. Browse the discussions, look at a photo or two - anything will do.
And if your membership does lapse you can simply join again. There's no cost to join and no approval process. All you need are an interest in photography and a desire to connect with others.