Yep, and add that competition nights when correctly managed, which includes careful selection of judges to those who leave their baggage at the door but do give sound, objective critiques, are a great resource for those who enter with a goal of improving their photography (and not for the purpose of collecting silverware).Friendship, competition nights, knowledge of local events are 3 things that come to mind.
+1I joined a local club at the urging of one of my patients two years ago. I found the meetings tedious and got little out of attending them. All were invited to submit photos for viewing and critique. A few loudmouth experts would pan many photos and extol the virtues of their own work. Many would just sit there or say "nice photo" (which I don't need). The promised field trips never came at times I could attend (I work).
I'd be interested to hear your own experience.
That was very similar to my experience. In addition, most attendees were complete amateurs, and not very interesting to be around.I joined a local club at the urging of one of my patients two years ago. I found the meetings tedious and got little out of attending them.
Thanks for the update. It would be interesting to hear your future impressions. I wouldn't mind some Adobe tech sessions, but I get frustrated in a group setting when one person invariably dominates the session with basic questions which prevents the entire group from advancing.Meeting was decent, was an overview session of the Enchanted Lens CC (link). [FYI: NM state motto is 'Land of Enchantement'.] They are very active, many things going on per month. Outings to photograph things, casual to professional critique sessions on photos, Adobe tech sessions, guest speakers at meetings, etc.. I'll go to a few more things to see how it looks before the $$ part.