This past week I joined a local photo group. I went on an outing with them for the first time Saturday, for those like me who are new to photography I would recommend it ( Even those who are not new may be a good idea). They have a forum, they are local and they do outings that get you involved and you have people around who can answer questions. I took 637 photos my first time out and will go to other outings. If your trying to get into photography finding a local meet up type group is highly recommended to get you going. I am not Mr.Social so if I can do it almost anyone can and is a great way to find others locally who have knowledge and have ideas for places to go shoot. I will still do a lot of things on my own but it gives me another option for getting out and taking photos. It was my wifes idea to look and see what was local and very glad she did. It is one more way to get informed and active.