Starting a photo club

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  1. gstaska

    gstaska TPF Noob!

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    I live in a very rural part of northern Minnesota and have a great area to take pics in. I am by no means a "professional" purely this is a great passionate hobby of mine.
    I would like advice on starting a photo club here in my area. I know there Are others that share my interest as well.I've already thought to do a monthly project as well as trying to get in a few different speakers during the year. I want this to be a success and be able to help myself and others grow in this field. Any ideas and or suggestions would be wonderful!


     
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    The first thing you'll need is a venue. For small clubs, a member's living room can be sufficient, or a local coffee shop. Some towns have halls that they make available to non-profit groups as do churches. Next is membership. Put a notice in the 'Community Events' area of your local 'paper (usually free) as well as notices in any stores that sell camera equiment. I would also consider local stores and definitely get an on-line presence. Search the term "meet-up group". This is an International network for people wanting to do just this sort of thing. I belong to a very successful photographic meet-up group. Good luck!
     
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    I need to find me a crew in my area.
     
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    Public Libraries are a good place to find cheap or free meeting rooms. You can advertise your group on Meetup.com
     
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    I need to find a crew too. I would rather do something like switch houses rather than waste $$$ on renting some place. Kinda like Bunco night.....we all take turns using each others homes.
     
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    Thanks, we have the flyer and a monthly meeting place at our local library.
    Trying to find out ideas for our meetings.
     
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    My other question is membership dues, yes or no? Thoughts on using the money is for funding future guest speakers as well as outings.
     
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    You will need to attract seasoned photographers to pass on knowledge, as well as beginners, in our club there are different groups, slide, AV,Digital i'm setting up a studio group i have done a few demonstrations and talks and set up portrait shoots got another next week
     
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    I need someone to teach me a bit more :) I mean I understand the basics such as the exposure triangle (Aperture, ISO, Shutter), Metering, White balance. Right now I have a kit (18-55mm) for my T2i and also a Prime 50mm EF 1.8 II Lens. Just dont know where to start :)
     
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    You've got a start, just keep moving ahead.

    Here are some other things you will need to know:

    Digital Photography Tutorials

    and start a study of visual image compostion.
     

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