If you have followed me either here on my blog or on any of the social media outlets that I frequent you will know that I am a big fan of local camera clubs. Camera clubs have been around a long time, long before the advent of digital photography and the entire online social world we are not a part of. While the social media circles that we all run in are great, and there is a huge pool of knowledge to pull from, they are no substitute for actual face to face interaction with local photographers, and local camera clubs are a great way to accomplish that. Take this past weekends Olympia Camera Club’s field trip to the Seymour Conservatory in Tacoma.
It is very easy to get wrapped up in the online world of photography. You make friends and share images, but the sad fact is that you rarely get the opportunity to meet those people and shoot when them. With a local camera club, you are meeting people face to face, interacting with and becoming friends with other local photographers. If you are lucky, you local camera club has regular trips out shooting.
This trip to the Seymour Conservatory is a perfect example. I carried 2 camera bodies and a tripod. I was setup for some serious macro photography, but when all was said and done I spent more time chatting with other club members and actually made more images with my iPhone than I did with my Nikon D7000 and D610 combined. As a matter of fact, all 3 images in this blog post were made with my iPhone 6.
If you aren’t a member of a local camera club I would encourage you to seek on out and see if it is a fit for you. It is a great opportunity for local networking, education and discovering new places to make images. Who knows, you might even make a new real life friend or two.