Camera Club Workshop
Put a group of photographers in a room with props, models and set-ups, and you have a recipe for a fun evening. If you ever have the opportunity to join a Camera Club, investigate the possibilities. We have a very good time together.
In the picture above, a few of our members take the time to set up some still-life sets, like the one below.
Another opportunity provided by a member who does studio shooting, was a set-up with some models who work for one of our other members. It was a perfect opportunity for them to get some free photos, taken by professional, semi-professional, and amateur members of the group. The girls brought prom dresses, as well. We gave the girls copies of all the photos taken as a "thank you."
We have other workshops during the year, such as taking HDR photos, using Photoshop and Photoshop Elements, insect/macro photography and creating your own equipment (another blog entry, for sure!). It's one thing to read and study, and to talk to others about photography, but it's an entirely different experience to get a group together to share ideas and techniques.
When we aren't having workshops, we're having competitions. That's another experience, where you can not only practice honing your techniques while shooting specific themes, but you also compete against other members of the club and learn from visual study and critique.
So, check out your area and find a camera club nearby. We have friends who live in Denver, and are members of the Mile High Wildlife Photography Club. Look at their site for some neat ideas, too.
Attend a Camera Club meeting or two and see if it's for you....I think you'll be pleasantly surprised:).