I joined a camera club about ten or twelve years ago when all the members used film. I didn't stay a member too long as the night they met clashed with something else I was doing.
Recently I met a girl who is in this same camera club now and she told me that she and her friends are still trying to convert the last few film users to the big D.
To me camera clubs are like photography forums where a mixture of film users and digital users just doesn't work. Theres always someone saying "ah you should shoot Digital". If I wanted to shoot digital I would, but I don't.
If you can find a group of people with the same interest as you (be it film or Digital) then great as you all have the same interest. Apug is great because when you ask a film question, your not answered with a "go digital answer".
Camera clubs have not changed much really. Before the film or digital debates, it was arguments over Nikon or Canon being the best.
If you get a chance, tell her and her friends to stop trying to 'convert' the film users.
Originally Posted by thefizz
Okay, I am in a camera club in which I am the only person still regularly shooting film. On our last outing, I had taken two of my LF cameras and despite my concern that I was 'taking too long' we all had fun. Our club is not a competition based club. We merely get together because we enjoy photography.
Originally Posted by Steve Smith
I guess to some extent there were camera club debates in the past such as RF v. SLR and, as already mentioned, Canon v. Nikon etc. But I think the D v. F one is of a different sort.
The fact that we use the term "convert to digital" means we've all been up against that Messianic fervor. That is further spiced up with the attitude that if you prefer film you're an old fart and not "with it".
Who needs that crap? I have a couple of dSLRs and a digi P&S and am quite familiar with the technology. That said, I find I continue to prefer film photography - and that's all there is to "the debate" as far as I'm concerned. So, as you can imagine, I have less than zero interest in any camera club - unless I find one that firmly adheres to the principles that inform this website!
I'm a member of a photo club and I'm the only film shooter. I can honestly say that I've not been told once that I should convert to digital. The fact that every member seems to be in competition on who had the most exotic, exciting photo trip this past year is what bugs the $hit out of me.
Richmond Camera Club?
I didn't even know that there was a camera club around here. I've tried repeatedly to interest people from VCU, but so far, there are no takers.
It's funny considering the fact that I know more local people on here and the LF forums that shoot film than I do in the city as a whole (and that includes photo classes at VCU).
I operate Portland Photographers Forum in Oregon. Id say we're about 80% analog. Most of the members are large format/black and white photographers. But, we do have a growing numbers in digital. It's mostly the digital printing side verses digital cameras. What PPF does is offer the members to show and discuss their photography and that's what you should look for in a group.
We don't compete or compare equipment. Both, analog and digital photographers are after the same thing... Expressing themselves and how they see their world with their photography. PPF offers lectures by local photographers, print viewing of members and other fun activites.
What I would suggest is that you study what APUG offers and if you don't see clubs or groups that operate much like it then start forming your own. You'll find that many others around you may have the same interests.
Case in point, in Southern Oregon, a new group is forming because many of the local photographers there couldn't or didn't find a organization that fit their beliefs or interests. So they are banding togther.
I'm sure you'll find others like you.:) :)
Síle, Camera clubs, as all things vary greatly. I suggest that you make a list of those accessible to you, and take your time visiting them. If there is one you feel comfortable with over a couple of months, consider joining.
You have nothing much to lose; except other peoples prejudices.
OK Síle, bearing in mind I've a hangover and pounding headache :o, so this may not make sense.
Since it would be an irish club you are thinking of joining, heres an irish perspective.
All the irish photography clubs are affiliated to the IPF who in turn are affilliated to the FIAP. I started such a club in laois about 4-5 years ago. The percentage of digital snappers in these clubs is huge. Themes and competitions are set in the clubs every few weeks and the speedy turnover makes digital attractive to the masses. I'm the only darkroom user in my club. 2 others use labs, the other 15 people are solely digital now.
There are however still plenty of film users in these clubs, the numbers will obviously vary from club to club. Digital is not new anymore so the encouragement to "go digital" is well past its sell by date.
The question is really for you and what you want out of a club. Is it social interaction with other photographers, is it knowledge you want to aquire or compete, gain awards and distinctions?
Whatever it is, I would recommend you find your nearest club and see for yourself.
And you know while it will take a while to get off the ground, theres an analog club starting right here in apug.org/ireland
See http://www.apug.org/forums/forum237/...nal-group.html for more info.