The concept of a photographic club is reasonably simple. A group of people come together with their cameras and photographs and have regular events, meetings, demonstrations, competitions, outings and field trips. They are incredibly fun and a great social outing where photographers can refine their skills.
Types of Clubs
There are a number of different types of photographic clubs that are suitable for different types of individuals. Some clubs are much more formal and require membership fees and competitions are a regular feature while others just require a door fee and are an informal meeting of people.
Clubs have a number of regular activities that inspire photographs such as exhibitions from various photographers that have been building a large collection. Some are also guest speakers that talk about their experiences. Workshops and seminars are a regular part of club activities and can assist photographers with their technical skills so that they can improve their photographic skills. Competitions may also be a way for photographers to refine their skills and to see how well they can take photographs under a little bit more pressure.
Some clubs will have annual general meetings where they discuss club activities and the financial status over the previous years. A typical structure may include a president, treasurer and secretary. The structure of the clubs may include inter-club associations. In order to keep the club financially viable, many clubs will ask for a membership fee. The membership may fund club activities and events. Some clubs also ask for sponsors in exchange for volunteer services or promotional activities provided by the club. Informal clubs may bypass this completely. They may just meet regularly and pool some funds for special outings.
Photographic clubs are a great way to enjoy meetings with fellow citizens and club activities will suit all types of photographers depending on the club.