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How to Start a Photography Club


Photography Club Ideas
Set up photo shoot outings to get your club organized around a central theme.
Set up photo shoot outings to get your club organized around a central theme.
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Here are a few ideas for making your new club a fun, inspiring place to learn and practice the art of photography.

Get Clicking. Creative outings are a really fun way to learn about the art and craft of photography. Not only will you get plenty of hands-on practice using the different settings on your camera, but you'll also be able to compare and contrast your results with other photographers who've shot similar scenery. Here are a few unique ways to get clicking:

  • Paparazzi 101. Photography in public spaces is generally permitted, so descend on a public space and start snapping.
  • Explore Your City. Find hidden niches in your town. Neglected structures, public cemeteries and historic buildings provide rich sources of color, texture and context.
  • After Dark. Low light conditions can be difficult even for advanced photographers. Venture out after dark to tackle a classic photography challenge.

Wonderful Workshops. Local camera stores can provide a wealth of expertise on all things photographic, and they're usually eager to share knowledge -- especially if it will make you more likely to patronize the shop, of course. Workshop topics that might interest photography club members include how to gallery wrap a photograph that's been printed on canvas, how to set up basic lighting, and how to use Adobe Photoshop to edit and enhance your photography.

Meet and Greet. People love meeting their heroes. Even artists who've enjoyed a small amount of success, such as having their work featured on a local band's album cover, can seem like heroes to those aspiring to similar goals. Visit local galleries and seek out contact information for artists whose work you admire. Then, invite them to speak to your group. You'll be surprised how many artists will be excited to share their experiences with your new club.

Let the Internet inspire your new photography club. From ways to hack your camera with handmade pinhole lenses to tips on technique, there are endless topics online to debate, discuss, practice and peruse at your meetings.

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