New Photographers: Where can I go to get help?

We can all remember a time when photography was a new and very scary hobby. For some of us it was a long time ago and for others, it’s a much more recent memory. Whatever your goals are for the future, starting out as a photographer can be a very intimidating task. The digital cameras today have a billion different buttons and a ton of creative modes to pick from.

So, I probably haven’t told you anything you don’t already know. I have a point to this blog post, I promise! My suggestion, to any photographer, is to join a local photo club. I guarantee that the club will be filled with photographers that possess a range of knowledge. If you are new to photography, this will be a valuable resource to help you learn the basic features of your camera and the rules of composition.

If you have been around the block a few times with your camera, think of the photo club as a chance to help others. Use it as a resource to share your knowledge and help an aspiring photographer. I promise you will gain a a close group of friends in the process. Think about it; who else in this world will truly understand your desire to get up before dawn to wait for what seems like FOREVER just to capture the sunrise.

I’ve been a member of the Kcnet Camera Club for a few years and a new member of the Chester County Camera Club and I absolutely love it! We are filled with members who each have a different level of experience, but always find a way to teach each other value tips and tricks We shoot with different brands of cameras equipment and we each have our own aesthetic of beauty. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter because these are the people who will be up with you at dawn shooting the sunrise.

I can’t guarantee that every community will have a local camera club.  I can’t tell you the best way to find a local camera club, but I can give you a few suggestions.  Your local newspaper might run adverisements, or a community newspaper might run a headline of a new club.  You can always try an old-fashioned google search; or you can contact your local arts council for more information.  One tried and true way to locate a camera club is by word mouth.  Ask a local hobbyist or professional photographer for more information.  Usually people within business have connections or might be able to pass on some information.

Happy Superbowl Sunday!

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