I’ve been attending meetings for a different kind of photography club, the Round Rock Image Creators. It’s run by Gary Hook and Bill Ledbetter.
What’s unique about this club is the meeting centers around conversation and friendly critique (instead of a judged competition, like NAPƒS) so folks submit an image or two for the monthly meetings and 10 minutes are devoted to talking about each image chosen. Again, it’s friendly. Helpful suggestion is preferred.
The meetings are well organized and lively. Gary and Bill are really good at making people feel comfortable enough to share their opinions. I’ve learned quite a bit from the meetings I’ve attended thus far.
It’s a young club with a diverse age range and attendance has varied from 8-12 people.
An recent example of useful info learned…
At May’s Monday meeting after looking at about a half-dozen images, Gary brought up titles, or the art of giving photographs titles.
I thought I was pretty good at it, but when he and Bill started talking about how most folks use nouns for titles I found that I was guilty as charged.
It made me rethink at least one of the titles I’d given an image I made for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day.
Originally titled “Kinetic Sculpture,” I changed the name of the above image to “Whirlwind,” creating a much better visual connection.
You can find the Round Rock Image Creators group on Facebook.
The meetings – FREE – are normally on 2nd Mondays, but for June it’ll be on the 3rd Monday – June 17.
I think it’s important to see things from a different perspective.