Photography Clubs with Ronald McCarty

Photography Clubs have been around almost as long as photography itself.  While many of us only belong to virtual photo clubs on sites such as Facebook or G+, we may not belong to any physical clubs.  But these clubs are still going strong.  Ronald McCarty comes to jpeg2RAW to share his experiences with joining and running his Photography Club.

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Ronald McCarty

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Ronald McCarty
Ronald McCartyPhotography Clubs
Photography Clubs have been around almost as long as photography itself. While many of us only belong to virtual photo clubs on sites such as Facebook or G+, we may not belong to any physical clubs. But these clubs are still going strong. Ronald McCarty comes to jpeg2RAW to share his experiences with joining and running his Photography Club.

Show Notes:

Intro Questions:

    • Tell us how you got into photography?

      • Always into photography…ever since being a kid.  Back then it was expensive because of development costs.  Once digital came out it was relatively expensive per picture.

    • What types of photography are your favorites?

      • Will photograph anything…like live music, landscapes, wedding photography.  Photography is a part-time business at the current time with plans to go full-time.

 

  • Photography Clubs

    • Why should someone join a photography club when there are so many choices online?

      • Meeting other photographers in the area…see something different, such as HDR photography.  Learn from others.  See what you may never have seen before.  Exposed people to infrared photography. 

    • What skill level of people join a local photography club?

      • Members are professional (making money), Intermediate to advanced beginners.  Trying to avoid the professionals from marketing and the beginners from asking too many questions of the professionals

    • How often do you meet?

      • Once per month get together and then go on photo walks…anything people are interested in.  Currently in the club for four months.

    • Any club fees?

      • No fees…food and beverages provided and costs are split up

    • Where do you meet?

      • Rowlett Civic center…member belongs and we are able to get a location available to the group

    • Do others in the club critique the images? / Do your club do slide shows where a member shares their images and discusses them?

      • We have a session…Five photos in Five minutes.  Realized the monitor was off and it is something we deal with.What is the process to join?

      • Everyone wants to critique but few want to have their work critiqued.

    • How did you grow?

      • Meetup.com has added 15-20 members.  Also videos with slideshows of the members on walkabouts  Slow steady growth.  Paying attention to the members and determine whom wants to be active and engages.  Determine what they want to do.

      • Facebook group for Rowlett, Texas

      • Website – Nothing current but there are plans for a webpage

    • Does your club hold contest?

      • We call them contests…really just themed shooting and use Facebook for voting

    • How often do you have a group shoot / photowalk?

      • Yes…we have had around 4-5 and these are people talking about it and get together.  Looking to do once per week in the future.  Have landscapes, Dallas skyline and even Dallas night skyline. 

    • Any thoughts of holding a public exhibit?

      • Would like to have a two day event…one day for teaching about photography and the second day showing off the work

      • Need to prove ourselves to the Civic center

    • How much time can one anticipate spending with the club?

      • First started at a local Bar & Grill, issue was it was too loud – meeting place will address itself – could find a library

      • Generally spend 8-16 hours per week at the startup until others were able to get up to speed or automate tasks that are often repeated and not artistic in nature

  • Wrap Up:

    • What’s next for Ron?

      • Potentially full-time photography business

      • Want to be in a higher tier wedding photographer…going from fourth tier to second tier

    • Where can people learn more about Ron and stay informed about your projects?

Other topics discussed during the show:

  •  Mike’s teaching a Photography 101 class at work and would love your suggestions for:
    • Topics to cover for a wide range of people who are mainly looking to take better snap shots
    • Favorite editing program for a beginner
  • Monthly Photo Challenge – going to test having some months with an Open theme

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