This is my second full season at the club and I have not regretted joining. Not only is it a very social and friendly club my photographic skill has improved significantly as a result of talking and taking the plunge to have my photos critiqued and through competition.
I started to take an interest in photography in my teens in the days of film, advidly reading books and magazines about theory and technique but with little opportunity to put theory into practice. I learnt darkroom technique at university as part of my Town Planning course and dabbled on an off with holiday shots and photos of the family growing up. Digital opened up the world of photography I could only dream of in my teens, with the ease of processing and the ability to take numerous shots without the huge costs associated with film.
With the possibility of an 'early retirement' I decided to 'relearn from basics' and enrolled on a photo evening class, which filled in gaps in my basic photo kowledge, 'joining the dots' of the little I knew. Now I am putting that knowledge into practice and learning more each day.
Its great to share knowledge and experience with others and the club is a great place to do this - with no hierarchy or clique - even though I am Nikon through and through.