So this week we had our first members work night of 2017 (we will have 3 such nights during the year). There was a great selection of images displayed, and it was great that the authors were willing to talk about their images (sadly Bernard, the author of some of the great images was unable to be there on the night). It was also pleasing that members were willing to accept critical feedback about their images, on how to make them even more impactive.
The email submission process really helped Tim out on the night too, so this is something we will encourage going forward.
I also mentioned during the meeting that for future members nights, submissions will be encouraged from club events (be they model nights, table-top sessions, outdoor events and location shoots). This came out of a conversation at a recent committee meeting that these events are well attended, but we often don't see the fruits of the session save for a handful of images that get through to the club Flickr page. So it was agreed that sharing of these images on members nights would be encouraged.
Part of the rationale for this is that new members get to see the sort of shots that be taken in club events, and get a feel for how they work.
My announcement caused some debate on the night, but please be clear this is not prescriptive or mandated, just encouraged. You are still able to proudly display your shots taken elsewhere.
I'm hoping to post to this blog in the days following each club event, in part way to document our year, record the successes and failures of our program, and try to help shape future events based on feedback from members.