I really and truly and seriously must vent here about the camera club I joined this fall. I thought it would be awesome and teach me a lot about photography. Ahem. Instead I discover that I know about as much about photography as the president of the club, and that NO ONE there has the artistic sense God gave them. Every two weeks, they have a competition (challenge) and judging segment of the evening, and the comments are un-freakin-believable. If there is ANY use of an artistically shallow DoF, people immediately say, "Oh, dear, should've had a greater DoF!" and if there is anything unusual or different about the image, they complain!
Tonight there was a competition for "colours" and I swear, there was one photo that was by far and away THE best photo of the night (no, not mine) by lightyears over the others, and it didn't even place in the top three! I know these things are open to interpretation, but really!
I am so bummed out about this, because we simply don't have the budget for me to take real classes (and the scary thing is, the president of this club teaches community photography classes locally!) and I was so hoping to learn a lot from this club. Instead, it's like these people all have zero artistic insight and I just do not know what I'll learn there!
Oh well... I guess that's one reason I'm here, so I can learn from people whose abilities I respect. So thank you all!