So yesterday I had tons of feedback on my blog, facebook, emails, about my post on camera clubs that are not willing to pass on info about workshops in their area to members.
One person said that I was a business and I’m just complaining because I can’t get free advertising from the clubs. Camera clubs talk about and promote all the latest gear, software, photo books, and they don’t ask for a single dime from those manufacturers for promoting their products. But for some reason they look at the workshop leader as getting free advertisement when they mention a workshop, You think I should pay for that when they don’t ask Canon or Nikon to pay when they talk about the latest camera or lens, or Adobe’s latest new upgrade to photohop.
If I join a photo club it would be to advance my skills as a photographer, and if a club knows of a workshop in the area where we live and doesn’t at least let me know, then I miss out on that learning experience, and the club fails me by not letting me know about that workshop.
One comment was that when their club promoted a workshop and it turn out to be a dud, the members were mad at the club for promoting the workshop, so the club decided never to promote anymore workshops. To bad for those members because they may miss out on other great workshops because of this one bad workshop.
A club should have someone in charge of gathering the basic info about workshops held in their area and pass that info on to it’s members. The club is not to decide what workshop is good or bad, but to just pass on the info with no endorsement, and it’s up to the individual member to do their own investigation about a workshop they would like to attend.
You tell the members here it is, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s a good fit for you. If you take the workshop and liked it, let us know and we’ll pass that info on to the members, if you didn’t like it, we’ll pass that on as well. Then a member can go to the reviews and decide if they would like to take that workshop in the future.
Amazon sells millions of books, they provide the basic info about a book,and you decided whether to buy it or not. They are not endorsing all the books, just letting you know what is available. They have a rating system and if you have ever read the reviews, every book has people who love the book and those who hate the book. I’m sure workshops reviews would be the same. You can’t always judge something by what others say, I have people tell me they hated a movie they just saw, and I love the movie. So because one person may have not liked a workshop, doesn’t mean that you would not like it, you may have to try it for yourself and then judge that workshop.
So clubs should have this system in place for their members, and let members give reviews for the future attendees, and they can decide for themselves if they want to take it or not.
But to say a club should never promote another workshop because some members were not happy with a workshop that they mentioned in the past would be like Amazon pulling all its books because some people complained they didn’t like one of the books they offered.
You are all adults and have a brain, you can do research on a local workshop and find out about that workshop and the workshop leader, and yes sometime the reviews are good and you take that workshop, and you don’t like it. sometimes in life that’s the way it goes. But you should at least have that info provided by your club so that you have the chance to take that workshop.
Again it’s the job of a club to help you grow as a photographer, and holding back info about a learning experiences goes against the purpose of a photo club.
If you just want your club to be a social club, then I guess it wouldn’t matter whether you give them this kind of info, let each members take care of finding workshops on their own.
If I was a beginning macro photographer and a pro macro photographer was in the area and my club officials new about this workshop and I miss out because they failed to tell me about it, I would be upset with those club officials.
Do I want clubs to promote my workshops when I come into their area, you bet, and am I glad that this would be a free service to me, you bet, it’s what helps me to stay in business, and it provides a good learning experience to the members of those clubs. If workshop leaders had to pay for expensive ads to promote the workshops, the price to attendees would go up, and if we lose attendees when the price goes up, we go out of business, and the photographers lose that learning experience.
You not only help the members of your clubs but you also help the workshop leaders stay in business that provide learning for the photographer.
It’s a win for the club members and a win for the workshop providers.
Just like reviews of a workshop, book, or movie, I’m sure I will get positive and negative comments to this post, sorry we can’t make everyone happy. :) That’s my rant for today.
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