Volume 3, Number 3
Jeffry Booher, Editor In Chief
The single most valuable tool in the darkroom is the trash can—John Sexton
Belonging to a camera club can mean different things people so this month I want to highlight some of the benefits of joining a camera club—especially the benefits of being a Darkroomer.
Some of us join a camera club for the social aspect. The camaraderie of being around like minded people just to share life with, make friends and have fun, is a primary driver for most of us. We all need friends. I can tell you that during my tenure as a Darkroomer I have met some truly wonderful people and made some terrific friends. Genuine friends.
Some of us join a camera club for recognition. We can all be exhibitionists in one form or another and our monthly exhibitions are a great way for each of us to stand up, show off, and be recognized. But the recognition we receive each month pales in comparison to that which we receive at the annual awards banquet. The prestige and honor is second to none for one of the oldest camera clubs in San Diego.
Some of us join to learn. Simply put: we have come to Darkroomers to learn from each other and from experts to advance our knowledge of photography. Some months we learn about how to make an incredible image with ideas for composition or opinions on cropping, etc... Other months we learn about technical expression such as shutter and aperture settings, highlights and shadows, dodging and burning, etc... But, being a Darkroomer, puts us in the 3rd dimension, so we get lessons on printing, matting and presentation.
Darkroomers is the only club that holds bi-monthly hands-on workshops
Some of us join for the overnight trips and photo outings. This is a great way to experience the great outdoors while learning to use your camera or finding things to photograph and spending time with your friends.
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We have a zero-tolerance policy on guests attending overnight trips. Immediate family members are welcome to tag-along but bringing your photography buddies along is not cool. Several members dedicate their nights and weekends together planning these trips. They go out of their way to find the best deals, get special access and find hidden gems that are exclusive to Darkroomers. Bringing someone who is not a club member on the trip devalues their efforts and the club. Overnight trips are for club members only—if we made these trips open to the general public then no one would join the club.
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A few weeks ago the San Diego Fair sent out notices that the entry submission system was open and this month we have Gene Wild stopping by to tell us all about it. The March 7th presentation will feature Gene and will welcome visitors from our social media partners so be on your best behavior. This is a good opportunity to recruit new members into the club!
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Everyone is excited for Darkroomers On Location:Death Valley trip and we could not be more more pleased. This is your last chance to get in on the train the Death Valley so let us know if you are planning to attend but have yet to sign up. Itineraries will be mailed in the coming days so look for those in your inbox.
Be sure to bring a printed copy of your itinerary with you as there will not be cell service in the park
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Darkroomer, Rick Phillips, has been selected to show his works at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor's Center. The exhibition runs April 14th to May 11th and features works from artists depicting Baja California Wine Country and surrounding areas represented in oils, lithography, mixed media, and photography.
Jeff Booher, Rick Phillips, Janie Anderson