I went to a local photography club’s weekly meeting. It was different than I thought it would be. There were about 200 people there, which was way more than I expected. The average age was at least 20 years older than me. So it’s probably not the social activity I thought it might turn into. Still, it was interesting.

The first half consisted of a woman talking about things to think about when dealing with trip/travel photography. This was the least applicable to me, since her points included tips like “When you’re going on a safari, it’s totally worth it to pay an extra $3-5000 to ensure you’re in a small group and can get one-on-one attention and instructions from your photography coach. It also means you’ll be in a small vehicle that can stop when you want to instead of being on a bus with tourists*.” She also talked about her recent 42 day tour across 4 African countries. So yeah... not expecting any of that to come up in my life any time soon.

The second half was a lesson on ways that post-production finishing of digital photos can improve them. This was the most informative, even though I’m a complete novice when it comes to photography and 90% of what he said was basically all greek to me. I just jotted down as many notes as I could with the intention of doing a lot of googling later. I have a semi-decent camera, but don’t know how to do much with it, so I’ll probably keep going back to these meetings to see how much I can learn.

I know it’s a really small thing, but I used to be really, really shy, and still have a hard time socializing with people I don’t know, so I’m kind of proud of myself for stepping out like this. Yay me!

*Going off on a bit of a tangent here, but it always bugs me when I hear people talk about travelling but wanting to “avoid doing touristy things”, “not going to places tourists go”, etc. If you are in a different country for less than, say, 4-6 months, you’re a tourist. Deal with it. You can be respectful and resourceful, but you’re still a tourist. Stop trying to pretend you’re somehow above everyone else when you’re basically doing the exact same thing.