Thanks, rbid- we have a Facebook group for meetings, extra questions and stuff.
We had our second meeting tonight, it was a bit loud and there were far less Nikon users than Canon. We were probably outnumbered maybe 3 or 4 Canon to 1 Nikon user.
Overall, it was successful, but I think our main issue is that not everyone has a DSLR, and although it helps, you really don't need a DSLR for great photos.
Another issue is getting events that people would be interested in- not everyone likes portraiture, and also not everyone knows how to operate a DSLR. A lot of people bought DSLRs but don't know how to use them.
One major major problem- we have absolutely no funding from the school. The group has applied twice to the school in the past, and probably because of some sabotage, we don't get funding, and there's nothing we can do about it.
One glimmer in the dark- the school football team is interested in shots. One major issue- we're not sure how much we can mooch off the school football team. Also, sports photography isn't something I'm interested in.
But yeah, just a bump in the thread. I don't have high hopes. But we did split up the large group into basically Nikon group and Canon group to better explain the features. Didn't really work out, but I did like that our group had less people so I could give more individual attention when talking about photo basics.
By the way a quick edit-
Yesterday I just found out that most of the e-board- president and secretary mostly, don't know how to use their cameras. The president herself asked me, how do you shoot in manual mode? I feel as if the meter doesn't work.
A huge WTF moment came up in my head. She has a D3000, it's a decent camera. But as the president of the photo club, are you serious you have no idea how to utilize the overexposure/underexposure feature of manual? I mean, I barely use manual mode, but I figured it out in probably less than an afternoon. And afterwards, the treasurer asked me, how do you turn off the beep in a Canon Rebel XS. In the menu, it's in the first layer.
Holy crap, I have reason to doubt that this will be a successful club. The president was concerned that before she gets into more serious photography, she must teach new members PASM. So basically she only knew PAS 10 minutes before the 2nd meeting started, and before this she's been running the club for 2 years before.
No wonder why we can't get funding.