Wherever possible, we want to do things on the cheap. Blowing a ton of dough on a professional model doesn’t make sense when we’re doing our best to learn new techniques and new equipment in an (often) haphazard environment. When you come to a SSC meet, expect to get thrown in front of the lens every now and then. It’s only fair. Some of us may not be aggressive shoot leaders and ordering around an unfamiliar model with an attitude while trying something for the first time could be disastrous. If you’ve got a friend who wants to ham it up in front of the camera, bring them, too. All the better.
Bottom line: we want to have fun!
We’ve learned through experience that we don’t need members to show up with every photographic gadget they’ve been able to pull out of a dusty broom closet. For the sake of portability, mobility and effective use of time, the shoot leader should catalog what’s needed for his particular shoot and work with attending members to keep gear to a minimum.
* Please ID tag all your strobes, triggers, umbrellas, stands, dogs, chickens and small children. Things have a way of getting mixed up in a hurry on location.
** Owning 10 flashes, 20 umbrellas and 30 triggers is not a prerequisite for joining the Club. All you really need is a camera, a willingness to learn and a great attitude. However, if you find that the Strobist approach is for you, you’ll want to start thinking of picking up your own lighting gear. It’s the polite approach.
We’re here to have fun, make some good light and better ourselves as photographers. That being said, as the group grows it will become increasingly important to rely upon the guidelines and the given shoot leadership. Technique, ability and confidence varies from person to person. Check your ego at the door, open yourself to a new experience or two and we’ll have a flash.