I keep thinking it would be fun to join a photography club, but judging from the websites, every club I've seen in the SF Bay Area seems to be involve people meeting once a month to show photos they've taken elsewhere, and competing to see whose pictures are the favorite, then sending the best photos on to compete at a regional level, etc. That sort of thing might have been tolerable in high school, but at this stage of my life, taking photos competitively is the absolute last thing I'd be interested in doing.
My idea of a great photography club would be one that gets together frequently for photo shoots—ideally weekly. Some weeks, we might bring in folks for portrait sessions; other weeks, we might take trips to random places in the area, look for interesting things to photograph, then look through our photos at the end and show each other the photos that we thought were the most interesting—not competitively, but rather collaboratively, contrasting the different approaches that the photographers chose when photographing many of the same subjects.
Does anyone know of any Bay Area photography clubs that operate along these lines?