local photo clubs are often the worst place to get innovative, thought provoking and open minded discussion about progressing photographic technique.
they are often run by long time amateurs who's skill and experience plateau well below an advanced, well versed professional. i have found that they tend to exist only to slap each others backs and boost the egos of whoever is running the show.
i've run across a number of them in my area and i avoid them like the plague...
not to be overly harsh, i'm sure there may be some good ones out there...but as a rule of thumb i wouldn't put too much stock in them at all.
this community far exceeds the experience one can get from a local camera club imo.
Much of what you say rings true. Most of what is put up there is wide angle landscape... which isn't my favorite so I don't bother commenting. If you don't have anything nice to say... and I pretty much do the same here. But if someone ASKS, what would you do or what did I do wrong... I have thoughts that I'm willing to share. It doesn't mean that I'm right, but I have thoughts... do with them what you will.
They do have meeting, that I never attend, and they do have group outings, that I never attend. Paying $100 to go see the inside of a ghost house doesn't really appeal to me. I can see the inside of my house for FREE. And unless I have guaranteed a 1 on 1 sit down interview with the ghost... it really seems like a stupid waste of time. But I digress.
I think I am going to opt out. I had a whole mess of unwritten rules placed upon me:
...a place to encourage and gently direct someone by posting one (not many) comment about how you think a photo can be improved. Then let the rest of your ideas go.
But even before you do that, please begin to post some of your own photos (not of toys for examples) to show you are serious about being a productive member of our FB page. We have many members who do not post photos but neither do they pontificate about knowing more than the rest of us.
So the rules are simple:
1-Post your own photos (no flooding) and be accepting of others comments even if you don't agree- or get booted
2-Be encouraging and not a know-it-all, or get booted
3-Feel free to comment, but if someone has another thought then fine don't start a tit-for-tat war: let it go! Or get booted
So evidently answering someone's question in detail is being a know it all. And only one suggestions... ok... how about get stuff in focus because blurry images are bad images... but no. Deep breath...
It's my own fault really. I suggested the foreground background thing... and I posted examples... and they said they didn't like them... which is fine because I wasn't in love with them either... but then I posted pro examples from Getty that showed basically what I was showing and evidently the 6 images I put up are 5 too many. Ugh. Stupid unwritten rules.