I've had a lot of fun joining in with photography oriented MeetUp groups over the last six months or so. As you can imagine, in NYC there are many interesting ones to be found. Not quite so many on Long Island but there are a few and last week I discovered a new one which I met up with today to spend the afternoon shooting models and generally having some fun.
It's a great way to share time with like minded folk and garner a few snippets of knowlege, not to mention the opportunity to share and use studio space and meet models to work with that you might not otherwise be able to do.
Meetup, by the way, is not just for people interesting in Photography, there are groups for almost anything that you can imagine and they are all over the world..... you might like to take a peek and see what you can find to do or share with others in your area!!
I'm going to be hosting a meetup event later this month as part of one group that I belong to. A day long Photoshop Workshop and it will be FREE to our group members!! Yay!!