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The B&W Project 16/26

The B&W Project theme this week is Living Things

#BWProject26 curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris
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Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park last weekend. Wildflowers everywhere.
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If you're looking for a fun way to improve your photographic storytelling skills, give this mentorship a try. I took part in the first one, and it's had a direct influence on my photography. Morgana is an entertaining and knowledgeable mentor.
 
Round Two of the “Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling” mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

#SINGLEFRAME2
 
This is a special program introducing some of the compositional elements of visual storytelling through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a handful of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!
 
Hi I’m Morgana, a Photographer and author, and I’ve always been passionate about creating images that tell stories, and helping other photographers find their own storytelling voice. You can find out more about what I do over on my website at www.imagecinematic.com


 
*PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop and this is NOT a course for beginners. 
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You will be expected to own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to artificial lighting (Studio, speedlight, even practical lighting such as desk lamps would be fine. You will also need access to and a basic working knowledge of post processing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
 
Images used for example during this course will not necessarily be family friendly or safe for work. Whilst I ask that images of nudity or violence are not posted to this course, examples and course content may include dark or adult themes.
 
Selections will made: August 1st - 3rd, 2015 AEST for the mentorship beginning August 10th, 2015



 
These are the selection criteria:
 
• You must own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to and a basic working knowledge of PS or LR. 


 
• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a public display album of your best work at the end.)

• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.

• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.

• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

• You must have a sense of humour, a willingness to give and take constructive criticism, and not be offended by dark or adult themes.


 
To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:  [https://plus.google.com/+MorganaCreely/posts/fpTf8kvnd8n] 
(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:




 
1) Photography skill level

2) Photo editing software used most

3) Favourite film and stills photography genres

4) What you want to get out of this mentoring course

5) Previous non-technical art, photography or cinematography studies

6) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer, shooting for 2 years
2) Photoshop with a bit of Lightroom
3) Big Budget Action movies, Westerns
4) To learn how to work out my ideas in front of the camera
5) Two one say workshops and YouTube :)
6) Weekends and the odd evening.
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A little flower photo art to start your Saturday.
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Beautiful texture work!
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It's the final day of reveals for the +Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt. Today's theme is yellow. Here's what I cooked up for the theme.
For my Yellow photo in the Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt I followed a formula I've used successfully several times previously: find a story I can represent using a self-portrait and surrou...
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I'm finished! Eric Raeber's Lighting with Intent Mentorship is over! I must say it was very challenging. When I started this journey I had just recently purchased a studio strobe to go along with my speedlight and had started to play around with lighting, but I really had no idea what I was doing. Eric's mentorship came along at just the right time, and even though I had already committed to another mentorship at the same time, I had to join this one. And I'm so glad I did.

Eric planned a jam-packed schedule, touching on more topics about lighting than I realized existed, and hitting things I knew about but had never actually done. I got my hands dirty (figuratively, and literally with the milk splashing exercise) trying all these new-to-me techniques. Like almost any endeavor, the key to learning about lighting is to practice, practice, practice. The mentorship provided the structure and community to try and to learn and to commiserate and to celebrate.

Now when I approach a new photo project, I think about how I want it lit. Before, I simply relied on available light, or I aimed a speedlight in the general direction of the subject and hoped for the best. Now, I know how to think about the shadows and the reflections and the quality of the light I want or don't want, and how to control them. If I see someone else's photo with interesting lighting, I know how to reverse engineer it to guess how it was probably lit so I can replicate the effect. And best of all, when I set out to make a photo with my lighting gear, I just set it up and shoot with little or no guessing about what's going to happen.

Of all the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers mentorships I've taken part in, this one was the most challenging and the most rewarding. I learned so much and had a lot of fun doing it.

#FinalPLUSpost Lighting With Intent with +Eric Raeber #LightWIT
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Thank you so much +Andy Smith +Alex Lapidus +Ellie Kennard +D Stuart 
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+Charles Payet asked for a BTS of my Bubbles image, so I put this together to show the components and steps I used. I processed the image at various stages in Photoshop, Silver Efex Pro, and Lightroom. Lighting for the base photo included a gridded studio strobe above left, and a bare speedlight just behind my shoulder. This was a fun image to create!
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Ah OK cool! Thanks Alan!
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Bubbles in B Flat
The B&W Project 15/26

For this week's B&W Project theme Bubbles I dragged out the old trumpet again. It's amazing what comes out if you haven't played in a while! 

#BWProject26 curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Al Chris
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Super creative image
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Here is my album for the 15th Round Scavenger Hunt. I tried a few new lighting, composition and post processing techniques this round - always trying to improve! Since starting to play two years ago the scavenger hunt has been one of the most significant influences to my photography.
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Very creative!!! The wax one was a little creepy :/ I love the frames and ... well, all of them actually! You did an amazing job!
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Day 9 of the scavenger hunt. Here is my twist on Cobweb.
The best of plans don't always come together. I had an awesome idea for Cobweb in the scavenger hunt, but it was not to be. Perhaps I could have pulled it off if I had a fairly large dedicated stud...
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Amateur photographer and electronic music hacker
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I am a hobbyist photographer on a journey to raise my photography skills to the next level. Living in Colorado, many of my pictures display the natural beauty of Rocky Mountain flora and fauna. More recently I've begun to branch out into other subject areas, so you never can tell what my next picture will be.

I enjoy dabbling with electronic music technology, programming sounds and song snippets with a rack of ancient hardware synthesizers as well as some modern software synthesizers. 

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Bicycled to the top of Mount Evans, a 14,000+ ft mountain in the Colorado Rockies. Twice! Still. Gasping. For. Air.
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Software dude