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" You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus" -- Mark Twain "What if we pretended grace is real. What if the word ‘pretend’ felt less powerful than the word ‘believe’ because we did actually believe. What if…” David Crowder
" You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus" -- Mark Twain "What if we pretended grace is real. What if the word ‘pretend’ felt less powerful than the word ‘believe’ because we did actually believe. What if…” David Crowder

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Sign up on Byron's post. Not to be missed if you want to learn a bit of manual exposure!
Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 mentorship!

►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 8-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual move beyond shooting on auto or semi-automatic modes exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Also, please be aware that this is an intensive mentorship. Each week will have set assignments, with very clear expectations. You will be shooting a lot. If you are not comfortable with a very guided and directed program, then this might not be the mentorship for you. This mentorship is not about developing your artistic vision. It is, however, very much about giving you the technical control of your camera needed to develop and realize your artistic vision. Advanced editing skills are not required, and for most of the mentorship you will be asked not to edit your photos.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 26th, and the first lesson post will be Thursday March 2nd. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.


These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of PUBLIC posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application. Participants are those who regularly post in G+ in a variety of public posts, including posts to public collections.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants. We learn from each other in this program.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop. You’ll be shooting a lot, and weekly assignments need to be completed on time. The program is designed so that each week builds on the lessons of the previous week. If you are going to be away in the middle of the mentorship, then it might be better to wait until the next offering.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: )

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.


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Thank you +Ed Bott! After the last install (new SSD to replace an ailing platter) and 2 months of headaches and failed updates, I am glad to see a less painful way to install Win 7.

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Cute and curious

2 Speedlights. Octabox to left at 1/2 power, and a rectangular softbox to right at 1/4 power.


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Even the dog is happy.

From a maternity shoot in September.

I want to go back to this location when there are clouds instead of haze in the sky.

Two speedlights on a shoot-through umbrella to camera left lighten the shadows a bit.

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Something different than my usual birds and bugs.
Kelly Kay twirling on the runway

Teen Fashion Week Phoenix

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Added photos to Macro. Artist , photographer , amateur or professional.

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A colorful character

Seen near the San Pedro River, Cochise County, AZ

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American Avocet seen at the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert, AZ

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Sunset at the splash pad.
Phoenix, AZ.
Keep cool, y'all!

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Catch of the day

Cormorant with Catfish

280mm f/5.6 1/1000 ISO 200
plus some fun with Topaz and NIK
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