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Another awesome offering from the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and Alex Lapidus ! Get your blur on :-)
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Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

This is a special program on the art and weird science of motion blurs, intentional camera movement, long exposures, and much more, offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  I will be taking on a small group of people for an eight week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. This is going to be huge fun, and a great learning experience!

To me, blurs and unsharp photography have represented a new dimension of artistic freedom – a fresh and joyous way to play with light, color, form… and sometimes their absence.  My hope is to inspire some of you to find more of that joy in your own photography, and to offer some techniques, tips and tools to help, along with plenty of practice!

My own photography has benefited enormously from mentorships and coaching offered by +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan and others here on G+, and I’ve had the chance to assist with a number of additional programs and now to serve as a director of the overall Mentorship Program along with Robin and +Ron Clifford; I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer my own favorite subject once again!  To add to the fun, I've invited the people who participated in and assisted with last year's program to help out this time around, so we'll have all of that fabulous experience in the group.

We’ll be covering a range of topics, including not just how to take certain kinds of images (and sometimes why), but also tools in post-processing and phone apps.  My goal is to be able to offer the program to you regardless of the tools you use to capture (or process) images – DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point & shoot cameras, or Apple or Android smartphones ().  You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, have at least a basic understanding of the Exposure Triangle, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week (because practice with your hands will be key to some techniques; just knowing how won’t be enough).  You’ll also need to spend quality time in a (private) community supporting, enjoying, learning from and teaching your fellow participants!

Selections will be announced on Monday, May 11 (I’m in U.S. Pacific time: UTC - 8:00), and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 14.  The program will run eight weeks, through July 9.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public photo post every three days, and more is better (the program 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 on G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please answer the following questions, on the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AlexLapidus/posts/Uv4ChbSaMXa  (your application will not be seen at any reshares).  Please note that signups are not first-come, first-served, and comments will remain open for at least a few days, so please don’t worry if you’re not first in line.

1) Cameras (including smartphones) you expect to use in the program
2) Photo editing software and apps used most
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Previous art studies 
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Nikon D3100 and iPhone 4S
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Snapseed
3) To sell prints of my work
4) I have no previous art studies
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this 


() There is at least one topic I may be unable to address if you’re using a point&shoot camera or smartphone alone (call it half of one of the eight weeks).  The ideal combination would be DSLR or mirrorless plus a phone, and if you use only a P&S it needs to be capable of full manual shooting (shutter speed, aperture and ISO).
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Hoping all of you have a wonderful week!
Thank you +Matt V. for identifying this as a Limnodromus.
Matt has some great bird shots, and I recommend a look at them!
Not a Gallinago near Gilbert, AZ
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Thanks, +Logical Prepper !
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A purple Prickly Pear bloom and bud for you :-)
Hope you all are having a great week!
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Thank you much,+Lada Horáková ! :-))
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Schlumbergera, also known as Christmas Cactus and Flor-de-Maio.
This is really not true cactus, not as drought tolerant, and I hear this is more closely related to Orchids.
  I hope you all have a great week!
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Thank you +Poppy Hatadji ! This one gives me one bloom a year so far. Glad you like it. A wonderful week and Spring to you!
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WOW!!
Another grand opportunity from the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.
Sign up on the original post if you are ready for this type of work.
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MorganaCreely/posts/hvFvhFQGirs
 
The “Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling” mentorship is ready for sign-ups!
 
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. 


 
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 begin March 30th, 2015 AEST for the mentorship beginning April 10, 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/hvFvhFQGirs] 
(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
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Final post for the CamelComp Mentorship 2015
NOTE: No camels, cameras, bystanders, or photographers were seriously or permanently harmed during this event.

I feel invigorated after spending time working under the mentors in the inaugural seeing compositions mentorship led by +Pam Boling and assisted by other wonderful Mentors. We have learned intentional framing, weight, balance, value, forethought, planning, and several other concepts during these few short weeks. My fellow mentees have contributed substantial ideas, questions, skills, backgrounds and viewpoints, making this a very rich experience. All together, the sum of the mentorship has been greater than the parts, and this has been a unique and wonderful experience for everyone.
 
I highly recommend the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  program to any photographer of any skill level or photographic persuasion. By participation as mentor or mentee, you may learn what you least expect, and you will take home more than you brought to the table.
Please consider joining or developing your own mentorship based on your unique vision and skill set. The experience and connection with other people are more than worth your time and effort. I hope to see some other great photographers here, teaching the rest of us how it can be done!

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is a wonderful bunch of people spreading wonderful ideas and skills. I really appreciate your time and energy Mentors, and am really glad I have had the opportunity to work these exercises with you. I am indebted to you for helping me to get what I see onto the camera sensor.
 
THANK YOU ALL!!  <3
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These images are general examples of some of the concepts covered. These are my selected takes on some of the concepts worked on in this mentorship, not an inclusive summary.
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Thank you very much +Gabriela O. :-)
Much practice over the year, and so much comes from the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers :-)
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American Avocets at sunrise.
I wish you a wonderful weekend!
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+Photo Mania USA thank you for the share and compliment! A great week to you +Dorma Wiggin :-)
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A bouquet of desert wildflowers flowers for you all.
Wishing you a great weekend!
A bit behind and will catch up soon :-)
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Thank you much for the love ❤, +Annette Junge Daugaard !
Glad you like these wildflowers :-)
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A golden opportunity from Professor of Light Eric Raeber and the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.
This will be an amazing mentorship. Sign up on the original post if you have the time, equipment, and desire to learn.
 
My mentorship on Lighting with Intent is ready for sign-ups!

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

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you understand light and make use of it to add emotion to your photography rather than have it constrain your creativity. You will learn and experiment with off-camera flash, light modifiers, combine flash with ambient light, and play with a host of other lighting techniques.

I will be taking on a handful of people for a nine week online mentorship program which includes lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time.

My passion for photography (or more precisely conceptual photography) has burgeoned over twenty years ago. Photography has always been for me a playground for art to intersect with technology; a place where I can explore new domains by pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. Lighting is one such domain.

I will be joined by an outstanding group of passionate photographers, artists, helpers, who will be there for questions and discussions as well as dispensing a good dose of cheer up. If you are as excited to acquire new skills as I am to share them, join me for an exciting and creative ride.

This is an advanced class. In order to participate, you must have a solid understanding of your camera and exposure in manual mode. You will need a camera with a flash hot-shoe (SLR or mirrorless). By the time we start, you will also need at minimum the following lighting equipment:

   - An off-camera flash on which you can manually adjust the power
   - A flash remote trigger (cable or wireless)
   - A light stand with a softbox (or alternatively an umbrella)
   - A reflector (or a large piece of white cardboard)
   - A set of gels. For example the Rosco Strobist kit
   - A tripod for your camera

If you are looking for specifics, here is the equipment I am using: www.ericraeber.com/Blog/Studio-lighting

PLEASE NOTE: Do not apply for this workshop if you do not meet these criteria.

Selections will begin on April 15th and the mentorship will start on April 25th

This is not first come first served. We will review the application and here are my selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three posts per week; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected except for the option of a weekly post and 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 will be given about 3 different assignments each week.

• You must own or have access to the equipment above during this entire mentorship

I will 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:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/105385385448524520257/posts/BT1Ei9qD2fi

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EricRaeber/posts/CGeSiag5RRp and answer the following questions in your comment:

1) Photography skill level
2) List the lighting equipment you own (or will have access to)
3) Your three favorite subjects
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer, shooting for 5 years
2) Canon Rebel T3i, 2 x Yongnuo YN-560 flash, RF trigger, softbox, stand, gels, tripod, reflector
3) Still Life, Portraits, Macro
4) To get my first paid shoot for a client
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but have most evenings free.

The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus
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Thank you muchly, +les collier !
I never know what will be popular so have stopped trying to guess.
Seat-of-the-pants posting as it were ;-)
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I was watering the garden......
This spider was in the hose when I turned the water on....he asked me to remind you that we all need to use water wisely. His little friend agrees.

A little #paintography for #sketchgurusaturday with +Christina Lihani +paula contreras and +Oscar Lovett 

Happy weekend all!
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I think it means using greenhouses when desalinated water is used for Ag. Quite a change, anyway. A great day to you Winnie :)
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A fuzzy Fly Bee
.... maybe :-)

This busy bug was seen inserting it's proboscis into each of the tiny flowers on the long  raceme of a Velvet Mesquite (Prosopis velutina), and did not collect any pollen..

If anyone knows what it is, please advise.  It looks similar to other Bee-Flies here, but the eyes are unusual. +Lou Sorkin , is this one familiar to you?

Happy week and weekend, all!
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Three times the charm. Thank you much +Анатолий Матыцин !
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