I was out early, hoping to shoot the sunrise. The clouds obscured the sun, but not the gulls.
#SeagullButtsInDisguise (for other birds; a fine way to use up all those bird shots you took that are "not quite what you were shooting for" and currently languishing on your hard drive.)
#Gulluminati (what the group of non-curators have come to be know as)
#FunniestNonthemeOnGplus (because, isn't it?! … ;oD)
#Splatterday (Jasbir's invention, applicable for, ahem, some conditional shots … ;o7)
Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2016
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 . I will be taking on a small group of people for a free eight week online mentorship 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 , , , , , , 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 ; 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 the last two years' programs 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 (1). 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 and perhaps many more (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 23, and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 26. The program will run eight weeks, through July 21.
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:
(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) Your goals for this mentorship
4) Amount of time you have available for participation
(1) 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).
I'm sitting here with tears of gratitude in my eye. I have just begun to sell images from the photography I've been doing. A friend of mine from high school, her mother ordered quite a few prints. While I was happy, at first I discounted it, after all she's a mother of a friend of mine.
Here is where it gets amazing
She has health challenges and has moved out of the area. She doesn't get out much any more. She was kind enough to write a long letter walking me through her experiences viewing these images. With the colors, the shapes, and compositions triggering memories and joy at a time she needs some joy. (Don't we all need more joy)?
Her art critique and commentary was powerful, beautiful, and went straight into my heart. In the best possible way.
As I pull myself together to head off to the "day" job that gives me the freedom to be creative, I know that I am on the right path. #artsaveslives #makethemagic #gratitude
Lora Lee Chapman sold a 12.000" x 7.625" print on FineArtAmerica.com!
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