Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play
With the support of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers
, I’ve decided to offer a free eight week program on the art and weird science of unsharp photography. The official signup post will be next Tuesday, April 29, and the program will run from May 9 through July 5.
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!
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, and have time to take approximately 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!
Some wonderful photographers have graciously agreed to help with the program, including +Nathan Beaulne
, +Heiko Mahr
, +Jacob Dix
, +Paul Brown
, +Julianne Bockius
, +Jetski Jones
, and +Linda Villers
. I’m also extremely grateful for the behind the scenes support of +Robin Griggs Wood
, and the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers
and its other directors +Ron Clifford
and +Tamara Pruessner
(*) 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). Questions welcome anytime, and keep an eye out for the signup post on April 29!