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I thoroughly recommend this mentorship to anyone with any interest in exploring the world of blurry photography. Signup on the original post
Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017

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 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 +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan, +Eric Raeber, +Brian Wood-Koiwa, and others here on G+, and my artistic partnership with my #brotherinblur +Heiko Mahr who will join me for this program as well. 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 the last three 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 Tuesday, May 16, and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 18. The program will run eight weeks, through July 13.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public (or public collection) photo post every few 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 favorite 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've found it difficult 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).

Transition, London, 2017

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Boat on the Thames

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In spite of the energy flowing around and through him, translocating him, he was grateful for his coat and scarf as it was often chilly on the mothership.

#alienabductionfriday #fujiXT1 #doubleexposure

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London street at dusk

Somewhat abstract ;-) but I think this captures the energy layers of London.

I don't expect anyone to identify the street!

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Night runner

Sometimes using a double exposure can add a sense of mood and mystery.

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If you have any thoughts of wanting to learn how to use your camera more effectively, this would be a great place to go. I have no doubt it will be a lot of fun too.

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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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Another mystery?

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One for Sherlock?

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Double exposure on Westminster Bridge.

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Hopefully you can see that this is a boat on the Thames at dusk :)

2.5 second panning blur, I really like how the water came out and will try to explore that effect further in future.
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