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+52 Shades of Gray would like to reshare this great circle of photographers put together by the people behind 52SOG, +Charles Lupica +Brian Dukes +Scott Thomas 

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        An Art of Photography Circle
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#ArtOfPhotographyCircle tag to allow people to easily mute this post. 

It's been a while since I shared a circle here on G+ so I thought I would team up with +Scott Thomas and +Brian Dukes to share with you the first new circle I've created in more than a year.  We think you'll find that the photographers in this circle are some of the very best that G+ has to offer.  Of course you're probably already following people like Jeff Sullivan , Lori Hibbett, Jay Patel and  Vivienne Gucwa but we think that all of the people in this circle will add high quality content to your stream.  All share their amazing work and many of them share tutorials and resources to help you perfect your art. 

When deciding who would be in this circle, we used these guidelines
• Sharing mostly their own work
• When sharing the work of others, the work is clearly identified
• Little to no, promotional material. 
• Some people are included that share a lot about technique but may not share a lot of their photography.
• If they have gifs in their stream, they're almost always educational. 
• The images shared by these people frequently fall into the category of, "I wish I'd taken it" 
• They post to G+ on a regular basis,  For some this may be a little as once a month.  For others, this may be one or more a day.  People who post less than once a month are not included.  We prefer to circle people that are active here on G+. 

No one has asked to be in this circle, however, we intend to share a version of this each month.  *If you know of a talented photographer you'd like us to add*, please leave a comment and share the circle.  Doing so will get us to look at their profile. However, there is no guarantee that we'll include them in a future circle.   We want to maintain the quality of this circle.  Therefore, we will only add photographers that we would want to see in our own personal stream. 

Many of the photographers in this circle are well known so we are particularly interested in hearing your choice of photographers with fewer than 15'000 followers.  We would like to give them the opportunity to gain more views for their work.

Please plus, comment and share.  This circle has no requirements for future participation but your support and encouragement is appreciated.

I have chosen the name of the circle carefully to try to accurately represent the quality of the work by the photographers in it.  

Validation
This circle was very heavily vetted.  We have looked at each photographer's stream and decide that we would like to include them in this circle. +Charles Lupica (me), +Scott Thomas and +Brian Dukes looked at every profile in the circle before deciding to include that photographer.  We have also included three pages that we manage, +All Things Monochrome +256 Shades of Gray and +The Art of Photography

Reasons for exclusion of photographers we reviewed:
-- animated gifs that don't demonstrate a technique
-- mostly blog posts / twitter style posts
-- mostly link to external content / their blogs
-- don't post regularly to G+ [no posts in the last 4 weeks]
-- nothing but product promotions / workshop promotions
-- Not enough original work of their own in their stream
-- High "noise to signal ratio"

A fully vetted circle like this takes a lot of work so please help by plusing, commenting, and sharing this post. 

+Best Shared Circle +Shared Circles on G+ +Shared Circles Magic G+  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   

Best regards
+Charles Lupica with the help of 
+Scott Thomas 
+Brian Dukes 

For anyone sharing this circle, I recommend that you add a few fresh images to your stream to keep your content balanced.
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52 Shades of Gray
2014 Black & White photography workshop sign-up. 

People wishing to join the community should read this post in it's entirety.

 After reading this post, if you're interested in being considered for membership, leave a comment that answers the questions found at the bottom of this post. There is a limited number of spaces available so please answer the questions completely. 

What is 52 Shades of Gray ?
52 Shades of Gray 2014 is a learning community that stresses a high level of participation.  We share our work and offer critique to each other.  We share detailed explanations of our workflow, our vision for an image and our thought processes.  Some might call this a mentorship program but we like to think of it as a journey of discovery that we take together. 

This is a special, private community for people interested in improving their Black and White photography through the exploration of form, shape, contrast, negative space, attention to detail, composition, post-processing, the Digital Zone System and more.  

The     #52ShadesOfGray  program is a series of assignments and workshops designed to help you see the world around you.  To discover more, to see more, to search the light and the dark.  In short we hope to improve your sense of the world around you, to help you develop your skills as a photographer and to help you find your vision.   The program will last the whole year.  52 Shades of Gray is now about to launch its second year. The project includes lessons, assignments, informal discussions, hangouts, and recorded tutorials. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!  52 Shades of Gray is brought to you by a team of dedicated moderators and teachers.  

PLEASE READ THIS:  Monochrome Photography requires post-processing so,  post processing is a part of the assignments. It's recommended that you have Lightroom, Photoshop, and the #nikcollection  or similar software. This isn't a post-processing workshop as such but, creating your vision in B&W will be a lot easier if you have these programs.  This workshop is to help you take more remarkable photographs by helping you to see the hidden world around you, and to help you increase your understanding of basic and advanced photography / art principles.

The 52 Shades of Gray community is private so that you can explore your vision without it being visible to the public.  The only work shared to G+ is the work you choose to share.

What to expect
52SOG is an assignment based workshop.   During the year there will be approximately 40 assignments requiring new photography.  Some assignments may last more than a week but most will be one week long.  New assignments are posted on Friday.  In addition to 40 assignments, there will be 6 weeks where the assignment is a recap of the more recent unit.

52SOG requires a high level of commitment. 
This means that you will need to spend several hours a week taking images, processing those images, preparing your post, and critiquing the images posted by other community members.

Participation
The heart of 52SOG is participation.  Life is such that no one is expected to participate every week but, inactive members may be asked to resign from the community.  Please don't ask to join if you can't dedicate several hours per week to this journey of discovery. 

What 52SOG is not
• It's not a photography theme. You can't just dump a photo on the
 community and leave.  

• It's not a Project 52.  Most of the time there won't be a specific
 subject to shoot.  It's more concept based. You won't get a lot of
 oohs and aahs and flattery. You will get a lot of honest critique. 
 
• 52 Shades of Gray is not part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers,
 by +Robin Griggs Wood +Tamara Pruessner and +Ron Clifford but,
 +Charles Lupica owes Robin a debt of gratitude for his participation in
 Robin's mentorshipfor mentors program.  The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is a great program so check it out. 

• 52 Shades of Gray is not a technical Photography workshop, it's not
 "Paintography". 

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These are the selection criteria:
• You must be taking and posting photographs regularly on G+, B&W is
 a plus.
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to
 participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
 Taking part in this program will require you to interact with other
 community members.  
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop and will
 commit to the program knowing that it is expected to take place
 throughout the coming year. No one can be expected to participate
 for all 52 weeks; but that is the goal.
 
Please let us know that you're interest in being chosen to participate in 52 Shades of Gray 2014 by answering the following questions in a comment.

1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most (especially for B&W conversion)
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph 
4) Aspirations for your B&W photography
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, Silver Efx Pro, Photomatix
3) Street, landscapes, waterscapes
4) To improve the impact of my images and move beyond snapper with a camera.
7) I hope to be able to participate for all 52 weeks but family, vacation, and work may occasionally get in the way. When they do, I'll try to catch-up as much as I can. 

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NOTICE! … The selections will be made quickly and the program will begin in January 2014. The first assignment will be full of information about getting set up for the program. It will also include an assignment to shoot a new selfie.

NOTE: there will be assignments most weeks and it is expected that all images will be taken during the assignment period unless otherwise noted. 

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The 52SOG team
+Charles Lupica 
+Andy Burke 
+Brian Cox 
+Brian Dukes 
+Jean Michel Missri 
+Ludwig Keck 
+Scott Thomas 
+Travis Rhoads 
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The sign-up period is now closed.  We typically have a few places open up the first couple of weeks.  If you would like to be considered for 52SOG 2014, consider adding your name to the waiting list.

This post is locked, no further comments or shares. Thank you for your interest. 
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Waiting list for 52SOG 2014

Please visit our new page at http://goo.gl/AuxOM0

Sign-up for 52SOG 2014 is now closed, but you can ask to be on the waiting list by responding to this post by answering the questions in a comment.

Only personal profiles are accepted.  Please don't comment as a page

52 Shades of Gray
2014 Black & White photography workshop sign-up. 

People wishing to join the community should read this post in it's entirety.

After reading this post, if you're interested in being on the waiting list, leave a comment that answers the questions found at the bottom of this post. Spaces become available from time to time, so please answer the questions completely to be placed on the waiting list. 

What is 52 Shades of Gray ?
52 Shades of Gray 2014 is a learning community that stresses a high level of participation.  We share our work and offer critique to each other.  We share detailed explanations of our workflow, our vision for an image and our thought processes.  Some might call this a mentorship program but we like to think of it as a journey of discovery that we take together. 

This is a special, private community for people interested in improving their Black and White photography through the exploration of form, shape, contrast, negative space, attention to detail, composition, post-processing, the Digital Zone System and more.  

The     #52ShadesOfGray  program is a series of assignments and workshops designed to help you see the world around you.  To discover more, to see more, to search the light and the dark.  In short we hope to improve your sense of the world around you, to help you develop your skills as a photographer and to help you find your vision.   The program will last the whole year.  52 Shades of Gray is now about to launch its second year. The project includes lessons, assignments, informal discussions, hangouts, and recorded tutorials. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!  52 Shades of Gray is brought to you by a team of dedicated moderators and teachers.  

PLEASE READ THIS:  Monochrome Photography requires post-processing so,  post processing is a part of the assignments. It's recommended that you have Lightroom, Photoshop, and the #nikcollection  or similar software. This isn't a post-processing workshop as such but, creating your vision in B&W will be a lot easier if you have these programs.  This workshop is to help you take more remarkable photographs by helping you to see the hidden world around you, and to help you increase your understanding of basic and advanced photography / art principles.

The 52 Shades of Gray community is private so that you can explore your vision without it being visible to the public.  The only work shared to G+ is the work you choose to share.

What to expect
52SOG is an assignment based workshop.   During the year there will be approximately 40 assignments requiring new photography.  Some assignments may last more than a week but most will be one week long.  New assignments are posted on Friday.  In addition to 40 assignments, there will be 6 weeks where the assignment is a recap of the more recent unit.

*52SOG requires a high level of commitment. *
This means that you will need to spend several hours a week taking images, processing those images, preparing your post, and critiquing the images posted by other community members.

Participation
The heart of 52SOG is participation.  Life is such that no one is expected to participate every week but, inactive members may be asked to resign from the community.  Please don't ask to join if you can't dedicate several hours per week to this journey of discovery. 

What 52SOG is not
• It's not a photography theme. You can't just dump a photo on the
 community and leave.  

• It's not a Project 52.  Most of the time there won't be a specific
 subject to shoot.  It's more concept based. You won't get a lot of
 oohs and aahs and flattery. You will get a lot of honest critique. 
 
• 52 Shades of Gray is not part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers,
 by +Robin Griggs Wood +Tamara Pruessner and +Ron Clifford but,
+Charles Lupica owes Robin a debt of gratitude for his participation in
 Robin's mentorship for mentors program.  The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is a great program, so check it out. 

• 52 Shades of Gray is not a technical Photography workshop, it's not
 "Paintography". 

══════════════════════════════════════

These are the selection criteria:
• You must be taking and posting photographs regularly on G+, B&W is
 a plus.
• You must be interactive here at G+, as you will be expected to
 participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
 Taking part in this program will require you to interact with other
 community members.  
• You have the time available to participate in this workshop and will
 commit to the program knowing that it is expected to take place
 throughout the coming year. No one can be expected to participate
 for all 52 weeks; but that is the goal.
 
Please let us know that you're interest in being added to the waiting list for 52 Shades of Gray 2014 by answering the following questions in a comment.

Questions
1) Photography skill level
2) Photo editing software used most (especially for B&W conversion)
3) Favorite three subjects to photograph 
4) Aspirations for your B&W photography
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS5, Silver Efx Pro, Photomatix
3) Street, landscapes, waterscapes
4) To improve the impact of my images and move beyond snapper with a camera.
7) I hope to be able to participate for all 52 weeks but family, vacation, and work may occasionally get in the way. When they do, I'll try to catch-up as much as I can. 

▀▀▀▀▀▀▀▀

NOTE: there will be assignments most weeks and it is expected that all images will be taken during the assignment period unless otherwise noted. 

══════════════════
The 52SOG team
+Charles Lupica 
+Andy Burke 
+Brian Cox 
+Brian Dukes 
+Jean Michel Missri  
+Linda Villers 
+Ludwig Keck 
+Marie LAIGNEAU 
+Scott Thomas 
+Travis Rhoads 
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We have a few more spaces open and will be reviewing the applications.  If you're interested in being considered please go to our new page at: http://goo.gl/AuxOM0

52 Shades of Gray

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Not too long ago, +Charles Lupica was the guest speaker for the Monochrome Photography episode #23 of the +Landscape Photography Show hosted by +Carra Riley +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman, +Kevin Rowe and +Tom Hierl 

Great show on Monochrome photography with a small promo for 52 Shades of Gray. 
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I am very interested in joining your group.  Here are my answers to your questions:

-Intermediate skill level
-Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 3, Capture One 7, Silver Efex Pro
-Landscapes, Cityscapes, Portraits
-increasing my knowledge base for B&W imagery, and being better able to express my ideas more clearly to the viewer
-I spend 2-3 hours per week on my photography, mainly on weekends
-Thanks for your time and patience.  I am a very motivated individual who is willing to put in the time.  However, I may not be able to put time in for the full 52 weeks, but I would be committed to almost that much time (I teach full time)
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This page is the companion of the 52 Shades of Gray [ 52SOG ] photography community. 

52SOG is a  small, private community dedicated to learning the art of Black and White photography through weekly assignments, discussion, and critique. It focuses on "Seeing in Black and White", "Introduction to B&W Fine Art photography", and "Seeing creatively" with an eye on progressing to a "B&W Masterclass". [The details of the masterclass aren't settled yet, but there will be a small fee for it. It will be geared toward preparing the student for international competition.] 

 Our goal is to make this "the" online learning place for B&W photographers of all levels.