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"I can’t tell you what it means to be back and learning and really understanding what I could be capable of and for that I owe first Robin and then this whole big supportive family a big huge thanks." -- +paula contreras 

Wonderful photo and post Paula, and I love the metaphor of the dandelion!  Glad you could join us for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
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I have recently finished up a mentorship here on G+, been meaning to take this class for at least a year and a half and could just kick myself that I didn’t do it before now.  Thank you so much +Robin Griggs Wood , for always being the wonderful caring cheerleader that you are and for gently pushing, when I should have been shoved, LOL

This has been a rollercoaster ride for me and I mean that in the best possible way.  I was upset with myself that I hadn’t done it earlier, but so glad to be there.  From the beginning the Mentors and Mentees have been so supportive, even when I fell behind.  Everyone here has just wanted us all to accomplish what we set out to do and boy did we.
I have been shooting with my camera on auto almost exclusively since 2012.  I have turned out some pretty good shots, but never imagined until after I took this class how much better those shots could have been.  Photography has been my passion since I was a child with my little 110, running around taking pictures of my family and pets.  In high school I took a class and loved it, and that was back when we used film and had to develop it ourselves.  Life got in the way and I let all that slip out of my hands, until the kids got big enough where I could once again pursue what I love, capturing moments in time.

I can’t tell you what it means to be back and learning and really understanding what I could be capable of and for that I owe first Robin and then this whole big supportive family a big huge thanks. This mentorship I’m sure you all know, +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus   is huge for some of us and the impact, well you’ve heard it before so I won’t go on.
 
I picked this shot because, well let’s face it, it’s a dandelion seed, but do you see all those tiny connections where each of those little seeds are attached and then when you have someone come and blow on it how all those tiny little seeds float out into the world to plant themselves somewhere else.  That is what this mentorship is all about, all those tiny connections that with the love of all these mentors and mentees get blown out into the world where they find there place and grow and allow this magical thing to start all over again.  I have shot this type of shot in the past at least a handful of times and it never turned out as well and crisp as this one did.
Thank you all for helping me on this journey and sticking with me.  And for anyone else out there thinking about joining a mentorship, just do it, you won’t be sorry.
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"The instructors and mentors were incredibly patient and so full of advice and assistance as we tackled each week's assignment. The pace was just right. Baby steps in the beginning and then full manual mode. I turned my knob to M and haven't moved it back since. What a feeling of accomplishment!" -- +Micah Cutler 

Wonderful photo and post Micah, can't wait to see what the next chapter holds!  (And the next, and the next...)

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My next chapter as a photographer begins.....
It seems so simple. I see the beautiful images on G+ that inspire me and I see opportunities all around me every day. I have a camera that every review and user tells me is capable of fantastic images. So why can't I manage to capture the photo that I want? Because I really didn't know how to use my camera. Until now, that is.

I was very lucky and so excited to be selected for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic class as part of the   +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers program. I first saw the class offered over a year ago, right after I started to get serious about this hobby, but I knew I wasn't ready and I was not confident enough to try. When I saw the announcement a couple of months ago, I knew now was the right time. The instructors and mentors were incredibly patient and so full of advice and assistance as we tackled each week's assignment. The pace was just right. Baby steps in the beginning and then full manual mode. I turned my knob to M and haven't moved it back since. What a feeling of accomplishment!

I was impressed by the variety of talents, backgrounds, and accomplishment of my fellow mentees. The supportive atmosphere made it easy to ask any question without fear of "feeling dumb." I really liked how the focus was on learning the manual settings of the camera without worrying about creativity or trying to have the most impressive image. There was time for that later, after the skills had been taught.

We had to choose a final image for our "graduation" and I took this image of a tulip this week while visiting Pella, Iowa, known for it's Tulip Time Festival to be held in a few weeks. This tulip is just beginning to open. What made this image special to me was the crispness of the flower. This was something that had eluded me for the past year, because I wasn't using manual focus. Boy, was that week a revelation for me!

So, I encourage everyone to circle the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Robin Griggs Wood and look for a class opportunity that fits you and your photography aspirations. 
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"In my opinion, these programs benefit all those who participate, because of the beautiful manner in which they are structured, organized and delivered where it keeps going on, delivering great results, each and every time!" -- +Beena R 

Beena, we're so glad you've been able to join us for several of our programs this year!  Thanks for your kind words about the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
A Phoenix will always rise from it's ashes through the fire!
(If it didn't, understand that it was never a Phoenix to start with!)

Sorry for trying to sensationalize my Week 6 graduation post for Camera Basics 3 : Beyond Automatic Mentorship* ! I couldn't stop myself from having some more fun than I already had so far in this wonderful mentorship :)

This has been yet another inspiring mentorship program that I was lucky enough to get selected to and immensely enjoyed being here, interacting with old and new friends and above all, learning in depth!

I feel very happy to have met and learned with so many wonderful people in this mentorship; it has been such an eye opening experience to see how others understand, interpret and execute the same concept so differently! It helped me understand and improve on my perception and approach to photography as well.

The image that I am posting here best illustrates the inspiration that I was able to draw from this program, it made me want to try some thing new that I have never tried before! And it felt good to know that my attempts would be analyzed, critiqued or appreciated for what it was worth! That knowledge/understanding was something that pushed me forward to try this out, even though I know there is a lot more to learn and achieve in creative lighting in getting closer towards perfection!

I am very thankful to the great mentors who had supported us,  lending their valuable time. Being at different time zones, it almost felt like a round the clock support! Many times (most of the time) I would post my assignment just before I go to bed and viola.. come morning time, I find myself coming to the community smiling ear to ear reading all the feedback and feeling great about the wonderful encouragement that I received all through the night!

I have been shooting exclusively on Manual mode during the past 2 years, but I was always doing a lot of guess work on my camera settings/numbers! Many times I would not have been able to explain how changing what setting/number would have made a better photo ! Also, I almost never dared to touch the Shutter priority and Aperture priority before!
All that has changed after this program, I now feel how advantageous it could be to sometimes to rely on the Shutter and Aperture priority when shooting in an environment that is constantly changing causing a huge disadvantage in balancing the exposure triangle!

In my opinion, these programs benefit all those who participate, because of the beautiful manner in which they are structured, organized and delivered where it keeps going on, delivering great results, each and every time! So, a huge thumbs up to +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers conducted by +Robin Griggs Wood +Alex Lapidus and +Ron Clifford 
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+Sandra Nesbit Thank you so much dear Sandra for your lovely appreciation! Yes, it was great meeting you in this mentorship.. may be we will meet again in another one :))
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" I have learned more in these 6 weeks about the digital way of photography, then I had in the entire year since I purchased my camera. " -- +debi scott 

Wonderful photo, and welcome to the family Debi!  Glad you had a great experience in the recent Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 3
Week 6 - Graduation

I had the privilege over the last 6 weeks to be a part of an amazing experience. One that I would recommend to any and everyone who has the interest in learning about becoming a better photographer.  It is a part of a much larger program here on G+ run by the incredible +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus   where generosity is an understatement. +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.
 
I struggle to choose my words because I want to do this justice. Everyday I continue to be humbled and amazed at the generosity of the community from such a great caliber of talent.
Being new to the digital format , within the past year, I have a lot to learn.  Never has anyone ever made me feel small. Never has anyone ever been anything but encouraging and positive. Someone always at the ready with an answer if you had a question or problem to work through. Whether it be a mentor or fellow mentee.  I have learned more in these 6 weeks about the digital way of photography, then I had in the entire year since I purchased my camera. 
We were/are a community/family of mentors and mentees who week to week challenged and were challenged. Each week a new task, a new tool for the tool box, and we grew. I know I did.
 When the program began, I didn't even know where the aperture wheel was on my camera. Now I m shooting in full manual all of the time having full control of the situation. More importantly, understanding it!

Photography is an art. Anyone who tells you differently, well just send them to me for a chat.  I think I'm off to a good start now. This is just the beginning, so much more to learn. One thing I know I can count on. My family here at CBBA3. I know there will always be someone here on the ready to help. Because that's just how they are. Awesome!

I love you all. It was my pleasure and privilege to be able to get to know each and every one of you. See you around camus
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" I was (and still am) astounded by the quality of everything I experienced:  the content was complete and clear, the process was flexible and challenging, and the mentors, helpers, and fellow participants were exceptional in every way.  I’m gushing because…frankly…this program deserves it." -- +Sandra Nesbit 

Wonderful photo, and thank you so much Sandra!  And thanks again to the many marvelous mentors who support our Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
CBBA3-Graduation Post

I just finished my first mentorship in the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  I was (and still am) astounded by the quality of everything I experienced:  the content was complete and clear, the process was flexible and challenging, and the mentors, helpers, and fellow participants were exceptional in every way.  I’m gushing because…frankly…this program deserves it.  

I’ve paid lots of money for courses that taught me half as much.  And not one of them was anywhere near as much FUN as the G+ mentorship experience. You do have to invest some time and effort.  But the return you get is something money can’t buy.  You become part of a group of people who travel with you. We celebrated each other’s triumphs.  Encouraged each other when someone hit a bump in the road. We joked and played and shared and improved our photographic range and skills. Most of us didn't want it to end.  We were having too much fun and capturing great images.

The picture I’ve included with this Graduation Post was not the result of one particular exercise.  It is, however, the kind of emotional/suggestive image I have often “seen” in my mind and longed to create…but couldn’t.  This time, thanks to the last six weeks of learning, I did. 

I'd like to send a special thanks to the moderators, mentors and helpers who guided us through the process, and to  who started the  in the first place.
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Thanks +Robin Cohen , much appreciated.
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"I see this Mentorship as a gift, a font of knowledge to learn from and also to be able to go back to, practising and learning, with the aim of improving my ability to create art." ~ +Ian Gager 

Such wonderful work you created during +Pam Boling's mentorship, Ian!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
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This post is a part of my participation in the Seeing Compositions Mentorship with +Pam Boling​​ who is part of the wonderful +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​​.

Being accepted onto this #Seecomp Mentorship happened after I had been searching for a way to move forward with my photography for several months. Up to now I hadn't found anything that fitted my needs so it was perfect timing as well as a great opportunity.
I have played with cameras on and off for many years but it was only after discovering G+ a couple of years ago that I realised photography is an art form that, like any other form of art can be learnt. I had always assumed that great art was a "gift" to those who are "naturally talented". Through following the many photographers here I started to understand that artistic ability comes from learning and practice, that there is simply no such thing as talent. It is a myth.
I see this Mentorship as a gift, a font of knowledge to learn from and also to be able to go back to, practising and learning, with the aim of improving my ability to create art.
The lessons gave us tools and showed us how to fully understand them and also how to practice using them so they can be applied more skillfully as we become more adept in their use. Pam and the moderators were there to give guidance and support while interaction with the other mentees is highly encouraged, studying each other's work, exchanging ideas and help. This aspect is the most difficult for me. Plussing and leaving comments on people's posts is something I still find very hard. I often rewrite a comment over and over to finally never even post it. Committing to a 6 week course of regular targets and interaction was an overwhelming prospect but having a way to take part within a group while learning photography has been a wonderful experience. Being able to return to the community also means it will continue to be a valuable resource.
We were asked to use this post to enjoy our achievements in a sort of throwing our hats in the air way and indulge in some self back patting. My taking part at all has been an achievement for me, understanding and passing the assignments was more than I could have hoped for. I can only thank Pam and everyone involved for that.

These photos are a collection of my favourites from the lessons and present the beginning of the next phase in my attempts to become a better photographer.

Hooray!!!



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+Robin Cohen Thank you so much Robin. We were challenged and assisted to great effect :-) 
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"Before this mentorship shooting manual would mean for me a dark photo or too light or too fuzzy. Manual was not my friend, I stayed as far away as I could. My thoughts were the camera cost a lot let it do the thinking.   Now I am happy to learn all the ins and outs and whys of how it works. Sometimes the camera is not the best thinker and I want it done differently. I can have complete and total control! "  -- +Denise Speckhardt

So happy we could put that camera completely in your hands, Denise!  Glad you took so much from the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program.

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
This photo I chose for my graduation post is one I am very proud of. It is completely manual. Before this mentorship shooting manual would mean for me a dark photo or too light or too fuzzy. Manual was not my friend, I stayed as far away as I could. My thoughts were the camera cost a lot let it do the thinking. 

Now I am happy to learn all the ins and outs and whys of how it works. Sometimes the camera is not the best thinker and I want it done differently. I can have complete and total control! 

A little on this particular photo, but first a side not. While I was taking pictures with my husband (my ultimate mentor) one thing he observed is I was terrible at using manual focus. So I needed to work on it. Determined to get it right I tried and tried with great frustration. For a week I had tons of blur in pictures. So this week I was wandering alone in the woods with the birds. I found one of y favorite items to capture, fungi! So I decided to go 100% manual, short of a sketch book and pastels this is a manual focus and all settings were chosen personally by ME! Now I admit it is not the most exciting of subjects and the color pallet may not grab you right away; however I did it! I took a nice clear, tack sharp picture. The feeling is surreal to get it right.

CBBA was a fun and great learning experience for the beginner and new camera owner. The forced you to read your manual, a book many probably toss to the side and just begin shooting photos. Then they wonder why aren't they good. The Mentor team was supportive and fantastic at knowledge. They were always right there to break down the lesson and help you 'get it' . The people you meet and friends you make are great. Letting you know the positives of your work and how you can improve it and make it better. 

I admit one thing I was hesitant about was posting bad quality work because one thing I learned was never show work you are not proud of. However showing the poor quality was the only way to get the help to see how to adjust yourself. It is probably one of the few times I would do it, I can say it was very helpful to do. 

Although we were able to have no holds barred I chose not to edit this picture. I am very proud of it the way it is and I think it shows off exactly what this mentorship was supposed to do for me. This shows I learned how to work my camera settings and use the manual mode. "M" is not to be feared but embraced! Your camera is really a team of settings that all need to work together to get the job done. 

Thank you +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
and +Robin Griggs Wood for offering these mentorships to help us better ourselves. 
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SUPER focus. Now you know how, and from here on out, you can do it whenever you want! 
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"In six weeks, this Camera Basics Mentorship has taken us from AutoFocus captives to being in control of our cameras.... The lessons we’ve learned here will reflect in our photos just like Death Valley's minerals reflect in the water." -- +Debbie Drummond 

Lovely photo and thought Debbie, thanks for joining us for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
Google+ Mentorship - Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 3 Mentorship

An invitation from the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  caught my eye a couple of months ago.  It offered a six week mentorship to help you move beyond Auto Focus/Camera Basics to shooting in the big M - Manual Focus.  I applied and kept my fingers crossed.  What a thrill to get the notification that I made the list...

Bought my first good camera decades ago, Before Digital Age.  Each time I bought a new camera it had manual focus as well as auto.  Famous refrain, "can use the auto until I learn to use manual".  

When I bought my current camera, a friend shared how he learned to shoot.  He took the owner’s manual and went through a new function each day.  Have you ever tried reading an owner’s manual?  When I spotted the G+ invite, I still didn’t have a clue about apperture, shutter speed, and all that good stuff.  

In six weeks, this Camera Basics Mentorship has taken us from AutoFocus captives to being in control of our cameras.  We've discovered that manual focus allows us to do so much more than auto.  

The mentorship  introduced us to new friends from all over the world.  We’ve shared our experiences and ideas on each assignment.  We've shared deadline anxiety, fear of flash and many laughs along the way.  I’m going to miss the Mentors and Mentees who have made this such an excellent experience.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get accepted for the next one and run into them again.  

The Mentors couldn't have been more generous in sharing their knowledge.  *If you should ever have the chance to participate in one of the G+ mentorship programs, you should go for it*.  This one has been the best learning experience.  And did I mention it was free?

A big shout out to +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford  and +Alex Lapidus  for putting together such a great program.  Honestly, without CBBA, I might have gone another 20 years as an Auto-Focus slave. .

For my graduation post, I picked a shot that I took at Death Valley’s Badwater Basin. It was shot in manual focus and un-edited.  I picked this one because I loved the reflections in the water, especially of the larger opening in the salt crystals. Felt like a deep hole you could fall into. The lessons we’ve learned here will reflect in our photos just like Death Valley's minerals reflect in the water.
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You've become one of my favorite photogs +debi scott. Looking forward to more of your captures.
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"I know personally that I learned a tremendous amount, and I feel that I am not the same photographer I was at the beginning of this process. It went far beyond just learning the technical aspects of the camera -- although to be sure this was very important -- but also thinking about how to apply what we were learning to be creative and to get the shot we were imagining." -- +Byron Sheldrick 

Thanks, Byron, for this wonderful post, and also for your exceptional support and encouragement for your fellow participants in the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
G+ Mentorships for Photographers;  Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 3

For the past 6 weeks I've been part of the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 3 mentorship. The experience has been nothing short of amazing and inspirational.  The weekly lessons were guided by some incredible photographers and mentors, and the associated crew, helpers, and fellow mentees provided an incredibly supportive environment.  Over the weeks there were lots of laughs, support when we hit a wall, and commiseration when we felt frustrated.  The final results were nothing short of amazing.  

I know personally that I learned a tremendous amount, and I feel that I am not the same photographer I was at the beginning of this process. It went far beyond just learning the technical aspects of the camera -- although to be sure this was very important -- but also thinking about how to apply what we were learning to be creative and to get the shot we were imagining.  When I started, I would often shoot in AV or TV modes, but really didn't have the confidence to experiment, or to know when/how to change settings to suit the context.  My camera is now firmly in M, and I haven't shot a photo that wasn't in manual setting for the past 4 weeks.  In the future, full manual will be my default.  

The mentorship also challenged me to shoot outside my comfort zone, and gave me the skills to successfully shoot photos that previously eluded me. Street photography, black and white, low light settings, using different metering techniques, macro shots, subjects in motion, night shots, flash photography were some of the things I tried.  Some I had done before, others for the first time.  For all of them, I have a better understanding of my camera, how it operates, and how this affects the photo I get.  One other benefit, is that I've learned that great photo opportunities present themselves in lots of different ways.  I shot a lot over the past 6 weeks, and to do that it meant my camera went everywhere with me.  It will continue to be my travelling companion as I go through my day.  

I hesitated about signing up for the mentorship; uncertain I had the time, uncertain I was "good enough".  If you want to improve your photography, and have a great time with incredible people, don't hesitate.  It is well worth the time and energy.  I certainly will be looking for more G+ mentorships in the future.  My chosen photo illustrates some of the things I learned in this process.  Today was a dull, cloudy, and windy day.  Shooting black and white conveys the feeling of the weather, but adjusting ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to get the right DOF, freeze motion, and yet deal with the low light, were all critically important.  

Kudos to +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford, and +Alex Lapidus for their hard work in keeping such an amazing initiative going.  And thanks again to all the mentors, helpers, and mentees in the program. What an amazing group of people.   
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"A very special thank you goes to +Pam Boling who selflessly shared her knowledge with us. I came away with techniques, old and new, waiting to be used in my next photographic journey. You gave me new tools" ~ +Krystina Isabella Brion 

Really beautiful work, Bella, and thank you for this post extolling the awesomeness of Pam ... we think she's pretty great ... :o)

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
CamelComp Mentorship with +Pam Boling


Earlier this year, I have been blessed and lucky enough to be accepted to my second mentorship program, Seeing Compositions with +Pam Boling. There are no words enough to express my gratitude to +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, its directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford +Alex Lapidus and to all the mentor moderators for giving their time and expertise to this program... Thank you All! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this mentorship. All of you have been so generous and I cannot thank you enough!

Thank you to my fellow mentees for all the wonderful words of encouragement. Without everyone's support, I probably would have quit early on and then regretted it. Thank you for all the constructive input.. it was truly a fun way to learn. I look forward to our continued growth in photography. :)

A very special thank you goes to +Pam Boling who selflessly shared her knowledge with us. I came away with techniques, old and new, waiting to be used in my next photographic journey. You gave me new tools and I promise to use them! Thank you for making me see the light, that the road to great composition is not always straight, even or balanced. Wherever my journey may take me, I hope to fulfill my vision. Thank you for that as well. If you had not challenged us to come up with one, I would still be without one. This, I share with you, along with some of my favorite shots taken during the mentorship.

I hope to make other people see what I see, feel what I feel. I may never become a professional photographer but I hope to gain enough knowledge to visualize the  pictures in my mind. So that I may inspire others as I have been inspired!
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So happy you were in this mentorship +Krystina Isabella Brion , you did so wonderful work!
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"...That’s one of the great things I've discovered about photography during this course: no matter how much you may know there will always be the undiscovered country of new techniques to try or new perspectives to investigate – the challenge and the opportunities never end." -- +Mel Earwood 

Lovely image and description of your experience, Mel!  So glad you could join us for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic mentorship!

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For anyone who has read this far, consider mentoring someone else here (or more) ... some people don't even know where to start with their cameras and you could be the change they need in their lives. Even the smallest bit of knowledge can be passed on and you can create your mentorship in many different ways. Imagine the feeling of taking someone to their next level, paying forward the knowledge you've received and watching someone blossom with enthusiasm and accomplishment!
 
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For the last several weeks I've had the good fortune to be involved in a +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, directed by +Alex Lapidus, +Robin Griggs Wood and +Ron Clifford. And while the course curriculum explored mastering the manual settings on a camera, side discussions covered everything from shooting the moon to light painting and beyond.  The wonderful mentors, assistants and mentees were from all corners of the planet and all levels of experience but each of them made invaluable contributions to the learning experience. That’s one of the great things I've discovered about photography during this course: no matter how much you may know there will always be the undiscovered country of new techniques to try or new perspectives to investigate – the challenge and the opportunities never end.

Definitely the most important idea I have grasped in these weeks is to think more clearly about what I’m doing and why. I have to say, I don’t really know how I got into photography in the first place; like most of my pictures, it just sorta happened. If the word photography means to draw with light I don’t think I’m the artist. I’m just the easel holding the materials. Learning what my camera can do and how to encourage it to do what is required is for me like giving the light a brand new art set with which to write her story on my memory card.  

I am so grateful to all my new friends from the class for all their advice, encouragement and constructive criticism! And I can’t recommend these mentorship programs highly enough to all my old friends as well!!
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+Darcee McCutcheon I cannot say thank you enough for everyone's generosity, patience, knowledge and advice. A truly wonderful experience indeed - I have learned so so much!
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Teaching is the best way to learn.

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Welcome to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, organized and run by the program directors, Robin Griggs Wood, Ron Clifford, Alex Lapidus and founded by Randy J. Braun.

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is an on-line, mini-mentorship program that gives emerging amateur photographers the opportunity to reach out to working professionals, gaining both technical, artistic expression or career advice in a friendly forum. 

The mentorships are free to active, interactive members of the Google+ community and are based on a selection process at the discretion of the individual mentors volunteering their time. Add, and stay tuned to, the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers Page, as well as the profiles of Robin Griggs Wood, Ron Clifford and Alex Lapidus to watch for periodic sign-up posts. 

The qualifications for prospective mentees are that you are active here on G+, with not more than three [3] days between Public posts, and that you are interactive with the community, thanking people who comment on your own posts and getting out of your own stream and plussing and commenting on the works of others. This ensures that you will be actively involved in any mentorship once chosen. (Read more tips here: Hints on how to be selected for one of the mentorship programs here at G+)

The sign-ups fill pretty quickly once posted, so do keep an eye out. You increase your chances of being selected with high activity here and high interactivity. (Read this tip here: How do be notified of the next available mentorship)

More Professional Photographers are needed to mentor! To become a mentor or to discuss what is possible for your mentorship here, please contact Robin Griggs WoodRon Clifford or Alex Lapidus

Basic Outlines For Types of Mentorships:

These are simply suggestions and can be added to or modified to help you create a vibrant program that suites your specific area of study or style. Feel free to ask questions about anything in regard to the program, getting started and running a successful program.

Below you will find brief outlines for the different types of mentorships:      

STANDARD: technical; 1 mentor; 4-6 "mentees"; 8 weeks duration; covers the BEGINNING or INTERMEDIATE technical usage of the camera.

TEAM: technical or artistic; 2 mentors; 4-12 "mentees"; 2-8 weeks duration; covers material in accordance with the mentors' specific areas of expertise, where the strengths of each mentor balance and complement each other

ONE-ON-ONE: technical or artistic; 1 mentor; 1 "mentee"; indefinite, but definable, duration; covers whatever the mentor would like to pass on to another

GUEST: technical and/or artistic; up to 8 different mentors, one mentor per week; 4-12 mentees; up to 8 weeks duration, relative to the number of "guest" mentors available; covers material in accordance with the mentors' specific areas of expertise, can be themed (mentors are chosen based on correlative areas of expertise) or non-themed (each mentor chooses what they want to teach)

SPECIALIZED: a program that will, for various reasons, take longer or require special circumstances to complete.  A great example is Darryl Van Gaal's Astrophotography Program. Other examples might be underwater photography, travel photography, shooting in winter, desert, or rain forest. Duration may last a few months because of proximity, travel or season.


As a mentor, you have the following options as to the duration of your mentorship:

A Regular term, topical program, in a workshop type environment with a specific focus. This is much like that which has already been introduced by other mentors. This will likely be the most popular style of program and will include regular assignments and check-in times.  Each session or week will build on the other and work toward improving a specific area of study. Creative vision, building a cohesive series, landscapes, macro expressions, night photography, portraits with natural light, etc. Duration will be from 6 to 12 weeks and have weekly check-ins, working albums for the group members and can include hangout sessions, if you choose.

A Short term, subject specific, program addressing an individual topic in photography. This is ideal for teaching a particular technique or a concept, such as the relationship between f-stop, shutter speed and ISO, how perspective influences perception, HDRI, the use of plug-ins for increasing creativity along the lines of an artistic vision, etc. Duration can be from 1 to 4 sessions (weeks) and can be extended, if there is enough interest for the Mentor to add more content.

Another option for mentoring is live post-processing hangout workshops: These can be included as a portion of the regular mentorships or as a stand-alone program to encourage post-processing as an integral part of the creative vision. This will require a certain level of confidence and experience using specific programs. This is already incorporated, as a one-on-one and in small groups, in some programs. Examples for this would be: Lightroom workflow Import to upload; cleaning up images in post; portrait retouching techniques; plug-ins; etc. The list is long for the experienced post-processing mentor.  It is advised that you avoid going too in-depth in this since it is a valuable revenue stream for experienced teachers.


These are general outlines, but your mentorship can be anything you want it to be! We are also creating mentorship templates for those individuals who want to help mentor others, but need more guidance on how to create a mentorship.

More Professional Photographers are needed to mentor! To become a mentor or to discuss what is possible for your mentorship here, please contact Robin Griggs WoodRon Clifford or Alex Lapidus.