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"I whole-heartedly recommend this mentorship for anyone who would like to take more memorable images." ~ +cobalt please 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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!
 
Plus Post for Week 6 and Final Plus Post for
How Do You See? Mentorship with +Lauri Novak

A fun little set of photos I took during the mentorship program from April and May this Spring, shared as a final set for the mentors and mentees. One of the nice things I discovered in this guided program was "how I ACTUALLY see"! One may think you are already very aware of what catches your eye and how you prefer to interpret what you see. But it can be different when you see through a more objective point of view that is suggested by others. I whole-heartedly recommend this mentorship for anyone who would like to take more memorable images. You don't need to have a fancy camera or photo editing software when your purpose is to explore your own visions.

Most of these images are not edited, as was requested during the weekly exercises. Each represents a central goal to envision. The themes for each week were different and the challenges got harder as we went along. I found out that I have a far stronger preference for complex compositions than I had realized. I learned that I am often so deeply thinking through what I am composing that I have missed something just waiting there for me to notice! And I enjoyed the very happy accidents where I intended to photograph a subject and instead something entirely different became my joyful capture. Also those very abstract images are important to me, images that "are not ME" yet, guess what, they are me, as well.

The first photo I have shared in this series is a happy accident when I found out 700 images were just about ruined due to a serious problem with my main camera. The next morning I went out with my second best camera and my biggest lens and found water droplets glinting and shining with rainbows and patterns in the early morning. The last image I share is from random photos I took outside a medical building where there are some heavy industrial pipes and valves get-up caged. When I stopped and slowed down to stare at that metal cage, I saw even more "there" THERE! It's a big file, rather YUGE, and you may like to zoom in on the first photo and the last photo in this set.

If you follow me on Google+ you will be seeing many images I will share over the coming months, but this time I will have the luxury of editing them as I bring what I saw out more fully to be as I envisioned. Believe me, you have not seen but a tiny fraction of what I have been working on for several months now as I have been a mentee. Thank you very much, +Lauri Novak , for this mentorship and thanks as well to everyone who assisted Lauri as a helper or cheerleader! I so appreciate meeting and getting to know all my fellow mentees. It is just such an exciting thing to see other people along with you meeting the challenges and seeing some remarkable breakthrough photography. Hear hear to our leaders with thanks also to +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford  and +Alex Lapidus  for all your work with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  !

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This is indeed a great write up and I'm so happy to have seen it shared in this forum! +cobalt please, you have been such an encouraging, kind, sharing person and I am so grateful for the gentle nudges and the help you've offered along the way.
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"but then, in an unexpected twist, a different truth ends up getting revealed to you. and it is this:" ... read +adrienne harvey's post below to find out!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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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I would subtitle this mentorship: Posting Naked. because that is what you will do. you'll take your flat, flawed, SOOC images and post them. no pretty LR presets. no PS magic. no minor adjustments, even. just you and what you got when you shot.

you'll be revealed for who you really are.

and you'll stand naked and flinch, awaiting to hear the awful truth; that behind the magic veil of post-processing drapery, your things are downright ugly.

but then, in an unexpected twist, a different truth ends up getting revealed to you. and it is this:

your naked self is cool. really, really cool. and it is yours and yours alone. and what makes it so special, almost sacred, is that it is truly where you and your art and your audience connect. that intangible thing that speaks to people without words. it isn't the filter, or the megapixels, or the masking or the sensor, whatever. those things are important, and play a role, but that role is secondary. truly. it is hard to capture the subtle magnitude of this mindset, but it is powerful. and to know this is one thing, but to feel it and believe it is next level.

so, how do I see? I strip down and come to terms with my naked self. because once I do that, I no longer desire to self-consciously conceal, but confidently reveal.


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a humbled thanks for sharing to +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers +Robin Griggs Wood and all those that make the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers such a special and giving program. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of +Lauri Novak's mentorship. it has fundamentally altered my photography mindset in an incredibly positive way. big thanks to everyone involved!
+Ron Clifford +Alex Lapidus +Randy Jay Braun
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"It compelled me to inhale and pause, to explore, to deliberate, to perceive in more ways than I, or, most of us do. ... To sum up I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to +Lauri Novak +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus for a wonderful learning experience, and all my very supportive co-mentees for creating an encouraging environment that promoted mutual growth!" +Sakina Shikari 

Wonderful, Sakina! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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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#PlusPost for the finale week of the 6 weeks #HowDoYouSee   mentorship by +Lauri Novak  and sponsored by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 


“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin.

If everyone could imbibe lessons from manuals, one would not need workshops and mentors. When I joined up this program, I decided to empty out my fixed notions so that new ideas could come in.

“How do you see”, such a leading theme so full of possibilities. As an artist and keen photographer, the first week focused on composition and basics, which laid a sound foundation for the weeks ahead.

The cardinal rule of No editing during the entire workshop was a tough one to follow and made a remarkable impact on my photography techniques. It compelled me to inhale and pause, to explore, to deliberate, to perceive in more ways than I, or, most of us do.

As the weeks went by, the assignments got more challenging. We started from composition and framing, moved onto experimenting with all possible angles and perceptions, challenging your fixed thought process - for instance I never noticed the vestibule I must have crossed a thousand times to go across from the Marina to the mall.

When I started off, I was worried whether I could do justice to the assignments with the limited scope of subjects and my limited mobility, Lauri and her assignments opened new vistas and I discovered that there are endless possibilities in which a familiar subject can be framed and shot as also I learned how to observe and even chance upon discovering something significant even in the mundane.

Why do I shoot, this did get me thinking, I do not aspire to be a commercial photographer. For me it is an art and a passion for creative satisfaction. This exercise helped reaffirm and clear the cobwebs of my mind. Since I am not answerable to anyone but myself, I need to set my goals and mission, even formulate photo assignments for myself.

All these gains are not temporary and we must harness them to better our skills.

To sum up I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to +Lauri Novak  +Robin Griggs Wood  +Ron Clifford  and +Alex Lapidus  for a wonderful learning experience, and all my very supportive co-mentees for creating an encouraging environment that promoted mutual growth!
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+Gloria Joanne Roldan ... Thank you! :)
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" I have emerged with a much clearer idea of who I am and how I see, both as a photographer and as a person." ~ +cougarox 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and this great work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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!
 
#PlusPost  for Week 6 of the #HowDoYouSee  mentorship by +Lauri Novak and sponsored by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 

For the past six weeks, I have been participating in the mentorship referenced by the hashtags above. This was my second mentorship in the program, and I highly recommend both this mentorship, providing Lauri offers it again, and the program in general, to any photographers reading this post. Whether you are a newbie or a grizzled old hand, you can benefit from the experience. 

Early on, Lauri made it clear that we were to cast off the crutch of post-processing, and to incorporate design principles in our compositions as we were shooting. While we were encouraged to take hundreds of photos, we were at the same time instructed to slow down , carefully consider our intent, and to shoot SOOC (straight out of camera). 

For me, notwithstanding any facetious whining I may have expressed at the beginning, it was a welcome return to my roots shooting with film many years ago. I very much appreciated the focus on fundamentals, and on discovering new perspectives, slowing down and seeing the beauty of so-called insignificant things. These aspects made this mentorship a philosophical exercise as much as a photographic one,  and I love that. I have emerged with a much clearer idea of who I am and how I see, both as a photographer and as a person. An added benefit is that it has made it much easier to work on  my project of culling and tweaking my prior shots, and improving the ones I will take in the several ongoing projects I am working on.

I would like to thank +Lauri Novak for your support and brilliantly unorthodox and effective teaching methods, and for choosing me to participate; +Alex Lapidus , +Robin Griggs Wood, and +Ron Clifford for keeping the program going; and our awesome moderators and cheerleaders for your enthusiasm, excellent feedback, and support. Last but not least, I would like to thank the wonderful people, "co-mentees", with whom I have shared this experience, for sharing your vision and experience, for your invaluable feedback, and for your friendship and camaraderie. I look forward to moving on together!
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+cougarox Thank YOU... Your album is our point of encounter! :)
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"The last few weeks have been incredibly hectic for me at work. new job, new responsibilities, and lots of "stuff" going on. It seemed in stark contrast to the mentorship, which emphasized slowing the pace, taking time, giving careful consideration before pressing the shutter button. It meant great photography, but it also seemed to me to also be a metaphor for a much better way to live one's life." +Byron S 

Thank you, Byron, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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!
 

How do you See Mentorship: The Final Plus Post

For the past 6 weeks, under the expert guidance of +Lauri Novak, I've been fortunate to participate in the "How do you See mentorship. One of the many mentorship programs provided by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers . The "How Do you See" mentorship, led us through elements of composition, explorations of perspective, and the need to slow down and really, really think about our shots. My fellow mentees and the helpers that joined Lauri were such a great bunch of people. A source of constant inspiration and motivation along the way.

We certainly learned a lot. Some key takeaways for me were a) the need to shoot a lot, and then go shoot some more and b) the need to stop using post-processing as a crutch. For most of the mentorship we were prohibited from editing. All but two of the shots in my album are SOOC. Getting it right in camera requires knowing what you want from the shot. Thinking about it, planning it, considering the rules of composition (and when to break them). All so very important. But the key lesson time and time again: slow down and look with both your eyes and with your mind.

The last few weeks have been incredibly hectic for me at work. new job, new responsibilities, and lots of "stuff" going on. It seemed in stark contrast to the mentorship, which emphasized slowing the pace, taking time, giving careful consideration before pressing the shutter button. It meant great photography, but it also seemed to me to also be a metaphor for a much better way to live one's life.

Thanks +Lauri Novak  and everyone involved in the mentorship. It has been a great experience. Please feel free to share this as you see fit. Thanks as well to the amazing program of mentorship opportunities made possible through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and the hard work of +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford, and +Alex Lapidus . I have benefitted immensely through these programs, and I'm very proud to also be able to pay it forward. What a wonderful community of creative individuals this has created. 
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Another mentorship is coming up very soon, folks!
On Monday, May 16, +Alex Lapidus will be posting official signups for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2016. This is a free eight-week mentorship on the art and weird science of unsharp photography! The sign-up post will be directly on Alex's profile stream on Monday, so set yourself a reminder ... ;o)

Read Alex's post below, for more information.
 
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Cinderella would hardly recognize the old place anymore! If you're ready to create some blurry art of your own, it's almost time: on Monday, May 16, I'll be posting official signups for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2016, a free eight week mentorship on the art and weird science of unsharp photography! The program will run from the following week through mid-July.

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 (1). You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week -- many participants have taken far 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!

Because we've had too much fun to stop, I've invited many people who fully completed this program the past two years to sit in and assist with this round! That means you'll have not only their support and encouragement, but a huge amount of accumulated experience with these topics. I'm extremely grateful for their help, and to the other directors of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers: +Robin Griggs Wood and +Ron Clifford.


(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). Questions welcome anytime, and keep an eye out for the signup post on May 16!


As always, for #unsharpsaturday  with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0), and #blurshot  with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet.
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"My creativity had been in a little slump after the winter and this class was a perfect jump start into spring. the fellow participants and mentor "helpers" were very encouraging." ~ +Micah Cutler 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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!
 
How Do You See?
Week 6 Plus Post and Final Plus Post
#howdoyousee #pluspost6 +Lauri Novak

For the last several weeks, I've had the lucky opportunity to participate in a +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers class called How Do You See? that was led by Lauri Novak. It was a chance to delve into photography with an emphasis on viewing the the world a little differently. The focus on capturing the vision in camera and not editing was tough at first, but really improved my photography. I was reminded how important composition was and taking the time to get the image you want and not just hope you got "something."

These images are just a random sampling of the work I produced for the class. Most are not edited, of which I'm very proud. Too often I rely on set edits to boost my images.

My creativity had been in a little slump after the winter and this class was a perfect jump start into spring. the fellow participants and mentor "helpers" were very encouraging. The images produced for this were just inspiring.

Thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers for giving us opportunities to learn and grow in this wonderful hobby. I am forever grateful to you - I can say it has truly changed my life. And thank you +Lauri Novak and all her "helpers" for this chance to see the world through some "upgraded" eyes.

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"Looking back through the assignments, for me there was a clear tipping point where my shots straight out of the camera started to resemble what I “saw”, rather than needing to edit extensively. This was a light bulb moment, suddenly the ideas I had for images were taking shape in the camera, and that outcome seemed to trigger more ideas and images." +Chris Sutton 

Chris, thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the "Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic" mentorship! The fabulous group that periodically offers this mentorship through our program has our undying appreciation and gratitude and we are so glad you got so much out of it.

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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 - Final Plus Post
 
Digital Photography is still a new medium for me, and although I’ve had my camera for a couple of years, a lot of the options were incomprehensible to me. While I’ve worked hard at improving my photography over the last couple of years, I’d reached a point where I often wasn’t able to translate my ideas into a usable image.
 
So when this mentorship was announced, I thought it was a golden opportunity to finally make my camera do what I wanted it to do. We started off gently and gradually worked our way through various camera modes until we got to the point of working in fully manual mode. I also made the acquaintance of my camera manual during this process (don’t they know blokes don’t read manuals…? :) ) and in addition to discovering various controls I never knew existed, I’ve learnt to program the camera to change key settings with a single button press (or two).
 
Looking back through the assignments, for me there was a clear tipping point where my shots straight out of the camera started to resemble what I “saw”, rather than needing to edit extensively. This was a light bulb moment, suddenly the ideas I had for images were taking shape in the camera, and that outcome seemed to trigger more ideas and images.
 
At this stage I certainly don’t shoot in fully manual all the time, there are situations such as street photography where manually setting exposure and focus is too slow, and other situations where the manual focus using the LCD screen on my camera is just too difficult. (Oh for the days of split image focusing). But what I have is a new set of tools and skills, and through understanding these I’m in a position to be able to select the best method for a particular situation to get a result from my camera.
 
At the end of the mentorship, we had a bonus two weeks where we covered the topic of managing a catalogue of images, naming conventions, folder management etc. This was a brilliant end to the mentorship, I have a very large collection of images with chaotic organisation (that means none at all really) and through learning more effective naming conventions and folder structures, I’m starting to see some order at last. Not sure how long it will take to get the existing images sorted, but everything new is now clearly tagged, named and organised. :)
 
The group on this mentorship was most supportive (especially during the week on flash that I just couldn’t get it to work the way I wanted :) ) and it was great to work with fellow mentees from other mentorships, some photographers I know well from other communities and interests, and the new friends made here, you all made this an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
 
Thanks to all the mentors, I’m sure your patience was stretched at times but you all remained calm and supportive, it was very much appreciated.
 
Thanks very much to +Ellie Kennard and +Darcee McCutcheon  for the bonus lessons on digital organisation, I feel as though I’ve been saved from my previous disorganisation :)
 
And +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers , what an amazing job you do teaching and supporting so many people through these programs, the dedication and generosity of everyone involved is truly remarkable. Thanks +Robin Griggs Wood, +Alex Lapidus  and
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"We had to put on our thinking hats and think about why we shoot and how we shoot a specific scene and also think about what we could do differently to give an image more impact and possibly make the viewer go 'Wow!'." +Eve Aebi 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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!
 
Final #PlusPost for Week 6 in +Lauri Novak​'s mentorship #HowDoYouSee

What have you learned?

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Over the course of 6 weeks Lauri has sent us on a journey to learn to see. At the start, the lessons had us focus outward and reminding us of and applying the tools we all were familiar with - compositional rules and the elements of design. One fascinating characteristic of homo sapiens sapiens is the ability to adapt, but - like everything - adaptation has a downside. We turn blind to what we've become familiar with. Same old, same old, we think and don't care to look anymore. To avoid this, we have to become aware of our surroundings and actively choose to look at the same old, same old to discover new facets or to see new things that we haven't been aware of even though they've been around for ages. Another jolt to unsee familiarity is to view a familiar object or place from a different perspective or with the eyes of someone else; putting yourself in someone else's shoes opens up a whole new world. Try it!

As we were progressing and slowing down more and more (at some point we even had to stand in one place and not move our feet), Lauri had us shift our focus from outward to inward. We had to put on our thinking hats and think about why we shoot and how we shoot a specific scene and also think about what we could do differently to give an image more impact and possibly make the viewer go 'Wow!'.

This mentorship made possible by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​ was not about techniques; to me, it was about getting to know myself better and the inner workings of my creativity. I learned that I am at my best in photography (and this, of course, is my standard) when I play with my camera. However, the most important lesson I learned about myself is that inspiration doesn't just come, you have to invite it. This, of course, has been said by countless creatives over and over, but do we ever listen? I have to give myself a task or catch a thought on its way through my consciousness, put it to work and let myself drift freely from this starting point.

Thank you, Lauri, for taking us on and guiding us through this journey! The constraints you put on us during this mentorship freed me from the confines of adaptation and helped me see the cathedral in the pile of rocks.

Thank you, fellow mentees, for your support, cheering me on and, most of all, for giving me the gift of witnessing the birth of your new way of seeing!

Last but not least, a big thank you to the G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, a program living through the heart and soul of +Robin Griggs Wood​, +Alex Lapidus​ and +Ron Clifford​! You make it possible for creatives of all skill levels to learn new skills for free and I hope to pay it forward one day.

If you've never experienced a mentorship like this, I highly encourage you to do so. There couldn't be a better experience and you don't want to miss such an opportunity.

Enough about me - How do you see?

#HowDoYouSee #HowDoYouSee6

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"The CBBA Mentorship with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers has been 8 fabulous weeks of assignments, techniques and knowledge applied to using your camera in full Manual mode. ... Everything in my photography arsenal is BETTER!" +Cooksterz Littlefield 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the "Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic" mentorship! The fabulous group that periodically offers this mentorship through our program has our undying appreciation and gratitude and we are so glad you got so much out of it.


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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!
 
Final Assignment Week 8+ PLUSpost The CBBA Mentorship with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers has been 8 fabulous weeks of assignments, techniques and knowledge applied to using your camera in full Manual mode. I cant express how grateful I am and how wonderful all the Mentors have been in teaching, giving and taking time to really guide us toward a better understanding of cameras. Im more confident and skilled in manual operation, using the perfect blend of ISO and shutter speeds based on what you are presented with. Shooting in RAW now! Exporting with proper metatags and copyright! Everything in my photography arsenal is BETTER! I had alot of fun shooting for weekly assignments, blending it with bike riding and urban adventures here in town (as always!) My fellow Mentees so inspiring and encouraging! The best way to make photography friends too! Thank you very much to everyone who has, and continues to make this program available. Thanks to our leader +Heiko Mahr  and to +Ellie Kennard for her post processing expertise, examples, tutorials, and teaching! The way in which the class and reference materials are presented is so very awesome, and so conducive for continued learning in Photography! This was my 2nd class, and i hope there will be more to take when time allows! #PLUSpost   #cbba2016  
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Your time looked well spent as evidenced by these interesting and well captured images +Cooksterz Littlefield​! I have also enjoyed the programs given by the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​!
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In case you missed the earlier announcement, don't miss out on this creative mentorship ... sign-ups are going on now! Go only to +Alex Lapidus's stream here to sign up: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105385385448524520257/+AlexLapidus/posts/4YW2Gezq8dQ (your sign-up will not be seen at any reshares!)
 
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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 +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 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 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:
https://plus.google.com/+AlexLapidus/posts/4YW2Gezq8dQ
(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).
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"I have much more confidence now and feel more in the moment while composing images that are more artistic than technical. This Mentorship has changed me in a very profound way and I am deeply grateful for this breakthrough and shift in my thinking process!" ~ +Angela Migliore 

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in +Lauri Novak's "How Do You See?" 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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This Mentorship was all about “how to see” in new and fresh ways. Even though this Mentorship was not a technical program, the review of the rules/guidelines of Composition started the turning point in the way I looked through the lens to compose a shot. The assignments were totally about being aware of your surroundings, slowing down and taking your time to be in the moment, perspective or how we see the world around us, and thinking while shooting and also about having fun. In most all of the assignments, Lauri asked us not to edit our photographs which turned out to be the best lesson that I’ve ever learned. A lot of the shots imbedded in this post are SOOC. I was able to reverse the “I can fix it in post-processing later” mentality. When I shoot now, my approach is to view my subjects in a different light, take my time and deliberately think while I am shooting without overthinking. All of these new skills that I learned now feel very natural to me. I have much more confidence now and feel more in the moment while composing images that are more artistic than technical.
 
This Mentorship has changed me in a very profound way and I am deeply grateful for this breakthrough and shift in my thinking process! I would highly recommend this Mentorship to everyone as it really can  heighten your awareness of a whole new world of subjects that are already around you that you may be missing because of not slowing down and taken the time to see them in a different light. +Lauri Novak , you inspire me every day and I am so grateful for the assignments and for pushing me to slow down!! I am grateful for everyone who took this Mentorship ride with me and I thank you for your help, critiques and insights. Thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  for offering these truly worthwhile Mentorship Programs to help people to learn and improve their photography skills and learn something about ourselves as well.
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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" (small); 15-20 (large); 8 weeks duration; covers the BEGINNING or INTERMEDIATE technical usage of the camera.

TEAM: technical or artistic; 2 mentors; 4-12 "mentees" (small); 30-50 (large); 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 (small); 30-50 (large); 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.