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Don't miss this Mentorship on Cinematic Storytelling! +Morgana Creely has opened the sign-ups for her second mentorship! Check out these rave reviews:
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PLEASE NOTE: course content may include dark or adult themes. Sign-up is quite limited and at the ORIGINAL post only here: https://plus.google.com/+MorganaCreely/posts/fpTf8kvnd8n
Round Two of the “Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling” mentorship is ready for sign-ups! #SINGLEFRAME2 This is a special program… - Morgana Creely - Google+
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"Our time spent here has been invaluable and I now walk with a confident beaming smile knowing I now have  the whole playground at my disposal and grateful that my life and work has become interwoven with those of my fellow mentees and our leaders!" +Heather Szarka 

Wonderful, Heather! ... than you so much for sharing these wonderful words and images from your time in +Alex Lapidus's 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 PLUS Post: Blur and Unsharp Photography
I entered this mentorship with no knowledge of the world of blur but arrived with an open and eager mind.  In just 8 whirlwind weeks we dove headlong into this amazing world and quickly built our arsenal of techniques, tools and toys to accomplish things many of us didn't know were possible!  I have had the pleasure of watching the work of my fellow mentees grow to new heights on this journey and anticipate watching us all continue to explore and grow!  We now posses the skills to walk amongst the worlds of sharp and blur while exploring the overlap where the two worlds become one.
A big thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and +Robin Griggs Wood for fostering this amazing learning platform of sharing knowledge and making it available to any level of photographer who is eager to learn.  An extra special thank you to +Alex Lapidus for taking on the challenge of herding us cats for 8 weeks, sharing your knowledge and insights into this incredible blurry realm, and giving us freedom as well as guidance :-)  Thanks too to all the moderators and helpers for sharing their knowledge and encouraging us along the way!  
Our time spent here has been invaluable and I now walk with a confident beaming smile knowing I now have  the whole playground at my disposal and grateful that my life and work has become interwoven with those of my fellow mentees and our leaders!
THANK YOU :-)
Graduation album: Blurs and Unsharp Photography (12 photos)
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Thank you +Barbara BM!
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"Before this mentorship I admired from afar blurry photography, having no knowledge of how to achieve it.  That has changed ... I reached into the 'toy box' ... allowing me artistic freedom I never imaged possible. Blurry photography enables me to put what I am feeling and seeing into my photographs." +Jennifer Walton 

Such a great album, Jennifer, and thank you so much for sharing a bit about your time in +Alex Lapidus's mentorship.

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I have just finished an 8 week mentorship with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers run by +Robin Griggs Wood into the world of blurs in the Blurs & Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 lead by the amazing +Alex Lapidus.

Before this mentorship I admired from afar blurry photography, having no knowledge of how to achieve it.  That has changed, in the mentorship I learned how to deliberately move the camera around, up, down and sideways.  Then there was the ghosts, light trails, post processing to get blur and my favourite, shooting in the Pep Ventosa style.  I reached into the 'toy box' shooting through plastic, vasoline on glass, wineglasses, fisheyes, lens babies and free lensing allowing me artistic freedom I never imaged possible.  Blurry photography enables me to put what I am feeling and seeing into my photographs.

So, if any of the mentorships offered here on G+ catch your fancy sign up. This community atmosphere with other mentees and lead by a fearless mentor is a safe, encouraging and supportive platform to play and learn in.

Thank you +Alex Lapidus and your wonderful crew of helpers for making my 8 weeks a monumental turning point for my photography.
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+Linda Villers +Barbara BM thank you very much
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"I have now so many new tools in my toolbox to use, that from now on it really is only my imagination that is the limit ... quoting Alex: 'There are so many ways to create, once we understand what we’re trying to accomplish'." +Mari Luukkonen 

Such great work, Mari, and thank you for sharing this post about your time in +Alex Lapidus's mentorship ... :o)

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Graduation Post - The End of the Beginning

Like after any good joyride, I feel a little empty and my mind is blank - or should I say blurred!

I was one of the lucky and happy ones who got to take part in mentorship called Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015 lead by awesome +Alex Lapidus . And I really mean awesome, since the time and dedication he showed to all of us in the group, be it the lesson posts or feedback for our work, was truly amazing. 

Alex had chosen this quote from Israelmore Ayivor to inspire us: “To dream" means to focus and zoom the photos of destiny called visions for clearer view, manipulation and exploitation.” And that is exactly what these past 8 weeks turned out to be for me. Alex said himself he hoped he offered us, not just some photographic techniques, but a bit of artistic freedom. I can assure you that he did! I have now so many new tools in my toolbox to use, that from now on it really is only my imagination that is the limit :) Again quoting Alex: ”There are so many ways to create, once we understand what we’re trying to accomplish”. 

Now I know how to get that blurred background, or just a blurred subject. Or how to make an abstract with so many type of intentional camera movement, or create some surreal scenes with multiple exposures. Or what toys I can use to get some amazing effects and how to make them all combine to create the mood I’m after. What I am especially happy about this mentorship is, that these techniques gave me back my inspiration to shoot landscapes, as I felt I was able to create the ’mindscapes’ I see in my mind when looking a scene. 

So once again, thank you so much +Alex Lapidus   for being so great, and thank you crew members, especially you +Heiko Mahr  for your wonderful and inspiring articles and you +Rosie Nixon  for introducing the Pep Ventosa style :)
And of course this mentorship would not have been possible without the wonderful +Robin Griggs Wood  and +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. This was my second mentorship and I truly recommend these for everyone who are keen to learn.

And last but definitely not least - thank you all my fellow mentees! It was my pleasure to work with you and admire and be inspired by your work for these 8 weeks. I have you all in my circles now, so I cab continue to be inspired :))

Here is my graduation album with few of my favourite shots shot for the weekly assignments and representing different techniques. I must warn you, that you will definitely see some more of these in future too! :D
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Thank you +Gloria Joanne Roldan!
And you +Samantha OBrien! Me too :))
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"I realized tonight, as I went back through my images from this most amazing mentorship program, that I have a lot more creative potential than I have ever given myself credit for.  I am discovering that I am in no danger of getting locked into one style as a photographer and that I can find a way to make any new tool or trick or technique my very own and that is fantastic." +Traci Asaurus 

Great work, Traci and such a wonderful post from your time in +Alex Lapidus's 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 Week 8
Blurs and Unsharp Photography Guided Play 2015: The End of the Beginning

Wow, so where to even begin.  I went into this, my first mentorship program, expecting to learn a few techniques and maybe get an idea of how I might want to use blurry images in my art.  I should have known better, really.  Years of theater school and I only expected to learn a few techniques?!  As an actor I am intimately familiar with the concept of an artists 'tool box' and I know quite well that the acquisition of said tools includes the artistic growth required to use them.  Well, tools I acquired and grow I most certainly did.  I realized tonight, as I went back through my images from this most amazing mentorship program, that I have a lot more creative potential than I have ever given myself credit for.  I am discovering that I am in no danger of getting locked into one style as a photographer and that I can find a way to make any new tool or trick or technique my very own and that is fantastic.  So thank you.  Thank you +Alex Lapidus for leading us on this wild and awesome ride, thank you +Robin Griggs Wood for, among many other things, helping me understand that my Muse is limitless, thank you to the wonderful team of mentors for all the help and advice and wonderful feedback, and of course a huge thank you to the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers for making all this possible.  This album represents the huge artistic diversity I have already achieved and is the jumping off point for wonderful things to follow.  Enjoy!
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+Traci Asaurus Beautiful look. 
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"The quality of the experience almost defies description. It's been an alchemy of talented, experienced and generous teachers and fellow students. It produced a potent environment in which to take risks and grow. It encouraged expansion and pushed me out of my comfort zone and into that ether where the past meets the present and shapes the future." ~ +Roxanne Bouche' Overton 

Wow, what a post ... what an album, Roxanne! Thank you for sharing this from your time in +Alex Lapidus's 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!
 
Week 8:  Plus Post Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015
The End of the Beginning

This is the last post - the graduation post for the mentorship led by +Alex Lapidus and is part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers founded by +Robin Griggs Wood .

The quality of the experience almost defies description.  It's been an alchemy of talented, experienced and generous teachers and fellow students.  It produced a potent environment in which to take risks and grow.  It encouraged expansion and pushed me out of my comfort zone and into that ether where the past meets the present and shapes the future.

I learned how to become more intimate with my camera as I let it move with me to capture the essences of my subjects.  I learned to look at things in new ways.  I learned to create images that were filled with emotion as well as visual content.

And now the formal part of the class is over.  But not the inspiration,  or the friendships, or the lessons learned.

I move into the future with more tools and building blocks than ever before.  I am filled with ideas and will spend a lifetime playing with them.

These mentorships are offered at no charge.  What you get out of them is invaluable.  Take a look and see if one of the subjects catches your eye and apply - get involved.  You'll never look back.

Thank you, Alex, for choosing me for this journey; for providing such a rich environment in which to grow.  Thank you +Heiko Mahr for pushing me to apply - it exceeded all expectations.  Thank you to the rest of the wonderfully talented and supportive mentors.  And, last but not least, my fellow travelers who also provided enthusiastic and generous support and such inspiration!

Attached is an album of photos that would never have been taken except for this class. 
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"I am once again humbled and very thankful for this great opportunity that has been keeping me inspired to the core! Thank you, +Eric Raeber, all the moderators and every one else who were kind enough to give me their valuable feedback on what I was creating!" +Beena R 

Thank you so much for sharing your work and this post from your time in Eric's "Lighting With Intent" mentorship, Beena ... wonderful!

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#FinalPLUSpost   Lighting With Intent with +Eric Raeber  #LightWIT  
When I heard an announcement by the captain of our Space ship as below: 
This is your last chance to hit the bathroom before reaching gravity zero. If you are still on top Mt Everest or aboard ISS, let us know and we'll pick you up on the way. We are not heading for a black hole, but in case we do let the zombies with flashing eyes out first! 

Not even in the wildest of my dreams I imagined that it was going to be as exciting as this first announcement! I am so glad I took some cues from the interest that the g+ folks showed in flocking to this mentorship like honey bees.. Well I was one of the first bees who got lucky :))

Well I do hope they are not going to kick me out for quoting something that's inside the community :) 

Eric had led us through a complicated maze of insightful learning with his great sense of humor and deep knowledge of what it means to Light with Intent. He told us several times that he was not going to tell us what/how to do something in our assignments.. instead, help us achieve/fulfill our intent with insightful guidance and sharing of high level knowledge that I could not have visualized to have access to until our journey started.

First week we were literally walking in the dark looking for what to light with a torch light and that got me into an amazement thinking what if I had a teacher in school who would have asked me to do this activity. What little children do, playing with light and shadows, creating shapes, I realized how exciting that could be, how exciting learning could be and how simple it could be to learn the principles of science!

Each week that followed, all through the 8 weeks were pure magic, some days, I found myself waking up at 3 am to light my brain with intent with out any one to disturb me in the house. Final assignment was the one where we were to Go create free hand with what ever we have so far learned. I have chosen to do High school senior portraits for two of my daughter's friends free of cost, they told me otherwise they would have got just one studio shot and two standard portraits for the school year book.

This gave me so much of satisfaction and I realized all the concepts fusing together in my brain at the right time, although I may have forgotten few things like using matrix metering where I should have used spot metering. Well... this is a journey that I hope and intend to continue with thought out intent :) 

The mentors/captains that +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers hand pick are just truly outstanding and for each flight, they have a well equipped knowledgeable crew of moderators to make your flight as unique and unforgettable as possible! And hats off to my fellow participants, some of the work they created were pure magic that made me want to do much better and to approach something with a different mind set. 

And I am once again humbled and very thankful for this great opportunity that has been keeping me inspired to the core! Thank you Eric, all the moderators and every one else who were kind enough to give me their valuable feedback on what I was creating!

I would no more be drooling over outstanding portraits (just kidding.. that's never going to go away) that has people looking at me with eyes that challenge me and allure me, I have opened a pandora's box and I am in my world of amazement :)
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"I have learned so much in this mentorship, not just technically, but about myself. And hey, I did a photoshoot, and got some shots of my little girl my wife and I will treasure always." +Andy Smith 

What a great post, and excellent images, Andy! Thank you for sharing all this great stuff from your time in +Eric Raeber's mentorship!

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#FinalPLUSpost Lighting With Intent mentorship with +Eric Raeber #LightWIT

So... the end. Or, the beginning more like.    The TL;DR summary of the lengthy post below is this - Eric runs a great mentorship, and if he runs one again, sign up. OK?    (do it!) ;)

A few months back, I saw a post going around for signups for a new mentorship by Eric, being run as part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  To be honest, I didn't pay too much attention, as I was still finishing off the previous round of Scavenger Hunt.   Then, as Scavenging was just finishing up, someone in that community re-shared it again. I had a proper read of his sign-up post,  I did the finger counting of how many hours I had per week to dedicate, how much of the list of lighting items required I needed to buy (about £50 on a softbox and lightstand as I already had a few cheap lighting bits and pieces) and threw my hat into the ring.

What was to come over the next 9 weeks was enlightening, fascinating, and gave me a sore head at times (not just from the wine in week 4 lol!)

Eric came up with 9 very well written and easy to understand lessons with some great examples and assignments (well, in some cases, I had to re-read several times, but I have to do that anyway with other things, so more my problem than Eric's lol).

So we went through basic lighting in week 1, roaming the house in darkness with a flashlight to find interesting items to light through or off,  defining hard and diffused light in week 2, light fall off and isolation in week 3,  reflecting light in week 4 (also known as 'forcing the students to buy wine against their will' week, lol - we needed the wine after spending hours trying to stop what seemed like everything reflecting off the f%^ing wine bottle and glass we had to shoot!!)  So week 5, adding colour through gels (which was a week of revelation for me - I just love them!), week 6 showing motion in images and finding out about front curtains, rear curtains, of the camera kind, not bedroom), week 7, light painting - creating monsters and getting into trouble with the good lady wife for sitting naked on her leather seat!, week 8, reverse engineering of photos (I have an IOU for 1 photo from week 8), looking at the classic portraiture lighting styles, then the bombshell dropped for week 9, along with a draft creative brief for it to write up in week 8.

Ah week 9. Final week.  The gift -  A photoshoot for a friend, family, non-profit organisation or local business.  A way to push out of comfort zones.  So I didn't go too far out of the zone, as I decided to offer this shoot to a good friend, Colin 'Spider' MacKenzie, a top local blues harmonica player here in Aberdeen.  However,  up to this point, I've never taken photos of anyone outside my household, or my parents (who I've only taken a few informal shots of).

As a person afflicted lifelong with shyness (as opposed to just being an introvert) even this photoshoot with Spider was outside the zone a fair bit, and I was nervous and anxious about not making a total arse of myself with lighting equipment that I still am effectively a novice with!   But Spider is a true gent, and helpfully also a photog, and double helpfully a photog with other Fuji lenses ;)   I had a great time, and most importantly, he is happy with the shots!    Now, on to standing in a public place offering to take passing stranger portraits!  (I'm only half joking, I wrote a very precise plan for how to do such a thing in week 8 - only my shyness stops me currently).

I have learned so much in this mentorship, not just technically, but about myself. And hey, I did a photoshoot, and got some shots of my little girl my wife and I will treasure always.  Oh yeah, we did a video hangout! I've been here 4 years and never been in one until this mentorship, lol (such a newbie).

In closing, I would like to personally thank all of my fellow mentees and community moderators for their camaraderie and advice, their willingness to share and their inclusiveness, and look forward to seeing how you all progress. Can't wait to see your week 9 creations!

As for Eric,  I did portray him (jokingly - honest!) as a sort of Evil Leader  (a Emperor Palpatine of G+ if you will - OK, I'd better stop that!!) but really could not have wished for a better mentor - always available, always willing to offer assistance, and always inspiring.  Thanks Eric, for giving up your time for us and providing this opportunity for us all to grow as photographers. 

And, relax.... :)
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How fabulous that +Morgana Creely is ready to offer another session of the Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling!  Fresh from the first round, Morgana is ready to take on another small group -- please be sure to comment on her original post.
 
Round Two of the “Single Frame: Introduction to Cinematic Storytelling” mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

#SINGLEFRAME2
 
This is a special program introducing some of the compositional elements of visual storytelling through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.

I will be taking on a handful of people for a six week on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!
 
Hi I’m Morgana, a Photographer and author, and I’ve always been passionate about creating images that tell stories, and helping other photographers find their own storytelling voice. You can find out more about what I do over on my website at www.imagecinematic.com


 
*PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a technical workshop and this is NOT a course for beginners. 
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You will be expected to own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to artificial lighting (Studio, speedlight, even practical lighting such as desk lamps would be fine. You will also need access to and a basic working knowledge of post processing software such as Photoshop or Lightroom.
 
Images used for example during this course will not necessarily be family friendly or safe for work. Whilst I ask that images of nudity or violence are not posted to this course, examples and course content may include dark or adult themes.
 
Selections will made: August 1st - 3rd, 2015 AEST for the mentorship beginning August 10th, 2015



 
These are the selection criteria:
 
• You must own and know how to use a DSLR, basic lighting principles and have access to and a basic working knowledge of PS or LR. 


 
• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– an absolute minimum of three days between Public posts; more increases your chances of being selected. (The class 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 at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.

• You have no previous studies in this subject, since this program is designed for those who have not had the opportunity or advantage to add this skill set to their knowledge base.

• You have the time available to participate in this workshop.

• You must have a sense of humour, a willingness to give and take constructive criticism, and not be offended by dark or adult themes.


 
To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:  [https://plus.google.com/+MorganaCreely/posts/fpTf8kvnd8n] 
(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:




 
1) Photography skill level

2) Photo editing software used most

3) Favourite film and stills photography genres

4) What you want to get out of this mentoring course

5) Previous non-technical art, photography or cinematography studies

6) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer, shooting for 2 years
2) Photoshop with a bit of Lightroom
3) Big Budget Action movies, Westerns
4) To learn how to work out my ideas in front of the camera
5) Two one say workshops and YouTube :)
6) Weekends and the odd evening.
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"There was much to learn, and we had great fun experimenting and exploring this whole new world in the photography galaxy ... The best part of picking up my camera these days is feeling how tremendously the possibility of creating  an image I'll truly like has increased." +k phelps 

Thank you so much for sharing your great work from your time in +Alex Lapidus's mentorship, K!

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Graduation Album -  Blurs & Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

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I'm so glad to have taken part in this great mentorship.  Many thanks  to our leader, +Alex Lapidus, his super crew of moderators, the amazing mentees  ... and, of course, also to +Robin Griggs Wood  and the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers

The eight weeks went by all too fast.  There was much to learn, and we had great fun experimenting and exploring this whole new world in the photography galaxy ... all the while weightless/free of the 'gravity' of sharpness.  :)
 
Alex's style of mentoring is super ...  meticulous behind the scenes; relaxed and sitting on the corner of his desk with his sleeves rolled up in the classroom ...  attentive to all his students.

The best part of picking up my camera these days is feeling how tremendously the possibility of creating  an image I'll truly like has increased.  I still revere the tried and true ... but new skills and a new outlook, all made possible by the mentorship,  have made a huge and splendid difference. 

If you have a chance to be a part of this mentorship the next time it's offered ... or any of the other mentorships supported by the amazing +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers   ... don't hesitate.  :)
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Thank you, Barbara ... very kind!  Always
appreciate your visits/comments.  :)  +Barbara BM 
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"All the lessons were very interesting, they were prepared in every detail, with a lot of additional materials. Exercises to do every week were very funny and addictive, we all did them with great passion! I learned so many things about blurred and unsharp photography, I used many new techniques and this has been very rewarding and satisfying for me." +FotoAgnieszka Ambro 

Well, you certainly show us how well you learned the craft, Agnieszka! Great work, and thank you so much for your wonderful words. Especially these about +Alex Lapidus and his ability as a mentor:
"Thanks again to our mentor Alex, who was a superb teacher, a man of great humanity, of incredible ability to encourage, guide and push everyone over own limits." ... so true!!

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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!
 
My graduation album 
I recently took part in mentorship Blur and Unsharp Photography - Guided Play 2015,  offered by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers led by  great +Alex Lapidus and a fantastic group of mentors. I must say it was a fantastic experience, it was the first time for me! 
All the lessons were very interesting, they were prepared in every detail, with a lot of additional materials. Exercises to do every week were very funny and addictive, we all did them with great passion! I learned so many things about blurred and unsharp photography, I used many new techniques and this has been very rewarding and satisfying for me. I must say that I discovered a new wonderful world! For 8 weeks I immersed myself in a fantastic world, where count feelings, shapes, colors, shadows, light, movement and energy. This experience has enriched me so much, it made me realize that  sharp photography doesn't mean better,  but that there is a parallel world, full of many different details and perhaps even more interesting, because it transmits emotions, feelings, different moods from sharp photography.
Now I graduated, I'm proud of it. My photographic repertoire has expanded, I learned new tricks of the trade, I feel richer than before, I have acquired more confidence in my strength and ability.
Thanks again to our mentor Alex, who was a superb teacher, a man of great humanity, of incredible ability to encourage, guide and push everyone over own limits. 
Big thanks to the moderators of support, your feedback was always very encouraging. You did a good job! 
Thanks also to my fellow students, for 8 weeks we were like a big family! Your work was very challenging and inspiring for me, it was very nice to be there in midst of you!
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+Samantha OBrien many thanks! it was nice to be in the same class with you! 
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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.