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Thank you +Beth Akerman!

Hi everyone!  (Alex here)  We're so grateful to the fabulous mentors who have given their time in support of this photography community!  Today I want to recognize +Beth Akerman for two wonderful rounds of her Artistic Photography Mentorship  programs, familiarizing photographers with a range of artistic influences and styles.  Be sure to check out her own photography, often featuring multiple interpretations of an image.
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Beth Akerman originally shared to Floral Photography:
 
One peony, three edits.  This beautiful peony was photographed on my lunchtime walk on Tuesday.  
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No time to participate in a mentorship right now?
You can still forward your learning by following this collection from our Landscape mentor, +Sairam Sundaresan. Each week, he will post an image he's working on so that you can see the evolution of how a RAW file becomes one of his amazing finished images.
 
A New Collection, A new Gift:

Hi there folks. Life has got in the way of my regular posting and image processing. Here is my way to combat that. 

Each week, I will post the an image that I'm working on, that is in progress and will share how I am realizing my vision of that shot. There may be large tweaks, or there may be small tweaks which are quite subtle. Either way, at the end, you will see the evolution of how a RAW file got to the finished image that I post to my stream. 

Interested? Follow this collection here :)

cc: +Alex Lapidus +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 

People who follow the mentorship programs and are interested in learning more about landscape photography might be interested in this. 
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Thank you +Stephen Thackeray!

Hi everyone!  (Alex here)  We're so grateful to the fabulous mentors who have given their time in support of this photography community!  Today I want to recognize +Stephen Thackeray for his outstanding work on the recent Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program.  Stephen is himself an alumnus of the program, and advanced to not only take on a huge role in leading this round and working with the participants, but also put in a great effort in reviewing and rewriting lesson materials.  Please enjoy Stephen's terrific nature photography!
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Wonderful shot. Thank you so much for being such an awesome mentor !+Stephen Thackeray 
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Another Mentorship is coming up, folks!
+Alex Lapidus is offering his extremely popular Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play mentorship again! Keep an eye out for the signup post on Alex' profile stream on May 4!
 
Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

It's back!  I'm delighted to announce a new session of my mentorship, in partnership with the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers: a free eight week program on the art and weird science of unsharp photography.  The official signup post will arrive Monday, May 4, and the program will run from May 11 through July 9.

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 ().  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 (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 everyone who fully completed this program last year 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 Mentorship Program: +Robin Griggs Wood and +Ron Clifford.


() 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 4!
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Thank You +Ellie Kennard!

Hi everyone!  (Alex here)  We're so grateful to the fabulous mentors who have given their time in support of this photography community!  Today I want to thank +Ellie Kennard, who has done so much in support of Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic in addition to helping with other programs.  Ellie has created the "Digital Footprints" extension to CB:BA, and has worked tirelessly to advise the participants, resolve technical challenges, and arrange free software and training resources for the group.  Please enjoy Ellie's tales of a Nova Scotia winter and other wonderful photography!
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I Love it. And So Does She

I know it doesn't look like a lot of fun, when you are hunched against a bitter wind that is whipping your hair (or fur) around and ice is freezing your eyelashes. But you have to admit that there is something exciting about it as well. 

I thought that the other day on this walk with Joni. I had my scarf up over my nose and my colourful wool hat pulled down to my eyebrows, held firmly in place with the hood of my winter jacket. I was dressed in layers and layers of thin wool, then ski pants on top and warm thick woolly boot socks. I was trudging along on my snowshoes on top of the thick wind-sculpted drifts, only stopping long enough to pick up Joni's throw toy and send it off into the swirling snow so she could go racing after it. She absolutely loved the game and the walk and bounded over the deep snow in what looked like pure joy. And I looked around me across the white fields that were misted with blowing snow and I felt exhilarated at the sight and the conditions. I love it. And Joni loves it too. What you see in this picture is a happy dog. Photographed by a happy person.*

*If you have your camera out in conditions like this, make sure you bring it into a cool room to acclimatise before bringing it into the warm, to avoid condensation in the camera innards.

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+G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​​ what a lovely thing to do, to thank the mentors! And to thank me in such a way - well it caught me by surprise and was... almost too much. You guys are so great. We all do just what comes naturally, which is to share our hard learned knowledge and for us to have an eager group of minds ready to process that information and who are not afraid to make big steps in changing their long ingrained habits to learn how to take better photographs and to develop a better workflow, makes it all worth while.
Thanks so much, Alex.
+Alex Lapidus​​
And thanks also to +Diana Boyd​​ , +Lou McCorkle​​ , +Samantha OBrien​​ , +Beena R​​ and +Gloria Joanne Roldan​​ - you all made my day!
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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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Thanks +Darcee McCutcheon 
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Thank you +Doug Welch!

Hi everyone!  (Alex here)  We're so grateful to the fabulous mentors who have given their time in support of this photography community!  Today I want to recognize +Doug Welch for his help throughout the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic programs.  Not only has Doug has been instrumental in creating and maintaining CBBA, but he has been the driving force behind the continued challenges and learning in the CBBA Alumni Community (and has supported many of our other mentorships as well).  Oh, and he's kind to animals :-).  Please pay Doug a visit and enjoy his own photography!
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New Beginnings
 I look forward to joining the #bwproject26  and so many old and new friends along the same journey. Thanks to +Tisha Montgomery +Lauri Novak +Brandon Luk and +Alison Christensen.  

My goal for 2015 is to is to explore deeper into B&W photography, portraiture and my artistic side.  
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Without the giving hearts of mentors, there would be no programs.  Thanks so much for your help +Doug Welch 
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Thank you +Sairam Sundaresan!

Hi everyone!  (Alex here)  We're so grateful to the fabulous mentors who have given their time in support of this photography community!  Today I want to recognize +Sairam Sundaresan for his wonderful program Storytelling Landscape Photography, a fabulous journey of discovery and creation.  Sairam offered a wealth of knowledge and tireless enthusiasm that today shine from the work of his participants.  Please enjoy his marvelous landscape photography!
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Rear Guard Arches National Park

"Remnants from years gone by, they grow stronger with each passing day."

During my first visit to Arches NP, the weather was the least bit cooperative. This is the famous "Balanced Rock". While I was hoping for a decent sunset, a full on cloud cover threw those plans out the window. 

How was this shot taken:
I've learnt to make the most of the light I have at a scene when the best laid plans go to waste. Here, the clouds were ominous and menacing, and I figured that without the sun illuminating the red rock, color wouldn't add much. So, I pre-visualized a monochrome image and came up with this composition.

How was this shot processed:
I really love Nik's Silver Efex Pro, and this is just why. With a few small clicks, you can pretty  much do a lot of the B&W conversion. After that, I used dodging and burning to bring out details in the image.


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Here it is: the official signup post for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play with +Alex Lapidus!  Be sure to sign up on the original post.
Alex Lapidus originally shared to Light in Motion:
 
Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2015

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 an eight week online mentorship program 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 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 last year's program 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 (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 11 (I’m in U.S. Pacific time: UTC - 8:00), and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 14.  The program will run eight weeks, through July 9.

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/u/0/+AlexLapidus/posts/Uv4ChbSaMXa  (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) Aspirations within photography
4) Previous art studies 
5) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Nikon D3100 and iPhone 4S
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Snapseed
3) To sell prints of my work
4) I have no previous art studies
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this 


(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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"Before this I was shooting in Aperture mode primarily, jumping to shutter priority when needed and an occasional visit to sports mode. Not that this was a bad thing but it did deny me control I thought I couldn't have/learn. I was WRONG!" -- +Neil Crawford 

Glad everything is right now Neil, thanks for the terrific post from the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic program!

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I've just spent 6 weeks doing the Camera Basics Beyond Automatic Mentorship program. These are my thoughts on the whole thing...

+G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers   

Well holy crapballs! where do I start?

This has been awesome with a capital A, I'm so glad I signed up for this mentorship as it's allowed (forced) me to unlearn so many bad habits simply by showing how easy it is to get to grips with the big M. Before this I was shooting in Aperture mode primarily, jumping to shutter priority when needed and an occasional visit to sports mode. Not that this was a bad thing but it did deny me control I thought I couldn't have/learn. I was WRONG!

During the course of the last 6 weeks I've gotten out of Aperture Priority or as I now like to call it Amateur Priority ;-) and also out of Shutter Priority to shoot full manual. (I couldn't think of something funny for Shutter Priority, I must still be ill)

The group of mentees were fantastic, helpful and excited to learn, everyone helped when they could and asked questions when unsure (that question thing is the most important) 

Now the slave drivers Mentors were all so classy, never being irritated or letting it show ;-) and answering the questions we had quickly but not always just giving the answers away, sometimes a gentle nudge in the right direction was all that was needed for us to get the answer on our own. They were critical when needed but in a constructive way and also asked questions about how we think shots could have been taken differently. They really helped us explore and understand the big M.

As I hope you can tell, I really enjoyed my time here and the learning was actually fun from day one, I did come down with man flu at one point so was sort of absent from class for a week, which although didn't hinder the learning it did mean I wasn't supporting my fellow Mentees like I wanted. 

This picture was taken while out on a hunt for pictures for week 5. Although it was taken in amateur mode I did have control over iso metering and focus and this to me is the whole point... yes I could have gone full manual and got the shot but I knew I had a bright enough day for high shutter speeds and I wanted to get a shallow DoF so why not put it in aperture and give myself one less thing to think about. The course for me was not only learning how to control the camera in full manual but also selecting the appropriate mode for the shot you want. 

I cant thank the Mentors enough for giving up their time to do this, they truly are an amazing bunch of people.

HUGS N KISSES ALL ROUND! where appropriate :-P
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What a fun review +Gloria Joanne Roldan, thanks for compiling this tour of the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic graduation posts!

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I had the honor of creating this video from our graduation photos.  We completed Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 3 Mentorship through +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers.  +Alex Lapidus I learned so much as did all the mentees.   I highly recommend you check out the mentorship program.    
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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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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.