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A chance to see behind the why of post processing

And a free one on one opportunity (read below)

I just want to share my recent Demonstration and discussion on the Why of Post Processing and the choices I make when approaching my artistic decisions (well a couple of them anyway)

I also want to offer the community a chance to have a free one on one Google Helpout with me to go over any photography or post processing questions you may have. It can be about Photography, Your Camera, Post Processing or Workflow in Photoshop or Lightroom or Creativity and inspiration in general, the floor is yours.

I have 10 spots available and you need to go to:

https://helpouts.google.com/108215644829092784557/ls/a2f158fc50d0ea25?tbrp=108215644829092784557

and request a time.  I am free Days and evenings throughout the week and even have time later today and  this weekend.  I am the Eastern Time Zone (New York/Toronto)  I can't wait to hangout!

this is also an ideal opportunity to get over your hangout fears and join a safe private one on one with an experience hangout veteran
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+Wayne Moran Glad you liked it!
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"I would not have done it without the generosity of the mentors. They share their knowledge, time, and their patience with us mentees; The community is a circle of support and encouragement for everyone. It was an excellent and fun learning experience" ~ +Aura Osorio 

Congratulations on your completion of the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic mentorship, Aura!
 

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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!
 
For the last 6 weeks I've posted very little. I've been busy learning better skills to take better photos. I was granted a wish and was chosen to be part of the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers with +Robin Griggs Wood 

Here i've learn how to shoot Manual. NO MORE automatic. How to shoot with flash, how to record speed, How to organize my library.
I will keep practicing so this Manual shooting will become an automatic thing to do. It is a big difference in the quality of the images.

I would not have done it without the generosity of the mentors. They share their knowledge, time, and their patience with us mentees; The community is a circle of support and encouragement for everyone.
It was an excellent and fun learning experience

If you think you could be a mentor, don't hesitate to join, is a great experience and I there is some flexibility regarding time. Just ask Robin Griggs Wood



  
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+Aura Osorio sorry I am so slow in seeing this great collection you put together!
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Don't miss this!
+Joel Tjintjelaar's Ultimate guide to LE! I do emphasize "ultimate" because Joel is a master!!
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If you were excited about all the great information +Darryl Van Gaal passed along to you on astrography (https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/105385385448524520257/posts/B2E8dVrw72N) you might be very interested in +The Photoshop Show's upcoming event!
(Get your bi-monthly dose of tips and tricks, from the ever-fabulous hosts, +Jan Kabili and +Ron Clifford. )
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I am so excited about this one.
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It is our great luck to have +Darryl Van Gaal as a mentor in the program; everyone had great things to say about their time with him here. If you are interested in night sky photography, you cannot pass up this opportunity––check out all the tutorials he has made generously available! You rock, Darryl!!
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I'm a good cheerleader, +Sheila B. DuBois!
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"I can tell you that I have got out of this program 100% more than I ever dreamed I would!" ~ +Mandy Allen 

We're so glad, Mandy ... thank you for this wonderful post. Great work!


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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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Graduation Challenge Album
Hi guys! You have probably noticed I haven’t been around much. That’s cos I’ve been ‘back to school’ and having an amazing time on a mentorship program learning everything about my camera and its, and my, capabilities. I originally put my name down for this course because I felt it was the right time to learn more about photography and how cameras work and how to use that scary M for Manual on the dial! I also hoped to get out of my rut of mostly shooting macro and bugs and wanted a challenge to learn different kinds of photography, get other lenses on my camera and look at the world a little differently – not just in miniature.
 
I can tell you that I have got out of this program 100% more than I ever dreamed I would! The other mentees and I have had 6 weeks of crazy, intense learning and practice, but a lot of fun too! At times this new knowledge was overwhelming, many times it seemed really complicated and that I would never ‘get it’. But with the patient guidance of our wonderful mentors, by the end of each week after a lot of practice, you could hear the pennies dropping all over the place! It has been extremely rewarding and would not have been the same without all the other mentees who have now become great friends, as we have all been in the same boat, helping and encouraging each other when we were sinking and cheering each other when we sailed along! All the while we’ve had the cheerleaders, others who took this program last year, to help us along the way. And the mentors are just incredible and have given of their own free time to help us newbies learn all about manual exposure, and all the possibilities and opportunities that that opens up to us.
 
On top of all this I have just recently started using Lightroom which is an amazing program and because of that, just this last week started shooting my images in RAW as I have the software to deal with it now. Yet more intense learning and hair pulling out but I am persevering with it and loving it!
 
For any of you who remember me buying a Speedlight about a year or so back then declaring it was too heavy and ‘just as useless as the pop up flash’ – ha, was I wrong! I was encouraged to get it out of the drawer where it has been languishing unloved and it’s now my best friend. Well, along with my camera!
 
For the occasional boot up the bum gentle encouragement of my mentors to continually push myself out of my comfort zone, I thank you with all my heart and will be eternally grateful to you.
 
So here I present my Graduation Challenge album. I chose not to take any macros or florals as I wanted to try yet more new things during the last week.
 
It’s been a blast and I want to encourage anyone who thinks this program might be for them to follow the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers and keep an eye out for when the next program is announced (read the About section for tips as to how not to miss any announcements). Hopefully I will be able to be one of the crew of cheerleaders helping to pass on my new found knowledge and to encourage you along your new journey.
 
A final thank you to the program directors, the wonderful +Robin Griggs Wood whose brainchild this program is, and the other two directors +Tamara Pruessner and +Ron Clifford.
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+Mandy Allen  I am a bit slow in finding this! Great album you put together!
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While helping with getting a new mentorship up and running, I've missed sharing this wonderful graduation post; please enjoy the wonderful words and imagery of +Ursula Klepper upon her completion of +Sairam Sundaresan's "Storytelling Landscape" mentorship.
 
Storytelling Landscape Photography

 Final Plus Post and Graduation Album

Last year in the springtime, after I finished my first Mentorship at the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  with one of the most inspiring and talented women I got to know, +Robin Griggs Wood   I started to take my artwork and photography more seriously and started to see me as an artist more than I did before.
I knew +Sairam Sundaresan  has also participated in one of the GMAP leaded by Robin and when he announced in May last year that he will lead his own mentorship called Storytelling Landscape Photography I immediately felt great curiosity and interest. But I have expressed my concerns to Sairam because in fact I'm not a Landscape Photographer, but truly love Landscapes and nature. He has encouraged me with this words:
1) If you shoot landscapes, I'll help you bring out the inner vision that you see them with. You already have the tools, you just don't know you have them in you.
2) If you like shooting landscapes, then by the end, I will make you love shooting landscapes. 
3) As far as time goes, I agree, it's definitely a lot more time consuming than regular photography. But that said, the rewards are so much greater. But if you felt you could handle Robin's mentorship, I can guarantee you can handle this! :)

Then I submitted! I had to give it a try because every day is a day that will never come again!
You can’t imagine how happy I was as I received a notification and the first thing I read was:  “You are receiving this message because you applied for the mentorship”
During the following 12 weeks we learned so many things about exposure, knowing ones histogram, composition, about all the different kinds of light, where to focus, how to use all these skills and finally using post processing to match our inner vision. I did things I never did before, for example stand up before sunrise to catch the various light starting 30 min. before the sun did rise (and the sun rises at that time of the year at 4:50 am!) It was challenging but I had much fun, as promised. 
+Sairam Sundaresan  is such a wonderful teacher! He has given us his time and knowledge accompanied with offering feedback, encouraged and helped and always has been around with patience and kindness.  
At his side he had this wonderful Visionary Crew to help him. And all participants were a wonderful bunch of people! So we had great conversations, lot of fun together and we have become friends.

I am so grateful and happy that Sairam persuaded me gentle to participate in this mentorship, forcing me to leave my comfort zone and to grow! Now when I photograph Landscapes it has reached a new level. When I walk through the nature I now look at everything with different eyes, I have much more understanding for the light and I've become a lot more demanding concerning how to compose my image in order to bring out my vision. I still have a long way in front of me and need to practice and learn a lot but I am now much more self-confidence that I can produce art pieces and I know much better what I want. I know my camera much better now and I have a better perception of what I want to achieve by processing my images. From now on I'll never shoot any Landscapes without thinking of Sairam and everything he has taught us!
Sairam,  I thank you from my heart for all of the hard work you put into this most excellent program,  and for all that you have given me. You were right I now love shooting Landscapes!!

You can see in this album a few of my images that I shoot during the Mentorship program. The cover image is my graduation image with which I have completed this program.

I want to finish this post with a quote of Sairam that he allowed me to mention:
“If there's anything you wish to do in life, do it now. There're a ton of people who think, "Aah, I'll do this when I'm forty, or when I retire". You never know for sure what's in store tomorrow, leave alone the next minute. You may never get this opportunity again. Live your dreams do the things you wish to do. Do them NOW.”

So if you want to improve your skills don’t hesitate to keep your eyes open for the Mentorship program announcements and submit for the next Storytelling Landscape Photography Mentorship with the unique +Sairam Sundaresan

#GScapes       #GscapesAud  
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Beautiful scenes let's your mind wonder.
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OK, (Robin here) ... my sincerest apologies to everyone ... that last post was never selected as to "Public", yet it went out ... it also went missing on the G+MPfP Page, so I couldn't delete it immediately. G+ is messing with me today, and I am so very sorry about that!

For everyone who had applied to the "Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic" mentorship –– we've made our selections for the current mentorship. We had a limited number of spaces available, so if you did not receive a notification on the new post, that does not make you less-worthy. Please try again in the future.

When you try again, here are the criteria we use for selections to the the mentorships:

It will be a larger group than the last, but it is with a heavy heart that we must turn some folks down this go around.
Since all of you read in the sign-up post that we search for active and interactive people to participate in these mentorships––because people who give of themselves should receive––if you are not selected this go around, it is for one of the following reasons:

–– You do not individually thank people on your own posts. This is a biggie; it is the very first thing we look for, when it comes to interactivity here! Sometimes we see, with people that have only 3-10 comments on their own posts, people who've given the poster a positive comment and they either only get a plus from the poster or nothing at all in response. I understand the time factor if you have 50 people commenting in rapid-fire on your posts, but not having the time to personally thank 10 people who have commented on your own work means that you do not have the time to participate in a mentorship, which requires that you give back during the time. A bulk "thank you, everyone!" at the bottom of your comment sections doesn't show sufficient appreciation for those who've given you a tiny piece of their lives by typing out a comment instead of merely plussing … ;o).

–– You post links to your blog posts instead of creating posts directly here at G+. That is not being active here at G+. The mentorships through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers are for people who are here at G+ and are contributing members of the full G+ community.

–– You have a fake name. Sorry about that, but Google+ has a "real names" policy. We want the other members of the group to feel as though they are working with real people; that is the only way this group experience flourishes.

–– You've only been on G+ a short time or post Privately only. There was not enough content in your profile stream for us to gauge properly your suitability for the mentorship. Please consider sharing some of your photography to the Public, as well as getting yourself out there and interacting with the Google+ community as a whole, to be considered for a future mentorship with the program.

–– You added your info in the sign-up post much later than others. It's not a "first come, first selected" process, but those who sign-up first are the first profiles that we look through; sometimes the circle of selectees fills up quickly.

We're not judging!
You can have whatever experience you wish to have here at G+. We're saying nothing against your choices and we understand that there are reasons for everything. This is only to let you know that, if you were not notified as being selected, and you still wish to be in a future mentorship––and we hope you do, as there were some wonderful folks who signed up that we won't be taking this time around––please take a look to see what category you fall into from those we have listed above.


Thank you so much for your understanding,
+G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers 
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I've just got to know about the mentorship program from +Swee Oh's post. Thank you for such an amazing opportunity. Looking forward to apply the next round, I'm so ready to go beyond av mode rut
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What does it take to become a successful photographer?

"As I completed the program, I made some other realizations that are as important, if not more important, than the photographic skills I developed. Connecting, sharing, and reaching out to others are absolutely essential to skill development (and personal development...it all goes hand in hand - living your art!) Photography has always been a largely private and solitary activity for me. Sharing and connecting, opening up, have been my biggest personal challenges. Getting feedback and critique, and being encouraged in the mentorship program helped me be more open in the wider G+ arena, and elsewhere." ~ +Marjorie McDonald 

Marjorie, (Robin here), I think you are spot on in your assessment of personal growth and I thank you for articulating it so well. It is one of the things that I express often for anyone wanting to be included in a mentorship here at +Google+––because connection and communication is actually the core of all art, photography included! I applaud you.

For those of you interested in getting in on one of +Ron Clifford's mentorships, read his post below. Your next step to being a stellar photographer is just a click away!
 
Is There Success in a Photography Mentorship?

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Can this make a difference, enhance my learning and keep me focused, build community and take me to the next level?

Meet +Marjorie McDonald  she is an aspiring and talented photographer who found new creative vision through the online mentorship programs here on Google Plus.

Marjorie is a student of mine who has successfully complete a couple of my online mentorship courses.  I could tell you all about how "Enhancing Creativity Mentorship" has helped her expand her creative vision and move toward a beautiful subtle and mature style of fine art photography, but I won’t.  Instead I will share with you what she had to say about it and post a few of her amazing images that have in some way been inspired by things she learned in the program

A much more full description and larger Images can be found here, http://bit.ly/Lt3w3k  , but for this post, I will share what she had to say:

"A little more than a year ago, I came across a unique program, the “+G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers ” I was new to Google Plus, and really had no idea of the incredible power and diversity of this space. I had no idea what this program was going to do for me, but I knew I needed a creative "kick in the pants". I signed up and was invited to take part in the Auditing group. Your open and friendly approach and  constant encouragement to push through creative blocks was refreshing. Over 8 weeks, as we covered topics ranging from compositional rules, the ins and outs of composing with colour, using perspective, negative space, evoking emotion and reaction (all potentially daunting subjects) a transformation started to happen. Learning and practicing, constantly thinking and internalizing information, helped me to reach past the plateau that I was on.

As I completed the program, I made some other realizations that are as important, if not more important, than the photographic skills I developed. Connecting, sharing, and reaching out to others are absolutely essential to skill development (and personal development...it all goes hand in hand - living your art!) Photography has always been a largely private and solitary activity for me. Sharing and connecting, opening up, have been my biggest personal challenges. Getting feedback and critique, and being encouraged in the mentorship program helped me be more open in the wider G+ arena, and elsewhere. My goal for the year was to bring my photography to a new level. Without a doubt the Mentorship Program planted the seed that allowed the growth I've had over the past year. My drive to know and understand more is stronger than ever. I'm tackling subjects on art theory I never would have imagined (Gestalt theory, anyone?)

I still struggle, (thank goodness!) but now I have more confidence than before to keep working, because I know the breakthrough will happen. I still struggle with opening up, and I am (slowly) gaining confidence there too. It is hard for me to share what is often a very emotional process. Struggle is good. Difficult is good. Because nothing worth doing is ever easy".

Marjorie

 This is such an exciting time in history.  Never before has there been so many wonderful tools available to enable such a program to be put into place.  Through the Google Plus social platform I have been able to create these small group mentorships and engage them using private G+ communities as a place to foster remarkable creative growth.

http://bit.ly/Lt3w3k

It is important for you to know I am not simply saying this is a transformational approach because I developed the courses in my program. No, it has to come from those who have gone through the process and been changed by it.  At the bottom of each course page on my website I have been including the testimonies of those who have gone before to help encourage you to try this unique and uplifting style of learning.  Go on over to the description pages of my site Enhancing Creativity, Finding Your Voice and Layers Masks and Modes, oh My! and read a few for yourself, then sign up for a new adventure.

Important Note:  _I could not have developed these  courses if it were not for the support and involvement in the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  where I will still be announcing occasional free mentorships.  In the near future look out for an introductory free program on Photoshop Lightroom._

Newsletter for  upcoming programs and news:
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Do you watch the +The Photoshop Show? If not, don't miss out on all this free information from the most excellent hosts +Ron Clifford and +Jan Kabili -- fabulous tips every other Tuesday! Join them, along with their esteemed co-hosts, +Dave Bell and +Erika Thornes, next Tuesday, Jan. 21st, as they welcome back image master, David Beidny. Check the event for the time details in your area, and click on that YES button while you're there!

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This is one that you shouldn't miss. +David Biedny is as close to a Photoshop genius as you could get. 
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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 and Tamara Pruessner

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 Tamara Pruessner 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 Tamara Pruessner.

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 Tamara Pruessner.