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Last few days of signups!

Be sure to visit Byron's original post to sign up for Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic. This is one of our favorite programs, with a terrific team of mentors to work with you -- don't miss out!
Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 mentorship!


►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 8-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual move beyond shooting on auto or semi-automatic modes exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Also, please be aware that this is an intensive mentorship. Each week will have set assignments, with very clear expectations. You will be shooting a lot. If you are not comfortable with a very guided and directed program, then this might not be the mentorship for you. This mentorship is not about developing your artistic vision. It is, however, very much about giving you the technical control of your camera needed to develop and realize your artistic vision. Advanced editing skills are not required, and for most of the mentorship you will be asked not to edit your photos.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 26th, and the first lesson post will be Thursday March 2nd. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.

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These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of PUBLIC posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application. Participants are those who regularly post in G+ in a variety of public posts, including posts to public collections.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants. We learn from each other in this program.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop. You’ll be shooting a lot, and weekly assignments need to be completed on time. The program is designed so that each week builds on the lessons of the previous week. If you are going to be away in the middle of the mentorship, then it might be better to wait until the next offering.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/105385385448524520257/posts/BT1Ei9qD2fi )

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To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this


The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.


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"My visual library got stocked up plenty not only by the lessons, but by the incredible images my fellow mentees created during that time, and I will be drawing on this stock for the rest of my life. " -- +Eve Aebi

Thank you, Eve, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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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 and Graduation Album

From September to December of last year I had the great pleasure to participate in the Beyond the Blur mentorship held by +Alex Lapidus​ and +Heiko Mahr​. They were supported by many helpers and we had onlookers cheering us along the way.

This mentorship took us on a travel through modern art history beginning with Impressionism and ending at Contemporary Art. Each week, Alex and Heiko gave us an introduction to two art movements, either complementing or contrasting each other, and their respective main proponents. We had to pick our favorite painter for each movement and let them inspire us for our own work and create a blurred or unsharp image considering the aims and philosophy of the movement.

As you can guess, for me (and I daresay for the other participants as well) some movements created positive vibes and inspired me much (like Impressionism and Wabi-sabi) while others created friction (Futurism) or didn't speak to me at all (Dada). That's cool, because we did not only get to know the different movements, but also got to know ourselves a little better.

It was much to take in and digest and not all of us were able to stay on track, but had to slow down and let the acquired knowledge sink in, before we could go on to the next task and sometimes I had to put the cart before the horse and work backwards, but that's good, too.

My visual library got stocked up plenty not only by the lessons, but by the incredible images my fellow mentees created during that time, and I will be drawing on this stock for the rest of my life.

Thank you, Alex and Heiko, all the helpers and fellow mentees! It was a great ride, a ride that wouldn't be possible without the generous +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers​ and all the mentors participating offering their passion, time and knowledge to help other photographers grow.

Every image in this album has the information about the art movement and you can see this using the Info button on the images. Since I am on mobile I wasn't able to sort the images along the time line the lessons were presented. 
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Signup for Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017!

We're off and running with one of our favorite mentorships! Please be sure to sign up on the original post only at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/105385385448524520257/+ByronSheldrick/posts/ZmghjxRQCSN .
Sign up here for the Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 mentorship!


►►► Read the instructions before you sign up! ◄◄◄

This is a special program through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers designed to help you get to know your camera better and be able to move into Manual shooting mode. A group of mentors will be taking on a handful of people for a 8-week online mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

We have assembled a very able group of quality, knowledgeable and caring photographers from the Google+ community who want to share their understanding and experience with you.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a camera BASICS workshop only, designed to help an individual move beyond shooting on auto or semi-automatic modes exclusively. It will cover how to use the various manual options for DSLR cameras and some "point and shoot" cameras that have a dedicated Manual mode. Do not apply for this workshop if your camera does not have a Manual mode.

Also, please be aware that this is an intensive mentorship. Each week will have set assignments, with very clear expectations. You will be shooting a lot. If you are not comfortable with a very guided and directed program, then this might not be the mentorship for you. This mentorship is not about developing your artistic vision. It is, however, very much about giving you the technical control of your camera needed to develop and realize your artistic vision. Advanced editing skills are not required, and for most of the mentorship you will be asked not to edit your photos.

Group size is LIMITED.

Signups will be open for several days, and are not first-come first-served. Selected participants will be notified by Thursday, Feb. 26th, and the first lesson post will be Thursday March 2nd. You will need to have the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers page circled to receive the private message, if you are selected.

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These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– typically at least a couple of PUBLIC posts per week; more posting increases your chances of being selected. (The class itself will be private to the group selected.)
Posts to a community, even public community are not considered public posts in the sense of this application. Participants are those who regularly post in G+ in a variety of public posts, including posts to public collections.

• You must be interactive with others here at G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to your fellow participants. We learn from each other in this program.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop. You’ll be shooting a lot, and weekly assignments need to be completed on time. The program is designed so that each week builds on the lessons of the previous week. If you are going to be away in the middle of the mentorship, then it might be better to wait until the next offering.

(We use the same selection criteria that +Robin Griggs Wood uses for her "G+ Mentorship Art for Photographers Program", which you can read about here to see if you qualify for the BASICS mentorship: https://plus.google.com/b/105385385448524520257/105385385448524520257/posts/BT1Ei9qD2fi )

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To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only!

(your application will not be seen at any reshares) and answer the following questions in your comment:


1) Photography skill level or how long you've been shooting
2) Type of camera/s you currently shoot with that have Manual mode
3) Aspirations within photography
4) Current job or profession
5) Amount of time you have available for participation


EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Shooting for 1 year approx.
2) Canon EOS Rebel T3
3) To sell prints of my work
4) Full-time grocery store clerk
5) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this


The +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood, +Ron Clifford and +Alex Lapidus.

The Mentoring Team and Assistants.


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Camera Basics: Beyond Automatic 2017 is coming!

In the fifth round of this time-tested program, an all-star crew of mentors will help you get the most out of your DSLR (or point and shoot camera with manual operating modes). Stay tuned for the official signup post, coming February 13!
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"...I was given so much to think about that I sometimes found myself challenged to the point of confusion, went past the point of being overwhelmed, and then was drawn back to myself and a sense of personal accomplishment and self-direction that would have been dream-think without the leaders and mentorship participants. Because of them, and the incredible assignments and information with which we work, I am finding my voice. " -- +Sandra Nesbit 

Thank you, Sandra, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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

Final Plus Post for Beyond the Blurs Mentorship and Graduation Album

Beyond babies, marriage, death, divorce and getting the lead role in a Broadway Play, there are few things one does in life that are absolutely life-changing. But for me, being a participant in the G+ Mentorship Programs for Photographers is one of them. I believe there are some important, reasons for that and I want to talk about those reasons here.

For those who are just learning about the Mentorship Programs:
+Robin Griggs Wood who began the program and who was ably assisted (in my mentorships) by +Alex Lapidus, +Heiko Mahr and +Linda Villers created a way for us to help each other learn and grow together in an international community of people who provide mutual encouragement, information, support, and respect. The broader mentorship community has been around for a while, and I am here to witness to the fact that it works. We do learn. We do grow. We do give and find support. We’re also challenged to become the best artist and photographer we can be within the context of our normal, everyday lives. All this we do with flexible time frames and in the company of people who become our friends. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

In my most recent mentorship, Beyond the Blurs, I was given so much to think about that I sometimes found myself challenged to the point of confusion, went past the point of being overwhelmed, and then was drawn back to myself and a sense of personal accomplishment and self-direction that would have been dream-think without the leaders and mentorship participants. Because of them, and the incredible assignments and information with which we work, I am finding my voice. I bet, if you choose to invest yourself in these mentorships, they’ll do the same for you.

All the images in this album were created during, and as part of, the Beyond the Blurs Mentorship.
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1/15/17
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A new mentorship for the new year!
The "Colours, Shapes, Lines and Textures" mentorship is ready for sign-ups! To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RogerChessell/posts/GEEvC6HruM6?sfc=true

(your application will not be seen at any reshares!)
The Colours, Shapes, Lines and Textures mentorship is ready for sign-ups!

In this new mentorship, I want to help you explore how Colours Shapes, Lines and Textures, as they all play a vital role in how we create powerful images that are engaging to the viewer to tell great visual stories. We will be looking at these one by one and also together to help you understand how they can help elevate your images from nice pictures to something that is just “that much more special”. I know from experience this will be a fun, educational and sometimes challenging way to improve your photography while being in a private group of like minded friends.

I will be taking on a group for an 8 weeks on-line mentorship program which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. Everyone who participates can have fun and learn at the same time!

About me

Am I a world renown photographer? No most definitely not as I too continue along the path of learning, trying out different ways of combining things to get a great photo.

So why have I put together this mentorship, well it’s about passing on the lessons I have learnt, to encourage you to put things together in a way that works for you, to help you find those explanations of why certain things go together.

I have learnt some great stuff along my path of enlightenment by participating in G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, with Mary Presson Roberts, Lauri Novak and Shari Miller. I have spent a period of time in the Arcanum under 2 Masters, Bob Young and Ron Clifford, learning different skills whilst being encouraged by fellow apprentices in the communities working alongside me, and qualified at level 40.

I am a qualified Adult Education Trainer of some 15 years. For over 30 years I have dabbled in photography taking snapshots, running my own darkroom (many years ago) before I retired and took up digital photography as my main hobby, to learn what goes into making a great photo.

This mentorship is aimed at the new photographer, you will already be experiencing the mind-blowing fact that it is not just about pointing a camera and pressing the shutter button to achieve a tremendous photo.

You read about useful software like Lightroom and Photoshop, but this mentorship doesn’t cover these but I will help you to understand how to get some of the basics right first.

Selection process

Selections will begin on 15th January 2017 for the mentorship beginning on 6th February 2017 and end on 10th April 2017


These are the selection criteria:

• 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 few 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.

To be considered for selection, please comment to the main post only, here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RogerChessell/posts/GEEvC6HruM6?sfc=true

(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) Favorite three subjects to photograph
4) Aspirations within photography
5) Current job or profession
6) Previous art studies
7) Amount of time you have available for participation

EXAMPLE ANSWERS
1) Intermediate hobby photographer
2) Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CS3
3) Trees, landscapes, waterfalls
4) To sell prints of my work
5) Full-time grocery store clerk
6) I have no previous art studies
7) I do have a job and two kids, but I will make the time for this

The G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers is run by program directors +Robin Griggs Wood +Ron Clifford +Alex Lapidus

Helpers

+Angela Migliore +Bob Young +Bretta Elmore +Jennifer Walton +Lauri Novak +Mary Presson Roberts +Steffan Correll +Kitten KaboodleInc

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"Beyond The Blur Is definitely a life changing thing... because if i am not in it.. then i never be able to know about different Arts.. Paintings.. eras.." -- +Guru Dutt 

Thank you, Guru Dutt, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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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!
Beyond The Blur Week- graduation Post of mentorship program

Till week 1st and 2nd i was upspeed on the mentorship then due to studies and other thing i become turtle.. slow.. and the graduation post and other few week posts i posted today instant because i lag behind because of my academics studies and just got time today to post all things.. It's not my 1st mentorship with my Master in photography +Alex Lapidus and 1st thing is 1st if you are learn some thing with Master Alex... time not matter at all.. it's you learn in most relaxed way... no dead line or anything... he always there for you... no matter what... always guide you anyway he can... and for me he is true master and best friend for me... and also Master +Heiko Mahr and master +Linda Villers all three so frank and so much encouraging.. and share all his and her expertise to give everyone a well cheerful and awesome environment in mentorship...

Beyond The Blur Is definitely a life changing thing... because if i am not in it.. then i never be able to know about different Arts.. Paintings.. eras..

* The incredible and awesome thing is viewing the incredible work of my dear Blurish frnds in the Beyond The Blur every one came up with incredible masterpieces for the assignment..

* Tons of thanks to +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers  Keeping the awesome work GO...

Never Miss awesome chance to enter In +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers ... check the page you may find some new mentorship program and apply for it... i may say it's Super Helpful... you will be learn super cool things... and more over it's a omg awesome type experience you will get...

#PlusPost #gurudutt #colors #blur #Bluragraphy #unsharp #colorful #photography #photographer #BluR-a-GraphY
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"I couldn't imagine before what would happen during these 8 weeks. To sum it up: feed your muse with all the great art, let the creativity flow and then the best part of it to produce your own smashing art...it felt like diving into a blurred magical world, it took my photography to a higher level and pushed my creativity, plus it was a joy to see everyone in the group growing in their very own and unique way." -- +Christine Bichler 

Thank you, Christine, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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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!
Beyond the Blur - Graduation Album and Final Plus Post

What a fantastic experience to study art movements in the amazing beyond the blur mentorship program run by +Alex Lapidus and +Heiko Mahr and provided by +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers. I couldn't imagine before what would happen during these 8 weeks. To sum it up: feed your muse with all the great art, let the creativity flow and then the best part of it to produce your own smashing art...it felt like diving into a blurred magical world, it took my photography to a higher level and pushed my creativity, plus it was a joy to see everyone in the group growing in their very own and unique way.
I'm really happy and grateful I could join this adventure, many thanks again to +Alex Lapidus +Heiko Mahr and +Linda Villers for all the work and time you put in, and I'm sure the fun will go on in this creative, supportive and inspiring group of people.
I can highly recomment to sign up for one of the upcomming mentorship programs of +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers, I promise you won't regret it!
Here are some of my artworks I've created during the last weeks, I hope you enjoy!
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beyond the blur graduation album
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"Not only have we as a group pushed our own boundaries and learned a huge amount about photography but we have explored art history in a way that has made it a joy." -- +Jo Houlbrook 

Thank you, Jo, for sharing your thoughts and work from your time in the Beyond the Blur mentorship with +Heiko Mahr and +Alex Lapidus!

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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 Pus Post ~ Beyond the Blur +Alex Lapidus +Heiko Mahr +Linda Villers +G+ Mentorship for photographers

I am struggling to put into words the gratitude that I feel towards the Alex, Heiko and Linda for the time and effort they put in to produce a such an amazing mentorship. Not only have we as a group pushed our own boundaries and learned a huge amount about photography but we have explored art history in a way that has made it a joy. Each new week our eyes were opened to different genres, some that you'd think nah that ain't for me and then you'd start researching and be absolutely hooked. I/ we have been encouraged along the way by Alex and Heiko but also by the other mentees whose support is also invaluable. I honestly feel blessed to have been a part of this wonderful group and can not thank you all enough. I feel sad that its all over but I know that after our rowdy start in art we'll all be coming back here again and again to explore, here's to the rest of the journey!
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