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The sign ups are open now. Please read the post carefully and then decide. I close comments here, so click through to Alex's post.
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Signup here for Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play 2017

This is a special program on the art and weird science of motion blurs, intentional camera movement, long exposures, and much more, offered through the +G+ Mentorship Program for Photographers . I will be taking on a small group of people for a free eight week online mentorship which will include lessons, assignments, and informal discussions. This is going to be huge fun, and a great learning experience!

To me, blurs and unsharp photography have represented a new dimension of artistic freedom – a fresh and joyous way to play with light, color, form… and sometimes their absence. My hope is to inspire some of you to find more of that joy in your own photography, and to offer some techniques, tips and tools to help, along with plenty of practice!

My own photography has benefited enormously from mentorships and coaching offered by +Nathan Beaulne, +Robin Griggs Wood, +Darryl Van Gaal, +Sairam Sundaresan, +Eric Raeber, +Brian Wood-Koiwa, and others here on G+, and my artistic partnership with my #brotherinblur +Heiko Mahr who will join me for this program as well. I’ve had the chance to assist with a number of additional programs, and now to serve as a director of the overall Mentorship Program along with Robin and +Ron Clifford; I’m delighted to have the opportunity to offer my own favorite subject once again! To add to the fun, I've invited the people who participated in and assisted with the last three years' programs to help out this time around, so we'll have all of that fabulous experience in the group.

We’ll be covering a range of topics, including not just how to take certain kinds of images (and sometimes why), but also tools in post-processing and phone apps. My goal is to be able to offer the program to you regardless of the tools you use to capture (or process) images – DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, point & shoot cameras, or Apple or Android smartphones (1). You’ll need to be familiar with the manual operation of any camera, have at least a basic understanding of the Exposure Triangle, and have time to take at least 100-200 photos per week and perhaps many more (because practice with your hands will be key to some techniques; just knowing how won’t be enough). You’ll also need to spend quality time in a (private) community supporting, enjoying, learning from and teaching your fellow participants!

Selections will be announced on Tuesday, May 16, and the first lesson will be posted on Thursday, May 18. The program will run eight weeks, through July 13.

These are the selection criteria:

• You must be taking and publicly posting your own photographs regularly here on G+ –– at least a public (or public collection) photo post every few 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 favorite work at the end).
• You must be interactive here on G+, as you will be expected to participate in this program giving feedback and comments to others.
• You must have the time available to participate in this workshop.

To be considered for selection, please answer the following questions, on the main post only, here:
https://plus.google.com/+AlexLapidus/posts/diAFj4moGn8
(your application will not be seen at any reshares). Please note that signups are not first-come, first-served, and comments will remain open for at least a few days, so please don’t worry if you’re not first in line.

1) Cameras (including smartphones) you expect to use in the program
2) Photo editing software and apps used most
3) Your goals for this mentorship
4) Amount of time you have available for participation


(1) There is at least one topic I've found it difficult 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).


Transition, London, 2017
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Do not miss this great opportunity to explore the different art movements in modern art! You will learn a lot about art, about yourself and find ways of how to use your camera and your photos more creatively. It will be a feast for your eyes and will nourish your brain.

Watch +Alex Lapidus​' profile for the sign up and prepare yourself for a fabulous ride!
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Return to the Scene

I've decided to run my Blurs and Unsharp Photography: Guided Play program again this year, together with +Heiko Mahr and the graduates of my three previous programs! Keep an eye out for the official signup post around May 9; the program will run from roughly May 16 into early July.

I sell prints and other photo products at http://www.alexlapidus.com


For #unsharpsaturday with me, +Jetski, +Julianne Bockius, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski and +Patrice Christian (+Unsharp Saturday v2.0); #blurshot with +Pavlik Andreïevitch Krylatov, +Kim Anglin and +delo projet; #streetphotography ; #streetpics with +Sergey Sus and +George Bolkvadze (+StreetPics); #streetphotographysaturday with +Sunny Wu (+Street Photography Saturday); #saturdaynightlight with +Dirk Heindoerfer (+SaturdayNightLight).

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The 'Jittery' post by +Alex Lapidus​ here https://plus.google.com/+AlexLapidus/posts/EdBkMHAFxvu reminded me of a photo from January when I met with +Margrit Schwarz​ in Basel.
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Rex II

Another one of the cinema/theater Rex in Basel, Switzerland

For #unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )
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Rex

A cinema/theater front in Basel, Switzerland, from my outing with +Margrit Schwarz

for #unsharpsaturday with +Alex Lapidus  +Julianne Bockius  +Jetski +Patrice Christian +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski ( +Unsharp Saturday v2.0 )
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Vortex

A long exposure phone shot from my outing with +Margrit Schwarz​ to the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland

For +Unsharp Saturday v2.0​ with +Alex Lapidus+Julianne Bockius, +Jetski, +Patrice Christian, +Nadia Cantou-Pewinski
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