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Hey, welcome to our new STM community. With a little coaxing from +Allison Sheridan we figured we'd create this new G+ community where we can share all things photographic, especially if it has anything to do with switching to manual. So, here's a pic from one of our STM classes/photowalks from this past summer at Coney Island. We're looking forward to 2015 and more workshops in this iconic location. Thanks for joining us!
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Every photographer knows the feeling of being subsumed in a tsunami of images, though truth be told we mostly see those last few hundred images we’ve taken when we glance at our photo library. In this 25th episode, the Switch to Manual Guys talk about the value of having your work reviewed by a fresh set of eyes in what’s known as a “portfolio review.” While having someone criticize (or “critique”) your work can sometimes be difficult to sit through, the experience enables the photographer to step back from his or her images to see larger patterns and possible paths toward greater creativity. The ultimate goal of a portfolio review is the creation of a body of work which the photographer can proudly stand behind.

http://switchtomanual.com/2015/07/street-shots-ep-25-the-ten-thousand-foot-view/
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In the 10,000 foot view episode about having a portfolio review I have to side with Tom that it's better to get your own creativity going for a  while before having a critique.  I learned this from my children's kindergarten teacher.

She told Steve and me to NOT correct them as they were learning to write. Not to correct their spelling or grammar.  She said that if we'd just leave them alone, in KINDERGARTEN she would have them writing actual books by the end of the year, but if we corrected them they'd never write.  She explained that they can be taught the technical skills later but never again will their creativity be at the height that we could so easily crush right now.

We have the most precious set of books from each child with wonderful, creative stories.  

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In this 24th episode, +Jean Miele draws on the language of alchemy (the ancient art of transforming lead into gold) to give expression to his holistic and deeply subjective creative process. Jean and Antonio met as photo editors in the 80’s and share a vast knowledge of traditional film photography. Today Jean’s best known for his creative documentation of industrial settings and his composite landscapes which, like his beloved alchemy, transform the ordinary into pure gold. Deriving meaning and telling stories through images, Miele’s ever-evolving creative edge keeps him returning to those “thin places” where the veil separating the ordinary from the extraordinary offers itself to the camera. He likens his “fictional photography” to the work of a novelist, reminding us that all great art helps us see deeper into the mystery. Miele’s work does that and more, playfully challenging and inspiring photographers at every level, including the Switch to Manual Guys!

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Olympus Air A01 - this is too cool to be real.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwUXDDLfA_U

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+Tom Martinez and +Antonio M. Rosario have been inspired by George Costanza from Seinfeld:

Ready to take your photography to a new level but feeling as if you’re stuck in a rut, doing the same thing all the time out of habit? Try doing the opposite. In this episode (inspired by a Seinfeld episode), the Switch to Manual Guys talk about the power of doing precisely what you never do, opening up new creative vistas through playful experimentation. You may not permanently switch from landscape to portraits or black and white to color, but doing try it for a day and experience the creative power unleashed simply by doing the opposite of what you typically do. And don’t forget to order the chicken salad on rye with a cup of tea!

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Street Shots episode 20 is up. This week +Tom Martinez and +Antonio M. Rosario are talking about photographic style.

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+Tom Martinez and +Antonio M. Rosario had the great pleasure of interview with +Ron Haviv, an incredible photojournalist, on their latest Street Shots podcast episode. You'll want to tune in to this one as Ron shares his experiences with them. What a Fantastic photographer.

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Episode 18 of Street Shots is now available to download. This week, +Tom Martinez and +Antonio M. Rosario talk about editing. How do they choose that one picture from the many? Tune in and here about their process.
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