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Selection of pictures from the Photography Mentoring Service for November – the theme was Out of the Gloom

Posted in Mentoring Service on December 15th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Be the first to comment

Some of the best stuff we’ve ever had on the mentoring service this month – obviously this theme struck a bit of a chord.  Some great ideas and technical skills on show here.

As always, a real mix of experience and cameras, from compacts to a mighty Nikon D3, and people with years of experience alongside people just getting started.

The picture of the little girl is here with the permission of her Dad Dave, who took the shot.  We don’t normally post people pictures, especially children, but we thought this time a gloomy kid fit the theme really well.

Next month will be the first month of Photography Mentoring Service v2.0, taking on-board most of the suggestions that have come from our customers.  Wait and see – it’s gonna be good, and it’s the same price as before, just better organised!!

 

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We think it’s unfair to have favourites, but people have asked us to pick out pics and critique them here – we really like the way that Jane has balanced the gloom and the brightness in this shot from all the way over in Clifton, here in Bristol. Nikon D5300, kit lens(!) 18-55mm zoomed in to 55, f11, 1/100th and 640ISO. We did a little minor tweakery in lowly Picasa to up the contrast by increasing shadows and highlights. Even in her hurry to get the shot she’s thinking about the composition – well done Jane!!

Here’s the original unedited picture from Jane – slightly less direct framing and someone in the background but still a nice atmospheric shot.

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Selection of pictures from the Photography Mentoring Service for October – the theme was Connected

Posted in Mentoring Service on November 5th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

This month we have an even wider range of subjects and concepts than usual. I’ve picked out 20 of the best pictures – there are also a fair few on our Facebook page. I really am constantly amazed by the ingenuity and creativity that people show in taking these pictures. Don’t forget that most of the people here are fairly new to photography, and most of them have fairly old cameras!

We are always keen to get more people involved with  Photography Mentoring Service, and we have now made it easier to sign up for a fixed period, which also enables you to give a few months mentoring as a gift –  Christmas is coming!  If this sounds like a good idea, go here to sign up.

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Selection of Photography from the Photography Mentoring Service for September – the theme was Abandoned

Posted in Mentoring Service, Photography Course Students on October 6th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

This month we had the widest geographic range of pictures –  from California to Kamchatka, with a few closer to home – the abandoned village of Tyneham in Dorset, boats at Hayling Island and doorways in Valencia.

People have commented that they find these pictures intimidating – these are taken by ordinary people on ordinary cameras (sometimes really really ordinary cameras).  If you think these are good – just think what you could do with a bit of thought.  And if your pics are a bit ropey we can help!!

We can do mentoring as a gift certificate for a limited time (and limited price) these days – check it out here.

 

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Selection of pictures for the Photography Mentoring Service for August 2014 – the theme was “Impossible”

Posted in Mentoring Service on September 11th, 2014 by Phil and Rachel – Comments Off

A small selection of the pictures from this month’s Photography Mentoring Service – perhaps the widest range of subjects and techniques we’ve seen. It is gratifying to see the pictures improving each month, both creatively and technically.

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