I am thrilled to say July Joy has launched – today!!!!
Our first week’s theme is Water.
Here’s a sample of what went out today…
Hi Photo Lovers!
I’m so excited to have you along on this creative journey into the wonderful world of photography. Yes, there will be days where you find it difficult to engage, and yes, there will be other days where you feel immersed and excited. The best thing you can do is keep going. Turn the telly off an hour early each night, and devote a little time to your photography journey. Like anything in life, the more you put in, the more you will get out of it.
I asked all of you what you’d like to get out of the course and there were consistently three recurring themes:
1. Gain confidence using your manual dSLR camera in manual mode
This course is intended to get you out and about with your camera. Make sure you keep referring back to the manual camera guide. In fact, I recommend you take it with you when you’re shooting. You will find that you will swing between creative ideas and technical proficiency, and at least in the beginning, it will be technical proficiency that you want to focus on.
2. Explore, expand and discover your creativity
Use your visual diary to compile all the ideas, photos, technical notes in one place. Over time that will become a great resource for you as you develop your creativity. Also, try to keep up with a photo a day, Monday to Friday, preferably with a smart phone using apps, if you have one. It’s quick, and without all the dSLR buttons means you will focus on creative composition and gain an introduction to post production with the apps. I have put a post in The Camera Bag about apps and suggested ones to use.
3. Get feedback on your progress
Each weekly assignment will outline what you can submit. For each feedback video I will max out at 20 images. Be prepared that I can’t critique everybody’s results, but you will gain lots of insight by seeing what everybody has put up for that week. I will make sure everyone gets a turn throughout July Joy.
Today’s lesson continues with an inspiring video to watch about creativity, and a screencast video from me about different ways to think about water, and other creative things to consider for photographing water.
You know, I’m feeling pretty jumpy – a combination of nerves and excitement at the same time. I keep checking what I’ve put together to be sure it’s the right level for my participants. I’m prreeeety sure that it is, but I won’t actually know for certain until I start getting some feedback from them. I think you call this type of thing a baptism by fire??!
Good times – I’d much rather be jumping off the cliff doing this than so many other things. I’ll either face plant or the parachute will open. Here’s hoping….