Photographic workshops

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  1. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Ok workshops is a bit of a liberty of a name, but its got you looking at the post and that is what counts.

    The idea of this approach is to get members of all skills, not just beginners, together into groups of up to 8. These group members will then take the task to provide feedback on each others work in the group.
    This is commitment so if you join a group you have to be willing and able to put the time into giving your voice at least once a week to the works of others in the group. You don't have to have a vast understanding of photography, just a keen interest in it and a motivation to help yourself and others. Comments do not have to be technical, nor all compositional - all that is asked is that you put your best effort into commenting and critiquing the other members photos.

    As such this is designed to operate like a classroom/workshop setup through the internet. I do expect people to remain polite when speaking to others and to have a good set of manners - that is not to say you cannot be harsh and honest with your comments, in fact honesty is encouraged - but it is to say that when speaking you must use appropriate language to convey your thoughts.

    As I said at the start this is open to all levels and all members - I even encourage people not to form groups all of one skill level - mix it up a bit to get different inputs. Also there is to be no grouping according to interests - part of the power of such groups is having people with diverse experiences and tastes in photography so that you get a range of feedback.

    These groups are designed to run under their own power - there is no formal teacher to start things, though I do encourage groups to nominate a group leader to help organise and start things each week. Further how the group approaches its setup is totally up to the group - below are some examples for how to run this - note that things should always remain in the public areas of the forum and that in such threads non-members are still allowed to comment - this is not about forming elitist groups in any way.

    Possible methods of operation per week:

    1) Have a single thread per week in which each person posts their images and then comments on the others - this could be run by having images/image links send via pm to the group leader and then they setup a single post with each image in it - members then take time to comment in posts on each image and to also talk about key images/aspects as needed.

    2) Each member posts and flags a single thread per week (flagging by either a specific title or (recommended) but pming all members with the thread location) in which members of the group can then post and discuss the image. This has the advantage that talk will not get crossed over with talk of different images in the same thread.

    3) Groups may make full use of the social groups feature on the site - found here:
    The Photo Forum - Photography Discussion Forum - Social Groups
    Note that I still encourage people that if they use the social groups for image posting and commenting that they also post images in the more common areas of the forum as well.

    Right now for the tricky part - forming the group. You can use this thread to advertise your interest in being a member or wanting to start a group - I am also willing for people to pm me names to be put into a hat for me to make random groups of 8 (or so depending on numbers) out of.
     
  2. manaheim

    manaheim Jedi Bunnywabbit Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Um, ok, I'll jump on the wagon o' banding. :)

    I'm willing and interested. I'm probably high intermediate skill level or so.
     
  3. LuckySo-n-So

    LuckySo-n-So TPF Noob!

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    Since I'm already on one wagon, I'll jump on this one too and see how it goes.

    Hopefully this won't drive me to fall off the other wagon...:lol:

    My skill level has been upgraded from "totally clueless" to "clueless." Seriously, I'm still a beginner.
     
  4. Bitter Jeweler

    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I'd like to participate. I like "methods of operation" #1 and #3 myself.

    I am a beginer, but not a total noob. I am very interesting in finding some sort of community mentorship, that involves other beginers and more advanced people as well. I believe this is the best way to learn.

    My strengths: May only be my drive and determination, at the moment.
    My weaknesses: Framing and Composition
    My lofty goals: To show in a gallery.
    My background: Fine Arts/Crafts, speciallizing in jewelry/metals, and sculpture. Very limited 2D design / Illustration education. How I went through 4 years of college, and didn't take Vis Org 101 escapes me. :)
     
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    d40bby TPF Noob!

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    You can mark me down as interested....beginner here but learning quickly!
     
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    Sign me up! I appreciate you actually putting this into action as the other thread was full of good ideas but I wasn't thinking anyone would actually act on them. I'm on here everyday and would be totally willing to lead/organize a group. I really don't know where I'd say my skill level is, but I have a good understanding of a camera's operations and also understand compositional elements quite well. Plus, I feel I'm active with the feedback to most people's photos and it would be great to know that mine would get some feedback too.
     
  7. DScience

    DScience No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm a beginner addicted to photography...So, I would like to participate in this most definitely!
     
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    I would love to participate in something like this! I am a totally clueless beginner who doesn't even know how to operate my camera yet. I hope this doesn't exclude me.
     
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    Not a beginner any longer, but by no means a professional either... I'de be honored to partake in this adventure :)
     
  10. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Well 8 is sort of the "magic number" and there are 8 of you appearing.
    So you 8 above shakes hands your group 1! :)

    I would suggest one of you start a soical group in the groups section so that you can have an easy talk about how to set yourself up and how to operate the group
     
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    Count me in as well for the next group! I not sure how to classify my self, but I would say would say beginner or just past.
     
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    sburatorul TPF Noob!

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    definitely count me in. i consider myself a beginner and now that i got more time and some new gear i am eager to learn...
     

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