Photography class section?

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  1. snappin

    snappin TPF Noob!

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    I have also been thinking over lost prophet's request to adopt a noob. I really like the idea and would love a bit more 'structured' guideance from one (or a few) of the most experienced photogs here. I really like The_Traveler's idea to start a matchmaking thread, but I have one worry that within busy life and everything its going to be real hard for a good mentor/student relationship to develop there. I would just like to put out my suggestion as well, I'm not trying to steal anybody's thunder and I hope it doesnt come off that way.

    My idea is for a "Photography Class" type of deal. It would be very similar to the "Bi-weekly photo assignments" but with few key differences.

    - The topics would be more geared to reflect certain techniques/ideas that one would want to teach a new photographer (ie.. this week is contrast, or composition, etc.) And maybe one of the mentors could give their explanation of what they think is a 'good' representation of the topic.


    - Then once the students go ou and get their assignments and turn them in (post them) a group of mentors (whoever happens to look at them) will honestly critique them with respect to the given assignment (and probably other general photographic rules) and assign a grade. Obviously a grade will be very irrelevant but I think it might be kind of fun.

    Now this is obviously a very rough idea of how this could be done, but the thing I really think shows promise is that it could start out VERY informal (ie assignments are totally optional, and even grading is totally optional - except maybe for the person who gave the assignment hehe). But its something that if takes off could become even more structured and I think it could really benefit us noobs in forcing us to practice some of the fundamentals.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. ariadne76

    ariadne76 TPF Noob!

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    I think this is a wonderful idea. I would maybe not go so far as to give assignments a grade though, just some constructive criticism and feedback. For some reason, grades always feel like a competition to me, especially if posted publically... :oops:
     
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    that is an interesting idea. I'd participate :]
     
  4. snappin

    snappin TPF Noob!

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    Hehe good point about the grades being public. My thought for the grading were that if someone didnt do so hot on a certain theme they might come back later and give it another try and the grades might be able to show improvement. Maybe we could call it "score" instead of "grade" hehe. Or maybe the crit could be public but the score sent by pm.
     
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    nabero TPF Noob!

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    This sounds like a good idea...I'd participate as well :sillysmi:
     
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    OOoh..i like! i want in! everyone on here seems to have so much talent and insight - id love to learn!
     
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    count me in! super rad.
     
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    me too
     
  9. Patrice

    Patrice No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'd have a go.
     
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    I think this is a great idea. I would definately participate
     
  11. The_Traveler

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    What do you think of an assignment to find the 'best' f stop for your favorite lens?
    It would require some thought on how to and some effort to demonstrate.

    I actually would do that myself.
    It would be quite useful to know.
     
  12. snappin

    snappin TPF Noob!

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    Hmmm I'm intrigued. What exactly do you mean by 'best'? Do you mean sharpest? Most creative? Do explain a bit more please.
     

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