Does Emotion Help? If it is Under Control !

In Blog #6 I was a bit embarrassed to admit that when I was highly emotional about getting a Teton Valley shot of the fog, I didn’t do a very good job of thinking straight.  I may be exaggerating a bit but as I develop my photography, I am fairly relaxed most of the time […]

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Does Emotion Help or Get in the Way?

First let me start by apologizing for not putting up a post for more than a month.  Like many of you, the only excuse I have for slowing down my life is covid-19, and it doesn’t seem like a very good explanation.  I’ve had plenty of “available time” but I didn’t seem to have the […]

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What Feedback is Most Helpful?

I hope all of you are safe and healthy and finding a way to stay focused on some of the positive aspects in life.  But I realize that ain’t always easy.  For the last few weeks most of us have probably been following a social distancing formula, depending on where you live.  And we may […]

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What is Intra-Personal “Competition”

For most of us our lives probably have changed rather dramatically the last couple weeks with a strong emphasis on Social Distancing.  The Covid-19 epidemic has left many of us spending time at home.  Maybe I should give you a little homework to keep you busy 🙂 or maybe encourage you to share your idea […]

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Growing a Peer Mentor Program

My many years teaching educational psychology taught me the importance of a safe learning environments where students support one another as opposed to competing with one another.  When I retired and became a “photography learner” I quickly realized that working with other amateur photographers would improve my photography.   Learning together in a peer mentor program […]

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Don’t Give Up

Two months ago, I finally made a commitment to myself to upgrade my FirstanAmateur.com.  I had thought about it for a long time but wasn’t sure if I had the commitment, the enthusiasm, and the technology skills to dive in. But I have a friend who has very good technology skills and he kept encouraging […]

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Peer Mentor Support

My 2015-16 blogs were about my own progress improving as an amateur photographer.  I must admit that I felt my progress to be shaky with some good days, and quite a few not-so-good days.  I typically attended a monthly photo critique session, which was somewhat helpful, but I often held back on asking for more […]

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Is It Your Challenge Too ?

I’ve read plenty of articles and books about it … but it still isn’t easy. I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit in the past year and I think about it for almost every photo I shoot … but sometimes when I look at my images in Lightroom, I wonder what I was thinking. […]

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Tragic Loss … Almost

A couple months ago I bought a new 27” iMac with 3 TB of memory. I had been storing all my photos in an external hard drive because my MacBook Pro memory was just about used up. I knew that I needed a back up and kept telling myself I could lose all my photos […]

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Involvement Powers Improvement

On the last post I introduced you to Ed Deci’s theory of Intrinsic Motivation. Sorry to be so academic but it seemed like a good way to share something about motivation that is very likely to impact most of us. I’ll try to lay-off the academic stuff in future posts, but let me use Deci’s […]

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