What to do After Leaving the Comfort Zone ?

Once outside your comfort zone, what will help you improve?  It is easy to say you’re gonna try some new approach in photography, but what will keep you motivated to stick to a new approach when you are likely to stumble?  I’d suggest that you have a partner to work with and have them critique […]

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Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Are you traipsing along in a “comfortable photograph zone”?  Do you often find your photos to be the same-old, same-old?  What are you doing to learn a new approach or skills? It can be easy in a hobby, or profession, to stick with the comfortable approach to getting the job done.  But is that approach […]

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The Goal for a Photo Contest is …

If you were to enter a photo contest, what would be your goal?  What would be the most valuable outcome of entering a photo contest?  What would you learn from participating? Those might be questions you have never considered.  But if you have been a serious amateur photographer, you have probably considered entering a photo […]

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A Monthly Challenge to Get You Going

If you had the motivation, the money, and the time to work with a challenging mentor, it is likely you would improve your photography fairly quickly.  But most of us don’t have the money.  And even if you are retired, you probably don’t have the time to do the “homework” your mentor would give you […]

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Building on the Advice of Amateurs

March Madness is behind us and the spring season often brings many opportunities for photography.  When I moved into the mountains and began to get serious about photography, I assumed summer would be the best time to grab good photos.  But my regular interaction with experienced landscape photography taught me to see the world around […]

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Photography Advice for Beginners

What basic photographic advice would help you improve your photography as a beginner? One of my colleagues shared a post on our Teton Photography Club Facebook page last week that really got my attention.  His exact post was “What’s one piece of photography advice you’d give to your beginner self?”  It got me thinking … […]

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How Important is Feedback & How to Encourage it in Groups

In my last Blog (“How Peer Mentors Might Help”) I described what I have learned about how being involved with a group of peers can have a very positive impact on your personal growth as a photographer. There are clearly some critical characteristics that you need to have: a commitment to improving your photography that […]

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How Peer Mentors Might Help

In the early ‘80s I changed the regular tests in my Educational Psychology class and added a set of more challenging questions to each test.  Some of the students were troubled while others enjoyed the questions and often hung around after the test to talk with me about the challenge.  After the final exam I […]

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2021 Learning from/with the Peer Mentors

Sorry for the long FirstAnAmateur delay.  I don’t have an excuse, but I do have a New Year’s Resolution with some help from my peer mentor colleagues.  If you have followed my blog from the start you know that I began a Peer Mentor Program (PMP) in March 2016.  I have referred to the PMP […]

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Can Feedback Improve Your Photography ?

In my last Blog I shared ideas about photography that came to me from Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers.  Gladwell discloses some very interesting explanations for how exceptional musicians, athletes, millionaires, and others have attained success.  I wondered if I’ve been adopting Gladwell’s interpretations as I worked to improve my photography? I began my retirement assuring […]

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