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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Will 10,000 Hours Solve the Problem ?

I suspect that most of you get photography e-mails, read photography books and/or magazines, subscribe to photo on-line classes, and maybe count on Blogs to get you motivated.  I do, and I have to admit that I don’t always follow through and practice what they are trying to teach me.  But a recent e-mail post […]

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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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