Resources for Amateur Photographers

I don’t believe that reading alone is going to make a big difference in your photography if all you do is sit at home and read.  But I have found that reading about photography can be very helpful IF I used what I was learning about photography just about immediately.  I need to use the ideas right away.

Each month each of the peer mentor groups has a photographic theme for the next month.  At the end of the month each member submits a photograph for the theme.  At the meeting we have a blind-competition where everyone gets a vote and shares their critique of each of the photos.  The “winner” gets to choose the theme for next month.  I’ll post a blog in the near future to share how the peer mentors feel about the monthly theme and the theme competition.

In addition to choosing the theme for the next month, the winner also has to send me an article to help everyone learn about the theme.  We have found some online photography to be especially helpful (e.g., PhotographyLife) when we are faced with a monthly topic and I will share some of them in our Resources page of the website. Let’s start with a common theme that brings a lot of discussion and interest.

Black & White

The B&W Photography Theme has been a favorite for a number of years (we only allow for a theme to be chosen once a year) with a real variety of approaches and quite a bit of B&W photo “growth” over the years.  Here is an article from PhotographyLife that is really helpful – “Complete Guide to Black & White

Basic Challenges to Amateur Photographers

5 Uncomfortable Truths has some very interesting challenges to your ideas about being an amateur photographer.  It may calm down your amateur frustrations or rile them up.  A short article that could have lasting impacts on the ideas you have about what makes a good amateur photographer.

5 Uncomfortable Truths About Photography


10 Ideas to Instantly Improve Your Photographic Composition

10 Ideas to Instantly Improve Your Photography Composition

Leading Lines

How to Use Leading Lines Effectively in Landscape Photography