“The gold is in the getting there”
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We are going to do a lot of growing in this program and we are going to talk about a lot of things. We are going to talk about creativity in general, we are going to talk about the specifics of creating award images and awards in general, we are going to talk about the process we need to take, the ideas we need to generate, and the reasons we want to do it in the first place.
I am really hoping that as a student you can pick up a bit of practical knowledge but also be inspired.
Know that there is room for you out there in this crazy photography industry and the even crazier awards systems. And know from my point of view you don’t have to start out with any special gift. I had no special gift when I started, except I was surrounded by wonderful people who taught me a craft that I have grown to love.
So welcome to the program.
HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM
Before you dive in, we have a few recommendations to get the most out of your experience. You have invested in yourself by enrolling in this course, so we want to see you get the absolute most out of it that you can. This program can be repeated anytime you think you need it. It can be done in bits and pieces or it can be done in the order that it is presented to you. We will give you a recommended class outline as a guide, but it is up to you and your learning style and needs as to how you use this resource.
THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED
To enjoy this program, you only need your computer and desire to learn. Oh and of course your camera gear. However here are a few other items that we think will enhance your learning experience:
Bring an open mind. This program is one of a kind. It is the first of its kind. It is a combination of education, mentoring and community. Initially you might be surprised by the content and what is included. It might not be what you expected.
Your printable PDF is filled with lesson recaps and assignments, links to external resources and places for you to take notes as you go. The more you commit to using the resources and doing the work, the more you will grow so print it out and use it.
Melissa explains her techniques to you in 12 official audio lessons. Additional videos and audio podcasts will be added regularly. It’s tempting to finish all the lessons in one sitting, but we recommend using the suggested viewing schedule which you will find on page 7 of the programs workbook. Work through the schedule first before you start to explore the other materials.
Writing materials: You’ll want to keep writing materials handy, both for taking notes while going thought the program and for jotting down ideas. We also recommend keeping a single dedicated images notebook for notes, ideas, and anything else that inspires you to create amazing award images where you can collate your thoughts in one place.
PROGRAM OUTLINE – SUGGESTED VIEWING SCHEDULE
Introduction (You Are Here Right Now)
What we are going to do
We All Start Somewhere
Learn your trade
Your creative well
Surround yourself with people who inspire you
Be so good they can’t ignore you
Grow your small thoughts
Don’t wear out your creativity
Find your own space and own it
Who will you become?
Why go there?
Who will you be
Leave your emotion at the door
Why do awards exist at all
The Winning Formula
The magic awards formula
The 3 types of award images
Reflect about where you are
Even when you lose you can win
Learn from your failures
What is easy to do is easy not to do
Make your process a habit
What is your process
Print them before they are perfect
Read the rules
Become part of the system
Get exposed to the process
Trust the competition you enter
Judges are people to.
The Shock Factor
Morals, values and the shock factor
Growing as an Artist
Perseverance over time
Take a break
Challenge and mistakes.
Its Show Time!
Nerves and entering
Life in the photography industry
So What’s Next?
Where to next
TAKE IT FURTHER
– see the workbook for details.
It’s your turn to share your thoughts about this lesson in our Facebook community. Don’t forget to respond to the comments of others
Its not always easy to write a post as someone new into a group so here is what we thought we would give you some ideas to make it easier for you.
Now don’t go choosing all of them, just pick what resonates with you!!
Start your post with #introducingmyself.
Then pick some of these to write a little about.
Tell us where you live (you can also use this as a hashtag up the top if you wish to)
Tell us what you love to photograph
Tell us what you think your current skill level is at
Tell us how photography makes you feel
Tell us where you want to go with your photography.
Tell us if you have entered awards before and if you did how did you go?
And if you haven’t tell us why? What has been stopping you?