Skills Build Workshop 2

Forgotten - Assignment 2:[masked] -[masked]

Look for what has been forgotten. It can be a person, place, or thing - or any other creative interpretation. It can be fun ("Oh LOOK! Here are my teeth!") or serious (the pain of Alzheimer's). Try to put meaning into the image, whether fun or serious or something entirely different. Stretch yourself to do your best work and SAY something in addition to making a technically great image. 

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Format for the Skills Build Workshop

I, Trina, will post an assignment two weeks prior to a face-to-face (F2F) meetup. Sign up only if you are going to physically attend the meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may still participate in the online aspect. You will have only two weeks to do the assignment.

When I post the assignment, I will also create a photo album on the Meetup site with the assignment name and the start/end dates. It will be possible to upload your photo(s) to the album as soon as it’s created.

There will be two ways to get feedback/critique on your work: online or F2F  (or both).

Online:

Post a maximum of two photos to the proper photo album on the Meetup website. In the “Caption” section, indicate what kind of feedback you are looking for. For example, you may want advice on lighting, composition, content, emotive affect, etc.

There will be a 1:3 ratio, meaning for every one image you post, you are obligated to critique at least three images for other photographers. Post 2, critique 6.

Regarding re-edits:  Some “critiquers” may want to show you what they advise instead of tell you. In this case, they may email you and ask you to send them a large file for them to work on. Of course, it is up to you to allow this or not. When the “critiquer” re-posts the image s/he must indicate in the caption who the original photographer was and that this is a re-edit. Respect copyright and delete the image from your computer when you are done with the image.

Indicate if it’s OK with you for others to re-edit your image. If you do not indicate that it’s OK, the default will be NO re-edits please.

F2F:

If you want F2F feedback, there will be a meeting every other Monday. If you have already posted to the Meetup site, there is no need to bring your image(s) to the meeting as I will have online access to it. You may have two images critiqued; they can be images already posted and critiqued online, or they can be images no one has seen yet, or one of each. Bring a maximum of two images on a memory stick in JPG format. I’ll load it onto my computer, display it on the big-screen TV and we’ll provide feedback as a group. We will not do a critique for anyone who is not present.

Location: The Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) clubhouse has internet, a big-screen TV, plenty of seating, and it’s free. It’s located in Esquimalt at 1001 Maplebank Rd. The clubhouse can be tricky to find. You will turn onto Maplebank Rd. off of Admiral’s Rd. The Songhee’s Wellness Centre is at that corner—it’s a large, modern building with some spectacular totem poles. You’ll go over three speed bumps, across the railway tracks, and on the left you’ll see the fenced-in parking lot for the dockyard. Pass the fenced-in lot and follow the road down and to the left until you see a white building with blue trim surrounded by another parking lot. That is the clubhouse.

If you need a ride, post it in the comments of the meetup. Indicate what area of town you live in. If you are willing to give someone a ride, please check the comments before the meetup.

If you have any questions or suggestions for assignments, I can be reached via the Meetup website or via photos-at-trinaholt.com

Seth Godin's advice on feedback.


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  • maria

    It was very good, I am glad I went I had a chance to get to know Trina, Alen & Virginia. I was very impressed & almost surprised with their friendliness and caring attitude. On my way home I could not help but think that there are some good people around us.

    2 · February 18, 2014

  • Phil B.

    Sorry but something personal had to be addressed. See you next time

    February 18, 2014

  • Alan

    I arrived late (got stuck at work) but again, we had some good photographic conversations.

    1 · February 18, 2014

  • Matthew

    It was good. I think for the face to face, the photographer should only be able to show one image per photographer, seeing 2 or 3 images of almost the thing, gets boring quick and I was looking forward to the end.

    February 17, 2014

  • Joanne B.

    Sorry, my appointment has run late and I will not be able to make it. My apologies.

    February 17, 2014

  • Michael L

    Yeah, rain might be a stopper for me too. My scooter doesn't like rain... It usually craps out on me. If anyone going past the Mackenzie / Pat Bay Intersection can give me a lift, I'll buy you a coffee...

    February 17, 2014

  • phoenix.cinder

    Sadly the rain will be stopping me from being able to blade there today. :(

    February 17, 2014

  • George S.

    My final comments.
    Why are all the comments in favour of free for all critiques, written in the third person. If they had said "I", it would be more personal.

    The original outline had extraordinary detail for a first draft. The following excerpt seemed to confirm, for me, my position.

    There will be a 1:3 ratio, meaning for every one image you post, you are obligated to critique at least three images for other photographers. Post 2, critique 6.

    In your deliberations to come to a majority conclusion, this may want this to be deleted or revised.

    February 17, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Hi George, I'll be bringing the topic up again at the F2F this evening. As for the 1:3 ratio, I instigated that rule to encourage people to participate in the feedback/critique process, not to disqualify people from providing feedback. My fear was that people would just post their images and hope for feedback and then never get any. All the best, Trina

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • Matthew

    I've never been to one of these before, will I be needing my camera or no?

    February 17, 2014

    • Trina H.

      no, we'll just look at photos and talk about them

      February 17, 2014

  • Jenna P.

    This message is going out to anyone attending tonight's meet up at the Sailing association for skill building. I can not go unless I find a ride as I do not want to walk through Esquimalt for 40 minutes after I get off the bus. Even if it's just a ride from and to downtown would be helpful. I live in Broadmead if anyone is this far too.

    Thanks,
    Jenna

    February 17, 2014

  • Philip J.

    I also have a conflict this evening. Hope to make the next face-to-face.

    February 17, 2014

  • Bill F.

    Now I have conflict meetings so see you at the next session in two weeks and looking forward to the next photo challenge.

    February 16, 2014

  • Trina H.

    I'd like to get feedback on the notion of being allowed to offer critique/feedback on images from our photos page if you have NOT submitted images of your own. On the one hand, the people who submit images are looking for feedback so why limit the amount of FB they can get? On the other hand, if you don't submit your own photos or "walk the talk" yourself, can you really offer quality critiques? I welcome the discussion and will bring it up at the F2F as well.

    Cheers!

    3 · February 10, 2014

    • Matt F.

      I haven't had time to get out to any of these workshop meetings so I haven't posted any photos of my own. If I had any I would do so. I don't see how positive, constructive criticism is ever a bad thing... We can all read the title of the Challenge for the week so I assume any of us who have a "photographic eye"; whatever that is... can figure out what's going on. Just my 2 cents.

      February 15, 2014

    • Philip J.

      I'm fine either way.

      February 16, 2014

  • Kevin L.

    Sadly cant make it this Monday. Have fun all!

    February 11, 2014

    • Trina H.

      see you next time :-)

      February 15, 2014

  • Judy

    I have changed my RSVP to no, as I have not had enough time to do the work before coming. Perhaps next time.

    February 13, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Judy, feel free to come even if you don't have photos to present.

      February 15, 2014

  • George S.

    Further to this issue, could there be interest in photos being submitted BLIND, if possible to do. This would, to a great extent, eliminate overt criticism and just as important, patronizing comments.

    February 14, 2014

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      George, there's no way to post images online 'blind', or not really. In addressing your other statement, this group isn't for those who would offer patronizing comment or overt criticism. There's a huge difference between a critique and a criticism. We encourage the former.

      2 · February 14, 2014

    • James P.

      And I have to say, I haven't seen any overt criticisms or patronizing comments. If it becomes a problem, we can address it, but at the moment it looks like a non-issue. I think in groups like this it's common to be more polite/generous with people than we would be with someone we knew really well, but that's not a bad thing. We have people with a huge range of experience and tolerance for critique, and I think it's best to create as positive an atmosphere as possible for everyone.

      1 · February 15, 2014

  • Cinzia

    I've tried it.
    I'm completely inexperienced to take pictures and comment.
    I hope you can forgive my faults.

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • Cinzia

      Thank you!!
      To give my opinion seems easy, but is not so for me, especially in English.
      I'll try to describe more particularly how I saw a picture, how it makes me feel... hoping that my words will not be misunderstood.
      I have to learn photography AND English! :P

      February 15, 2014

    • James P.

      Just be sure you keep participating. You had one of my favorite images for this theme, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your pictures. And if you want to practice critiquing, known you can say anything you want for anything I post. I won't be offended, and I am sure others probably feel the same way.

      4 · February 15, 2014

  • George S.

    Not my original understanding, I don't agree that anyone should offer critiques without submission. My original stand at start up was f2f, but after the first go round didn't mind the online postings. I wont be participating.

    1 · February 7, 2014

    • James Y.

      I agree with George. As I said at the f2f. While all critiques could be useful, If someone can not be bothered to even add a photograph to the online assignment page they should keep quiet.

      February 12, 2014

    • James Y.

      This assignment is about sharing work not just about critiquing. IMO

      February 12, 2014

  • Ken J.

    :<) Sad that I won't be able to attend on the 17th, but will be in the midst of an intense 5 day course. Have fun!

    February 9, 2014

    • Trina H.

      have a great course! see you next time i hope!

      February 10, 2014

  • James P.

    Can't make the face to face, but I'm looking forward to the discussions online.

    February 10, 2014

    • Trina H.

      will miss your face!

      February 10, 2014

  • George S.

    Trina, my comment is not meant to slight your energy, but, I am adamant about my position. You are dedicated, and should be, to the majority.

    February 7, 2014

  • George S.

    I like the Seth Godin feedback narrative. Also, it is my understanding that critiques are reserved for those who submit images?

    1 · February 4, 2014

    • Trina H.

      Hi George, I think that if you want to give some feedback you should feel free to give it. This is why people are posting their pictures here, after all.

      February 7, 2014

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