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Skills Build Workshop 5 - Every Season

Every Season - Assignment 5:[masked] -[masked]

Watch the world change throughout the year with your photographs. Find a location near to home, so you can go regularly and capture the changes. Of course that means the different seasons, but think also about different times of day, weather and so on. Keep the project going for as long as it holds your attention, but do it for a least a year for a diverse set of pictures for your portfolio. 

Post/bring THREE versions of your chosen location to the Meetup, one of which should depict spring.

Note: The benefits of these assignments are best reaped if you create new photos rather than submitting old photos for critique. The focus should be on practice, not feedback.


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).


Post a maximum of three 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, etc.

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.


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 three 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 three 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 still do a brief critique on work for anyone who is not present. If you have no photos to offer but would like to attend anyway, you are welcome.

About feedback:

Anyone is welcome to provide feedback online or F2F, whether or not you have posted an image. Feedback must be constructive, that is, it must provide information that the photographer can use. If you love a picture, state why. If not, state why. Offer suggestions. Always be honest and kind. 

Accepting feedback can be difficult. Sometimes we take it personally, as though we are being judged ourselves. Try to see the feedback for what it is: another person's perspective on one image. Someone has taken the time to give you honest feedback about an image so accept it gracefully. If you can learn from it, great, if you don't agree, that's okay too but always accept the offering without argument or defence. Always be honest and kind.

Seth Godin's advice on feedback. 


The Canadian Forces Sailing Association (CFSA) clubhouse has internet, a big-screen TV, and plenty of seating. 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.

Ride Sharing:

If you need a ride, post it in the comments for this 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.

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  • Bill F.

    I always learn something when I see the world through the eyes of other photographers. Thanks Trina for sharing intro to ColorEffex and Google Nik products

    April 1, 2014

  • Alan

    Damn, I didn't get home until 8. Sorry I missed this...

    April 1, 2014

  • D'An

    Small group, but lots of helpful knowledge, to take into the next interesting theme!

    March 31, 2014

  • Kevin L.

    Been travelling for a couple weeks and haven't had a chance to take any photos:( Probably wont make it to meeting as I dont get back until 4pm today.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Ilene D.

    Sorry I'm not going to be able to make it, I'm feeling under the weather today.

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Roy B.

    Sorry too bogged down with renos at this time,I will have too miss this one. But just about finished with the pressing stuff, yeah!!!

    1 · March 31, 2014

  • Alan

    I have not submitted any photos this time, and I am not sure what my day will end up like, but I will try to come. (I won't RSVP though...)

    1 · March 30, 2014

  • Kieryn M.

    Sorry I can't make it this time. Hopefully I'll be at the next!

    1 · March 27, 2014

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