Eye candy

Looking for some eye candy to awaken your creative muse?

Check out these strong student images taken during Finding Beauty and Beautiful Black & White.

Don’t these make you want to dust off your camera to capture your own great images?

 

Psst. Many of the students have taken BOTH classes with instructor Brit Hammer!

 

Images: Ellen Macdonald

“I’ve gotten a lot out of your course, especially creating quieter images with more subdued color. It’s freed me up to look at everything and to get in closer to the subject without the pressure to create a bold, in-your-face loud image. Also, thank you for your positive feed back as well as having this class in this class in the first place.”— Ellen Macdonald, Finding Beauty

 

Images: Chris Bruner

“Thanks for a wonderful class, Brit! Thank you for opening my eyes!” — Chris Bruner, Beautiful Black & White

 

 

Images: John Cook

“Your remarks really encouraged and motivated me. Thanks for all of the effort you put into this course and how you have helped me hone my vision of what I want to accomplish with my interest in minimalism — especially with the way you analyze our class photos and point out observations of my own individual style that I have never been aware of. Your input has had a significant impact on how I will observe and try to capture minimal, quiet, peaceful scenes wherever I go.” — John ( Jack) Cook, Finding Beauty

 

Images: Kristin Meier

“Thank you so much for this class, I have had so much fun. I have always liked black and white photography and now feel like I have some tools to use to create some really fun pictures.” — Kristin Meier, Beautiful Black & White

 

Images: Mark Richards

“Great class! It was exactly what I was looking for!” — Mark Richards, Finding Beauty

 

Images: Susan Joenck

“Thank you for another great class. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness that you put into your feedback. You make connections between photos, encourage avenues to explore, and lead me to see the world around me in a new way. Fantastic class! I couldn’t be more satisfied.” — Susan Joenck, Beautiful Black & White

 

What Bryan says about instructor Brit Hammer

In a previous newsletter Bryan shared this:

“I rarely speak out with this level of enthusiasm for any of our instructors because ALL of our instructors are equally great in teaching their individual craft, so why have I chosen to call attention to one of our instructors Brit Hammer? Simply because of Brit’s ability to transform each of her students’ vision from good to great consistently, time and time again; in part because of her insightful lessons, but I can say unequivocally that Brit’s greatest strength is her in-depth and disarming critique style of each student’s weekly assignments.

This is the most often comment I receive from BPSOP students: ‘Brit’s critiques were the greatest value in this course. The assignments were great, BUT the critiques were by far the most valuable!’

If you have yet to take a class from Brit, consider [this] the best opportunity to grow your photography in ways you have perhaps never imagined!” — Bryan F. Peterson

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A FUN CLASS WITH BRIT HAMMER

Finding Beauty

Beautiful Black & White

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRIT

Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work is aptly described as fresh and optimistic.

Brit’s students love her intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing because the results are unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth.

Visit Brit’s website at brithammer.com

Learn more about creative development and one-on-one mentoring with Brit

Follow Brit on Instagram

 

“There are great photographers and great teachers, but it is rare to find a great photographer who’s also a wonderful instructor; Brit embodies that rare combination.” — Tennessee Rick Elliot

Kickstart your creativity

Has your creative muse gone on holiday and left you all alone?

Or are you wanting to clarify the type of photographer you’d like to become but don’t know where to start?

If you answered yes to either question then kickstart your creativity and shift into high gear with a fun class.

 

Inspiration has to find you working

One of the best things you might do for yourself is to take two back-to-back classes.

Often an immersive learning experience leads to faster breakthroughs plus sustainable growth.

Case in point: student Merrill Safferman took two consecutive classes with me.

We first worked together in Beautiful Black & White, which Merrill said, “clarified so many things that I was trying to achieve with my images.”

The next month we continued our work together in Finding Beauty to keep the momentum going, and WOW, did that investment pay off!

Check out some of Merrill’s images below from that second month and shown with permission. AMAZING, right?

Inspiration usually strikes when you’re already working, so kick off the blues and reignite your creative spark.

Like Merrill and many others who have taken back-to-back classes with me, you might even discover a whole other side of your photography that you didn’t know existed!

 

Images: Merrill Safferman

Images: Merrill Safferman

Images: Merrill Safferman

 

“I would like to thank you for not only two fantastic classes but also for helping me find my photographic style. To come to this level in my photography has so much meaning for me personally, and I can’t thank you enough.” — Merrill Safferman

 

What Bryan says about instructor Brit Hammer

In a previous newsletter Bryan wrote this:

“I rarely speak out with this level of enthusiasm for any of our instructors because ALL of our instructors are equally great in teaching their individual craft, so why have I chosen to call attention to one of our instructors Brit Hammer? Simply because of Brit’s ability to transform each of her students’ vision from good to great consistently, time and time again; in part because of her insightful lessons, but I can say unequivocally that Brit’s greatest strength is her in-depth and disarming critique style of each student’s weekly assignments.

This is the most often comment I receive from BPSOP students: ‘Brit’s critiques were the greatest value in this course. The assignments were great, BUT the critiques were by far the most valuable!’

If you have yet to take a class from Brit, consider [this] the best opportunity to grow your photography in ways you have perhaps never imagined!” — Bryan F Peterson

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A FUN CLASS WITH BRIT HAMMER

Finding Beauty

Beautiful Black & White

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRIT

Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work is aptly described as fresh and optimistic.

Brit’s students love her intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing because the results are unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth.

Visit Brit’s website at brithammer.com

Learn more about creative development and one-on-one mentoring with Brit

Follow Brit on Instagram

 

“There are great photographers and great teachers, but it is rare to find a great photographer who’s also a wonderful instructor; Brit embodies that rare combination.” — Tennessee Rick Elliot

Why Not Try Something Different – Perhaps a Four-Season Photo Project?

Looking for something that will motivate you to get out shooting?  Why not try a Four-Season project?  Simply pick a location close enough and accessible throughout the year so that you will be able to get to it at some point during the peak of each season.  Pick a location that will highlight the changes in each season…. gardens and parks make good subjects; city skylines perhaps not so much.   Many landscape subjects will work well, but here again there should be a significant difference in the landscape from one season the next.   The rest is easy:  find a location that works, set up your tripod and shoot.  The framing doesn’t have to be exact, but the closer each image is to the other three the better and more impactful will be your series.  These can be shot handheld, as was the case with the four images above, but a tripod will make it easier to reproduce the framing from one image to the next.  I exported a copy of the first image (winter in my case) to my phone and used it as an aid to find the same (more-or-less) position and framing each time I returned to this park near my home.

As a photo project, this will require a greater commitment than most, but the results are worth it.  Aside providing motivation to get out and shoot, the results of a well-executed four-season project will look great printed large and hung in your office, studio, or home.

They are also in constant demand at stock agencies and greeting card companies…   try searching “four seasons” on the Getty Images website.

Now is a great time to start a four-season project.  Winter is about to breath it’s last gasp, so start now and you won’t have long to wait for your spring image.

-BPSOP Instructor – Mark English

Mark Teaches:

After the Click: Refining Your Vision in Lightroom & Camera Raw

The Art of Printing & Selling Your Art

What stories will you tell with your images?

In Authentic Photo Stories we create a series of images that tell a story — real stories that embrace a subject and show the beauty of what’s happening, no matter what that is.

In this post we look at student work.

Meet student Darlene Woodward

Darlene took part in Authentic Photo Stories and photographed her husky mix, Kota.

What follows are three of her photo stories from the class.

But first…

 

Meet doggie Kota…and fall in love with her!

Now here’s Darlene telling the story:

I have a soft spot for rescues. Kota is a rescue who has taught me patience, love, compassion, and the meaning of pure joy.

When I came across her photo browsing through Petfinder, she instantly stole my heart.

Kota’s challenges as a rescue with a difficult start in life inspired me to learn as much as possible about animals. So I became a dog trainer to positively reinforce our bond, after several other dog trainers were convinced she was a hopeless case and could only be trained through harsh punishment methods.

We’ve been together for 9 years!

Images: Darlene Woodward

“A House Is Not A Home Without A Dog” tells us everything. There is a little picture of Kota in the background, offering a glimpse of her.

The owl is Kota’s absolute favorite toy. She took it out of a bag that was on its way to the shelter as a donation. The owl is the only toy she plays with out of a huge basket! Whenever I say “get the owl” she runs and grabs it. She is super smart!

Kota loves to lay on the bed and just look out the window. I always wonder what she’s thinking…

 

Images: Darlene Woodward

Kota loves social distancing — she’s a dog that needs space.

People are always drawn to her, but she’s very selective about who can be a part of her circle of trust. She is fearful of dogs and anxious around children after some bad experiences.

Even though she needs her space, Kota loves going for walks with my husband.

Images: Darlene Woodward

Kota’s owl showed up in the backyard all dirty!

Two of my favorite features of Kota are her “snow nose” (with the pink strip) and fluffy tail. In these images she’s got her tail flailing high, which in dog language means she’s confident and enjoying play at that moment!

 

Here’s what Darlene had to say about Authentic Photo Stories

Pet photography is my niche, and I was in a bit of a creative rut.

I wanted to expand photographing pets into a more storytelling and lifestyle approach, so I was thrilled to come across Brit’s class Authentic Photo StoriesNot only is Brit an amazing photographer, she’s a wonderful teacher, too.

She has helped me to see things in a new way and definitely sparked my creative side. I never would have thought to photograph my dog’s torn stuffed owl toy in the middle of the floor, yet it tells a heartwarming story.

Brit’s class critiques were invaluable — positive, in-depth, and honest — and I looked forward to her feedback each week.

Now I pick up the camera and think to myself, “How would Brit see this?” So many things in our day-to-day life tell a story I never imagined.

Thank you for a challenging and inspiring class!

— Darlene Woodward, Pant the Town Photography

 


 

SIGN UP FOR A FUN CLASS WITH BRIT HAMMER

Finding Beauty

Beautiful Black & White

Authentic Photo Stories

Celebrate Your Life in Beautiful Images

Photography Essentials

Amazing Travel Photos Made Easy

** No post processing skills necessary for any of Brit’s courses **

 

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRIT

Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work is aptly described as fresh and optimistic.

Brit’s students love her intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing because the results are unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth.

Visit Brit’s website at brithammer.com

Learn more about creative development and one-on-one mentoring with Brit

Follow Brit on Instagram

 

“There are great photographers and great teachers, but it is rare to find a great photographer who’s also a wonderful instructor; Brit embodies that rare combination.” — Tennessee Rick Elliot

 

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  • I have just completed my third course with BPSOP! This year I was fortunate enough to take Authentic Photo Series with Ms. Brit Hammer. I can’t remember when I’ve had this much fun in a class!!! The instruction was absolutely wonderful and I feel as though the course really helped me to stretch my photographic horizons. More than this, however, Ms. Hammer inspired me to expand my boundaries as a person as well. Brit is not just a wonderful photographer in her own right, but she is also a truly outstanding teacher . . . , of many, many things. I’ve often said there are great photographers and there are great teachers, but it’s seldom that you find a great photographer who’s also a great teacher. Brit truly excels at both. Lastly, let me complement you, Mr. Peterson. Great people don’t just come along by accident. You have assembled a genuinely gifted and caring teaching staff. Thanks so much for providing a wonderful service to photographers everywhere! Read More
    Rick Elliott Authentic Photo Series
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