Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
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Rosa rugosa
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We all ask the questions at some point.

 

  •  Do I need to specialize?

  • Can I shoot the variety I do or do I need to shoot one genre?

  • What is my vision as a photographer, as an artist?

  • Do I have a signature style or do I even need one?

  • where am I going with my work

Ride The Rocket
Intersections at the Speed Of Life
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Us creative types get to a point where these questions become important to our growth as photographers.  We want to continue to grow and develop our skills, and our ability to communicate even more intentionally with our viewers.  Inevitably we want to go beyond taking pretty pictures, or even good pictures, to wanting to regularly take excellent pictures that move our viewer.  This course is developed to help you with just that and more.

 

 

 What do I get for 245.00?

By using a Private online Google Plus  Communities for my groups, I have developed a highly successful and proven environment to grow and learn in.

     

  • interactive, online, private group webcasts (g+ hangouts)
  • Each student has an opportunity for one on one time at some point during the course, it is open forum and you can get help or advice on any topic.
  • Assignments (provided to you as “missions”) on a members only Blog
  • Opportunity for one on one counselling and membership in a small community of like-minded students
  • free access to any Photoshop  actions, Presets,  working files and video tutorials used during the course.
  • You will get an opportunity to work right alongside me as I demonstrate Techniques and Principals in a live hangout or on the recorded replay.
  • All for only $245.00.

Combining posted assignments, live and recorded “hangout” working sessions,  one on one access to the instructor (me) and  very supportive and safe environment to learn in, this is as close to a live classroom/workshop as it gets online.  It is highly flexible and can work with the highly demanding tasks of our daily lives.  It does need you to carve out some time to focus and apply the lessons being covered, and the more time you can give it, the more you will get out of it.

 

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 A little more about me

I am an encourager.  I have a unique gift to nurture creativity in others and help them reach for their full potential.  I am certain of this – each of you has a unique life and therefore a unique gift and perspective to offer the world through your imagery.  My own unique gift is to help you reach in and grab hold of that which is uniquely you and encourage it to grow.  Think of me like a gardener of creativity.  My about page tells you even more about me and my perspective.

What I am confident you will gain from this program, according to the testimony of the past students who have been through it, is a new level of confidence in your voice as a photographer, a firm grasp on how to move forward in the direction you see for yourself, and a turbo boost in the quality and presentation of the work you are producing This could well be the best 245.00 purchase you make this year.

Busy street corner at night_Ron Clifford

This is a proven course which has already benefited many others!  Some of their stories are below for your encouragement.

 

Ron Clifford – “Enhancing Your Creativity” made me take a long, hard look at myself and ask the question “What are you trying to say with your photos?” Your direction, support, encouragement and knowledge guided me through a turning point in my photography. From contorting my body to contorting my brain, you taught me to think about my shooting and the important elements to consider to achieve my vision. For that, I thank you. It was a lot of work, but I already see improvements in my photography and the approaches I take in my shooting. A big thanks also goes to the other wonderful and interesting people in the program. I looked forward to hanging out with you all each week and enjoyed our interaction. I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful work in my streams.
Ron Clifford, Thank you for putting some smooth edges on my rough edges. You are now part of my photographic inspirations and my photography is better for it. You wrote, “once we truly understood that seeing: logically + emotionally = story and put it into practice, it would change us as a creative person…….forever”. I am forever changed! It would be my honor to work with you in the future.
This program has been absolutely amazing! I have learned so much about myself as a photographer, about different ways of approaching photography and most importantly, I have made even more amazingly valuable connections. I have learned so much from all of the people involved and it’s been great to have their support and encouragement! And that is to say nothing of you, Yoda, my Jedi Master! [Ron] Your help, kindness, small pushes to go outside comfort zones and [your] friendship have made this one of my most treasured learning experiences! I have decided that you must keep us on forever! 😀 – Shannon Brearley
Multihandedly (because Ron Clifford has like 8, right?), Ron gave me the opportunity to audit his program. There was a lot of trust involved the first two weeks in carrying out the assignments and shooting 500+ shots a week! 500 seemed like a lot, until I realized I was consistently filling up my 4GB and sometimes my 8GB cards! Shooting MORE to get the feel for “through the lens” is an important takeaway for me and something I will continue to practice. The program has also offered me a sense of community and it’s been so valuable to read the feedback Ron has given other students as well. Building relationships with others in the program has inspired my photography and Ron went over and above helping me with photoshop. In reality, Ron’s mentorship has taken all the bits I’ve learned through science, art, math, physics and psychology and helped me integrate them into my photography! To me, it makes my photos feel alive and my shooting more purposeful and fun! Thank you, Ron, for this amazing two months of learning! – Tyler Finklea
Thanks again, Ron Clifford for these assignments. I must say I have learned to truly see new dimensions in all images and everyday true life scenes as the weeks fly by! I have heard that people who have cataract surgery are truly surprised at the colors they can see after the medical procedure! For those of us who have little or no artistic training, the last few weeks have removed a few shades! I can now see things I never saw before through the viewfinder! I will probably never make a living at photography, but I am enjoying the hobby more everyday as my vision improves! – Chuck Palmer
As one of the auditors, I’m glad to have the opportunity to be part of the program! It really changed my view of the world, beginning with the first lesson: STOP-LOOK-THINK. Every week the homework is a new challenge and I took literally thousands of pics to improve my skills. I learned to understand WHY some photos are so impressive and started to think in an analytic way. But the best part of the program is the wonderful group of people :)! I love to look at the inspiring albums and read the helpful comments. Ron is the best teacher ever: an excellent photographer, willing and extremely able to pass his knowledge and a generous, inspiring and kind person! – Cora Triton
This program has helped me in so many ways, but here is my top 10…: 10. Shown me that shooting 200 pictures in one day can be considered “taking it easy”; 9. Taught me rules (I like rules) and forced me to ignore them (did I mention I like rules?); 8. Showed me how to Hang Out!; 7. Motivated me to make new Friends With Cameras on my first G+ Photowalk; 6. Proven that G+ friendships are real friendships with real people; 5. Inspired me to use old curse words in new and creative ways; 4. Forced me to spend so much time out of my comfort zone that I can’t remember where it was!; 3. NEVER patronized me; 2. ALWAYS encouraged me; 1. Permanently changed how I see things. Including myself.  Wasn’t expecting that!  Thank you, Ron! – Kathy Binns
I would like to thank you [Ron] for everything you’ve taught me! Why now? If it weren’t for you, last week and next week would be very different in my life! My daughter’s school has put together a huge Culture Week event about Latin America. In addition to helping with the planning, I also volunteered to take pictures! The way I am currently recording the school’s life has tremendously changed after your mentorship assignments. I feel comfortable with my camera, because it takes very little time to find the settings on it. I am also more comfortable running from inside to outside and back again to record the activities  because I know what I need to change in the settings to accommodate the available light. I also intentionally take planned and spontaneous images! I know it sounds weird  but this is what I mean: I wait for the dancers on the stage to be at a certain spot to see their move, the background and the kids in the foreground on the picture, but after getting that shot, I turn towards the audience to catch the children’s face expressions! After taking pictures of small groups of children looking at the exhibit, I also made plans for new shots at certain spots, but elevating myself as well as removing a distracting plant from the table. … I was also asked to write an article for the local newspaper about the event, so, starting on Friday, I planned some of my shots for possible newspaper placements instead of just a slideshow! And something that I am very proud of: during Friday’s parent night event, I carried a step-stool with me and was not afraid to step above the audience to take pictures of the performers! I am at a very happy place now, in photography. Thanks!