PMP – Monthly Theme Articles

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Each month the Peer Mentor Program has a Photo Theme Challenge.  Each peer mentor is invited to submit one photo for the monthly theme.  At the monthly meeting the group votes on which photos are the best examples of the theme.  Each photo is given informational feedback on how the photo meets the “guidelines” of the theme and what might improve the photo.

Each of the themes listed below that are underlined (both Composition Themes and Photography Themes) will take you to the individual Articles Page for that theme.

Monthly Photography Composition Theme

  1. Natural Frames
  2. Negative Space
  3. Foreground Interest
  4. Vanishing Point
  5. Symmetry
  6. Texture/Patterns
  7. Visual Balance
  8. Leading Lines
  9. Minimalism
  10. Silhouette

Monthly General Photography Themes

  1. Abstract
  2. Architecture
  3. Black and White
  4. Flowers
  5. ICE
  6. Sports
  7. Lens Flare/Sunburst/Starburst
  8. Macro
  9. Motion
  10. Panoramas and Vertoramas Theme
  11. Reflections
  12. Shadows
  13. Telephoto Landscape
  14. Running Water
  15. Night Photography
  16. Food
  17. Portraits
  18. Clouds/Sky
  19. Weather
  20. Fog, Steam, Smoke
  21. Creative Blur
  22. Wildlife
  23. Fall Landscape 

    Peer Mentor Program Theme Rules & Entry Submission

    The rules for the theme are that the photos MUST be taken between the date the theme was chosen and by noon of next meeting.  The photo can be taken with any type of camera (including a cell phone) and can be straight out of the camera or edited in LR, Photoshop, or any other software.  The photo should follow the guidance of the underlined articles.  For example, if the theme for the month is Negative Space the photo submitted should have negative space as its emphasis.

    The PMP has been using this approach for several years to broaden our understanding of a variety of types of photography.  It has pushed us to explore topics like macro photography or night photography or negative space or photos that emphasize shadows.  Each theme that is listed and is underlined has a page to connect with (simply click on the underlined theme) that will help you learn about the theme.

    If you have an article you would like to share, remember we are “Advancing Together” so don’t hide that great article that has really helped you 😉.  If you find a great article for a topic and would like to share it with the peer mentors, send the link to: 
    Randy Isaacson (

PMP Monthly Theme Gallery

The Peer Mentor Program is open to TPC registered Full Members at no cost. Entry into the program requires a commitment to advancing your personal photography skills and permission of the Program Director.