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Peer Mentor Program Theme Rules & Articles

Each month the Peer Mentor Group has a Photo Theme Challenge.  Each peer mentor submits one photo for the monthly theme and the group votes on which photos are the best examples of the theme.

The rules for the theme are that the photos MUST be taken between the time the theme is chosen and the following 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 or Photoshop or any other software.  The photo should follow the guidance of the underlined articles (see below).  For example, if the theme for the month is Negative Space the photo submitted should have negative space as its emphasis.

The photo image (which must be a JPEG) must be send to Randy Isaacson ( by midnight the night before the meeting.  At the beginning of the meeting the group discusses the theme and has a blind-vote for the best photos of the chosen theme.  The members of the peer mentor group expect that every image will follow the PMP Theme Rules.  The winner gets to choose the theme for the next month and the top three photos are shown in the TPC FaceBook page and the  PMP Monthly Theme Gallery .

The PMP has been using this approach for more than two 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.  To help us explore new horizons, we have a list of on-line articles on pages connected to the PMP Theme Articles page.  Each theme that is listed below and is underlined has a page to connect with (simply click on the underlined theme) that will help you learn about the theme.  The Photography Composition Theme pages will include a description of the theme and the articles.  The Photography Composition Themes have been added separately to encourage the peer mentors to explore a variety of aspects of composition that can expand our photographic experience. 

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 one of the topics and would like to share it with the peer mentors and the world, send the link to Randy Isaacson (  If you would like to add a theme, especially if it is a compositional theme, contact Randy.

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/Diagonal 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


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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.