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Each month the Peer Mentor Group has a “photo competition” for a monthly theme.  Each peer mentor submits one photo of the monthly theme and at the beginning of the meeting the group has a blind-vote for the best photo of the chosen theme.  The winner gets to choose the theme for the next month and the top three photos are shown in the PMP Monthly Theme Gallery .  The PMP has been using this approach for two years to broaden our understanding of a variety of types of photography and it has really worked.  It has pushed us to explore topics like macro photography or night photography or new ways to capture images with negative space.  To help us explore new horizons, we have a list of on-line articles on the PMP Theme Articles page.  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 to share it with the peer mentors and the world, send the link to Randy Isaacson (

Peer Mentor Program Monthly Theme Articles

2020 February

The 2nd Wed PM Group Theme is Black & White – Barney Koszalka won the January theme contest and has chosen B&W as the theme for February since we will have plenty of white snow and perhaps even some sunshine to give us a challenge.  Barney emphasized that his B&W Theme should also include monochrome.  B&W is always an interesting and challenging topic for our monthly theme with plenty of new opportunities to learn another approach to photography.  I’m sure Barney will find a great article or two about B&W but here is a good place to start:

PhotoLife is always a good place to start and their article “Complete Guide to Black and White Photography” has lots of good ideas.

And if you’d like to see some great B&W examples of our backyard you might want to check out our friend Mike Jackson’s Best of the Tetons.

Here are some of the articles Barney shared:

How to See in Black and White is basic article that focuses on tonal contrast, simplicity and Negative Space  Good article to help you think differently.

B&W Photography Tips: 5 Cornerstones  – This is a fairly detailed advanced in-depth article but if you want to learn some clear techniques this is a place to go to learn Contrast, Tone, Shadows, Shapes, and Texture.  If you have the time, this is an article to learn advanced B&W skills.

6 B&W Photography Tips – This article is a somewhat simplified version of the 5 Cornerstone article with Shoot Raw, Look for Contrast Shape and Texture, Long Exposure and Filters.

2020 January

Food We are fortunate to have a chef as a member of the Peer Mentor Group (Tim Libassi) and when he won the November 2nd Wed Theme Critique he decided on Food as the January Theme.

If you are like Randy, you could really use some articles about how to take photographs of food since he has never even taken a photo of a hamburger..  Her are some tips from the website “Two Loves Studio” the how-to of food photography,  “99 Food Photography Tips from Photographers that will Blow Your Mind “.

And here are some articles that have been shared by Tim Libassi.  Given how much food Tim has looked at (and photographed?) for these should be good.  Here is n article from Photzy titled “Stages of a Food Photo Shoot”

Here is a page from digital Photography School that has a very detailed article about Food Photography called “The dPS Ultimate Guide to Food Photography”

And another article from digital Photography School.

And an article from Photography Life

And another one from Photography Life 


Fog, Steam, and Smoke 

For our January Theme Tim Cully chose Fog, Steam, and Smoke.  Tim has kindly identified one article to Mist & Fog and I hope that more of you will add interesting articles to our PMP Theme Article pages by sending me the URL.

“How to Photograph in Mist & Fog” in Loaded Landscapes

“How to Capture Photos in Foggy or Misty Conditions” in Digital Photo Secrets

Outstanding Shots of Fog and Mist in Digital Photo Secrets

2019 November

Negative Space Negative space is the area around the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the “positive space“).  Photos that are built on Negative Space emphasizes the main subject by drawing your eye to the main subject without any leading lines etc.  Here are a couple of examples of an article about Negative Space:

“Understanding and Using Negative Space in Photography” on the website negative space.

“How to Use Negative Space in Photography for More Powerful Images” on the website


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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.