about develop on fridays


Develop on fridays is a creative photography ‘study group’ led by Jefra Starr Linn. It’s going to consist of a post and an assignment each friday on the paislee press blog. We’ll cover a few basics but mostly dig into ways we can develop our voices and acclimate ourselves with our cameras.

It’s free and feel free to jump onboard with us at any time. Just bring your camera – whatever they may be. We officially begin on Jan 22, 2010.

the details
Lessons + assignments will post here at the paislee press blog on fridays.

Share your photos. Discuss the assignments. Make friends. Find each other and lift each other. This is about you. So we’re going to have a flickr group, a facebook group and a forum for you all. You can frequent whichever one (or all three) reaches you best.

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Interested in learning more about Jefra? You can get the low-down about her in this introduction post here. You can also learn more by visiting her site and checking out her latest work her blog.

We are so excited and can’t wait to embark on this journey together. Until then, we want to leave you with the story of how Jefra found her creative voice.

 

The path I’ve been down…

written by Jefra Starr Linn

 

And it’s not really a unique one.

 

When I first started taking pictures I wanted to be good. REALLY good. The way all the fancy photographers were good.

 

One place I found that helped me learn the ropes was a forum called ILPwww.ilovephotography.com. At the time it was free and it had lots of photographers of all different levels of experience that would comment and help each other along. People would post photographs and tell how they made the shot or what actions they’d used and others could post about how much they loved the photos or if they may have had a suggestion to help out that person.

 

There were some obvious superstars that were in those forums and I grew to be friends – Jinky, Tara Whitney, Cheryl Muir to name a few. And looking at their work was humbling to say the least. Often everything I saw other photographers show was so technically strong and accurate. I would edit carefully what I showed everyone. “nope. Their face is out of focus, can’t show this.” Or “ this is just a photo of a leg. Toss it.”

 

Then I read about a book called Blink by Malcom Gladwell – which basically is a theory that professes that one’s initial gut reaction is right, and so should be acted on rather than overanalyzed.

 

It was really really really liberating. Where I initially thought “this is blown out or too bright or blurry”, I found myself thinking “SCREW IT – I love the one where you only see a finger or a foot or where the face is blurry”. These were the first shots where I just decided ‘what the heck – show em’.



 

That’s when all freedom broke loose.

 

You obviously have to know the rules to break them, but for lots of us, we DO know the rules deep inside.

 

It’s following this pathway that’s brought me the most happiness and satisfaction in my photography.

 

So now, after a session I’ll come home and look through the pictures and think “love this and this and this, but the rest of these are just not doing it for me. Yes they’re technically correct and composed well but they’re blah to my heart.” It makes things go fast and you discover who you and what you see and therefore can contribute.

 

Go on, give it a try. Follow your Blink.

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This is Jefra

these self portraits were taken straight out of the shower (well, with clothes but sans makeup). these are straight out of the camera, no presets, no curves, nothing. so these shots are as real as it gets.

this is what we want from you. we want you to bring yourselves and be completely honest to yorself about what you love and how you shoot. come naked. well, emotionally.

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We hope you will join us next friday, Jan 22nd.

Blog Comments

Liz and Jefra, I was SO excited to see this fb invitation in my inbox this morning. Thank you for this. I can't wait to start. 🙂

I am in a Photography Club that follows the "rules" to a tee… and I am often so in left field, I am sure they are wondering if I am holding my camera backwards… I guess my blink has been there fighting to get out.. so excited for next friday……and I too am glad to get the invite to join develop!

I am in a Photography Club that follows the "rules" to a tee… and I am often so in left field, I am sure they are wondering if I am holding my camera backwards… I guess my blink has been there fighting to get out.. so excited for next friday……and I too am glad to get the invite to join develop!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I photography mostly my very active kids and most of the time my pics are less than "perfect", but I still love them because they capture my children. So happy about this series!

Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I photography mostly my very active kids and most of the time my pics are less than "perfect", but I still love them because they capture my children. So happy about this series!

Thanks for sharing your path with us. I had a photography teacher in high school that believed you should go with your gut, because it usually is right. I think I had forgotten that.

Thanks for sharing your path with us. I had a photography teacher in high school that believed you should go with your gut, because it usually is right. I think I had forgotten that.

Love your outlook on photography, and I've TOTALLY experienced some of the same things! .. loving photos I've taken and can't figure out why, but seem to post all of the "safe ones" instead.
Can't wait to get started!! Thanks to you and PP for putting this on!!

Love your outlook on photography, and I've TOTALLY experienced some of the same things! .. loving photos I've taken and can't figure out why, but seem to post all of the "safe ones" instead.
Can't wait to get started!! Thanks to you and PP for putting this on!!

I am so looking forward to this. I love taking pictures, but having to learn stops, ISOs etc always seemed overwhelming so I have always just shot what I liked. I am sure that learning from you is going to seem very natural. Thanks to both of y'all for offering this.

I am so looking forward to this. I love taking pictures, but having to learn stops, ISOs etc always seemed overwhelming so I have always just shot what I liked. I am sure that learning from you is going to seem very natural. Thanks to both of y'all for offering this.

Wow thanks Liz and Jefra! I'm really into photography and everything conected with it so I'm really glad you're starting this project! I'll be here next friday for sure. Can't wait!

Wow thanks Liz and Jefra! I'm really into photography and everything conected with it so I'm really glad you're starting this project! I'll be here next friday for sure. Can't wait!

I am sooooooooo excited, not sure I can wait another week, too much teasing.

you guys! this is awesome! I can't wait to see what you guys do when you follow your guts.

you guys! this is awesome! I can't wait to see what you guys do when you follow your guts.

Thank you! I think I needed this! Being a photographer's wife and an artist can be dangerous. 😉 My husband is technical and I'm… well not so much. I am the artist. We make a great team but it can be hard when editing photos. I want my gut feeling to come first. Looking forward to your help in that! 😉

Thank you! I think I needed this! Being a photographer's wife and an artist can be dangerous. 😉 My husband is technical and I'm… well not so much. I am the artist. We make a great team but it can be hard when editing photos. I want my gut feeling to come first. Looking forward to your help in that! 😉

Jefra's photos are just amazing! I can't wait to embark on this adventure with the both of you!

I'm excited to stumble into this today. Looking forward to exploring and learning and discovering.

I'm excited to stumble into this today. Looking forward to exploring and learning and discovering.

Looking forward to this one …. LOVE to learn new things!

I loved the message – thanks!!

I loved the message – thanks!!

Love the idea and I'm so happy to be joining this group!!!

*jumping up and down*
I am so excited, count me in!!

count me in, will jump on board when I can (which I'm hoping will be every week *sigh* where does my time go?) It sounds so cool and I love learning!

I'm so glad I found your site AND this class. Yes, I also want to take great pictures that tell a story. But more importantly, I want to tell a story in MY voice. This is so timely for me since I am exploring ways to change my life this year. My biggest project this year is me.

I love the idea for throwing out the idea that we must stick to the technical pieces to have a strong picture. On my reading list (I actually borrow a copy last night from my brother), is Blink.

Looking forward to interacting and seeing how this weekly journey unfolds.

So happy to find develop on fridays – please could you help me find you on FB? tx

Hi caro, here's the link to the facebook group:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&ref=mf&gid=286183400420

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