Frequently asked questions

What time is the class held?

Each class is delivered at 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.  However, this is a self-paced class, so you can fit it in whenever is best for you. You can expect to spend about an hour or two on the course each week — it just depends on your current base of knowledge about photography and what you want to achieve.

There’s no “homework” — just some ideas about how to enjoy the current lesson.  The idea is to have fun and feel relaxed while you’re out taking photos.  Have FUN!

How do I join the Facebook group?

All discussions about the lessons and the photos you choose to share will take place in the Facebook Group.

This time make sure you are logged into your Facebook account. Next, head over to the Photo Meditations group page and click on the + Join Group button at the top of the page. I’ll check tomake sure you are a member of this class before approving your request. Once approved (it shouldn’t take too long) you’ll be all set to start connecting with your classmates!

When should we share our photos?

Share your photos whenever you are ready! Please add your photo to the comment section of your post.  That way, the discussion threads won’t be overwhelmed by and lost in a sea of photos.  Tell us what you want us to know about the photo, what “works” for you, or what you would like to do differently.
I have posted an example on the Facebook Group Page for you.  The post is labelled “example” and is a picture of a palm tree.


Photography books

Any book about your favorite photographeror artist/painter.  Make sure the books include good pictures for your reference. A few of my favorites:

Anything by/about A. Aubrey Bodine

Anything by/about Paul Caponigro

“The Tale of Peter Rasun Gould: an experiment in fiction” by Minor White.  This is a short story by one of the Master Photographers of the 20th century.  White wrote this as a thinly veiled “autobiography” about the spiritual connection between the photographer and what he/she creates.

Photography e-books

The Authentic Portrait: A Parent’s Guide to Documenting Childhood by Katie Donnelly.  Katie does an excellent job of explaining how to take great photos of your kids and she shares all her camera settings. She doesn't believe in keeping any professional secrets.  Love this woman!  You can purchase her book on Katie’s website.

Online editing tools

Use the free programs when you can!  No need to go crazy spending $$$$$.

Did your camera come with proprietary editing software?  You may want to try it.

Google NIK COLLECTION - Google made the Nik collection free as of March 24, 2016!  The collection is a series of processing plug-ins that have included some of the Industry Standards for post-processing.  SilverEFX has long been the standard for black and white processing. Downloads are available for Mac and Windows.

PicMonkey - does have a free trial. I haven’t tried PicMonkey but quite a few of my colleagues use it. - has a free component and a paid component.  I use it for resizing photos and for building collages.

Gimp - free photo editor.  Make sure you download it from the official GIMP website ( so you don’t pick up any extra little tags that a lot of download sites like to add to your computer.

Photoshop Elements/Express - a single software from the Adobe Creative Cloud.  You can buy the program and Elements is fairly easy to use.  However, the program mysteriously needs an upgrade, at a cost, about every 2 years.

When you’re ready for deeper editing programs - look at the combined Photographer’s Package from Adobe Creative Cloud.  You have access to Lightroom and Photoshop for $10 per month.  This option really is less expensive than buying the single programs and updating them every 2 years or so. (There is a 30 day free trial) LightRoom - The preferred editing package of the two.  LightRoom can accomplish nearly every editing action you may want. (There is a 30 day free trial) Photoshop - Allows more in-depth control of one’s editing. (There is a 30 day free trial) - is more for designing cards, web infographics, book covers, Facebook posts, etc.  The Free version is perfectly capable of handling anything you would want to create.

Favorite iPhone app(s)

Snapseed - is a Google editing product and is free.  

VSCO apps (free and purchased)

Useful articles

The Problem with the focus/recompose method - this article will come in handy when we talk about focus

10 Myths about the rule of thirds - we will use this article when we talk about composition.

What can we learn about movie composition   - we will use this article when we talk about composition.

How to use figure to ground art theory in photography   - another reference for composition.

Take better pictures with your phone - caution: "Grumbles" likes to use "language".

9 Iphone camera features you should know

How to define megapixels

Editing in the film age - an eye opening article for those who have believed that film photography was "pure".

A Philosophy on Editing - by Adam Marelli

How to take criticism - by Adam Marelli


This list may expand as we go along the course!