My goal when starting The Big Girl School was to teach women to use their big girl cameras. That goal hasn't changed but I've since realized there is so much more to learn. Whether you are shooting with your big girl camera or your iPhone, photography is about the photographer's eye. What better way to develop your "eye" than studying the works of others via a photography book club.
Introducing... The Big Girl School Book Club!
What better way to digest a book than breaking it down...chapter by chapter...week by week. The book I chose as our first book club pick is Roberto Valenzuela's "Picture Perfect Practice." This is not a new book. In fact, I've had this book on my shelf for several years.
What I love about this book is that it can be for beginners or more experienced photographers. The beauty of a photography book club is that you can break it down into small, digestible pieces. This allows you to slow down and really do the assignments. Grab your free book club calendar here.
See the video below to see why I started this book club...
Learning to "See"
We will focus on the first 15 chapters as we learn to see different photographic principals that Roberto calls "Locations." We will complete his assignments and then add our own photos incorporating these elements into them. The lessons break down as follows:
- Parallel Lines
- Color Elements
- Lens Flare
- Paintings & Art Pieces
- Translucent Surfaces
Even experienced photographers can benefit from a refresher course! Whether you shoot portraits, sports, or landscapes there are always ways to incorporate these principals to elevate your photography and add variety to your shots.
two weeks per chapter
Every two weeks, we will explore a new chapter of the book. I will supplement the chapter with a video explanation using examples from my own work (both good and "needs improvement" examples!) I will post these videos to Instagram on IGTV so that you can jump in at any time.
Inside of our Facebook community, I will post a brief synopsis of the chapter and a link to the videos. My goal is to schedule monthly Zoom calls to have a live discussion and share our photos with each other. Kind of like a "real" book club...maybe we'll even have a glass of wine while we chat virtually.
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Andrea Ferenchik, Founder
Andrea started The Big Girl School because she loves sharing her passion of photography with other women. As a former trainer at Microsoft and current professional photographer, she has the unique ability to break down technical jargon of the camera into easy to understand language. She loves nothing more than to see her students grow and thrive in their photographic journey.
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