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Master mentor of photography at The Arcanum

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that I will be launching a cohort of apprentices at The Arcanum – Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery very very soon!

I’ve joined a fantastic group of people including Trey Ratcliff, Curtis Simmons, Laurie Rubin, Ron Clifford, Erin Riedel, Peter Giordano, and many other talented photographers too numerous to mention here. (Special wink to Mark Gvazdinskas who joined the Masters cohort I belong to today!)

So, what is The Arcanum?

The goal of The Arcanum is to provide a safe, nurturing, collaborative learning environment where aspiring photographers can come together and learn together. As opposed to the traditional classroom style of learning, The Arcanum is based on the goals that the apprentice brings to the table. It is the apprentice that defines her or his objectives, where they want to grow. The Master is a friend and mentor, helping along the way. In other words, it is all about you as a photographer and where you want to go with your photography.

The Arcanum uses the Google+ platform heavily. Activities are held in communities, where each cohort has it’s own private space. Exchanges can be made as posts, chats, video calls and Google Hangouts.

(A cohort is a group of photographers who share a common start date, Master and general theme (such as portraits, fashion or landscape). Some cohorts are “General Photography” whereas some can be quite specialized such as “Black and White Architecture”.)

Apprentices go through the Levelling process, starting at Level 1, which is the first foundation level out of a total of 9. Most work is shared as a post to the private Cohort Community page where you will receive feedback from your peers. At Level 4, you will have a Hangout on Air with your Master where your critique will be recorded. At Level 6 there is a group challenge. Level 9 is the final critique before leaving the Foundation Sphere 0.

From the Learning Experience page:

A Sphere represents one cycle of learning. The cycle of learning happens through the completion of 10 Levels within each Sphere. Sphere 0 and Sphere 1, the Foundation Spheres, consist of Levels 1-10 and 11-20, respectively. Sphere 2 is the first Focus Sphere and it consists of Levels 21-30. Sphere 3 contains Levels 31-40, and so on.

Learn more about how it works.

The Arcanum also has a great collection of video tutorials and archived critiques inside The Grand Library.

So, to all my friends and followers, now’s the time to reach out and join The Arcanum so we can have a lot of fun creating fantastic photographs together!

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