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Photographer in Training Program – It’s Where I Spend My Time Now

I am sure if you have been following me for a while now then you know about the Photographer in Training Program. This is my pride and joy, it is like my very own child…except it’s not a person, but a community of people, but I think you feel where I am coming from. For those of you who are out of the loop the Photographer in Training Program (aka The PIT Program) is a 6 month training program where people aspiring to make an income of their photography join and are taught what it takes to become a successful photographer by their own standards. In laments terms it means that this program is what people take before starting a photography business so they don’t have to make all the mistakes that most beginners make when starting a business.

Why am I writing this post? Well because I feel I need to justify why this blog has been kind of dead lately. My focus in the last few months has been on growing my team and building up our capacity for business so that we can attain scale. Along with that has been the growth of the PIT Program. We finally launched it online for people to register when it is right for them. It has been a lot of work putting this together, but I am really proud of what my team has been able to do in the last few months and I can’t wait for it continue to grow. So because of this growing business stuff I have taken a hiatus from writing blogs and updating this website. I feel I should put more into, but it comes to running a photography studio, shooting gigs, hiring staff, and teaching classes it is hard to make time for fun stuff like this. I hope you understand where I am coming from and can forgive for slacking off lately. If you are truly upset with me then leave a comment letting me know how heart broken you are. If you are stoked for me then wish me the best and I look forward to growing our business to help achieve our mission as a company…

To improve the world’s photography

And I leave you with that.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – New Location

We had a nice run with the 48 Week Photography Challenge hosting it on my blog, but it finally grew up and is now located on our www.PITprogram.com/WPC and is far better than what it used to be. We are now giving away prizes, selecting a weekly, monthly & quarterly winner to help motivate people to participate in the challenge. With all of these extra bonuses and giveaways we decided that the Photographer in Training Program would be a better host for the content. We hope you understand.

To see the full list of changes and what we are doing and how to continue to participate just mosey on over to www.pitprogram.com/wpc to start participating. We post a new theme every Monday morning, a critique on Wednesday nights and the winner of the previous week on Thursday at noon. You just can’t go wrong with that kind of structure…all of the credit goes to Erin, our studio manager, for the new structure and incentives. She makes everything better at the studio.

I hope to see your participation on our other site and that I get to continue to help critique your photos, watch you improve and enjoy your photography even more.

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Week 18: Photographing Books

Welcome to Week 18 of the photography challenge. This week’s theme is Books! I love books and I hope you do to. Now I will be honest and say that it is rare for me to crack open a paperback and smell that new book smell. I am a loyal Kindle App user on my iPad since I have my iPad with me all of the time, but that hasn’t prevented me from collecting a collection of some of my favorite books over the years. If you are interested in taking on the challenge this week follow the instructions to learn how to participate.

Are you new to the challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 18 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form

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Week 16 Photo Critique for Photo Gear

Check out the photos from the critique

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Product Photography Challenge

This week’s photo challenge is focused on shooting a product and playing with light and having fun with lighting. Please feel free to post a few photos of different lighting setups that you used.

Are you new to the challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 17 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form

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Week 16: Shoot Your Photography Gear

Sorry for the delay this week has been crazy and I apologize for the late post. But it is here and you can participate. Everyone posts their photos last minute anyways so everyone should be ok. I hope you enjoy making your photography gear look cool and interesting this week. Don’t forget to join us on Friday at 12pm for the critique session.

Are you new to the challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 16 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form

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Critique for Silhouette Photos

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Earth Week Photography Challenge

This week’s photography challenge is Earth Week, I figured that today is Earth Day it would only make sense to make this week’s theme related. You can take a photo of dirt, flowers, ways to be green, protecting the earth, or anything that reminds you of Earth. Please learn how to participate and share this post with your friends to get them involved.

Are you new to the challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 14 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form

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Week 14: Silhouette Photography Challenge

This week’s theme is to create a silhouette image. This can be done at sunset or using external lighting to light your backgrounds and not your subject to create that silhouetted look. If you have any questions on how to create an image like this, feel free to contact me.

Are you new to the challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 14 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form

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Week 13 – Kitchen Photography Challenge

This week’s challenge is going to be the household (or commercial) kitchen. You can do so many things with this theme. I list just a few in the video but the possibilities are endless. This week’s theme should be a very easy one and you have no excuses to not participate. I give you a free critique of your photos, what do you have to lose? So get out there and shoot some interesting kitchen images and submit them for this week’s photography challenge.

Do you want to participate in this week’s challenge?

  • No worries, you can start the challenge at any point throughout the challenge. All you have to do is follow the sharing rules below.

How to participate in the Week 13 Challenge:

  1. On Twitter by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby for bonus points)
  2. On Instagram by using the hashtag #48WPC (and you can @jasonkirby26 for bonus points)
  3. On Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoPhotography and upload your photos to the wall
  4. Or fill out the form at the bottom of this post submit a high resolution image.

Here are the very few rules

  1. Must post at least one photo and a maximum of five photos. But if you select multiple photos they all must similar and tell the same story. 5 random photos won’t count.
  2. Photos can not be discriminatory, inappropriate or hateful.
  3. You are allowed to submit up to 140 character description with your photos if you desire.
  4. Share you camera settings with us so we can better critique the photo
  5. Try to get a friend involved to hold each other accountable every week

Photo Submission Form