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p52 Week 11: The ‘Eyes’ of March

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Week 11: March 11 – March 17

“Men at some time are masters of their fates: The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings”. -Julius Caesar / Shakespeare

I always think I’m so clever when I slaughter Shakespeare.

This week’s theme is all about the eyes. And it’s mid-March. It’s okay, you can roll your eyes. I don’t mind.

In addition to our regular banter over here this week, I have a special giveaway! If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you know I’m a huge proponent of continuing education. I always feel like, as artists, we’re never really done. We’re constantly evolving, honing, perfecting, tweaking and redefining our art and ourselves as artists.

So I looooooove opportunities to learn online and this week I have the privilege to give away two seats in two different upcoming eclasses. Photographer Kent Weakley is a friend to m3b and a talented educator. He has such a knack at explaining science-y, tech-y, math-y stuff that allows us to make our artsy, creative sides even stronger. He can make complex concepts seem simple. Both signs of a good teacher.

And this week, you can win a spot in his upcoming Night Photography eClass (starting 4/30/12) and in his upcoming Composition eClass (started 3/23/12). I’ve participated in both of these classes and really enjoyed them… I especially enjoyed that I could learn on my own time, after my boys went to bed, and do the exercises at my own pace. Perfect for this busy mom!

I will give away 1 seat to each class. All you need to do is leave a comment telling which class (or both!) you’re interested in being in the drawing for and why/how you think these classes will help you! Kent and I will draw randomly and announce winners next week – just in time for the Composition class!

Okay – can’t wait to see those eyes….


  1. I would love to win either class, if I had to choose “composition” would be first on my list 🙂 Thanks for the offer!

  2. Kristen Orr says:

    I recently was given a DSLR and have started a blog to chronicle my journey through photography. I would love to take some classes to learn new things. I could see benefits for taking both classes as I have only picked up a camera and taught myself. I do think that night photography class would be amazing in taking picture of the Capitol in DC. I have tried unsuccessfully a few times. The composition class would be helpful in learning how to arrange my pictures when I am looking through the lens. Thank you for such a great opportunity!!

  3. I took the Night Photography Class from him and loved it. I would love to take the Composition Class as well! I love to learn, especially online-I am a single mom so must be able to do these things after my daughter is in bed. Thanks for offering this!

  4. I would love to take the Composition Class. I have 3 adorable grandchildren that I like to photograph. I also have a blog. I know his class would help me take better photos of my grandkids and help improve the look of my blog photos. Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. I would love either class. I’ve been in a bit of a photography rut lately and learning something new seems to always push me to do and explore and pick up my camera more. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. What a great opportunity Darcy! I would love to participate in either class. I see the button for these classes every time I link up at Kent’s for Wordless Wednesday and I always spend a bit of time dreaming about taking one :). I love learning new things and gaining information about how to be the best photographer I can. If I had to choose, I love night photography and would love to learn new techniques and skills to better my photos.

  7. I’d love to win the composition class, or the nighth class. In April, I have a trip of a lifetime coming up.. to China… If I could learn even an eeny teeny bit more, it would make my photos that much more enjoyable to remember for a lifeltime…. Pick me Pick me…. thanks so much….

  8. I would greatly benefit and enjoy both. I have been experimenting with settings for nighttime in the year and a half since my husband gave me my DSLR, but have not gotten the hang of it. Composition is a struggle. Said husband jokes that even if I do take a well composed off center shot, I crop it to be in the center. Kent, Darcy– please come to my rescue!

    Thank you!

  9. I think both classes are amazing, but I would really love to take the Photo Composition eClass. I see all these wonderful photos and love the composition in them, but really don’t know how to get mine to look anything like it. I would love to have the knowledge to go with my desire to get better as a photographer and capture really well composed photos.

    Thank you!

  10. I would love to take the Photo Composition eClass. I am starting a new blog and would love to post my own photos

  11. I’ve just “discovered” you and posted to Project 52. Kent Weakley’s classes sound wonderful (one of these years, I’m going to get the knack of shooting at night, but I’d take all the help I can get!).

  12. Barbara R says:

    I would love to win either of Kent Weakley’s classes. I’m really trying to learn more about photography (just recently learned how to shoot in manual!) and this would be a great next step. Thanks for offering this.

  13. Gretchen says:

    I’d love to win the night photography class!

  14. Lindsay Weibye says:

    I would love to win either class! But especially the composition one!!! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  15. Both of these sound great! I’d have trouble choosing 🙂

  16. Hi Darby! Thanks so much for offering seats in these e-courses. I would love to win the chance to join the online courses, especially the Night Photography one. I just took a course and have been weened off of the Automatic Mode and look forward to continuing to challenge myself to learn, grow, and become more comfortable with my DSLR. Crossing my fingers! 😀

  17. I would love to win the night photography class. Thank you for doing this. I always enjoy learning.

  18. What a wonderful gift! I would love either class. Thanks!

  19. Oh, the composition class would be so fun! I was given this fancy camera but don’t know how to do the thing any justice!

  20. I love learning about photography! I’m just finishing up a class in Photoshop and would love to continue my online learning, especially with the composition class. Thanks so much, Darcy!

  21. Ooh! I have been wanting to take both of these classes 🙂 I could definitely use coaching on my composition, but I just absolutely love night photography and would seriously enjoy an excuse to get outside more often! Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Amanda L. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to take either class – I have a new Nikon and am anxious to learn all the photography skills I can. An online class at my own pace would be great.

  23. Oh my gosh… ANY of these classes would be amazing! I have been dying to learn more about photography, and it would be nice to learn from somebody with experience instead of having to teach myself! 🙂

  24. I would like to take the Night Photography class, I have dabbled with Night Photography for this weeks P52 (Eyes of March) shot [http://p52-ashley.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/p52-10-eyes-of-march.html] and really enjoyed trying to get a decent picture. Would love to learn more on this.
    Also – I really love fireworks and would love to understand how to take good pictures of them!
    Thanks Ash..

  25. I would love to sit in on both! But if I had to choose it would be the night time one 🙂 looks so awesome and woudl be something just for me once my kids are in bed 🙂

  26. The composition class, I always find something off about my pictures after I’ve taken them

  27. Audra Christianson says:

    I would LOVE the composition eclass!!! Hope I win 🙂

  28. I would love to take the composition class!!

  29. Tessa Dixon says:

    I would love to be in either class.. I just got my new canon rebel and need all the learning I can get…

  30. Who Won??? really curious 🙂