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FREE eBook 10 Photography Challenges

In my classes one of the things I preach to my students constantly is that in order to improve you have to get out and do some actual photography! The best way to learn anything and advance faster is to do it more often. Think about learning a language, if you immerse yourself in a country that speaks the language you will learn much faster. The same is true of photography, or anything for that matter.

Practice, practice, practice!

So I've created these exercises to get your creative juices flowing. You can get out and photograph in your own city, or even your own home. Pushing your boundaries and challenging yourself to think differently, look at things differently, and go where you haven't gone before will help you be a better photographer.

The 10 Challenges Got me Back Shooting

I have been doing photography on and off for years but get paralyzed by all the new techniques and technology. I am using your “challenges” as a means of ignoring all those pieces that scare me and hopefully get me back into the “shoot” of things.

Thank you so much for sharing your information.

Jackie

You were fun and down to earth

First of all… you had my full attention by just the first few sentences you spoke. you were fun and down to earth. “say something random about your self..like a tattoo!” everyone likes to laugh! Making sure everyone's questions were answered by writing them down was brilliant! It showed us that you were there to make sure we got the most out of this class and not just what you are told to teach. I learned that radial tool for Lightroom and it wasn't even a Lightroom class. I am actually blown away by your knowledge and experience. I hope one day I am as confident as you. And when I said you can tell how much you really enjoy photography and teaching… you can. It's just the way you come across and your willingness to teach us anything we can think of during our time with you that shows that. You are very approachable and easy to talk to. I haven't been able to sit at lunch with a teacher and talk yet. It's usually quite silent.

Melanie L ... Classroom Student

You were fun and down to earth

First of all… you had my full attention by just the first few sentences you spoke. you were fun and down to earth. “say something random about your self..like a tattoo!” everyone likes to laugh! Making sure everyone's questions were answered by writing them down was brilliant! It showed us that you were there to make sure we got the most out of this class and not just what you are told to teach. I learned that radial tool for Lightroom and it wasn't even a Lightroom class. I am actually blown away by your knowledge and experience. I hope one day I am as confident as you. And when I said you can tell how much you really enjoy photography and teaching… you can. It's just the way you come across and your willingness to teach us anything we can think of during our time with you that shows that. You are very approachable and easy to talk to. I haven't been able to sit at lunch with a teacher and talk yet. It's usually quite silent.

Melanie L ... Classroom Student

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My promises to you

Darlene Hildebrandt

  • I answer every email personally
  • When you share your images on the eBook discussion page review and comment, I will do so in a constructive, supportive, and encouraging manner – but I WILL look at them when I get a chance
  • That I am here to help answer any questions you have about the content in the ebook, or on the web site so that you can take better photos!

About Me

I am a professional photographer with over 24 years experience who's passionate about teaching and mentoring new photographers. Some of the things I love include:

  • Travel to exotic places with one of my goals to step foot on all 7 continents (1 remaining)
  • To help other less fortunate through charities and using my photography whenever possible
  • Salsa dancing and latin music, and South America in general
  • Good food and good friends
  • But first and foremost I live, sleep, eat and breathe photography and love sharing my passion with others!

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