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Volume 14,0

Photo Walk Across the USA!

Join Trey Ratcliff on one of 13 Photo Walks in great cities across the USA! We start in New York City in August with our party bus as our team drives across the USA from one city to the next! These are tremendous fun (and free!) events for the whole family! Everyone is welcome… from beginners to advanced photographers, from mobile phones to giant chunky DSLRs!

Anyone who has attended a Photo Walk before will know that it's a great place to meet like-minded people and enjoy photography while you're at it. You'll meet lots of Masters and Apprentices from The Arcanum! Watch the video below and then visit the website for details on dates and locations.

View Photo Walk Dates & Locations


Apprentice Spotlight

Jose Cabello

Level 15 Apprentice

Have you ever felt that you wanted to do something special with your photography but didn't know exactly what, or how? That was me before I joined the Arcanum. In just two months, I was able to find out who I am as a photographer and more importantly, where I wanted to take my photography next.

I’m Jose from Venezuela and I'm a proud member of Stephan Bollinger’s cohort 'The Luminous Ninjas'. Before joining The Arcanum, I didn't have any specific goals for my photography and it became a barrier that I just couldn't break through. After I joined Stephan's cohort I learned that although photography is a very personal path, we can go further if we go together. That is why with the guidance of our Master and support from the entire cohort (now my friends), I rediscovered photography.

We all have a story to tell - I do it with my images. That is how I became Jose The Storyteller.

Find out more about Jose over on Facebook or at his blog.

Meet the Master

Klaus Herrmann

Level 20 Master

My name is Klaus Herrmann. I am a photographer, author, and educator based in southern Germany. I have been a computer scientist and a lecturer at several top universities in my country before I combined my passion for photography and teaching, turning them into a new career. Today, I am a full-time photographer, author, and educator. I enjoy building communities and mentoring people on their path through the arts and through life.

I love photographing landscapes and architecture, and I enjoy the post-processing side of photography just as much the photography itself. I am mainly using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Photomatix in my work. I enjoy creating new solutions to difficult post-processing problems.

Find out more about Klaus by watching his Meet the Master video or on his website or over on Google+.

Story by Klaus Herrmann, Level 20 Master

Grand Library Editor's Pick

Vintage film look using Tone Curves

by Alastair Arthur

A common question photographers ask is "How do I get that classic look to my images?" Sometimes that could mean running our image through some software which handles the task for us, however its much more rewarding to get hands on.

In this video Master Alastair Arthur explains the basics of how to create a vintage film look using tone curves in Lightroom.

Discover more from Alastair Arthur at his website or follow him on Google+.

The Founders' Files

State of The Arcanum Community - July 2015

Happy Birthday to The Arcanum!

On June 24, 2014, The Arcanum was officially “Outta Beta” and off to the races! About a year later, it’s a perfect time for a little reflection and a sneak peak at where we're headed.

Reflection and Insights

Trey, Curtis and I started The Arcanum because we believed that for learning new skills like Photography, we learn best by doing and working with others. The idea was simple - connect a Mentor and a Protégé, a Master and Apprentice, and let them work together to level up their skills.

One year later we’re awestruck at how great it’s working (and how much more there is to do!). But it's working because of different reasons than we originally thought... Click here to read the rest of the story!

Story by Peter Giordano, CEO and Co-Founder of The Arcanum

Newsletter Editor: Stuart Davidson, Sphere 2 - Level 25
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