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The Imperfectionist: Creative Photography for the Intentional Artist

with Jyo Bhamidipati


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Break the rules and embrace imperfection!

Learn how to embrace your inner imperfectionist! In this 3 week workshop, you will learn how to break traditional rules in photography, exploring creative techniques such as freelensing. From creative compositions to adding texture and movement, we will cover a variety of techniques that will add depth to your images. You will learn how to use and manipulate everyday light creatively while embracing harsh and dramatic light. Finally, you will practice simple and easy ways to get in the frame with your kids (or without!) while documenting the fleeting moments of childhood and the imperfectly perfect chaos of motherhood in an artistic way!


To get the most out of this workshop,participants must be comfortable shooting in manual mode and be somewhat confident working in Adobe Lightroom Classic and/or Adobe Photoshop for post processing techniques.

what you’ll get

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1 Preassignment & 3 Weekly PDF's

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4 Shooting Videos

6 Editing Videos


Creating Captivating Silhouettes

Ideas List for Personal Projects


Full participation students engage in instructor-led discussion and Q&A for daily interaction and support. Study along students have full viewing access.


Behind the Scenes Shooting using a Lensbaby

2 Editing Videos on Self Portraits

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Full Participation students receive personal critiques of weekly assignment submissions.

Study Along Students have full viewing access.




Find 1-3 images from your archives that you are proud of. Especially images that may not be technically perfect but you love it. Even If it is a client image; an image that you wish it was you in it! Submit them along with 1 sentence on why you love them.

Lesson One


The power of observation Observing versus seeing

Photographing for your five senses

Finding Inspiration to create

What is really original anyway? A discussion.

Social media contribution to lack of creativity

Psychology behind chasing perfectionism

Getting out of your comfort zone and telling your stories

Gear and choice of lenses

Aperture and Focus

Art of Freelensing

Working with manual lenses

Shooting for yourself

Learning multiple genres to boost your creativity


Submit 1 image that you have captured after carefully studying (or observing) your scene/environment or subject. This image should convey at least one of the five senses. SOOC will do too. Any genre will work.

Lesson Two


Finding creative light. Soft light versus Dramatic light

Pockets of light and hard light

Going Beyond backlight - harsh light and overcast day

Power of Perspective

Simplicity and Minimalism

Using Space and scale

Shooting through techniques

Using smoke/fog with light

Exploring simple shooting through techniques

Using Prisms and Fabric

Creating depth with shadows

Black/white conversions

Double exposures

Textures and grain

Using movement


Practice the techniques listed above

Submit 1-2 images using at least one of the creative methods listed above for cc

Lesson Three


Experimenting with self portraiture

Getting creative with still life images

Documenting Motherhood intentionally. Embracing the imperfections and chaos in everyday lives

Impactful color. Your choice of colors

Styling images with intention

Monochrome color

The power of a solid SOOC

Using just the basic panel to enhance the already solid SOOC

HSL panel and tone curve

Creating your own base presets

A confident attitude and acceptance in exploring creativity


Submit an SOOC as well as an edited image. Submit either a self portrait or any other image using at least one technique learned in lesson two. For the edit; edit the image using only the tools from the basic panel.Participants will submit that one image for cc.

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about your instructor

Jyotsna Bhamidipati (Jyo) is a mom, an electrical engineer and an award-winning published fine art lifestyle photographer based in Sacramento, California. Photography is her creative outlet and passion. She is a lover of light and shadows and seeks to capture the everyday perfectly imperfect beauty around her. She strives to be experimental in her vision and constantly works on pushing the boundaries in her photography. Jyo recently taught at Click Away 2019 and has been featured in numerous magazines including Click. She was also featured in the 2017 and 2019 Voice collections, she is the author of the breakout Capturing Mood, and is the co-creator of the Elements Collection presets.

how it works


start learning

All class content is organized into simple steps as part of a clear, self-guided pathway inside your private online classroom. You'll check off each interactive step as you go, from completing readings and watching videos to student Q&A and assignment submissions.

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download weekly lessons

Each week, students receive a set of course materials, which generally include a PDF and instructional videos. All course materials are yours to download and keep.

Materials vary by program

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study & ask questions

Your registration includes access to a private online workshop for sharing and discussion. The workshop is open 24 hours a day so that you can learn and join discussions on your own schedule. The instructor is present in the workshop every day to answer questions and offer encouragement.

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complete weekly assignments

Students receive an assignment to complete each week that pertains to the topics covered in the course materials and builds upon class discussion throughout the week.


Full Participation students engage in an interactive online classroom experience that includes instructor-led group discussions and detailed, personalized guidance for the duration of the workshop. Full participation students post their assignments in the workshop and receive critique each week.


Study Along students have access to all materials and are able to view all content and conversation in the main workshop. Study along students will not be able to ask the instructor questions or request instructor feedback on their assignments, but they can follow along with instructor critiques of the Full Participation assignments.