Would You Take a Class?

I’ve ranted in the past about the value of photographers who hang up the camera and turn to hanging out a teaching shingle.  They’re excellent photographers mind you, but are not the best at teaching.  You can read the whole article here:  Selecting a Satisfying Photography Seminar

I clicked the “Publish” button with trepidation.  It basically warns photographers looking to learn to watch out for the guy who purports to teach workshops in lieu of actually being a photographer.  This would not fly well in the face of the photo establishment – the powers that be if you will.  Additionally, if I were to ever launch a workshop, class or seminar, I would run the risk of being called out as having a double-standard.

Then, I got some email – not a lot, but some.  Several folks replied asking if I was going to offer any tour dates or classes on Lightroom (I ran a workshop with my good friend Kerry Garrison in 2010).  I had replied no, that it probably wasn’t going to happen again, just because the overhead of getting classroom space, the insurance, food service, internet, etc. is just not worth it, especially considering a traveling workshop!

ClassroomThen I fell into some classroom space (not the one pictured here though) – relatively low cost per month, and no food service required.  I am teaching some other classes there in another capacity, but it dawned on me that I could theoretically offer some Lightroom, Photoshop, or general photography classes here without much of an additional expense.  The question is – would anybody attend?  It’s like throwing a party and no one shows up.  So, on this first Friday of March, let me post a question to the reading audience:

Would You Take a Photo Class With Me?

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For arguments sake, let’s say the class would be $25 and would run for approximately 4 hours.  So, we wouldn’t be going too in-depth into the subject matter.  Enough time to advance your understanding of Lightroom, Photoshop, or even just photography in general.  It would naturally have to be here in Denver, as I can’t move the classroom around the country (my pockets aren’t as deep as Kelby, Ziser, or any of the big names out there).  And, I’ll get to the subject matter in a minute – but for now, just a simple yes/no poll:

With that out of the way, let’s take a look at subject matter now.  I’ve been shooting as an enthusiast in South Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and Colorado for nearly a decade now.  I’ve touched a lot of gear.  I know several applications inside and out.  I’ve been running this blog now for nearly 6 years now too, so we could talk about photography and blogging!  There’s several topics I could touch on in four hours!  Nothing would be an exhaustive beginning to end scenario, but there’s a lot to learn out there.  So, on to question #2

What Topic Would You Like Me to Cover

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April Contest Winner, Summer Schedule

April Contest Winner - Sue90CA

Many of you have patiently been awaiting the winner of the April contest winner announcement, as well as the details for the May, er…Summer Contest Announcement, so today is going to answer a lot of questions for these folks!  I am happy to announce first off, that the winner of the April contest is…..(insert drumroll):

April Contest Winner - Sue90CA
 Thanks to all for their contributions – and Sue, you are the winner of the Lightroom 4 DVD from Laura Shoe!  Please drop me a line via email or Flickr msg to have the details coordinated on getting your DVD set to you!
And now, for the Summer schedule….here’s the details you all have been waiting for!
1. Two photos per person
2. Must be work-safe/family-friendly
3. Posted to the Flickr thread
4. Largest side must be no more than 800px or less than 600px (this is only so that the winning image can be displayed well…)
5. Taken within the contest Window of May – July
6. Images must be done by Sunday, JULY 29th!  (Yes, you have nearly 3 months on this contest!)
7. Theme is SUNNY
8. And most importantly, have fun!
So, some special notes for this contest – the winner will proudly claim the DVD prizes I mentioned earlier in the week – a DVD from Ibarionex R Perello and one from Chris Orwig!  The Flickr thread will go live this weekend, but that’s no excuse for starting to take your own shots now!  Any shots from May 1st through July 29th are eligible (and yes, we will continue using the honor system there…)
Good luck to all, and thanks to Laura for the April donation!  See you next Monday!  Happy shooting!