So many photographers think they can learn photography and photoshop and marketing and everything they need to know from the internet. Well, I have to admit there is a lot of info out there (good and bad), but I also have to tell you about the big missing element…. actually learning from a real person, in person. There is so much more that can be learned and absorbed and understood from being WITH someone and feeling their energy and presence. Everyone carries an atmosphere with them, and the synergy of like minded people can never be matched in the absence of proximity. Before I became an educator, I was involved at a few photographic schools and conventions, (California Photographic Workshops, West Coast School, Golden Gate School, Professional Photogs of Ca) and I learned from some of the best photographers and educators. People like Monty Zucker, Don Emmerich, David Ziser, David Peters, Lori Rose, and many more. Being WITH them and seeing them work and HEARING their passion flow naturally as we relaxed in the evenings or ate lunches taught us far more than their demos and canned speeches. That is part of the reason I became an educator- because it can make all the difference in people’s lives and businesses!
It is sad today to see so many people opting out of the Photographic school tradition and short-changing themselves on a rich, rewarding and priceless experience! The friends and connections I have made over the years from being Present at these schools are lifelong treasures and resources to me!
I’m teaching at over 20 events this year IN PERSON because that truly IS the best way to learn! This summer I am speaking at SCU (Skip Cohen University) in Chicago Aug 11-14 and it will be one of the most well-rounded educational opportunities presented, that I know of! Many of the schools only let you sign up for one instructor, but at Skip’s “Summer School” you get to take 2, one-day classes AND you get a full helping of great marketing and inspiration from the all-school keynote speakers too! I will be doing a one-day class on Hybrid Imaging (photo+video+audio=eProducts) and quite a few of my peers will be teaching about their specialty as well! Of course there will be plenty of fun and games, as there always is when photographers get together. Priceless friendships, endless fun, contagious laughter, genuine connections and solid learning. Consider taking advantage of this opportunity to learn this summer at Skip’s Summer School. If you take MY class (either day) you will save $200 on your tuition because Lumix G is sponsoring my class! AND you will get a free year of Pro Show Web from Photodex!
Take the time to invest in yourself, learn from the best in the biz and make some great friends while you have a truly fabulous time at photography school! Whether it is this fall at SCU or next year at any of the schools- think about how you can make this happen. I guarantee you will not regret it, but cherish the experience forever!
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