Photo 101 :: Call For Questions
I’m deep into the planning and preparation for my new workshop series that I will be launching in Dubai at the end of this month. This is a photo 101 course for people who are pursuing this craft to turn it into a living. This isn’t a workshop for the enthusiast. This isn’t a workshop that will tell you how to be passionate and create an experience around your photography. While all of that is important in this day and age, none of it matters if your photography sucks and you have no idea what you are doing outside of aperture priority mode.
I’m going to break down the technical aspects of photography to the bare essentials of what you need to know as a working photographer. I will not be spending a minute of time on the scientific technical math of the craft. You open your camera bag in front of your client. You need to know what lens to grab and how to use the environment in front of you. You need to find the GOOD light and not waste your time in the crap light. I will be teaching you how to trouble shoot as much as I will be teaching how to shoot. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career and I will be drawing a lot on my mistakes more than my success because failure has been key to my success. The problem is, I could have avoided a lot of my failures. I’m going to help you avoid the same problems.
As I finalize the curriculum for 2 days of teaching this in Dubai and bringing it home as a 3 day workshop here in Atlanta, I want to get some questions from you; the aspiring photographer.
What are you struggling with in your young photographic life? What brick walls are you running into? What part of theory or application bugs the crap out of you that makes you want to hang the cameras up and walk away? Is it the technical? Is it the business?
I need some things from you.
1. Your questions that you would want answered in a course like this. I’ll turn some of these questions into blog articles as well.
2. Your images that you would like open and honest critique of. In public. On this blog. Send me a link to your work at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want honest feedback on your work. This is only for people pursuing this craft as a viable career option. I want to see where people stand in their technical skills and give some feedback to you. While I give honest critique, I’m not a nail spitting jerk. You are safe with me. ETA – I’m already getting emails! Note that when I critique your work here I will be sensitive to search engine indexing of your name and your site. I will host your images on my server without hot-linking. This way you get critique of your work, everyone gets to learn, and google won’t point your clients to my blog critiquing your work.
3. If you are a struggling photographer based in Atlanta who wants to learn more about this craft and get out of your day job, write to me. Tell me what your day job is, why you want to leave it, and what type of photography you want to do. I’ll talk to you offline about an idea I have.
If you have questions about photography, just start leaving them in the comments. Thank you!