What is the photo-workshop?
The last Photo-Bootcamp was in May
This workshop can be taken by anyone.
The workshop was built for training future interns, but is helpful to any aspiring or progressing photographer.
We do much more than just going out and taking pictures… it’s heavily involved in training the eye and getting more efficient at the office stuff. (As listed later)
I developed this bootcamp because I use interns to help with my projects and photo-workload.
After having dozens of interns I have settled with this method of teaching them all UP FRONT as the best method for me and them.
Obviously the hundreds of extra hours (and assistance) from the internship really solidifies the training… But this workshop is open (and welcomed) to the paying public as well.
There are not many other options for such lengthy and involved photography training…
140hrs + teaching about everything + good photographer + good teacher + fun
FOR: Those looking to make photography a big(er) part of their life.
FOR: Those who enjoy learning lots, fast.
FOR: Those that have either time or money to invest.
FOR: Those that can work hard.
NOT FOR: Those that don’t have at least 2 free weeks
NOT FOR: Those that get easily overwhelmed by lots of information.
NOT FOR: Those that have NEITHER time nor money.
NOT FOR: Un-Motivated People
We go over EVERYTHING about photography. (well… mostly)
- Improving your eye for photography
- Flash and Flash Camp
Special focus on OCF (off camera flash)
- Taking better pictures
- Assisting photographers
Learning how to be assisted
Special focus: Assisting with lighting
- Picking and rating
- Editing (lightroom)
- Handling a workflow of tons of images (D.A.M.)
- Inside out knowledge of Lightroom
- Creative problem solving (My Mantra)
- Pick your battles (My other mantra)
- Putting what you learn in words
- Social media
- Business strategies
- Interacting with clients
- Working as a team
My emphasis is on PEOPLE – WEDDING – EVENT photography.
Though Travel photography will also happen
Balance of taking and post process
We’ll be doing a real and exciting shoots every other day giving us the other time to keep on track with edits and other training.
So we’ll be taking each shoot from start to finish(taking, picks, rating, keyword, edits, sync edits, smugmug, blogs, social media, prints etc) Everyone will be involved in each photo-shoot.
The photoshoots will be a good mix.
The INTERNSHIP appeal
Why do I do Internships?
I do the internship because I do have so many projects and things I’d love help with… specially with a new company I’m starting up and further need on office help.
As an Exchange
I originally established the internship and bootcamp connection as an exchange:
My 12 day bootcamp in exchange for your time. It’s certainly a less expensive route to take but requires serious time commitment.
Consider it like going to many hundreds of classes at a photography school with a more personalized and hands on approach.
I have been able to make it available for school credit for college so I’m sure we can make it happen again.
Other perks for interns
- First choice of assisting on shoots throughout the time you’re here.
- Continued training and question answering.
- Reviews of your work on post process stuff
- Reviews of your photography
- You will be pushed to be your best… having someone to push you is underrated and very helpful. (but is not for the feint of heart)
- Countless hours of me being in the office and giving direction or answers when needed.
- Some will be kept on after the internship to help with one of my companies.
Internship negates the workshop cost
(but not the workshop setup $400 fee)
A full Internship will be an estimated 500hrs and should be a minimum of 30hrs a week.
For those interested in a part time internship to pay for a portion of the bootcamp I am open to hearing options that work for both of us.
The workshop only appeal
I’d love to have people come for just the 2 weeks and learn the inner workings of the business along with that big long list of things that I’ll be teaching.
Faster pace more intensive workshop
I think it’s a perfect option for those wanting to get into photography quicker than their a couple hours a day approach might have been going.
Consider the bootcamp like a kickstarter (for those that already know a lot) … most people that go are already photographers who have a good knowledge and are even getting paid frequently.
The Next Level
So I’d say it’s more about taking your photography to the Next Level.
I aim to push you further and faster, in photography, than ever before.
Not for everyone
It’s not for everyone… as many have full time jobs or children and aren’t able to take the time off for the workshop
(To say nothing of the extra hours required by the internship)
Compare it to the 1-2 day workshops out there and it’s a pretty amazing offer in substance and price.
When and Where?
Proposed for last half of September 2011 (Before it gets too chilly)
Starting either the 12th or the 19th
Proposed to be 2wks long (12 days, not Sundays)
We meet each day 8 or 9am and go until we’re done which is often around 8-10pm (Yes approx 12hrs a day)
Flash Camp FYI - this will be a available as a separate option as well. (Portions of 3 days)
LOCATION: Offices are in Lehi Utah (Near SLC)
If people act fast I can even provide housing for individuals that might come from out of town.
Happening when: Officially happening when a minimum of 4 individuals sign up
I may be convinced to change months… but I don’t have lots of options.
Here is a series of 13 posts written by the present set of interns writing the things they learned during the bootcamp and sharing images they took and we went through in the office.
Go back in the list of posts and you’ll get to see a bunch that go over each day of the bootcamp in a perspective of all 4 attendees.
- I estimate the workshop breaking down to about $250-350/day*
*This is going to be adjusted based on the response.
Making this much more bang for the buck than most things
It turns into $20-30/hr training … my normal fee would be over $100/hr normally.
- + $400 food, location, model, equipment fee
- Housing is a separate fee if you choose/need that option. (I have spots available)
400-600/mo or 250-350 bootcamp only (2weeks)
I’d probably put the value somewhere at $5000 but photographers understandably want to spend their money on lenses so I’m making it much less. $3000-4200 (or the internship exchange)
No, I don’t have a set immovable rate … yet.
That’s me being nice enough to be willing to let the price go down if we get more than 4 people. (Though we can’t have too many more than that)
You can get lots of people in 1hr classes or 1 day workshops.
2 week workshops are not as easy… but it does mean that I’ll be getting the people serious about photography.
This approach makes the training much more personal… I believe I’m good at adapting the teaching to fit the individuals giving everyone great individual attention.
Right of refusal
I reserve the right to refuse anyone (workshop and/or internship)..
A strong group dynamic is important to a good learning experience and my sanity. I do consider it somewhat of an application process.
But like I said, those willing to dedicate and pay for a 2 week exhaustive workshop are usually pretty dynamic and good people to be around so I’ve never done it.
I will spend time answering questions… for those who are strongly considering.