Still answering more questions (in red) here:
- Student who have taken the One Day Photographers' Workshop (the 9 hour workshop I teach in stores) would still need to either participate fully in the online version of The Photographers' Workshop photographers workshop ($395) or would need to register as a first time auditor ($245) in order to qualify as a 'student', able to purchase the Making the Shot lessons, telephone consulting and/or the $55 auditing.
- Yes, I will provide a description for each Making the Shot lesson so students will know in advance what the lesson is about. And yes Pam, I can devote part of a lesson to testing lens accuracy.
- I will be limiting the maximum number of fully participating students in each class. I will not be setting a limit on auditing students though.- I think it would be a really, really (really) great idea for auditing students to set up a Yahoo, Facebook or Flickr group so that they could interact with other auditing students - so I'd be totally in support of that.
- The next registration date was originally scheduled for Feb. 15th. However, I had to move that date up to Feb. 1st at 6pm Pacific time for various reasons. Registration will be for a March and a June 2010 class, whether you plan to take the class OR audit the class. I'll be sending out an email to past and current students along with everyone on the wait list with more details.
- Yes Helen, I'll be happy to include the Christmas tree lighting photo in a future Making the Shot lesson. In fact, I am planning on offering a few lessons where students get to specifically pick which photos (from my blog) that they'd like me to discuss along with any questions they have about that specific photo. I'll email details on all this to past students in the next month or so.
- First time auditing students ($245 fee) WILL receive a class binder. Past students who are auditing a class ($55 fee) will NOT receive a binder since they already received one when they originally took the class.
- The Making the Shot lessons and telephone consulting will only be available to past/current students of The Photographers' Workshop (or students who have audited The Photographers' Workshop.)
- The auditing fee or students who have NOT previously taken The Photographers' Workshop will be $245. The auditing fee for any student who has previously taken The Photographers' Workshop will be $55 per class.
- Also, once you have taken The Photographers' Workshop OR have audited The Photographers' Workshop, you are considered a "student" and will be able to take participate in #4-6 listed below.
- If you would prefer to audit a class rather than participate in a class, there will be no wait. You can simply choose the class date that works best for your schedule. (I teach the class four times per year.)
I'll continue checking for questions and will post the answers here.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled program...
When I first designed The Photographers' Workshop (my online photography class), I figured I'd teach it once or twice; maybe even four or five times if I got lucky and there was enough interest.
But I'm actually getting ready to start my 10th class on Jan. 4th (my birthday).
And I've got all my past students to thank. I haven't done any marketing whatsoever - it's just been referral based.
Thank you all for that.
Having too many people wanting to take the class was never a problem I had envisioned. But once the wait list grew to 1000+ students (it's at about 1,316 right now), I realized that I was going to have to change my original business plan because realistically, it would take several years for all 1,316 people to make it into the class...and if the wait list keeps growing at the pace it has been growing, I'll never be able to reach everyone.
I racked my brain thinking of solutions. Bounced ideas off of anyone who would listen (Josh, my mom, my best friend, my sister, Ross, my students, etc.) and changed my mind at least a dozen times.
But alas...I have a plan.
1. I am going to start taking fewer students in each of my classes. In the past, I have continued to increase my class size out of guilt (because the wait list is so long) to the point where I'm working 50-60 hours per week. I love work (and I love what I do) but I'm finally at the point in my life where I realize that working 60 hours per week isn't benefiting anyone in my life (including me) so I'm ready for a 40 hour work week.
2. Starting with the March 2010 class, in addition to my regular students, I am going to allow the option for students to audit classes. By 'audit', I mean that auditing students will have access to everything in the class (written lessons, audio lessons, assignments, the Q&A board, the Photo Critiques board, etc.) The only difference being that auditing students will not be able to actively participate in the class (asking questions, posting comments, posting assignments, posting photo critiques, email correspondence with me, etc.) Basically, auditors will have full visual access to everything without active participation. The fee for regular students in 2010 will be $395. The fee for first-time auditing students in 2010 will be $245.
3. As I've mentioned in the past, registration for classes will only be offered to students who are on the wait list. You can add yourself tot he wait list at by going to the website, selecting 'photography classes' and 'register for a class'. I will be sending out additional registration info. to everyone on the wait list in the next week or two.
My current and past students my biggest priority in my career and all of you been asking for more lessons, more classes, more info. I don't currently have any plans for advanced classes, however I do have a few things that will be available very soon (for past and current students only):
4. Starting with the March 2010 class, past students will also be able to audit as many of my classes as they'd like. (The definition of 'auditing is listed above in #2). The auditing fee for past students will be $55 per class.
5. I am going to start releasing a series of additional, downloadable lessons (in PDF and audio formats) called Making the Shot. Basically, these lessons will dive into the details of how I made specific images; the gear I used, my settings, my SOOC shots along with my edits, the lighting, my thought process, etc.
The first lesson is already done (and will be available for purchase very soon - I'll email all of you when it's on the site). This first issue is 28 pages, all related to a portrait shoot I did a few months back ($20).
I can't commit to how frequently I'll release new lessons, but know that I will be looking for your input, suggestions, questions, etc. in regards to what you'd like me to include in future lessons. I want to gear these lessons specifically to what all of you (my past and current students) are wanting to learn so your input is going to be extremely important to me. In fact, I'll be emailing all of you in the coming weeks with some questions.
6. I am going to start offering telephone consulting to past and current students only. I have done a bit of this in the past but never really publicized it because I wasn't ready to do it on a regular basis. The fee will be $145 per hour. I kind of cringe in writing that price, but I'll let you all know that I have paid between $250 and $400 an hour to consult with other photographers in the past and am trying to keep that price reasonable. Basically, once you sign up for the consult, I will contact you to set up a date and will call you at our scheduled time. I will ask that you write up a general outline for our discussion (although you don't have to stick to it) and will ask that you upload any photos you want to review in advance. We can talk about things you need help with, things you are unsure of, new things you want to try, photos you want me to critique, etc.
7. All classes (starting with my Sept. 2009 class) will remain open for 12+ months after the class ends. This means that you will be able continue interacting with your classmates in your own class forum (instead of having to start a Yahoo, Facebook or Flickr group to keep in touch with your classmates). In the past, after a class ended, the forum continued to be visible, but was inactive (meaning that you could view all of the information for the class but were unable to post questions, comments, upload pictures, etc.) Please note that I will not be present on class forums once the class has ended though (because I'll have a new class that needs me).
I will keep you posted as all of these things become available. As always, your input is really important to me so feel free to leave any comments/questions/suggestion.
Looking forward to all these new things in 2010 (and I hope you are too)!
And one from Christmas.
Every year, I find myself so overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of Christmas photos I take, that I don't end up editing/posting any.I was hoping this year would be different but it's not panning out for me so far.