They're on a road-trip.
I took two weeks off of work when Josh Downs first got home, but my boss (me) is a real hard-a _ _ and won't let me take any more time off.
Unfortunately, it wasn't until everyone was already loaded up in the car that Annie realized I wasn't coming with them (and she wasn't too happy about it).
One of the reasons I need to stay home?...I am opening a few more auditing seats in my next workshop that begins one week from today (on Monday, April 2nd, 2012) and need to be on my computer to make that happen.
I always hesitate about whether or not to open more auditing seats, but usually, I decide to go ahead and open a few more seats before the workshop begins just because I've found that the more people there are talking and asking questions on the Q&A Board, the more fun the class is.
So if you'd like to join the workshop as an auditor, you can do so by registering here.
Once you've completed the registration process, you'll receive a Welcome Email (with a 25-page PDF full of information about the workshop and a pre-workshop lesson full of information about cameras, lenses, focal length, etc.) and I'll get your class binder shipped off to you as well.
If you'd like to find out more about the workshop, just scroll through the syllabus and the FAQ sheet here.
The ONLY difference between auditing students and regular students is that I do not provide evaluations for auditing students. Auditing students can however sign up for peer-evaluations, can post questions on the Q&A Board and have access to everything in the forum.
In general, auditing seats are ideal for anyone who wants to work at their own pace and/or anyone that wants to take the class at a reduced price. ($245) And auditing students can always purchase a telephone/Skype consult with me if they decide they'd like me to evaluate their photos.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I'll respond to them in red, here on this post.
Question #1: You can definitely take the workshop with an advanced point & shoot style camera (that does not offer interchangeable lenses) since most advanced point & shoot style cameras will allow you to adjust most/all of the settings I'll bediscussing during the workshop. And aside from camera settings, there's an entire week devoted to composition, another week devoted to lighting and many other topics that are valuable to any photographer, regardless of what kind of camera they have.
That said, its been my experience that students who take the workshop with an advanced point & shoot style camera, usually end the class purchasing or wanting to purchase a digital SLR with interchangable lenses just because of the kinds of images you can produce with digital SLRs and a good quality lens.