Actually it is more my life really. Sorry I hope that doesn’t disappoint you. I thought I might talk about one aspect of the life. I have been surprised lately to read definitions of what an artist is, there is a massive list and while you don’t have to fill every one, one that did surprise was being a teacher.
This is something that is fairly new to me. I have been teaching for about a year now. I really didn’t like it when I started, but I have really started enjoying it. Learning how I need to teach was the hardest thing for me to learn. I am finding my way around it, and the more I do it the more I enjoy it. There is something special about realising that people are coming to you to learn.
I have more classes coming up at Living & Learning Nillumbik.
My first class is Saturday the 3rd of August, which is Introduction to your DSLR, unfortunately full, but if there are enough people interested there may be a chance of a second class in the last term.
Landscape Photography is on the 7th of September, also a Saturday. We do some stuff in the class, then head out and down the road to try some landscape photography. I try and do some critiquing as well, though it can be hard with how many photos people take.
Architectural Photography is on the 19th of October, and pretty much runs the same way as the landscape one. All my classes are practical, and you are expected to bring your camera and take photos. I learn by doing, so I teach by doing.
The Portrait Class on Saturday the 16th of November. We get a model for a couple of hours and experiment with taking photos of the model. I showed you some photos from the last model.
Sports and event photography is on the 30th November. Again, we will try and find a sport to go and photograph.
There are still places left available in most of the classes above, but they will fill fairly quickly.
I am also going to be teaching some sports photography classes for kids who live on the fringes of the city, so that should be a good experience. I don’t know how many of those yet.
I am in discussions with the team in Eltham too about structuring the classes a little differently next year. Instead of doing the individual classes, we are going to do a course, about 6 weeks. So it will be all the other classes put into one. It should be good doing it as a short course instead of all the individual ones. I will be able to build on their knowledge from one week to another without having to continually repeat information that was in the previous class. It is going to be exciting. It will be well structured and thought out.
I am also hoping to do some workshops, full day ones. I am in the process of planning a portrait workshop. It will start with looking at portrait photography, and we will go through the whole process of how to do portraits, from start to finish and at the end of the day you should have some wonderful portraits, and the knowledge of how to do more.
Don’t forget, I also do full day One on One Classes as well, there is information at the top under Learning Photography. You get to spend a whole day with me and I teach you how to use your camera, if you need that, I show you around the city, or we just go and take photos, with breaks to look at your photos and to critique how you are going. I also give suggestions on how you can improve. I also take photos, so you get to see me working as well. I only charge $330 for that, which is for about 8 hours. I was told it was too cheap, but I think it is fine.
If you really want to do a class with me and don’t live in Australia, there is always online and we can talk over the internet. I have done that for a few people now, and it has been fantastic. That is more for editing and stuff. Again that information is under Learning Photography above.
I can see teaching creeping in more and more. I have even considered looking around at other places to teach as well, which surprises me. I really do enjoy it.
I hope some of you may join me in some of my classes. It would be so wonderful to see people there who know me through the blog.