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Thread: Kinda freaking out now!
10-21-2008, 11:31 PM #1
Kinda freaking out now!
I really didn't think I was going to get anyone signing up for my Super Monday course and low and behold, I now have 6 people signed up....Yikes. I don't know what I was thinking. Guess I had better start working on a course. This is not something I have ever done and now I am wondering what I was thinking.
Any suggestions? I am so far behind in work right now on top of it.
My Super Monday is for beginning studios and the beginning photographer.
I plan on doing a survey here tonight and sending out to everyone to see where they stand, but that is the only idea I have....
10-21-2008, 11:33 PM #2
On a side note though...I just got back, 'bout a half hour ago from our Fall state convention where I entered prints for the first time and was amazed at the results.
78, 80, 82 and 84 and got a 78 and an 80 on my senior folios. Guess that makes me feel a little more confident.
10-21-2008, 11:42 PM #3
Hi Tiffany; I know how you feel. I also have more signed up than I thought. I sat down and wrote out a sylabus the other morning, and yesterday when I got my roster I emailed it to everyone. But I'm a bit nervous, this is my first class!
If your class is for beginners, I would start with the basics: a basic shooting/posing/lighting session. You could go over how to measure light, what kind of light to use, different kinds of poses, how to use aperture to control depth of field, that kind of stuff. Then you could do a segment on studio operations and pricing.
After I got my sylabus written out, I wrote out a sheet of info I'm going to hand to them. It has resources on it. My class is on wedding workflow, we are going out in the morning on a shoot. I have a model, we are going to be doing off camera lighting, reflectors. Then in the studio I am going to take them through my workflow, with everything projected. So my resources sheet will have all the equipment and software listed, plus places to get actions and presets, plus it also has PPA info, and info about forums. I remember getting a resource sheet from someone years ago that I took a class from and it was very helpful, so I did one too!
Karen Linsley, Cr.Photog., CPP
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10-22-2008, 12:08 AM #4
Oh my gosh, thanks Karen. That does help. Now can you send me more time???? I fear this will take me longer than it should to get ready.
I just hope that I can help these people that are coming to see me as much as other speakers have helped me! OH the pressure.
10-22-2008, 12:20 AM #5
I don't understand why you would sign up to present a program that you had not yet written ???The best way to gain for yourself is to give OF yourself.
- - - So get out there and volunteer for something ...
Rick Massarini, M. Photog., Cr., CPP., F-PPLA
PPLA Past President; 97th Recipient PPA Directors Award
ASP SouthWest District Rep. & ASP Convention Booth Chairman
10-22-2008, 01:06 AM #6
Don't you have to know what program you are doing before it can even be offered? What does it say you will be teaching?Lori Clapp
Will I EVER know how to use what I learn?
10-22-2008, 10:40 AM #7Senior Member
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Relax and take a deep breath Tiffany. Congrats on your comp prints. Look, your opening up your studio for people to see and your available to answer their questions for eight hours. That's over an hour per person. What would you charge a client for an hour of your time? Your a volunteer not a paid speaker, PPA members who attend get a merit to boot. So for a hundred bucks these folks get to look inside your operation, pick your brain for EIGHT hours, network with five other photographers and they get a merit. If they think thats not worth it.............good luck to them ever feeling they got their moneys worth for anything. It cracks me up to hear people who want to charge a thousand dollars an hour to their clients complain about donating a hundred bucks to PPA for all they get in return on Super Monday. It's on Mondays because a lot of studios are closed on Monday anyway and PPA knew that would be the best day of the week to avoid lost income. Their hundred bucks, their milage and their meals are all a tax write off. Only your business clients get to write of a session fee. If you honestly feel guilty about ONLY donating your time, blocking off your own schedule you could have booked and letting six other photographers poke around your business then do a PR headshot for each of them and buy them a pizza for lunch. Sad thing is some of them actually think it's worth three times that much to put in the pocket of someone who stands in a Marriot with a script and shows them only what they want them to see, telling them only what they want them to hear and loading them up with other junk to buy when they leave. Go figure
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10-22-2008, 02:08 PM #8
KeithKeith A. Howe
10-22-2008, 02:24 PM #9Senior Member
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I can't disagree with you Keith but I could flip the top and bottom. Super Monday instructors give up a day of their lives don't they? I'm as tired of Super Monday bashing as you are of speaker bashing. It wasn't that long ago that most photographers wouldn't even tell you where they had their printing done much less open their doors for a day. As for volunteers still having a responsibility to others I agree, Mother Theresa was a volunteer and I'm sure she took some guff from some lepers once in a while. Doesn't mean she should have quit volunteering.
10-22-2008, 02:32 PM #10
Congratulations on those scores, Tiffany! 4 outta 6 are 80 and above? Awesome job!
And I'm totally in your boat. My program WAS written (kinda)... then I decided I hated it and am starting over from scratch.