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Ready for some live and local photography education near you? Super 1 Day is on the way! Make some room during the busy season for a little extra learning on the side. PPA's Super 1 Day workshops will be held May 4-18.
What's Super 1 Day?
Peer-to-peer education at its very best! For two weeks in May, dozens of studios across the country will invite photographers to join daily workshops featuring portrait and wedding photography, posing and lighting, digital retouching and workflow, and sales and marketing strategies. PPA membership is not required to attend a Super 1 Day class! These all-day learning sessions have been created by photographers, for ALL photographers.
Is there a class near me that fits my
Most likely! With 115 classes across the country, you're bound to find a class near you. Just browse through the list to find a workshop you'll enjoy and benefit from. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone! Expand your skills and broaden your professional network with classes like that will help you:
- Build your business; pricing and marketing strategies
- Learn lighting patterns, studio & outdoor lighting and equipment
- Discover and apply techniques for Photoshop® & Lightroom®
- Find your business niche: seniors, children, boudoir, pets & more
Register online by April 28 and take advantage of the $99 Super 1 Day online registration discount! Starting April 29, registration will only be accepted on-site, space permitting, and will cost $120 per class.
Oh and remember: These programs help you get closer to your degrees! PPA photographers receive one service merit for each class you attend.
From October 6 to 20, fall Super 1 Day classes will take place all over the globe on every photography
skill and strategy you can imagine.
PPA will offer members and non-members alike the opportunity to attend a litany of daily workshops ranging from a class on working with strobe & speed lighting units in California to newborn photography in Daegu-city Korea.
All of the classes are taught by professional photographers and are tailored just for you. There are dozens of different courses offered at a variety of different times and dates, so finding one that fits your busy schedule is a piece of cake.
These events offer both up-and-coming photographers and seasoned veterans the chance to learn from one another and also the chance to network and grow their local market. At just $99 if you book online ($120 in person), the day-long classes are an awesome value. And if you're thinking of joining PPA, this is a perfect opportunity to see what we're all about. If you're already a member you'll receive one service merit for attending each class-- a crucial step towards attaining certifications/degrees.
And also another step forward to BE MORE!
Head to PPA.com/super1day to find a class near you.
By now you've heard--Super Monday is just around the corner, and with that comes nearly 100 classes in cities across the United States (and three in Korea) focused on live, local education. It's your opportunity to earn service merits, network and meet some new friendly faces!
This fall, we are thrilled to offer quite a few seasoned instructors teaching across a wide range of topics including Peggy Farren and her "Maternity Portraiture--Preparation, Selling, Lighting & Posting" and Kevin Floyd, CPP with his two courses "Portrait Retouching with Photoshop" and "Studio Lighting 101: Indoors & Out". These veteran Super Monday pros make learning feel like a day at the beach--which they both could be since they are based along the beautiful shores of Florida.
As volunteer instructors, what keeps them coming back to teach time and time again?
"I had such a great experience the last time," said Peggy. "Many photographers drove from two to three hours away to our workshop. One thing I've learned through running the Understand Photography Training Center is that educated competition is better for the business of photography. We have very few of the bargain basement photographers in this area since most of the new photographers train with us. We teach them how to price correctly and learn the business side of photography as well as the technical and creative side."
Kevin, a former board chair at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, knows that it takes special skills to lead in the classroom. "I love to teach, it is a part of me and I feel like it's my duty to give back. Since I was a high school teacher that was graded on how much my students retained, I like to cover how to remember and apply what was shown in class too!"
So, what will be covered in their classes?
In Peggy's maternity class, you'll walk away knowing the right questions to ask in the beginning, poses that flatter and sell, pricing, lighting and with beautiful portfolio images since it is a hands-on workshop!
"Attendees will leave with a new confidence. They'll learn enough lighting and posing to make any pregnant woman beautiful--okay, maybe using a little Photoshop, too. Attendees will have sample pricing plans that they can tailor to their own businesses and earn more money per session," said Peggy. "A maternity session should be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with your client. Learn how to make your client beautiful by proper lighting and posing."
In Kevin's first class on studio lighting, attendees will walk away with the foundational knowledge of five lighting patterns, achieving studio lighting outside with or without lights, capturing a 3D image through highlights and shadows and how everything revolves around 18% gray.
Kevin's second class will focus on Photoshop. Attendees will learn how to wield the mighty power of Photoshop with a restraint.
"We will over how to use Photoshop for retouching, but not over doing it. It still needs to look like your client when you're done. We'll also cover how to analyze what needs to be done and how to use quick fixes for common problems. The class will use problem images students bring in and as a class work on as many as we can!"
With any Super Monday class, you're bound to walk away with endless amounts of new ideas for your art and your business.
"I'm always more inspired when I'm confident in my technical skills. The technical part of photography has never come easy for me, so hands-on practice works as the best learning system for me. I want to inspire the attendees," said Peggy.
Head over to the Super Monday page to find a course chock full of inspiration and networking near you, or check out Peggy's "Maternity Portraiture - Preparation, Selling, Lighting, Posing and Editing" in Naples, or Kevin's "Portrait Retouching with Photoshop or "Studio Lighting 101: Indoors and Out.
Learn more about Super Monday and register for the class of your choice here.
Creating His Dreams
Super Monday instructors like Jim are offering their classes because they've amassed talent in a certain area (and they want to share). After earning a degree in Photo Production Technology from Southern Illinois University in 1987, Jim discovered his love for the darkroom and started custom printing images for high-end studios. Then, with the introduction of AdobeÂ® PhotoshopÂ® in the early '90s, Pierce became intrigued by the possibilities and was quickly hooked...on version 1.4.
"I like to tell people I've been using Photoshop since before it was a verb!" Jim laughs.
In fact, his love of Photoshop led to his specialty in creating composite images. "I'm a frustrated artist who can't draw a stick figure to save his life," explains Jim. "But by using photos I shoot for the purpose, I can create the artwork that I could only see in myself before. Being a digital artist has given me a chance to put what I have in my head onto a medium that others can see."
Jim is also on a mission to earn all the PPA degrees and, as part of this goal, has started entering his composites in the International Photographic Competition. However, for him, the real joy in composite photography comes from revealing the finished piece to a model he's worked with and seeing stunned silence.
"Words cannot describe artwork. That's why it's an image, not a poem," Jim adds. "If I have been able to transcend words for my model, then I feel I've truly captured their essence."
Teaching You How to Do the Same
"Technology gave me the opportunity to create, and I feel you should always share opportunity with others," says Jim. So he decided to teach other photographers the skills that have helped him create his dreams via composite photography! During his "Photoshop Fantasy" Super Monday class (held in Crystal Lake, IL on Oct. 15), he'll help you learn how to shoot elements of a composite with the final design in mind, use blending modes and masking, understand how light needs to be controlled, and use consistency to give the image an added sense of realism.
"I'm hoping to get the creative juices going, to challenge people to step outside their comfort zone and let their imagination run free," he explains. "How would an image look with a fog rolling in, or wind-blown hair perfectly outlining a face? Does billowing fabric while standing on a cliff overlooking a sunset on the ocean make for a perfect romantic shot?"
If you're interested in learning how to create unique composite shots that can add to your business and expand your creativity, this class may be your chance. Or, check out other Super Monday classes in other locations to find the one that fits you best!
Read more about Jim Pierce here.
Super Monday is an educational program sponsored by PPA every spring and fall. These daylong, interactive workshops are conducted in locations around the country, allowing PPA members to earn merits for sharing their craft and enabling all photographers to learn new skills and develop professional networking contacts.
ALL IMAGES Â© JIM PIERCE
PPA's Super Monday Photo Workshops are peer-led, live and local photography classes. And being an instructor can net you more than just goodwill! When you teach a Super Monday class, you build networks, rack up speaking experience, and you can earn up to four speaking merits toward a PPA degree!
How? Each class you teach (at least 6.5 hours long) is worth two merits...but did you know you can teach up to two classes? You simply teach the classes within the week before or after the official October 15 Super Monday date. (You'll need to submit two separate instructor applications, too.)
Now's your chance to earn those speaking merits more quickly. Get involved with Super Monday!
If you would like additional information, read our Super Monday instructor FAQs.
If you're ready to sign up to be a Super Monday instructor now, click here.