Now that I am not teaching and I am shooting full time, I have more opportunity to do things. Before, I could only do things that existed outside the school day. This was very limiting. There are plenty of things that I plan on doing with this new found freedom, but one interesting thing that I’m looking into is teaching. Yes, that’s right, I quit teaching so I can teach. Well, this would be a much different situation that teaching in a public school. I’m looking into teaching a Super 1 Day workshop this October.
Teaching a Super 1 Day Workshop
Honestly I have been wanting to teach photography for several years. I love photography and I’d love to help others with it. That’s the big difference between teaching in school. These people would actually want to be there and want to learn. Too often in school I was fighting kids that had no interest in what I was teaching.
I happened to come upon the Super 1 Day workshops. I’m a Professional Photographers of America (PPA) member, and they sent out an email about the program. I had seen similar emails from them, but for some reason, I decided to open this one. The Super 1 Day workshops are held across the nation during a week time slot. These classes are taught and created by PPA members, so the classes could be about a ton of different things. Anyone can come to the workshops, and they are all $99. It’s an all day deal, so it really is a great value.
I have roughly four days to turn in something if I want to do this. I think it would be a great opportunity to start off teaching. It’s a national program, so I would think I wouldn’t have to do that much marketing. People would probably find out through PPA. My dream is to eventually teach at the national PPA conference, so this could be a way to get my name out there.
The real issue is what to teach. I have experience in many different areas of photography, so I don’t know what to do. The issue is also what do people want to learn. It doesn’t matter how much I know if no one shows up. I don’t think a basic photography class would be good for these workshops, so it has to be something a little higher level. I was thinking some basics on becoming a wedding photographer, a basic lighting class, or maybe even a class about how to become a full time photographer.
I don’t know if I’m going to leap into this or not. I think I might ask around and see if there’s any interest. Teaching a Super 1 Day Workshop would be a lot of work, so I want to make sure it turns out and isn’t a flop. If you have any interest in attending a workshop or ideas for what to teach, please let me know ASAP.