Speaking & Judging & Teaching, Oh My…

Well, it looks like the first half of 2011 will be a busy one for me in regards to me speaking/teaching and otherwise helping fellow photographers improve their craft and produce better work for their clients.  Last weekend the Manitoba chapter of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) held their “New Members Course”.   I was in charge of teaching the lighting section of the event.  Next up will myself and Fred Elcheshen putting on a 1/2 day program at the joint convention/seminar of the Manitoba and Saskatchewan chapters of PPOC held in Saskatoon in early March.  There we will be teaching the foundation of photography – Lighting, Posing and Composition.  So many new photographers don’t have a clue on what it takes to create a decent photograph, but that doesn’t stop them from misleading their clients and taking their money…leaving a swath of disappointed clients and crying brides in their wake.  (Don’t get me on my soapbox about this!)

After a quick return to Winnipeg, I’ll be off to judge the British Columbia chapter of PPOC ‘s annual image competition later in March.  Then, in June myself and Steve Hiebert will be putting on a seminar once again for the local PPOC-Manitoba Chapter – once again on lighting. SOMEWHERE in all of that I’ll be schedule an exam that I will need to give to for photographers (Canadian, American or International) that wish to take their written requirement for their “Certified Processional Photographer” (CPP) designation from the ” Professional Photographic Certification Commission.   That needs to take place sometime this spring and again this fall, so I gotta schedule them somewhere in there!  LOL

All of these organizations are actually there for the public’s well being.  They are organizations that exist so that the buying public can be assured that the photographer they hire is actually talented, skilled and ethical.  In this day and age of people buying a camera one day and opening their photography business the next (talent, skill, knowledge and ability be dammed – I want some quick cash and screw the public!)  they are more important than ever. As someone who has achieved the title of Master Photographer part of that title is giving back to the industry –  teaching others.  Now, if only the unethical ones would see the light and change their ways…   (I SAID get off the soapbox today Bruce! LOL)

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