Last week, I found something on Scott Kelby’s Blog that caught my eye. He’s teaching a hands-on workshop in Tampa for his Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it seminar. I’ve already signed up for the seminar here in Orlando on August 5th. As it happens, this workshop is a week earlier on July 29th as part of Dave Cross Workshops.
Just like his seminars, he’ll go through multiple lighting setups. However, there are only 16 participants, instead of being in an audience of nearly 1,000 folks. We’ll get to bring our cameras and laptops to shoot the same kinds of things other people on this seminar could only watch, and then learn the retouching techniques to go with them. I have absolutely no idea how the logistics of this workshop are going to flow, but I’m hoping to come home with a couple of decent portfolio shots, and some knowledge to help me do more portrait work on my own.
This was a spur of the moment decision for me, but I’m already signed up. It’s good to have some Mad Money around to take advantage of unexpected opportunities like this one. On one hand, this one day course costs as much as attending Photoshop World. On the other hand, I believe it will be much more targeted training. By that, I’m referring to the limited audience and opportunity to actually put the training into practice while I’m there, as opposed to sitting in a lecture hall. Both methods have their place, but I really enjoy workshops where I have a chance to learn and produce something.
Of course, I’m wondering now if there’s any need for me to go to the seminar in Orlando after I’ve already had the hands-on experience the week before in Tampa. I suppose so. After all, I’ve already paid for it and I put in notice I’m taking the day off. Besides, maybe something will come up in the seminar that isn’t discussed during the workshop. Maybe Brad Moore will do handstands on stage. You never know.
When I attend a workshop, I’m looking for at least one of two things:
- I want to learn something that I didn’t know before
- I want to experience something I wouldn’t do on my own.