So, we’re coming to the end of the season and my thoughts are turning to my training workshops next year. What an amazing way to start 2012 – some winter sun in Tunisia where I have been asked to teach as part of the PTO 25th anniversary.
Photo Training Overseas was started by George and Glenys Dawber in 1988 in Tunisia. Over the past twenty five years the Dawbers have bought together the best of teaching of aspiring photographers, many of whom have gone on to have very successful careers and are now teaching the new generation. It is a great honour to be asked to be part of the team and the delegates this year are in for a real treat with regards the diversity of training on hand.
I’m not sure my liver is looking forward to the trip (given the famous Irish contingent) but amidst the hangovers and sun worshipping there promises to be a wealth of learning and, above all, delegates have that all important time to sit down with the tutors and squeeze every ounce of knowldege from us – personally I love the fact there is absolutely no ‘them and us’ environment and I know that all the tutors will be hugely giving with their skills and time.
Sean Conboy, an incredible architectural photographer who I’m sure I could use some of his knowledge in my own work. Norwegian Kenneth Linge, who encapsulates all genres with incredible finesse and impact. Clare Louise from up North here in the UK (well the Midlands where it’s cold), I’ve seen Clare’s work develop over the years and she is now at the cutting edge of todays social sector through talent and and a sponge like hunger to learn. Ziba Salehi who has a highly successful wedding and portrait business. Keith Trainor runs Event Photography and does so with great success, it having taken him to the US and throughout Europe – a completely different mindset to location portraiture and certainly worth listening if this is factored into your business. Dave Wall, a highly experienced and respected teacher, writer and photographer of all things photographic. Stuart Wood, who I have huge respect for given that he has managed to marry social and commercial work with great success and with high profile clients – as well as some pretty respected awards under his belt.
I will be demonstrating how I photograph children on location – and given the climate, we should be able to work with some harsh light and resolve some problems in that area of control as well as utilising perhaps less obvious areas of the hotel as locations.
PTO is always well attended and I think there are just a few spaces left and George has negotiated excellent rates. So if you fancy the idea of combining some winter sun, an all inclusive five start break with some incredible opportunities to build your portfolio and learn from some of the best then dig out your passport and sheesha pipe!