|Vincent Laforet is keynote speaker at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.|
I always am interested in who is the faculty of a workshop/seminar. I come wanting to see their work and learn something that I cannot get from just seeing their work online or in a publication.
Vincent Laforet did a great job impressing us at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar with his work, which most of us will never shoot. It was still inspiring.
While I learned years ago to go up and ask the instructors questions I learned how to make better use of my time. I learned that if I get to the event early I could grab the speakers before when few people were wanting their time.
The more I went to these events I got braver and then asked the speakers to eat lunch or dinner. I then got great time with some of the best in the field.
|Christians in Photojournalism had dinner together at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar|
Slowly I started to realize those people going to the seminar were just as valuable a resource as the "Stars."
Today I cherish my time listening to just about anyone. I love to hear what they are doing. Usually this gives me a very unique time to learn something new.
|Ron Sherman shares with a few of us during lunch break.|
While you may go the the seminar/workshop for the stars the people sitting next to you are just as valuable as a resource. The other thing is by just being interested in them and what they have to share you can learn a great deal. What I also learned is I get more time with them than the stars. They have more time and do not have a line of folks waiting to talk to them.
The key is spending time with someone. It is about getting to know them. Now when I see them again we acknowledge each other and catch up with each other.
|Bill Fortney the Nikon representative has become one of my best friends and resources.|
|Another great reason to go to conferences with Nikon is they often will do "free" camera cleaning. I had two cameras cleaned that would normally cost about $30 to $50 each.|
The first thing you want to be sure you do if you do not already have a photography seminar/workshop on your calendar is to put one on for next year. I personally recommend joining me in Fort Worth for the Southwestern Photojournalism Seminar, March 1 - 3, 2013. Here is a link to that conference www.swpjc.org.