Continuing Your Photography Education

Posted on 1/9/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Not too long ago the primary way to keep up with new trends in photography and what the industry leaders were doing of thinking was to attend industry events. This often meant traveling to New York, Chicago, Las Vegas or New Orleans (in the U.S. – I’m not sure where all in Europe) and fitting into the schedule of the event organizer. Now, it is becoming possible to participate in such educational programs while sitting at your desk and often at your own convenience in terms of time. Here are a few examples.


On Wednesday January 11, 2012 the American Society of Media Photographers offers a FREE seminar between 1:00 and 2:30 EST on the topic Examining Compensation Models for Visual Content with panelists Eugene Mopsik of ASMP; Michael Bilbrey of Leo Burnett USA; Joe Wikert of O’Reilly Media and moderated by Chris Kenneally.

Click here for more information about the event and to register. All registrants will receive a free recording after the event.

For more on ASMP’s The Future of Art & Commerce series of online events see the list at the bottom of this story.

VII Photo Agency

VII Photo Agency is providing a series of FREE interactive online photography seminars by going to  In the next in the series on Wednesday January 18, 2012 at 12.00 EST / 17.00 GMT Jessica Dimmock will share practical tips on filmmaking as well as insights about breaking into the independent movie scene.

Jessica will discuss her ransition from still photojournalism to feature cinematography. Josh Siegel, Assistant Curator for the film department at the Museum of Modern Art will talk to Jessica about her 2011 feature movie “Without”, including discussion of how a foundation in still photography can cultivate a distinctive approach in filmmaking. Dimmock will talk about how new equipment and new attitudes allow image-makers to integrate both stills andvideo coherently in their productions.

Dimmock’s 2011 feature “Without” is nominated for a prestigious Gotham Award and has already earned Jessica the Kodak Award for best cinematography at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Independent Visions Award at the Sarasota Film Festival. In 2010 Jessica directed and shot the video for the title song of Moby’s latest album “Wait For Me”. Most recently Jessica has shot stills and video for a soon-to-be-released HBO four-part documentary film.


Last week I spent the better part of two days watching Jack Hollingsworth’s iPhoneography Workshop – for FREE. Since you missed the free live presentation it will now cost you $79 to watch the videos as many times as you want, whenever you want. That’s about the cost of a three hour seminar at PhotoPlus in New York.

If you want to know how the iPhone, in particular, and smartphones in general are going to impact your career you need to spend some time watching some of the videos and downloading the course materials. If you think the iPhone is a toy that will have no impact whatsoever on your career you’ve got your head in the sand.

CreativeLive offers online seminars on a number of other photography related topics and is certainly worth checking out. One of the things that really impressed me about the Hollingworth program was the production quality. Often what we see in the way of online recordings of seminars are images shot from one fixed camera angle, weak lighting, poor views of the powerpoint presentations and poor quality sound. The CreativeLive presentations are light years above the average and very close to what you would expect to see from a live commercial TV production. This is the future and the future is now.

Microstock Expo

Back in November the first international Microstock Expo was held for 2 days in Berlin. For those in the U.S. making a trip to Europe for such a conference is difficult but for 99 euros they can have full, unlimited access to 10 hours of video of the speakers at this conference by going to this link.
Even if you think microstock is no way to earn a living, it is worth listening to Cathy Yeulet’s keynote presentation; what Mark Butler had to say about Microstock Distribution for Maximum Profit and the ways several successful microstockers approach the business in the “Lifestyle Designs for Professional Microstockers” presentation.

There are at least two things to think about when viewing these presentations. The first is the information they impart. But also, it is important to recognize that more and more professional information may be imparted in this manner and there will be an increasing need for people with the necessary video and audio production skills to put together such information packages. There may be a lot less need for trade shows and professional conferences and more demand information packaged in a professional way that can be viewed at the convenience of the consumer at minimal cost.

ASMP’s Future of Art & Commerce series

Alternate Approaches to Relicensing/Reusing Existing Content
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 pm, eastern
Live attendance is limited. Register today!

License Tracking: Systems & Technologies
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
1:00 - 2:00 pm, eastern

The Future of Licensing
Panel Discussion
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
1:00 - 2:30 pm, eastern
Registration opening soon!

Upcoming VII Photo Agency series

For more information and to sign up for any of the VII events listed below go here.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 12.00 EST / 17.00 GMT
“Fashioning Fashion” with CHRISTOPHER MORRIS
Christopher Morris’ eclectic career has embraced conflict photography, political
coverage, portraiture and fashion. For each he has shaped a distinctive visual style and
most recently his embrace of video has led to a new phase of invention. He will talk
about learning to see afresh, with emphasis on his current award-winning fashion work.

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 12.00 EST / 17.00 GMT
“The Complete Travel Toolkit” with RON HAVIV
Ron will talk about preparing for the expected and the unexpected when traveling
internationally to cover major news events in stills and video.
Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced images of conflict and
humanitarian criss that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the
Cold War.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 12.00 EST / 17.00 GMT
“My Life, My Style” with VENETIA DEARDEN
Venetia discusses turning your personal passions into a career using still photography
and video formats. “My photographic journey is very personal, and is really my life. I
document what I feel, and where I’m at, which is obviously an ever-evolving state, so it’s
very much a journey."

Copyright © 2012 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Cathy Aron Posted Jan 9, 2012
    These are great ways to continue our education and it has certainly made it easier for everyone to participate. That said, these online courses do not always give you the chance to ask your own questions nor do they provide the dialogue that comes out of live events. I love these seminars, but I don't think they are a substitute for face-to-face meetings where there is a special sharing and genuine networking that goes on that you can't get online.

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