Fellow Fstoppers instructor Erik Valind and I, Monte Isom, have come up with a contest that offers the whole package to aspiring and working photographers. In my class I'll be teaching how to break into the advertising business and land those large budget jobs to make photography a career instead of just a hobby. Erik will be teaching a class about controlling light with speedlights, where you'll learn to maximize natural light as well as how to light on small to medium budget productions.
How to Enter: Simply make a tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook, and leave a comment on this Fstoppers Post below explaining why you would like to take my class using the hashtag #fstoppersworkshopscontest . One random winner will be selected on April 6th.
Prize 1: One person picked randomly receives a free class with both Monte Isom: Advertising Gigs, How to get them, How to shoot them and Erik Valind: From Natural Light to Small Flashes (a $2750 value, flight and hotel not included). If you have already have signed up for 2 classes you too can win a 1 hour 1 on 1 meeting that you can ask me any questions you want (I buy all the drinks, a priceless value!).
Prize 2: The next 3 people who signs up for either my class on 5/13 or Erik Valind's class on 5/16 will get a free spot in the other instructor's workshop too (a $1250 value).
Most likely if you are a photographer, taking pictures is your passion. So you have the first and most fun piece of the puzzle in place, but how do you make money doing this? The business of photography is something many photographers struggle with. Most photographers focus on mastering the craft and they have a portfolio of great images but run into obstacles when getting their work out there.
After being in the photo business 16 years as well as being my own agent, I have learned a lot and have much to share. I've been lucky enough to have been hired for many large budget advertising gigs over the last decade. In my class I’ll be teaching how to identify and get your images in front of people in hiring positions, and share with you what I have done to maintain these money making relationships. How you treat your relationship is the same way they assume you will treat a job. Establishing their trust of how you will handle a big job starts with being on time when you are meeting them, always doing what you say you are going to do, being considerate of their time, offering a solution when faced with a problem and always sending a thank you card…ALWAYS.
I will be sharing many details of being on set by going to an environment that is exactly the situation I shoot in regularly for advertising gigs: a boxing gym. Real sweat. Real Boxers. We will shoot to spec the exact type of poster and billboard images I am asked produce for my clients HBO. Attendees will not be limited to my shooting style. Each attendee will have a chance to photograph a real boxer however they choose for their own portfolio. Being in real situations like this will give you the chance to demystify what happens on location during an advertising set and what is expected of you and your crew. Every detail of running a shoot including catering, music, conversations to build rapport and which to avoid, pacing your shooting, on set approvals of budget overages, social media posts from the crew, and managing circuit breakers to coiling of cables will be discussed. Literally nothing with be left out from this workshop.
After discussing how to make advertising money we will get to the fun stuff: IRS tax audits. Really :)
For more info about the classes please visit Fstoppers Workshops and sign up today. Seats are limited and our extremely discounted hotel block is quickly coming to an end (there are only about 10 reservations left).