Friday, June 17, 2011

Cast Your Vote For My creativeLive Class

Those of you who have attended my workshops know that I focus on the students – so much so that sometimes I don't notice what else is going on around me.

Above: On a workshop in Montana, I was helping a student find a custom function setting on his camera and I did not notice that a bear cub was about to crawl up my leg, until it was too late. Yet, I was able to squeeze off a shot . . . before the bear took a quick bite. Ouch!

Now my voice is much higher in pitch.

That incident, however, has not stopped me from teaching and from sharing my enthusiasm for helping photographers make better pictures - so I am very much looking forward to one of my next major teaching gigs . . . where, as usual, I will be focusing on the student's needs.

On Oct 21, 22 and 23, I'll be teaching a class called "My Specialty is Not Specializing" on creativeLIVE.


Below are the topics I can cover. I plan to cover as many as possible. (I'm from New York and I talk fast.)

You Choose the Topics You'd Like To See Me Teach

- Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Pro Interviews
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Remember, it's up to you to choose the topics you'd like to see. Cast your vote in the Comments section here on my blog.

As an FYI, when I posted a poll about the classes a few months ago, the top requested classes were:

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photogrpahy
- Speedlite Shooting

To sign up for the class and for more info, click here.

I hope you can make the class. It's will be a unique learning experience.

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Explore the light,
Rick
 

178 comments:

Omar said...

Rick! Wonderful to have you do a creative live seminar. They've really been helpful to my photography...throwing you in the mix? More fun!

ShebaJo said...

I think whatever they vote on... you should shoot the pics standing on your head. That, would be a fresh perspective... and an awesome opportunity for the people attending the session. ;)

Anonymous said...

Travel and food and how to sell them! Yum!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to see you spend some time teaching about use of reflectors in outdoor portraits, both in open sun and in shade. Looking forward to whatever you do, but that would be my first choice.

Gary W. Clark said...

Rick,
I love your travel photography and would love for you to cover that. Not necessarily the techniques, (though I would love that) but how to get there, how to find a guide, what to pack and why. How to get images back to the locals that you photographed and all the other little details.

Thanks,

Gary W. Clark

M.Christine Duncan said...

Bravo on having you do a "creativelive" event! My first choice would be lighting for more engaging outdoor portraits... good luck with whatever topics you serve up, your down to earth approach will be certaily be enjoyed over here in Southern Ontario at any rate!

Garfield said...

Light is the most important thing and I vote for this topic :)

dusk5633 said...

I'm a hobbyist, but I love watching the CreativeLive workshops to learn from great pros, such as yourself. I'd love to learn more about lenses, lighting and macro. Maybe a little about Photoshop, because even though I try to get it in the camera, sometimes, a little tweaking helps. No HDR pretty please! Thanks for taking suggestions!

Lori said...

I agree that light/exposure is important as it applies wherever and to whatever you are photographing. Also, editing/workflow are equally important and universal topics. But whatever you choose will be great. We will all learn a lot!

Linda Sailer said...

As the well known Explorer of Light I would love to see a presentation on lighting particularly mastering your flash. showing how to maximize light working with flash both slave and master.. And how to "cheat the sync speed". So eagerly waiting your class!!!

Al Marsh said...

Were you going to release a video on shooting video with the Canon 7D? Maybe talk about that.

SuzOH said...

Please do include Macro photography, especially lighting techniques. I know you did a book on butterflies, and butterflies & bugs are two of my favorite subjects.

Anonymous said...

I would love for the course to touch on travel photography, but whatever the topic is I'll be there!

roadtripper21 said...

I would love for you to take us through a landscape shoot from start to finish... to hear and see your thought process from getting ready for the shoot (choosing the gear), during the shoot (what your looking for), and afterwards (all the way through your digital darkroom process). That's all, lol...
Thanks for doing this and taking these suggestions. I can't wait!!!

Anonymous said...

What about a main theme of Travel Photography but broken down into sections...different topics/things encountered within travel photography.
- People pictures
- Macro
- Travel
- Photoshop Tips and Tricks
- Packing for a trip
I am super excited and can't wait!!!

Vanessa and Ingrid Opera said...

Food Food Food!
However creating beautiful images manipulating lighting, appeture, ISO, shutter speed, white balance... would be great!
Although we all have knowledge about these things - more details from a PRO would be fantastic!
Vanessa

Foodopera said...

The tecnical aspects of getting a great pic!

Combining and manipulating appeture, lighting, whitebalance, iso, shutter speed and different lens...

Looking forward to it!
Vanessa

Victor Creative said...

Mastering Your Flash and/or Painting With Light

Jay Cordary said...

whatever topic is chosen I think that you should include a little bit about the future of the business side of photography. I think Chase's view is that there are now more ways than ever to make a living with photography through collaborative efforts and evolving technology. What trends do you see?

Scrapmemories Digital Creations said...

Master your flash or Food Photography are my picks.Thanks for offering this

Gromit said...

Looking forward for this chance to hear you Rick!

One thing I enjoyed tremendously on the John Greengo course on the same venue maybe 18 months ago (after all the rudements and technology had been covered) was his view to how to approach a subject. It was good but short. I suppose that everybody -- regardless of genre -- could learn tremendously from your approach to preparing for a shoot / subject matter.

It is interesting on both practical aspects ("remember the duct tape") but especially the mental aspects:
- how to plan
- how to narrow the degrees of freedom
- how to choose your take to a subject matter
...

I know this sounds abstract, it is, but I'm confident that especially you who avoid the genre boundaries have had to develop the capacity to "get prepared". For trade secrets of specific photography genre X (like food or architecture or fashion) we have the genre specialists showing up on this series. You are special :-)

Shirley in NJ said...

I'd LOVE if you'd teach a class on, "What makes a photo dynamic". With real life examples of similar photos and why one works while the other doesn't.

Also, a macro class would be greatly appreciated! There hasn't been one at CreativeLive yet. Topics could be:
what makes a good macro subject
what makes a good macro capture
what lighting is necessary (inside and out)
how to make the small focal point work FOR you, etc.

Lastly, I'd also appreciate a class on lighting...how to bring a photo alive with light (natural and studio).

Lee-Anne said...

I love macro photography, but would be interested in learning more on any of the suggested topics.

Rosa Frei said...

My vote goes to
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
Thank you, look forward to the seminar!

Susan said...

Hi Rick! It would be great to have you teach a class on speedlight photography and close-up photography. Thanks for asking! See you in October!

Domain said...

I would love to hear your thoughts about people photography. I especially would like to learn how to better direct subjects in order create favorable images of them. Maybe include posing tips and techniques. Thank you Rick.

Kate W Crabtree said...

People photography! :)

Všivavá Čivava - čivava krátkosrstá Canis familiaris said...

I'm looking forward to your seminar, whatever you do and teach. Here are my preferences :

- Speedlite Shooting
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Studio Lighting on a Budget

Shane said...

Looking forward to the workshop! Photo Philosphies, Business side, and life lessons from Mother Nature! Thanks Rick for doing a CL workshop.

- Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Pro Interviews
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Steve Alder said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget

photographer jane said...

- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

Anonymous said...

Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

Lighting on the go

Kimberly Finkel Davis said...

I vote for Home studio, Self Promotion/Marketing, and Pro Interviews.

Shortybiscuit said...

Speedlight Shooting.

Kenteman said...

I am voting for Speedlight shooting.

Wendy Mayo said...

I don't care what you talk about -- I will like it! Looking forward to this, Rick!

Anonymous said...

Business Side
Location Lighting (speedlights, reflectors, etc.)

Shinydewdrop said...

I'm really excited about this class! I'd love to get some tips on how to get into serious travel photography from an expert. I plan to do that when I retire and I have no one but my passion for photography to see me through. Thanks immensely for taking the time to do this so we can benefit from your teaching!

Anonymous said...

Rick I'm so excited about the upcoming Creative Live seminar...

- Anything on lighting
- People Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff

Thanks!

Carri said...

I love all these:
- Studio Lighting on a Budget!!! YES!!!
- Setting Up a Home Studio!!! YES!!!
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography!!! YES!!!
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Pro Interviews

Jitu said...

Setting up a home studio...

MikeRussellFoto said...

I too would love more of the travel photography aspect. But here are a few from your list:

- Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Pro Interviews
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Ok, so that's almost all of them. But you said you can talk fast! :)

Anonymous said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Speedlight Shooting
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

Denise said...

I vote for Basic Studio Lighting & Speedlight Shooting. These are two areas with whick I could use help! Thank you for taking the time to do the creativeLive class for everyone!

BruceF said...

My choices would be:
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting

Anonymous said...

- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature


Because no one else teaches how to learn!

Joseph said...

Approaching strangers in a foreign land to take their photo. How do you ask, how do get close, how do you build the rapport when you don't speak their language? I'd love to hear your take on this :)

Kelly said...

Setting Up a Home Studio (on a budget)

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear you talk about self-promotion/social media and people photography!

Markus said...

Hi Rick! Thanks for teaching on Creative live! My favourite is "My photo philosophies". :-)

Anonymous said...

- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography

Mary said...

I vote for people photography, but I'm sure I'll learn a lot no matter what topic is chosen. Really looking forward to it.

Anonymous said...

- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Speedlight Shooting
- TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
-MACRO!! :D
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

countrymama said...

Home Studio Basics & Lighting

Bryan said...

I would vote for Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

Juhani Väihkönen said...

My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)

There is so much technical information already so I'm currently more interested of how the image is made in photographers mind. I'm not saying that there is an correct way, just saying that I like to say different ways so I can choose my own.

Gabrielle said...

- Basic Studio lighting
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photogrpahy
- Speedlite Shooting

Can't wait to join you!!

Frank Hamilton said...

I vote for My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
We photographers tend to get all tied up in gear, creative filters, and creative techniques while forgetting that we need to have something to say. We forget that the idea should drive the photo and its presentation.

Amie aka MammaLoves said...

I would say the four original winners would be at the top of my list, but I would also like to hear you discuss:

Your Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)

I know I have a lot of power in my hand with my speedlight, but I'm not using it to its full potential.

Can't WAIT!!

Anonymous said...

HDR Photography

Sunil Jagadish said...

My vote for "Close-up Photography"!

Lauren Allen said...

I would love to learn your insight on self-promotion and the business side of photography. Under all circumstances, I look forward to a great seminar!

Markiesha said...

Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

willmcgphoto said...

Business side of Photography, self promotion. And setting up studio in a budget. :)

willmcgphoto said...

Business side of Photography, self promotion. And setting up studio in a budget. :)

Anonymous said...

- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff

Bob Myers said...

Would like to learn more about your photo philosophy and about self-promotion and marketing.

Mark Coons said...

Rick,

My choices would be:

- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?


Mark

Aparna said...

I'll pick from the topics you have listed out. These are the ones I'm most interested in.

- Your Photo Philosophies
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff

Thanks and looking forward to your workshop.

Anonymous said...

speedlite shooting

Anonymous said...

I vote for the self promotion. This is where I have the most trouble.

Anonymous said...

Speedlight, people or macro are my votes. Can't wait for the class!!!

Visual JAH said...

Working with models and camera settings in mixed light situations--
Photoshop tips are always great too!
Thanks for asking!

carl said...

I love to know more about setting up a home studio. Things like how do I shoot good stuff in a small space. Speedlite shooting would be number 2 followed by any busines savy you might want to share.

carl said...

Home studio, shooting good stuff in a small space. Speedlight tips. Business stuff.

Therese Beth Photography said...

I would love to hear you talk about SPEEDLIGHT SHOOTING - CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY - SOME PHOTOSHOP STUFF. Looking forward to the class!

Orion said...

That's way too many awesome choices, but my votes go to:

-Speedlight Shooting
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

and maybe

- Setting Up a Home Studio

Good luck narrowing it down.

Anonymous said...

Let's see it all, especially the part about the bear cubs. So incredibly adorable. Looking forward to your class!

Anonymous said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- How to get started in the photography, what to do 1st & licensing?

Cho said...

My vote goes to:
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Speedlite Shooting
- People photography

noelab said...

Rick, am super excited about this seminar! Thanks a bunch for doing this! I would love a session on working with natural light. Also, a little bit on the use of speed lights with diffusers, bounce surfaces etc.

Mark said...

Thank you so much for doing this class. Can't wait. In the meantime here's what I'd like to learn about.

- Setting Up a Home Studio including improvising tricks and gadgets for those infrequent but necessary items that you might not already have.

- Speedlight Shooting

- What makes a photo great and how to see it before you take it.

See you soon.
Mark

emgower said...

Macro or travel photography would be my choice!

Rebecca Ruiz said...

I think it would be beneficial to discuss/experience all, but at this part of my life I think the most beneficial/ would be :

- My Photo Philosophy
I started as a graphic designer and took photography as a hobby and found it to be my passion and I can't get away. I breathe it. I want to dig deeper.

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
Definitely as a married mother to a toddler, budget is totally on the mind and a necessity, yet I still want to create magic

- Setting Up a Home Studio
Same as above

- Self Promotion
With the above comments in mind, promoting myself as a photographer though many knew me as a designer and limited budget doesnt allow me to do much

- What does Your Photography Mean to You
Everyday I learn more and more how important capturing and making images are. We can capture things most people don't even think of and they will never look pass those things again.

- What lessons can we learn from Mother Nature.
Finding a love for the beauty God created in capturing it all

Carolyn Bedford said...

I would like to see these subjects covered...people, close up, and photshop stuff.
Carolyn

MissDVM2B said...

Speedlight Shooting
Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
People Photography
Basic Studio Lighting

:)

Kathy C. said...

I would like to learn more about speedlights, your photography philosophy, and people photography!

Anonymous said...

Any business info you have including: How you got started as a pro? How did you price your work and services when you started? How did your pricing evolve over time? What recommendations would you have for a photographer just turning pro?

Gerson Lopes said...

- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

נאור גמליאל - צלם סטילס said...

Photo Philosophies seems right, to my opinion - one should learn to think befor he shoot :-)

Melissa said...

Any of the lighting topics are welcome, along with people photography, nature and landscapes. And maybe a point or two about bearcubs, just in case I run into one!

Anonymous said...

Whatever you decide works for me! However, close up photography is my # 1 interest followed up by anything that has to do with event lighting.

Anonymous said...

- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

But above all, the first and the third!

Thank you so much for this! :)

Dirk said...

Hi Rick:

My favorites would be

Speedlight Shooting
Some Photoshop Stuff
People Photography

but I'll attend no matter what!

Dirk

Eli said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photogrpahy
- Speedlite Shooting

Anonymous said...

Hey Rick,
I'd like to know more about the business side and some photoshop and lighting on a budget.
Thanks

Jerry said...

I vote for People Photography. I'm interested in Portraiture and Street Photography. Many thanks for this class!

quailridgephotography said...

I totally agree with the top four topics and would also LOVE to see Basic Studio Lighting, People Photography & Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature. Also interested in the use of natural light in portrait photography.

quailridgephotography said...

I totally agree with the top four requested classes and would also love to see Basic Studio Lighting, People Photography & Life Lessons We Can Learn from Mother Nature. Also interested in the use of natural light in portrait photography.

Jessica Chavez said...

I'll vote for:
* Studio Lighting on a Budget
* Setting Up a Home Studio

See you soon in CL!!

Natalia said...

I vote for the following topics:

- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography

In any case, I am looking forward to the class.

InFocus said...

My top three would be:

- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting

and, if you need additional material to fill in:

- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media
- The Business Side of Photography

looking forward to the course

Anonymous said...

Back to Basics.

Take an element of composition and move it through the thought process to the photograph, with lots of examples. Then take another element of composition...

Tammie said...

I look forward to your class! All of the above would be fine by me, but if I have to choose;
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- How to get started in the photography, what to do 1st, licensing and copywriting?
Hmmm... How long will the class be!

Svetlana Dubkova said...

I would love to see a workshop on people photography

Stephaie said...

– Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
– Speedlight Shooting

Anonymous said...

Setting Up a Home Studio
Studio Lighting on a Budget
HDR Photography

Anonymous said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting

vbem said...

My vote:
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

also, some on-location tips/posing/set-ups.

Lori J said...

My top three choices are: speedlight shooting, studio lighting on a budget and self promotion/social media. Thanks!

juliaelmer at hotmail dot com said...

Great bear cub photos!

Here are my picks:

- Setting Up a Home Studio
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Here is my preferences in order of priority (highest priority on top, lowest at bottom)

- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.
- Speedlight Shooting
- Basic Studio Lighting

Montbenay said...

My choices are:
- Close-up photography
- speedlight shooting
- Setting up a Home Studio
- Self Promotion / Social Media
- People Photography
- Pro Interviews

but I will be happy with evrything :-)
Thanks to take time to teach us!

Montbenay said...

My choices are:
- Close-up photography
- speedlight shooting
- Setting up a Home Studio
- Self Promotion / Social Media
- People Photography
- Pro Interviews

but I will be happy with evrything :-)
Thanks to take time to teach us!

Igor Furnas said...

Hi everyone,

Here are my preferences:

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- People Photography
- Pro Interviews
- My Photo Philosophies

Anonymous said...

My choices are:
- Close-up photography
- speedlight shooting
- Setting up a Home Studio
- Self Promotion / Social Media
- People Photography
- Pro Interviews

but I will be happy with evrything :-)
Thanks to take time to teach us!

Anonymous said...

My Votes, my faves in order! THX for asking us!
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Pro Interviews
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Travel
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

Speedlite shooting. Lighting, exposure, and reflectors. Looking forward to your class, whatever you do. :D

somersett said...

Speedlight Shooting
Setting Up a Home Studio
Studio Lighting on a Budget
Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see travel photography covered.

Richard said...

Hi Rick, looking forward to a great session. My top five and two bonus topics ;-) are:

1. People Photography
2. Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
3. My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
4. Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature
5. Setting Up a Home Studio
6. Pro Interviews
7. HDR Photography

Thanks,
Richard

Michael & Dawn Mitchell said...

Here is the ranking of what I would like to see based on your list:


- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- HDR Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

However, if you are open to suggestions; You stated once on a podcast (Mostly Photo I think) that you are a "generalist" and like being such. I would love to listen to you talk about that more and how you go from one to the next to the next. It is often said that if you say you specialize in more than one thing then you are not a specialist in anything and I would like your take on that.

What is your mindset as you shoot one subject matter one day and another the next day? When you think about your next shoot do you pick one subject matter or does all the subjects fly through your head and you finally grab one as it goes by?

Thanks.

Pam said...

Some of the topics I'd like to hear: -My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
-People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
-outdoor portraits, posing and lighting

michellesibley.com/blog said...

Rick,
I watched your teachings on Kelbytraining. You are such an encouraging instructor. I appreciate your mellow vibe. You know what I will never forget? Honestly! I will never forget your interview style explanation of how you have this huge library of images from far away places and cultures. I loved hearing about your experiences. But, the brightest takeaway moment for me was how you expressed your heart regarding your family photos. You explained that you are happy to leave a legacy & history of your exotic travel images to your son. But, most of all, you are happy that you have albums of family togetherness from his childhood. That, my friend, is where I LIVE! That, is what photography means to me too. Amen.

Here is my vote:

any and all of your suggestions, YES!

personally, i wish to learn more about working with SPEEDLIGHTS. i own radio popper transmitter & receivers along with nikon sb900 & sb600 and would appreciate more understanding of wireless triggers. creative lighting scenarios using small flash would be so helpful.


i want to cast a vote for a teaching on setting up a small studio from scratch.

looking forward to learning whatever topic ....

thank you!

Catrina said...

Hi! I am a newcomer, and I am super excited to learn from you. I would be interested in learning about
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion

Anonymous said...

I am most interested in learning more about people photography and street photography.

Karina Bravo said...

Hi Rick, I am all signed up for your class and I appreciate you taking the time to ask what we are interested in..

For me, it would be lighting for outdoor portraits, as well as some of you already have listed: Speedlight Shooting, People Photography,Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography, What Does Your Photography Mean To You?

Thanks so much!

Cassi Claire said...

Woo hoo! Can't wait! Here are my votes:

#1. Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
#2. Speedlight Shooting
#3. Setting Up a Home Studio
#4. Some Photoshop Stuff

Thanks!
-Cassi Claire

Jens Richter said...

Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
Nice idea to let the audience pick the topic!
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Pedro said...

For me, it would be better this:


- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?

Nic Warrington said...

My topics in order of preference:

- Speedlight Shooting
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting

Ham and Pickle said...

Would love to hear your take on these topics ...

- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Speedlight Shooting
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio

I will see you at http://creativeLIVE.com/live

sochna maira kam nai... said...

Hi! I would luv to hear u teach us about the following topics but most importantly could u talk as if u were teachin sumone who only knew how to pik a camera up n find de button dats pressed down to make it go "click"? for dats who I am! n I would luv to learn from scratch!:)
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff=how about a lot f photoshop stuff?
Thanks! :)

Anonymous said...

Vote for:
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photogrpahy
- Speedlite Shooting
- HDR Photography
- People photography(fashion/glamour?)

Anonymous said...

Here are my preferences in order

- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
- Speedlight Shooting
- Setting Up a Home Studio

Anonymous said...

basic studio lighting
thanx!!

Brad said...

Thanks in advance for sharing with us!
I would like to use HDR to "expand" dynamic range in photos without it looking like I used it. (Friends don't let friends HDR?) Actually, I like HDR. Also, anything about light and how to see and work with it. Finally, close-up tips would be appreciated.

Thanks again,

Brad Hawks

Christine said...

Studio lighting on a budget
Setting up a home studio

LongShot Photography of Georgia. said...

Studio Lighting on a Budget or anything to do with Studio lighting !

Sherry L said...

Looking forward to whatever you end up talking about!
I would some travel/outdoors/natural lighting stuff though. I guess I am going against the grain here! LOL
HDR would be great too :)

JazMaz said...

Setting up a home studio on a budget. Tweaking the final product in PhotoShop. Tips and Tricks that can be applied anywhere you shoot

Katariina Järvinen said...

- Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs! (Without question!!)
- My Photo Philosophies (Thinking is just as important as shooting.)
- Self Promotion

Anonymous said...

- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- How to make money with this phot thing.

Carsten Olsen said...

- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- What Does Your Photography Mean To You?
- Life Lessons We Can Learn From Mother Nature

Anonymous said...

My top choices would be as follows:

- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side
of Photography
- Close-up Photography
- Some Photoshop Stuff
-Basic lighting on a budget

I consider photography a hobby at the moment but I would really like to learn more and possibly take it to the next level. I am really looking forward to this workshop online!

Anonymous said...

People Photography and Lighting....can't get enough of lighting!

Sherra Gray said...

I would love to learn more about off-camera lighting (especially outdoors). The speedlight stuff interests me as well as the photoshop stuff. I am also interested in the People Photography subject, as I love shooting seniors. Looking forward to whatever you teach!

Anonymous said...

People Photography

Janneke M said...

I would like to discover myself more as an artist and I think a few of your topics would sounds lovely ---

photo philosophies
speedlight shooting - even starting from the basics from the time you first buy one!
what does your photography mean to you? (and how you can get people to see your vision)
life lessons we can learn from mother nature.

Anonymous said...

What Joseph said on May 31 with travel and people photography expanded. Thanks for doing Creative Live

susan carroll-seger said...

Great you are doing creative live. I fall into the most popular pics..business side of photography,speedlighting & studio on a budget.

Debbi_in_California said...

Home studio

Marlies said...

- Setting Up a Home Studio... and Workspace/Office.
- Basic Studio Lighting combined with Studio Lighting on a Budget
- I would love to see more lighting overall, Speedlight, reflectors, the works. On the street, if possible.

Natalie L. said...

-people photography
would be the most benifical to me and i would also love to see
-setting up a home studio

thank you i can't wait !

Jen Chesnut said...

I vote for setting up a home studio and doing it on a budget!!!

Andria said...

Starving for anything about lighting! I've got the basics down and this is the next confusing saga in my photography journey...
Also voting for People Photography
In reality- I don't think you can go wrong with any of your topics, except shooting bears- that's not my cup of tea

StuartOnline said...

Hi Rick,

Looking forward to your live upcoming Creative Live event.

Besides seeing your take on Speedlite Shooting and Studio Lighting on a Budget I would like you to go over you your work flow. Also could you include post processing. Would also like to hear the computer and printer setup you are currently using.

Best,

Stu

Lauren said...

I'd love to hear more about your photo philosophies! :)

Mr Snappy said...

If the CL crew is up to the challenge, then I think an outdoor photography course would be awesome. I guess the closest topic to that is... Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!

Otherwise it would be nice to hear My Photo Philosophies with a bit of Self-Promotion/Social Media in the mix.

I'm sure that whatever you end up choosing will be great though. Thanks for doing this Rick.

Ken said...

Tips for Photographing Bear Cubs!

Can't believe no one voted for this :-)

Mikelangelo said...

In order of preference:
- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting/Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography/Close-up Photography

Anonymous said...

Travel photography - venturing out to meet people and see places not on the tourist route. Hiring guides, payment to locals, etc. Looking forward to your session

Anonymous said...

MACRO - Would love this covered in your class!

Cindy Collins said...

I vote for......

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting

Anonymous said...

People photography and a little about your shoot workflow and editing workflow would be great to hear about.

Anonymous said...

Hi, you asked me to cast my vote and here it is.... Studio Lighting on a Budget
Thanks :0)

Anonymous said...

- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

Phyllis C. said...

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photograpahy
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlite Shooting
- Closeup/People/Portraiture

Morgana Creely said...

Self-Promotion and Speedlite Shooting are my first two choices, but will be there regardless of what you choice to do. :)

sevenstarsdevotion said...

I vote for:

-Setting Up a Home Studio
- Basic Studio Lighting
- Speedlight Shooting
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography

I'm Signed up and can't wait!

www.orderAphoto.com said...

They are all difficult to choose from, but when following you on the web, I guess we'll get some of it all never the less :-)

One topic not on your list is this:
- Wedding photos outdoor in harsh light( how do you save the details in white/black clothes) using reflectors?
Reason bring I have been there twice, and think it's tuff to get right

My other top picks would be
- People Photography
- Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography
- IPad business experience?

I'm looking forward to the show, cheers

Anonymous said...

I would like to learn more about Speedlight Shooting.

Sally said...

I would love to see the topic be on photographing people ;-) but I'll attend no matter what the topic! So excited to have this opportunity, thanks!

Fotoe Pro said...

Rick here is what I would really like to watch you teach.
Studio budget lighting/speed lights
& Self-Promotion/Social Media - The Business Side of Photography.
Can't wait to see what you do!

mlucas said...

I vote for these:

- Studio Lighting on a Budget
- Setting Up a Home Studio
- Self-Promotion - The Business Side of Photogrpahy
- Speedlite Shooting

Anonymous said...

I would love to see closeup photography.

darbanville said...

Really looking forward to this! My top 3 choices for topics are:

Close-up pPhotography
Speedlight shooting
Setting up a home studio

Honorable mention: Your photo philosophies.

Anonymous said...

- What a new Studio minimal should have when just starting
- Speedlight Shooting for Interior
- Travel photography w/Lifestyle and Food