Free London photo tuition

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upsetter
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Free London photo tuition
Aug 4, 2010

So many people ask me to explain how to use their cameras and know virtually nothing about photography,I am considering giving FREE tuition in Central London once a month to those who would like to utilise Av, Tv and M modes.(Giving something back.)

I think a group of 6 persons would be reasonable to be able to spend enough time with each to progress their knowledge and pleasure.

It would have to be booked in advance, but as it's free no pre-payment is required.
Problem: How do I ensure people turn up?

Zone8
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Re: Free London photo tuition
In reply to upsetter, Aug 4, 2010

Anyone interested would expect to pay even, say, a small fee. Advertising can cost you time if not money (letters to magazine editors announcing the event with full details may produce results but have to be at least - I would suggest - 6 months in advance due publishing deadlines.)

You would need handouts printed and presumably a room that could cost dosh to rent, even if only for a couple of hours. Some smaller pubs would "lend" a room in anticipation of selling some drinks and perhaps sandwiches. Those basic costs (at least the sandwiches or whatever) could be built into the small fee, making things more attractive.

My experience is make something free and people don't bother. If they pay a deposit in advance - they generally turn up.

Hope those comments help. It is not simply a case of giving something back as you would be doing that by not including a fee for your time but you have to be practical.

William Bishop, Editor of Inscape, I am sure would print an announcement for you and he is connected to several London based Independent Photographers organisations too. Get a copy of his magazine and thus get the contact information.

http://inscapephotography.co.uk/

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jezsik
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In reply to upsetter, Aug 4, 2010

There are indeed a lot of people who would appreciate your help. Having this sort of a hands-on workshop is a great way to learn. If you want to ensure you get a critical mass of people, there are a few ways to go about it.

Try connecting with local camera clubs. It's doubtful that the more senior members would be interested, but they're bound to have beginners willing to join you.

Another possibility is to let a couple of the local papers -- papers that have a photography column -- know what you're doing. Being in the news is sure to drum up some interest.

Craigslist is another way to generate interest. There are a few different categories under which you can post a message.

However you advertise your service, make it a social event by starting off at a cafe or pub. This gives the early-birds something to do and an opportunity to everyone to chat in a familiar surrounding until you're ready to begin. If no one shows, you can still have a coffee or beer!

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upsetter
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In reply to jezsik, Aug 4, 2010

Thanks for your input Zone8 and jezsik.

Great minds. I had been thinking of starting and finishing in a pub!!!

This will consist of of a circular tour of The River (We are so lucky here in Central London for photo opportinities.)

I think I am going to charge a £5 registration fee which will be refunded at the start of the workshop. I take your point on things being

free.

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Jim Marshall4057
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In reply to upsetter, Aug 4, 2010

Suggest you checkout London Meetup Groups- a phenomenon of the last couple of years. Hundreds of different groups meeting to share photographic expertise socialise visit places of interest along the lines you are thinking about. Some have registration/tuition fees, some don't.

If you join a few, that may give you some insight on pros and cons of different modes of operation before setting up your own.

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Anfy
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In reply to upsetter, Aug 5, 2010

upsetter wrote:

Great minds. I had been thinking of starting and finishing in a pub!!!

When is the very next flight to London?

Ciao!

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