Not teaching from the Book

Not teaching from the Book

It’s always been upsetting to me to take a class from a teacher who did nothing else but teach from the book.  I’ve always thought “what’s the point?   I can read the book myself!  Why take a class just to have him read his book to me?”

So when I decided to teach photography and publish books on photography , I also decided that I would not teach the same things in my workshops and in my books.  Therefore, during workshops I teach things that I have not published in a book.

This is easy for me because I write new material all the time.  For example, right now I teach what I wrote this Winter and Spring.  This has not been published anywhere, certainly not in books (it takes 1 to 2 years for books to go from manuscript to bookshelves) not on the web either (I publish on 3 or more websites but all are behind 6 months to a year) and not in my Mastery DVD tutorials (each Mastery DVD takes over a year to create).

What does this mean? That by attending a workshop with Natalie and I you benefit from my latest teaching materials.   Some of it will never make it to book, web, or DVD.  Why?  Because this is material that I prefer to teach live, in person.  It works best in an interactive setting, and it’s more exciting to teach it that way.

For example, right now we are using my ‘Personal Style evaluation Pyramid’ during our workshops.  What this consists of is a personal evaluation of where you are at in regards to the development of your personal style.  The pyramid, which consists of 10 separate and very significant steps, allows you to know exactly where you stand.  After this evaluation you know what you have already done in regards to developing a personal style, where you are at now, and what you need to do next.  Think of it as a road map that will get you where you want to go.

This pyramid and evaluation are only conducted during our workshops.  I don’t have them anywhere else.  Not on a podcast, not on a DVD, not in an essay, and definitely not in a book.

This is just one out of many examples of the unique materials we teach during the workshops. Join us for a workshop!  They are about one thing: furthering your passion for photography. You will not be disappointed.  Don’t take my word for it, read the many many testimonials on my website:

Alain Briot

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