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Only Two Workshops for 2010 - Get Ready!

As many of you know, I am not a regular "Workshop" guy. I do love to teach people about the latest techniques in taking and processing photos -- but I am super-busy and I don't have enough time to make a full circuit of workshops. However, the small workshop in Austin in 2009 and the slightly bigger one in Florida were so fun, I wanted to make sure to take time to schedule two more in for 2010!

We will have one workshop soon in Tokyo and another in August or September of 2010 in London. I know - many of you from all over the world will be very disappointed that I am not coming to your city... I apologize for this. Maybe you can make a vacation out of it and meet me in one of the above cities!

Workshop format and newsletter early-notice

These two workshops will be small and fairly exclusive. Even though I do like teaching big classes full of people, I much prefer to keep it under 10 or 15 people. This gives me plenty of time to have one-on-one time with people to make sure they "get it". Just like I said previous workshops, if people leave and don't feel like they have had some serious revelations, then I feel like a failure -- I don't want to feel like that!

Tokyo Workshop - April 10th and 11th 2010

Spring in Japan! What could be better than cherry blossoms across a delicately manicured countryside? Maybe you already live in Japan, or maybe you've just been wanting an excuse to go!

Interested? Contact workshops@StuckInCustoms.com right now for details and registration.

I have scheduled the workshop for the weekend of April 10 and April 11. My good friend Alfie Goodrich, who lives in Tokyo and offers his own lessons as well, will be there with me and help out in class and on some of the photowalks. The format of the class will be an emphasis on the post-processing, along with a few photowalks mixed into the festivities.

London Workshop - Tentative Scheduled for September 2010

There are so many avid photographers and supportive fans in the UK -- this will be very exciting!

First, is there anyone in the newsletter audience that can help me put together a good venue for the event, please contact us at Contact business@StuckInCustoms.com. Rather than organize the whole thing remotely, having a local that can find both a good venue for the workshop and little photowalks in the immediate area would be great.

We have plenty of time before the event to get these matters settled, so stay tuned to the website for the London Workshop registration information as it becomes available. I plan to give notice at least a few weeks in advance, so you can be sure to have your finger hovering over your mouse when the bell tolls!

The Master & Apprentice Conservatory

I am starting something unprecedented, fun, and meaningful. I wanted people on the newsletter list to be the first to know.

I don't think I have an easy way to explain this, so excuse the long format.

It is my desire to expand and stimulate the art of photography by sharing and collaborating with like-minded people to create something beautiful and unexpected.

This Master & Apprentice Conservatory harkens back to the olden days of meaningful apprenticeships, such as blacksmithy or oratory philosophy. My plan is to combine artful knowledge transfer with the power of the internet. We are currently putting a few items into action on this front, but nothing specific to announce yet.

Let's talk about "Certificates" and "Accreditations" and this sort of thing for a moment. I don't actually believe in much of that. If an institution decides to give you a document that you can publicly display and that means something to you, that is great. But that is not what this is about. It's not about putting a little badge on your website or any of that nonsense. It's just for you - it's to make your art better - it's to move you in a direction that is uncomfortable and interesting - it's simply going to be part of your story, if you so wish it.

I think it would be fantastic if over the coming years I could name a few "Masters". I might go a whole year without naming any! The number will not be high, I suspect. Also, keep in mind that I fully anticipate naming Masters that I feel have surpassed me in one way or another. I think that would be absolutely great.

Keep in mind, that, really, it doesn't matter what the heck I think of you. If you are the ultra-sensitive type, you may not be interested. You'll just get your nose out of joint if other people are raptured up to Master while you are not. It's more important to remember that it all an environment of learning and fun. Let's face it - a Master / Apprentice program is not for everyone, and that is okay. If you are the casual learner, you can continue to benefit from the free tutorials, how-to's, videos, and more that are posted regularly on StuckInCustoms.com.

The environment of the conservatory will be cooperative and competitive. Just because one person may achieve a certain amount of success does not mean there is less chance for others. It is an environment of creativity and building - we will all be making something that never existed before, so everyone will win.

Again, more details to come... just a few thoughts there to whet your appetite.

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Twitter People to Follow

No list of Tweets in this newsletter -- this one is coming pretty fast since the last one, and I did not want to give you a weak list! Instead, if you are new to Twitter and you are looking for interesting people to follow, see these 5 Great Twitter Lists!

You can always keep up with the latest on Twitter or see fun stuff on the Facebook Fan Club.

Some new shots and some classics - enjoy!!

Here are some recent photos from New Zealand for you. To see more, just come on over to StuckInCustoms.com! :)

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