I am one of those people that need deadlines, and at the end of 2010 I publicly announced that I would have an online type workshop available in early 2011.
At this time I knew very little about video editing or how to even create a "membership type" site. But I was bound and determined to get something up and running, and on January 26th, 2011, I posted the first five videos on the site that I would name "Photo Artistry Workshop".
I am pretty sure if I had waited to do it "perfect" I would still be waiting. I stumbled around a bit and the first set of videos are pretty rough, but I do believe I improved over time.
I solved the other obstacle, by posting to a private Blogger site. Only people that signed up were invited to be readers. The only problem with this was, it wasn't as automated as I would have liked, and people had to wait for me send the "invite". Other than that, it proved to be a pretty good way to do it.
During the last 18 months I have added over 50 posts with videos and tutorials covering not only hand coloring with PanPastels, but digital infrared, organizing images, photographing flowers and many more subjects. I had originally intended to end the posts on December 31, 2011, but extended it until June 30th of this year. I posted the last video a couple of weeks ago on "Hand Coloring Portraits".
I received an email this morning with the following comment from someone who just signed up:
"I am watching the first videos and have already gotten my money’s worth, especially the info on how to shoot the flowers using daylight with a diffuser curtain, reflector card and backdrop, not a closed lightbox like I had been using. I am so excited!
Thank you again for giving me the tools to explore a whole new area of expression."
I have announced that while there will be no new posts, people that have signed up will have unlimited access (with total email support) to the site until I have something new to offer. My plan is to build another site that will be more automated and course oriented. I am not giving myself a deadline for this right now, so I have no idea when that will happen, but...........everyone that has signed up for the current version of "Photo Artistry Workshop" will automatically have access to the new site.
Here comes the "shameless self-promotion"............registration for what I started calling "PAW" ends on Friday, July 13th and the price of $65 is less than what the new course will cost.
The page on my website has a lot more information and a place to sign up. Click here: Online Workshop
I made this very short "preview" video last year. If it doesn't show up here, click on this link to watch it on YouTube: Preview
If you have any questions about this, you can email me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment here.
PS This will be my only blog post this week. After I finish this, I am going to begin the process of transitioning over to my new iMac! Yay!