Last week I went to Chicago for a photoshop class that happened to be on one of the two days of an online photography seminar I also wanted to take part in. It was a long trip, but well worth it. Since the online seminar was from 9:00 - 6:00 Monday & Tuesday, it was good to be away from the store so I wasn't distracted by the everyday business of my retail store. The Photoshop class was from 6:00 - 10:00 Monday night, so they fit together perfectly.
The photoshop class was exciting. I learned some new techniques to make my basic editing faster and some new effects I can start using. I also learned some more detailed editing and retouching that I can now do that make portraits look fantastic! Since it often takes 30 - 90 minutes on a picture doing all the little details they showed us, it will be something we charge extra for - but it's well worth it!
The online seminar had a lot to do with Wedding Photography and promoting your business. I loved the posing techniques of one of the speakers and plan to get some posing dvds and guide cards to learn more of how to do some of his poses. I'll be looking for a couple or two to expirement with in the near future - before I actually try to apply it at the all important weddings. I also got a few ideas from almost all of the other speakers as well (10 in all). I'll soon have new business cards to hand out too.
Overall, this week was an overload of information, but sooo well worth it. It's going to help my wedding photography a lot and gave me several fresh ideas for promotion and my business practices in general.