Last night I was asked to teach a class for Austin Community College Photography Department. It was a fashion photography class. I was asked to come in and do a presentation on my lighting, production and answer any questions the class had. Their instructor Jeremy Green asked me to come in and do this.
Years ago I was the originator of this class for ACC. I wrote and came up with the program for fashion photography. It was a real pleasure to go back and teach it. It was a real, real pleasure. These people that are in this class are sharp. They’re on top of it, they’re a couple of years into the photography program. ACC is one of the top ten photography programs in the country.
What’s really amazing about this is when you’re teaching something like this, these are students that want to be there. These are students that want the knowledge. They’re not just passing time, they’re not there to look at pretty girls, they’re not there for all the various, assorted, and sundry reasons. They’re there to learn. They’re there to grasp photography.
My performance was mediocre to good. I felt a little disjointed. I felt a little off my pace until I sort of got rolling. I think I did a good job of imparting information and getting everybody interested and excited about what was going on and what we were talking about.
But God, it’s such a pleasure to teach people that want to learn. It’s such a pleasure to get excited again about photography. It’s such a pleasure to be able to wrap yourself back into what you do and really, really, really appreciate the amazing art.