What is the cost of the workshop?
A full participation seat is $325 and a silent seat is $275. Alumni seats are $150 dollars but you must have been registered in a previous class to purchase one of these seats. There are no forum fees required to take the class. We only accept major credit cards (no paypal) for this class. Go HERE to watch this tutorial on how to register.
What is the difference between a "full participation" or "active" seat and a "silent" seat?
If you purchase a silent seat you have access to the classroom and all the materials but you cannot ask questions or submit assignments for feedback from me. You are basically an observer of the "active" students.
What is an "alumni seat"?
Alumni seats are offered to past students (both active and silent) that have taken a previous Magic of Light workshop. They will be able to join discussions, ask questions, and join in the live Q&A. They will also be able to post their assignments in a group alumni thread. I will make one group alumni student feedback video with brief feedback for those that submit. I do not accept late assignments from alumni. Alumni students will also receive the PDF at the conclusion of the workshop.
If the class sells out so quickly why don't you offer more seats, offer the class more often, or sell the class materials?
While I understand it is frustrating that the class sells out so quickly, I feel really strongly that the class size remain small. I never set out to teach this class to the masses. This class has become “successful” because of the one on one interaction and intimate vibe in the class. I do not want to change the very thing that has made the class what it is just to please the masses. In order to be the kind of teacher I want to be, I have to limit the class size.
The class runs three times a year. Yes, the demand is high enough that I could run it more often but I try hard to keep a work/family balance. I give my all in the class. If I ran it more often, I would burn out quickly.
This class is about much more than the class materials. There is something special that goes on in the classroom that is intagtible. Yes, the PDF is great information but alone will not have the impact that actively participating in class will have.
In the end I have to go with my heart. I will never please everyone, but I can stay true to myself and hopefully make an impact on those that take my class. Thanks for understanding.
Why do you limit silent seats?
In a perfect world I would not offer silent seats at all but because of the hight demand I do offer some. As with any class, if you don’t do the work you will not learn and grow. I find that silent students tend to not do the work as often and the class does not have the same impact for them. Silent students do have a designated space to interact with one another in the class. If I let unlimited amounts of people join that group, it would change that experience as well. Finally, many active students feel intimidated posting their assignments for feedback from me in front of a small group. If they knew that possibly hundreds of people were watching them, the fear could be crippling. A big group changes the learning environment in class. I have to ensure that those who are there feel safe to share.
Is there a wait list for the class?
No, the class is sold on a first come, first serve basis. I have tried a wait list in the past and it quickly became too large to be manageable.
How many students are in each class?
Each class has about 25 active students, 30 silent, and 10 alumni.
How are the classes presented? Do I have to be online at specific times every day?
I will be presenting lessons inside the classroom and answering questions daily. I will also present the assignments inside the classroom and give you a date that they are due. You do not have to log on during certain times of the day. You can go at your own pace and log on to read the materials, watch the videos, and submit your assignments when it is convenient for you. This permits people from any time zone or part of the world to participate in the class.
How do I register?
The next class will be held sometime in the fall. In the past the class has sold out in literally seconds and no I am not exaggerating or blowing smoke. I recommend getting on my email list to be notified when registration opens.
I teach and mentor other photographers. Can I take the Magic of Light?
I adhere to Illuminate Classes policy which states "We do think that teachers should be able to take classes but it could be a big conflict of interest if you teach the topics that the class you want to take covers. Our teachers have poured their heart and soul into their curriculum. It is copyrighted material and cannot be shared with others or used to develop workshop curriculum. If you register for a class and you teach a similar topic, your money will be promptly refunded."