The New Skip Cohen University for Photographers Announces Lead Faculty
There are dozens of photo workshops, webinars, videos, podcasts and blog posts for aspiring and working professional photographers to follow, but none can match the experience and talent of the faculty at SKip Cohen University. SCU is the brainchild of photo industry executive, author, consultant and educator, SKip Cohen. Cohen has used his forty years in the photo business to assemble a team of award-winning photographers, writers, artists and educators who set the standard for great photo education.
On January 19, 2013 noted authors Guy Kawasaki and Scott Kelby were joined by hundreds of top line photographers like Joe McNally to help announce the SCU Launch on Twitter. Millions of Tweets later SkipCohenUniversity.com went live.
"This is something I always wanted to do," said Cohen. "It's my ultimate dream to provide aspiring and working professional photographers with a pathway to success that's driven by talent, not sponsorship dollars."
Cohen scoured the industry for the best photo educators he could find. While many photo instructors at major photo conventions are speakers because they have sponsors and vendors who pay for their slots at the convention, SCU's faculty has been selected without regard for sponsors and in fact, before any sponsors were even involved. The photographers teaching at SCU are experienced craftspeople with hundreds of years of combined photo experience. They are all proven professionals and educators.
"We want to build a solid educational resource, working with a number of different partners in the industry to make sure photographers have a series of consistent and constant opportunities to keep expanding their skills," said Cohen.
By using the University metaphor, SCU is able to easily communicate various aspects of the project. Wedding 101 vs 401 is the difference between a beginner workshop and a more advanced program. The advisory board is the "Student Council" and the list goes on and on.
The instructors making up the "faculty" are very definitely the best of the best and are a growing group who will be participating in all the different aspects of the new educational resource.
"We're getting requests all the time and only working with the very best in education," said Cohen. These photographers all have a solid track record as instructors and their work has been seen all over the world. This group is truly the best of the best!"
Joining the SCU faculty are Clay Blackmore (Dean of Wedding), Scott Bourne (Dean of Marketing), Michele Celentano (Dean of Students), Rich Harrington (Dean of HDVideo/Fusion) and Matthew Jordan Smith (Dean of Portraiture.)
Other faculty members include David Beckstead, Joe Buissink, Angela Carson, Sal and Taylor Cincotta, Bob Coates, Michael Corsentino, Bob and Dawn Davis, Dixie Dixon, JP Elario, Jim Garner, Julieanne Kost, Kevin Kubota, Tamara Lackey, Bobbi Lane, Justin and Mary Marantz, Charles and Jennifer Maring, Cliff Mautner, Lori Nordstrom, Jen Rozenbaum, Dane Sanders, Adam Sherwin, Dawn Shields, Eddie Tapp, Roberto Valenzuela, Nick Vedros, Kirk Voclain and Moshe Zusman.
The first live workshop for SCU (Thrive - Don't Just Survive) takes place in Las Vegas on March 8-9 and will feature both lecture and hand-on classes by Clay Blackmore, Scott Bourne, Michael Corsentino, Rich Harrington and SKip Cohen. The program will focus on wedding and portraiture, lighting, presentations and marketing/business.
Registration is now open at http://skipcohenuniversity.eventbrite.com
SKip Cohen University is a project of Marketing Essentials International, an educational marketing and consulting company focusing on the photographic industry. MEI was founded in 2009 and has been involved in a long list of different companies and projects.