Most education events are centered around the idea of more. Their message is you need more lenses, more off-camera lighting, more film-like presets, a sexier camera bag, more product offerings and more light modifiers. The truth is photographic vision isn’t found in the gear you buy, it’s found in your beliefs about the world and in hours of shooting.
The Gatherings are about embracing the concept of ‘less is more.’ It calls out the lie that you need more stuff, when what you really need is less stuff. You need to edit your life, your career, your business and your portfolio much tighter. You need to cut all the dead weight, and the teachers at the Gatherings will help you do that.
The content that will be taught at the Gatherings are designed to give you a framework that you will help improve your work and business. You won’t be sold any magic bullets or snake oil, but we will shake you up and hand you a tool box for improving your work and business.
It’s time we raise the bar instead of lower it. We should be taught by people that hold themselves to a higher standard and don’t have some fancy new toy to sell, especially ones that look like Tupperware.
Many of the workshops out there have not been edited. What we mean is that anyone can host a workshop now, just like anyone can be a photographer. The Musea Gatherings are different because not everyone can teach at a Musea Gathering. They have to be chosen.
Musea’s goal is to provide you with the highest quality of educators available. We select every Gathering teacher based on their track record for quality work and successful history of teaching others.
At the 2014 Gathering in NYC, you will have your work critiqued by 5 different experts. Quality portfolio reviews are sorely lacking in our industry, so we are providing you with a review from each of the Gathering teachers. This will be a great time for you to get a true review by people that have been in the industry for decades. The expertise that you’ll get at the Gathering is something that you won’t find in your online peer groups. You’ll get honest feedback on where you strengths are and where you need to get better. This will help you understand your work better, which will allow you to build your business around a specific niche and it’ll help you understand how to improve your images.
The next decade of wedding and portrait photography looks very promising. After going through the novelty of digital photography the past decade, we believe the industry is set to mature and evolve in some very exciting ways. All Musea Gatherings are focused on what the next ten years might look like and to discuss how we move forward from here.
We believe more than ever, the wedding and portrait genre is producing serious photography, and we need education events that celebrate this attitude of art, philosophy, craft, creative process and classic imagery.
LONG TERM CONNECTIONS
The education doesn’t stop when the main educator is done for the day. You will also be learning from one another as you share a meal at night or stay up late chatting in your hotel room. The knowledge you gain from the other photographers in attendance is possibly just as valuable as what you learn from the main teachers.
There is this entire community of photographers already built around Musea, and it’s time for us to continue our online discussions face to face!