Photo Week 2015 is happening right now. Photo Week is a five day live online event produced and presented by CreativeLive which which runs from September 21 to September 25, 2015. CreativeLive is one of the largest online training sites started by Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson. Online creative education was first started by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin in 1995 with Lynda.com. Back in those days Lynda.com with their series of books and their web site was the only place where creative professionals were able to get up to date training on the newest creative digital tools.
Now, 20 years later, there are many online training sites that are vying to provide training for people looking to build their creative skill set without going back to a traditional educational institution. CreativeLive is such a site. For the past five years CreativeLive has offered what they now call Photo Week. This is a way of introducing a variety of their courses to potential students for free. When CreativeLive first started this concept it only offered Photoshop courses. As the company has grown along with the enthusiast photography market, its class offering began to provide courses in video, design, marketing, and business skills.
With Photo Week 2015, CreativeLive offers free courses in all aspects of their curriculum that focus on photography and maintaining a successful photography business. Unlike Lynda.com, CreativeLive courses are live video streams. This allows students to comment and ask questions during the video broadcast. If you happen to miss the live stream of a class, you have the ability to view a recording of that class. So again, during Photo Week all of this is free. CreativeLive students must make the commitment to watch the entire class, in the same way they would go to a workshop. The length of a stream can be anywhere from a couple of hours to a day long event.
For example on the first day of Photo Week, there were classes by Sue Bryce, Jasmine Star, Victor Ha, and Matt Kloskowsk on the topics of, How to create a marketing plan for $250 or less, 10 small changes to dramatically improve your photos, and Simple, affordable flash techniques. You can check out the schedule for the rest of the week here. You’ll need to register so you can access these streams and recorded videos. Even if you can only check out one class it’s worth it.
The cost for CreativeLive is per class. Lynda.com’s subscription model is as little as $25.00 a month. CreativeLive classes are tuition based per class. For example a class may cost anywhere from $100 to $300, depending on the depth of the instruction. Yet these are “Live” classes with great instructors coming directly to your computer or mobile device. Not too shabby.
Still, if CreativeLive’s business model seems a bit confusing the bottom line is during Photo Week, all offered classes and related benefits are free. So check it out. Get some amazing training and upgrade your skill set. Register now because it will all end on September 25th..