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10-11-11, 12:16 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
I agree with the other posts. Age is irrelevant, the prime concern is, do you know what you're talking about? Have you got a structure to your workshops, and can you teach? It's not as easy as it looks.
Are you considering a full-blown course with a number of paying students, or giving a lecture on a specific element to your local Camera Club?
I taught City & Guilds photography in the 70's before moving on to Uni lecturing. The most important thing is deciding what you're going to cover in each session and the ability levels of your students. If they're all accomplished photographers they will not appreciate you holding up a Box Brownie and saying, "This is a camera". On the other hand you must not take too much for granted. Decide what your students already know, then structure your lesson to take them to the next level. Always start your lesson with a retrospect of what they should already know, or the content of the last lesson.
Make them teach themselves. i.e. "Who can tell me what the Exposure Triangle is?" This will make them feel more included and the lesson will sink in more.
Make sure you're fully conversant with every aspect of the course you're attempting to teach. You can get away with answering a difficult question once with, "I have no idea. But, I'll find out and get back to you." But if you try that twice you'll lose the confidence of your students.
It makes an enormous difference whether or not your students want to be there, but the way you're describing it, they will and that's a great help.
Above all exude confidence, never let your students think you're stumbling around in the dark.
The day you think you've found perfection is the day you stop looking, then someone else will find it and move in front of you.
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