Vivian and I love being guest teachers in Hawaii, at the University of the Nations in Kona. That’s easy to believe, right? For more than a decade now, we’ve had the opportunity to teach here for one week each January. Ok, it’s an awesome gig spending a week in a tropical paradise, but even if the school were in Alaska during the dead of winter, I’m sure we’d still love it.
Meeting so many international students and learning about their cultures is one highlight that draws us here. Eight nationalities are sharing their love of photography in this year’s class. You are as likely to hear Mandarin, Dutch, Spanish or German spoken as English while the students are working on their projects.
The School of Photography (SOP 1) condenses the basics of digital photography into a 12 week course taught by Dennis Fahringer, and several guest teachers. Stanley Leary and Louis Deluca will each be heading this way soon for a week of teaching. Stanley shares his lighting and business knowledge and Louis delves into photojournalism and story telling.
Vivian and I shared the basics of humanitarian, non-profit, NGO photography as well as touching on ethics and digital workflow. With the help of great sponsors we have also had some wonderful give-aways thanks to Think Tank Photo, Nikon, BlackRapid, and ShirtPocket Software. Aloha!
P.S. The class was super special because our daughter, Sara Chapman, is one of several staff for this school!