I'm John Bodensiek, professional photographer, instructor and founder of PhotoFusionUSA. I have been taking long trips across the U.S., teaching and consulting to individuals, groups and businesses.
I've been around the block. I bring my life long business experience and with is the business experience I hold closest to my heart: photography. It is the one business I can take anywhere, it's the one that opened my eyes to becoming an entrepreneur.
My two passions: being an entrepreneur and teaching has brought me to help my kindred photographers. I want to help photographers avoid making costly mistakes. I see those mistakes repeatedly done by many photographers. They are costly that not only robs one of money but of time.
If by chance you have a club, contact me! I'll be glad to schedule your town as a stop in these coming months.
Hobby to Biz - it's a new workshop ideally suited for photographers wanting to get into business or for those in business wanting to get a power boost. Click here to learn more.
I teach the business of photography - how to strategically and effectively price, market, brand, and present your services and products. I have the experience to know what works and what doesn't.
" To succeed, you don't need to be exceptional in your trade, you just need to have exceptional passion, the rest will fall into place."
My teaching methodology is what makes my workshops fun to attend. Everyone learns a bit different and I teach in various ways to the same class that in most cases everyone is up to speed. The classes are kept small typically 6 or less students but there are exceptions that depend on the topic. Hobby to Biz averages 14 per class and ideal for the subject matter.
I like hands on learning, I find it's the best way to retain what is being taught for many. To repeat and then repeat some more, to mix it up and conjure thought. I entice my students to solve their mistakes before I "fix" the problem. I encourage them to team up and help one another.
I enjoy questions & encourage question. From the toughest to the simplest of question, no matter how insignificant they may seem, they are always important and welcomed!
I use simple exercises anywhere to teach the functions of the camera like the one below to reinforce what the students are learning.
But I don't stop at just saying this is how. I have the students work by switching from one topic to another and repeat the process until it becomes less cumbersome.
In more advance classes - I use models and provoke thinking to demonstrate creative lighting. The last thing I want is for students to attend and then: forgetting most of what hey learned in a few days. Creativity is a bit different. It's in all of us but it needs to be stimulated and pushed so as to make the student come out of his shell into seeing things from a different perspective.
Photography is fun, no matter where you may find yourself, there is always something that can be photographed from a different perspective.
Photography is fun! No matter where you may find yourself, there is always something that can be photographed from a different perspective.