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PRESS RELEASE: AN INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL REPORTAGE, DOCUMENTARY & PHOTO JOURNALISM

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Master the art of professional story-telling photography, one of the most challenging and demanding of the visual professions, on Stuart Freedman’s An Introduction to Professional Reportage, Documentary & Photo Journalism, now bookable on the award winning virtual photography school www.my-photo-school.com.

Reportage photography requires technical ability, social skills, persistence and an instinct for a story and over four weeks, Freedman helps students get to grips with these techniques. He teaches reportage photography within a historical context, whilst also examining contemporary practice and trends. He helps students understand what makes impactful, compelling images and what compositional and framing devices to use in order to achieve them.

The digital learning course also covers equipment and technique but more importantly, the ballet of shooting reportage that concentrates on the ebb and flow of narrative, anticipation and the mechanics of actual story construction. The course is heavy on best practice, ethics and using difficult real-life scenarios that examine the challenges facing working photographers. It tries to challenge the visual cliché of some photojournalistic work as well as some of the clichés about photographers themselves. It is honest about the challenges of working in the field and the difficult decisions that often brings.

Stuart Freedman is a photographer and writer based between London and New Delhi. A member of Panos Pictures he has, over the last two decades, covered stories from Albania to Zambia. An internationally published photographer, Freedman’s work has also been exhibited widely and he has received recognition from Amnesty International, POYi, World Sports Photo, The AOP, The RPS, UNICEF and the World Press Masterclass. He regularly judges awards and has lectured to students in colleges across the UK. He continues to write and photograph for a variety of editorial and commercial clients.

An Introduction to Professional Reportage, Documentary & Photo Journalism begins on Saturday, 6 June 2015 and starts again the first Saturday of every month, running throughout the year. The 4 week course costs £145.00 (approx. US$232.00) and includes:

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from Freedman;
  • Weekly video tutorials allowing students to revisit lectures again and again;
  • Weekly assignments critiqued by Freedman;
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript;
  • Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge.

Unique to www.my-photo-school.com, this digital learning photography course offers small classes weekly 1-2-1 tuition and assignments set and critiqued by Stuart Freedman; MyPhotoSchool is the only photography edtech website in the world to offer this type of digital learning. Virtual lectures are available to view in the online classroom at any time, even after the course has finished. Here students can also connect with Stuart and other photography enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world.

MyPhotoSchool tutor Stuart Freedman has also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for his new book, The Palace of Monkeys and Memory, an intimate photographic and editorial collection of Indian Coffee Houses. Freedman is giving 12 people the chance to take his new MyPhotoSchool course via his Kickstarter campaign. For more information, please see: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/876744754/the-palaces-of-memory-tales-from-the-indian-coffee

To book An Introduction to Professional Reportage, Documentary & Photo Journalism, see: http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/an-introduction-to-professional-reportage-documentary-photo-journalism

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Notes to Editors

For more information about MyPhotoSchool, see: www.my-photo-school.com/how-it-works

For more information about Stuart Freedman, see: www.stuartfreedman.com

MyPhotoSchool is a global virtual photography school. Tutors are world-leading authorities in their specialist field and teach on trend and elite photography courses. Students value the convenience of online learning and the more in-depth, interactive experience that MyPhotoSchool offers. MyPhotoSchool went live in 2011 and is privately owned by Elspeth Briscoe and Duncan Heather. MyPhotoSchool recently received seed funding from a powerful team of new investors. For more information, see: www.my-photo-school.com/2015/02/09/press-release-myonlineschool-announces-half-a-million-pound-seed-funding-to-launch-new-global-online-schools

PRESS RELEASE: B&W FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY & BEYOND

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Black & White Fine Art photography & Beyond From Basics to Fine Art – Finding your Vision and Personal Style

Find your vision through Black and White Fine Art Photograhy – (en)Visionography – and beyond with Julia Anna Gospodarou on the new digital learning photography course Black & White Fine Art Photography & Beyond now bookable on the award winning virtual photography school www.my-photo-school.com.

MyPhotoSchool’s new online course is a fascinating insight into the creative thinking underlying the work of one of the world’s most successful contemporary fine art photographers. Gospodarou draws on her own experience of B&W fine art architectural photography, but gives students rules and techniques that they can then apply to any B&W fine art photography.

Both a theoretical and practical course, students will learn what makes a fine art photograph and why the artist’s vision is so important. Students will be given a set of ‘rules’ to follow, the so-called “Guide to Vision”, and will discover the importance of composition and technique to help them produce their best ever B&W fine art images. Gospodarou also discusses (en)Visionography – a new term she created to define fine art photography in the digital era. The course concludes with the all-important processing stage when RAW images are transformed into fine art prints in the digital darkroom, where Julia explains how to process images with her B&W processing method ‘Photography Drawing’.

Julia Anna Gospodarou is based in Athens, Greece and is an architect and internationally multi-awarded B&W fine art photographer , mostly known for her B&W long exposure. In her architectural career she has worked with some of the most influential architects in the world, and on some of the most important projects in Greece, including the Olympic structures.

Black & White Fine Art Photography & Beyond is designed to accompany the book From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography – Architecture and Beyond, by Julia Anna Gospodarou and Joel Tjintjelaar.

Black & White Fine Art Photography & Beyond begins on Saturday, 4 April 2015 and starts again the first Saturday of every month, running throughout the year. The four week course costs £145.00 (approx. US$232.00) and includes:

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from Julia;
  • Weekly video tutorials allowing students to revisit lectures again and again;
  • Weekly assignments critiqued by Julia;
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript;
  • Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge.

Unique to www.my-photo-school.com, this digital learning photography course offers small classes weekly 1-2-1 tuition and assignments set and critiqued by Julia Anna Gospodarou; MyPhotoSchool is the only photography edtech website in the world to offer this type of digital learning. Virtual lectures are available to view in the online classroom at any time, even after the course has finished. Here students can also connect with Julia and other photography enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world.

To book Black & White Fine Art Photography & Beyond, see: http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/finding-your-vision-from-basics-to-fine-art

For a free copy of Lesson 1 ebook, see: https://s3.amazonaws.com/finding-your-vision-from-basics-to-fine-art/docs/Finding+Your+Vision+Lesson+1+(FREE).pdf

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Notes to Editors

For more information about MyPhotoSchool, see: www.my-photo-school.com/how-it-works

For more information about Julia Anna Gospodarou, see: www.juliaannagospodarou.com

MyPhotoSchool is a global virtual photography school. Tutors are world-leading authorities in their specialist field and teach on trend and elite photography courses. Students value the convenience of online learning and the more in-depth, interactive experience that MyPhotoSchool offers. MyPhotoSchool went live in 2011 and is privately owned by Elspeth Briscoe and Duncan Heather. MyPhotoSchool recently received new seed funding from a powerful team of new investors. For more information, see: www.my-photo-school.com/2015/02/09/press-release-myonlineschool-announces-half-a-million-pound-seed-funding-to-launch-new-global-online-schools

PRESS RELEASE: MYPHOTOSCHOOL WINS GOOD WEB GUIDE AWARD

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MyPhotoSchool wins Good Web Guide Education Award 2014

My-Photo-School.com, the world’s most acclaimed virtual photography school, has won the Good Web Guide Education Award 2014.

In a ceremony that took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London last night, MyPhotoSchool were awarded this prestigious accolade after being 2013 finalists. The Good Web Guide and judges look for sites that are “original, engaging and give user experience second to none”, and MyPhotoSchool are proud to have been awarded amongst other such highly regarded websites.

Daniel Priestley, Co-Founder of Entrevo and Judge for the Good Web Guide Awards says: “A professional website offering clarity and usability. Excellent use of social media and sharing capability.”

MyPhotoSchool is the only photography edtech website in the world to offer weekly virtual lessons, tutorial assignments, personal feedback and 1-2-1 critiques with some of the world’s most acclaimed photographers. The unique online photography website aims to help unlock ‘hidden creativity’ and for students globally to become the best photographers they can be.

MyPhotoSchool tutors are world-leading authorities in their specialist field and teach on trend and elite photography courses. Students value the convenience of online learning and the more in-depth, interactive experience that MyPhotoSchool offers.

Elspeth Briscoe, Director of MyPhotoSchool says: “We work hard to ensure MyPhotoSchool students get the best possible edtech photography experience and we are delighted this has been recognised by the GoodWebGuide Awards. MyPhotoSchool is the future of premium e-learning technology and we continue to strive to be THE best photography education website.”

MyPhotoSchool is part of the MyOnlineSchool community. The leading photography e-learning website went live in 2011 and is privately owned by Elspeth Briscoe and Duncan Heather. Since it’s conception, MyPhotoSchool has kept thousands of new and returning students engaged with creative and personal online photography courses. They have ensured they are ahead of the game by increasing site functionality; partnering with websites such as Mumsnet and The Telegraph and working with global leading photographers including award winning photographer Geoff Harris and Michael Freeman – one of Amazon’s top selling photography authors.

At the end of this year MyPhotoSchool is also excited to be launching an entirely new ‘responsive design’ site, and some exciting new courses coming in 2015.

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Elspeth Briscoe spent 15 years working in strategy & marketing developing some of the world’s most successful internet companies. She was one of the first 30 at eBay. She is a qualified landscape designer, member of GMG, winner of International Garden Photographer of the Year & enthusiastic blogger. Duncan Heather is the director of Oxford College of Garden Design. Over a 20 year career, he has won many awards for his innovative design.

PRESS RELEASE: MYONLINESCHOOL ANNOUNCES HALF A MILLION POUND SEED FUNDING TO LAUNCH NEW GLOBAL ONLINE “SCHOOLS”

Global consumer edtech company MyOnlineSchool, is delighted to announce new seed funding of £450,000 (approx. US$678,000) from a powerful team of new investors. This funding will accelerate production of their high-end online vocational and hobbyist courses, advance the design of their responsive virtual classrooms and websites, and increase their portfolio of schools.

MyOnlineSchool was founded by Elspeth Briscoe (eBay, Skype) and Duncan Heather (Oxford College of Garden Design). MyOnlineSchool aims to help students worldwide unlock their hidden creativity using weekly video lessons, tutorial assignments, personal feedback and 1-2-1 critiques with world-leading experts in their specialist field.

With two award winning virtual schools already live, www.my-garden-school.com and www.my-photo-school.com, MyOnlineSchool’s new funding will help further push the boundaries of innovative digital learning. The new team of specialist edtech investors dedicated to this global learning technologies initiative, are: Leaf Investments; Howzat Partners (Allstar Investor Winners and Trivago investors) and a group of angel investors with backgrounds ranging from eBay, Gumtree, Zoopla, Skype and more.

Alan Maguire, Partner at Leaf Investments, joins MyOnlineSchool as a board member. He says: ‘Leaf Investments is constantly looking for exciting, innovative and disruptive edtech businesses. MyOnlineSchool has clearly demonstrated a creative and unique approach to an enormous market opportunity and we are delighted to welcome the business to our growing portfolio.’

Stephen Warshaw, international information, education and software sectors specialist, joins MyOnlineSchool as one of the new investors. He says: ‘It is an exciting time for education technology and I am thrilled to support MyOnlineSchool. There is enormous international online potential of relatively untapped niches, where technology can transform the passion-driven hobbyist learning experience. I look forward to MyOnlineSchool’s future as they continue to develop their range of quality online schools and supply students from around the world with a growing roster of the best online courses and educators.’

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For more information about MyOnlineSchool, see: https://angel.co/myonlineschool

MyPhotoSchool and MyGardenSchool went live in 2011. Students value the convenience of online learning, but need a more in-depth, interactive experience than other forms of online learning like MOOCs (MOOCs have a course completion rate of 10-20%, MyOnlineSchool has completion rates of 80-90%).

New investors to join MyOnlineSchool in 2015 are:

Howzat Partners – David Soskin is Partner and co-founder of Howzat Partners. Ex-CEO of CheapFlights.com, David was also Head of Global Media at ABN AMRO Corporate Finance and has held senior roles in industry and government. In 1995, David’s entrepreneurial achievements were honoured by the European Foundation for Entrepreneurial Research, where he was named as one of Europe’s 500 most dynamic entrepreneurs.

Stephen Warshaw – Stephen has had a long international career in the publishing/information, education and software sectors including CEO positions at MediMedia (where he co-led the LBO), Oxford University Press, Reed Elsevier plc, and Informa plc Stephen has also held a number of Chairman roles: of Iris Software Limited; of HKI Limited, a healthcare information provider; of Espresso Education; and of TeamSystem srl, Italy’s leading professional and SME software provider. He was most recently Chairman of Cambridge Education Group Ltd, which was successfully sold in December 2013.

Leaf Investments – Leaf Investments is an early stage investor in learning technology businesses. Backed by Folens Publishers, the Leaf team combines deep learning industry expertise with investment experience. MyOnlineSchool is the 10th investment in a growing portfolio of companies located across Europe & The United States.

Angel investors include: Doug Monro (Co-Founder of Adzuna, ex-ebay, Zoopla, Gumtree); Andy McIndoe (Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries); Oliver Rivers (MBA from London Business School and Finance Director at Kamm & Sons and BRITDOC) and Tony Gill (ex-Skype and ebay).

PRESS RELEASE: Flower and Plant Photography with World Class Horticultural Photographer

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Master the art of flower and plant photography with Clive Nichols, one of the world’s finest horticultural photographers, on Clive Nichols’ Flower and Plant Photography Online Masterclass now bookable on global leading virtual photography school www.my-photo-school.com.

Dig into this in-depth four week virtual course and learn invaluable advice on both the practical and artistic aspects of flower and plant photography. Using his 25 years’ experinece and over 150 examples of his own flower and plant photographs, Clive helps students understand crucial aspects of horticulture photography such as lighting, composition, working indoors and outdoors and developing vision and technique. He helps illustrate approaches and methods students can then apply in their own work to create their best ever images of flowers and plants.

Unique to www.my-photo-school.com this online photography course offers small classes of up to 20 students at a time, weekly 1-2-1 tuition and assignments set and critiqued by Clive Nichols; this is the only website in the world to offer this type of e-learning. Virtual lectures are available to view in the online classroom MyClassroom at any time, even after the course has finished. Here students can connect with Clive and other photography enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world.

Clive Nichols’ Flower and Plant Photography Online Masterclass begins on Saturday, 7 February 2015. It starts again on the first Saturday of every month and runs continuously throughout the year. The four week course costs £145.00 (approx. US$232.00) and includes:

  • Weekly 1-2-1 tuition and feedback from Clive;
  • Weekly video tutorials allowing students to revisit lectures again and again;
  • Weekly assignments critiqued by Clive;
  • Magazine style downloadable transcript;
  • Successful students will receive a certificate of completion and an online badge.

Clive Nichols has established a reputation as one of the world’s finest flower and garden photographers. He has photographed many of the world’s best gardens, including HRH The Prince of Wales’s own private garden in Scotland, Lord Rothschild’s private garden in Corfu and Lord Heseltine’s private garden in Oxfordshire. In addition, his work has appeared in hundreds of books as well as in countless magazines, calendars and brochures. Over the past 25 years, Clive has amassed a stunning collection of over 60,000 images, which are available for reproduction. Clive regularly gives masterclasses in flower and garden photography for The Royal Horticultural Society and for the past five years he has been one of the two main judges for the prestigious ‘International Garden Photographer of the Year’ awards.

Clive also photographs interiors, travel, architecture and lifestyle, undertaking many prestigious commissions including a calendar of the world’s best modern buildings for a Russian Senator, a book about the finest Villa on Lake Como for Condé Nast and a new brochure on the historic BMA House in Tavistock Square, London, for the British Medical Association. In 2014, Clive won the ‘Garden Media Guild Features Photographer of the Year’ award.

To book Clive Nichols’ Flower and Plant Photography Online Masterclass, see: http://www.my-photo-school.com/course/clive-nichols-flower-and-plant-photography-masterclass.

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Notes to Editors

For more information about MyPhotoSchool, see: www.my-photo-school.com/how-it-works

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