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Time off for Workshops

I am curious if anyone has employers who give them time off of work to attend professional photo workshops.

I would really like to get out and attend more photo workshops. I have a full time job as a photographer, but I don’t want to use up all of my vacation for the year to do it…


by James Martin at 2009-02-09 23:15:43 UTC (ed. Feb 9 2009 ) San Francisco , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Like most continuing professional education, it is clearly in the interest of the employer that its employees “sharpen the saw.” So paying photographers for reasonable time spent in courses makes great sense objectively.

I know organizations who do this for reporters and editors generally, so why not for shooters too?

My suggestion is that you post the same question on the NPPA listserve. That group has many more staff photographers participating. Hence they will be better able, I suspect, to answer this question than the group here.

by [former member] | 10 Feb 2009 00:02 (ed. Feb 10 2009) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→

When I was hired on staff at an NGO I worked for two years, I negotiated into the contract that I got to go to one workshop a year in the interest of professional development. This was paid time that did not come out of vacation. My employer paid for the workshop and I covered my travel and living expenses. Neal is right on this one, to any employer that cares about the excellence of their product, workshops should be a no-brainer. If presented properly, a great case can be made to your employer that shouldn’t put them off. Good luck with everything!


by Edward Linsmier | 10 Feb 2009 02:02 | Coconut Creek, FL, United States | | Report spam→

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