WHY DON'T YOU TEACH FULL DAY?
Three reasons. Firstly, 1-1 training is really exhausting, and we are both going to be less effective into the fourth hour. Secondly, after 3 hours you need to practice for about as long as we have trained, so you can retain as much as possible. Part of learning is about getting stuck, on your own, and then trying to remember/read/figure out how it went again/send a support email/enjoy the Eureka moment... and then it will stick like cling-film to your brain. That's how you learn. Which brings me to the third reason – I don't want to rip anyone off.With these short, sharp sessions, I don't charge for your practice time!
WHY DON'T YOU TEACH 2 PEOPLE AT A TIME?
1-1 and 2-1 training couldn't be more different. In a 1-1 scenario I adjust my teaching to a specific personality, your learning speed and skills. In a 2-person scenario I can't do that. The stronger personality will always take dominance in a 2-1 training scenario, so unless it's for a business, I don't do it anymore, because it's not very effective. They say that 3 is a crowd, but for me 3 is a course, and often works better than 2! For certain businesses I may make an exception, and train 2 people in their own working environment.
WHY DO I HAVE TO KNOW ABOUT COLOUR MANAGEMENT?
I make sure everyone is aware that what you see on screen is not necessarily what you get in print. And yes, that is true even if your screen is calibrated. I want everyone who trains with me to have realistic expectations when it comes to colour and reproduction, and to be able to control it at least to a certain extent.
WHY DO I NEED A TABLET FOR RETOUCHING?
You simply cannot retouch well without a tablet. Therefore I do ask that anyone approaching me for retouching training is confident and familiar with a tablet, and can work with a tablet hands-on during the session. There's no point in even emailing me before you've gotten this far in your commitment. (I'm only going to repeat what I say here). In my experience, people who do not have stylus experience tend to shy away from hands-on work during the session, and it becomes a 3-hour demo. Until you do something hands-on, it's not really going to connect with the brain, so this part is essential. Also, I find that if you use a tablet it's evidence of retouching commitment!