DFP Education, the FAQs
What is DFP Education?
DFP Education is the resources & education platform of Documentary Family Photographers (DFP), the worldwide community and directory for documentary family photographers. You can find more information on dfp at www.documentaryfamilyphotographers.com
We offer photographer education specifically for those working in the field of documentary family photography (although many of the courses offered will be helpful across various genres).
How much do the mentored workshops/crash courses cost?
The cost will vary depending on the length of the course. 4 week mentored workshops are €299* and 10 day crash courses are €99*.
*plus VAT sales tax of 19% for EU customers
What is the difference between a mentored workshop and a crash course?
Mentored workshops take place over multiple weeks with regular assignments. Crash courses are intensive 10 day courses. Due to the limited number of students permitted, both types of courses are interactive with a feel of group mentoring.
Do I have to be a Listed Photographer with DFP to register for a mentored workshop/crash course?
No you don’t, but photographers listed on the DFP directory benefit from a 15% discount (as well as many other industry supplier discounts), so if you are thinking of taking a mentored workshop or crash course, this might be a good time to list with DFP 😉
How do the mentored workshops and crash courses run? Do I need to be present on certain days at specified times?
The workshops and crash courses are all conducted online, with materials delivered through our dedicated teaching platform, via downloadable PDFs, worksheets, slideshows and video. You can read and view these at a time that suits you, although we recommend dedicating time each week while the workshop/course is running to make the most out of the course and the interaction with the Guides and other students.
For each workshop/course, there is a dedicated discussion group where you can interact with your Guides and other students in the course, share assignments, ask for feedback, etc.
How much interaction can I expect with the Guides during the course and after?
Each course is structured slightly differently depending on the subject matter, but all will include some assignment(s) that you can submit to the Guides for feedback. The mentored workshops, because of their duration, allow for more interaction with the Guides, hence the name “mentored” workshops. It is important to us that you feel guided throughout the course to an outcome that really impacts your life, business or art in a tangible way. There will be a dedicated online “classroom” where you can interact with the Guides and other students throughout the duration of the course.
How many seats are available for each mentored workshop/crash course?
Each Guide will determine the maximum number of seats on the mentored workshop/crash course that they are guiding, to ensure they can provide feedback and guidance to every student through the duration of the course. This number varies from course to course but on average will be around 25-30 students.
Are silent seats available?
No. Our experience is that “silent” seats (i.e. where the student can’t ask any questions or submit any assignment) result in those students not taking as much away from the experience as those who have a full participation and interaction with the Guides. All seats are “full participation” to ensure that all students gain as much as possible from the workshop or course.
How often are the mentored workshops/crash courses repeated?
We cannot guarantee if or when courses will be repeated by generally we expect most courses to run either once or twice a year.
Can I take a class if I myself teach or mentor students?
Due to the time, commitment and knowledge that our Guides bring to their workshops and crash courses, we need to respect their hard work and copyright. It would potentially be a conflict of interest for you to take a workshop/crash course on a subject area that you then taught to others. Therefore we cannot allow photographers that are actively mentoring or teaching other photographers (or that plan to in the next year) to enroll in the DFP Education workshops/courses.
How do I secure my seat on a workshop or crash course?