Eric Vogel Photo

Eric Vogel Photo

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29 years in business

About this pro

My one on one instruction is an extension of my succesful commercial photography career. Through the years I have had the pleasure of mentoring many asitants who have gone on to be creative photographers ini thier own right.
I find it so very personally rewarding helpinig others explore thier own journey through the craft I hold dear to me.
A pleasent side effect of teaching is that I always learn more about myself as an image maker through the eyes of the exploration of others.
I've worked on basically every kind of shoot you can imagine and bring a unique eye and technical proficency to every project I take on.
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Brooklyn, NY 11218
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I don’t really consider this a teacher student situation I am more of a guide as photography is, at it's core, an extension of the innate human experience. This is evident in our historical relationship with photography. Did you know the camera was invent long before film?
First I like to do an assessment that is heavily image based but it is less a portfolio review and more an understanding of the individuals personal style and interests. 

From there we discuss experience, desired outcomes, and preferred methods.
These may include conversation, gallery/museum tours, shooting assignments, on set experiences, and reviews.
Those students that show promise will be invited on assignment with me as an intern but free of charge allowing them to see all lessons put into practice and, develop working relationships with my talented crew. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been working as a commercial photographer since the early 90’s, back when we used film and retouched on our negatives!
My work has taken me around the world and back and there is no type of assignment that I have not experienced, multiple times. Carnival Cruises, NFL, Grey’s Advertising, G&E, The Australia Tourism Board, and Polo are among a small sample of my large client list.
I did complete a technical program for photography but my real education came from working alongside NY’s most high profile photographers as their assistant until the day came that I took off on my own.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My pricing is as follows:
50 for a half an hour via Skype, FaceTime or Text.

150 for two hours in person in Brooklyn or Manhattan (either at your place, my place, or on location).

200 for two hours outside of Brooklyn & Manhattan plus travel expenses.
300 for 7 hours on location in Brooklyn & Manhattan.
I am happy to discuss any other needs you may have.

How did you get started teaching?

I have conducted a few workshops but this will be my first foray into the world of official teaching. With that being said, I teach every single assistant I have ever had, lectured at the photography school I attended, and often take on interns on a “learn for work” capacity.
My passion for my craft is really what fuels this urge I have to teach.

What types of students have you worked with?

The type of students I have worked with or mentored vary greatly but the one thing in common they share is a passion for the medium of photography. I choose not to work with anyone who does not have this passion.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A recent shoot I can recall I am fond of was in New Zealand taking a helicopter at dawn to White Island, landing in the crater of a lee volcano and photographing its absolutely surreal landscape until our 20 minutes was up and we had to leave least the high sulphur and acidic fumes ruined the equipment and our skin! It is the closet I have ever come to working in a location that seemed like not being on earth!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

When looking for a teacher, find passion and a style that fits your interests. I’ve traveled the world and have many exciting adventures to share but, if your goal is to learn food photography, for example, I would most likely not be the best choice for you. With that being said, sometimes you can get better knowledge from an individuals approach and passion instead of the specifics of their work so weigh that in when deciding as well.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The questions you can ask are about assignments, their take on the philosophy of photography, how they got started, and basically anything that can give you an indication of their level of passion. Make sure to look at their portfolios as well!

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