What is a mentor?
Someone who champions your work and possesses the experience, expertise and empathy to guide you in a supportive and confident manner. A mentor is a working professional who has “been down that road” and is willing to lend one-on-one assistance to move you toward your desired goal as a photographer and visual storyteller.
Who is a TCI mentorship meant for?
TCI’s Mentorship Program is designed for keen amateurs and aspiring professionals who are passionate about their image-making and want to hone their craft and expand their vision. Whether the aim is publication, preparation for an exhibition, establishing that long-dreamed-of career or building a stronger, more impressive portfolio of work, mentorship can be an invaluable experience
What can I expect to gain from mentorship?
Under the watchful guidance of a TCI mentor, you can anticipate much quicker progress in your development - shorter time in reaching your goals. Expect confidence-building too, for along with progressive success comes the awareness of one’s own talent and the ability to apply it creativity on a consistent basis.
How does the program work?
Choose a 1-, 3-, or 6-month program of enrollment and select a participating TCI mentor of your choice. From here you will be assigned a mentorship webpage, through which all one-on-one interaction with your mentor will take place.
The first step in your program will be to provide background information on yourself as an image-maker, along with a description of the goal or associated goals you wish to reach in the course of your tuition.
Following this, you and your mentor will agree on a time to discuss your aims via a Skype consultation (approximately 30 minutes in length). With this information, a mentorship “path” will be established to include goal-oriented lessons and assignments, tailored to move you productively in the direction you want to go. In the course of a month, a second Skype consultation will take place to assess progress made and fine-tune your program for the remainder of your tuition.
Note: While your mentor will be available to guide and encourage your development with respect to your stated goal(s), it must be appreciated that each TCI mentor is also a working professional, with his or her own professional responsibilities. Therefore, all mentorship interaction should be treated with respect in terms of time commitment and privacy, as well as approached with a degree of flexibility. How do I decide which instructor to select as my mentor? The TCI mentor - student relationship is an important one. For it to be maximally productive, the “match” must be comfortable and dynamic. Consider the area of image-making you are interested in - photography, video production or multi-media. Read the profiles of participating instructors, working in those areas. Go to their personal websites and look through their work. When you feel you’ve found the TCI mentor that best fits your direction and needs, enroll on the length of program that suits you and indicate the mentor you would like to work with Can I change mentors if I want? Yes. If you find that your first mentorship choice is not exactly what you’re looking for, you may select another mentor. Simply place your request for change at email@example.com before the start of your second week of tuition. What if I want to stop my mentorship program completely? Not a problem. As long as your termination request is filed at firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of your program’s second week, you will receive your tuition immediately and in full. Questions Contact us at email@example.com or schedule Skype time to discuss your needs further.
Gina Genis taught this inspiring course, and I loved it! Gina’s comments were always insightful and my landscape photography adventures are now all the more rewarding because of them. Thank you Gina!
Ingrid TonerCapturing Breathtaking Landscapes
I’m an aspiring photojournalist living in Norway. This course by professional photojournalist, David Bathgate, helped immensely to get a firm and practical start in the profession.
Ingrid HalvorsenDocumentary Photography and Photojournalism
A great introduction to the genre of street photography, taught by legendary photographer, "Akash." I felt Akash's enthusiasm and passion for capturing life on the street throughout this online-interactive course. Akash showed me how to "see" photos amid the chaos, how to capture the emotion and energy of life on the street and how to edit my images for greatest impact. An online course that will build your confidence, hone your skills, and load your photography with an enthusiastic vision. Thanks G.M.B. Akash. You're the master.
Paul LavergneStreet Photography with G.M.B. Akash
Composition remained a rather nebulous concept for a long time - until I took this course with pro photographer, David Bathgate. Now it all makes sense in a practical way. No longer the magical, mysterious thing it once had been. Thanks David for leading me to see the “light"
Jon GrovUnderstanding Composition in Photography
Guidance from respected teachers during my time ‘in the field’ has been invaluable to the progression of my documentary photography work and sense of professional confidence. I wholeheartedly recommend the Emerging Photographer Program to anyone wanting to improve their work. Thanks TCI!!
Kimberly BryantTCI Emerging Photographer Program
I would like to thank you for all the feedback throughout the course. I must say that in all the workshops that i Have taken this would be in the top two. I really learned a lot and now I have a better understanding of what goes in to making an informative story. I have learned to work the scene and shoot from many angles. My thought process has completely changed. I will give you a Shout when I get published, wether it is this story or another
Tom MangioneTelling the Story in Pictures
I must say I am deeply impressed by the quality of the course and the flexibility and help of David and of the entire Staff. Feedback is quick and VERY helpful. I learned a lot on many aspects and small details from David. He is a fantastic tutor and teacher. I liked his style, always nice but still at the same time helpful and concrete. He pointed out errors and what I did well. I had to stop the courses for roughly 3 months since I was without a camera for a while, and the entire team was very nice and let me start again now that I am again able to shoot. For anyone at all levels I strongly reccommend this course. Feedback is tailored to your level so you will learn much! Absolutley love the courses." -
Umberto MichelucciDocumentary and Photojournalism Course
I must say I am deeply impressed by the quality of the course and the flexibility and help of David and of the entire Staff. Feedback is quick and VERY helpful. I learned a lot on many aspects and small details from David. He is a fantastic tutor and teacher. I liked his style, always nice but still at the same time helpful and concrete. He pointed out errors and what I did well. I had to stop the courses for roughly 3 months since I was without a camera for a while, and the entire team was very nice and let me start again now that I am again able to shoot. Amazing. Informative. Inspirational. These words concisely summarize my experience with Dan's mentoring class. I recognized that direct feedback and mentoring from an experienced photographer would be an essential ingredient to my progress.
Jean LuaTCI Mentorship Program
I took this course to document the workings of our family's olive production business in California. The work I produced went right to our company's brochure. A learned the workings of how a photo story is made and the kinds of images that express it best. It was my second course here with David Bathgate and I would highly recommend both. This is not a course for JUST those wanting to become professionals, it's one that anyone will benefit from and enjoy. I know I did!
Antoinette AddisonCreating Unforgettable Photo Essays
Leading lines, whether tangible or merely a beam of light / line of sight - they’re still a part of a powerful composition. I think of you and the TCI lessons often when I’m out with my cameras. Thank you for putting me back on the photography path. It brings much joy to my life.
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