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Note from Joe about class materials.

From: Joe L.
Sent on: Monday, November 12, 2012 2:07 PM

NOTE:  I did NOT consult Paula before sending this, this is all me.  (Joe)

After seeing some of the images from the light painting class, there are questions about posting Paula's booklet for those who chose not to participate.  Typically class notes are posted after a class, so asking this question is perfectly reasonable. 

HPW has a significant commitment to education.  It is one of only three specific principles in the group. So we want to feature as many free education events as possible.  We have done MANY and then posted the materials online for free for those that couldn't attend. 

Sometimes events cost a little money.  Mostly because we have to buy materials for DIY classes and/or rent appropriate meeting space.   The fact is, without compensation, organizers burn out after creating one or two great workshops.  

When Paula said she would be copyrighting her workshop materials under her nam, I didn't challenge her to put it under the HPW company name instead.  The mass bulk of your event fee went for supplies.  HPW really wasn't able to adequately compensate Paula for her many (many) hours of research and prep for the event.  

*IF* the event material/pamphlet for the light painting workshop is uploaded and provided, it will be Paula's decision, it is her well prepared -- copyrighted material.   I challenge you to find an appropriate way to than her for the time/work involved. 

Asking Paula to now provide that booklet for free may not seem fair to people who funded the event and chose to participate. And it may not be terribly fair to Paula. 

Lets be honest, we don't have a lot of organizers. The ones we've had don't stick around long. That because I run the group like a pretty tight ship -- and unpaid volunteers hate checklists and pre-shoot test runs and an organizer that 2nd guesses everything.  Event  perpetration is not easy at HPW, and hopefully the consistency and quality of our events reflect that effort.  Organizers should probably receive some type of compensation per event if only because they have to deal with me.  

Paula spent 2 weeks working each night to be ready for this workshop, including one solid weekend.  She also promises another workshop again after the holidays.  I'm looking forward to that class myself.  

By the way, all of the research Paula did is freely available on the internets; respecting Paula's copyright of the materials (if she chooses not to post it but rather wait until the next workshop) isn't keeping anyone from learning the techniques.  Google, research, and experiment.  

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