Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to create amazing, high-quality shoots. To facilitate this, we maintain a suite of self-directed learning packages (SDLP’s) on learn.abbywinters.com (under “The Essentials”). After learning about some fundamental aspects of our paradigm, the focus is on creative areas, with some administration and legals.
Each lesson come with workbooks, videos, quizzes, tests and assignments. This training assumes an in-depth knowledge of capturing images digitally, with still and video cameras. The training is all done online, and a modern computer is required to access the material, and complete the assignments (MS Word and Excel, or Google Docs and Sheets is fine).
The typical pattern for the online training is to watch a 30-minute video and take notes, then complete an assignment to solidify the learning. The assignment is submitted to your Trainer by email, who reviews and responds with feedback and a pass / fail assessment (usually within one business day). There are 27 learning areas, so each one is about two hours work from end to end.
Completing the SDLP’s will take around 70 hours, depending on your study methods – this work is unpaid, but can be performed on your own schedule (recommended to be over two months or less). A dedicated Trainer is available during regular working hours (UTC+1) for answering any questions.
While we cannot guarantee work after completing the training, consider that we were founded in 2000, and release around 11 shoots a week on our site, so we have a constant need for new material – we are in the business of buying shoots from Contract Shoot Producers. We have an established network of modelling agents, to ensure there are always “raw materials” for you to work with. Everyone who has completed training has had many models available to shoot, and we have bought every shoot produced for us.