About Photography Schoolhouse

kerry-allanKerry started in photography at the age of 14 with a small $12 camera. With no money and only a passion for photography he was able to win two first place finishes in competitions with just that small camera. It also lead to the understanding that great photography is not about the equipment, but rather the vision.

Now, for over 15 years, Kerry Allan has been presenting Photographic Workshops to photographers, and right from the very beginning they've always had the key feature of "Hands On" participation.

Kerry believes that people learn best when they can participate. "So many photo seminars are simply sales pitches for books or videos" says Kerry, " You can't learn to play the piano from a video tape. You need an instructor to sit on the bench beside you. And it's the very same when learning the advanced techniques of professional photography."

We're dedicated to helping professional photographers succeed in an ever changing field. To help them navigate their way to business success.

Today, with the advances to the Internet, we're able to bring our unique brand of photographic education to the online world. with our extensive collection of media from Webinars to our exclusive "Ditto Cam" collection, we offer some of the best education for the photographic market.

History

July 21, 2006
It all started here. I thought it would be cool to have a forum where my photo students could post their work from the seminars for me to review. The design of the first forum started and some structure was put in place, but time was short and it was put on the shelf for quite some time.

Dec. 31, 2006 - 6 members

Dec. 31, 2007 - still on the shelf - 26 members

January 2008
Renewed effort at last Our seminars were much more active now, and students had really started to join in. Our progress however, was hampered by the weak forum software we were using.

February 2008
We begin our national membership drive.

March 2008
Completed the upgrade to our new forum software (vBulletin) which we use to this day. This gave us the features we needed to really take off.

April 2008
Membership is rising fast. The word is getting out.

July 24, 2008
Our first ever Webinar. I didn't know at the time what a huge deal this would turn out to be. We started with my Webinars, but then soon after started to add national speakers. Lori Gragg was our first guest presenter in Sept. 08

Dec. 31, 2008 = Membership reaches 2,550

February 2009
With our seminars going strong, we add our first live showcase at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas during the WPPI convention. While attendance was small, it set the foundation for our PSH Seminar style. All live shoots.

May 2009
Our first out-of-country experience. PSH holds it's first live seminar outside the USA in Ontario Canada

June 2009 - Webinar Bonanza
We break out a wild series of Webinars featuring Mitch Graf, Steven and Jennifer Bebb, Marilyn Sholin, and Shel Holtz all in one month. Wow, what a great time.

Sept. 21, 2009 - Sandy Puc' busts us up
I jump out of my seat when Sandy Puc' agrees to put on a PSH Webinar based on her incredible "Bellies and Babies" tour. In no time she zooms past our previous Webinar signup record of 500 and max's out the software with over 1000 signups (the maximum the Webinar software will allow)

Oct. 2009 - Sandy does it again
With the overwhelming response to her first Webinar, Sandy Puc' does two follow up Webinars to complete the Bellies and Babies series. Signups for the additional Webinars come in so fast it crashes our server.

Oct. 31, 2009 - hackers take us down
Just as I was ready to leave to speak at the NOBS Inferno in Nashville, hackers got into our server and brought us down. The server was not recoverable. Over a nightmarish 48 hours primary functions were restored on an all new server. My many thanks to the technicians at the Austin Data center for their assistance in deploying our new server by working thru the night.

Nov. 2009 - PSH Ditto Cam completes beta testing
PSH creates another first with the final testing of the PSH Ditto Cam Seminars. This allows a specially equipped studio to broadcast a live feed of our in-house seminars over the Internet for users to watch, listen and participate. A regular schedule is created to start in Jan/2010.

Dec. 2009 - Sandy Puc' surprises me again
I couldn't contain my excitement when I got a call from Sandy Puc'. She had thought about the 3 Webinars she'd done with us and was so happy with them she offered to continue to do regular monthly Webinars with PSH for the next 12 months, with a possibility of extending another 12 months after that.

Dec. 31, 2009 - Membership reaches 8403

Jan. 19, 2010 - Our first ever Live PSH Ditto Cam Session on Senior Photography

Jan. 22, 2010 - PSH Reaches One Quarter Million page views per month

Mar. 18, 2010 - PSH holds it's largest Webinar ever with over 1500 people registered and 1000 in attendance. Sandy Puc' does it again.

Mar. 18, 2010 - PSH membership reaches 10,000

May 21, 2010 - PSH adds over 500 new members in one week

Sept. 26, 2010 -PSH goes over 100,000 posts

Oct. 4-5-6, 2010 - 1st PSH Toronto Boot Camp

Nov. 1-2-3, 2010 - 2nd USA PSH Boot camp, Austin Texas

Dec. 30, 2010 - PSH membership reaches 15,000

Jan. 18, 2011 - New PSH Ditto Cam studio online and our 1st ever PSH Ditto Cam in Hi Definition

Jan. 25, 2011 - 1st ever free PSH Ditto Cam - over 1200 in attendance

Mar. 1, 2011 - Introduction of the new Gold Membership

Mar. 3, 2011 - New Logo

Oct. 1, 2011 - PSH Goes Mobile - Beta testing complete - PSH forum software becomes mobile compatible.

Oct. 15, 2011 - The first (to our knowledge) PSH marriage occurs PSH Moderators Maria and Lee tie the knot.

Nov. 18-20, 2011 - The first Inferno co-produced with NOBS Photo Success in Nashville TN

Jan. 1 2012 - Season three of PSH Ditto Cams opens with a whole new twist of Skyping in Guest Speakers

April 2012 - Inferno in Toronto breaks attendance record. Awesome Time.

April 2012 - First on Location PSH Ditto Cam with Warne Noyce in Toronto

April 2012
- We introduce "Instant Replay" of our PSH Ditto Cams on Facebook

July 2012 - We release new version of Website

Oct. 2012 - Upgraded High Def video cameras for Ditto Cams

Sept. 2013 - Moved to new high speed server - 2nd new server since we started

Dec. 2014 - Moved forum to Facebook

June 2015 - Upgraded to PSH Ditto Cam studio with all new Video Switching and Audio enhancements

Sept. 2015 - Re-Started our Live PSH Ditto Cam broadcasts after a long summer of testing

Dec. 2015 - Added more cameras and computers to PSH Ditto Cam studio

Jan. 2016 - Released aggressive Ditto Cam schedule for Spring/2016

June 2016 - Began program to share our video productions on YouTube for Public consumption

Jan. 2017 - Began video series on Boudoir photography for pros

 

 

 

 

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