Founder Neil Buckland grew up with a Canon FTb in his hands, and as an adult, parlayed his affinity for striking images into a lucrative career in advertising design and branding. But something wasn’t right. As time passed, Buckland was spending more and more time finding excuses to ditch work and take some snapshots. Finally in 2008, he gave into his true calling, ditched the workaday world of office life, and founded REDred Photo School & Studio.
Today, his accessible workshops and classes help students learn some of the trickier intricacies of modern photography—from understanding what exposure is and how to manipulate it to how to rejigger a DSLR’s auto-modes so that it actually takes decent pictures. Other classes cover more technical concepts such as studio lighting, while still others such as The Art of Photography focus on the aesthetic side. Buckland’s studio is available to rent for personal or commercial photo shoots of any kind, and, for additional fees, the staff can augment such shoots with make-up services, lighting assistance, models for hire, and old-fashioned pterodactyl-powered cameras.
While other kids were laughing at the funny pages, John Seville was thumbing through the business section. Exposed to the market at a young age, the entrepreneur and CEO of Acorn Wealth Corporation has spent more than a decade honing his trading techniques and lets his students in on his secrets in online and in-person stock-trading classes, and was recently featured on CNN's "Money for Lunch" radio show. Specializing in swing and short-term trading, the instructors focus largely on timing: when to buy, when to sell, when to walk away, when to run, and when to quote “The Gambler.” Many courses are designed for small groups, and others take a personalized approach in one-on-one sessions.
Since 1997, LearnSmart has provided cloud-based corporate training and development for clients around the world. Boasting AICC- and SCORM-compliance for its learning management system, the learning platform offers over 1,000 IT, project management, administrative, HR, and workplace safety courses.
As a Cisco Registered Partner, a Microsoft Partner Network member and a CompTIA Authorize Partner, LearnSmart has garnered a Fast 50 award from Business Journal, as well as finalist spots in BizTech's Innovation of the Year Award and Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year Awards. The company operates offices in Seattle, Tampa, and Salt Lake City.