A global following was the farthest thing from Erin Manning’s mind when she was taking classes, mostly at night, and working toward her bachelor’s degree in studio art and graphic design. A 2001 graduate of Loyola Marymount University she went on to host an award-winning television program, publish a book, and gain fans and students across the country and in several countries.
Manning has connected her lifelong love of photography with a personable approach to teaching digital photography. In June, her television series, “The Whole Picture,” a 26-episode tutorial on taking better pictures, was awarded two Classic Gold Tellys, which honor the best local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as video and film productions, and work created for the Web. The episodes have been picked up by cable channels and shown worldwide.
“One day I opened up my e-mail to discover that people in Australia, the Philippines, and even Jordan were watching my show,” Manning said. “It seems that the passion for learning photography has no boundaries.”
Manning gets a great deal of satisfaction teaching digital photography. She has learned to help students who may be intimidated by technology or artistically insecure. She sees her main goal as taking the mystery out of photography. “Technology has been a democratizing force, allowing many people to gain a certain level of expertise,” Manning says. “And many people want to capture their life’s moments.”
Since she was holding down a full-time job as an undergraduate while also running a photography business, finishing her degree was challenging, Manning said. But “it has worked out very well,” she explains. “I’m proud of the accomplishment, I made a number of friends in my classes and I use things that I learned every day.”
Manning is working on her next book, “Making Money with Digital Photography.” For more information, go to www.erinmanning.com. For more information about LMU’s degree programs and arts offerings, go to http://cfa.lmu.edu.