PRO EDU est. 2014
PRO EDU is the world's leading education platform for image makers. We were founded in 2014, and our name has always represented what we stand for: professional advice and mentorship with a focus on creative problem solving for those who call themselves "photographer."
PRO EDU Mission
"To unlock the secrets of success so that artists can become working pro's."
PRO EDU Vision
Build an all-inclusive and comprehensive digital library of visual arts education from the world's seasoned working professionals and top image makers.
GARY W. MARTIN
I had the idea of PRO EDU in 2007 while serving in the United States Peace Corps in Moldova. My friend Seth had a DSLR and I thought his photos were incredible. So I bought a camera and my photos looked nothing like his. They were terrible and I had no access to learn the secrets and settings of taking better photos. There HAD to be a better way.
I learned a few tips here and there and took tens of thousands of photos, but I wasn't making the images I wanted to. I became obsessed with figuring out how to learn, and what the fastest way was.
I needed to see how others worked, but I was cut off from information. I was living in a town that could have easily been in 1903. I knew that there had to be a better way.
Fast forward to 2012. Around that time, I decided that I wanted to make the most comprehensive tutorials that provided a better value than college for a cost comparable to coffee. I worked with a long time friend Aaron Nace from Phlearn in and around Chicago, and we were making tutorials.
PRO EDU was officially formed in 2014, and I'm proud to say that we are still working towards that goal. I've met thousands of artists, and I've had the opportunity to learn from some of my idols.
I love photography, and I'm lucky that I get to make a product that helps other people lead and pursue a creative life.
My favorite artist of all time is Sandro Miller, and I was fortunate enough to meet him, make a tutorial, and almost die twice with him in Papua New Guinea.
A LOOK AT THE PRO EDU CREATION PROCESS
HOW WE CREATE
It's not just any old tutorial! We're a production company with an eye for creativity. Our work has been planned down to the last detail, filmed in such away that gives you as viewer complete access and understanding of what goes on behind-the scenes on real photo shoots - all while feeling like your actually there.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S STRUGGLE
WHY WE CREATE
If you are an artist and have been thinking about making this your full-time job, we exist to help you get there. We know how frustrating it is when photography opportunities don't come along as often or in the quantities that one would hope for - which is why our entire company exists! Our tutorials and products help keep you equipped with the most up to date workflows and processes so you can create better work more efficiently.
LISTEN TO ORIGIN STORIES
THE PRO EDU PODCAST
Learn from the photographers leading the industry. With over 100 episodes with photographers from all over the world, tune in here to hear how creatives are making a living today in the field of photography and visual arts.
BTS ON A TUTORIAL PRODUCTION
ON LOCATION WITH PRO EDU
We very much have a work hard play hard mentality while making tutorials and we often dress in uniforms inspired by Wes Anderson movies while making tutorials. We firmly believe in the saying "If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly."
2016 PRO EDU REEL AKA RGG EDU
THE ORIGIN STORY
Our first company reel circa 2016 after about a year of making photography tutorials before our name change to PRO EDU. You may see content online with the name RGG EDU, and this is why. PRO EDU began at RGG PHOTO in the early days, a commercial studio from PRO EDU instructor Rob Grimm, who's since retired.