You are beginning your venture into photography and have thought about participating in a photo workshop but feel that your skills aren't where you'd like them to be. You want to love photography but it seems so difficult at times, or you have dabbled in it enough to understand basics but still struggle with camera functionality and technique. If this is you, then photo workshops are your path to knowledge, creativity.....and a little adventure.
You can read a lot of educational material, experimenting with what you learn, and if you have the time you can apply this trial and error method until you figure things out…..but it can be frustrating when you can’t find the answers to your questions when things don’t work out the way you thought they would.
You see these great photographs and wish that you could document something like that, but every time you try, it just doesn’t look the same.
Let’s face it, how many times have you put your camera down in frustration and told yourself that it’s just too difficult to get beyond the “Automatic” process of taking photographs.
A great learning tool to offset this sometimes frustrating and dis-heartening process is to participate in a photo workshop.
There’s a big creative world out there. Why not learn from someone who has already worked through the educational and creative challenges that you are currently experiencing.
No matter where your experience level is, you will always benefit from attending and participating in a photo workshop.
I have had countless conversations with people who would love to take part in a workshop but don’t think that their photo skills are good enough. This is where my confusion sets in…..what you have just told me is the single most important reason for attending a workshop.
I have participated in workshops as a student and have found them to be invaluable. I not only learned how to navigate my camera settings but also built upon the experience of “seeing” things in different ways.
What I have learned over the years, the trials and tribulations of camera navigation and understanding the impact of creative vision has taken my evolution from student to teacher.
So, put aside your fear of “not being good enough” to attend a photo workshop and consider these points:
Workshops can be incredibly beneficial to your growth as a photographer. You’ll learn alongside people just like you, develop some great relationships, experience amazing photo opportunities and walk away with an increased knowledge of camera functionality and technique. You’ll gain insight into the creative process and put yourself into a position to move forward with confidence.
I hope that this has put some of your fears to rest and that it has opened yourself up to the possibility of participating in a photography workshop.
Our 2017 Door County photo workshop is scheduled for Fall.