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Photo Workshops are for Beginners too

January 10, 2017  •  3 Comments

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:

 

  • There will be people just like you who desire to become better photographers. They have the same fears and you’ll find that you have many things in common with them in regards to where you think you are in your journey into photography. You will meet great people and most likely develop some long term relationships.
  • One on one instruction. We all have a different learning curve. Yours will be addressed by one of the instructors in a way that makes you feel comfortable and more confident.
  • The workshop makes photography the priority. You may feel that this is the first time that you have been able to seriously focus on it. Think of it as a vacation that lets you concentrate on improving something that you really love to do.
  • Inspiration. You may have lost that passion but I guarantee that you will find it again and walk away more inspired than ever before. Education is an amazing thing, the more you understand, the more you’ll want to learn.
  • Through workshops you will find that you are beginning to develop your own style or build on one that is just waiting to become a creative force.
  • You can’t learn without some constructive critique. You’ll learn how evaluate and process your photographs through sessions that are geared around respectful feedback. 
  •  Workshops are not “boot camp”. Our goal is to teach you and to help you grow as a photographer, but we’ll do it in a way that is enjoyable and satisfying.
  • You’ll get to practice what you learn. You can watch and learn all you want but actually doing is when all of the learned functionality and techniques come together.
  • You have a personal guide to some amazing locations that will not only inspire you but also teach you how to plan a shoot around lighting and conditions.
  • You’ll have access to the instructors long after the workshop is over to answer questions and to aid into your further development.

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.

Mike Murray and Cameron Gillie will once again lead this Wisconsin photo workshop. You can find more details at:

North Sand Photography and The Pinhole Thing

 

 


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Oscar Fernandez(non-registered)
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